My Foundation Routine for Flawless Looking Skin


Happy Tuesday, friends! A few months ago, I shared my 5-minute face that was quick, easy and perfect for work. Since starting my senior year (EEK!), I have rediscovered the YouTube beauty community (check out my post on some of my favorite YouTubers here) and my interest in makeup and skincare products. Since this rediscovery I have made a conscious effort to use the makeup I have (and new products) and have been very pleased with the results. Today, I’m sharing my foundation routine that makes my skin look more even and glowy!

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Every morning, I use both an under eye cream and a moisturizer with SPF before I apply my makeup. I am really enjoying using the Origins GinZeng Energizing Eye Cream* and the philosophy Take a Deep Breath moisturizer with SPF 30*.  For more information on my current skincare routine, check out my full post here.

While my moisturizer sinks in, I make a cup of coffee, get dressed and get my backpack ready for the school day. Then I park myself in front of my mirror and start applying my makeup.

I start by pouring half of a dime-sized amount (specific, I know) of my Neutrogena Healthy Skin Foundation in shade 20 (Natural Ivory)* onto the back of my hand and apply it to my face using my Real Techniques Foundation Brush (the orange brush in the above photo). In trying to find a link for this particular brush, I could only find the link for the set that this brush comes in, so you can check that out here*. I dip the tip of the brush into the liquid and spread it out on one cheek in a ray-like pattern, if the “sun” was my nose. I bring it up to right under my eyelashes under my eye, onto my eyelids and also down my neck. You’ll see throughout my routine that I make a point to include my neck in this process because I find that it helps make the entire makeup look seem more natural. Once I apply foundation all over my face, I like to go over my whole face with the foundation brush one more time to just double, triple check that it’s all blended.

Next, it’s time for concealer. A few weeks ago, I picked up the Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in the shade Light Neutral*. This is my first product ever from Urban Decay and I will say that it did take me at least two weeks to learn how to best apply it. I also think that if I choose to repurchase this concealer after I use this tube up, I should opt for a different shade – this shade in particular runs on the yellow side. That being said, I have heard great things about a few Tarte Concealers as well as Benefit’s Erase Paste, so I may pick one of those up next time. Anyway, I apply 3 dots of this concealer under each eye and onto any red blemishes and use the same Foundation Brush to tap the concealer into my skin. I also recommend using your finger to blend in concealer because the warmth of your fingers can help the concealer blend more naturally. Whichever way you choose to blend in your concealer, I highly, highly recommend using a tapping motion rather than swirling or buffing in. Tapping keeps your foundation, and other products you have any already applied, in place and helps avoid any streakiness.

Because I have combination-oily skin, my next step is to set my entire face with a powder. I received the Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin powder* from Influenster over the summer and have really loved using it. I apply it all over my face using the ELF Complexion Brush* starting in the oiliest parts of my face: forehead, T-zone and then my cheeks. I also, take this powder down onto my neck to help set any foundation on my neck and to also keep everything consistent with what’s on my face.

This next step I have been forgetting some days, but will come back to do it if/when I remember. I take the Bare Minerals Concealer in Well-Rested and the Real Techniques Domed Eyeshadow Brush* and dust this on my eyelids and use any remainder on the brush on the skin underneath my eyes.

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Now, it’s time to bring some dimension to the skin. I like to do this using bronzer. I’m not a big fan of a harsh contour – I don’t find that it looks natural, but I am a huge fan of using bronzer to add warmth and dimension to the skin. I take the Real Techniques Powder brush, swirl it around my Rimmel London Bronzer in 027 Sun Dance* and apply it to my skin. I start up at one temple, sweep it along the side of my face just underneath my cheekbones and then finish by sweeping it on my jawline and down my neck. I, of course, then repeat this method on the other half of my face. My fellow YouTube beauty community folks, y’all might remember this as the “3-B Method.”

I would like to preface the following blush section with this: I have no idea how to describe the motion with which I apply blush to my cheeks. Bear with me, I’ll do the best I can. The blush that I’ve been using I’ve had for years so I would love recommendations for new blushes. I have been using a blush by American Beauty in the shade 04 Pink Bouquet (pictured above) and apply it with the Real Techniques Multi-Task brush. I dip the brush into the blush and flick the brush forward from the back part of my cheek. I then repeat this motion on the other cheek, but I do not dip the brush back in the product.

I then take the ELF Complexion brush and swipe it over both cheeks to diffuse the blush and blend everything together. I finish my look by adding two coats of my favorite mascara* and a swipe of lipstick* before heading out the door.

Now it’s your turn to share: What are your go-to makeup products?


32 thoughts on “My Foundation Routine for Flawless Looking Skin

  1. Ashley says:

    This is great! I use bare minerals, and have a really laid back, simple make up routine because when I wake up I normally don’t care too much. I do love doing a little more on the weekends or if we go out!

    • My Little Box of Tricks says:

      I couldn’t agree more! I love adding a bit of fun eye shadow and eye liner for nights when I go out or if I have a celebration to go to. I have always been a big fan of Bare Minerals and have been very intrigued by their newest eyeshadows and lip products. Have you tried any of those products from them? I’m very curious about them..

  2. Amelie says:

    I’ve heard great things about the Real Technique brushes, so I’m definitely going to have to try them! I’ve been looking for new make up brushes and these sound perfect. :)

  3. Chelsie Carr says:

    I love hearing about other’s foundation routines! I currently am using the Makeup Forever Ultimate HD Foundation Stick and the Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer (although I think I’m going to pick up a Tarte Shape Tape when I run out.) I set all of my makeup with the NYX Selfie powder; I love the finish it gives my skin!

    I saw that you were looking for blush recommendations, so I figured I would share a couple of my favorites. I just picked up the Lorac Buildable Blush in Prism and LOVE it. It’s super pigmented, but gives a lovely natural flush to the skin. One of my favorite drugstore blushes is the wet n wild coloricon blush in Apr-Cot in the Middle!

    • My Little Box of Tricks says:

      THANK YOU for all of your recommendations!! I have heard so many great things about the Tarte Shape Tape concealer as well as their Rainforest of the Sea concealer – so many options! I have heard great things about the pigmentation of Lorac blushes (also, have you peeped their eyeshadow palettes lately? Gorgeous!). Wet N Wild blushes are SO good, I always forget about them, but I’ll have to pick this one up next time I’m at Walgreens.

  4. Shane says:

    I got sent this to try out and it’s became my new favorite foundation! Not too dry and powdery yet not too thick and creamy.

  5. angelmerisa23 says:

    Girl, your skin looks fantastic! I’m such a fan of all the products you used. If you’re looking for a new blush I like the powder blushes from Makeup Revolution (they’re $5!) but I’ve been using the Becca Beach Tint Shimmer Souffles. They’re expensive but last a lifetime! I’ve had Fig/Opal for years not and it’s still my favorite and still going strong! xx Merisa | Monogrammed Magnolias

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