NOURISH Organic Argan Oil | available at Whole Foods
CAUDALIE Vinoperfect day perfecting fluid
AMORE PACIFIC color correcting cushion compact or LAURA MERCIER tinted moisturizer
ORIGINS Ginzing eye cream
BOBBI BROWN Everything mascara
RMS living luminizer
SMITH’S Rosebud salve
ACURE organic argan oil wipes | now available at Target
I took this picture and posted it on Instagram a couple weeks ago, as a closeup of the Everlane chunky knit turtleneck tunic and for a bit of fun, and as I looked at it, I was really struck by my eyes – the lashes specifically. And in general, how “uniform” my makeup/coverage looks. Also, that I probably need to do Zoom whitening again…but mainly, I thought, wow, I think I’ve got I’ve got it! A good beauty/makeup routine, that is 😉 Finally?
I’ve never worn a lot of makeup (previously discussed here), in fact, most days, I don’t wear any, unless I’m going “out out” or having dinner out with Leo or something. Generally, I’ll just moisturize, use eye cream, and the Caudalie vinoperfect fluid or sunscreen and that’s it. The day I took this picture, I added some Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer (which I patted on, making ALL the difference), mascara, and some rosebud salve on my lips and as a ‘highlighter’ on my cheekbones.
The mascara though. I have both the Bobbi Brown everything mascara and Lancome defincils, which I generally prefer, but after this picture I switched back to the BB. I prefer the Lancome, mostly because it’s easier to remove with just wipes, or Fresh cleanser, and I really really really hate having to do more than one step to remove my makeup. With the BB mascara, I use coconut oil to remove all of it, but then most of the time I end up getting it in my eyes, which doesn’t feel so great. So I might have to give in and use eye makeup remover…because I really love how the Everthing mascara opens up my eyes, with little effort. (I do curl them before applying mascara though, of course).
Maybe I should be using more on my face, in terms of skincare, etc., but I really don’t want to spend the money right now, and I feel like my skin is hydrated sufficiently with the argan oil (not always though). I also like the way the Caudalie Vinoperfect fluid evens out my skintone a bit more and makes it ready for anything else I’m going to put on top. Other than that, I’m not really sure what I need.
And to be honest, I treat my makeup and skincare like I do my “good” clothes, and am loathe to use it if I’m just going to be working at home most of the day and/or just going out to run errands. I don’t want to “waste” it, you know? A big reason why I don’t use my RMS un-cover up…it’s getting close to empty, and I don’t want to use it up so I’ll have to replace it. Although I love it, probably more than the other two “makeup” products I’m using right now.
But I’m now going to start doing what I’m doing with my clothes (making myself wear the things I’ve decided to keep, paying attention to how I feel when I wear them, etc.,) and start using my makeup products more often. The ones I really love. I’m going to use the RMS un cover-up until it’s gone, then I’ll use my other products until they’re gone, and at that point, I’ll decide what to replace.
I’ve actually gotten rid of a lot of my makeup/skincare products, but I could do better. I’ve banned myself from buying any more nail polish because my collection is out of control, especially the pricey ones, but I also need to go easy on trying/buying new things for a while and use up what I have. It’s no surprise my “issues” with clothing and beauty products are the same; I’m afraid to be “without”, so I buy a replacement long before I run out of something and then it turns out I don’t use it anymore. So I have quarter-full bottles of stuff hanging around that I’m also afraid to use, because I don’t want to run out! Doesn’t make sense, does it?
So, this is my routine, now, and I’m satisfied with it. For “special” occasions I’ll add eyeliner, maybe, and lip-color, maybe, but otherwise, I’m very happy with my “look” now, and the minimal steps it takes to get there. Should make travel quite a bit easier too…
What is your skincare/makeup routine like? Has it changed much over the years? Do you use more or less than you did 5 years ago? Do you use the same products all the time, or switch it up?