My Typical Makeup Routine

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More often than not I can be found with really minimal makeup. On days that I’m shooting something I’ll typically wear more, but if it’s a day where I don’t need to be near a camera, I keep it pretty natural looking.

In case you missed the simple day 2 hair refreshing tutorial from Monday, you can find it here!

Products I used!Β 

Mac paintpot in painterly

Mac studio fix powder foundation in N4

Urban Decay eyeshadow in Naked with Sephora fluffy eyeshadow brush

Urban Decay 24/7 glide on eye pencil in Mushroom

Shu Uermura lash curler

L’Oreal Voluminous Superstar Mascara

Cherry Bloom lash fibers

Double Wear BB Cream by Estee Lauder

Bobbi Brown Corrector in porcelain peach

Make Up For Ever full coverage concealer

Hourglass Arch brow pencil in Platinum Blonde

Pixi by Petra Shape and Shadow Contour

Tarte blush in Epic

Clinique Bottom Lash

Tarte Smooth Operator Setting Powder

Sheer Dawn from Anthropologie

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Leann says · 12.09.15

Am I strange that I do my face makeup first then eyes?? I see lots of youtubers that do tutorials and they all seem to do eyes first. Anyways nice simple look. love it.

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Brooke says · 12.09.15

I do my face makeup first too! But I was thinking the exact same thing when I watched this video…..

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Arijana C. says · 12.09.15

I recently changed my make up routine and I’ve been doing my face first and then my eyes. I always did my eyes first up until i watched few tutorials and decided to do my eyes last. I I honestly think its making a difference, in my case, and my eye make up looks much, much better.

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Rachele says · 12.09.15

I read a book by make up artist Chris Scott called Face with a Heart. Excellent book. It explained the reasoning behind the eye make up first, and a whole lot more. TOTALLY changed the way I do my make up. Highly recommend it!

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Kate says · 12.09.15

I simply do that in case there is any fall out from eyeshadow, and now it’s just a habit. There isn’t a right or wrong way!

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christine says · 12.09.15

I do my face before eyes as well! πŸ™‚

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Jennifer Peer says · 12.09.15

I love how easy this is, very simple and fresh-faced!
http://www.jenniferpeer.com

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Christen says · 12.09.15

Thanks for sharing! I’m testing out a really simple makeup routine of the SuperGoop CC cream with just some light bronzer and blush with a Bare Minerals finishing powder on top. I’m trying to cut out a powder foundation in the winter because my skin just starts to look super dry and flaky.

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Liz says · 12.09.15

I love your tutorials. You are beautiful with and without makeup! I’m wondering if you wear contacts and if so, do you ever have issues with the fibers flaking and causing issues? I would love to try them and I think my daughter would too, but we both wear contacts and couldn’t deal with fiber flakes! Thanks! Also…as I know you agree, that precious Luke is worth every dark spot! πŸ™‚

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Jackie Stewart says · 12.09.15

I wear contacts and use Younique’s 3D Fiber Mascara, and never had any issues.

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Liz says · 12.10.15

Thank you, Jackie!

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Eyedolatry says · 12.12.15

I see a ton of patients with major eye issues from the fiber based mascaras. They do get into your eye and smear all over your contact lenses if you apply the mascara too close to the base of your lashes. If your eyes look red, feel irritated, or your vision is going in and out during the day it’s a big sign that your mascara or eye makeup is messing with your contact lenses. If you aren’t having those problems then you are probably applying it far enough away from your lash roots and waterline to keep it out of your eye. If you are having problems, just apply higher up (a few millimeters above your lash base), or with sensitive eyes you might not be able to use it without issues.

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Kate says · 12.09.15

Yikes, 16 products doesn’t sound so simple to me!

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Cynthia says · 12.09.15

Hahaha! I know, right!?

My simple makeup is moisturizer, blush, mascara and lip balm (not even a tinted one!).

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Jenna says · 12.09.15

I am right there with you ladies. The look is great but way too many products for a simple look. Simple should be 5 products or less…for me anyways πŸ™‚

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Kate says · 12.09.15

Part of these makeup tutorials are reviews + me sharing about my favorite products. An extremely simple makeup routine that I do often as well can be found here: https://www.thesmallthingsblog.com/2015/04/easy-fresh/

I also have a series called Fresh in Fifteen where my makeup routine and hair styling is very quick and simple as well.

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Cynthia says · 12.10.15

I love this blog Kate, please don’t get me wrong. I’ve definitely added to my makeup since following you because there was so much I was interested in, but didn’t want to bite the bullet financially.

I have a personal conviction about my own makeup. My reason for wearing less makeup is a total heart issue, God’s conviction for me.

I think you’re beautiful and I love how God has blessed you. Keep up the good work.

Kate says · 12.09.15

Part of these makeup tutorials are reviews + me sharing about my favorite products. An extremely simple makeup routine that I do often as well can be found here: https://www.thesmallthingsblog.com/2015/04/easy-fresh/

I also have a series called Fresh in Fifteen where my makeup routine and hair styling is very quick and simple as well.

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Kate says · 12.09.15

Part of these makeup tutorials are reviews + me sharing about my favorite products. An extremely simple makeup routine that I do often as well can be found here: https://www.thesmallthingsblog.com/2015/04/easy-fresh/

I also have a series called Fresh in Fifteen where my makeup routine and hair styling is very quick and simple as well.

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Bonnie says · 12.09.15

That’s what I was just about to post!!!

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Katherine says · 12.09.15

My really, really simple routine consists of tinted moisturizer, concealer, smudged eyeliner, mascara, eyebrow pencil and blush. Lipstick goes on in the car. I rarely do eyeshadow because it would literally double my time in front of the mirror. I try to keep it to a few key products that I use daily.

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Chelsea says · 12.09.15

I love now simple this is!

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Jen says · 12.09.15

16 products is simple? Damn.

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cindy says · 12.09.15

Love Kate but was thinking the same thing.

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Kate says · 12.09.15

Part of these makeup tutorials are reviews + me sharing about my favorite products. An extremely simple makeup routine that I do often as well can be found here: https://www.thesmallthingsblog.com/2015/04/easy-fresh/

I also have a series called Fresh in Fifteen where my makeup routine and hair styling is very quick and simple as well.

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Faith W says · 12.09.15

Did the L’Oreal Voluminous Superstar Mascara cause your lashes to fall because it was heavy? You mentioned that in the video and now I am curious how it was by the end of the day. πŸ™‚

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J. says · 12.09.15

Love this! I always appreciate your make up how to’s. I hate wearing a lot so its nice to see im not alone on the minimum makeup train! πŸ™‚ A Commenter above mentioned doing her eyes after face. This is how I do them as well. I can’t tag you as my computer seems to not want me to scroll up while typing. Sorry! I think its preference to be honest. Anyone else?

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Kathy says · 12.09.15

If it takes you 16 products to get out the door on a “simple” day, I can’t imagine what a more complicated product lineup would look like. I understand that providing more product links helps your bottom line, and that’s fine, but I think there should be more disclosure about that.

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Kate says · 12.09.15

Kathy, there is a permanent disclosure that lives on my sidebar.

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Gina Davis says · 12.09.15

My favorite types of videos!!! I would also love a new list of favorite lip glosses, perfumes, and even moisturizers that are not too expensive πŸ˜‰

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Dominique says · 12.09.15

These days I have been going simple as well. Thanks for the tips!!

http://www.writingmotherfashionista.com

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Gwen says · 12.09.15

That is a lot of products for a simple makeup routine! Beautiful though. I think I was hoping for more simple – 5 items or less.

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Laura says · 12.09.15

Love your site but whoa…. this is misleading. 16 products is not a simple makeup routine! I’m currently wearing my full face of makeup for work. I used 8 products. I think you may be losing sight of how much time people spend on their hair & makeup if they don’t work in the beauty industry.

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Kayleigh Mydosh says · 12.09.15

Love how soothing your video’s are! Please do a more heavy make up tutorial! And as always love the product recommendations!

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Allie Gibson says · 12.09.15

I love watching you apply your makeup – helps reinforce some of the techniques I try to use at home. I cannot for the life of me apply eyeliner without pulling my eyelids taut… I know it’s a “no-no” but I can’t keep my eyelids still enough otherwise!

I’d say your list of products for a “simple” day look matches mine pretty well (and doesn’t feel extreme to me) – primer, eye liner, mascara, BB cream/foundation, 2 types of concealer, blush, powder, and lip product. My list can get extremely long when I’m getting ready for an event or a special occasion! I have yet to try lash fibers but your repeated mention has piqued my interest! I’m also excited to try the contour powder you use in this video. Thanks again for an awesome video, Kate!

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Sydni says · 12.09.15

16 products is simple?? Geez, I barely use 5 – and that’s my full-on makeup look!!

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Christine says · 12.09.15

Really enjoyed this post! Beautiful look! And honestly I use a similar amount of products to achieve a simple/minimal look…I like makeup!

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christine says · 12.09.15

Loving this natural look! I adore your videos and blog!

http://covetedbeauty.blogspot.ca/

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Allison says · 12.09.15

I love the simple daily look myself. Even as a mother who is constantly on the go, I still want to look good and feel good about myself without looking overdone while out with the kids or just running errands around town. Love this look!

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Christy says · 12.09.15

Great tutorial. Minimal make-up is all bout knowing what you can and can’t live without. Although I love make up, most people would never know it because most days I barely have any on!

Christy D. @ Belle Blogs

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Emily says · 12.09.15

Thanks for the great tips! I ran out to buy the UD 24/7 glide on eyeliner in Mushroom and got the last one in stock…and I absolutely love it!

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Anna says · 12.10.15

I love your tutorials! They alays inspire me! X

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Leslee says · 12.10.15

Oh my goodness, I got melasma in the exact same place during my pregnancy! I was hoping it would go back to normal after my hormones leveled out, but at 7 months postpartum, it looks like it’s here to stay! Amazing Cosmetics concealer has been one that seems to cover it well for me.

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Beth says · 12.10.15

Love, love, love! I would be lost in the makeup world if it weren’t for you, Kate. I’ve been looking to improve my daily makeup routine and this is a perfect guide. Thanks!

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Janna says · 12.10.15

This is such a pretty makeup look! I love watching your makeup tutorials because it introduces me to new products and techniques that I may not heard about otherwise. Would love to see a more dramatic makeup look also!

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Stephanie says · 12.10.15

I like the “nakedness” of this look!

Lipstick question for anyone out there. How often do you reapply throughout the day? I’m a beginner to lipsticks and I never know how much people actually fret over it as the day goes. πŸ™‚

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Shawn says · 12.10.15

Thank you so much for this tutorial. It reinforces the better habits I have and yet gently guides me to change the way I do other things. I watched this tutorial as my son is napping in my arms. It was honestly so relaxing to watch you do your makeup! Is that wierd? Sorry! Anyway, keep up the great work Kate. Thanks again.

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Rae says · 12.10.15

Every time I click on the video, it says restricted content and won’t let me view it. Any clue why?

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sherri lynn says · 12.10.15

There’s been so many (not very nice) comments about you using a ton of products for a simple makeup routine, but I loved this post! I took “simple makeup” to mean a more natural, everyday look, which is exactly what you showed in the video. Thanks for always providing such great content!

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Rebecca says · 12.19.15

I completely agree!! I love what you do Kate!

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em says · 12.11.15

oh my goodness – this is a makeup/beauty blog!! It makes sense that a “simple”routine here might be more than most gals might do for an everyday. Although people who are very into makeup would certainly call this simple. Maybe “Natural Look” would be less of an issue?
At any rate – it is great to see how the products work as they are added – especially that little touch of contour. I will certainly consider that – and for me personally, I am a one coat mascara gal – that is what works for me. Isn’t that what this is about? Pick what works for you? I appreciate the information and enjoy the content here – even though my lifestyle and age are quite different!

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Becky says · 12.11.15

Thank you, trying this hair tutorial today! I love all your stuff, especially hair!

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kimberly oyler says · 12.11.15

girl if you want to use 47 products for a simple routine, that is fine with me. your makeup LOOKS simple and i think that was the point, right? you look beautiful as always.

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Chelsea says · 12.12.15

I got some dark spots when I was pregnant with my daughter and they just went away. She is almost two so they might still go away! I also had wavy hair and it got really flat while I was pregnant with her and just started to curl again. Those hormones…?

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Ellie says · 12.13.15

I loved this video and learned a lot! Thank you for sharing!!

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Andrea Williams says · 12.13.15

I just love your tutorials, Kate! I’ve learned so much from you over the years. I also have one baby and am trying for number two so I love reading about David and Luke. Please keep doing what you do!!!

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Catherine Whittle says · 12.13.15

Hi Kate! I love this look and can see how I could go a little less or a little more depending on the day. Can you please tell me which Sephora eyeshadow brush you used? I’ve been debating on biting her vullet on the MAC 217 but it looks like his might be a good dupe.

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Catherine Whittle says · 12.13.15

*meant biting the bullet! Crazy autocorrect!!

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susan trout says · 12.15.15

what color do you wear in Make Up For Ever full coverage concealer?????

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Anica Wang says · 12.17.15

Of course I would keep this to myself if I actually won!

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