I certainly don’t consider myself any sort of beauty expert. In fact, I don’t recall ever being taught how to apply makeup, which is funny because Mama Sugarplum never leaves home without her full face on! And she’s really great at applying it. She’s probably reading this thinking, ‘Don’t say that, I taught you how to wear makeup!!!’ Sorry Mom, but I don’t remember!
I love makeup and products, I’m just really basic and simple about what I use, and how I apply it. The funny thing is, I’ve actually learned some tricks from Little Miss, who is a You Tube makeup tutorial junkie, as well as glam squads I’ve had the opportunity to work with in recent years.
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve started using fewer products around my eyes (it tends to cake up and accent wrinkles), and added more illuminating products to my face. I’m all about getting that youthful glow! My everyday routine is simple, with just a handful of products, and takes under five minutes. Because who has time for more than that?!
These are the products I swear by, and have been using for awhile. You’ll notice they are mostly creamy formulas, since adding more moisture is important for ‘maturing’ skin. (Stay tuned for the full demonstration video towards the end of the post!)
one // it Cosmetics CC Cream Illumination in ‘Medium’ Not only does this give the right amount of coverage for everyday, it’s fail-proof application and has 50 SPF. I love the Illuminating formula for more glow, but it’s also available in normal. I use a flat brush to first dab the product all over my face, then a circular motion for an airbrush effect. For lighter coverage, I love the Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in ‘Alaska.’
two // Nars Blush in ‘Amour’ This color gives me the perfect, natural flush, and is super pigmented so you don’t need much (and it lasts forever!). Using an angled brush, I apply to the apples of my cheeks and sweep up towards my hairline.
three // Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in ‘Medium’ I use this sparingly and not everyday, since I try to avoid extra products under my eyes. It’s creamy so it doesn’t make the skin under my eyes look crepey like so many others do, but covers dark circles and blemishes.
five // Charlotte Tilbury Creamy Shadow in ‘Jean’ This eyeshadow is the newest in my makeup arsenal, and I’m so excited to have finally found a great, neutral shadow for everyday that brightens. It goes on creamy with your finger or brush, but dries like a powder and never creases. The pigment is really concentrated, too, so it takes very little. I’ve had mine for over a month and haven’t even made a dent in the little pot. It makes a great base, too, if you like to create a more dramatic eye.
six // Anastasia Perfect Brow Pencil in ‘Medium Brown’ I raved about my obsession with eyebrows and their importance for taking years off your face in this post. I literally never skip this step!! I recently switched to this thicker pencil for more coverage, and found it lasts longer than the thinner one, and I like the attached spoolie for blending.
seven // Laura Geller Bronzer in ‘Tahitian Glow’ Again with the glow, but this bronzer adds natural color and glow to my face. Using a fluffy, tapered brush, I apply it to the hollows of my cheeks, along the jaw bone and hairline for a contouring effect. I also love Bobbi Brown Shimmering Brick.
nine // Brushes I upgraded to these brushes a year ago, and can’t believe the difference they make for application! And they don’t shed! I use this flat brush for foundation, this angled for blush, this big one to blend, and this tapered for bronzer.
To show how quick and simple it is, I made this short demonstration video to share the entire makeup routine from start to finish!! Thanks to Mr. SP for creating the original music for me! (If you’re reading this post in an email or feeder, click here for the video.)
Did you happen to notice my longer, fuller lashes?! I’m completely obsessed with the NeuLash Lash Enhancing Serum, and have been singing its praises to all my girlfriends. I applied it to the base of my lashes every night for about a month, and then suddenly my lashes were seriously thicker, and so long I’ve had to trim them a few times!
Now I just use it every few nights to maintain, and after several months, I’m still on the same tube. I hear great things about the Rodan & Fields lash enhancer (I don’t have any experience with it), but I like that I’m able to order this one on my own from Nordstrom without going through anyone.
It’s on the pricey side, but definitely works…and not damaging to your lashes like extensions, or messy and complicated like glue-on lashes.
I hope you enjoyed this post, and maybe picked up a new product or tip! Do you use any of these products already? What’s in your everyday routine? Have you tried the NeuLash?! Also, if you ever have questions or concerns about products, you can always chat with a Nordstrom Beauty Stylist online for one-on-one help!
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*Photos by the darling & talented Mary Summers. This post is created in collaboration with Nordstrom, but all product selections, opinions and busy mom-life are my own. Thank you for supporting Hi Sugarplum sponsors!*