Rebecca Peterson Studio
Graphic Design + Art Direction


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My (Obsessively Simple) Makeup Routine

I have a problem. I love makeup. I spend at least ~$30~ a month on makeup, which I’m not proud of, but I can’t help myself! I’m always looking for the best products/best coverage/best value. I’m definitely not a beauty blogger, but I thought I would share my makeup routine so other people could see how I get my “look.”

I think it’s important to note that it’s very important for me to have a makeup look that is:
  • Professional (classy and age-appropriate) 
  • Simple (minimal layers on my face) 
  • Affordable (shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg) 
  • Easy (sometimes I do my makeup in the car) 

Step 1: Moisturize

I always start with a clean face. I use “Dermasil Daily Retinol Lotion” as a moisturizer and it’s only $1 from the Dollar Tree! I’m telling you, this stuff is MAGIC. It tightens your pores and leaves your skin feeling soft without any shine or grease.

Step 2: Foundation

I use L’Oreal True Match Lumi foundation in the shade Cool C3. I have tried literally almost every foundation in the world and right now this one is my favorite. To me, it’s more important to have a foundation that matches my skin and has a natural, smooth finish, than to have a foundation that covers ALL my blemishes and lasts all day. I also have pretty clear skin right now so that makes a big difference in what I want to use. I apply my foundation with a Real Techniques Expert Face brush.

Step 3: Powder

I set my foundation with Coty Airspun Loose Powder using the Real Techniques setting brush. I only set it underneath my eyes and around my t-zone, otherwise my makeup starts looking cakey.

Step 4: Blush

I switch off using the Pixi blush from Target and the Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso. I apply it using a Real Techniques blending brush and I start from the edge of my cheekbones and blend in. The Pixi blush is a little more pink and the Milani blush is a little more coral and pigmented. I try to keep my blush really minimal because some days I feel like I go to work looking like a clown, and nobody likes that!

Step 5: Eyebrows

I use the Maybelline “Brow Precise” pencil in soft brown for my eyebrows. I just fill in the spots that are a little sparse and then brush through it. I don’t like really harsh or dramatic brows, I just try to fill in the brows that I already have.


I wear the L’Oreal Million Lashes mascara in black. I put on pretty thick mascara on my top lashes and a very very thin layer on my bottom lashes. When I need to look good all day, I’ll wear the waterproof version and it stays on all day. (It actually would stay on forever if I didn’t take it off, that stuff is super long-lasting).

Step 7: Lips

I have A LOT of lip products that I love. I feel like sometimes my lips look really product-heavy, so I’m trying to simplify in that area. Most days, I wear Maybelline Baby Lips in “Pink Glow.” This is a lip balm that changes color depending on the Ph balance in your lips, so it always matches your skin perfectly. I love it!