My Every Day Drugstore Makeup Routine

I don’t know about you guys, but during the week I try to keep my makeup routine as simple as possible. This is mostly because I only give myself approximately 15-20 minutes to get ready from Monday – Thursday. Not to mention, I borderline do my makeup in the dark because #notamorningperson. This means… I need something quick, easy, and cheap. I’ve got into a pretty standard routine and thought I would share it on the blog! Here are the products I use for an everyday, simple makeup look.

Some of these are my holy grail drugstore products, and others I’m just trying out for the first time. My holy grail’s (and the products I will continue to repurchase) are the Maybelline Lash-Sensational mascara, the NYX Matte Setting Spray, and the Maybelline City Bronzer. It’s actually my first time using this bronzer, but I’m in love! My skin is quite fair, so I picked up the lightest shade (I think there are 3), and am so happy with how it translates onto my face. Not to mention it smells like a vacation. Aka, it smells incredible. In terms of the Lash Sensational mascara, it competes with some of the high-end products at half the price. If you’re lucky, you can often find majority of these products on sale so it’s a win-win situation.

The Cover Girl True Blend Matte Foundation was surprisingly very good. I’m not normally one for a super matte finish foundation, but this one did not feel drying or too matte. I am not a huge fan of packaging because (side note) foundations that are packaged in glass containers will be my demise… I get so frustrated when I pay for a product and can’t get the foundation out. It’s like toothpaste for me. I need to be able to squeeze every bit out; I could not do that with this product and it did leave me feeling like I ran out of my foundation faster than normal…

Soap and Glory’s One Heck of a Blot setting powder is a classic. I had never tried it myself, but was able to get my hands on it at the airport coming home from the UK. I liked this product; standard and reasonably priced.

I think NYX has some of the best products out there for the “finishing touches” of my routine. Blushes, lippies, highlighters, setting sprays etc. Not to mention their eyeliner is my absolute favourite. I picked up the Angel Veil Primer hoping it would perform well, but I was a little disappointed. I think for long days, it’s important to invest in a base primer that will hold your look. After all, it is the canvas to the whole look. I haven’t yet found a drugstore primer I’m in love with, but the hunt is not over! What are some one’s I should try?

Brows (not photographed), Essence Make Me Brow. This is an incredibly easy product to use. Let’s be honest… brows take FOREVER on a days you actually have time to go all-out with your makeup. For the 15-20 mins I give myself during the week, brows are a challenge. Make Me Brow allows me to glide through this step of my makeup routine with the final result being: I have brows that are acceptable for the public eye.

I did not photograph my blush because I change it up everyday! Sometimes I gravitate to more pinkier tones, sometimes I feel more in the mood for an orange/bronzed blush. Sometimes a mixture of both! My favourite drugstore blush products are the Milani Baked Blush or the Wet N’ Wild Icon Blusher. What are your favourite drugstore blushes?

Everyone’s favourite part… highlight, highlight, highlight! My favourite drugstore highlighter at the moment is Maybelline’s Master Chrome Highlight in the shade Rose Gold. This shade is so subtle in the best way possible. When I bought it, I wasn’t sure how I felt about putting pink on my cheekbones – I’m a fan of the classic gold hues of the makeup world. I fell in love! With the brand, the product, the price; all of it.

I’m not one to wear a lipstick everyday, but when I do, I love NYX’s Lip Creams. They have great shades to choose from and the product does not dry out my lips. For my typical “every day” I just pop on a lip balm (or good old Vaseline).

The Products I Use:

  • Primer: NYX – Angel Veil
  • Foundation: Cover Girl – TruBlend Matte Foundation (Shade L40/ Classic Ivory)
  • Setting Powder: Soap & Glory – One Heck of a Blot
  • Bronzer: Maybelline – City Bronzer (Shade 100)
  • Blush: Milani – Baked Blush (Shade “Luminoso”)
  • Highlighter: Maybelline – Master Chrome (Shade 050/ “Molten Rose Gold”)
  • Brows: Essence – Make Me Brow (Shade “Blondy Brows”)
  • Eyeliner: NYX – Matte Liquid Liner (Shade Black)
  • Setting Spray: NYX – Matte Setting Spray
  • Lipstick: NYX – Soft Matte Lip Cream (Shade “Stockholm”)

Let me know if you guys love these products as much as I do! I know it’s hard to believe, but truly, all of these products make it onto my face within a 10 minute time frame. This is why I love them for my week-day makeup routine.

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