When it comes to getting ready in the morning, many of us are rushing around without much time. Whether we’re trying to finish off coursework, get the kids ready or find all of those important files for work before we jump in the car and head to our destination. Beauty routines may not be the top of our list of importance but many of us want to still look and feel our best as we head out of the door. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and really, the only beholders opinion that matters is your own so you do you girl; if you want to wear makeup then go for it, if not then don’t pay a moments notice to anyone elses opinion. I have certain things that I swear by and that I’ll talk about in this post so take from it whatever you like.
The first thing that I’ll always do on a morning is to brush my teeth. I’m using a charcoal toothpaste at the moment to really give my teeth a deep clean, get rid of stains and whiten my teeth. I’m still in the process of testing it out though and I’ll report back soon on whether I think that its actually any better than the toothpaste that I usually use. I use mouthwash too morning and night and on an evening before bed I’ll also use a water flosser. Looking after your teeth at home is so important and not something that you can do halfheartedly. It is something that you need to focus on alongside going to a dental site and getting a checkup to make sure your mouth is in tip top shape.
BROWS & LASHES
For me, I love having my brows tinted and waxed and my Essential Beauty Eyelash Extensions on because I instantly look more put together on a morning and feel more like me. I don’t wear makeup everyday and I feel really confident without it but what I do have on everyday is my skincare. I have always taken care of my skin and I think its something that really has stood me in good stead as I’ve got older.
For me, skincare is the most important part of a beauty routine. You can spend all the money in the world on makeup but if you aren’t taking care of your skin then it will never sit right. There are so many products out there to use but as an absolute minimum, I would recommend a cleanser (to use once on a morning and twice at night), toner (to use twice daily after cleansing), moisturiser (a day one with SPF and a night one) and an exfoliator to use once or twice a week depending on whether you have dry, normal or oily skin.
If you’re wanting to wear makeup, then start with a primer. Its always the step that people tend to forget or skip but it can make a big difference in how long your makeup lasts and how smoothly it applies in the first place. Choose a primer that targets the skin concern that you have be it for glow, hydration, shine, etc, and really push it into your skin as you apply it. I’ve recently posted a review of the smoothing primer that I’m using at the moment; it blurs pores and really makes your skin look fabulous so its a great canvas upon which to apply your foundation.
Day to day, I don’t always wear makeup but if I do just want quick, natural makeup thats not too fancy then I always go for a really flawless base.
When it comes to foundation it is an important idea for you to use less to start with and only add more if you need to. I like to apply my foundation using a flat top kabuki brush and then I’ll pin point conceal with a small, fine brush if I feel as though I have any blemishes that I really want to cover- which is VERY rare in all honesty. I usually add concealer underneath my eyes in a triangle shape from the inner corner, down towards the edge of my nose and up to the outer corner of my eye to really add light to the centre of my face. I bop it in (technical term!!) with my damp Beauty Blender for a really flawless finish. I also like to add a little concealer to the end of my nose and my cupids bow to really bring bring out these features and to make my lips look more full. I set everything with a powder using a fluffy brush.
I then take a tapered brush and apply my contour shade which is a flat, matte bronzer in a cool tone. I’m using Benefit’s Hoola at the moment which is a one that I’ve consistently gone back to time and time again over the years. I work it around the perimeter of my face in a 3 shape, down the sides of my nose, under my bottom lip at the centre to give the appearence of a fuller pout and underneath my jawline. I’ll also take a small fluffy brush and run some of the bronzer through the socket line of my eyes so add subtle definition without having to spend time blending different eyeshadow shades. I’ll then add a natural flush of colour to my cheeks with a powder blush on a fluffy brush and set it all with a setting powder.
I’ll then either slick on a balm, none sticky gloss or a nude lipstick because my brows and lashes are already good to go.
MANI & PEDI
I personally always feel so much more put together when I have a manicure and a pedicure, especially during the summer months when I’m more likely to have my toes out in sandals! Keeping my feet buffed with a pumice stone or foot file and nourished with my favourite foot cream helps to keep the skin soft and looking as good as I can and then I have a Gel Bottle pedicure and manicure to give them a pop of colour. I love this product the most because its long lasting and doesn’t lift very easily. Usually I’ll get a gel manicure every 3- 4 weeks and on every other time I get the manicure, I’ll get the gel pedicure too.
For my hair, I tend to wash it every few days and then use dry shampoo on the other days; my favourite is Batiste because its affordable and does a great job at refreshing my oily roots. I really don’t see the need to spend a fortune on another brand when Batiste really works and is so affordable. I use a shampoo and conditioner that meet my hairs needs at the time; generally an ash blonde toning shampoo on every other wash and a hydrating one on the other wash, a nourishing conditioner for my dry ends and a hydrating mask. I like to use a hair oil to smooth through and detangle my locks and I always use the Denman Tangle Tamer brush as it gets rid of knots and tangles without hurting my head or damaging my hair.
To style my hair, my go-to look is curls and waves. I tend to curl my hair on day one when its just been washed and then by day two I’m sporting gorgeous beachy waves. At night, I’ll twist it up into a hair bun which helps to keep some of the volume and waves in place. It helps me to save time on a morning too as I’ll take my hair down, spritz some dry shampoo through it, give it a quick brush through and I’m good to go!
Another option for when I want to just be able to get up and go quickly in the mornings is to have false tan on. It makes a huge difference to how I feel. I have used a number of different brands over the years but the ones that I use most often are St Tropez and Skinny Tan. Just make sure you keep your body moisturised and exfoliated and it’ll always look lush!
I’d love to know what your beauty tips for everyday are in the comments!