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Simplifying your summer makeup routine to 7 products- you can do it!

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If you’re a makeup junkie like I am, reducing your beauty routine to just 7 products is a challenge.

I can use 7 products on my eyes alone if you include primer, shadow, liner, mascara, brow pencil, brow gel… geeze!

So reducing my entire makeup routine to just 7 products is a huge accomplishment for me.

Usually I like to give myself about 20 minutes to do a full face. I love playing with my makeup and applying different colors, formulas and trying new techniques. But going on vacation or to a conference, or if you just wake up late, and you need to look decent in around 5 minutes, there’s still hope to applying a full face of makeup with just 7 products.

I will be attending BlogHer 2013 in July in Chicago. There won’t be a whole lot of time to sleep in and dink around with my beauty routine. Plus, I can’t take my entire Sephora sized makeup collection in my suitcase.

So I came up with the following:


My top 7 picks for a quick face. (Video below, if you choose. Please choose, please.)


Cover Girl 3 in 1 Color Stay Foundation Creamy Natural

Susan Posnick color correct stick-light

Tarte Amazon Eyes Waterproof pencil (some bronzey brown color, it doesn’t say)

Tarte Amazon Clay Bronzer- Park Avenue Princess

Dior Brow Styler- Universal Brown

Cover Girl Flamed Out Mascara-Black

Mirenesse Gloss Stick-First Kiss

I also used my Sigma F80 foundation brush- I love! And I put on BB cream prior to the foundation to give myself added sun protection and coverage.

If you’re headed to BlogHer this summer, let me know other packing tricks so I can fit 10 pairs of shoes in my carry-on.



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  1. I use the same thing year round.
    Almay CC cream or bare minerals foundation
    L’ORÉAL voluminous carbon black mascara (waterproof)
    Rimmel scandeleyes waterproof eyeliner
    Bare Minerals eye brow powder in brunette
    Physicians Formula Happy Booster glow and mood boosting Blush

    • Do you like the Physicians Formula mood boosting products? I’ve always wanted to try them. I like their BB powder. I saw yesterday L’Oreal has a new CC cream. I can’t keep up!! Well I could, but my budget won’t let me.

  2. Caroline says:

    I always put concealer on before my foundation.
    Have I been doing it wrong?
    I use Benefit Cosmetics Erase Paste (love!)
    Pur Minerals foundation (like but not love)

    • You’re not doing it wrong at all! It’s just you get a little more coverage if you put it on after.
      I found Pur Minerals to be just okay as well.

    • No, not wrong at all. Sometimes doing it after means you just get better coverage.

  3. I love Tarte makeup! I use Benefit concealer and Fake up then top with Dior foundation. Tarte blush, mascara, pure minerals blush on top of liquid tarte blush done. As for packing less, I am definitely an over packer. Thank god I live close enough to BlogHer I can drive or take the train in. Good luck. See you there!