General Makeup Routine

Hey friends! Last week, Natalie shared a post with us about her everyday 15 minute makeup routine. I totally recommend you guys checking it out, it’s such a cute, fun post! But it inspired me to share my usual makeup routine.

It also made me try my first ever flatlay, and I think it came out alright.


My one takes me around 10-20 minutes. There’s a few steps I will miss if I’m running low on time, or if it’s just a regular work day. On the weekend, I like to try do myself a little more. But there’s not too much difference between my general weekday/weekend makeup routine. So I’ll share everything. I also took way too many pictures, maybe I should make this a video sometime. That might be fun.

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I normally start with primer. Right now I’m using Rimmel. I rub it all over my face, except my eyes. To be honest, I have no idea if that’s how I’m supposed to use primer.

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Next step is foundation. My current one is Garnier BB cream. I don’t use a powder foundation at the moment. I use my brush and put it all over my face again.

Then I use concealer. I like to paint lines along my forehead, along my nose, under my eyes, cheeks, and chin. It just looks funny. Then I use my blending sponge to smooth it all out.

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Next is powder. I again use my brush and pat it all over where I placed my foundation and concealer.

If I have time, I will sometimes add a little bit of bronzer. I’m a newbie when it comes to this, so I have even less idea what to do with this. I use a little along my cheekbones, temples, chin and the sides of my nose. Then I blend it out again. Am I contouring or bronzing? Both?? I have no clue. Either way, if I have time I will mess around with this a little.

Next, is eyeshadow. I use the palette, and normally just do two or three colours (again depending on time). I use a light or neutral base colour to put all over my eye. Then I choose one just for my lid. Usually it’s a shimmery brown. Then I use one for the corner and crease of my eye, if I feel like it.

I sometimes like to do my eyebrows. It’s one of the makeup parts I know nothing about it. I just have a Maybelline Brow Pencil. So I just do some colouring in.

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Eyeliner up next! I just love playing with eyeliner. I can never get it right though. But I do my best! I don’t do any fancy winged liners, cause it would take too much time and I would mess it up. So I just go from around the middle of my eye to the end, and do the teeniest flick. To make my eyes stand out a little more.

Mascara. Again, this depends on time. I wear glasses most days, so I have to use an eyelash curler. Sometimes I can’t be bothered. If I do have time, then I will curl my lashes and put on a few layers of mascara.

Lipstick. I normally go for nude colours. I like the two shades I have.

Spray. I finish everything by spraying my face to set it all. I like to wave my fan around to help speed up the spray setting in. It’s just fun.

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That’s it! In general I’m not fond of wearing too much makeup. This is perfect for me at the moment. It’s more than I used to wear, and I’m still learning (I still don’t know what highlighting is…I barely get contouring and bronzing, they seem the same to me), but I like how it looks. It’s not quite a ‘no-makeup’ look, but it does feel quite light and natural to me which is good.

What’s your general makeup routine like? How much time do you like to spend on it?



23 thoughts on “General Makeup Routine

  1. You have a good routine and I think you do your eyeliner well. You know more than you realise :P. The images were not uploading but there was blank spaces, so when I clicked on the blank spaces, the images came up in a slideshow. It might just be my laptop where it is not uploading as you go on the post, but I thought I would let you know just incase.


    1. Haha, that makes me feel better! Thanks Laura! Ugh, I know. Hazel just let me know too. It’s weird cause I previewed it before uploading and all the images came up fine. I’ve reuploaded them so hopefully they work now?


  2. I often think I should take a simple makeup class – and hair actually, would love to be better at both of them. I see so many 15 years old girls with flawless makeup and I grind my teeth at them – both being so made up when young and knowing how to do something, I, a 25 year old, cannot do ;P


    1. Right?? I feel like I’ve just gotten the hang of some makeup things. How do all these kids who are ten years younger than us already know so much?? ?
      As for my hair, I have no clue. I still just leave it down all the time ?


  3. I have the same primer! I love it, especially for helping with my oily skin. I tend to just rub it into my skin all over my face, including my eyelids since I feel like it helps with the oil there too. 😉 Honestly, I haven’t ventured much into contouring or highlighting either. I know basically how to do them, but I just can’t be bothered when makeup is so expensive, lol. I never thought about using an eyelash curler for wearing glasses, but that makes so much sense! I should try that since I tend to have extra long lashes when I’ve applied mascara and they are always smudging my glasses.


    1. Its the first primer I’ve bought, and I’m curious to try other ones too, but i do like it ?
      I want to try all that contouring and highlighting business but at the same time I’m too lazy ?
      My eyelash curler has definitely come in handy when I want to wear mascara but i have glasses on! ?


      1. It’s the first one I bought, also, haha! I’m intimidated by how all these other primers are around $25, yikes. Glad it’s not just me who is a little too lazy to try all that fancy stuff!


  4. For work I normally spend around 15-20 minutes on my makeup and do the basics: foundation, concealer, eyeshadow, mascara and lips. If it’s an occasion or I feel like putting in more effort I’ll add bells and whistles like bronzer, blush or highlighter. I don’t know how to contour either lol 😛


    1. Our routine is basically the same 😀 I normally leave out the bronzer and such during my everyday routine. I like to try play around with it when I have time, but I have no clue what I’m doing ?


  5. Love your look! Mine is 10-20 minutes during the week too. Also I think I can shed some light on the contouring vs bronzing haha. So contour is the overall name for bronzer/blush/highlight. Bronzing is just the bronzer. Oh and for highlight, you want to put that where you would want light to hit your face to brighten everything up. But I don’t usually bother because I’m generally shiny thanks to my oily t-zone anyway!


    1. Ahhh. That makes a lot of sense now! I always thought there was some elusive contouring powder out there ? Im keen to try highlighting, it’s blush I avoid since my cheeks tend to go red a lot in general ?


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