Daily Makeup Routine: Then vs Now

So, this time last year I posted my daily makeup routine and looking back...yikes.
But hindsight is 20/20 and I'll probably check back in another 12 months and wonder what the hell I was thinking. I thought that instead of just posting an updated version, I would compare the two ~lewks~ to see how much my makeup skills have improved etc.

January 2017 Daily Makeup
Daily Makeup Routine: Then vs Now

Those eyebrows are AWFUL. They are two completely different shapes, terribly filled in and gelled down within an inch of their life.

The lipstick brought out every dry bit of skin on my lips and the foundation looked fine in photos but was practically white and very, very pink. I definitely have more neutral/warm undertones but back then, I had no idea. I convinced myself that because I'm quite fair, I must have cool undertones. I don't know why I was wearing full coverage foundation either, as without any bronzer or contour my face looked so flat. I also thought that mascara was the best thing since sliced bread but it looks so basic and boring. The concealer I was wearing always turned yellow by the end of the day (Collection Lasting Perfection) and made my under eyes look as dry as the Sahara, yet mysteriously didn't cover anything.

January 2018 Makeup

Daily Makeup Routine: Then vs Now


I used to go crazy with the cleansing. It took me a while to figure out that for my skin, less is more. I do the bare minimum and it works. I also found that toner wasn't helping my skin at all, so I stopped using that and dry patches cleared up more or less overnight. I swapped out the Vichy scrub for a gentle daily scrub that keeps the buildup in my pores at bay. I still use the Vichy Blemish Moisturiser but it's too expensive to continually replace, so I only use it when my skin isn't doing great, which is right now.

Step One: Primer
At the beginning of 2017, I didn't realise the importance of primer. It keeps your makeup on longer and makes your foundation appear more seamless. I use a combination of Pixi by Petra Flawless and Poreless Primer and ELF Hydrating Under Eye Primer. The Pixi isn't especially pore filling but it's great for illuminating the skin, however it shows up dry patches around my nose so I wouldn't repurchase. I love the ELF as my under eyes tend to be quite dry and it helps my concealer blend properly, without creasing.

Step Two: Foundation
I prefer a medium coverage for day time, so I've been reaching for Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless more and more. Right now I'm between shades 100 and 110; Warm Ivory and Porcelain. I apply a thin layer using my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. The foundation does look super pale here, but that's just because of the angle of the light. I literally turned my ceiling light towards my face for the photo 🙈

Step Three: Concealer
I still haven't found a concealer that I love, but right now I'm enjoying the Revlon Colorstay Concealer in Fair. It matches my skin perfectly - I'm over the highlighting the under eyes phase. I want something that will blend into my skin, rather than sit on top of it. I use a little bit on my under eye circles, around my nose and on any blemishes, blending with the same sponge. It doesn't crease or oxidize at all. Despite the shadowing due to the terrible lighting, it does actually cover most of my eye bags.

Step Four: Powder
I've been trying out the Rimmel Insta Fix and Matte Powder again. I previously had problems with it leaving a white cast on my face, but this doesn't happen with Maybelline Fit Me. However, it does pick up on texture around my nose so I don't think I'll be reaching for this a lot. Most of the time I use my Rimmel Clear Complexion, as its probably one of the best basic face powders out there. I use a small amount on a Real Techniques Primer Brush to set my under eyes and dust the rest of my face with a large fluffy Spectrum A01 Powder Brush.

Step Five: Contour
I went HARD on the contour for most of last year, but now I prefer a more subtle bronzed look. Instead of using a cool toned contour shade, I take a slightly warmer, matte shade and buff it along my cheekbones and temples using a Freedom Stippling Brush. My go to right now is the PUR QuickPro Portables Sculpt and Glow, I use the shade Silhouette. It gives my face definition without being over the top.

Step Six: Blusher
Blush is one of those products I can't go without, even though I have a lot of natural redness. My makeup just doesn't feel finished until I've added a tiny bit. For every day, I use a hint of Soap & Glory Love At First Blush on top of the contour, just along the apples of my cheeks with that same Freedom Stippling Brush. It has a shimmer to it, so it's more soft and glowy than harsh stripes of colour.

Step Seven: Highlight
Most days I prefer a subtle glow. I do like a highlighted look, but I'm not into the crazy I-can-be-seen-from-space streak of white that everyone is obsessed with. I have a lot of different products to choose from, but most of the time I reach for the same few. My current favourite is the shade High Five from the same PUR QuickPro Portables Sculpt and Glow collection, but I've been reaching for a Technic Highlighting Palette I got for Christmas and it's actually bomb, when used in moderation. I like to take an ELF Highlighting Brush to blend this on the tops of my cheek bones, then occasionally I'll dab a tiny bit on my temples and call it a day.

Step Eight: Eyebrows
I struggle with my brows, and I mean really struggle. I just can't seem to get them right. But the Soap & Glory Archery Pencil in Brownie Points does help. I like a cool brow shade and this is perfect for me. I don't use too much - just enough to give some definition and hopefully, make them appear a little bit more symmetrical. Sometimes I'll clean them up using a bit of concealer, but most of the time I'll let them be. They're not how I'd ideally like them to be, but I'm getting there. I think.

Step Nine: Setting Spray
This might not seem like the right order, but I prefer to set my base before doing my eyes or lips. They stay put pretty well but my base needs all the help it can get. I switch between two different products, the Mario Badescu Facial Spray or the B. Confident Hyaluronic Acid Spritz. Both do a great job at keeping my makeup in place whilst leaving my skin hydrated.

Step Ten: Eyeshadow
For the daily, I like warm-toned mattes and the MUA Luxe Palette in Feather Light fits the bill. It's kind of powdery, but I don't mind that. It makes it easy to blend and the colours don't get muddy if you go overboard, like I always do. I generally use a mix of warm and cool toned colours as a transition and add a lighter shade across the lid. I bring the cool toned shade under my lower lash line, add some highlighter to my inner corners and I'm done.

Step Eleven: Mascara
I've been into trying new mascaras lately but I've yet to find one that I love. For Christmas, I received one by Christian Breton and I do really enjoy it. It's voluminous without being too clumpy - a small bit of clump is fine - and I like that it's a drier formula. Mascara that's too wet is a chore and I'm all about that one coat and go life.

Step Twelve: Lipstick
The final step is lips and I tend to alternate between a statement lip or a nude lip. One I've been loving lately is this Urban Decay Metallized Vice Lipstick in Trance. It's a warm muted pink with subtle but striking reflects. Stunning.

I definitely prefer my 2018 makeup. It's more me than the basic version from 2017. The photo doesn't do the look justice. It goes dark so early and the lighting in my house is terrible.

Which do you think is better?

Daily Makeup Routine: Then vs Now


  1. If only I had gotten as good as you D: I never seem to improve.

    1. I'm sure you do! You can never see it yourself ❤


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