A 5-Step Simplified Makeup Routine

Pull off the perfect every day look with ease.

Whether you’re dabbling in makeup for the first time or you’re a seasoned pro, having a simple-but-effective look in your arsenal is key. Here is an everyday makeup routine that will leave you feeling radiant and ready to take on the day.

Step 1: Base 

A beginners best bet is to stick with a tinted moisturizer instead of a full coverage foundation because they are skin care and makeup in one. Opting for an oil-free one can also give better, longer lasting coverage than one with an oil base, which can slip around. Also, using this as a concealer under the eyes will mean quicker application and one less product to purchase.

The Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer is a great base product as it has a demi-matte finish and is available in 20 shades.

Bahar’s Tip:  A damp makeup sponge or brush are great tools to use but if you want to keep it simple, start out using your fingers.

Step 2: Brows  

Next up brows! I love pencils because you add colour/product in small increments! Start by applying at the arch or center of your brows. Then find any spare areas and add some strokes to even out the look. Lastly, see if you need any colour at the front of your brow – if you add too much colour there to start, things will begin to look heavy.

We recommend the Maybelline Tattoo Studio Brow Pencil to get those brows on fleek.

Bahar’s Tip: Using two shades for your brows can add dimension and richness to the look

Step 3: Mascara  

Keep it simple here: mascara shouldn’t break the bank and should make your eyes pop. Curling your lashes before applying will give your eyes a wider look. Applying a touch extra to your outer corners can give the illusion of length to the eyes. If you have very fair hair or skin tone, black-brown colours are a super natural look.

To achieve sky-high lashes try out the Maybelline Lash Sensational Sky High Mascara.

Bahar’s Tip: Wipe off the excess product on a paper towel before applying directly to your lashes: you’ll end up with less mess!

Step 4: Cheeks 

Keep it simple, choose either a pop of colour for the cheeks here OR opt for brining and highlighting. Either is a good way to add dimension to your face. I love stick formulas since they a great swipe and go option.

A great blush option is the Quo Beauty Cheek & Lip Multistick for highlighter, the Quo Beauty Strobe Stick. .These hydrating sticks are also cruelty-free and vegan.

Bahar’s Tip:  Apply product to the back of your hand and use your ring finger to apply small amounts of the product for a more subtle finish.

Step 5: Lips 

I wanted to ensure we add to the arsenal of your makeup working for you without bogging anyone down in palettes, brushes and techniques. Matte formulas are also great because they’ll stay in place longer! It’s a touch easier and more fun to sometime add that pop of colour with a lip product!

The NYX Shape Loud Matte Lip Duo is perfect as it’s dual-ended with two shades that have a creamy matte finish. You can wear each alone, combine them or, if you’re feeling adventurous, go for the ombré look, gradient look, etc.

Bahar’s Tip: Have fun with your lip colour and textures; top off a matte finish with a clear gloss to change things up quickly.