This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Burt’s Bees. All opinions are 100% mine.
I love makeup just as much as the next girl. Who doesn’t feel energized trying out a bright new shade of lipstick? For the everyday, though, I like to keep things natural, focusing on enhancing my features. That involves nude lipstick, contouring, foundation, neutral eyeshadow and a little bit of mascara (okay, a lot of mascara- that’s the most important part of my beauty routine; without it, I look like I’m 10!).
My Natural, Everyday Makeup Routine
First, I apply my Almay Clear Complexion Liquid Foundation using the Sonia Kashuk Flat Top Brush. After my trip to Florida, I am using 400 Neutral, but I generally use 400 in the summer and 300 Naked in the winter. I’ve mentioned previously that I use Covergirl foundation (here and here), but as of recently I’ve wanted something with a little more coverage, so I switched to Almay. It has more coverage, but it is still just what I would consider medium coverage- not too thick, not too thin.
Second, if I have any blemishes that my foundation did not cover, I like to apply my Neutrogena SkinClearing Mineral Powder. I wouldn’t say it has actually cleared my skin, but it hasn’t made it worse, and it provides an extra layer of coverage, so I continue to use it.
Third, I contour. I use the Smashbox Step-by-Step Contour Kit. Contouring can seem like a time consuming process, but after you learn how to do it, it really isn’t! It can definitely fit into an everyday routine. If you’re not sure how to contour, here is a great tutorial that shows exactly how I do my own.
Then, I apply my eyeshadow. For a natural, pretty, glowing look, I like to use the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette- Venus in the inside corner of my eye and w.o.s on the lid. These colors are very neutral, leaving my makeup looking natural and glowing. The combination of these two shades along with the contouring adds dimension and interest to my face without looking overdone.
Then, I move on to my eyelashes. I use a basic eyelash curler, pumping about five times to achieve the desired look. Then I apply Maybelline’s Lash Stiletto Ultimate Length Mascara in Black (not waterproof- find out why).
Last, I do my lips. In keeping with the everyday, natural look, I use Burt’s Bees Nile Nude Lipstick. Burt’s Bees new line of lipsticks is one of my new favorites for a number of reasons. It’s creamy and lightweight, made of all natural ingredients (Moringa, Raspberry Seed Oil, Beeswax, Vitamin E). The all natural ingredients make it so healthy for your lips. The Moringa oil hydrates your lips, and the raspberry seed oil improves skin elasticity. On top of all of that, there are 14 different shades available, making it perfect for any occasion. You can pick any of the shades up at none other than (drumroll please) Target! If you are looking to glam this look up a little, I suggest Scarlet Soaked. If you want a flirty, fun look, I would go for Magenta Rush. What is your favorite shade?
As a side note, I want to give a shoutout to the Burt’s Bees Clarifying Toner that I picked up a while back (if you follow me on Snapchat, you already saw it!), because it has done wonders for my skin. When I use the toner after using my GlamGlow face mask, my skin looks heavenly! And that’s saying something coming from a girl who has been dealing with some unwanted zits lately. So while I am mentioning Burt’s Bees and my love for all natural, healthy-for-my-skin products, I wanted to mention their toner in case anyone else has been feeling a little bit down in the dumps about their skin lately too. Next product I want to try: Burt’s Bees BB Cream, which “evens skin tone, moisturizes, protects with SPF 15, reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, visibly firms, conceals, smoothes, perfects skin and illuminates.”
Sonia Kashuk Flat Top Brush
Almay Clear Complexion Makeup
Neutrogena SkinClearing Mineral Powder
Smashbox Step-by-Step Contour Kit
Urban Decay ‘Naked Basics’ Palette
Maybelline Lash Stiletto Ultimate Length Mascara
Burt’s Bees Nile Nude Lipstick (Available at Target)