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.

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  1. 1.20.14
    brd875 said:

    Reblogged this on and commented:

  2. 1.12.14
    Christine & Shannon said:

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

  3. 1.12.14

    I like this make up. I use it daily.

  4. 1.11.14

    You’re soooo beautiful. ♥

    – Shana

  5. 1.10.14
    fayaae said:

    Reblogged this on Curl up & dye.

  6. 1.10.14

    I love your freckles.

  7. 1.10.14

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

  8. 1.9.14
    divinemzm said:

    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!

  9. 1.9.14
    Anna Marie said:

    Your glow is perfect!

  10. 1.9.14

    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.

  11. 1.9.14

    nice :)

  12. 1.9.14

    gorgeous! loved the finished product, adding this to my favorites
    – S

  13. 1.8.14

    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.

  14. 1.8.14
    Vee said:

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

  15. 1.8.14

    Love this! :)

  16. 1.8.14
    rhiannon said:

    gorgeous! what a great routine.

  17. 1.8.14
    lauraf8 said:

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

  18. 1.8.14
    bohoclub said:

    Wow, I can’t wait to do this!

  19. 1.8.14

    Trying this. Thanks!

  20. 1.8.14

    Gorgeous girl! Love your natural look!

  21. 1.8.14
    morevicky said:

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

  22. 1.8.14
    StyleNest Boutique said:

    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!

  23. 1.8.14
    StyleNest Boutique said:

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

  24. 1.8.14

    Thank you for this post !! Is wonderful ;)

  25. 1.8.14
    Lidia said:

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

  26. 1.8.14

    This is great! Thank you for sharing!

  27. 1.8.14

    I need a quick makeup routine in the morning!! This is perfect!

  28. 1.8.14
    PigLove said:

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

  29. 1.8.14

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