Everyday makeup routine

Updated: Aug 26, 2018

P.s, if you want to see my everyday makeup routine in action, plus catch some life updates from me, then watch the video above! Otherwise, keep scrolling to see some of the items that I've been using every other day of my life.

To be honest, my makeup routine changes from day to day. Some days, I feel like a simple look with just brows, concealer and some lipstick. Other days I choose to do a full face of foundation, blusher, bronzer and highlight. It really depends on the occasion, time and of course, my mood. Today I thought I'd just share with you some of the most common products I use from day to day. These include everything from foundation to powder, and lipstick at the end. On a day that I'll be out the whole day and want to look nice (especially if I know there's going to be photos!) then this is what I would put on!

First things first, I like to start with Primer. I forgot to use primer in my video, but for the humid weather of sunny Singapore, this is an essential. My all time favourite primer is the Porefessional by Benefit Cosmetics. At the moment however, I'm using this one. This is not my favourite and I'm pretty much just trying to finish it up. I usually just apply it all over my face after letting my sunblock sit in for a good 5 minutes.

Right after Primer, I go straight in for foundation. At the moment, I'm loving the Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'R foundation. This is by far the best foundation I've ever used (granted, I haven't actually been through that many) and it lasts all day on my face without budging or making me look cakey. It is medium to high coverage which gives you an airbrushed and flawless finish and ahhhh I love it!

I tend to apply my foundation with a beauty blender. Instead of using a damp beauty blender, I like to spritz it with setting spray before dipping it into my foundation as I find that this helps to set my foundation better. I'm currently using the NYX Matte Finish Setting spray and am pretty much done with this bottle. Unfortunately, I won't be repurchasing it as it isn't my favourite. I bought it in the States as it was really affordable and I'm a fan of some of NYX's products. However, I find this setting spray a little too tacky and the mist is not fine enough. It also doesn't really make my face feel matte and instead dries it out a little. I really want to get my hands on the Urban Decay all nighter setting spray because I've heard great things about it and have tested it out before and really liked it. Maybe when I'm back from China!

On to brows! My personal favourite brow product which I only discovered at the start of this year is Anastasia Brow Wiz. Unfortunately, I can't get that in Singapore and only managed to try it when I went to the US. A few years back, everyone was raving about it online and I can completely see why, with it's smooth and creamy consistency. For now, I'm making do with the Etude House Drawing Eyebrow which I rediscovered in my makeup drawer. I was pleasantly surprised when I used this again and really liked it as I remember not having a great experience the first time. I would highly recommend this eyebrow pencil as an affordable option. You can get it from Etude House for only about $5? I saw it in SASA in Hong Kong for only $2 SGD! I will mention however, that I've always had a problem colour matching and find some of their options a little strange. It was just coincidental that I dyed my hair a slight reddish brown that matched this eyebrow pencil when I found it.

The next step I go straight into is concealer! My favourite concealer of all time is the Tarte Shape Tape concealer which you can only get from Ulta in the US (I'm so sorry I'm featuring all the things you can't get in sg...). In my GRWM video, I actually used the Maybelline Fit Me concealer instead which is not bad as well but definitely cannot compare to the tarte one (the price point cannot compare as well bless). If you want to see how I apply my concealer, you have to watch the video! I'm not too sure how to describe it, but I generally put some under my eyes, down my nose, the bottom of my forehead and around my brows to shape it.

This concealer is thick and creamy and blends like a dream (I use my beauty blender to blend it too!). Yet, it isn't clumpy or cakey and it's so good! No wonder people only have good things to say about it (I actually got my brother to bring back 2 more tubes for me oops).

Now that we're done with the base, it's time to reintroduce some colour into the face (it rhymes!) I tend to start off with Blush, and I use a medium sized brush to apply a generous coating on the apples of my cheeks and blend it upwards along my cheekbones. Here, I'm using the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in the shade 'paaarty' which is a mini size I redeemed using my Sephora points. It's a light pink shade, perfect for everyday wear! Adds just a hint of colour to my cheeks and I love it.

One of the most crucial and my favourite bits of makeup, Bronzer. I won't say I particularly like putting it on- it can get pretty tricky and end up streaky if you don't apply it properly, but I like the way it's being used. I have a round face, and an unforgiving double chin. When I gain weight, it usually goes straight to my face! Bronzer has thus become one of my best friends in sculpting those cheekbones and a jawline from its current non-existence. I use it to create a nose bridge too and love how it generally just adds a warmth to my face. I've been using my trustee Hoola Bronzer by Benefit for a long time now (you've probably seen it in every video and blog post of mine) and still love it. I am however, currently experimenting with new bronzers and contours and think I may have found another favourite? (gasps!) I'll keep you posted on that, but for now, i like to use a semi-dense brush to apply the bronzer to the hollow of my cheeks, my jawline, temples and to contour my nose.

Am I the only one who powders after blush and bronzer but before highlighter? In my mind, I tend to associate blush and bronzer as matte powders which should be powdered down to stay in place. But as highlighters are shiny, they should be placed above powder, does that make sense? The powder I've been using at the moment is the Peripera Oil capture pact. My feelings for this are very neutral, I don't love it, nor do I hate it. I definitely think it could do a lot more and am looking for a powder that can keep me looking matte the whole day, while not cakey AND does not give me flashback (bless the NYX full HD loose powder). I'm currently also trying out the MAC cosmetics Mineralised skin finish powder and am quite enjoying it. I will keep you posted on that!

Highlighter is a pretty tricky one for me. I think I've yet to find one that I've truly fallen in love with. I currently have a few in my collection, including the Shimmer stick by 3CE (a pretty intense ivory shine which I tend to go overboard with), Trophy wife by Fenty Beauty (Love this! but I tend to use it for special occasions or when I'm feeling FUN because the glitter pigments are messy!) and the Too Cool for School Artclass by Rodin (featured) which doesn't quite hit the mark for me in terms of pigmentation and shine. I usually have to put quite a thick layer for there to be any effect and you can see from the video that it hardly shows up on my skin. I'm still on the hunt for a good highlighter so do let me know your recommendations! Definitely want to check out MAC cosmetics Soft and Gentle highlighter because everyone (seriously!!) raves about it.

For now, I apply this highlighter using a fluffy, less dense brush, to my cheekbones, down my nose bridge, brow bone and lower forehead.

Finally, we've reached one of my favourite parts! Eyes! I love eyeshadow because I think an eye look can instantly change your entire look. A neutral semi-smoked eye can come across as glowy and effortless, a pink look can give you a more feminine, approachable feel, and a dark smokey eye can completely glam it up! Plus, make you feel like a bomb-ass queen. You can even use colours to match you outfits (I love doing this on holiday hehe) for fun and good photos!

My favourite eye shadow palette, and a definite constant of mine is the Tartlette in bloom palette. It has 16 neutral shades that's great for most skin tones (my yellow Asian skin is apparently included) and I honestly find myself reaching for every colour at some point in time. I love using this palette for my every day look to create a soft brown smokey eye with some shimmer. I also use the dark brown colours to line the outer bits of my eyes to create a smoked liner look. Do watch the video to see exactly how it turns out!

In this video, I actually had eyelash extensions on and hence didn't use any eyeliner or mascara. I ended up forgetting to even mention which ones I've been using, for when I don't have them on! My favourite eyeliner for a couple of years now is the Kat Von D tattoo liner which I know a ton of people swear by, and I do too (kinda). For me, it does smudge a little at the end of the day especially if I place it at my lower lash line, but I still haven't found anything better so it remains my reigning champion. If you're looking for a dark, gel liner which dries quickly, is easy to apply and doesn't budge, I highly recommend this! Another good option would be the kill-black pencil liner by Clio, which is also a more affordable option.

My constant and favourite Mascara (you've probably heard and seen me talk about this a ton of times as well) is the They're Real Mascara by Benefit. I have used a ton of Mascaras, from drugstore to Korean to those raved about online and have not found any that come close to this. My eyelashes are short, sparse and very straight. This mascara does a great job at volumising, making it look like I have fuller lashes, as well as lengthening! Once it is on and dries, it also does not budge at all. Quite a number of my friends have asked me if my eyelashes are real when I use this which I take as a complement (lul). I used to complain about high-end mascaras being ridiculously priced, for something that will run out/ dry up within 6 months or so, but now I'm one of those people who would spend money on it... bless.

I've recently purchased the miniature versions of the Rollerlash and Badgal mascaras by Benefit and will be trying them out in Shanghai! I'm really excited and can't wait to see how they perform!

Finally, I forgot to take a photo of it, but we're down to lipstick- by far my favourite makeup item. I think somewhere between it's iconic representation of what makeup is, to being the first ever makeup item I owned, I don't think any makeup look is ever complete without lipstick and that's a step I never miss out.

My recent obsession that I've been wearing every day is the Mac Cosmetics Matte lipstick in the shade Velvet Teddy. It's been one of those cult beauty items for years, with it being the favourite of many YouTubers which I've followed for a long time. The thing that sold me on it was how it seemed to be a favourite of people of different skin tones, and how it seemed to sit well on them all. I decided to pick one up for myself and actually do really like it! It's a beautiful nude that gives my lips some colour while not being too dark or obvious that I'm wearing makeup. Highly recommend!

Now that you know what I've been wearing on an everyday basis, what do you think? As I said before, my items change fairly often because I really like to try and review new things. WIth makeup as well, new things are constantly being released and reviews are also always updated on what's the latest and best thing on the market. In fact, between the time that I photographed these pictures to me writing this post, there's quite a few items that I've already swapped out (sshhh!)! Guess you'll just have to keep your eyes peeled for a favourite video/ blog post to see which are my OG holy grail products hehe.

Anyway, thanks for reading and let me know what are some items you think I would love and should try! I'm always ready to update my list of 'to buys' and 'to trys' LOL. Have a great week ahead!

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