Hello guys! I am taking a break from home and DIY for a moment to talk about something else that is on my mind these days, especially as I age…. make up! I have never been one to wear a lot of makeup and actually didn’t really wear it until my 30s hit. By that point, I had kids and needed under eye concealer to hide the tired mama circles. Now, at the age of 40, I definitely am in need of a little more, but I still strive to keep it simple and natural in appearance. Finding just the right products requires a lot of trying things out, and also researching as I care about what I put on my body. First of all, it’s important to me that what I put on my face is safe to use as I do not want carcinogens seeping into my system through my pores. Secondly, I also believe in supporting brands that do not test on animals. Finding products that check my boxes and are suitable for my older dryer skin can be challenging so I thought I would share with you here since some of you may be able to relate. After all, we are not getting any younger, are we? (FYI, this post was inspired by a recent post on a favorite blog. Always looking for new things to try, I clicked over excitedly to see her 5 minute makeup routine and was highly disappointed to find unsafe brands that test on animals. I love her blog and all that she stands for so I was surprised and saddened to see those products listed and decided to share with you my own 5 minute clean make-up routine. This post may be geared a little more towards women in my age bracket, and it does contain affiliate links.)
Just to be clear, this is the routine I follow for everyday makeup, after I have applied moisturizer and eye cream. These are the products I use just to look less like a zombie and more like a normal half-alive mom. 😉 I do not use primer unless I am going somewhere special, and in that case, I will use this Bare Minerals primer which I love.
Before I get into the products, I figure you will want to see a little before and after action, so you can know if these things actually do anything, right? Here you go, gray hairs showing and all (hair appointment Friday, hallulujah!). This first photo was taken after my morning walk pre shower. This is the face my lucky husband wakes up to every morning.
I hopped in the shower with my hair still back, changed clothes, and applied my moisturizers. Just after that I started my makeup application and timed myself. 4 minutes later I looked like this (and remember it’s just 4 minutes so don’t expect any miracles here):
I am going to break it all up into steps for you.
- I squirt 1 pump of Beautycounter Dew Skin onto my left hand and using my right pointer finger place in dots all over my face, then use both hands to blend gently. This helps even out my tone and gives me a slight glow. I use No. 1, the lightest they have, but 2 would also work for me since it’s light in coverage.
- Using my light colored Beauty counter concealer pen which has a brush tip, I brush concealer under my eyes, as well as over my sun spots. Using my finger I dab dab dab to blend. This helps minimize the darker spots I have on my upper cheeks and outside edge of my jaw bone.
- Using my finger, I apply a small amount of Honest Beauty Creme cheek blush in rose and rub in little diagonal ovals on my cheeks. I recently made the switch to a creme because I notice as I get older that anything powder gets stuck in crevices (otherwise known as wrinkles) and looks bad and also feels bad on my dry skin.
- Using an angled brush, I apply a very pale shimmery peach eyeshadow, a barely there color, all over my eye lid up almost to my brow. The palette I have is no longer available, but is similar to this one. If I were to order a new one though, I would order this very natural palette or this one.
- Using my angled brush, I apply a bronzer from my palette to my eyelid. It’s very similar to this one. I started using bronzer on my eyes in my early thirties because I was already applying to my cheeks and it has a natural look and works with my blue eyes. It’s also nice to have a product that has multiple uses.
- I use this pencil eyeliner. I simply make a line on the upper lid along my lashes, working from inner to outer eye.
- For mascara, I don’t need length as much as I need thickness, so I apply this mascara and sort of pull the brush outwards from the center of my face so that it helps angle my lashes a bit out. I have searched for a mascara that is safe that I love and this is the one for me.
- Lastly, I apply this sheer lipstick in Twig. This color is very light and natural and goes on smoothly and feels light on my lips, which I really like. I like to wear a lipstick that just makes my lips look natural and fresh as opposed to otherwise pale and dry.
That is it! Just 8 steps in 5 minutes and I feel fresh faced and ready to face the day; that is, once I put on a hat and hide the gray. 😉