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The Makeup Routine I Do Every Single Day

For four years, I’ve done the same makeup routine every single day, no matter what — for work, the playground, date nights, whatever. It’s my soulmate of makeup, and it takes less than five minutes. Since a few people asked on Instagram, here’s how I do it (and I’d love to hear yours!)…

1. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in shade 4.75: Five years ago, Caroline tested out five foundations for a post, and she said Giorgio Armani was “hailed as the holy grail of foundations.” Curious, I figured I’d try it out — and, lo and behold, I was hooked. Most mornings, I wake up with blotchy skin, but — poof! — this magical little pot makes that all go away. Your face looks instantly smooth and dewy, and it’s a million times better than other foundations I’ve used.

2. Beautyblender Original. I apply foundation with this egg-shaped sponge, which makes the formula spread out in an even and lightweight way — versus sitting in your pores. I don’t know how it works, but it makes such a difference.

3. Laura Mercier Eye Basics in Linen. This sounds like the most BORING thing to buy — it doesn’t have color, it doesn’t have sparkle — but it sets the stage for everything else to look good. You pat it on your eyelids and under your eyes, and dark circles and oily eyelids disappear. Eyes look bigger and more awake, and somehow it brings your whole face together.

4. Drugstore Mascara. Honestly, for big events, like a wedding, I love Dior Lash-Extension Effect, which somehow makes lashes look twice as long. But since that one’s a splurge, I usually use a drugstore brand — like this one — which does the trick well enough for an everyday look.

5. Nars Bronzer in Laguna is a great year-round bronzer. I’m pale and can look washed out, but once I put this one, my face wakes up and looks healthy. The color isn’t muddy, like some bronzers can be, and has the tiiiiiniest bit of shimmer for glowiness. I apply it lightly all over, including on my eyelids.

6. Laura Mercier blush in Sangria. My friend Gemma and I sometimes sneak away from our families, meet at Sephora and try things on. Years ago, we discovered Laura Mercier blush, which has such a rich deep color, it looks like you just kissed someone you like very, very much. Another tip I’ve read: add a little to the bridge of your nose, which makes it look extra natural.

7. NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Monte Carlo. BOOM! I’m so excited to share this $4 lipstick, which I have been wearing for years. The color lasts forever — even through a cheeseburger and fries (with mayo, naturally) — and can be either soft pink or bright red, depending on how many layers you apply. Years ago, I even wore it to the White House, and I kind of feel like Michelle Obama would have approved.

Done! It literally takes three minutes. That’s it!

The Makeup Routine I Do Every Single Day

What’s your daily makeup routine? I’m so curious and would love to hear!!!

P.S. Women share their beauty uniforms, and 14 great reader comments on beauty.

(Top photo from Instagram. Bottom photo by Franny Eremin.)

  1. You have a beautiful face to start with. That is the essence of it! But, seriously, these are wonderful tips and I’m going to try them.

  2. Owl says...

    I don’t wear make up unless it’s a really special occasion! I use a simple moisturizer (often oil of Olay for sensitive skin… no anti ageing). Often I wear a touch of lipstick. That’s pretty much it. And sunscreen if I will be in the sun for a while. I’m 46 and on good days people have guessed I was in my 20’s or 30’s. For me, less products and less fussing is the best for my skin. If your skin feels irritated at all, consider giving this approach a try.

  3. Asha says...

    I love how simple your routine is Jo! I have a similar one, but I’m always trying new products within the parameters of tinted moisturizer/CC cream/foundation -currently IT cosmetics CC+ cream or Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue, Too Faced Born This Way concealer (sometimes this is all I need! Magic in a bottle), Fenty liquid eyeliner, Glossier mascara. When I want to make an effort I add: MAC x Padma Lakshmi blush in Melon or Glossier Cloud paint in Beam. lip balm and MAC x Padma Lakshmi lipstick in Nude Fudge layered with gloss. Sealed with a spray Urban Decay All Night. My younger son likes to hang out with me while I do my make up. He asks questions or tells me things. I love getting the time to get ready and chat.

  4. Tamara Mestvirishvili says...

    Just bought the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in 5.25 and I love it! Thanks for the recommend!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      So glad you like it!

  5. Lauren says...

    I’ve been blessed with a pretty even complexion, and rarely suffer from dark circles under my eyes, redness or impurities such as blackheads or pimples. For this reason, I keep it pretty simple and use mostly green skincare and make-up. I have blonde hair, blue eyes and fair skin that turns a golden brown in summer. In the morning, after double-cleansing and lightly moisturising, I apply a different moisturiser that contains SPF 15+ and acts like a primer. Most days I then dot a little concealer under my eyes, and apply some rose-tinted blush to the apples of my cheeks and bridge of my nose. A few light strokes of dark blue mascara and some sheer lip gloss later and I am good to go! I go to a little more effect occasionally and fill out my eyebrows with light pencil strokes, add some black eyeliner to my top lash line and decide on a bolder lip. I have a matte red Chanel lipstick that I adore wearing. Sometimes I’ll just pop it on to go to the coffee shop…

  6. Lindsey says...

    I keep it super simple these days and have been slowly switching over to cleaner products which has been HUGE for keeping my perioral dermatitis at bay. I spray on some coconut water based toner (by Alaffia) and then apply face oil (Badger Damascus Rose) which hydrates my skin and gives it a subtle glow. Next I apply SPF 30 face mineral sunscreen (by Bare Republic). Now for the actual makeup… I use the Cocokind Macabeet Stick for color on my cheeks and sometimes my lips, too. I haven’t found a good clean replacement for my eyebrows or eyelashes yet and am still dedicated to my Clinique Powerlash Mascara (the kind that comes off with hot water vs. eye makeup remover – it’s the only kind that doesn’t flake off during the day for me!!) and Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo (looks way more natural than pencil does and lasts forever – I’ve been using the same one almost daily for at least 2 years). For special occasions, I’ll usually throw on a little eyeshadow and maybe some extra lip color but don’t have any go-tos for those.

  7. Aurora says...

    That looks really pretty! I personally don’t wear any makeup… pretty much ever haha I occasionally put on some lipstick or lip tint and mascara if I’m going somewhere fancy and if I really want to go overboard I add eyeliner and a dab of eyeshadow. My younger sister gave me blush at some point but it sits unused at the bottom of my makeup bag. I’ve turned the stereotype around a couple of times and asked her to do my makeup when I wanted it to be extra great. You’d think a 26y old wouldn’t need advice from her 16y old sister but that’s how I am haha I admire people with gorgeous makeup on but it’s never been my style.

  8. Stacy S says...

    You mean to tell me I wear the same mascara as Joanna Goddard!?!?!! This information seriously just made my kind of crappy day way, way better!
    I’m pretty simple in my makeup routine as well. Tinted moisturizer, bronzer, and mascara, and if I’m feeling fancy, a red lipstick.

  9. Amy says...

    You are so pretty! Curious if you’ve ever tried botox? I am well into my mid thirties now and keep hearing about “preventative Botox” which makes sense but I really worry about losing my natural look.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      I’ve tried it in the past but don’t have it anymore. It did look really natural (I went to a highly recommended dermatologist bc I was so nervous!) and it just smoothed my forehead out so I didn’t always look like I was frowning :) But at the end of the day, I don’t mind having some wrinkles, especially laugh lines, so I don’t have it anymore. Xoxo

    • Lucy says...

      I would love love love to read a CoJ post sharing different women’s experiences and thoughts on Botox/fillers. I’m 38 and it’s definitely something I’m considering. You did such a lovely post on going grey a while back—maybe something like that? Xo

    • Owl says...

      Yes. I would love a continued discussion about embracing ageing naturally, too. I’ve read studies that show Botox, by inhibiting your facial expressions, actually neutralizes the messages to your brain and can numb your happiness. Also, you can lose your facial muscles and look much worse in the long run. I rather donate money to a good cause and keep my facial lines. Oh well, we will age no matter how much we fight it. I don’t want to apologize for ageing. I really admire Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts for not using plastic surgery, and I respect you Jo for embracing your natural lines! Xoxo

  10. Robyn Williams says...

    I am 64 so I have some experience with makeup trends, and application. I generally use CC cream and eye roller with primer after moisturizer (Prai brand for face and neck area) “it” cosmetics concealer is awesome, works well, as does the eye brow pencil and loose powder to set makeup. I use a makeup sponge and several brushes because they are more precise, and blend wonderfully. Inner rim eyeliner, usually bronze or brown, and matte brown eye shadow with highlighter on upper lids, I like BOOM cosmetics, the blush lip cream. I curl my lashes, if mascara used, I do the upper lashes and line the lower with black/brown “Essence” gel liner and smudge it, then I use my “it” powder brush with her loose poreless powder and blend my face, looks so smooth and flawless. Generally more is less these days. Mascara and brow color does accentuate my eyes, takes extra time to do, I like a primer before mascara for thickness and length, Honest Beauty has a great mascara/primer. The most important aspect of good looking makeup is great skin care and treatment. I use Vitamin C, and collagen, hylauronic acid products, Mario Badesko, and Adrienne Arpel’s Vitamin C products. Moisturizing with Prai (HSN) and Oil of Olay works well for everyday use. I like tinted lip balms, and Essence brand has great matte and glossy lipsticks that are pretty and moisturizing too, very inexpensive, a great find. I love their gel eyeliners too, 2.99, and prices rising fast, they were voted in Allure as one of the beauty winners in the past, good brand, great new products too. “elf” is another winner, I love their primers and mascara. NYX has the best concealer (slight orange color, in a pot) 6.00 works well, not too heavy. I like finding duplicates of more expensive items, and over the years I’ve learned what works for me. I LOVE Urban Decay for all things, more expensive, but worth it, the eye pencils are the best, (Essence is a good duplicate though). I love Urban Decay eye shadows, and STILA also makes beautiful eye shadows, “kitten” is my favorite for upper lids and under eyes, and at inner corners. Love makeup, it can transform us and make me feel beautiful!

  11. Savannah says...

    I’m 36 years old, mother of 2 little girls, and have port wine stain on the right side of my nose and around my eye. While I definitely do not feel I need to cover it all the time, I do like to cover it for sunscreen purposes, dressing up, and just avoiding questions sometimes! My routine – which does a fairly good job of covering my pink port wine stain –
    Drunk Elephant moisturizer
    Laneige BB Cushion – pat all over face (SPF 50)
    Cle De Peau concealer – apply under eyes and all over my birthmark – expensive but lasts forever and worth every penny
    MILK blush stick – apply to cheeks and rub in
    NARS Laguna bronzer
    Whatever mascara from the drugstore – love the same one as Jo!
    5 minutes!

  12. Joana says...

    Yes but there’s a lipstick below the foundation that you didn’t mention. What is that? Is that what you’re wearing in the photo? Because whatever that lip color is it’s smashing!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Yes! It’s the lipstick mentioned at the bottom of the post. Thank you!

    • Darcy says...

      That’s so interesting, Joanna, bc in the photo of you it looks medium-light pink and Monte Carlo is more vibrant magenta-ish…

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes, it goes on as a softer color at first, and you can layer it to make it more of a bright red. sometimes i’ll mix it with chapstick to make it extra soft (i didn’t in this pic, though). hope that helps!!

    • Dianne says...

      Little late here but it looks like there is a Dior lipstick directly below the bottle of foundation–I think that’s what Joana is asking about. It’s not the red tube of NYX. Would love to know!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Oh it was the NYX — it goes on as a lighter shade esp if you smudge it. The door was a gift from my friend Gemma for a past bday but it wasn’t part of this makeup look. Hope that helps!

    • Dianne says...

      Thank you, Joanna! I always admire your commitment to your readers on issues both big and small. :)

  13. Nina says...

    I’m 33 and have *almost* figured out my daily makeup routine. I’m a stay at home mom of a 3 yo and 1 yo so many times I need to put makeup on with one hand or under 15 minutes.

    Foundation: NARS pure radiance tinted moisturizer + spf 30 in Cuba
    Concealer: NARS radiant creamy concealer in Caramel
    Brows: Boy Brow by Glossier
    Mascara: Lash Slick by Glossier
    Highlighter: Hydra by Noto Botanicals

    I would love to switch to Laura Mercier but I haven’t been able to find the right match my for foundation. Also, I really want to up my eyebrow and mascara game but Glossier has been soo easy for to put on. Sometimes I feel like I need a more adult version! And does anyone have an everyday lip stain or lipstick that works with my NARS shade? I’ve never found a lip color that works with my skintone to wear daily!

    • Vanessa says...

      I use the Bobbi Brown eyebrow mascara in mahogany. The sculpt of glossier plus color. I don’t go grapcery shopping without my eyebrows!

    • Vanessa says...

      Grocery *

  14. Jennifer Planeta says...

    Beautycounter Beautycounter Beautycounter. Knowing what I know now about what is currently used and allowed in US cosmetics, I’ll never go back. And it’s some of the best skincare and makeup I’ve ever used. I also love that they are a B Corp putting people and planet first AND advocate in DC for better regulation in the beauty industry. They’ve played a key roll in getting the Personal Product Care Safety Act reintroduced on in the Senate. Founder Gregg Renfrew is fearless and fueling female entrepreneurs by the thousands while empowering us over our own health through education and safer products!! Clearly I’m passionate about this stuff!

    • libby says...

      how do you feel about participating in a MLM when buying beautycounter?

  15. Jennifer says...

    Picked up the lip color in the drugstore yesterday. It looked a little too intense in the package… but I bought it anyway, and I love it! Thanks for the solid recommendation!

  16. SB says...

    Have been looking for a lip stain forever and Monte Carlo knocked it out of the park for me today. My new best friend! Thank you, Joanna!

    • Darcy says...

      The NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream is really a great surprise. I’d given up on ever finding non-drying, long-lasting lip color but here it is! **The most important part is that NYX Cosmetics has a strict no animal testing policy and is a cruelty-free brand. ** Thanks, Joanna! Awesome tip.

  17. Crystal says...

    This is one of the best comments I have ever read, thank you!!!

  18. LS says...

    I’m 32 and have been using the same routine for years. For my everyday/work i use Laura Mercier secret camouflage concealer, NARS blush in orgasm, the Laura Mercier eye basics, and Benefit “They’re Real” mascara. When i need to step it up I use the Bare Minerals foundation and setting powder, and the Urban Decay NAKED eyeshadow palette and urban decay pencil eye liner. Nars lipgloss. Id love to try the foundation but have no idea how to apply a liquid one. EEK

  19. S says...

    This is such a fun post! I love the combo of high end and drugstore brands, it’ s great to mix and match.

    Here is my routine:

    Face: Wash with Mario Badescu Botanical Facial Cream, then use Neutrogena Alcohol Free toner and put on Cerave Ultralight spf 30 moisturizer (great for combo or oily skin! https://www.cerave.com/skincare/moisturizers/ultra-light-moisturizing-lotion-spf-30). If it’s really cold or dry, I use Mario Badescu Herbal Hydrating Serum on top- also great for oily/combo skin!

    Makeup: simple!
    Face: Laura Mercier spf 30 primer + tinted moisturizer
    Eyes: Maybelline Volume Express
    Cheeks: Tarte 12 hour Amazon Clay blush
    Lips: ranges from Laura Mercier Lipstick, Loreal/NYX (my fav drugstore lipsticks/gloss)k, and Vaseline!

  20. My every day routine is very simple and straightforward: CoverGirl concealer (under eyes only) & powder on top of and under that, then drugstore mascara (some days, when I feel like it) and lipstick (usually I use BurtsBees lipsticks in some sort of berry shade), then I use a few dabs of that and blend it in as a blush. 4 products (sometimes 3). Done.
    I’ve never used concealer all over my face before. I just don’t really like how it looks on me (or others, really) – I want to see people’s *face*!

  21. Emily says...

    I love this post very much!! Thank you! Also I am 29 and here is my daily routine:
    — Trader Joe’s SPF 15 daily face moisturizer
    — Curl my eye lashes and use Cover Girl Lash Blast Volume mascara in brown. Sometimes I just curl my eye lashes and go without mascara, but if I want a little more, this is my fav mascara! I have tried many other ones, but I feel like this one goes on so smoothly and does not clump. It is also very affordable, which I appreciate!
    — Cocokind MYMATCHA All-Over Moisture Stick under my eyes and around my eyes if they are a little dry.
    — Burt’s Bees and Cocokind MACABEET Tinted Moisture Stick on my lips.

  22. Leena says...

    I’m 25 and my current routine is:
    – Clinique iD moisturizing gel
    – Revlon Colorstay foundation for oily/combination skin
    – Glossier Cloud Paint in puff
    – Glossier Boy Brow
    – NYX butter gloss in Devil’s Food Cake (There are 29 shades! They’re very moisturizing and pigmented but easy to dab off to have a more tinted lip look)

    When i’m feeling fancy I’ll use highlighter – usually Glossier or Wet n’ Wild’s MegaGlow.

  23. Kristy says...

    Jo, you’re such a stunner! I love the simplicity of this routine. 3 minutes or less is my kind of makeup routine.

    For the folks super concerned with the toxins in her routine, I hear you, and I think there are alternative approaches. I’m a Manager with Beautycoutner and spend a lot of my time educating folks about the lack of regulation in the personal care industry. BUT! I still use drug store mascara…I still wash my hands with the soap provided in public bathrooms…the nail polish I use isn’t “clean.”

    The clean beauty movement isn’t about targeting people and begging them to make changes to their personal care or insisting that they use their platform to further your agenda or opinions. It’s about providing information to those who want it, highlighting safer options when requested, and educating where applicable. This movement is far more concerned with improving regulation and making sure safer personal care is an option for everyone. And honestly, even if (hopefully when!) it is, some people won’t take that option because they feel the benefit of using less “clean” products outweighs the cost — and that is entirely their right.

    Let’s keep that in mind and all play nice.

    • SB says...

      I love, appreciate, and needed this dose of realism. Thank you, and thanks for your work calling for more transparency and responsibility in the ingredients of makeup products!

  24. You look beautiful! Monte Carlo is one of my all time fave shades!

  25. Kate says...

    Joanna, you look lovely!

    • JKT II says...

      Yes!!! You are lovely.

  26. Esther says...

    Have you tried L’oreal’s Telescopic mascara? I love it more than any high end masacara!

    • Wendy says...

      oh yes I agree it is AMAZING and much better than the high end brands I have tried!

  27. amber says...

    Love reading about everyone’s routines! I keep things pretty simple in terms of steps but I seem to own an exorbitant amount of products nonetheless :)

    I rotate between a few different moisturizers : Weleda Skin Food Light (mostly because I like the way foundation sits on it but I don’t love that it has a mild fragrance), Drunk Elephant Protini and for awhile I was using Glossier Priming Moisturizer but then I looked it up on EWG and was surprised and disappointed to see its got pretty gnarly ingredients. I miss it though, it was a great base for make-up.

    Foundation: Rotate between Chantecaille Future Skin, Beauty Counter Tint Skin, Vapour’s Atmosphere Soft Focus Foundation, Koh Ken Doh Aqua Foundation or RMS Un-Cover Up. Depending on which foundation I use I’ll either apply with a beauty blender or a real techniques buffing brush.

    Concealer: Sporting some pretty dark undereyes lately, just purchased the Tarte Shape Tape because I heard it was great for these. So far I think it does the trick!

    Blush: I love putting on blush and giving myself a rosy glow. Current favorites Kjaer Weis in Embrace or Vapour Multi Stick in Crush.

    Bronzer: for a matte bronzer I use Beauty Counter and I think it’s pretty good but not WOW. similar to Bobbi Brown’s matte bronzer. If I want a little bit of radiance I might use the Kevyn Aucoin bronzer which has shimmer in it or the Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi (a little goes a long way!)

    Eyebrows: I either use a tinted brow gel like Boy Brow or Ilia, or a clear gel by Make Beauty either with or without some Anastasia Brow Powder.

    Mascara: I generall try to use a clean mascara since its going near my eyes and really loved Lily Lolo for a subdued daytime look but when I want my eyelashes to be really bold I end up using one of Tarte’s mascaras.

    Lipstick: I love to add a lip, I usually apply any color with my finger so it gives off a soft, matte blurred look. Kosas lipsticks are the best and I have this nifty product from MAKE beauty that turns any lipstick into a matte lipstick.

    Favorite tricks : to set undereye concealer (or any places that might get shiny) dip a damp beauty blender in the invisible setting powder of your choice (Laura Mercier, W3LL People) and apply the powder that way.

    To get a dewy look, apply setting powder and then spritz your face with something like rosewater!

    This somehow turned into an essay and reading through it maybe I’m not as “simple” with my routine as I thought. I didn’t even include eyeshadow or highlighters in this rundown ;)

  28. Becky says...

    There are a good amount of clean and cruelty free comments here. I hear what people are saying. I would love for all my cosmetics to be both of these but for some folks its a difficult challenge. If covering a birthmark, scar, rosacea acne especially cystic or just on sensitive skin in general it’s not just about finding coverage it’s also finding the right undertone and shade. For some that alone is challenging. We can always do better but its a work in progress. I have bought from companies that are cruelty free but their global parent company is not.

  29. C says...

    I gave up on makeup when I was in high school because my skin is so oily. I just couldn’t find anything that worked for me. Many years later, I still don’t wear much makeup at all but recently started wearing a bb cream because I have large pores and acne scars and as I get older I feel that they’re becoming more visible. I really want to use products that don’t contain silicones or parabens. I’m using Burt’s Bees right now but it’s not really working on my oily skin. My face is an oil slick a few hours into the day. Does anyone know of any bb-type creams that don’t contain toxic ingredients AND that are meant for oily skin?

    • zeezee says...

      how abt the it cosmetics bb cream in the matte formulation (green tube)? the ingredients are good, has spf 50 and helps with oil control. hth!

    • Leena says...

      The Revlon Colorstay foundation for oily/combination skin has been working for me!

    • Twyla says...

      The only bb cream I’ve found that worked quite well on my oily skin is Dior’s. All the rest are too moisturizing. A good BHA (I love Paula’s Choice) and a niacinamide work well on acne scars and large pores too :)

    • C says...

      Thank you all, I will look into those! Appreciate the recommendations!

  30. Lisa says...

    My make up routine has now been honed to meet the following criteria:
    – has to be done super quickly (before the toddler does somehting unspeakable)
    – has to make me look like I’ve slept
    – should be able to be done while holding a small child

    I use the YSL teinte encre (?) which was featured on here once. It’s AMAZING and lasts a long time. It’s sheer, so it just evens out the skin tone but lets things like my freckles shine through.
    Then eyebrow taming – my hairs grow insanely long, so unless I’ve had them trimmed recently I need to stick them down. I use glossier’s boy brow to do this (and hide the “naturally highlighted” hairs that are turning up)
    I then use Nars Portofino Multiple as a blush (and sometimes as a lipstick). It makes me look perky.
    Then eye lash curler and mascara (Neals Yard Remedy) which supposedly is healthy for the lashes? Maybe. It works
    Finally, if I have time Nars Multiple in Copacabana as a highlighter, on my cheekbones and cupid’s bow.

    I wear make up for work, mostly to look like I’ve slept. I do like to experiment, have fun with it but it’s difficult when I don’t have the time. When I’m working from home or over weekends I don’t wear any at all.

  31. Emma says...

    I have light eczema, mostly on my elbow creases and neck but sometimes on my eyelids. My lips do not react kindly to anything on them either.

    1. Wash face with Korres Greek Yogurt
    2. Put on a small amount of Biossance Squalane Phyto-Retinol Serum (This was a Christmas gift and although I’ve really been liking it and it hasn’t bothered my skin, I probably won’t rebuy for myself with my cheap-ass budget.)
    3. Dab a little Cerave Eye Repair cream around my eyes for the dry skin
    4. Put Naturopathica Calendula Essential Hydrating Cream all over my face. It’s heavy but for my dry skin it’s actually been a lifesaver. This is my beauty splurge and the only thing on here I’d really hate to do without.
    5. Clinique SPF 30
    6. Put on a touch of Glossier Cloud Paint in either Dusk or Puff (basically liquid blush). This does not bother my face.
    7. Glossier Boy Brow for my pale eyebrows
    8. Put on whatever mascara I’ve gotten for free. Currently Clinique which I got in a gift box, which I’ve been liking just fine.

    If anyone has any tips for a mascara for eczema-prone eyelids I’d be interested! Usually mascara doesn’t seem to both it, and more what soap I’m using to remove it, but it could very well be adding to the small irritation.

    • Christine says...

      Have you tried a tubing mascara, like Trish McEvoy or Glossier? It forms a little case around your eyelash and you remove by gently using warm water to just kind of pull it off into stringy black fibers. No undead dark smudges in the morning either if you don’t remove before bed!
      I have issues with mascara smearing onto my brow line, which tubing formulas don’t do. The Trish McEvoy high volume one lasted through my (happy) tear-filled wedding too!

    • Heather says...

      I am very curious about the korres yogurt wash. Does it remove eye make-up?

  32. Our makeup bags look very similar! The L’Oreal mascara is brilliant, #1 best drugstore make up find – ever. (I actually think it’s better than the Dior! Plus you can afford to replace the tube more often).
    I switch back and forth with my highlighter and blush. I’m a fan of the Glossier cloud paint and haloscope when using your fingers for application and getting that dewy, youthful look. When I’m tight on time and am using a brush for application I use the Laura Mercier shimmer block in peach mosaic. There’s two colors to blend for highlighting your cheekbones and two colors to blend for a fresh blush with a slight shimmer.
    I noticed you don’t use anything on your brows! I use a tinted gel that goes on with a mascara-like wand. Nothing that requires too much time or precision, but darkens my brows a bit and grooms those hairs into place! You should try it!

  33. whatever says...

    This is a post about one person’s beauty routine. It is clearly not intended to, and does not aspire to be, an exhaustive treatise on the political issues of the cosmetics industry. If you cannot tolerate an article about anything else, and insist that every makeup discussion address those issues, then write your own article, or start your own blog. I will never understand why people feel the need to try to direct and badger strangers who they have never met to do, say, think and write about only the exact things that they approve of. The information about clean beauty, animal testing, and all related issues is widely and easily accessible to all who want more info on those topics. There are other blogs specifically devoted to those issues. We are all adults, with the intelligence and freedom to research and make our own choices. Not only is it unrealistic to expect every person- and every blog post- to constantly parrot and endorse the exact agenda of every reader, this constant insistence that everyone reinforce your own personal choices is inappropriate. And the moral superiority, judgement, intolerance, and arrogance is offensive. Why not just assume positive intent, appreciate the info for what it is, and move along if you don’t need the tips?

    • Tmercí says...

      Thank you! Thank you so much.

    • Hani says...

      Oh my gosh. THANK YOU.

    • JKT II says...

      Thank you!! Could not have said it better.

  34. Lydia says...

    I’m curious if there is anyone else who doesn’t ever wear makeup at all? I have fairly severe eczema and any makeup just irritates my skin. I can’t get over the feeling that there is STUFF on my skin. But at the same time, I do sometimes wonder if I don’t get as good service or don’t commandeer as much respect because I don’t look as “put-together” or as “healthy” as people who wear makeup? I often hear people say things like, “I wear this makeup because my skin looks splotchy, but this product makes my skin look healthy!” I can’t help but think, “ooh, If my skin looks perma splotchy and I don’t wear makeup, do I look unhealthy to the rest of the world?”

    I’m curious to hear from people who choose not to wear makeup at all.

    • Jojo says...

      I don’t wear make-up. I love Drunk Elephant in part because their philosophy is to improve skin so that you do not have to wear make-up. They also show women on their Instagram without make-up in natural light. I’m not above. I’m not against it. I do think there is a problem if we feel that women are supposed to look a certain way or that natural skin is by definition not good enough. No one should feel “naked” without make-up. Ideally, it’s for fun.

    • Rue says...

      I’ve recently come around to the idea that it might make me look more like ME when I’m wearing little or no makeup.

      For whatever reason makeup feels like something I should have on for work (like business casual clothing for my face), but I’m embracing more and more the times that I don’t put makeup on, or only put on the things I truly find fun and pleasurable just for me, like just mascara or just a swipe of lip color.

      The other week I had brunch with two close women friends, and we didn’t plan on it or anything, but none of us were wearing any makeup, and it made me feel so at home. Here I was with these smart beautiful women I’m so close to, and it felt somehow more fully *us* to be there in casual clothes and “undone” (real, honest, serious, open) faces. Each of us has lived our lives so fully so far, that I think there’s something pretty amazing in honoring that by being just ourselves, with little adornment.

      But I’m sitting here typing this with my tinted moisturizer, bronzer, and mascara on, and maybe that’s in part because I’m trained to not fully show myself to others day to day.

      This is a long way of saying that I bet you look brilliant and healthy and beautiful without makeup, and ideally for all of us it would be something we purely choose to do for ourselves alone, and I don’t think I can say that about my own makeup routine and have it be 100% truthful. Not yet anyway.

    • Eloise says...

      No makeup here, either. I actually tried a foundation for a week last year, but while it (Urban Decay’s Naked, I think) actually looked good, it made my skin breat out big time. I’ve never worn makeup at 50+ and just feel like it’s not worth the learning curve at this point. Just, just, just started using Drunk Elephant cleanser and facial oil, though. Gonna throw Vitamin C serum in the mix soon.

    • Laura says...

      It is very very rare that I wear makeup – it usually means I’m at a wedding or a very formal work event. I have never felt like myself in makeup, I am terrible about rubbing my face and eyes when I’m tired or stressed so makeup gets schmeered whenever I do wear it. So I mostly don’t.

      I think it’s the kind of thing where if you always wear it and then one day you don’t, people will notice. But if you never wear it then it’s fine. And my personal philosophy is if someone is judging you for not wearing makeup (or shaving or what you’re wearing, etc.) is screw them, you do you – plus, you have better things to do with your life.

    • Sasha L says...

      Hi Lydia! I never wear makeup, not even to a wedding. I stopped years ago because I have allergies and touch my eyes too much (goodbye mascara), I felt like I wanted to spend that time doing other things, I didn’t like the scary ingredients (long ago enough that there weren’t many choices). Over time what I’ve discovered is that I actually feel better about how I look, I like my face more, not less, even now that I’m 46 and have some wrinkles. I actually like them! I feel like I’m allowing the world to really see me, no hiding. And what others say is, wow, you look so young, your skin is amazing. I feel like I don’t need to look young or amazing though, I’m ok just with my plain old face. I also don’t like the feeling of anything on my skin (including sun screen, although I use when necessary to avoid a burn). I think my skin is probably nicer because I don’t put anything on it.

      I don’t have judgement for others who do wear makeup (or color their hair, follow fashion trends, dress up, fix their hair, wear heels, etc). I really like to look at others’ expressions of creativity and who they are. AOC’s bright red lipstick is so amazing! I get why it’s fun to wear makeup, it’s just not for me. I don’t worry that I don’t look as good as I might if I wore it, that’s a conscious choice I’m happy about. I’m good enough just me.

    • Chicago Mama says...

      No make up here either. Just jojoba oil and I’m done. On the rare special occasion but not to work (and I’m in banking). I’m in a niche group though so there are a lot of women and most of them also wear very little makeup. As I get older I realize this is just the process of me becoming comfortable with myself (which is to say, I accept that I’m someone generally too lazy to bother).

    • Emma says...

      I don’t wear it every day, and generally not to work. I just don’t think I should “need” to, so I don’t. Since I stopped, I like how I look a lot more, but I also put less weight on how I look. And when I do choose to wear it? It’s WAY more fun.

    • meg says...

      I’d been thinking about this post and all the comments since it was published, and have been trying to sort out “why” I stopped wearing makeup. I’d somehow slipped into using cheap gloppy foundation, on top of sensitive skin, which never felt right. I’d also slipped into depression, which resulted in minimizing effort in the morning.

      This afternoon, my psychiatrist and I had a conversation about this very topic and I mentioned this post and all the comments!

      When discussing my feelings about gaining weight, he kindly asked how I felt about my face. I’d stopped wearing makeup months ago except for occasional concealer – but hardly bother with that anymore, either, despite small blemishes and even a few spots where I’ve picked at them. It’s not, frankly, the most professional look and I’d normally feel self-conscious, but I haven’t had the oomph to care or worry much about it.

      But I also think it’s because I’d pushed back at all the “shoulds” in my life – I was taught that women “should” wear makeup to look nice. I’m 40 and it has always felt like an obligation for women to wear makeup to fit in and look nice to others, not a choice for our own confidence or because it could be fun. Reading the comments here have helped turn that idea around for me and I’m inspired to try again, especially if some of these foundations are as light as described!

  35. Jenn says...

    BLINC mascara is literally the best, it coats the eyelashes, and comes right off in clumps with warm water, you never have to worry about black smears on your face ever ever again! and it makes your lashes a lot fuller!

    • AM says...

      YESSSSS! My favorite! It actually stays on! For years, I ended up with mascara smudges under my eyes by noon, but now: never! Love Blinc!

  36. Eva Maria says...

    You are beautiful!

  37. Hallie says...

    Please try more clean beauty! A lot of the products you listed have toxic chemicals. The application Think Dirty is an awesome tool that helps you swap products for cleaner, more sustainable alternatives. As I’ve ran out of products throughout the past year, I’ve been swapping them for cleaner versions from the makeup store Credo.

    I think that what you put on your face is as important as what you eat. That being said, I also live by the motto “everything in moderation, including moderation” and occasionally will use “dirtier” versions of makeup because the cleaner versions just aren’t the same and can be pricey just like how I occasionally (well, actually pretty often, haha) indulge in very unhealthy food! :)

  38. Jessie says...

    I recently discovered Supergoop (daily sunscreen, it comes in a pot…I forget the name) & Vapor cosmetics. Vapor is natural & doesn’t contain any coconut oil, which always makes me break out. Vapor’s luminous foundation & cream blushes are wonderful for my sensitive skin.

    • peach says...

      Almost the same routine here! Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer (or Candleglow Luminous Foundation for special occasions), NARS Orgasm all around the face and lipstick. Done!

    • Megan says...

      There’s also supergoop that comes in a tube and it dries so silky like makeup primer! Love it, especially living in Texas, where it doesn’t make you feel like you have a plastic bag on your face in the 100+ degree heat.

  39. Lisa says...

    Where is this adorable makeup bag from?

  40. Stephanie says...

    How does it only take 3 minutes though?!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Haha it really does! Just put on the foundation and eye stuff (1.5 minutes), then mascara (20 seconds), brush on bronzer and blush (30 seconds) and lipstick (20 seconds). Maybe less than 3 mins! :)

    • zeezee says...

      i think it’s because you have rather flawless skin and just need a base to even out the complexion. for me, just painstakingly concealing my blemishes will take 5 mins! lol

      joanna – thanks for the rec on monte carlo. i just ordered it!

  41. Lynne says...

    Wow, your eyebrows are beautiful au naturel. Let them be.

  42. Lynn says...

    I’m 58 and finally found a routine that’s working to keep fine lines and wrinkles at bay. I use Ole Hendrickson Vit C Truth Serum (ah-mazing), Lancôme Genefique serum (pricey but it works), Cera VE Day moisturizer with SPF 30, Lancôme Teint Idole applied very sparingly with a beauty blender, Lancôme Absolue powder in Golden very sparingly, Physicans Formula Butter Bronzer, MAC mineral blush, Lancôme primer for my dark lids, eyeshadow from Urban Decay Naked 2, Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner, Urban Decay Lash Primer , Younique Epic mascara, fill in brows, and whatever lip I’m feeling for the day, often a nude. Finish with Mario Badescu aloe spray. Sounds like a lot, but I use it all with a light touch so I don’t look like Susie Makeup Face😁

    • Jean says...

      Love this, thank you! I’m always looking for makeup recs from someone with real lines. A 26 year old recommending a wrinkle cream? Come back in 30 years kiddo.

    • Lisa says...

      I’m in my mid 40’s and always appreciate a recommendation from someone older. I’ve been using Dermalogica for years and still love it, but I went out and bought the Ole Hendrickson Vit C serum that you recommended. Sephora sells a mini kit that includes 2 moisturizers along with the Vit C serum. I never know if it’s mind over matter, but I really do think the Serum has been great. I wake up to less blotchy and even-toned skin. Thank you!!