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I’m very low maintenance girl. I take shorter showers then my husband, usually just put my hair up in a messy bun, and rarely use makeup. I’m definitely a minimalist in that way.
As a teenager I waited with anticipation for the time when I was allowed to wear makeup regularly. Then I quickly realized that in order to wear makeup every day I would have to wake up earlier in the morning. When I was in high school getting out of bed in the morning was a challenge. And there was no way that I was giving up 15 minutes of sleep just to put stuff on that usually broke my face out more.
There have been periods of my life that I have worn makeup more frequently, but currently I probably wear it a couple times a month. My full time job prior to this was working with kids. I was down on the floor with toddlers, playing basketball in the gym, and getting covered in glue during craft projects. There really didn’t seem to be much point in dressing up or wearing makeup. And now I work from home, so it just seems like a waste of time.
There are women that feel more comfortable and at ease when they are wearing makeup, even at home or at the gym. I am not one of those women. I have always been more comfortable not wearing makeup. Yes, it’s partially because I’m lazy. But it’s also because most of the time it doesn’t bother me to be out in public without makeup.
I have been blessed with pretty good skin, but it just isn’t happy with a whole lot of product on it. And truthfully, neither am I. I like a minimalist makeup look, as natural as possible. My goal when putting on makeup is to downplay my problem areas (such as dark under eye circles) and play up my favorites, such as my eyes. I don’t want to become unrecognizable.
Here is more insight into my natural makeup routine and the products I use:
Minimalist Makeup: The Foundation
My combination skin is prone to dry patches, especially in the winter. Even on days I am not wearing makeup I will use a facial moisturizer, which is Olay Active Hydrating. It isn’t greasy or heavy, which is a must for combination skin, and has a fresh powder scent that I love.
A BB cream is all-in-one alternative to a combination of foundation, power, and concealer. It also includes facial sunscreen. Since my skin is acne prone I prefer to use something light that won’t break out my skin. I use Maybelline BB Fresh, which goes on sheer and blends well, but still offers great coverage for problem areas such as uneven skin tone and under eye circles.
Minimalist Makeup: The Eyes
If I am putting on makeup for daytime, the only thing I usually use is mascara. My eyes are my favorite feature, so I like to have them pop with a little definition on my eyelashes. My favorite mascara brand is Maybelline and I am currently using their Volume Express Rocket. I want volume without clumping, which this is perfect for.
For a night event such as a wedding or a fancy date I add eyeliner. I have tried both liquid eyeliner and eyeliner pencils in the past, but my hands aren’t steady enough for the former and the latter irritates my eyes. So what I am currently using is a mechanical pencil eyeliner.
I blend the eyeliner on the upper lash line into a nude eye shadow on my eyelids. A palette of a variety of pinks, grays, and browns is all I need to complete my minimalist eye makeup.
Most days I just wear chapstick. I’m incredibly boring I know, but most other lipsticks, lip stains, and glosses leave my lips dry and flaky. If I want my lips to have some gloss I’ll put on Vaseline, which is also a great natural moisturizer.
When I want something with a little color, I choose one of the COVERGIRL Colorlicious glosses in several shades of pink that I have to finish off my look.
Minimalist Makeup: The Tools
My makeup routine is so minimalist that I don’t really have the need for any many tools. So no expensive brushes to buy or cheap ones that are constantly shedding and a collection for skin oils and bacteria.
I apply the BB cream with my fingers, which apparently is a no-no, but I prefer the control and smoother application it gives me as opposed to something like makeup sponges which seemed to just soak up the foundation.
The only thing I regularly use is q-tips, both for application of Vaseline and for cleaning up eye makeup application and blending.