Let’s face it, mornings are hectic around here. So I’m lucky if I get 5 minutes to brush my hair, wash my face, and run out the door.
But in an effort to treat my skin and face a little better now that I’m getting older, I’ve tried to develop a bit of a skincare routine to take better care of it.
I’ve done great with this simple skincare routine at night, but I’m not going to lie, I do seem to have trouble sticking to one in the morning.
So in an effort to keep things simple, I took a couple simple steps from my nightly skincare routine, added a few of my favorite makeup products, and called it a day!
And before I jump in, I think it’s important to let you know that I am not a beauty blogger. I haven’t tested a ton of products, found a proven system that works, etc.
But this is a simple routine that works for me and my skin and keeps my face looking fresh without caking on the makeup all day!
MY GO-TO MORNING MAKEUP ROUTINE & FAVORITE PRODUCTS I SWEAR BY
First things first…
STEP 1: WASH YOUR FACE
I’m notorious for simply splashing water on my face and going about my morning, but I’ve been trying to be better about actually using a cleanser in the mornings.
I start with reusable makeup removing washcloths and charcoal facial soap.
These washcloths are easy on my skin and don’t use any chemicals to remove makeup. You just add hot water and the makeup comes off with ease!
To take it a step further, I add some charcoal facial soap to help detox my skin and unclog my pores. This soap has done wonders for my skin!
STEP 2: USE A TONER
Now, I told you I never truly washed my face before, so it goes without saying that I also never used a toner.
I never knew the difference it would make for my skin! Toners are designed to help clear up your complexion and even your skin tone.
I’ve always struggled with a little blotchiness but never knew it could be addressed.
With this all-natural Cocokind organic rosewater facial toner, my skin has never looked healthier! I love this stuff and use it morning and night!
Not only does it leave your face feeling light and refreshed, but it also smells good too! I just spray a few pumps on my face post-cleansing, morning and night, and reap all the benefits!
STEP 3: HONEST BEAUTY CCC CREAM
This CCC cream is my favorite! I love that it doesn’t have any harsh chemicals in it, and I love how it helps give you an even complexion without feeling too heavy!
It’s super light and breathable, so it’ll feel like you have nothing on!
This will quickly become your one-stop shop in the mornings!
STEP 4: CONCEALER
My skin is not perfect. Not even close. And some days I just let that slide. But when I’m running out and I need a little extra help or I’m trying to hide those bags under my eyes, I turn to Benefit’s Boing Industrial Strength Concealer.
This stuff is gold, I tell you. I swear by it. It definitely hides any and all blemishes or splotches, and it does wonders with those circles under your eyes.
STEP 5: EYEBROWS
Eyebrows are another big one for me! Oftentimes, I’ll just focus on covering up any splotches then fill out my eyebrows and call it a day!
This Ka-Brow gel by Benefit has been a game-changer for me and comes in all kinds of shades to match your natural brows. And this is something I get asked about ALL the time! Grab some for yourself and see what I mean!
Another step I’ve added to my skincare routine lately is a little DIY Last Boost that I make myself (I got the idea from Brook over at NestingWell).
I simply purchase empty, refillable mascara tubes and add 6-8 drops of lavender essential oil, 6-8 drops of cedarwood essential oil, and fill the rest up with organic castor oil.
Just use like you would mascara before bed to help nourish your eyelashes, and do a quick coat over your eyebrows as well!
This helps promote healthy follicles and hair growth! I’ve definitely noticed a difference. Make an extra or two while you’re at it – they make for fun gifts!
WHEN I WANT TO PUT ON A FULL FACE…
I usually stop my routine with the 5 steps above just because I am not the biggest fan of all-day, everyday makeup — I like my skin to breathe! — and I just don’t have a lot of extra time in my morning.
But when I do want to put on a full face (because who doesn’t every now and then?), these are the products I swear by…
THE PORE PROFESSIONAL BY BENEFIT
This Pore Professional foundation creates a nice, smooth foundation to add your powder or blush to! It smooths out the appearance of pores and fine lines so your powders don’t collect anywhere. I love this stuff!
BARE MINERALS MEDIUM/BEIGE FOUNDATION
Bare Minerals foundation is my favorite! It’s a light powder that doesn’t cake on but still gives you a nice, matte finish!
BARE MINERALS GLEE BLUSH
I love blush! And this Bare Minerals Glee blush is the perfect powder addition to finish up your face! I love this warm pink color with the Medium Beige foundation!
URBAN DECAY BOURBON EYELINER
I have been using this glide eyeliner by Urban Decay for a decade, and I just can’t seem to find anything I like better! I love the glide pencil and this Bourbon shade is the perfect color for my skin tone!
THEY’RE REAL MASCARA
This mascara is my very favorite! They’re Real by Benefit helps create longer, fuller lashes, and it hands down beats every other mascara I’ve tried!
And that’s it! I told you I’m no beauty blogger, but this simple routine works for me to give me a semi-polished-but-didn’t-try-too-hard face.
What are some of your very favorite skincare or makeup products? Share them with me in the comments!
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