Video: My 5-Minute Everyday Makeup Routine

5-minute everyday makeup tutorial

I’m so excited to share my everyday makeup routine with you all today! Whenever I have the oppertunity to get ready with my girlfriends, observing their routines is always fascinating and I always learn something. It’s so fun exchanging tips and helping do each other’s makeup! (Wow, that may be the girliest thing I’ve ever said.)

So I thought it would be fun to invite you to get ready with me… Or at least watch me get ready.

On the days that I actually wear makeup, my “everyday makeup” takes about five to seven minutes – but it lasts me all day. Check out my video and the products below it to see how I do it.

Products and makeup brushes I used:
1. Product: Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer (also sold here)
2. Product: Clinique Line Smoothing Concealer (also sold here) – I wear the color “Fairly Light”
3. Product: Chanel CC Cream – I wear the color “20 Beige”
4. Product: Laura Mercier Loose Setting Power (also sold here) – I wear the “Translucent” color. Brush: Sephora Collection PRO Flawless Powder Brush #40 (on sale!)
5. Product: Smashbox Step-by-Step Contour Kit in the color ‘Light/ Medium’ (also sold here). Brush: Sephora Collection PRO Angled Contour Brush #75. Blending brush: Sephora Collection PRO Contour Kabuki #82 – This is the best brush ever AND it’s on sale! If you buy one thing from my routine, buy this brush!
6. Product: Nars blush in the color ‘Sin’ (also sold here). Brush: Sephora Collection PRO Angled Blush Brush #49
7. Product: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo in the color ‘Medium Brown’ (also sold here). Brush: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brush #7B
8. Product: L’Oreal Paris Double-Extend Tubing Mascara
9. Product: Marc Jacobs Liquid Lip Creme in ‘Slow Burn’

Also, please excuse my messy / eclectic / empty-looking living and dining room in the background of this video – we literally just moved into our house a month ago and it has been a process getting it furnished and decorated and we’re clearly nowhere near done.


My Experience with Permanent Makeup


I’ve always been experimental when it comes to innovative beauty products and services, even when there’s a little bit of risk involved (we’ll see if this comes back to bite me in the butt down the line). I’ve tried Latisse (and LiLash) to chemically grow my eyelashes longer, Brazilian Blowouts to smooth out my crazy hair, prescription skincare products to get rid of acne… Well, you get the idea. But it’s been a while since I’ve tried anything worth telling you guys about.

Well that changed about two months ago, when I did something a little crazy. I got permanent eyeliner tattooed on my upper eyelids.

(The photo above is not of me getting my permanent eyeliner done. It’s from another blog post, but I thought I’d post it because it’s a little more glamourous than the photos below, of me swollen from the tattoo.)

Two months post procedure, I feel like I’ve been asked every question under the sun about my experience with this. I always planned on blogging about it, but instead of pretending to be an expert on the topic, I figured I’d just answer the questions I’ve been asked because I anticipate they’re similar to the ones you would ask. And of course, share some After photos (below)! If I neglected to touch on something you were wondering about, feel free to leave a comment and I’ll follow up with you!

You can also find some more great information on Eric Berntsen’s FAQ page about permanent makeup.

Why did I want to get permanent eyeliner in the first place?

A couple of reasons:

  1. First of all, pencil eyeliner ALWAYS RUNS on me. Trust me, I’ve tried them all – they all make me look like a hot mess. (I have better luck with waterproof liquid liner – but that’s less appropriate for day/ the workweek.) At any rate, I knew permanent eyeliner wouldn’t run – so it seemed like a good option for me.
  2. Since my eyelashes are blonde, my eyes kind of disappear if I don’t wear eye makeup, so I thought this would help them pop a bit. And it does.
  3. Also, I’m too lazy to put eyeliner on in the mornings during the work week. So now I don’t have to!
  4. Lastly, like I sort of implied earlier, this is the type of procedure that I get really curious about and like to try.

Can I still achieve a natural, fresh-faced look when I have permanent eyeliner? Does it look weird when I’m not wearing other makeup?

This was a bit of a concern for me before getting it done, because I tend to wear more natural-looking makeup in the first place. The last thing I wanted was to look fake, or worse, not even look like myself!

So upfront, I decided less is more. I wanted my eyes to pop, but I didn’t want it to be obvious I was wearing eyeliner. I told my technician this, and he listened. We looked at photos of what other people had done and talked about it in relation to what I wanted. And luckily, he gave me exactly that.

As a result, the eyeliner is so subtle that it looks natural enough that I believe I still look fresh faced. But just like a better version of myself. And no, I don’t look weird now when I’m not wearing other makeup. My boyfriend would tell me if I did. ;)

Do I ever have to wear eyeliner now that I’ve gotten this done?

If I’m going out at night and I want a more dramatic look, I’ll do a cat eye with liquid eyeliner. Otherwise, I don’t wear any eyeliner over the tattoo.

How long does it last?

The concept of “permanent” makeup is misleading. This lasts five to seven years.

Regular tattoos use ink, which is quite permanent. Permanent makeup tattoos are made from pigment, which fades over time.

Did it hurt?

Yes. It’s a tattoo on your eyelid, so yes, you definitely feel it. But your eyelids are numb before the actual tattooing starts, so that really helps minimize the pain. Honestly, it’s more uncomfortable than painful. If you’ve ever had any other tattoos done, it’s certainly no worse than that.

Was I swollen afterwards?

Yes – the day I got it done and the day after I was quite swollen. Then the swelling went down. (Icing my eyelids helped reduce the swelling and discomfort.) Check out the photos below to see what I looked like after the procedure.

Where did I go to get it done?

I went to Eric Berntsen at Studio One on Macadam Ave. in Portland, Oregon.

What was the procedure like?

If you’ve ever gotten a tattoo before, I can tell you that it was pretty much just like that. I had a consultation first, then I went in for my appointment. At the appointment, we talked about exactly what I wanted. Then I laid down on one of those medical chairs that leans way back. Eric used some gel to numb my eyelids. We chatted about random stuff for about 15 minutes while the gel kicked in. Then he brought out the tattoo needle and got to work. The tattoo took about an hour and then I was done. I put on my glasses (couldn’t wear my contacts) and drove home.

A month later, I came back for my second, followup appointment. Eric does this over two appointments. I went in to get it touched up and he pretty much went over the entire tattoo a second time to address any concerns I had. (The photos below are from after the touch up – so I went through this same healing process twice.)

How long did it take?

The first procedure was probably at least an hour and a half (including our discussion before). The second was about an hour.

Am I glad I got it done?


What was the healing process like?

Not terrible, but as I mentioned before, I was really swollen in the beginning. But then the swelling went down. I did a lot of icing my face. I also couldn’t wear my contacts for a week (hence my Instagram photos of my “four eyes”). Couldn’t wear any eye makeup for a week either.

Permanent Eyeliner After Photos

Ignore my cross-eyed-ness in the photos above! It’s just hard to take photos of your own eyes up close without crossing them. I clearly haven’t mastered that skill.

In the end I’m really happy with the way the eyeliner turned out! Like I said before, feel free to ask me more questions if this is something you’re interested in – I’m happy to discuss it further! Also, if you’re local and looking for someone to do your permanent makeup, I’d highly recommend Eric (he also does eyebrows!).


My Skincare Products and Routine for Day and Night

As a self-proclaimed product junkie, I’ve used a fair number of products over the years. But as I’ve gotten older I’ve realized the importance of using gentle, non-irritating products and sticking to a (fairly) consistent skincare regimen. I know myself well enough to know that if a routine involves too many steps, or too many different products, I’ll tire of it quickly.

So through the method of trial and error, coupled with consultations with the woman who does my facials, I’ve discovered a routine that has made my skin look better than it has for years. And that’s what I’m sharing with you today.

My Skin

  • Sensitive
  • Combination/ Oily
  • Fair
  • Acne-prone

Although there are a couple of consistent products that I use both day and night, my regimin is slightly varied.

For Day:

  • Simple Kind to Skin Moisturizing Facial Wash – Simple was first introduced to me by Katy of Sugarlaws. She’s a brand ambassador for the company and after all her kind words about the product line, I just had to try it. It really is all she says and more. It’s so gentle and feels so great on my skin, yet it really cleanses well.
  • Clarisonic Mia – Coupled with my face wash, the Clarisonic gets deep down into my pores to dissolve dirt. The vibrating brush also exfoliates my skin. I know it’s an investment, but it’s truly amazing and my skin is so soft now!
  • Simple Hydrating Light Moisturizer – Just as the name says, this moisturizer is super light. My skin has the tendency to get really oily so I don’t need much moisturizing, but this is perfect for touching up any area on my face where I feel a little tightness or the occasional dry patch. I don’t use it every day though.
  • SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel – This is a really, really great hydrator. I say hydrator instead of moisturizer because it contains vitamin B5 which is the body’s natural hydrator that binds moisture to the skin. Confused yet? Me too. But all I know is that it works and it makes my skin feel great. I pretty much always use this on my face in the morning, whereas I only use the Simple Moisturizer if I have dry patches. Sometimes, when I’m feeling ambitious, I’ll use this at night, too.

For Night:

  • Simple Kind to Skin Moisturizing Facial Wash – See my Day Routine for more details.
  • Clarisonic Mia – See my Day Routine for more details.
  • Tu’eL Glyco-A Gel – I LOVE this stuff! But let me give you the back story… I used Proactive for years and swore by it to keep acne at bay. It worked great for me in high school and college. But some time in the last two years, Proactive stopped working for me and my acne resurfaced. Since then, I’ve tried a number of acne washes and remedies, all of which proved futile. After visiting a facialist at Skin by Marywynn, I came to the epiphany that perhaps I don’t need to be trying so hard with all these harsh stylistic acid, benzyl peroxide and sulfur acne remedies. She pointed out that because my skin was flaking AND oily, that was blocking my pores and likely contributing to my acne. So she recommended this gel exfoliator for my night routine. Over the past two months I’ve been using it, the gel has worked better for me than any of the other acne treatments I’ve tried.
  • bareMinerals Renew & Hydrate Eye Cream – I’m not an expert on eye creams AT ALL. But apparently, a girls (er, woman) of my age (24) should be using eye cream. About a year ago bareMinerals sent me this a long with a couple other skincare products as a gift. This is the only product I really stuck with. I like it because it’s nice and light but still moisturizes. But like I said, it’s not like I’ve done some in depth competitive analysis here.

UV Protection

You may have noticed that none of the products I use for my skincare routine have SPF in them. That means that they do nothing to protect my skin from the sun. However, in combination with my makeup that has SPF (foundation and mineral viel), I get enough UV protection for an average day in Portland where I spend most of my time inside an office. However, if you spend more time outside or live in a sunnier climate, I would suggest use of an additional sunscreen.