My Everyday Makeup Routine

January 11, 2017


My Everyday Makeup Routine Tutorial

It has been so long since I’ve said I was going to share my everyday makeup routine with you all. Let’s blame the baby, k? This is the routine that I do every day when I’m going out in public and want to look presentable. I have a much shorter routine on the days that I’m home, or don’t feel like spending a lot of time getting ready. You know those days! This beauty routine doesn’t take me long though, maybe about 10 minutes. I’m sharing all the products I’ve used too, so if you’re interested, you can recreate this same look at home. Now let’s get to it! Here’s my everyday makeup routine:

My Everyday Makeup Routine

My Favorite Beauty Products for my Everyday Beauty Routine

Step 1// Foundation

I’ve been loving this Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer in Alabaster. It comes with a brush attached to the lid, but I don’t really use it, except to dot the product on my face. I feel like the brush doesn’t really blend that well, but the formula is my fave. I get just the right amount of coverage that’s not too light or too heavy. I have a lot of pink pigmentation in my skin, so sheer foundations don’t work for me. To blend the foundation I use this EcoTools Blending & Bronzing Brush.

clinique beyond perfecting foundation applying foundation

Step 2// Eyes, Lashes & Brows

I got so used to not doing anything with my eyes and lashes when I got eyelash extensions. I had them for the first few months with Augustine and it made things so easy! But I feel like it’s best to keep things as natural as can be and, besides the fact that they’re expensive to maintain, I didn’t want to destroy my lashes. So here’s my current eye routine:

smashbox soft light eye palette review

I curl my lashes with the Shiseido Eyelash Curler. It’s true that it’s the best! I’ve been really liking this palette by Smashbox Cosmetics in Softlight. It has a lot of good colors to mix and blend with and it gives a nice glow.

smashbox soft light eye palette

I usually just use my fingers when applying eyeshadow because it’s easiest!

applying eyeshadow

For a liner, I’ve been using the Endless Silky Eye Pencil from Pixi Beauty in Graphic Greige. I usually line the upper lids and lightly line the lower. When I want a cat eye look, though, I reach for the stila Stay All Day Liquid Eyeliner in Intense Black. The brush is perfect to get a good flick! 

pixi beauty eye pencil review

To finish off the look, I add mascara. I’ve been using this Urban Decay Perversion mascara that I really like. It goes on really clean and isn’t too wet or dry. A good drugstore one is L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Mascara.

applying mascara

For brows, I use the Lancôme Le Crayon Poudre Eyebrow Powder Pencil in Brunet just to fill in a bit and add a little arch definition. I like the powder finish since it’s not oily.

filling in eyebrows

Step 3// Concealer

I’ve been using the Glossier Stretch Concealer in Medium and really like it. I always put this on after I do my eyeshadow just in case eyeshadow falls under my eyes.

glossier stretch concealer reviewdotting on the glossier concealer

Step 4// Bronzer

I’ve been using the Dolce & Gabbana bronzer in Natural since this post and love it. It’s lasted a long time {obviously!} but the color is really great and a little goes a long way. I’m also a fan of the Nars Laguna bronzer.

my favorite natural looking bronzer dolce and gabbana bronzer review

Step 5// Blush

I stopped wearing blush for the longest time but now I’m back on the blush train! I’ve been using this Air Blush by Marc Jacobs in Kink & Kisses lately and love how it looks. It’s light and not too heavy. During the spring and summer, I usually wear Benefit’s Dandelion Baby-Pink blush.

Marc Jacobs Air Blush

Step 6// Highlighter

I’ve been using the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Luminous Light for awhile now. It gives a little champagne pearl shimmer so it’s perfect on the tops of your cheekbones. As far as highlighters go, I also like the one from Jouer. I use the color Tiare. If you’re looking for a cream consistency, and want some more intensity, go with the one from Jouer, but if you just want a little illumination, the Hourglass powder would be perfect!

hourglass ambient powder in luminous light using a powder highlighter from hourglassjouer highlighter in tiare reviewapplying highlighter

Step 7// Powder

I’ve been using the Lancôme Dual Finish Powder since high school and I swear by it. I’ve used others and none compare. I feel like this is what always gives me a flawless finish. The shade I use is Versatile 310 Bisque II. This is something I wear daily.

the best flawless makeup powder

Step 8// Lips

If I’m just wanting a simple, lip balm look I love the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment. It has an SPF in it too. For lip color, my go-to has been this one from Dolce and Gabbana in Dolce Rosa. It’s been my favorite pink. I talked about it in my Top 10 Products from 2016 post too!

favorite lip products my favorite pink lipstick - dolce and gabbana dolce rosa the best pink lipstick

And even though it’s not a makeup product, perfume is always the final touch! I’ve been loving the Paco Rabanne Olympéa perfume, after using it in this post!

pretty and natural everyday makeup Mara's Everyday Beauty Routine

There you have it! My everyday makeup routine. I hope that was helpful. If you have any questions, ask away!

What do you guys think about these makeup tutorials? I loved putting together this feminine holiday makeup tutorial and I’m thinking it would be fun to do them more often. What do you think? Is that something you’d be interested in?



foundation . eyelash curler . eyeshadow palette . eye pencil . mascaraeyebrow pencil . concealer . bronzer . blush . lighting powder . highlighter . powder . lip balm . lipstick . perfume .

photos by Valorie Darling

  • Michelle Joseph

    Oooh I am going to try Urban Decay’s Perversion mascara. I am always looking for new mascaras to try.

    Mich x

    • Yes try it and let me konw what you think!! I hope you like it! Do you have a favorite mascara??

      • Michelle Joseph

        Yes, I usually go for anything Maybelline 🙂

  • Rach

    Your makeup looks so good! I love how it looks light and natural!

    • Yes light and natural is always my goal!! Thanks Rach!!

  • Your makeup always looks beautiful, so thanks for sharing the products you use! I love the Hourglass powder, too!

    • That’s so nice of you! Thank you so much!! Glad you like Hourglass too!!

  • Emily

    I love your make-up tutorials! Reading about other women’s make-up routines is fascinating to me, and I always get new product recommendations. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • I’m the same!! It’s always so interesting to hear about other people’s favorite products. Glad you liked it Emily!!

  • Love this make up look 🙂

    Rachael xx.

    • Really glad you like it Rachael!! Thank you for leaving a comment!!

  • Love this soft and pretty makeup look! I cannot do shadow with my fingers (only the shimmery lid shade or cream) but it looks amazing when you do it!

    • I don’t know why but I can’t use brushes on my eyes. It ends up looking terrible. I need to take a class or something haha!

  • I love reading other people’s makeup routines! I love the luminous light hourglass powder too. I wear it everyday to set my makeup and add a nice glow! I love your picks!!

    xoxo Mollie

    • Love that you’re a fan of the Hourglass powder too!! Which color do you use? I’m thinking of getting another because I love it so much!

      • I use Luminous light in the summer and then Diffused light in the winter, when I get too pale and Luminous becomes too visible on my skin. I just love they way they both look!

        • good to know! I need to try Diffused Light! Thanks Mollie!

  • Tali

    Love your makeup posts!

    • SO glad! Thank you Tali. Appreciate your feedback!

  • Mara, so pretty! Love your everyday look! Thank you for sharing:P

    Shall We Sasa

  • Amanda Mercado

    I always love seeing what other people use for makeup! Between that and my best friend who is a make up artist, it’s how I find the best products. Definitely trying a few of these.

    xo, Amanda

    • oh how amazing that your best friend is a makeup artist! She probably has lots of good tips for you!

  • Yes! I love your makeup tutorials, they’re so pretty and easy to do! I love Hourglass highlighters!


    • oh yay!! SO glad to hear that. Thank you Alysa!! And Hourglass is one of my faves too 🙂

  • I’m always curious what products other people are using, so I love posts like this one! And as always, your photography is beautiful, which helps a lot.

    Something About That

  • I love the Clinique foundation and applicator, I’ve had that one on my wishlist for awhile but just haven’t given it the test. It looks beautiful on you! xo

    McKenzie |

    • Thanks McKenzie! I really like the formula! It’s been my go-to! Curious what you think about it if you try it!

  • Such a great post! You are so beautiful! Def going to check out that Clinique foundation! I have such a hard time finding a shade that’s light enough for me! #paleskinproblems

    xo, Jennifer

    • Aw yes check it out! They have a lot of lighter colors 🙂

  • Brandi Matthews

    Love this! I really want to try your blush and highlighter because they’re so pretty on you!

    Xx Brandi

  • Do you line your lower lids as well?

    • Yes! Oops did I not mention that? I lightly line the lower lids with the Pixi Beauty pencil!

  • I would definitely be interested in more of these! Your makeup is always on point and is the perfect combination of glam and natural. I love all of these products and will definitely integrate some into my makeup routine. Thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks so much Jessie!! Really appreciate your feedback!!

  • You truly are a natural beauty! LOVE your makeup look!


  • Loved this post! I love how natural and well you applied to bring out your natural beauty!

    xo, Yasmin

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