My quest to streamline my morning routine hasn’t stopped at simplifying my skincare, that was just a part of it. Over the past months, I also cleaned out a messy drawer of little-used makeup and phased out existing beauty favorites in favor of all-natural cosmetics. Completing a makeup detox was something I had slowly started to do and wanted to finish for a long time, but it honestly wasn’t until I had a baby that I seriously took action to make the total change. As a new mom, you quickly realize how often your face is snuggled up against your babe’s; and as they grow, their little hands start exploring and poking yours. It became abundantly clear to me, outside of all the other reasons, why I wouldn’t want anything toxic sitting on my face.
After a good bit of research and testing to identify products right for my skin and for creating a low-maintenance routine, I landed on a few favorite natural beauty brands–Vapour, Ilia, and RMS. My goal was to keep my number of products at a minimum and find ones that were super easy to use and apply–you’ll notice all of my picks are sticks or pots for easy fingertip application (no messing with brushes!). Added bonus: The products are all easy to throw in a purse or travel bag for touch-ups on the go.
To simplify even further, I found a site–the Detox Market–that carries all of my favorite brands, so I stock up on everything I need with one online order. Here’s my current makeup routine, which is insanely fast to complete:
I’ve never been a foundation user, but this is really unlike any foundation I’ve ever tried. With a couple quick swipes, it gives a smooth, even, and glowing finish that looks completely natural–definitely the no-makeup look I love. I selected color 123.
I’ve tried too many concealers over time to keep count. Most of them have lacked in coverage or been too heavy, especially for under my eyes, where I need a concealing the most (hello dark circles from sleepless newborn nights!). RMS’s “Un” Cover-Up is subtle, flawless and pretty undetectable–but it covers well. I selected color 11.
A natural-looking bronzer that nourishes at the same time as imparting a sun-kissed glow. I love that it’s infused with antioxidants like acai berry, green tea, and pomegranate.
A cream blush in a natural rosy color. The color is very flattering and gives a glow to both cheeks and lips, all in one stick. I alternate between using this blush and the bronzer.
I have a love-hate relationship with mascara. I love the way it makes my eyes pop, but hate the way it often winds up smudged under my eyes at the end of the day. Ilia mascara feels weightless. No clumps, no smears, no flakiness, and I feel better about putting these ingredients so close to my eyes! It also comes off easily when you want to remove it–another big complaint I always had about conventional waterproof mascara.
This is a cult-favorite and must-have beauty product for good reason. Super sheer, it’s the perfect highlighter for a fresh, dewy glow. A lot of highlighters are too shimmery, too frosty, too greasy and can look overdone, but this one is just perfect. I use a quick swipe along my cheekbones and down my nose to finish things off.
Have you detoxed your makeup routine and made the switch to natural beauty products? Any favorite brands?