How I'm Changing my Beauty Routine
2017 has already given us so many beauty trends. From unicorn makeup to early 2000s supermodel inspiration, the year has been full of innovation and nostalgia. For my part, I'm editing my beauty routine to keep up with the trends and make them my own.
Lately, I have been moving in a minimal direction with my makeup. Don't take that to mean minimal products, I'm still a beauty junkie after all, but I want my makeup to look as simple as possible. Gone are the days of dramatic winged liner and cut creases - I've gone to the "lived-in" side.
Let's talk makeup. For my base, I've been reaching for a BB cream instead of a traditional foundation in order to get decent coverage with a natural finish. Lately, I've been using the Rimmel BB Cream Matte (in the lightest shade....it's not summer quite yet). I love this product for its staying power. I don't notice it wearing off at work, which makes it a huge asset to my beauty routine. My concealer routine is pretty much the same as it has always been - the Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid in Peach followed by a healthy swipe of the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Fair.
Here's where things really get interesting. Instead of powdering my entire face, I take the CoverGirl Outlast All-Day Matte Finishing Powder only underneath my eyes to set my concealer and between my eyebrows to keep shine at bay. Other than that, I let the natural finish of the Rimmel BB Cream shine through on the rest of my face. This keeps my skin from looking so "done".
As far as bronzer and highlighter go, I'll add a little bit of both. I am never going for a blinding highlight or a chiseled contour anymore. You can find me using the E.L.F. Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder in St. Lucia to add a little warmth to my face, and MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Soft and Gentle to give a peachy glow to my cheekbones and the tip of my nose.
After powdering, I work on my eyebrows. That step hasn't changed much (still using the L'Oreal Brow Stylist Definer in Brunette), although I have added a tinted gel to my beauty routine. I've found that adding the L'Oreal Brow Stylist Plumper in Medium to Dark gives my brow hairs some dimension instead of leaving them matte and flat. I use the gel to comb my brow hairs upward. In contrast to last year's perfectly manicured brows, this year it's the bushier the better.
The biggest change that has occurred in my beauty routine is on the eyes. As I mentioned above, I have ditched the liquid liner and sharp application for a more "lived-in" look. These days I'll run a warm-toned eyeshadow from the Anastasia Beverly Hills palette with Mario Dedivanovic through my crease and smudge brown crayon eyeliner (usually the Rimmel Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Definer in Cappuccino) along my lashline. After blending away any weird edges, I add L'Oreal Voluminous Original Mascara in Blackest Black and I'm done! I've found myself gravitating more toward this model-off-duty vibe than high-maintenance glam.
My hair routine is also moving in a more undone direction.Throughout the week, I've been trying to put down the curling iron and let my hair do its thing. I still have to blow it dry in the morning for work, but I have been able to master using a round brush to keep any frizz tamed. For context, before this update, I would use a blow dryer, a curling iron and a flat iron on my hair almost every day to make it look the way I wanted it to. Although I don't get the look I want every day, my hair is thanking me for giving it a break.
In addition to laying off excessive heat styling, I have been using treatments on my hair. The most important one is Olaplex no. 3 - a hair mask that addresses damage. I'll run this through my damp hair at the beginning of a bubble bath and rinse it at the end. I have seen a noticeable difference in my hair - especially the very blonde pieces!
While unicorn makeup and holographic highlights continue to dominate my newsfeed, I have turned toward a simpler beauty routine for 2017. Though I still use quite a few products (I like makeup - okay?!), I've found that this more smudgy, lived-in look has felt more like me than any other routine I have tried. In fact, because this daily look has a mostly natural finish, I have even gotten better at embracing the days when I don't wear makeup. What's better than that?