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a makeup routine for the everyday

A Makeup Routine for the everyday / jones design company

There are certain things I’m a bit high-maintenance about (my sleep, being on time, how the dishwasher is loaded) and my beauty routine is not one of them. I go months without scheduling a hair cut, use drug store moisturizer and pop in for a pedicure far too infrequently.


Don’t get me wrong … I care about my appearance. I’m as vain as the next girl.  But perhaps you can relate to the fact that life and schedules and jobs and kids just doesn’t allow for a high-maintenance mama. So I’m all about quick and minimal and something I can easily achieve everyday.

Let me share with you my super simple makeup routine.



foundation palette | brush | blending sponge

Just recently I purchased this set from my favorite beauty blogger, Cara. It’s a one stop shop for you face and highlights and contours to give dimension. I prefer light foundation with sheer coverage and while this is a little heavier than my typical tinted moisturizer, I do like how it feels on and the way it makes my skin look.

Cara shows exactly how to use it here. And this video is just so darling you might cry (or maybe it’s just this softie over here). If you try it, splurge on the brush and sponge – it makes it so much easier.



lash curler | mascara | eye liner | flat brush | neutral shadoweye shadow | shadow brush

This is my routine: Apply the tightline liner underneath the root of the upper lash line by wiggling the brush between individual lashes (here’s a video that explains it). This makes your eyes look bigger and lashes thicker (yes, and yes). Next, curl lashes and apply a few coats of mascara (I love how thick voluminous is and have been using it since 9th grade). Run a swipe of bone eyeshadow over lid. Add darker color to crease line. If I’m feeling extra fancy, I might add a coat of mascara to my bottom lashes.

(You may remember that I have worn lash extensions for the past few years. Well, that season is over. At least for now. There is no real reason other than that I don’t want to spend the time or money on my lashes now that summer is over and mascara is less of a pain. I miss them, honestly, and will probably go back at some point because it is just so nice to not have to think about eye makeup. And also, my daughter asked me what was wrong with my eyes when she saw me without makeup on the other day. That felt great.)



brow powder duo | angled brush

My brows are thin-ish and light-ish so filling them in always makes my face look more finished. There’s a fine line between natural-looking filled-in brows and un-natural-looking filled-in brows and I’ve found that powder and an angled brush is the key.  My girl Cara taught me everything I know about brows (watch this video here for tips on shaping and filling in).

Beware: you may be sucked into watching makeup videos because they are so mesmerizing. And then you may go do makeovers on yourself. No shame. 



lipstick | gloss

For lips, I generally swipe on some lip balm and call it good. But if I’m going out and about and want to feel a little more made up, I’ll add nude lipstick (this one is called Truffle Tease – ooh la la!) and gloss over that. And sometimes I just wear the gloss. I do like a glossy lip.

And that, my beautiful friends, is my everyday makeup routine. Quick, neutral and mostly low-maintenance.

Please tell … do you have a favorite makeup product? One you just can’t go about your day without? Let’s talk  …

21 thoughts on “a makeup routine for the everyday”

  1. Years ago when I discovered eyebrow waxing – soooooo much better than do-it-yourself plucking – the aesthetician called it the “no-makeup makeup”. Amazing what nicely groomed brows can do for one’s face. I recently discovered the brow duo and angled brush too and even if I don’t do all my makeup, I pretty much don’t leave the house without my brows done and some sheer colored lip gloss. I’ll have to check out some of your other recommendations now!

  2. Do you use the Voluminous mascara in regular or waterproof? I am about to ditch it because I’m using the waterproof and it is so hard to get off and I am losing lashes trying to remove it. I’m afraid if I don’t use waterproof it will smudge/run under my eyes. Any suggestions?

  3. Maybelline falsies mascara in blackest black has been my fave for years….used voluminous for years before and I find Maybelline is better at giving me thicker lashes, look for the fattest brush!

  4. Oh man! All those videos you linked to! You were right…fell into a makeup tutorial wormhole and now I want to TRY EVERYTHING!! Thanks for sharing. I’ve been needing an update to my makeup routine, and this gave me some great ideas! <3

  5. Simple and chemical-free is a must for me! I loooove Lemongrass Spa make-up. Organic lipstick, lip gloss and mineral foundation for less than $25 each – yes please!!

    1. You mentioned tinted moisturizer…what brand do you use and where can I get it? I used Mary Kay tinted moisturizer for several years, but they have discontinued it! I am presently using their concealer as a foundation and I think it is just too heavy. Help!

  6. I’m always curious about how other people do makeup, so thanks for the info. My favorite moisturizer is grapeseed oil. I switched to that about a year ago. As someone with very problematic skin, I haven’t looked back.

  7. Emily,
    I have to say after reading about the lash extensions quite some time ago (which I did not know even existed at the time), I immediately found a local stylist that applied them. I was sold! How nice it is to wake up with a little bit of pretty going on!! Well, after about 6-7 times having them put on, I developed some type of allergy to the lash or the glue. Never really pin pointed which though after using a “sensitive” glue things seemed better (but then the lashes fall off very quickly) so I too, stopped getting them. I’m crying as I type! HaHa. However, the same salon carried a product called Revitalash Advanced and I’m here to tell you that this stuff is awesome. It is a lash conditioner that is suppose to make your lashes grow, no prescription needed and no fear of eye color change. I used it for about a month and a half. I was about to give up when all of the sudden my lashes started to grow by leaps and bounds! So give it a shot. You may fall in love with your own lashes! I still apply mascara when I actually take time to wear make up because my lashes are not super dark but I’m here to tell you it works!!

  8. I have fallen hard for Mally Ginormous mascara (& how can you not love the name “ginormous”!). I’ve been a Loreal girl for years, but this stuff is fantastic. I have sensitive eyes & a contact lens wearer. I’ve had problems with other mascaras bothering my eyes, but I haven’t had any problem with it. I got a free brow gel when I purchased the Mally mascara @Ulta. It’s great, too!

  9. Hi! Awesome post. What color HAC pallete did you get? Would you be able to post a picture of the final look? I have a similar complexion to yours and am curious as to how it all comes together! Thanks :)

  10. I’m sad to hear you’re not getting extensions any more, since you were my inspiration for possibly getting mine tinted.

    I also love Urban Decay’s Naked, although I have 2. BeautyCounter has been such a refreshing company to buy from. (I’m not a consultant) I love their Tawny/Whisper blush and Lustro Face Oil 2 and 3. 100% Pure Mascara is my go to and can be found on Amazon.

  11. Always love when bloggers share their simple makeup routines! Love the lipstick color, will be purchasing it! What colors did you purchase in Cara’s foundation palette?

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