Daily Makeup Routine

Good Morning, y’all! A week into our “new normal” and I don’t know about you, but I am so craving seeing people posting content that calms. Seeing a girl share her favorite cookie recipe, playroom organization, or even a makeup routine helps me keep my mind off the news. I hope you all are enjoying those posts here as well, as that is my main goal. Today, I’m stepping out of my comfort zone and sharing a makeup routine video on my Instagram Stories! I will save it in a highlight for you to reference back. This is the look you see me wear in my blog photos and what I’d wear for a “daily work” look. You can, of course, remove whatever doesn’t fit your lifestyle {eyeliner, contour, etc.} but I always think it’s easiest to share a full look and you remove, than you have to add in products. Everything is linked below so you can save it for the future. Please let me know if you have any questions in the comments below! Thank you so much for reading!


  • Skincare Routine– I start my makeup routine with my skincare. You can see my pregnancy skincare routine here. I used my TULA Super Soothe Lotion mixed with my self-tanning drops.
  • Primer– To prime my face for foundation application, I use my TULA Brighten Up Primer. If you are unsure of the best primer for your skin, check out this blog post. For any TULA products, my code KATEY gets you 15% off.
  • Eye balm– This pregnancy has done a number on my dark circles. I think it is a combination of being tired and waking up 15 times at night. 😉 Because I can’t use any retinol products, I’ve been using the TULA Rose Gold Eye Balm, which has rosehip oil, a natural plant-based retinol alternative. If you aren’t sure about what the eye balm does, check out this blog post.


  • Brows– I always start my makeup routine with my brows. I use the Anastasia Brow Definer Pencil in “Blonde.” I fill in my brows from the bottom of the brow and brush up. There is a great dupe to this eye pencil, which is the Maybelline Total Temptation Eyebrow Definer Pencil. This has the same texture and pigmentation of the Anastasia product, but I don’t have it in this tutorial as it was a little difficult to find in stores the past few months.
  • Eyeshadow Primer– Next, I prime my eyelids. You want to prime your lids for two reasons: to neutralize and prime. Sometimes our eyelids will have some underlying tones from allergies {redness} or veins {blue/green}. You don’t want your eyeshadow shades to compete with those undertones, so you want to neutralize your lids with a primer. Then, a great shadow primer will allow your product to last much longer and not crease. My two favorite ways to prime are with these Sigma Brow Crayons or Mac Paint Pots. In this post, I used my Sigma Brow Crayon all over the lid and blended in with my ring finger. When using your fingers to apply eye makeup, use your ring finger as that finger will use the least pressure on that delicate area. For a MAC Paint Pot, I love the shades “Soft Ochre” or “Painterly.
  • Tarte Palette– For my eyeshadow, I use the Tarte “Cue the Confetti” palette. With my ring finger, I apply shade “Candles” all over my lid and up to the brow bone. This acts as my base shade. Then, I use a Morphe M465 brush to blend shade “Celebrate” in my entire crease. After I do that, I use a Morphe M506 brush to blend shade “Wish” into my outer crease. When blending in our outer crease, a little trick is to base it off your eyebrow. Start your brush where your brow ends {in the crease of course} and then take it up your crease to the highest point in your brow. Then blend back and forth. To bring more brightness to the eye, I take my ring finger in the shade “Sprinkles” and lightly press in the inner corner of my eye. I love this palette because it isn’t too many shades to overwhelm you, and you can get a lovely daytime look with the shadows, too. Tarte is also considered a “Clean” at Sephora makeup brand if that is important to you!
  • White Liner– For eyeliner, I use a two-part system. First, I use Lancôme’s white eyeliner in my bottom waterline. This keeps my eyes brighten and open while helping me look more awake.
  • Tom Ford Liner– Next, I use my Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen on my top lid only. This liquid liner is more expensive, but it has been my go-to for years. I only have to buy about 2 a year, whereas if I get a more affordable one, I am repurchasing over and over. This product lasts the longest time and if applying liquid liner is difficult for you as it is me, this one is foolproof. This also dries matte, and not shiny.
  • Mascara– While pregnant, I don’t use a lash serum. But if you aren’t pregnant, this is the lash serum I use! I’ve never had lash extensions, but when I use this serum people ask me daily if I have them. If you haven’t tried it, it’s my top recommendation. Enhance your look with customized eye lash designs and extentions at Revolution Lash Studio.
  • To get the same lash extension look, I use Thrive Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara. For a drugstore find, my absolute favorite drugstore mascara is Lash Paradise. You could also buy affordable eyelash extensions supplies online if you want to save money.


  • Luminous Silk Foundation– After I do my eye makeup, I start foundation. While pregnant, I rotate three different foundations: Tint Skin in shade “Linen” by Beautycounter, Luminous Silk, and Woke Up Like This Lawless foundation. Tint Skin is light coverage, like a CC Cream or Tinted Moisturizer, and I use it on days I’m not really wearing makeup. Luminous Silk is a medium coverage and you can see a review here. For a full-coverage foundation that is clean, I use Lawless Woke Up Like This in shade “Mesa.” The Lawless foundation is similar to Double Wear. Because this is a daily makeup routine, I used Luminous Silk in shade “3.5.” To apply, I use these beautyblender dupes off Amazon! Remember, with beautyblenders, you want to run them under water FIRST. Get the sponge full, and then squeeze the water out, and pat dry on a clean towel. Once you do that, then you can blend in your foundation. This allows you to get that airbrushed look and it doesn’t absorb the product.
  • Power Fabric Concealer– For undereye concealer, I use Armani Beauty Power Fabric Concealer in shade “1.” This is similar to Tarte Shape Tape coverage, but more hydrating, so it doesn’t settle in any fine lines. I’ve gone through 2 or 3 tubes and need to order another as I’m running out. If you need a concealer for blemishes, I love Clé De Peau Beauté’s concealer. This was one of the first products I EVER blogged about and I don’t stray from it. I’ve yet to find something that covers a blemish better.
  • Undereye Powder– This isn’t a daily step, but for setting undereye powder when I shoot, I use Hourglass Powder in “Ethereal Light.” You just dip your beautyblender in it and press over the undereye concealer. This powder doesn’t crease in that delicate area!
  • Translucent Powder– I lightly set my foundation with Laura Mercier Translucent Powder. I use this Tom Ford brush to lightly dust powder over my face. Now, you do not need the Tom Ford brush! I used a gift card years ago to purchase, but any fluffy brush will do. I lightly set because it helps my contour to not catch in certain areas of moisture and it will blend in better.
  • Contour– For my contour, I use the Charlotte Tilbury Contour Duo as I find it fits my skin tone best and blends like a dream. I use the NARS Kabuki ITA brush to apply contour. I’ve been using this brush for 4 years and can’t use anything else. For contour, you want to “brush up” to lift the face and make a “3” on the side of your face.
  • Blush– For blush, I love Benefit blush in GALifornia and apply on the apples of my cheeks. If I’m applying my makeup in the summer, I do blush last so that it is the most forward color on my face and it brings warmth. If I’m doing makeup other times of the year, I do highlight last.
  • Highlight– Then, I use my HUDA Beauty Highlight Palette in “Pink Sand.” I mix the shades “Santorini” and “Azores” for highlight. I apply highlight above blush, on the brim of my nose, and then my cupid’s bow.
  • Setting Spray– To set my makeup, I use Colleen Rothschild’s Beauty Water. This spray is alcohol-free and locks in hydration to your face if you struggle with any dryness. Read my review of it here.


  • Liner– My favorite lip pencil is MAC Lip Pencil in shade “Soar.” It works so well with pinks or nudes, which is what I typically wear. I buy other liners, but I love that this has a more cool undertone. Sometimes lip pencils with warm undertones can make teeth appear more yellow. This also doesn’t fade and stays put ALL day!
  • Lipstick– One fun pregnancy symptom has been ultra-chapped lips. You can totally tell in my makeup tutorial on IG Stories, but my poor lips have been chapped the entire time. I drink a ton of water while pregnant and use every lip treatment under the sun, but I guess hormonal changes out rule all that. I’ve been avoiding liquid lipsticks for that reason, but I don’t like that cream lipsticks can fade so easily. I’ve found that the KKW Beauty Crème Lipstick is ultra-hydrating with great pigmentation that doesn’t fade! I use shade “Pink 1.”
  • Gloss– My favorite lip gloss is also $5! Nothing beats the NYX Butter Gloss and I use the shade “Madeleine” to pair with the KKW Beauty Lipstick.

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  1. You look amazing, Katey! Love the makeup items you recommended too! ❤️✨

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    Published 23 Mar 20Reply
  2. JUDI GARCIA wrote:

    Hi!! I love your makeup post and was wondering if you could share the brushes you used on IG- thank you!!!!!

    Published 23 Mar 20Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Hi Judi! Of course! Happy to help you! Which brushes are you looking for? Brushes are linked in post just the blush brush and highlight aren’t. They are by It Cosmetics at Ulta but not online. 🙁 Thank you so much for reading! Xx, Katey

      Published 23 Mar 20Reply
      • Elizabeth Greever wrote:

        Hi Katey,

        I read your skincare regimen and am starting some new products! Now I’m going to try some of your tips and products here. Can you tell us the # of the It brushes from Ulta? Also, do you use the primer on the whole eye lid to the brow? Thank you so much!

        Published 02 Apr 20Reply
        • Katey wrote:

          Hi Elizabeth! Aw thank you so much! I use the primer on the lid to the brow, and then for the it cosmetics brushes here are numbers.

          For blush, I use number 206. It’s technically a buffing powder brush, but I love it for blush.
          For highlight, there isn’t a number. It’s just the gold highlight brush, but I think it was part of a holiday gift set. A good dupe for it is the Sigma F03 brush.

          I hope that helps! 🙂 xx, Katey

          Published 03 Apr 20Reply
  3. Jessica wrote:

    Thanks so much for sharing, Katey! I have rewatched you swipe your eyeliner on your IG stories like 25 times. Hah! It’s definitely my weakest when it comes to the makeup routine. I just can’t get that nice angle at the end! Ugh. Anyway, thanks for stepping out of your comfort zone- I never would’ve known if you hadn’t have said it! You’re a natural ?

    Published 23 Mar 20Reply
  4. Kimberly wrote:

    Thank you for the tutorial. How long do you typically use a blender before you dispose and start fresh?

    Published 24 Mar 20Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      I wash mine every few days with a Native bar of soap, so I’d say I start a new one about every 6 weeks! xx, Katey

      Published 24 Mar 20Reply
  5. Jeni wrote:

    Thank you for this post!! Great distraction! You always introduce me to something that becomes my new favorite or ‘go to’ product!! Hope you and the family are well.

    Stay healthy!!

    Thank you again,


    Published 24 Mar 20Reply