Chapter 4: Everyday Makeup Routine

Beauty Book

Makeup routines – they can be short and simple or hours long. It all depends on your preference and the occasion, or it may even change according to the season. We’re here to give you a rundown of an everyday makeup routine and explain each step along the way. This routine is suitable for everyone and if you’re new to makeup, you can curate the routine and adjust it according to what you want to include.

Grab your beauty tools, products and a mirror and follow along!

The Routine

One of the great things about makeup is the endless possibilities. You can either do the most or the least with it, and that’s what makes it exciting. This makeup routine is divided into five parts, covering the face, eyes, cheeks, lips and the finishing touches. It might seem like a lot of steps (and makeup) at first but it’s actually pretty easy once you get the hang of it.

Let’s Start With The Face

After you’ve completed your skin care routine, it’s time to prep your skin for makeup. The first step to achieving flawless makeup application is applying primer. No makeup routine should start without it. A primer helps set a smooth base and keeps your makeup fresh longer. You’ll find a range of primers out there so it’s important to pick one that suits your skin tone and skin concerns. If you need a little more convincing on why you need a makeup primer, you can read our previous post.


For makeup newbies, establishing a relationship with foundation can be quite difficult. Despite the variety of foundations available in the market, there can still be a lot of trial and error finding the right shade to match your skin tone. The trick to getting the perfect shade is to determine your skin’s undertone. If the veins on your wrist are green or olive, you have a warm undertone. If they’re blue or purple, you’re cool. You most likely have a neutral undertone if your veins look like a mix between blue and green.

Foundation comes in powder, stick, cushion or liquid form, so pick one according to your preference or skin type. You can go for a BB cream if you’re leaning towards more of a natural look.

To blend your foundation out, you can use a makeup brush or beauty sponge – the former offers you higher coverage while the latter gives you a more sheer and natural look. There might be times when you realize you’ve piled on too much foundation, so to avoid looking cakey you should use your fingers to dab on the excess or blur any harsh lines that the foundation settles into.

Don’t worry if your foundation doesn’t cover your spots and blemishes – that’s what concealers are for. They’re also great for covering dark circles under your eyes.

Before you identify your ideal concealer, you should start out by choosing one that suits your skin’s concerns. For concealing under eye bags, pick a hydrating concealer so it doesn’t accentuate fine lines. Creases on makeup are a huge no-no! Concealers are also great for color correcting. Opt for green shades to combat redness, pink or peach tones for under eye circles, and yellow-based concealers to brighten a dull complexion.

Make Those Eyes Pop

While you’re waiting for your concealer to set, let’s move on to your eyes. For easy everyday eye makeup, all you need is an eyebrow pencil, eyeliner and mascara. You can add a pop of color with eye shadow if you want full eye makeup.

Eyebrows are an important feature as they frame your face. For defined yet natural-looking brows, apply light and thin strokes with a brow pencil that mimics the look of your hair. To prevent your eyebrows from budging, apply brow gel that will hold them in place all day. Eyebrow peel-off tattoos are also a great option if you don’t have time to apply eyebrow makeup every morning and are looking to have a dense set of brows for days.

Lining your eyes can either be a hassle or a breeze. If you’re new to the eyeliner game, start with lining your top lash line with a pencil liner, and slowly work towards completing a winged look with liquid eyeliner. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll be a pro at drawing the perfect cat eye!

Eyeliner can smudge, especially if you have oily lids. The secret to preventing smudging is to apply eye primer beforehand. This will help get rid of greasy eyelids and ensure that your eye makeup lasts long. Using an eye primer is also helpful when applying eye shadow as it brings out a more vibrant color.

The simplest way to really open up your eyes and make them look bigger is by coating your lashes with mascara. There are different types of mascara designed for various purposes including lengthening, volumizing and curling.

If you’re already blessed with long, curly lashes then go for a mascara that adds volume. Mascaras that help lengthen lashes are the perfect option for short lashes. Don’t forget to use an eyelash curler to add natural curls.

Bring Life Back To Your Cheeks

For a more minimalist routine, you can pick between blush, contour or highlighter to add a dash of color and glow to your face. You can also use all three for maximum definition.

Blush is a perfect option for everyday wear – it not only adds color but also depth to your cheeks. Blush no longer comes in just powder form but also in cream and cushion. Feel free to play around with blushes until you find the best shade for your skin tone.

If you don’t mind the extra step to your routine, learn how to contour your face. Contouring sculpts the face and makes cheekbones pop. To do this, simply pick a contour product or bronzer in a shade that’s darker than your skin tone and apply it right under your cheekbones. You can also define your jawline by applying a contour product along the edge of your jaw, and do the same along your hairline and the sides of your nose. Remember to blend it all out; otherwise it will come across as unnatural.

Adding highlighter has recently become popular in the beauty world – it’s all about that glow. Highlighting adds brightness to your face so you apply it on areas where the light naturally hits, including under your brow bone, on the apples of your cheeks, along the bridge of your nose, and on the tip of your cupid’s bow. Be sure not to get carried away with the highlighter; you don’t want to end up looking like a disco ball! Subtlety is key.

Don’t Forget To Give Your Lips Some Attention

Prep your lips with a layer of lip balm before you apply your favorite lipstick or lip tint so it glides on smoothly. There are plenty of lipstick shades to choose from so this step gives you a lot more room for experimenting. Make the most out of it!

One Last Touch… And Voila!

Are you still with us? You made it to the final step which is applying finishing powder. This step sets and seals all your makeup and luckily doesn’t require any practicing. With a fluffy powder brush, sweep finishing powder all over your face. Use a light hand when doing this to avoid a cakey finish. If you do end up adding too much powder, you can always use a facial mist and then a beauty sponge to gently dab away any excess.

You can also mist your face throughout the day to give your makeup a bit of a refresh.

And there you have it, your daily makeup routine! If you’re just starting out or want to go for a simple look, you can always shorten the routine to just foundation, eyebrow makeup, mascara, blush and lipstick. What are the go-to products for your everyday routine?

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