By Emily Moline (@fourteencarrot) 

Let’s talk makeup. At the beginning of this year, I pulled way back on my makeup routine and started to add steps back little by little. I am dedicated to my skincare routine, but I am re-embracing the joy and creativity that goes into painting your face. My makeup routine has become another form of self-care; a few minutes of the day spent deciding on how I want the world to see me today.


I don’t typically cleanse my face in the morning, mostly because the air is so dry I rush to moisturize. Depending on what my skin needs, I’ll apply a skin treatment. If I’m battling a breakout I like to use Glossier’s Super Pure ($28), or if I have to smooth any dry patches I’ll use Pixi Beauty’s Rose Oil Blend ($24). I always spritz with Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir ($49) and moisturize with Glossier’s Priming Moisturizer ($22). I use a nickel-sized dollop and massage my face in circular motions to increase blood flow and work the product into the skin. I’ve been using bareMinerals Complexion Rescue in “Opal” ($30) as my base. Its gel consistency gives me enough coverage while keeping my skin from drying out. I then apply Milk Makeup’s Flex Concealer in “Fair” ($28). This stuff rocks. I love applying concealer with a wand because it helps decrease the spread of bacteria. The formula doesn’t settle into my pores. Instead, it’s super blendable and offers great coverage. Next: blush! People should wear more blush. Especially because my skin tone is so fair, I need to add color to give my face depth and life. Glossier’s Cloud Paint ($18) is an unreal product. It’s a gel-cream formula that allows you to rub the color onto your face and blend, blend, blend. Many cream blushes are completely unforgiving with application, but this allows you to manipulate it until you’ve achieved your desired flush. I use “Dusk” in the hollows of the cheeks to add definition, and “Haze” on the tops of my cheekbones. For a subtle glow, I love Benefit Watt’s Up ($30) on my cupid’s bow, brow bones, tops of the cheekbones, and down the nose. I buff out with my fingers to diffuse the champagne highlight. Most days I set my face with Glossier’s Wowder in “Light/Medium” ($22). I think of it as an invisible veil that helps to blur my pores and tie everything together!


I keep it simple when it comes to eye-makeup. Every day, I use Chanel’s Ombre Premiere Creme Shadow on my lids in “Silver Pink” ($36). It provides a wash of color and shimmer and doesn’t flake or budge throughout the day. I don’t wear eyeliner every day, but right now I really like Physician’s Formula Eye Booster Eyeliner in “Deep Brown” ($5.49). I swipe it across the lash line and flick it out to a wing. I curl my lashes and use Chanel’s le Volume de Chanel in “Black” ($32). I naturally have very light lashes and eyebrows, so mascara and brow product are a must. For brows, I’m using Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer in “Auburn” ($23). I like this the thicker pencil because it takes less time to fill in my big ole brows. I brush on Glossier’s Boy Brow in “Clear” ($16) to keep my brows where I want them and fluff them up.


Not pictured: my horrendous lip product collection. I apply lipstick every morning and slather on lip balm every hour. For this makeup look, I’m wearing Glossier’s Generation G in “Leo” ($18). At night I use Bite Beauty’s Agave Lip Mask ($26), and Glossier’s Balm Dotcom ($12) throughout the day.

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