Step 1: Lotion I start by applying Neutrogena lotion available here. I find it to be mild, non irritating, non greasy and yet still moisturizing...a winning combination. It is part of their "naturals" line which is 97% naturally derived, not tested on animals and all of their packaging is made from recycled materials.
Step 2: Foundation I use Arbonne Liquid Foundation in Honey Beige. It is pricey at $42 a bottle but it lasts me for a few months and the quality of the foundation is unmatched. It looks very natural but still gives good coverage for dark/light spots and under eye circles. It is also paraben free and has built in sun protection. You can't really ask for much more than that. The downside is you have to purchase through an Arbonne representative. It appears as if you can buy "sets" here, but for individual purchases, you need a representative.
Step 3: Bronzer I have worn variations of Physicians Formula for all of my adult life. Currently, I am using the Happy Booster available here. I am not sure I agree that it will make you instantly happy, but I do love the instant glow, bronzing effect and slight shimmer. If you aren't sure about shades and want to see in person, physicians formula is available at pretty much every drugstore known to man.
Step 4: Blush I use MAC Powder Blush in Pink Swoon available here. I was introduced to this brand when I cheered professionally for the NFL, we partnered with MAC and received a generous discount. I have used their blush ever since. I don't love MAC for everything...find their lipsticks to be drying and their foundation too thick for daily use...but blush, they have that down.
Step 5: Curl Lashes If I were stranded on a desert island and could only take one thing, it would be an eyelash curler. Doesn't matter the brand, I go through a couple of them per year. Just an absolute necessity for me. Naturally you will think my next step is mascara but in all honesty I don't wear it daily. It is such a pain to wash off...most days I just do the above, curl my lashes and call it a day. The simple act of curling them, opens up my eyes and makes me appear less tired.
Step 6: LipGloss I wear C.O. Bigelow Lip Gloss from Bath and Body Works available here. It is my favorite. It freshens your breath, no seriously, it does and glides on nice and smooth. Just read the reviews for yourself here. I personally like that it has no color for daily use, especially since my 3 year old little man is addicted to it too!
And...drumroll please...Me baring it all...no makeup...the five minute face from start to finish! Thought this would help. Oh, and if anyone knows how to make the video the "whole" screen as opposed to just the center bar...share and I will be forever grateful. Hoping to bring you more videos in 2013:) Enjoy!