How to Create Your Perfect Makeup Routine

As a beauty lover, I am so fortunate to have friends who share the passion of makeup with me. Some of these people have always been into makeup since they were little, and others are just starting to dip their toes. One of my dear friends came to me and asked me to help create a makeup routine that would suit her needs and lifestyle. She is a teacher, so her time is precious. She wanted a simple makeup routine, but one that she could amp up if she had a special event to go to. I have written out some tips for those of you who may want something more structured when it comes to your beauty routine. I have included a few sample routines that can be easily modified to suit your needs. I am taking on new clients, so feel free to contact me if you would like a makeup routine specifically tailored to your needs, lifestyle, and budget. 

1. Establish Your Makeup Philosophy

Although this step doesn't have to take up too much of your time, it'll be important once you try to piece your routine together. Are you a *less is more*, or a ~*more is more*~ person? Do you favor simplicity over something elaborate? Do you want to stick to a signature style or are you more experimental with makeup? The philosophy you create is flexible and can change with time, but for now, it'll guide you. Pinterest will be your best friend in helping you navigate your feelings towards makeup. You can see what you like, what you don't like, what you want to try, and what you want to stay very far away from.


2. Build Your Beauty Arsenal

Once you have an established philosophy, it is time to find products and tools that suit that philosophy as well as your lifestyle. If you are a minimal kinda gal, you can buy products that can be used multiple ways. If you want a signature look, nail down what that means to you. It could be smokey eyes and a nude lip. It could be a bare face with a bold lip. It could be lip balm and mascara. It can be anything you want. You may already have everything you need, so sometimes building your arsenal could mean eliminating what isn't essential to your routine. When looking for products also be aware of how you want these products to perform. If you want a neat liner look, opt for a felt tip and stay away from a kohl liner. If you need a long lasting base, look for foundations that are water resistant and avoid the BB creams. In  other words, find out what your holy grail products are. Having go-to products is one way to minimize time and effort without compromising quality or performance. Also, don't get sucked into buying a product only to find that it doesn't really do what you need it to (damn you glamorous packaging).

3. Jump in, the water's fine!

I always say the best part of makeup, besides it being a creative outlet, is that it washes right off. It can take some time to really figure out what you want your makeup to do. Have fun with it! Try out things you would have never considered. If you want to get better at makeup, challenge yourself to try a different makeup look every day (again, Pinterest will be your bff). I play with makeup sometimes before bed, just trying out fun colors or styles with the safety net that I can just wash it off or try it again in the AM if I really loved it. 

4. Order of Operations

Is my math nerdiness showing? Anyways, this part is completely up to you, and just like your makeup philosophy, it can change with time or even day to day. This may be simple, but I'm mentioning it because it is helpful to know what order to do your makeup in. I recommend starting with your eye makeup first if you like to wear eyeshadow, it eliminates the possibility of ruining your face makeup with fallout from blending. If you like a bold lip, I recommend putting on your lipstick/gloss before blush or eyeshadow so you can see what colors best go with it. If you like bold brows, start with that because it'll set the stage for the other aspects of your makeup without over powering them. 


Sample Routines

Here are some generalized makeup routines that are perfect for manipulating and adjusting. I haven't included product recommendations, but this is a good skeleton if you need a place to start. The steps are in order, but you can always switch it up.