4 Steps to Create a Minimalist Makeup Routine

For many of us, it’s been months or even a year since we’ve put on makeup. But as we begin to transition into post-pandemic life, it may be time to unzip that abandoned beauty bag. Fortunately for makeup-wearers, the low-maintenance lifestyle we have all become accustomed to is projected to define the beauty trends of 2021, as minimalist makeup has become all the rage. So, as we begin to lift our makeup brushes again or even replace some products, here are the 4 steps to create a minimalist makeup routine appropriate for anyone.

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1. Tinted Moisturizer

A minimalist makeup routine is all about simplicity, and what’s more simple than a moisturizer that creates a flawless finish and still looks like skin? Since foundations may be too heavy, tinted moisturizers offer a better alternative.

One of the most highly-rated tinted moisturizers, the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer is not only lightweight, but hydrates, smooths and brightens your skin leaving a your skin, but better finish.

While not explicitly stated to be a tinted moisturizer, Fenty Beauty’s Eaze Drop Blurring Skin Tint has all the features of one: buildable light-to-medium coverage, natural finish, and leaves skin looking blurred and smoothed. Best of all, its hydra-blend complex resists humidity and sweat, making it suitable for the upcoming summer.

Formulated with hyaluronic acid and coconut water, Pretty Fresh Hyaluronic Acid Tinted Moisturizer by Colourpop provides the staple tinted moisturizer for those seeking oil-free and lightweight coverage in over 21 colors.

A lightweight tinted moisturizer, the NYX Bare with Me Tinted Skin Veil delivers the ultimate fresh-faced no makeup look. Featuring a vegan formula that is both hydrating and creamy, its diverse shades leave a second-skin finish for up to 8 hours.

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2. Cheek, Lips, and Eye Tint

As living with less is the mantra, these 3-in-1 beauty products will not only help you cut down, but save your time and money as well.

This multistick brought to you by LiveTinted, is an ultra-creamy eye, lip, and cheek stick that may also be used to balance dark circles and spots. Its blendable, buildable, and available in 9 different shades.

Many minimalists swear by Glossier products, and their multipurpose Cloud Paint surely is a reason why. This seamless, buildable gel cream creates a soft-focus effect on your cheeks, lips, and eyes.

Mineral Fusion’s 3-in-1 Color Stick offers a subtle shimmer and glow that is creamy and lightweight. Made with the best botanicals, this product adds an instant pop of color to your face.

e.l.f. Cosmetics contribution to the multi-use stick phenomenon offers a practical and wallet-friendly option for all the minimalists on a budget. Most importantly, its nourishing formula applies seamlessly for a colorful finish.

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3. Tinted Eyebrow Gel

Instead of using a pencil or pomade, which tends to take more time, a tinted eyebrow gel may be a better alternative. It not only offers the additional coloring you seek, but can shape and set your eyebrows that lasts all day.

Best known for their eyebrow products, its no surprise that Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Tinted Brow Gel is held with high regard. By combining cream, gel and botanical formula, its one to take care of all your eyebrow needs.

Infused with Amazonian clay for better, longer, and truer wear, its formula has lived up just to that as it once won an Allure Beauty Award in 2018. Rather you need to tame your unruly eyebrows or fill in sparser bits; the Busy Gal BROWS Tinted Brow Gel by Tarte offers solutions to both.

Ranging from shades blonde to soft black, you’ll be sure to find your best match with the highly-rated Brow Crush Tinted Brow Gel by Morphe.

Containing tiny fibers perfectly formulated by their cruelty-free ingredients, essence’s Make Me Brow Eyebrow Gel Mascara is another product that will fulfill any of your eyebrow desires.

Related: The 5-Step Guide for Growing Out Your Eyebrows

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4. Mascara

Minimal makeup does not forget the importance of accentuating your features, which is why mascara is a crucial product that brings your entire look together. These lengthening and volumizing mascaras will do just that.

Living up to its name, the Unlocked Instant Extension Mascara by Hourglass does not disappoint. Using film-forming technology, this mascara coats each lash in lightweight fibers that lock in place, creating a look similar to eyelash extensions.

A cult classic, the Better Than Sex Volumizing Mascara by Too Faced and it’s hourglass-shaped brush separates, coats, and curls each lash to voluptuous perfection. In just one coat, your lashes will be brought to monumental heights.

The Roller Lash Curling & Lifting Mascara by Benefit Cosmetics is saturated with provitamin B5 and serin, ingredients are known to condition lashes, and a brush that separates, lifts, and curls this mascara provides perfect hold for up to 12 hours.

For dramatic length with 2X the intensity, breaking the bank isn’t necessary. L’Oréal ParisTelescopic Original Mascara lengthens lashes up to 60%, while its Carbon Black pigments create a dramatic or subtle look depending on your choosing. 

Related: 3 Mascaras That’ll Make Your Lashes Look Like Extensions

Rather you’re just getting into makeup, in a rush to get yourself together, or simply prefer the effortless look, this minimalist makeup routine is versatile enough for anyone to follow

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