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What’s In My Makeup Bag? A Gif Tutorial of My Everyday Makeup Routine!

Lately I have been getting a lot of compliments on my skin and how natural my makeup looks, which makes me so happy. I’ve of course gone through all the phases with my makeup like using a foundation that is several shades too light, going overboard on bronzer, using a brow pencil that is just too dark–you name it. So the fact that I’ve finally gotten my makeup routine down to something that truly suits me, and that I can do it in less than 5-minutes has really been a lovely accomplishment. Therefore, I feel it’s only right I share the specific products that are working for me. Here’s a fun gif tutorial on how I achieve my day-to-day makeup look, enjoy!



After washing my face and applying the necessary moisturizers and serums, I add on a layer of the Elcìe Pearl Radiance Primer ($38) to kick off my makeup routine. I have to admit, I often forget to add primer when I’m in a rush for work or to head out of the house (because I’m always late), but when I do have a moment this is my go-to as of late. It’s lightweight yet hydrating finish is the perfect base for my foundation. 


Ever since I decided to get a big girl foundation and go to the MAC store years ago I was given the Studio Fix Fluid in NC-50 ($28) by one of their makeup artists, I never looked back. I’ve experimented with other foundations from different brands, but none have given me the super natural, lightweight and true to color coverage that this one does. I have oily skin, but it balances it and gives me a nice dewy look. I also don’t use that much on a daily basis, one or maybe two pumps always seems to do the trick–so a bottle lasts forever. 


To this day I regret that I hadn’t found this product sooner in life–the Sephora Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer ($14) is the truth! I won’t go too into it, because I have a whole dedicated post on it here, but just know that it has saved my life. When I’m not wearing foundation and want to spot correct or just dab a little under the eye this is my go-to for that instant brightness. On a day-to-day when I am wearing a “full face” I like to put some under my eye in an elongated V-shape as well as around my lips to cover some discoloration. 


Prior to getting the Cloud Paint by Glossier ($18) I hadn’t used a non-powder blush, so I was a little intimidated by it’s gel formula. Let’s just say a little bit of this product goes a long way. I personally love a very rosy cheek (when I’m not wearing a bold lip), so the deep pigmentation on this is perfect. I lightly dab it on in a circular motion using my ring finger. 


Ya’ll know I love my highlighter. I received the Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator ($26) so long ago in my Birchbox and has become my favorite highlighter ever. This is the only powder product I use on my face on a regular basis because it has such a nice finish. It’s subtle, but once it hits the light — phew, it illuminates my face ever so nicely. I like to brush this on my upper cheek bone and around the outer part of my eyes.


No look is complete without a strong brow, which is why I always use the Glossier Boy Brow in Brown ($16). This is a product I use even when I don’t have on any makeup just to give my face that extra boost. I absolutely hate drawn on eyebrows, nothing about it appeals to me so I always opt for a brow brush instead of a pencil. It just looks so much more natural. Of those that I’ve tried, Boy Brow has to be my favorite. I like to brush my brows upward and then arch them slightly towards the end.


The MAC Haute and Nasty Too Black Lash ($23) actually used to be one that I only used at night because of how much volume it gives my lashes. However, now that I rarely wear eye liner I like to use it during the day and night as it gives my lashes a very naturally defined look. Since this mascara is quite intense you have to be careful not to apply too much or it will clump.


It’s no secret that I have some pretty big lips. For that reason, I like to keep them extremely hydrated. I wrote a post a while back about my struggle this past winter with finding the right remedy for chapped lips, and how I eventually discovered it in Glossier‘s Balm Dot Com ($12). Well, I’m happy to say that I still swear by it — it’s literally the only balm out right now that keeps my lips super moisturized without peeling. Glossier recently collaborated with Milk Bar on a Birthday Balm Dot Com, which I’ve been using as of late. It has a subtle shimmer which is a nice primer to their clear Lip Gloss ($14). I wear the gloss almost everyday, with or without makeup! I honestly need Glossier to make the lip gloss in a bigger tube, I run out of it almost monthly! 

Setting Spray

The Herbivore Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist ($32) is technically just to help tone and hydrate, but I like to use it as a setting spray as well to lock in that moisture before my skin faces the daily elements. A light spritz of this before I head out helps keep my makeup in place and adds to that dewy finish that I love. 

There you have it, my go-to makeup routine. Be sure to tell me about your day-to-day beauty must-haves in the comment section below!


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  1. Wow! I just found your blog through your post from SHINE on self-care. All I can say is THANK YOU! I am really loving the beauty content so far. There are so many practical things that you cover and they are helping me NOT get intimidated by the beauty industry. Keep being you, Aisha. Thanks so much!

    1. Hi Lacey! So so glad you found my blog and are enjoying the content!!! I’m definitely all about the no frills, not so intimidating beauty routine, I’m happy you appreciate it. Thanks for reading!