Everyday Make-Up Routine (Drugstore & High-end brands 💄)

I, for one, think that make-up isn’t about covering something up but highlighting something beautiful.

Hi guys!

Today, I will be sharing with you my everyday make-up routine with a few twists! 😉

 For this post, I will 1.) be writing about both drugstore brands as well as high-end brands so that you can get the best of both worlds and 2.) be including extra steps such as contour & highlight (even though I don’t use them everyday) for those who do!

TADAAAAAA  these are the products I am using for today’s post!!! I put them in order from beauty cream to lipstick and put the drugstore products and high-end products side by side so that you can see the two. Also, when you click each photo, it’ll specify the brand and shade I used.

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Oval Paddle Make-up Brushes from @makeuphaul_ph

I bought these brushes about a month ago but I only stated using them two weeks ago and omg I am annoyed at myself for not trying them right away! They are amazing! I’ve been using the big oval brush to apply my foundation and I love how it looks afterward. My face never ends up looking cakey/thick because this brush really blends the foundation on your skin but at the same time, the right amount of coverage is still there! I use the second biggest brush (4th from left) to blend in my contour and highlight. Note: I only use stick contour and so it’s perfect for me because a normal sponge would just wipe it away instead of blending it. I use the long pointy brush (5th from left) to draw my contour. Sometimes the stick is too thick and so I prefer to draw it on my face with this brush. Works like a charm! I use the third biggest brush (2nd from left) and the left most brush to apply my concealer. I usually use my fingers to dab my liquid concealer on my face and then I blend it with these brushes. Lastly, I use the small pointy brush on my eyes, usually for my bottom eyelash line. It is so much easier to use this than a regular eye brush!

Just a note when buying these kinds of brushes: make sure they arent too hard/rough or too soft. If they’re too hard, you might end up irritating your skin. If they’re too soft, it’ll be hard to blend your make-up. So in-between is what’s best! 🙂

Now onto the make-up part!


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Most of these if not all can be bought at drugstores such as PCX and Watsons.


Before putting my make-up, I always make sure to finish my morning skincare routine first and wait at least 30-45 minutes so that the products are properly absorbed. Also, before putting my foundation on, I like to use SON&PARK’s beauty cream. It’s a light white cream that smoothens my skin & preps my it for all the make-up.

For this look, I’m using Maybelline’s Fit Me Matte + Poreless in shade 110 Porcelain. This foundation is actually a bit too light for me and so I usually mix it with the same kind of foundation but a darker shade (120 Classic Ivory) which is, on the other hand, too dark for me. To be honest, I have a hard time finding the right color of foundation because my skin is acidic and so the perfect shade for me would actually end up looking too dark.

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I like to apply my foundation using my fingers byputting dots all over my face (as seen in the super awkward picture to the right hahaha). I do this so that my foundation is really spread out. Afterwards, I blend it with my big oval brush. This foundation is easy to blend as compared to others and it has a medium coverage.

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Always make sure your concealer is one shade lighter than your foundation! For this look, I’m using Revlon’s Colorstay in Fair. When putting concealer, I like to make upside down triangles under my eyes! Don’t just cover your eyebags, extend it! That way it looks more natural and you don’t look like a zombie. Aside from under my eyes, I also put concealer on some of my blemishes using the smallest oval brush! Try not to cover fresh pimples though because you’ll be doing more harm than good. Let them breathe so they can heal faster!


Blend everything with your brushes! Don’t press too hard on your skin though or else the make-up would just come off. Before moving on, I like setting my face make-up already with my setting powder, in this case Coty’s Airspun Translucent Loose Powder. That way when I apply the rest of the make-up, my face make-up won’t be affected/wiped off. Because sometimes when you don’t set your face make-up, it blends with your blush/contour and it gets all cakey and patchy which ends up not looking great 😦

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For this look, I’m using Brow Arist powder pencil from L’Oreal! It’s the natural brown shade. Brow make-up was one of the first things I got into in terms of this field (is that the right word??) When I was a kid, I bumped my face on a wall (LOL STUPID I KNOW) and so I grew up with this scar on my right eyebrow. I hated it. I mean, there’s a long bald line on my right eyebrow!!!!! hahahah and so anyway, I didn’t want it to be seen and so I researched on brow make-up and since then, I’ve been very into it.

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I used to go dark and thick with the dipbrow pomade but recently, I started getting into more naturally looking brows. And so I’ve been using powder/liquid products such as the kind they sell in koren make-up stores! I use the k-palette 24 hours one! (It’s a bit pricey but SUPER WORTH IT!)

Don’t forget to blend your brows so that they’ll look much more natural instead of like a stick hahaha I’ve seen people with eyebrows as if they drew them on with a black marker. And personally, that’s not my thing. But hey, if you’re into that, by all means, go ahead!!!

For my eyeliner, I am using Maybelline’s Pencil Eyeliner (black)! I like this eyeliner because it is affordable but sometimes, it can smudge easily and I tend to rub my eyes and so…. yeah. Not really for me! 😦 For my mascara, I am using Maybelline’s Mega Plush Mascara! CAN I JUST SAY. Maybelline makes really good mascaras?? PLUS THEY ARE SUPER AFFORDABLE. If you’re looking for a mascara that isn’t pricey, go for Maybelline! I promise you won’t be disappointed!!! Afterwards, I use my Nippon Eyelash curler to curl my lashes!

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For my everyday eye mak-up, I like to keep it simple and so most of the time, I don’t wear eyeshadow at all. But for this post, I decided to throw it in. Im using this eyeshadow palette my friend bought for me from Japan (HI LIZZIE!). It’s small but simple. For my whole lid, I used a glitery gold color and then just in the middle part, I added a bit of a rose gold color. I’m not sure if you see it but hopefully you do. And that’s it! I usually only put eyeshadow if I’m feeling dull or tired or pale so that it brightens up my eyes and eventually my whole face.


So this is optional because I don’t use contour everyday but I’m adding it here in my post for those who do 🙂

I like using cream contour sticks instead of powder. For me, the finish is more natural looking and it blends better with all the make-up.

For this look, I am using Maybelline’s Master Contour and Highlight stick. Processed with VSCO with hb1 presetIt’s kinda sad though cause I only needed one side of the stick which is the contour side and so now that side is flat while the other side is round which makes it kind of hard to use. I don’t use it directly on my face anymore though, I use the thin oval brush to draw it on my face so the lines are thinner and more precise as seen in the pictures 🙂

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Before blending though, be sure to highlight your forehead (between your brows), the bridge of your nose, your chin and under the contour on your cheekbones with concealer so that your features are more highlighted and defined. Make sure to blend everything well! I like using the second biggest oval brush to blend everything in so that I end up with a more natural look.

As you  can see, I have an oval shaped face and so contouring is a big help for me during performances/gigs but for my everyday look, I like to embrace my chubby cheeks and just keep it simple.


For my blush, I am using Milani’s Baked Blush (02 Rose d’Oro). I bought this in the States and I absolutely love it plus the price is pretty good! I love how you don’t need much. It’s already super saturated and so you only need to apply a bit on your cheeks and then you’re good to go!

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For my highlighter, I am using Wet n Wild’s Rainbow Highlighter! I actually bought this (impulsively) online but I don’t regret it one bit because it is very pretty. It’s very soft, not too strong but still gives you that kind of shine you want. It’s perfect if you’re going for an everyday natural make-up look! Apply the highlighter with a fan brush on top of your cheekbones, the tip of your nose and above your lip!

Lastly, the picture isn’t included here but…


I’ve been using the same setting spray since September, (it’s not a drugstore brand though but it is the best!) Make Up For Ever make-up setting spray! It’s gold!!!! 2-3 sprays are already enough! I use it all the time! Especially for gigs! Because when we put a lot of make-up we tend to look cakey and powdery but this setting spray makes our face glow and at the same time makes all the make-up look natural! I recommend this especially to theater people! My make-up lasts the whole day which is a big plus for me considering that I wear stage make-up almost every weekend.


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(in my future posts, you’ll probably see me wearing a lot of chokers and headbands hahaha it’s what I’m really into right now!)

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Now we move onto….


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A lot of these were bought in Sephora!


For this look, I am using Urban Decay NAKED Skin One and Done Hybrid Skin Perfector in shade Light-Medium. I was researching online and I saw that this foundation has many good reviews. Processed with VSCO with hb1 presetIt doesn’t only serve as a foundation but also gives skin treatment and protection. It aims to even your skin tone as well as make your pores smaller! Isn’t that great? Compared to Maybelline’s Fit Me though, this foundation is a bit harder to blend because it’s thicker. And so make sure to spread it evenly (use your fingers to put dots all over your face) and blend it well with the big oval paddle brush!


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Don’t forget to blend your make-up well! This look was harder to blend because of the foundation and so I took a bit more time doing this!


TADAAAA it’s done! As you can see I blended my make-up. I also set it with RCMA’s No Color Powder (which I love btw!) Best setting powder I tried so far!!! The finish is not cakey or powdery at all! Very VERY natural!


Processed with VSCO with hb1 presetMy brows are a bit darker for this look but I’m still keeping them natural-looking! For this, I am using, Anastasia’s Dipbrow Pomade in Chocolate. I was supposed to get dark brown but it looked too dark on me and so I decided to use this chocolate-y shade which I really like! Again, I did not make my brows super dark. I only used a bit and just blended it for a more natural look.


For my eyeliner, I am using my favorite one, Browhaus heavy duty bi-liner! Note: I use this eyeliner for my everyday look instead of liquid eyeliner because it looks more natural. I love how this eyeliner is subtle but at the same time does its job!

Eyeshadow time! For this look, I am using Tarte’s Tartelette Palette & Juvia’s Nubian 2 Palette! I like using my fingers to apply my eyeshadow when I’m doing an everyday make-up look. First, because it’s easier and second because you can put more product. I used the color “Super mom” from the Tarte palette for my base. And then after, I used the color “Zuri” from the Nubian 2 palette which is a bit gold-ish (similar to my first look). I topped it off with “Nefertiti“, a pinky-orange-y glitery shadow, just in the middle area of my lid.


Again, this is optional. I don’t usually include contour in my everyday make-up rountine but this is for those who do! For this look, I am using TonyMoly’s cream stick contour in the darkest shade. Processed with VSCO with hb1 presetAs you can see, I really love my cream contours. I just think they look more natural compared to powder.

Im not sure if you notice but this contour is lighter than the Maybelline one and so I prefer to use this for a more natural look.

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Almost done with this look! For this, I am using Tarte’s Amazonian Clay in shade sensual and I am telling you now THIS IS IT. It says it’s supposed to stay on for 12-hours and it does!!! I would put this on before working out just to try it out and after it is still there! This is a big deal for me because I am naturally very pale. I wish I had those naturally rosy cheeks but I don’t and so it’s important for me to find the perfect blush and THIS IS IT. Plus it looks so natural and it’s the perfect shade of peach! Don’t put too much though or else you’ll end up looking orange!

For my highlighter, I am using Anastasia’s Glow Kit in Sun Dipped which I also L O V E. There are four shades! For this one, I used “Summer” which is a light gold shade. It makes you GLOW. Seriously. Like check the picture below!!! This highlighter palette is a bit pricey but it is SO WORTH IT!!! Don’t forget to highlight the tops of your cheekbones, the tip of your nose and above your lip! And also, just a note: this highlighter is super pigmented so take it easy! A little will go a long way!

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Don’t forget to lock your make-up in! Again, I wrote about this spray up there ^ 🙂 This is my holy grail!!! (Please don’t mind my awkward face, I really was spraying my face hahaha)

Setting Spray
MAKE UP FOR EVER Setting Spray


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This finished look is actually similar to the one I did with the drugstore brands and so this comes to show that both brands/products are good and it’s up to you what you prefer to use!

If you want it, buy it! If you love it, flaunt it! ✨


As you can see, I don’t have perfect skin, but I’m okay with that 🙂 And before you ask, no, I don’t wear make-up because I am uncomfortable with my skin. I wear it because I want to.

And so go for it!!!! It’s an art that anyone can enjoy. Absolutely anyone.

Processed with VSCO with hb1 presetIf you guys wanna know the exact products from here that I’ve been using in my regular make-up routine then here ya go: Foundation: Maybelline Fit Me, Concealer: Revlon Colorstay, Eyebrows: K Palette 3 way Eyebrow Pencil, Eyeliner: Browhaus Heavy Duty Bi-liner, Mascara: Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes, Blush: Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush, Lipstick (depends on my mood but lately I’ve been using NYX soft matte)

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Hope you learned a thing or two from this post! 🙂 Want a sneak peak of my next one?

Do you wanna make the switch to a healthier lifestyle? But at the same time are you hesitant because of all the changes/adjustments you think you’ll have to make?  Don’t worry because it IS POSSIBLE to go healthy without having to give up the things you love (like coffee hahahahuhu) it’s all about balance! 😉 If you’re interested, stay tuned for my next post:

“How to make the switch to a healthier lifestyle WITHOUT having to give up coffee (plus staying completely sane in the process)”


Disclaimer: These are my personal opinions of the products I used for this post. They may not have the same effect on you because it depends on your skin type! If it works for you, it works for you. If it doesn’t, don’t fret, there’s something out there for you! 🙂 Also, this post was in no way sponsored by any of the brands/companies!!!