I haven’t worn makeup in years. After early-teenage experimentation with large quantities of body glitter and Twizzler’s flavored Chapstick, I found that my brain was incapable of progressing to the level of eyeshadow palettes and foundation sponges. Though I often gaze upon my beautiful friends and their perfectly-winged eyeliner and capacity to pull off dark purple lipstick, I am satisfied sticking to a relatively bare-bones beauty routine.
There are so many reasons why one would choose to not wear makeup: you lack the basic competence or willpower to use it (no shame), it doesn’t agree with your skin, it’s expensive, it doesn’t feel natural or empowering to use–the list goes on! Whatever your reason may be, it’s valid.
So, I’ve compiled my six favorite products to create the most low-maintenance beauty routine of all time. The focus is on creating healthy, glowing skin–not just covering up “imperfections”–and adding subtle hints of color. Bonus: None of these products are tested on animals, and the companies behind all of them are against animal testing.
Onward to the list!
1. Burt’s Bees Radiance Day Cream
I discovered this holy grail of moisturizing through trial and error. I was using every basic daily moisturizer I could get my hands on, only to find that midway through the day, my skin had already returned to the ungodly flake-fest I so despair. Until one day in the aisles of Duane Reade, I stumbled upon Burt’s Bees Radiance Day Cream. The infusion of royal jelly makes it soothing, glossy, and perfect for sensitive skin.
Recently, I’ve found myself accidentally skipping on moisturizer in the morning–my skin has become so much more hydrated and soft all around even after just a few weeks of use. Snatch this up!
2. Coconut Oil
Yes, this is literally a jar of coconut oil you can purchase in the same aisle as peanut butter. Unbeknownst to the shelf-stockers of America, this jar has infinitely more uses on my body than in the “island-inspired smoothies!” the label suggests: Body moisturizer, hair mask and smoothing treatment, cuticle softener, eye cream–just to name a few.
3. Aquaphor Healing Ointment
If you have ever gotten a tattoo, I am sure you know all about Aquaphor. It’s a healing ointment that is essentially for preventing scarring and inducing the healing of cracked or broken skin. Its lightweight, silky, invisible texture also makes it an awesome lipgloss. I also use Aquaphor to tame my eyebrows and to soothe pimple redness. I’m always carrying a tube of this stuff wher’er I roam.
4. Physicians Formula Super BB
From time to time, especially on cold and dry days, I like to give my skin an extra boost with a layer of BB Cream. I prefer Physicians Formula to other brands I’ve tried (Urban Decay and Makeup Forever) because it seems to be the most water based, and therefore glides easily onto the skin and leaves a more natural finish.
When it comes to application, I always just use my fingers. Brushes and sponges are breeding-grounds for bacteria, and make the whole process more difficult than it needs to be. We have hands! Finger paint it on!
5. Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm
The quest is over: this lip balm actually moisturizes (farewell to the cycle of putting something on your lips only to find they are a shriveled shadow of their former selves an hour later), and actually adds color.
I use the “Rose” shade almost daily and I’m obsessed with the subtle but rich color it adds.
6. Benefit Benetint
Benefit, a.k.a. the most delightful makeup brand in the world, invented Benetint as a multi-purpose stain for your cheeks and lips. Using a nail polish-esque brush, you apply it to the apples of your cheeks and rub it in for a seriously beautiful glow that will last you all day.
While it’s certainly the most expensive product I use, the same bottle has lasted me more than long enough to be worth it.
What are some of your favorite products? Share your routine!