It’s been a little while since I have shared my beauty routine with you, so this post has been a long time coming. I’ve really switched up what I like to focus on for a natural look and now love to play up my eyebrows and lips – but it all starts with a flawless complexion! I’m teaming up with Real Techniques once again today to let you in on my little secret to getting the best full coverage look – the Miracle Complexion Sponge! You can get this sponge at Real Techniques and Ulta through January 2017!
Sponge blenders are definitely having a moment right now and there are so many to choose from! What I love about this blender is the shape – the flat edge lets you contour easily around your eyes and nose and the precision tips helps cover any small imperfections (blemishes/dark spots). Of course, a smooth, hydrated face gives any liquid foundation a great base to work with – so here is my exact routine (including current favorite products) to achieve this look.
It all starts with serum. I apply this serum to my freshly cleansed skin using this face brush – which helps to smooth any fine lines and wrinkles and also helps to hydrate skin.
Eye Cream. I love this eye cream under makeup because it helps to smooth, brighten, and de-puff. It’s also blue which helps mask any dark circles. Plus, I love anything with cucumber – the cooling technology is perfect for those early mornings!
Moisturize. I make sure to apply a thin layer of moisturizer to keep my skin hydrated throughout the day – and to keep my foundation from drying out. I’ve shared my love for this moisturizer in the past – I swear, it has changed my skin. The price point is a bit aggressive, but the bottle is supposed to last at least 8 months.
Apply liquid foundation. Using the Miracle Complexion blender, I pat this full coverage foundation onto my skin – layering where needed. I make sure to use the flat edge to blend around my nose and under my eyes (even on my eyelids) and work the foundation around my jawline and neck.
Under Eye Concealer. I actually used to apply my concealer before adding any foundation, but recently learned that it’s much more effective to apply last. This is actually my new favorite (I’m currently using the medium shade but will likely switch to the light shade now that summer and my current tan is fading away). I apply with my ring finger (as you should when applying anything around your eyes) and work the concealer into my under eyes and eye lids.
Contour! I actually did a post with Real Techniques a few months back about adding easy contouring into your everyday beauty look. I know the term “contour” can seem intimidating – but it’s life changing once you get the hang of it. Who needs the botox filter on Snapchat when you know how to contour?! This is currently my favorite palette!
Play up your eyebrows and lips. Like I mentioned, these two areas are what I currently love to focus on for an everyday look. I use this brow box to fill in my eyebrows and a nude lipliner only to give me a full pout. And since I have eyelash extensions, I leave my eyes be (usually no liner) for a natural look.
Real Techniques has an entire collection of beauty tools at an affordable price-point, including some other Miracle Sponges for sculpting and erasing. Make sure to check out my previous Real Techniques post for contouring as well!
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CareySeptember 12, 2016 at 9:18 am
Great tips! I need to try that eye cream, I have awful dark circles from allergies
Elements of EllisSeptember 12, 2016 at 2:27 pm
That sponge is perfection! And the price is amazing! I use it for my under eye concealer and then I also dab it all over my face to even out my foundation. It creates such a flawless finish! But obviously you already know that 🙂 Your skin looks amazing and gorgeous!
ashley hargroveSeptember 14, 2016 at 9:55 am
You’re so gorgeous!! I need to try sponges out!
Kate BlueSeptember 14, 2016 at 10:01 am
This is the sponge I use and it really is the best! Your skin looks great!
Nicole LeffewSeptember 14, 2016 at 10:03 am
Love the dress! These pictures are gorgeous. I need to try my makeup with that sponge! 🙂
Shelby BackSeptember 14, 2016 at 10:40 am
I loved reading this, your skin look flawless! I am a sucker for beauty products, so I might just have to pick up this foundation & sponge!
AnnaSeptember 14, 2016 at 10:57 am
Well your skin looks amazing, so I definitely will be trying these products! And yes the sponge blenders are a must!
RuthieSeptember 14, 2016 at 11:05 am
What awesome tips!! I need to give this a try for sure!! xo
LexiSeptember 14, 2016 at 11:43 am
I definitely love the shape of that blender; need to try it!
GretaSeptember 14, 2016 at 4:27 pm
I love the it cosmetics under eye cream! It’s the best!
Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com
Laura @ Walking in Memphis in High HeelsSeptember 14, 2016 at 10:43 pm
Love seeing your beauty routine. Will have to give some of these great products a try!
LindsaySeptember 15, 2016 at 12:26 am
So excited to try some of these products. I am becoming a face product addict. Thanks for the suggestions and I also love the bathroom pictures. So cute.
Lindsay | sell eat love
MelissaSeptember 15, 2016 at 12:53 am
What great tips! I keep forgetting about applying serum. I especially need it now that winters around the corner. Thanks for the reminder. I’ll have to pick this one up!
KarenSeptember 15, 2016 at 8:25 am
I’m definitely going to try out this beauty blender/sponge, I like the flat edge on it.
Anna EnglishSeptember 15, 2016 at 9:11 am
Such a great morning routine! There’s a few products you listed I’ll have to check out!
emily | life with emilySeptember 15, 2016 at 10:20 am
I really like the shape of that sponge- seems like it would be super easy to apply makeup well! Need to try a few of these products, too! You are always looking flawless, friend!
Emily | http://www.lifewithemilyblog.com
Krista WilliamsSeptember 15, 2016 at 1:02 pm
Oh I am so glad I found this! I bought sponges that just weren’t good quality and I need to get some to better blend my makeup!
Thank you so much for sharing love!
Gorg as always! 🙂
AlexSeptember 15, 2016 at 8:40 pm
Love beauty blenders. Need to try this one out!
LaurenSeptember 16, 2016 at 3:15 pm
I love using beauty blenders for blending makeup that’s already on but I haven’t tried it for applying foundation!
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Ashley Brooke NicholasSeptember 17, 2016 at 12:25 pm
That sponge is SO great, and I also love that Clinique foundation!! I need to check out that La Mer moisturizer!
JaimeSeptember 17, 2016 at 12:52 pm
Great post! Love reading about other beauty routines and product favorites! That sponge looks great!!
JessicaSeptember 18, 2016 at 4:16 pm
Love the shape of this blender!!
Adaleta AvdicSeptember 18, 2016 at 8:58 pm
I adore Real Techniques, and I’m a big fan of the sponge no matter what kind it is. There’s something different than the beauty blender, and I still haven’t pinpointed to myself what the exact difference is! But I do love this one and I find it so useful, it truly gives the best complexions and it looks so natural! xx Adaleta Avdic
AshleeSeptember 19, 2016 at 10:39 am
This looks amazing!
LSeptember 19, 2016 at 4:22 pm
Great tips, and love your bathroom!
JamieOctober 7, 2016 at 9:43 am
great tips.. I always need help with under eye concealing 🙂
alleice@anti aging treatment by revitolOctober 8, 2016 at 7:00 am
I loved your products. I am thinking to include these skin care products with my skin care products. Hoping this will make a great combo with my products. But I think including face wash will complete this skin care kit.