Our Everyday Makeup Essentials

In an effort to get a little more personal around here, we thought it would be fun to step outside of the box and do a beauty post. Because what’s more personal than knowing the products we put on our face each & every day?!

We call ourselves rookies in the home/DIY world, so in the beauty/fashion world….we’re like the water boys. Heck, we’re lower than the water boy. We’re such newbies when it comes to this stuff, that we don’t even have an official title.

But it’s still fun to dish on your favorite products, so today we’re going to dive into our everyday makeup items.

Casey’s Everyday MakeupMeet Casey

Out of the two of us, I definitely wear more makeup than Bridget (such a natural beauty that one…), but I will say that I’m no expert when it comes to beauty products. Far from it! I’ve spent much of my 20’s in front of the camera as a TV reporter and certainly picked up a few tips and tricks on what works (& doesn’t work!) when it comes to my makeup. So my makeup has gotten better, more natural, and more me over the years.

Here are some of the makeup items I love and wear just about everyday…makeup_casey.21 PM

BB Cream: This is a new one for me, but I am loving it. Don’t ask me to tell you the difference between a BB cream and a CC cream (over my head), but I love that this Bobbi Brown BB cream is very lightweight. I put it on and instantly my complexion looks more even.

Undereye Cream: I’ve blogged about this stuff before, and let me tell you it’s a lifechanger. It hides dark circles instantly and makes me look refreshed and awake. I’m not a fan of the packaging (sometimes it’s hard to get any out & other times a ton comes rushing out. Grrrr), but once you get the right amount out of the tube, it’s perfection.

Casey-Winter-Coat-HoodBronzer: I’ve been using bare minerals since high school and I still love it! I keep this bronzer in my bag with me all the time and swipe some on whenever I need a little color in my face.

Powder: I was introduced to this powder back when I was on TV, and have used it ever since. If you’re even a teeny bit shiny on-camera, you’re gonna look like you’re sweaty. #notcute. So you want an even matte look on your face. That’s where this powder comes in. I force Bridget to use it whenever we take pictures or do a video, and she has converted to the powder side!

How to clean makeup brushesLipstick: I picked up this lipstick (in the color “tulle”) for our wedding, and now use it just about everyday. It’s slightly darker than my lips, so it doesn’t look like I’m wearing a ton of lipstick when I have it on. I sometimes put lip balm on, then this lipstick, and call it a day!

Eyeliner: I recently started wearing liquid liner, but black eyeliner pencil will always have my heart. I wear just about any brand, and love having a nice sharp point when applying it.

Casey-EyebrowsEyeshadow Palette: This palette of browns/neutrals/shimmers is amazing. I put the lighter colors across my entire lid, and then use a darker shade in the crease. Love the natural looking colors with a hint of shimmer and shine!

Mascara: I have pretty long eyelashes, and I love how this mascara helps define them. It separates each lash and doesn’t give me those dreaded clumps.

Casey EyebrowsEyebrow Pencil: I did an entire post about my eyebrows, so I won’t go into too much detail here. But I do use this pencil every.single.day and I think it makes my face look much more pulled together. If you’re not using an eyebrow pencil…consider it!

Casey-hair-closeupPonds Cold Cream: I remember being a little girl and watching my mom take off her makeup at the end of the day. She always used Ponds Cold Cream (the one with the green lid), so I’ve always used that as well. It’s my favorite and I’ve never used anything else. I simply swipe it all over my eyes, use a tissue to wipe off my makeup, and then wash my face with cleanser. It gets all of my makeup off without drying out my skin.

 Bridget’s Everyday MakeupMeet Bridget

I have to say, I may just be the worst candidate ever to provide advice on this topic. I’m of course willing to share my daily routine (if you even care), but I do want to leave you with the disclaimer that I have NO clue about makeup, I don’t take care of my skin nearly as much as I should be (that’s terrible, I know), and I’m the one that really needs to be getting advice rather than giving.

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Growing up I didn’t wear an ounce of makeup (like nothing) until at least my junior year in high school. At that time I started wearing a little eyeliner and mascara and since then, my routine hasn’t become much more complex than that. Some women have this amazing talent to go into their collection of makeup and wear different “looks” for different events… those gorgeous women amaze me. Me…. that’s not even close to my reality. I can probably fit all of the makeup I OWN in a sandwich bag and no matter what the event, my makeup will probably look pretty much the same. Here are my go-to’s (take it for what it’s worth, which isn’t very much):

Emoji Halloween Costume Bridget Mascara: I have very light eyelashes (like close to blonde) so if I’m not wearing mascara it often looks like I don’t have eyelashes. This means that if I have any makeup on at all, I for sure have mascara on. Surprisingly I have tried a few mascaras, even some expensive ones, but I like this cheap one (I get at Walgreen’s) the best.

Mascara primer (only for special occasions): I only put eye lash primer on for special occasions, it’s not usually a part of my morning “work makeup” routine. When I want my lashes to look extra long, volumized, or separated from one another, I put a coat of this clear mascara on and immediately follow that with my regular mascara. I don’t want to suggest it makes a dramatic difference, but every little bit helps, right?!

bridget winter hatEye Liner: Like I said, I don’t know anything about make-up but I do know that I LOVEEEE this eye-liner. My mom, sisters and I all use this liner, we get it at Macy’s and are very loyal to this product (more so than any of my other make-up brands). I like this liner because it’s not a pencil but more like a marker, if that makes sense. The liner comes in a few different colors, goes on so darn easy and does a great job staying on throughout the day (well at least from my experiences, I guess I don’t have much to compare it to though?).

Bare Minerals Bronze as Blush: I use Bare minerals blush on my cheeks to give me a little extra “color” … especially since I’m extra pale ALL. THE. TIME. I like it because it doesn’t feel like I have make-up or a heavy layer of anything on my face.

Coffee Lipstick BridgetWet ‘n Wild Lipstick: Again, this is another cheap product (think $1.97 cheap) but one that I really like. Lipstick is pretty much the only “change it up look” I have in my makeup arsenal. The two different looks? Makeup including bold lipstick OR makeup without wearing lipstick. Dramatic right?! I love this brand because it’s cheap and actually stays on pretty well considering the price point.

Concealer Stick (only when necessary — aka baggy eyes): If I’m rocking extra bags under my eyes or have a blemish to cover up, I use a tiny bit of this concealer. This stick lasts a long time because I do not consistently use it and a little bit goes a long way.

Make-up Remover: I like this makeup remover because it’s not super oily. I only use remover on a q-tip getting off little bits of makeup that smudged while I was applying it. I don’t really use it to take off all of my make-up because I usually do that by washing my face at night with soap + water.

Q-Tips: These are an essential part of my make-up routine. I dab the q-tip with make-up remover and remove any of the mascara or eye liner that may have gotten around my eyes. I really don’t think I could do my makeup without these lifesavers.

And that’s pretty much all you’ll find in my vanity. (eek…. is that terrible?!). I have two favors for you guys:

1. Please someone tell me I’m not the only one who is almost 30 and clueless about make-up. 
2. For those gorgeous women who have different makeup looks, HELP!! Any advice for me?! 

Bridget and Casey SignaturePS. Digging today’s beauty post? You may like these two posts too:
Casey’s hair tutorial here and see how Bridget curls her hair here


  • Love this post! I’m makeup obsessed so I love seeing what everyone else wears. I would recommend checking out YouTube for tutorials! Lisa Eldridge is the BEST for natural but beautiful and easy looks. For more daring looks I like Nikkie Tutorials and Batalash!

    • Totally checking these out — thank YOU for the recommendations!!

  • Kjaydee

    I love this post so much! I’m a makeup newbie, too, and since I’m now 30 something, I feel like I should start wearing makeup daily. I love seeing what makeup other people are wearing but the YouTube makeup gurus are intimidating to say the least (who has $600 to drop on makeup!!?)

  • I wish I could offer some advice, but I’m more of a chapstick and a swipe of mascara kind of gal. Love being inspired by your looks though and especially that you shared the products you use!

    • Yay!! You go girl — natural beauty all the way =)

  • Kate LaCorte

    I LOVE my BB cream. I love how I get coverage but I’m not caking all these stuff on my face.

    I’m also completely in love with an eye shadow primer by Urban Decay. It’s a little pricey– but a little goes a long way. Plus I grab one that has a little shimmer, and sometimes drop the eye shadow completely. Also, after all that hard work, I set it with Urban’s make up setting spray. I feel like these two products help my make-up stay in place all day long!

    P.S. As a redhead I totally agree about the eyebrows 🙂

    • Happy to hear I’m not the only one loving a bold brow! I’ll definitely have to check out Urban Decay. Thanks for the recommendation Kate!

  • Love posts like this! For self-proclaimed makeup newbies you both have a pretty solid grasp on your personal favourites!

    I am a makeup junkie, so I could sit here forever listing tips and tricks, but you two really do a great job – why mess with a good thing? One tiny thing I would share is fixing up mascara mistakes – there’s no need for remover, especially if you already have eyeshadow on. Wait until the mascara has fully dried on your skin, then take a dry Q-tip and just flick it off! It crumbles away and you don’t ruin the rest of your nearby makeup. I get mascara on my eyelids daily, so this is a favourite tip of mine. (Eyeliner mistakes, however, usually require a bit of remover).

    I also second the suggestion of YouTube videos. Lisa Eldridge is fantastic and really talks you through what she’s doing. Sephora has some good tutorials (though almost always specifically promoting something). Sharon Farrell and makeupTIA are great, especially for fair skin! I also like IntheFrow, Makeup Geek, Jaclyn Hill, emilynoel83, Freddy My Love, Pixiwoo, RachhLoves, FleurDeForce… I could go on and on haha. Enjoy!

    Sweet Spontaneity

    • You are such an expert Sarah! Wow, thank you for all of the tips & suggestions. We have a lot to learn!

  • I love that you guys admit that you aren’t experts at this! I’m in my early 30s and still don’t feel like I’m great with make-up. I’m definitely like Bridget – I basically have one make-up look, it really doesn’t change much! And all mine fits in a small cosmetic bag. Makes packing easy at least!

    • I couldn’t agree more… the packing is super simple!! haha, thanks for the support Diana. #ineedit

  • Trang

    Don’t feel bad because I too, did not wear makeup until after 30 (more like mid 30’s). And back then, they didn’t have BB and CC cream (or it wasn’t THE THING). I only recently bought foundation and still only wear BB cream instead because it’s a quick application like lotion and evens out my face. At 42 now, I’m obsessed with eye shadow pallets. My favorite is the smokey one by Urban Decay and the Naked On the Run (has all you need for makeup on the run) also by Urban Decay. Like Casey, my brows must be done for me to feel put together. It totally brightens your face to have your brows colored in and on point. I gave into the MAC whirl lipliner/lipstick obsession that people were talking about and I must say, I can see why. I also like Kat Von D’s lipsticks. The case is luxurious and cool Rock n Roll looking. I recommend a setting spray (feels refreshing too) or powder for your makeup. It helps keep your makeup lasting longer. Lastly, give a contouring kit a try. I didn’t understand the hype until I played with it and now, I like how I can define my face.

    • For learning later on…you are a pro, Trang! Wow, there’s hope for us. And I’ve always been interested in contouring, is it hard? It seems like it would be fun to play around with!


  • Ellen

    My trick for great make up: Youtube. There are lots of great make up artists on youtube to learn from – some of my favorites are Wayne Goss, Lisa Eldridge and xsparkage! I usually don’t do entire styles but I enjoy learning and getting inspired.

    • That’s what we keep hearing! We need to start watching some tutorials on there.

  • Michelle

    Don’t worry, you are not alone! I am totally clueless about makeup, I get so overwhelmed by it, it seems so complicated to me. I am 42 years ago and I have given up. I use the tinted lip balm from Burt’s Bees and call it a day. I figure if men don’t do anything to their faces and they look “normal” then that works for me, too. I drink a ton of water and I think that works for my skin better than make up. But I will dip my toe in the pond when a special occasion rolls around and pictures might be taken so thank you for your tutorial! It will hopefully save me from looking like my 4 year-old did my makeup! 🙂

    • haha you crack us up Michelle. And you’re so right about the water…best makeup trick right there 🙂