My Everyday Makeup (Doesn’t Include Foundation)

November 19, 2015

When it comes to putting on makeup in the mornings, there is never enough time!

So when it comes to my everyday makeup look, there are only three things I bother with…

Concealer. Eyebrows. And Lips.

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I know what you’re thinking…

What about foundation?

Well, that’s kind of the point of me being a skincare fanatic isn’t it? To have great skin? So I don’t have to bother with foundation?

I mean, I probably should wear foundation. Because I do have plenty of freckles and blemishes.

But on most days, I don’t feel too bothered. I can get out of the house without needing to cover up my imperfections.

EXCEPT. When it comes to my dark under eye circles…


After looking at all the different factors that can contribute to dark under-eye circles, I’ve come to terms with the fact that there’s probably nothing I can do about my dark raccoon eyes.

Also, I’ve noticed that they are more pronounced during that time of the month. Has anyone else noticed that?

MAC Pro Longwear Concealer

I have one tried and true concealer: the MAC Pro Longwear Concealer.

What I like about the MAC Pro Longwear Concealer is that it’s really convenient. I don’t have to bother with brushes. Just one very light pump, a few dabs under my eyes and voila. I’m awake!

The coverage is good and long-lasting. The texture blends into a smooth natural finish, without drying or settling in the creases.

Don’t judge, but I’ve had the same little bottle for years. I know you’re supposed to throw out makeup after a while. But you know what? If it still works then it still works! Plus I haven’t noticed anything funny about the smell. I think the container has done a great job of keeping the formula intact.


My eyebrows used to be my favorite feature on my face. They were so thick and shapely. But now, they’re neither of those things. Could it be a sign of aging!? UGH. Please, no.

And you know this whole trend with the bushy eyebrows? I am so into it. In fact, I even told Oliver that the only things I would like for him to pass on to our children are his perfectly boyish and beautifully bushy eyebrows.

So in short, thinning eyebrows + obsession with thick eyebrows = a constant compulsion to touch up my eyebrows before stepping out of the house.

Tony Moly Eyebrow Pencil

My current go-to eye brow product is the Tony Moly Lovely Eyebrow Pencil.

This is a double-ended pencil, with a spoolie brush on one end and a retractable pencil on the other. I like this pencil because it’s fast to apply. Have you noticed a theme here? Quick, fast and easy gimme gimme!

On days when I have more time, I prefer to use a powder shadow like MAC’s satin shadow in brun. Because powder ends up looking more natural. But again, it involves using a brush. And I have this thing where I have to give myself time in between putting on moisturizer and applying any powder based makeup.

I’m put off by the idea of using a brush that mixes moisturizer and powder. But with a pencil, I don’t see the harm in drawing on freshly moisturized skin.

I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking “You’re crazy!” and “Why are you putting moisturizer on your eyebrows?!”  Listen. These things, like getting a paper cut on your eyeballs, it just kind of happens ok.


Choosing a lipstick color is like choosing who you’re going to be that day. It’s very important.

And on most days, I choose to be a very neutral and non-confrontational person.

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Currently, I’ve been using the Neutrogena’s MoistureSmooth Color Shock chubby lip pencil in Rich Raisin color.

Which is kind of ironic because I have all these expensive high-end lipsticks but I keep reaching for the cheapy drugstore versions.

This is a sheer, glossy but vibrant tint. It has a moist, lightweight formula that feels hydrating while it’s on. It’s not highly pigmented nor is it particularly long-lasting. And the smell is a bit too synthetic and fruity for me.

But, I like how it glides on smoothly. And its shape allows for quick and precise application.

Overall, it’s a nice glossy touch of burgundy on the lips.

10 thoughts on “My Everyday Makeup (Doesn’t Include Foundation)

  1. helene

    I love chubby lip crayons, they are so easy to apply. The only ones I get here are cover girl but they do the job really well 🙂
    For your eyebrows, you could try putting a little bit of castor oil on them at night, it helps with hair strength and growth.
    I used to use counciler too, but I stopped a couple of years ago when I couldn’t find one that matched my skin (they all were too light and I don’t have a ton of options here) and I haven’t really looked back since…
    On days like today when I forgot to put on mascara I feel naked though! Even with lipstick

  2. helene

    And I don’t know if my dark circles are more pronounced, but when I have PMS I get little bags under my eyes in the morning. I guess the rest of my body swells a little so why not under my eyes sigh

  3. ROKderm

    I try not to wear foundation either, but if I need some extra coverage I have a few tinted BB creams I love using. Thanks for the concealer tip, I’m always looking for the perfect one! I’m now using a Este Lauder one that I love, double wear! Should do a review soon.

  4. Beauty & Truth

    We have the same concern when it comes to makeup, I only bother with my eyebrows and lips especially with the busy environment that I have. I don’t really find time to do full make up and I don’t see any problem with that because I still achieve the kind of look I want. Thanks for sharing your story and what makeup you used for inspiration.

  5. Rae

    I’m really happy to have found you. Most ‘3-product face’ blog posts I see are mostly intended just for lazy days and I’m starting to hate posts like this. Because those post made me almost believe that I am lazy. Ha!

    I’m still trying to wear more makeup recently though. Just so I can use up the stuff I bought.

    1. Kareen

      Hey Rae, I have so much makeup too that I am trying to use up. Honestly, I just don’t know who has the time to put on a full face of makeup in the mornings. Whenever I try, I ALWAYS end up being late for work. ps. you know I’m a really big fan of your blog too! Writing about makeup requires a whole different set of skills that I’m just realizing.

  6. Elaine

    I love lip crayons, too! They are so easy to apply and you have some control especially when working with shades that need precision. Great post! Looking forward to reading more of your posts. 🙂


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