my new daily makeup routine

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I like to keep my daily makeup routine simple, with a few important things in mind: (1) moisturization, (2) SPF, and (3) a little glow.

I found this step-by-step photo tutorial for Flawless Skin With a Beauty Blender by Once Wed on Pinterest, and tried it for the first time this week.

Before I got started, I moisturized with Koh Gen Do Spa Moisture Spa Gel (which I purchased on Hautelook for 50% off) and did my eye makeup.

Then, because I didn’t have all the tutorial’s suggested supplies on hand, I made a few tweaks using my favorite products:

  • For starters, I love the SOHO version of the beauty blender sponge; it works just as well for a third of the price!
  • If you don’t have hydration spray, wetting the sponge with water and squeezing out the excess works, too. [Sidenote: I purchased a bottle of Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray specifically for this routine, and I really like it! In addition to initial application, it’s also a great way to sooth tight, tired skin and refresh your makeup late in the day.]
  • I used Josie Maran Argan Oil Illumizer and NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in Alaska for steps 4 and 5, and Benefit Fake-Up hydrating concealer for step 6.
  • For step 8, I contoured with Clinique True Bronze Pressed Powder Bronzer in Sunkissed and a kabuki brush. Picking up a darker compact foundation for contouring is on my to-do list.
  • For cream blushes, I love FLOWER Beauty Creme Blushes (available at Walmart) and Urban Decay Afterglow Glide-On Cheek Tints.

I was able to get through all of the steps in less than 10 minutes, and I love that the results are sheer and healthy-looking. Like my skin, just… better.

What Do You Think?

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  1. brd875 wrote:

    Reblogged this on and commented:

    Posted 1.20.14 Reply
  2. Christine & Shannon wrote:

    This is such a great post, it’s easy to understand right away. So helpful!

    Posted 1.12.14 Reply
  3. I like this make up. I use it daily.

    Posted 1.12.14 Reply
  4. You’re soooo beautiful. ♥

    – Shana

    Posted 1.11.14 Reply
  5. fayaae wrote:

    Reblogged this on Curl up & dye.

    Posted 1.10.14 Reply
  6. I love your freckles.

    Posted 1.10.14 Reply
  7. kittenhood wrote:

    it looks gorgeous and so natural, which I think is very important for everyday!

    Posted 1.10.14 Reply
  8. divinemzm wrote:

    Love the look! I as well like Clinique products. The “Redness Solutions” toned my ruddy-ness way down. And, their new makeup brushes I got for Christmas rock!

    Posted 1.9.14 Reply
  9. Anna Marie wrote:

    Your glow is perfect!

    Posted 1.9.14 Reply
  10. simple but gorgeous ;) i love it! We had just started this blog as well less than a month ago, please check us out, and follow us if you like our post. Thank you in advance.

    Posted 1.9.14 Reply
  11. nice :)

    Posted 1.9.14 Reply
  12. gorgeous! loved the finished product, adding this to my favorites
    – S

    Posted 1.9.14 Reply
  13. Love this simple tutorial. The photo Grid is a great way to show the step by step guide too. I’m sure Merly would be looking forward to trying this out with a focus on green and safety conscious products.

    Posted 1.8.14 Reply
  14. Vee wrote:

    This is so simple and beautiful. What a time saver!

    Posted 1.8.14 Reply
  15. Love this! :)

    Posted 1.8.14 Reply
  16. rhiannon wrote:

    gorgeous! what a great routine.

    Posted 1.8.14 Reply
  17. lauraf8 wrote:

    I’ve been thinking about purchasing the Clinique moisture spray – do you think it is worth buying? Thanks!

    Posted 1.8.14 Reply
  18. bohoclub wrote:

    Wow, I can’t wait to do this!

    Posted 1.8.14 Reply
  19. taigthorne wrote:

    Trying this. Thanks!

    Posted 1.8.14 Reply
  20. Gorgeous girl! Love your natural look!

    Posted 1.8.14 Reply
  21. morevicky wrote:

    Your make-up is beautifully done! Thanks for sharing :)

    Posted 1.8.14 Reply
  22. StyleNest Boutique wrote:

    Reblogged this on STYLENEST and commented:
    We love this easy peasy tutorial from ‘A Pretty Penny’! Check it out along with her fashionable outlook into the industry we all covet!

    Posted 1.8.14 Reply
  23. StyleNest Boutique wrote:

    I hope you don’t mind that we reblog this :)

    Posted 1.8.14 Reply
  24. Thank you for this post !! Is wonderful ;)

    Posted 1.8.14 Reply
  25. Lidia wrote:

    You left us hanging, where’s the picture with you wearing the makeup? I’m curious over here! ;-)

    Posted 1.8.14 Reply
  26. This is great! Thank you for sharing!

    Posted 1.8.14 Reply
  27. I need a quick makeup routine in the morning!! This is perfect!

    Posted 1.8.14 Reply
  28. PigLove wrote:

    This is wonderful and I shall show my mommy. But trust me – you don’t need make-up. You are beautiful! XOXO – Bacon

    Posted 1.8.14 Reply
  29. Ooh this is so useful! I’ve been playing around with contouring so I’ll be using this. Thank you :)
    India xx

    Posted 1.8.14 Reply