I was recently asked to share my skin/make up/beauty routine because it's fun and fascinating to see how different women go about their regimen. Today I'm going to touch on my make up routine - a total snooze for you boys reading this blog - but maybe more fun for the ladies.
Growing up, my mom wore very little make up and with that example I didn't even think about make up until college. But even then, I would wear a smidge of mascara and call it a day. Since then, I've had a lot more fun experimenting with different make ups and techniques. I think a bare natural face is beautiful, blemishes and all, but I also think it's fun to transform yourself with a little make up. I'm not particularly brand loyal and I typically don't spend a whole lot of money or time on make up - so I want to share with you all my quick "daily" make up routine.
SKIN / PREP
1. I start with skin prep - you can read all about that here.
2. I love shimmery neutral palettes for my eyes. I brush a light cream color across my entire lid. Sometimes I'll then brush a slightly darker cream across my lower lid. 3. 3. Then I dab a bit of darker shadow (usually a shimmery grey) in the outer corners of my eyes for a little pop.
CHEEKS / BLUSH
4. Right now I'm using a cream blush. I dab and blend into the apples of my cheeks where I naturally flush.
5. I like to define my eyebrows by taking an angled brush, running it under the tap for a second and dipping it into a dark brown eye shadow. I lightly fill in my brows.
Note: I don't tweeze or wax my brows ever. I've tried and it's just too painful and the stray hairs here or there don't really bother me much.
MASCARA / LASHES
6. I always use a waterproof mascara in black on my lashes. Otherwise, it will rub off on my upper eyelid.
7. I like to highlight my upper lid, just below my brow bone and upper cheek bone with a little bit of cream or translucent shimmer powder.
8. I usually leave my lips completely bare but will apply chap stick throughout the day. Sometimes I'll wear gloss or lipstick but it's not a part of my daily routine.
• Liquid Liner - I use Liquid Last in black from MAC. It's one of the few products I'm loyal to. I wear this when I want a retro look or just a little more oomph in my eyes.
• In general, I like to play up either my eyes or lips - but usually I'll choose my eyes. Otherwise, people think I look tired.
• I use a combination of the brushes you see above and my fingers for all applications.
• My favorite make up artist is Kevyn Aucoin - he has great books and advice. I credit him for my love of make up.
So let's hear it - what are some of your favorite products and/or techniques for a daily face?
P.S. I'm going to continue to expand on this new "matters" series. I'm an open book, so let me know if there are any other life/beauty/money/marriage/food/etc. topics or specifics you'd like me to dive into. I'll be talking about money next!
J & K started this blog project to document the remodel of their 1929 historical home in the heart of Oklahoma City. It has now turned into a documentation of life, food, fashion, freelance, inspiration, design, adventures and details around the J & K house.
Kathleen works as an award-winning brand consultant and designer specializing in small business branding at Braid Creative & Consulting. Jeremy is a software engineer and is the left-brain to Kathleen’s right.
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J & K: Blog Archive
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- Weekend Style
- Money | Matters
- Breakfast for Dinner: Indian style
- Anatomy of an Outfit: Crazy Legs
- Alt - The Summer Camp Experience
- Everest Luck
- Girl Crush: Michelle Martin-Coyne
- Anatomy of an Outfit: '70s Butt
- And Kathleen Business Cards
- Roasted Veggies and Pesto Pasta
- Make Up | Matters
- Always a Bridesmaid...
- THE JoDI FONT
- Happy Day
- Sweet Potato and Black Bean Lasagna
- Anatomy of an Outfit: Bumblebee
- Anatomy of an Outfit: Casual Friday
- Wedding Invitation: Letterpress Airmail
- Skin | Matters
- 7 months freelance
- Hello, Twenty-Eleven.
- Cucumbers & Hummus Lunch
- Anatomy of an Outfit: The Kathleen Scarf
- So very not glamorous.
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- Eva Black | Spaces
- Emma Dime
- Life as an Artistpreneur
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- Sarah Von Bargen's Small Biz Blog
- Design Crush
- The Equals Record
- Emmarie Designs
- Rory Gordon
- Yellow Brick Home
- The Creatives Project
- Silly Grrl
- Photographers Skeen
- The Clothes Make the Girl
- Bringing Design Home
- Pip & Estella
- A Practical Wedding
- Kind of a Sideshow
- Sandra Juto
- Old Sweet Song
- Rambling Renovators
- Brooklyn Bride
- Design Crush
- Experiment in Poverty
- The Jealous Curator
- Making it Lovely
- Dressing on the Side
- The Oklahoman
- Young House Love
- Oh So Beautiful Paper
- A Cup of Jo
- Brooklyn Limestone
- Glamour Weddings