When it comes to makeup lately, I’ve really been preferring minimal products for my everyday routine. It’s so much easier to apply minimal makeup and takes way less effort to maintain, plus my skin has been doing a lot better lately so I haven’t felt the need to cover it up like crazy. As I’ve been trying out different products and routines, I’ve discovered a few items that give me the minimal look I’m going for but still manage to really wow.
For base products, I’ve got two foundations that work great alone or mixed together and I’ve been really loving them both lately. The first one is Glossier’s Skin Tint in Light. I’m a huge fan of this one because of how lightweight it is and how easily it can be blended with other foundations to create a stronger finish if that’s what you’re needing for the day. I usually mix it in with my second pick, The Ordinary’s Serum Foundation in 1.0NS. This is another light option that I think looks lovely for minimal, “no makeup” makeup days because it gives the skin such a fresh, dewy glow. When combined, I find that I get a nice even coverage that helps round out my complexion and make everything look nice and neat.
A great concealer for minimal makeup days is definitely the Stretch Concealer in Light from Glossier. I tried to not make this roundup completely Glossier-focused, but they just make so many great products that look amazing and also let your real skin shine through. This is one of my favorite concealers because it offers a nice amount of coverage without feeling heavy and cakey. Also, it’s so incredibly hydrating, so it’s really nice for the under eye area and helps brighten it up quite a bit.
For the rest of the face, I’ve found a few items that work great adding shape and dimension while not looking too overpowering. Benefit’s Hoola Lite has been amazing for ever so lightly carving out the cheekbones and adding a bit of warmth. Then to go along with that, I’ve been gliding on some of Glossier’s Haloscope in Quartz onto the high points of my face to give a fresh, healthy glow. Depending on how much I want to wear for the day, I also might add a tiny bit of their Cloud Paint in Dusk to the apples of my cheeks just to further warm up my complexion and add depth.
Minimal makeup means keeping my eyes nice and simple. I’ll brush some of Glossier’s Boy Brow in Brown through my brows to fill in any sparse areas as well and to help them keep their shape. Next, I’ll apply a little bit of the Maybelline Color Tattoo in Creme de Rose all over my lids and blend up towards my brow bone. Since I have really thin, veiny eyelids, this is a great trick for making the skin look more even and all my eyes to look a bit more awake. Then, I’ll just curl my lashes as a last step to finish off my minimal eye look.
I like to focus more on hydration than anything else when it comes to my lips, so on minimal days I tend to reach for one of my Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments. If I’m keeping everything really natural, I’ll use the shade Nude* for just the softest hint of color and lots of moisture. On days that I might want something a little more noticeable, I’ll grab something with more color (usually Rose or Petal*). Fresh recently sent me a new shade for the advanced therapy line called Dream*, and it gives the most gorgeous pinky tint to the lips. It’s a slightly juicy shade that offers a ton of hydration, and I’ve been a bit obsessed with it this week.
Have you discovered any minimal makeup products that still really wow?