i’m calling this ten steps, but most of the time i skip three of them, so it’s technically a seven step process. seven isn’t an even number, though, and ten makes more sense, so we’ll call it that.
my usual response to “daily makeup” routine videos is “great, another basic white girl is going to show me products that cost hundreds of dollars and take an hour to completely put on. let’s watch shane dawson put oreos on his eyelids instead, that sounds like much more fun.”
recently, though, i’ve been watching brooklyn and bailey, which is a youtube channel run by twins my age. i did not at all think i would like them, but they’re very relatable to me because they’re literally a couple months older than me and have a video in which one of them does their daily makeup routine and uses literally the same amount of makeup i use. here’s a hint: it’s not very much compared to most people my age.
however, they also use more expensive makeup from sephora and such places, which is a store i stepped into once and have chosen never to return to. it’s a dark, dark place, people. also, the first thing i saw was a $30 eye shadow. a singular eyeshadow. ummmmm no. you can literally get the exact same products at walgreens or fred meyer for 3/4 of that price. they might be a little cheaper quality depending on the brand, but if you know what you’re looking for, it can be well worth it. also, if you’re spending like a $2 on basic stuff like lipgloss or single eyeshadows, you can splurge on the more essential and fancy stuff like foundation and blush, which still only add up to like $12 each from good quality makeup companies like neutrogena or almay. or, if you need a specialized face product, you can splurge on that and save on “accessory makeup” (lip gloss, eye shadow, lipstick, eyeliner, etc.). drugstore makeup is possibly the best thing in the world. also, e.l.f, and if you don’t know what that is, google them. they will change your life.
i have spent many a $20 bill experimenting with drugstore makeup and perusing the makeup aisles in places like walgreens (my personal favorite) or fred meyer (a tad more expensive, but with a few brands walgreens doesn’t carry, like physician’s formula). now don’t get me wrong, i may have spent quite a bit of money on this shit, but that does not at all make me any kind of expert on it. at all. on the contrary, i am the type of person you may refer to as a “late bloomer”. i didn’t know what mascara was until the sixth grade, and still i didn’t learn how to even use it until maybe last year. actually, up until last year, the only makeup i even used was eye shadow, and even then, rarely. needless to say, i come from a rather… interesting girlhood education (let’s just say my mom likes to think that what works on her will work on her children as well, despite the fact that i’m literally three skin tones darker than her and basically never break out unless i’ve used a new product my skin decided it doesn’t like or am bleeding violently out of my hoo-ha). maybe i’ll write a whole other post on that. i probably could, with all the girly shit i’ve had to teach myself how to do over the past few years. and get this, my grandma and sister’s best friend’s mother (it’s way less complicated than it sounds, trust me) are beauticians. how fucked up is it that i didn’t know how to use mascara until last year or that i didn’t know how to straighten my hair until two years ago?! okay that’s it, this is gonna be a whole nother post.
so here i have what i like to call “the 10 step drugstore makeup routine for the girl who literally has to teach herself how do everything girl-related and also has no idea how to. as taught by that same girl, who now sort of knows how to do all those things and would like to make your life slightly easier by showing you what you need and how to use it on a daily basis. also, she found the cheapest shit that works the best so that you don’t have to.” enjoy.
can we please just take a moment to appreciate the fabulousness that is my makeup bag? look at itttttt. it’s just so cute! okay, onto the post.
here’s what you’re gonna need (i’ve listed everything i only use when i have time as optional, because those are things i don’t do every single day, just when i actually wake up early enough):
- bb cream
- moisturizer (optional)
- concealer (optional)
- pressed powder
- highlighting pallette (optional)
- eye primer (optional)
- makeup wipes (sort of optional)
- lip gloss & chapstick
- makeup brushes of assorted sizes
so the first thing i usually do is put on bb cream at the same time as my moisturizer. this is a trick i learned from brooklyn and bailey that i haven’t done before, but i do really like it because it makes my face feel softer and provides a good base for everything else.
about 90% of my makeup is e.l.f or neutrogena because they give you the most bang for your buck, especially for a cheap buck. they’re also more natural, better for your skin, and either 100% or mostly cruelty free (which is my number one requirement). e.l.f is 100% cruelty free, and literally the cheapest makeup you can ever find. the bb cream is neutrogena, about $10, and the moisturizer is a derma e formula best for my skin type, about $12.
i usually dot on the bb cream and moisturizer together like above, 2 dots under each eye, 3 across my forehead, 1 on my nose, 1 below it, 1 between my eyebrows, 1 on each cheek, and 2-3 up the sides of my cheeks around my face. you can use your fingers or a beauty blender sponge to blend it all in. if you’re unfamiliar with bb cream, it’s basically a tinted moisturizer that makes your skin all the same color. it can also be a sunscreen, acne cream, and breakout preventer. this one is all those, and it’s absolutely fabulous. i already know that my skin gets red in between and above my eyebrows, on my chin, and below my nose, so i try and focus on those areas.
next is concealer. this is the first step i usually skip on an ordinary day because i don’t usually need it. i have absurdly clear skin, not to brag or anything, but i do, so i don’t really use much concealer. the one place i do really need it, though, is under my nose right next to the edge of my nostril, where i get really bad cystic acne nodules. other than that, the occasional pimple pops up around my period, so that’s the only time i really use it. once again, this is the neutrogena blemish concealer, about $9.50. it has salicylic acid in it, which helps clear up pimples while it covers them.
i am not a fan of full blown liquid foundation because of how heavy it is and how much trouble it is to put on every single morning. i’ve worn it before as stage makeup, and it’s one of the only things that makes me break out horribly whenever i wear it. instead, i prefer to just stick with bb cream and then dust on pressed powder all over my face so it’s not so shiny. the pressed powder i’m using is, surprise surprise, neutrogena healthy skin pressed powder compact. the makeup brushes i have are from e.l.f. they were a birthday present from a couple years ago and the adhesive is coming apart, so i’m saving up for a new set, but they work really well other than that. to apply the pressed powder, i use the full face brush and just dust it all over my face.
next, blush, possibly my favorite because it’s literally so easy. and not in an “omg this is so easy, all you need is three different products and six different brushes and like an hour to work” sort of way. no. this is actually really easy. i’m using the e.l.f baked blush, which was in my christmas stocking. you can get it on their website for like $3. previous to that, i was using a loose powder blush that i could not stand. it was so messy and got everywhere and always used way too much on accident. and that is where this comes in. you literally can not use too much of it and it looks good on every skin tone. i assume you know very well how to use blush. if not, it’s very simple. find the apples of your cheeks, basically by making the face i am in the picture above, and then brushing the powder across them with a smaller powder brush or blush brush. simple.
now that all the face and skin stuff is done, you’re home free. from here, it’s all eye makeup, and like half of it is optional. when i don’t have much time in the morning, i’ll do bb cream, maybe blush, and the next step, which is mascara and eyeliner. first, we do eyeliner. this is, once again, is a neutrogena automatic pencil, about $8. i suck at ordinary eyeliner, so all i do is line my waterline. i’ll usually pull down on my lower lid with my finger and then run the pencil across my lashes and waterline a few times. just make sure not to stab yourself in the eye with the tip and it’s all good. i always do this first so that my eyelashes aren’t all stiff from the mascara, which i do next. this mascara is physician’s formula, 100% organic, and about $10. it’s shaped like a leaf, which i guess is fun, but other than that it’s just your average mascara. and, because mascara is hard and i don’t know anyone who can apply it without getting some all over their eyelids and the surrounding area, makeup wipes are necessary for this process. these are just basic neutrogena makeup wipes, about $5. my mom buys them in bulk (?) from costco, so that’s an option if you use a lot of these like i do. i also really like the burts bees grapefruit makeup wipes, which are also about $5 and are designed for more sensitive skin. also, they smell like grapefruit, and who doesn’t want that?!
these next few steps are all completely optional, to be honest. i only do these when i have to look nice or i actually have time. first, i got this highlighting pallette also in my stocking and i have no idea how to use it so take all this with a grain of salt. this pallette is about $6 and because i don’t know the real purpose for it, i use it the lightest one as an under-eye concealer and the others as eyeshadows (which, for the record, the bottom of it says is perfectly fine because it’s a multi-use product). as you can see from the picture above, i just use my widest eyeshadow brush and brush it below my eyes. next, i take my eyeshadow primer, which is about $3 on the e.l.f site, and dab a dot on each eyelid. i just use my finger to blend it in, and if i don’t have time to add eyeshadow, i leave it as is. it’s just shimmery enough to make it look like i’m wearing eyeshadow when i’m not actually. if i do have time, though, i’ll pick one of the other colors on the pallette and brush them across my eyelid with one of the other eyeshadow brushes.
my very last step is to just brush up my eyebrows and make sure they don’t look like something died in them. already, i have really wiry and bigger eyebrows, so every couple months i wax in between them to prevent “them” becoming “it”. other than that, i don’t really fill in my eyebrows, i just use an eyebrow brush to neaten them up, and if necessary, i’ll pluck the edges if they’re starting to look off. on occasion, if i’m going to a dance or somewhere nice or if they’re looking a little thin, i’ll run my eyebrow brush across my mascara wand and then brush them so that they’ll stay in shape all day and be a little thicker. also, i’ll run an eos across my lips and then add some lip gloss. the ones i’ve been using are the purple eos, about $3, and a neutrogena lip gloss in the color “fruity pink” (who named this and why did they think it would be a good idea), which is about $8.50. despite the horrendous name, i actually really like this lipgloss because it’s not so sticky like most lip glosses tend to get. and thus concludes my so-called “everyday” makeup.
and there you have it! let’s be honest here, that was so much easier than what you’ll see or read anywhere else. also, way cheaper. in all, everything i used adds up to $78, not including all my brushes. this is all stuff i’ve collected over the past few years, and not all of it i’ve bought myself. before you say “omg that’s way too expensive why do you say that’s cheap i don’t have 80 bucks laying around to blow on glorified face paint” let me tell you about an article i read the other day on snapchat discover (i can’t remember which one) in which a writer compared how much a full face of drugstore makeup cost versus how much a full face of “high-end” makeup cost. for her, a full face of “high-end” makeup cost somwhere between $500 and $700, whereas the drugstore makeup totalled to $100. trust me here, it’s worth it. my favorite makeup brands that work, are cruelty-free, and are more “natural” when it comes to ingredients are as follows: e.l.f, neutrogena, almay, and physician’s formula. a few other brands not necessarily makeup related, but beauty related that i use are: alba botanica, paul mitchell, it’s a 10, derma e, and sally hansen.
i hope you enjoyed this and let me know if you want me to do more like it. please tell me if this was helpful to you, and also whether or not you use these products. if you have any recommendations for products, tell me, because i’m always game to spend money on makeup i have no idea how to use! seriously though, just looking up these prices on the e.l.f and neutrogena websites killed me, i want it alllll.