How I Did My Makeup in 2017

Happy New Year my loves! ❤ It’s been a while since I last posted beauty-related content here in my blog. To make up for all that, I will be posting a lot of Makeup and Skin Care (+others) reviews, hauls, swatches, favorites, routines and more. This January, my blog posts would mostly be centered on the products I used and featured last year both in this blog and in my Instagram. (@elynnegongju)

This is my first Makeup post this year! Yay! 🙂 Today I will be sharing four versions of my makeup routine. My routine varies depending on the amount of time I have for that day. I will be explaining the steps and the products I use for each routine.

(Take note. This excludes my skin care routine. It is advised to proceed with makeup application only after your skin care routine. This also includes sunscreen and lip balm or treatment.)

Here’s how I do my makeup when I have

  1. No time at all (jk I have like 2-3 mins)
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    How can we look presentable when we only have 2-3 minutes to get ready? (What? Are you kidding? Multiply that by 10. I need 30 minutes to get ready, girl!) Let’s get real. There are definitely days when a full face of makeup is impossible because we are already running late. (Come on guys, it’s 2018. We all know hitting that snooze button is a bad, bad decision.) However, we still want to look put together and like we actually had time to get ready. Here’s what I do in those situations.

    Step 1: Powder (featured: Fashion 21 Two-Way Cake with Milk Moisturizers-left and Nichido Final Powder-right)
    Apply powder foundation on your face with a brush or sponge if you want coverage. Use loose powder if you don’t. I use a combination of both because I’m extra af. 😀 Sometimes, I also just use Johnson’s baby powder. It works well too if I’m really in a hurry.
    Step 2: Eyebrow Spoolie (featured: Nature Republic Wood Eyebrow Pencil)
    I don’t apply any product on my brows if I’m in a hurry. I just brush through my brows with a spoolie.
    Step 3: Eyelash Curler (featured: Daiso Eyelash Curler)
    Curl your lashes. This will make you look more awake. Forget the mascara! We wouldn’t want to risk poking our eyes or having mascara goop all over our eyelids. (and face. Don’t ask me how, it just happens.)
    Step 4: Lip and Cheek Tint (featured: Etude House Fresh Cherry Tint)
    Lastly, apply lip tint. Choose one that can be applied both on the lips and cheeks if you want to add some blush to your face too. 🙂

    Tip: Spray on some facial mist to hydrate your skin. It will also make you feel fresh and ready to go! 😉

  2. 5 minutes to get ready
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    This is a quick makeup routine that I do when I just have a few errands to run outside the house (like grocery shopping, going to the bank or eating at a nearby restaurant)

    Step 1: Cushion Foundation OR Concealer
    (featured: Laneige BB Cushion Pore Control and The Saem Cover Perfection Tip Concealer)
    Apply only on areas that need more coverage. Use one that is buildable and easy to blend.
    Step 2: Loose Powder
    (featured: Nichido Final Powder)
    Set your face with loose powder
    Step 3: (optional) Contour Powder
    (featured: Shawill Perfect Powder)
    Contour on the areas that need more definition. Mine is my nose and eyes.
    Step 4: Eyebrow Mascara
    (featured: The Face Shop Designing Eyebrow Mascara)
    Brush through your brows with a spoolie then apply tinted eyebrow gel or brow mascara to keep the brows in place and also to add some color to them.
    Step 5: Mascara (featured: Maybelline Hypercurl Mascara)
    Curl your lashes and apply one coat of mascara.
    Step 6: Lip and Cheek Tint (featured: The Face Shop My Lips Eat Cherry Tint)
    Apply lip and cheek tint.

  3. 10 minutes to get ready
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    These are the products I use on a regular basis. If I am going out of the house, there is a 90% chance that I will use these products. These products comprise my “Everyday Makeup for 2017”. When I go to school, I wear these products too.

    Step 1: Cushion Foundation
    (same as #2)
    Step 2: Loose Setting Powder (same as #2)
    Step 3: Matte Bronzer for face and eyes
    (featured: NYC Bronzer)
    Bronze up the face to warm up the face and achieve a sun-kissed look. This matte bronzer (shade: Sunny) is also perfect as a transition/crease shade for the eyes.
    Step 4: Illuminating/Finishing Powder
    (featured: Wet n’ wild Bronzer/Highlighter)
    If you have dry skin and you want to add a subtle glow to your face without putting too much shimmer or glitter, use a finishing or illuminating powder. If you have oily skin, skip this step. You know you don’t want to add even MORE shine to that face. 🙂
    Step 5: Brow Mascara
    (same as #2)
    Step 6: Mascara (same as #2)
    Step 7: Blush
    (featured: NARS Single Blush)
    Make sure that you don’t apply too much to avoid that “clown” face. Choose neutral and toned-down shades for everyday looks.
    Step 8: Lipstick (featured: MAC Matte Lipstick)
    Nude or neutral shades are also ideal for everyday; but there’s nothing wrong with a red lip too. 🙂

    Optional: Spray on some setting spray to lock your makeup in place and remove the powdery or cakey look.

  4. 15-20 minutes to get ready
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    Of course there are times when you just have to put more than 10 products on your face. 😀 These are what I use when I go to parties and for special occasions. Overall, I like to keep my looks natural (and I use mostly neutral shades) but sometimes I just use more products because THE MORE THE MERRIER, right? 😉

    Step 1: Primer (featured: L’oreal True Match Blur Cream)
    Use a primer that suits your skin’s needs and your preferences. This particular primer blurs my pores (not a PORE FILLING primer) and makes my foundation apply more beautifully. It does not necessarily prolong the wear of my make up but it does not break up my base foundation either.
    Step 2: Liquid Foundation 
    (featured: Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation)
    This full coverage foundation is great and provides amazing coverage even when applied with a damp sponge. When my skin’s condition is good, I skip the next step and proceed to setting my face.
    Step 3: Concealer (same as #2 and #3)
    Step 4: Loose Setting Powder (same as #2 and #3)
    Step 5: Finishing/Illuminating Powder (featured: e.l.f. Illuminating Palette)
    Step 6: Matte Bronzer (same as #2 and #3)
    Step 7: Blush (same as #2 and #3)
    Step 8: Highlighter (featured: Essence Pure Nude Highlighter)
    Yes! We need more glow! Go ahead and apply highlighter on the high points of your face.(center of forehead, bridge of the nose, tip of the nose, Cupid’s bow and tops of the cheekbones)
    Step 9: Brow Pencil + Brow Mascara (featured: The Face Shop Designing Brow Pencil and Mascara)
    Fill in sparse areas on the brows with a brow pencil that matches your natural hair color. Then apply brow mascara to match your brow hair color to your hair color and to hold the brow hairs in place.
    Step 10: Eyeshadows (featured: e.l.f. mad for matte palette)
    I use about 3-5 shades to complete my eye makeup. I rarely experiment with bolder colors and all my looks are natural. (Boring, right?)
    Step 11: Pencil Eyeliner (featured: ever bilena color eye pencil)
    I rarely apply eyeliner; but when I do, I use pencil eyeliner. I also use only brown eyeliner because it looks more natural. I use it to tightline my upper lash line. I wing it down and only apply very close to my lash line.
    Step 12: Mascara (same as #2 and #3)
    Step 13: Lipstick (same as #2 and #3)
    I also love liquid lipsticks! ❤

There you go! That is my entire makeup routine. In 2017, I have been a regular makeup wearer and I continued to discover faster and more convenient ways to apply and use different makeup products. I also found awesome products and explored more brands, be it drugstore, high-end, local and Korean brands. 🙂 I look forward to a 2018 full of new experiences, smiles and beautiful people I will meet along the way. Thank you guys for reading my blog posts! I will continue to work harder so I can post better content this year. Love you guys! Stay happy and healthy! Annyeong! :*


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