I’m going to be super real with you for a second – I’m not the kind of girl who wakes up every morning and does her makeup before she heads out the door. As much as I love makeup (and trust me, I love makeup…just ask my makeup budget) I just…love sleep more. And yoga. And breakfast.
Most of the time, I’m doing my makeup on the go – either at my desk or in my (PARKED) car before I head into work. Which means that, after doing this for a couple of years, I have my everyday makeup look down to a science – a science that I can apply with just my fingers and in about five minutes or less. And with that science comes the products that I turn to again and again to get that everyday look.
And yes – there are days when I don’t do my makeup at all. I don’t have a problem being in the world without makeup. There are days when I switch things up and wear *gasp* eyeliner, or experiment with eyeshadow or bolder lip colors.
But when it comes to my everyday look, these are the products I wear day in and day out:
Benefit “Hello Flawless!” Oxygen Wow Liquid Foundation
Benefit “Hello Flawlwss!” Oxygen Wow Liquid Foundation – Sephora
I have a few foundations that I wear in rotation depending on the amount of coverage I want, and of those, this is my favorite and the one I’ve repurchased the most. It meets my three big criteria for foundation: 1) It must have fairly good coverage (because my skin is garbage); 2) I must be able to blend it with my fingers (because I’m lazy); and 3) it must have SPF (this has SPF 25).
It also feels like absolutely nothing when I’m wearing it – I hate when you can, like, feel your makeup on your face, you know? – and it doesn’t cake up or get clumpy on top of my moisturizer or sunscreen. The only downside to this product is that it doesn’t have a huge range of shades and is a touch on the yellow side.
Glossier Stretch Concealer
Glossier Stretch Concealer – Glossier
This is the first of 3 Glossier products on this list, and at the risk of sounding like a walking Glossier ad, I will say this – for everyday products, Glossier knows what’s up. Their products are a total no-brainer to use and they wear like a dream, and for how small and pricey they are, they really stretch (sorry not sorry for the terrible pun). Like, I bought this pot of concealer almost a year ago and I still probably have half of it left.
I find that a lot of concealers that actually, y’know, conceal, can be very drying and cakey, but the Glossier stretch concealer is very creamy and blendable while still offering a fair amount of coverage. This isn’t going to cut it if you have a real honker of a zit, but if you have scarring, small blemishes, or redness, this’ll do the trick.
Glossier Cloud Paint (in Dusk or Haze)
Glossier Cloud Paint – Glossier
I was at first verrrrryy skeptical of this product because it is so…idk, out there? But guys. Cloud Paint is the best. I have two that I bought in the spring and summer of last year and I’ve barely – BARELY – made a dent in them with regular wear. You only need a tiiiiny amount of product to cover both of your cheeks, but it’s also really hard to over apply. Plus, you can apply this with your fingers, which is a bonus for a lazy girl like me so I don’t have to carry a brush around to apply blush in my car or whatever.
On top of that, the colors are really versatile and lovely – Haze is a gorgeous and pigmented magenta that blends out to what I’ll describe as a natural blush on a windy, wintery day, while Dusk is a peachy pink that’s almost a dead ringer for NARS Orgasm, minus the shimmer. I wear Dusk the most: I’ll wear it as a regular blush when I’m wearing a pink or nude lip (see below) and as a quasi bronzer under Haze when I want a little extra.
Glossier Boy Brow
Glossier’s Boy Brow – Glossier
The last product in the Glossier triad, Boy Brow, is a cult favorite for a reason. I have pretty thick brows, so I don’t really need much in the brow department, but if I’m putting on a face, I like to have a bit of color and shape in my brows too.
When I’m doing my makeup for a date, an event, or a night out, I will do a full brow with a brush and brow pomade, but when I’m out and about during the day, I love products like this because they are basically idiot proof (hi) to apply.
I wear the Brown, and I love how solidly and naturally it fills in the brow with minimal effort on my end. I know a lot of folks don’t like the size of the brush or the amount of product (it is quite small), but I actually don’t mind the brush and I haven’t run out yet with regular use, so *shrugs*
Milk Makeup Ubame Mascara
Milk Makeup Ubame Mascara – Sephora
This is one of those products that I NEVER EVER would have bought if it weren’t for my Birchbox subscription, and I’m still a little mad that I regularly shell out $20 for a mascara, but I love this mascara and I don’t think I’ll ever go back to drugstore brands.
First of all, this mascara can really hold a couple of coats without clumping, which is a huge bonus for me – I like to have a pretty full lash situation going on since I don’t usually wear eyeliner or eyeshadow, and a lot of mascaras don’t hold up to multiple coats without getting clumpy or spidery.
Secondly, this mascara gives a crazy amount of length AND volume with just one coat, which a lot of mascaras promise they’ll do but they don’t really deliver. Lastly, and this one may just be a me thing, but some mascaras smell just awful, y’all, and this one actually smells kind of pleasant. Huge, huge bonus.
e.l.f. Moisturizing Lipstick (in Ravishing Rose)
e.l.f. Moisturizing Lipstick in Ravishing Rose – Target
Out of everything on this list, this is the product I’m most likely to switch out (like, lowkey, I have six other lipsticks in my on-the-go bag). As a girl who loves a good statement lip, I’m pretty unfaithful to lipsticks, especially drugstore lipsticks; once I finish a tube, if I finish a tube, it’s onto the next thing. But this is one lipstick that I’ll repurchase when I run out, because I love the color and the formula that much.
Even before this dusty rose shade became super popular a couple of springs ago, I picked this lipstick up on a whim during a CVS run and never looked back. It’s a little too dark and on the pink side to be a YLBB, but it really works with my skintone and undertones – I get tons of compliments whenever I wear this.
The formula is creamy and moisturizing, but has a lot of staying power – it’s just an all-around great everyday lipstick. And, bonus: It’s cheap af.
Urban Decay De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray
Urban Decay De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray – Sephora (product has new packaging)
And finally, truly the product I wear the most – the Urban Decay De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray. I have greasy skin, and before I started using this product a couple of years ago, I would find that my makeup was disappearing off my face every two hours.
With this product, everything stays put for at a solid 6 or so, so I may have to do touch-ups in the afternoon, but I’m more likely to have moved foundation or my concealer due to touching my face than slippage.
I don’t have a full size of one of these puppies – I actually only buy the travel sized one so I can stash it in my bag for when I’m doing my makeup on the run.
What do you think?
Do you wear any of these on a regular basis? What products make up your go-to “lewk”? Let me know in the comments below!