Effortless daily makeup routine

I recently made a huge change, make-up-wise. It has something to do with foundation and it’s a major shift in my makeup game. Whilst we’re at it and since it’s been ages, I’ll guide you through my current (minimal? is it?) routine. I hope you catch some tips and we can discuss the whole foundation-thing in the comments, see you there.

Ever since I started using foundation, I’ve been using it all over my face. It was kind of a “go hard or go home”-thing. The whole point of foundation is to make your skin look unified and like the French say, égal. So I didn’t really see the point of using it only on the areas of your skin that so called “needed it”. I knew it was an existing technique but it never appealed to me ’til I saw Hey Claire doing this in one of her videos. It also helped that, when I used IT Cosmetics’ Bye Bye Redness Correcting Cream to cover up redness, I didn’t have the feeling that I actually needed foundation on top. Like, I could be okay without it. So one, day, a few weeks ago, I finally had the guts to try this out.

And I haven’t looked back. Instead of using Rihanna’s Fenty foundation (which I still love, review here) all over, I’ve been using the Bye Bye Redness Correcting Cream where I need it the most: on my cheeks, around my nose and between my brows. I buff it in with either CHANEL’s Pinceau Teint or Bobbi Brown’s Full Coverage Face Brush and done. Most of the time, I use Glossier’s Wowder in Light/Medium on top to make sure it all looks unified – but it does, even without powder.

It truly feels as if my skin can breathe more through this base and it makes me freak out less when I accidentally touch my face during the day. Overall, I feel a lot better with this technique and I’d recommend you to try it out with either foundation, concealer or a correcting cream – they basically all do the same thing. I’m curious for the reasons to either switch or to keep using a full foundation look, let’s discuss below.

Also, two more things changed for me. I’ve gotten back in the zone using eyeshadow on a daily basis. I know! Who am I? After months of skipping it, I’ve now donated or sold all my eyeshadow palettes (okay okay, except for two limited edition CHANEL ones) in favor of the one and only NARS Wanted Eyeshadow Palette. And yes, I’m happy to report it’s 100% worth it. Now NARS is sold at Parfuma in Antwerp (Finally! Welcome to Belgium!), I went to see the palette in person and yep, I decided to adopt and use it. Of course, the colours are stunning but I’m happy that the eyeshadow stays on my lids for the majority of the day – unlike a lot of others. Would recommend (if you can still get your hands on it, I heard it’s still up on the NARS website).

The last dramatic change is in the mascara department. I switched to waterproof formulas to reduce the amount of mascara I had to sweep away from under my eyes every hour. (Thank you for confirming this trick, dear Peggy!) Right now, I’m very happily using Lancôme’s Monsieur Big mascara in the waterproof formula. And to no surprise, Glossier’s Lash Slick mascara is the next one that’s high on my list.

That’s it for the updates! I’ll list all the products I use below, don’t hesitate to ask away in the comments.

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness Correcting Cream
Glossier Wowder in Light/Medium
MAC Pro Waterproof Brow Set in Ebony
NARS Bronzer in Laguna
CHANEL Cream Blush in Révélation (discontinued, boohoo!)
Charlotte Tilbury Rock ‘n Kohl in Bedroom Black
Lancôme Monsieur Big Waterproof in Black
NARS Wanted Eyeshadow Palette
Glossier Balm Dotcom in Mint
Clarins Joli Rouge in Guava
Bobbi Brown Full Coverage Face brush
CHANEL Duo Fiber brush N*2 (discontinued)
Zoeva 227 Vegan Eyeshadow brush
La Mer Powder brush