How to Create a Short & Simple Makeup Routine

Instead of spending hours of your week laboring in front of your mirror to get ready for work, school, or hanging out with friends, why not streamline your makeup look to take just ten minutes or less out of your day?

As we all learned from that Full House episode where DJ wears wayyy too much makeup in 6th grade – everyday makeup is about highlighting your natural beauty, and it actually doesn’t take as long as you might think.



If you eat processed foods, drinks alcoholic beverages several nights a week, and rarely drink water, your skin will likely show it. Reducing my makeup routine was aided a great deal by my vegan diet. From my experience (and Evan’s) cutting out processed foods, dairy, and meat has been instrumental in turning our skin around. I rarely have breakouts and when I do, I know exactly what triggered them and how to get my body on track. I’m not saying you have to go vegan to have healthy skin (believe me, there are a ton of unhealthy vegan foods out there) but a great place to start is taking a look at what you’re putting in your body. My two daily habits that keep me on track to healthy skin are drinking around 2 liters of water per day and eating a handful of leafy greens with at least 2 meals. Remember, habits start small!


A large part of my routine is planning for the future. Like most things, your skin needs love daily. For me, this comes in the form of washing my face, using SPF under my makeup, and making sure to moisturize. I wash my face every evening with this Philosophy cleanser, and use Clinique moisturizer and CLARINS serum in the mornings and at night. I always make sure to wear SPF under my makeup (PLEASE don’t skip this step!) as well.


Since you’ll be wearing less makeup than before, it’s important to have some solid basics to keep your skin looking natural. In my makeup bag this involves two hard working concealers – Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in light 2.6 and Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat. The Nars concealer is more full coverage, while the YSL concealer gives a more natural appearance and brightens the under eye area, though it doesn’t last as long for me.



Part of defining your personal style is finding your “thing.” This could be a nice, bold lip (red is always a classic), or well-defined bold brows and long lashes. This is where you will spend most of your time this routine so take your time and make sure it’s polished! If you would love to have clean, bolder brows but struggle doing them (or any other part of your makeup routine, really) you can always go to your local makeup counter (Sephora, Ulta, department stores) to get a quick and free tutorial.


Now that you’ve moisturized and protected your skin, added a base layer, and took a little time on your statement “thing,” you can add some finishing touches to your look. I always like to use the Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder in Highlight 01 and a little bit of Too Faced bronzer in Chocolate Soleil.


Once I streamlined my makeup routine, I realized I was getting so much more time back in my day (and morning routine) and I felt so beautiful in my natural skin. It was really liberating to not be dependent on a long list of products to make me feel beautiful and put together.

If you’re used to wearing a lot of makeup and want to make the transition to a more natural look, I highly recommend taking your time. You can start slow with removing one product per week until you’re down to your desired handful of products or when you can get your routine under whatever timeframe you want.

This post isn’t about teaching you how to do your makeup just like me with my products, but getting the routine to a place where you’re happy and confident. Everyone has different skin, features, and preferences so use this list as a guide so that you can feel happy, confident, and natural in your skin.

Thanks for stopping by!





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