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A professional makeup artist's everyday makeup routine

A minimalistic approach to beauty is a rare sight these days. Heavy contour, bold matte lipstick, unicorn highlighter, and fake eyelashes are more likely to gather likes and views, after all. But let's be real, most of us don't use all those products on a daily basis, especially if you have work early in the morning. When you finally stop hitting the snooze button and get out of bed, you want to do the minimum amount of work for a maximum effect. (To all the energetic and productive morning persons, we salute you but we don't understand you.) We invited a professional makeup artist in front of our camera to show us her everyday makeup look. This no-fuss routine will make you look polished and on point, so sit down and take notes.

Stipple your tiredness away

An even skin tone is a blessing, but if it hasn't been given to you, a foundation will do the trick just fine. Ana uses a high-coverage cream foundation (listed below) and applies it with a stippling brush in a thin layer to give an illusion of a naturally perfect skin. If you need more coverage on certain areas, continue with thin layers, but only (!) on those parts. Erase the under-eye bags with a moisturizing, highlighting concealer. Apply it in a triangle shape under the eyes and tap it in with fingertips.

Hello, cheekbones!

There's no need for a dark, obvious contour during daytime, it will only make you look older in the sunlight. Keep it light and fresh with three products: matte contouring powder one shade darker than your skin tone, glowy blush in a peachy shade, and a natural-looking highlighter. Ana starts by brushing the contouring powder lightly over cheeks, then slightly under the cheekbones and on the sides of the forehead, blending it seamlessly as she goes. A big, fluffy brush is an extremely useful tool for a natural final look. Use it with mineral loose powder to mattify the oily areas of the face (usually forehead and nose) and over the lids to prep the skin for the eyeshadow application. Apply the blush on the apples of the cheeks, blending it with the previously applied contour, and round off the sculpting process by sweeping on the highlighter right above the blush (not over it).

Shape the brows

Brows will make or break your look when it's so minimalistic because they are essentially the main device for framing the face. Ana has a quick trick up her sleeve; she combs the brows down with a spoolie, then she fills them in and corrects the shape with brow powder. Finally, she combs them back up, and that's it. Super easy!

(HD) definition on the eyes

Ana uses a technique that’s more or less only useful for deep set eyes, because the crease is already defined with such eye shape and the brush just slides into it. So with a small, flat brush pack a burnt orange shade directly into the crease and slightly blend.
Focus most of the color on the outer two-thirds of the crease. Pick a lighter transition shade (Ana uses a yellowish beige) and blend it thoroughly over the burnt orange, as well as all over the crease to create a seamless gradient.
Connect the lower and upper lid by lining the outer third of the lower lash line with the orange eyeshadow.
If you have the courage, give your lashes a bit of extra oomph with an eyelash curler (i.e. the torture device). If not, just go straight to mascara application.

Pucker up

Leave the full liner+lipstick routine for those evening events and just stain your lips with a bit of vibrant color to get that naturally juicy effect. Ana uses creamy lip rouge in a rosy shade, which she simply dabs on her lips with her fingertips. Easy-peasy and sooo pretty!

Products list

  • Cinema Secrets Ultimate Foundation 5 in 1 Pro palette
  • Ben Nye Media Pro SK3 Shadow Wheel
  • Ben Nye Media Pro HD Poudre palette
  • Yves Saint Laurent Blush Volupte in no. 2
  • Kryolan hoghlighting palette
  • Kryolan eyebrow powder
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance eyeshadow palette
  • Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara
  • Kryolan Lip Rouge mini palette