Hey y’all! It’s time for this month’s Beauty post! I decided to change the series name from “Make-Up” because not every month will be make-up related. One of these days I’m hoping to get into researching and doing more natural types of beauty regimens and sharing those… *sigh*
Alright, here’s an update to how I’ve been doing my make-up lately. It takes me less than 5 minutes. 
Towards the end, I also review the hairspray, dry shampoo, and heat protecting spray that I use when I “do” my hair. 

You guys have no idea how much I *love* moderating comments and reading what you ladies are up to. Every single one makes my day, so I’m completely serious when I say I want to hear what your routine looks like! 

On the subject of make-up, I received this question via email the other day:

I just wanted to ask your opinion on something real quick. I am 19 years old and I just started wearing mascara a few months ago because I was getting so tired of people thinking I was 14. As I have started to pay more attention, I have noticed most people wear way more than just mascara. I feel like I look fine with just mascara and a little eyeliner, but I am starting to wonder if it looks immature, kinda like a 12 year old who just discovered makeup. 🙂 What are your thoughts? Do you think I should try something else or does it look fine? Is it better to go without makeup alltogether if you aren’t going to do it right? And have you ever even heard of a girl who just does mascara? I guess I just need some reassurance. ~C

So, what do you think? This question goes along with a series on growing up that I really want to dive into when I get some time, so I’m not going to answer quite yet. But, I’m really interested in hearing your thoughts on this matter! 

So, what is your “simple” routine and do you think you should wear more make-up as you get older? 

131 thoughts on “Beauty | Summer/Fall 2014 Daily Make-Up”

  1. Thanks for this! That hairspray you got from your grandma sounds awesome! I have to use freeze spray for my hair to even think about holding a curl!
    As for the girl who asked about mascara, I usually don't wear eyeliner… I have been lately, but when I don't want to spend a lot of time on my make-up I don't. I don't think that it's childish to do so either. I think of it as enhancing your natural make-up. 😉
    Olivia, do you have a problem with acne? I have a horrible problem with it. Do you have any tips for clearing it up? I have tried a lot of things that don't work.

    1. Thanks for the comment, Petra! To answer your question, I used to have a bigger problem with acne than I do now. I contribute it clearing up to two things: I started eating cleaner and I know how to better take care of it when it does come. The first one is huge, and my sister who had really, really, really terrible acne has seen her's decreasing as she's been healing. I never ate too terrible before, but there was room for improvement.
      In my mid-teens, I would have a couple pimples all the time, but now I only get them once a month and I can feel them coming and know to start using hot water on the spots to dry them out. I also try to use tea tree oil soap or other cleansers. But, even though I know all the right things to do, they still come. Maybe some other girls here have some secrets to share. 🙂

    2. Hi Petra! Hope you don't mind me putting in my two-cents here, Olivia 🙂

      I have a pretty bad acne problem as well, but I have found that using the Yes to Tomatoes 3-step acne treatment works very well for diminishing the inflammation, and when used consistently, can help decrease pimples. The products are composed of natural ingredients, which for me personally, is a HUGE factor. You can find them at Target, Amazon, Ulta, and other stores.

      Also, what Olivia says about clean-eating is a big help; as well as making sure your overall body is healthy and in good shape, i.e- exercise, a breath of fresh air each day, drinking LOTS of water (!!), etc.

      Hope this helps!


    3. Some people swear by taking vitamin E pills for clear skin and anit-aging I haven't tried it, but I would like to. Also I stumbled across a pin on pinterest, that said 1 part water + 3 parts ACV, sprayed on pimples would banish them in 12 hours. I tried it overnight and in the morning my pimples were literally gone!

      As far as the cause of acne, lots of cheese+meat, white flour, sugar and chocolate makes my acne flare up, so I try to avoid excessive amounts. I don't drink as much water as I would like to, but I'm sure it would really help to drink a lot more water than I do.

      My makeup routine is simple; mascara, sometimes underlining, tinted/clear lip balm, concealer, and homemade blush/bronzer. It really makes a big difference though. If I want to go fancy then a little bit of eyeshadow and lipstick goes a long way!

    4. I'm a regular follower of this blog, and even though I've never commented before, I felt I had to on this issue….Regarding the pimples/acne, here are 2 things to try:

      The first is honey. Just rub about 1 tsp (a little goes a long way!) on your face morning and night. Then rinse off with warm water on a washcloth. After about 2 wks there should be noticeable improvement.
      No soap, just honey. The theory is that honey has natural antibiotics occurring in it, plus NO HARSH CHEMICALS!

      The second sounds crazy, and is probably better for people with clearer skin starting out. It's called "Oil Cleansing"…I know, sounds counter-productive, right? But not really. The theory here is that soaps/acne cleansers dry out your skin. So your face goes into oil-over-production mode to make up for it. Result? Breakouts. Now, in chemistry, like dissolves like. So. Using oil to dissolve oil isn't as far out as it sounds.

      Just take castor oil (this is a more drying, astringent type of oil…need this one) and another oil of choice…almond, jojoba, neem (also antibacterial), etc, and mix together. You don't need much. I personally use about 25% castor, and 75% almond oil, about the size of a dime in your hand. (Again, a little goes a long way!) Rub into your face about 2-3 minutes. Then take a clean washcloth, and put very hot tab water on it. Squeeze out and place over your face. Don't rub. Just hold it there and breather as deeply as you can for a few seconds. Then repeat 2 or 3 times. The last time, gently take a corner and rub–not scrubbing–around the edges of your face, getting all the oil that didn't come off.

      Some caveats with this: 1. Don't expect a quick result. Sometimes peoples breakouts worsen as their skin adjusts to this new cleansing/detox. Just keep up with it. 2. Don't use soap! You're trying to re-moisturize your skin, and allow your skin to keep it's own oils in balance. 3. I find that if I do this in the evening, with nothing in the morning, or even only a warm wet washcloth, it's plenty. My facial skin has never been more clear and glowing! 4. Don't use Olive Oil or coconut oil. For some reason, most people have a reaction to it, and their breakouts worsen. 5. Everyone has to find the correct ratio of castor oil/oil for their skin. the 25-75 is a good ratio to start at. Too much castor oil, and it dries out your skin…it's true, but it does! Tried it 🙂

      A better explanation of the whys, wherefores, and how-to's can be found at http://www.wellnessmama.com. I'm not the blogger there, but she does an excellent job at discussing homemade lotions, make-up, oil care, eating, sleep, and health in general. Worth checking out! Just type "Oil Cleanse" in the search bar.

      Hope this helps someone! I've tried both methods and I'm a huge fan of the Oil Cleanse. It's very relaxing. And now I only use a warm cloth at night, and my face stays just right. No breakouts, no dryness, no oiliness….Loverly!

      Vickie K.
      PS: Sorry this is so LoOOOOOng!

    5. I used to have a huge problem with acne. I wasn't big on using commercial products to clear it up, so I tried different things including tea tree oil, but nothing seemed to work. Eventually, I started making facial masks using oatmeal I had made into a powder, raw honey and real lemon juice. After a couple weeks, my face was transformed. My acne had been greatly reduced, my face felt SO much cleaner, and also the scars from older acne had faded. I had always been skeptical when hearing about a new 'cure' for acne, and this time was no different, but since it used 'normal' ingredients and was pretty cheap, I figured it didn't hurt to try. And it worked! Nowadays, I don't have to do it every day any more. Every couple of weeks is fine. I really hope this helps you.

    6. WOW!! I feel so loved. 😛 😀 Thank you ALL so much for the tips! I will definitely be trying what you all mentioned. (not all at the same time though..) 😉 I love the fact that you all mentioned what you tried and how it worked for you! Can't wait to get mine cleared!


    7. I use a face wash that is made of (I think, my mom made it up) 1 part sesame seed oil to 1 part sunflower oil. Apply a dime sized amount to your face and let it sit for three minutes, then use a rag that has been water in as hot water as you can stand, and wipe (NOT rub) your face gently two or three times. As one commenter said, oil breaks up oil, so this is how this works.
      Also, ACV! It works wonders! We make a drink that is four bags of fruit tea (triple berry is the best!) steeped in 12 oz of boiling water, with 1/2 teaspoon each of orange and cherry extracts. After it steeps, add two TBSP of Apple Cider Vinegar WITH the "Mother", and about 1 and a half cups of ice and probably another 3/4 of a cup water. It tastes fantastic, and is so good for you! It heals from the inside out, and the change it made on my face and my arms, where I usually break out, was amazing in just a couple weeks! My skin isn't perfectly clear yet (probably because I love sweets, despite the fact that we recently discovered that I probably have a sugar inflammation), but it's better than it has been for four years, and I've only been taking the ACV for less than three months!

      To "C", I would say, if she wants to wear mascara, that's fine. And if it's the only make up she uses, that's fine too! Too little is definitely better than too much, and I know girls who only do mascara, or maybe only mascara and lip gloss/stick, and I think they look wonderful :)! I personally don't wear make-up, I don't care to spend my time on it, haha :). Doing my hair different than usual is about as far as I go when dressing "special". I do wear jewelery often, and love the look of scarves. But I also don't have the issue of being taken as younger than I am… haha. I turned seventeen two weeks ago, and have been regularly asked for almost four years now if "all these are yours", as a stranger looks at my (now seven) younger siblings… including my sister, who is turning thirteen in just over a week. It cracks me up when my Mom is standing right there, it's like, really? Haha :). I've also been asked before "Is this your husband?" When my Dad walks up and asks me where something is/tells me we have to leave. Haha!

      Blessings to you,

      Bri, 17 year old blogger of "Forget Not His Benefits", a blog on Thankfulness, Family, and Following God :).

    8. What works for me best if you don't want to spend money on products is trying not to ever touch the places where you get acne, washing the parts of your face with acne every day simply with soap (antibacterial soap works really well; but don't let the soap stay on too long), and keeping greasy hair off it. 🙂 Even then the pimples might still be there, though, so you might want to try using acne pads if that happens. This is merely what works for me, though; it's probably different for everyone, but these are some things you could try. 🙂

    9. Hi Petra

      I'm from New Zealand and am not familiar with US culture, ettiquette etc but can you get a group of 6 or so friends together and hold a make-up evening where a professional comes in and gives a quick demonstration of the basics and then a lesson / personal plan for each of you? The cost shouldn't be too much and if you're the hostess you get discounts calculated on anything anyone buys at the party. I do know Neutrogena do these as I've been to two and they were both really fun.

      Alternatively, if you can, find a decent sized department store and tour all the make-up counters and ask questions. Any professional will be pleased to help, but pick a quiet time and state up frount if you really don't intend to spend money as they probably rely on sales commissions.This will get your eye in and educate you on what products are out there.

      Most importantly, BE YOURSELF. You want to emphasize you not change you.

      Regards, Lucy.

    10. Activated Charcoal has done wonders for me! Just mix about a teaspoon of charcoal and a tiny bit of water until it makes a bit of a past, and then I just use cotton wool to apply it all over my face as a mask or just on trouble spots. Then let it dry (about 5 min) and wash it off. Clears acne and acne scars amazingly! 🙂

    11. Hey guys,
      Just wanted to offer a word of caution…I know natural methods are preferable, but what works for one person may not work for somebody else. Just because it's "natural" doesn't mean it will be effective with severe acne. Oil cleansing was HORRIBLE for my skin and ACV always breaks me out. Acne can be caused by a million different things, some people can get rid of acne through diet/natural stuff and for others it won't go away without the help of a dermatologist. Each persons journey is different, so don't lock yourself into a box, research methods from ALL sides, and remember: your skin is not your identity! <3

  2. I completely feel this girls pain. I'm 23 and I still get the 'What year are you in high school' question. As I've gotten older, I've added a few things to the makeup regime, but I like to keep a natural look and I like it to take less than 30 minutes. So, I avoid things that would slow down the makeup applying process. Wearing more makeup doesn't always make you look older. Sometimes, it can make you look silly, as people think you don't know what you're doing. I would say that if you are comfortable with just mascara, then wear it with confidence. After all, it's not about the outside, but whats within. 😀

    1. I agree with you. I'm 20 and I rarely wear make-up. I wish more people agreed with your last statement, "it's not about the outside, but whats within." I don't like the feeling that you need make-up to be beautiful. It's nice to wear for special occasions or because you want to, but it's not a necessity.

  3. I'm 19, and when I wear make-up{once a week, if that}, I go with shimmery eye shadow {its a very light pink, but does not show up color} and mascara… If I'm feeling like I need a little more, I do a little more with eye shadow {nude + brown}, but never do anything with eyeliner or anything else… Its what I'm comfy with, and I don't think it looks silly! =)

  4. If you're looking for a chemical free makeup remover, coconut oil works amazingly (and leaves your face feeling great afterwards)! I make all of my makeup, so I don't feel like I need to wash it off every night, but the coconut oil does an amazing job if I do decide to wash it off.


    1. Hi Hannah!
      Coconut oil will take off mascara (even waterproof!) as long as you let it sit on your eyes for about a minute or two. I brush my teeth while the oil sits & dissolves the mascara.

      ~ Catherine

  5. To answer that sweet girl's question, I would say that she should wear whatever amount of makeup that she is comfortable with. Don't let anyone or anything around you make you feel like you look silly or too young – wear what you like. I'm 21 and swore off makeup for over a year right around the time that I got married. I was young and taken, so I didn't care if people thought I was 13. However, after two pregnancies, I began to realize that going without makeup made me look tired and bored, so I picked up some mascara, eyeliner, and eyeshadow and started by wearing it very lightly. My image instantly improved, and I still felt young and pretty without looking like I was spending too much time on my makeup. Now, I experiment from day-to-day. When I'm simply spending the morning at home, afternoon at work, and evening back at home, I do a thin line of eyeliner on just my eyelid (not under my bottom lashes) and some eyeshadow (always the same color, no blends or anything) and a bit of mascara on my top & bottom lashes. On errand days, I go with just eyeshadow and mascara. And when I'm going on a date with my husband or going to an event I try thicker eyeliner (maybe even a cat-eye look). Then today, for instance, I'm going with a super casual outfit and thicker eyeliner, just because that's what I wanted today. I always make sure that it looks clean, but I don't spend a lot of time on my makeup. Really, just do whatever you want in the moment and don't worry about it. 🙂

  6. I think wearing just mascara is great if that's what you like. My everyday routine is easy and takes ten to fifteen minutes, sometimes less. I use concealer, a pressed powder to set it, then a loose powder foundation. (Can't stand the feel of liquid foundation.) Some days I'll add mascara and blush. And occasionally I'll also wear a sparkly almond colored eye shadow and some lip gloss. I like a simple, more natural look.

    And I get the age thing. People always think I'm younger (I'm 19) and that my 14 year old sister is like 17. But part of that is her personality I guess. (She's very outgoing.)

  7. *Know how you feel* the worst comment ever was when I was 18 and someone innocently asked if my 11 year old sister and I were twins 0_o.
    I really love following your blog Olivia! you seems to have a very balanced way of doing /and dealing with things. I'm 22 and only started experimenting with makeup this past spring. I've had to deal with the mistaken belief that if you look pretty, you can't possibly be modest… So you and some of the other blogs I've found via yours, have really been encouraging! Thanks so much for your efforts!

  8. For removing makeup at night, I tried the oil cleansing method (too much work) and adapted it. I did a mix of a couple oils, and put it in a little pump bottle from walmart, and use one little squirt, rub it in, over eyelids and all, and then wipe with a warm/hot washcloth. It takes it all off without drying out my skin. It's easy, too. 🙂
    A question: plucking my brows is super painful so I do it as rarely as I can get away with, but you made it look so easy! Any tips on that? My eyebrows get red and sore after. Maybe I'm doing something wrong?
    Great video!

    1. Hey! Sounds like you have a great face-cleanser!
      As far as plucking eyebrows, it honestly is just something that gets easier over time the more you do it. I have been doing parts of mine every day since I was 12, so I've had a little bit of practice. 😉 When I first started shaping (and not just keeping the "unibrow" area at bay), my eyes would water and I had to do it at night because my skin would stay red for so long. Now there's hardly any pain and no redness. Also, if doing them all at once is too daunting/painful, you could just do a little bit each day and over time it'll get way easier/quicker. Hope that helps!

    2. Jeana,

      I use on of these sometimes when I'm in too much of a rush to pluck. There are many other brands of these you can research I can't remember the exact brand I have, but it's awesome!

      And Olivia have you used a homemade dry shampoo? I use coco powder and cornstarch and was wondering how that compares to what you showed in the video?


    3. When the skin there is soft and supple, the hairs slide out much more easily. Plucking skin that is dry and stiff will make the experience more painful. Plan to pluck your brows right after you take a shower. The warm water and steam will have left your skin moist and supple. If you need to pluck at other times of the day, wash your face with warm water and blot it dry. You could also take a washcloth and put it in the hottest water you can handle, then place it on your eyebrows for 2 minutes. It will open the pores, making it easier to pluck. I hope this helps.

    4. I pluck my eyebrows after I get out of the shower. I apply a warm damp washcloth right before I pluck to open my pores more. It stings a bit, but it's not bad at all. 🙂

    5. Yes, agreeing with all those above who are telling you to never pluck dried-out, "cold" eyebrow hairs! "Ouch!" from this hairy-browed (if I didn't pluck) gal! Like they say, soak a facecloth in very warm water, press to your eyebrow area and let those eyebrows steam and "plump up." That takes care of the worst of the sting for me. Here's one more tip: Some people I know also apply the kind of numbing gel that you'd apply to baby's teeth. You should have no problem at all if you try that!

  9. Your blog is very sweet, and from a mother's perspective, I am thankful that you are here to encourage young ladies in modesty and purity. As an older woman, my two cents for the young lady's makeup question is be yourself and don't wear more just because people think you are young. Less makeup is best. The more makeup you wear, the more you will be a slave to it as you age. Then one day you will not think you are beautiful unless you are wearing it, and that just isn't true. Wearing less makeup will make you a leader and encourager for those younger than you. Regarding my personal makeup routine…I used to always wear a foundation, powder, eyeshadow, eyeliner, etc. Every day. Now at 47 I might wear blush, maybe powder for a special occasion, but generally it's just mascara and a subtle lip color. The things I make sure to do daily: wash my face every night with water and a washcloth, whether I wore makeup that day or not, and moisturize with coconut oil before going to bed; every morning I moisturize with beef tallow body balm from http://www.vintagetraditions.com … Sounds crazy but it is so good for my skin. Helpful hint: coconut oil is a great eye makeup remover. Be very careful what you use on your skin. Make it as natural as possible. Some safe cosmetics companies are 100% Pure and Maia's Mineral Galaxy. One more thought: how you eat will reflect in your skin and complexion, so be sure to cut out the processed foods and eat only the things that God created. Blessings!

  10. For me, makeup is used on a "when I feel like it and/or have time" basis. On those occasions when I do my makeup, I normally use a brown or brown/black eyeliner, Ulta brand mascara, and maybe a little bit of silver or gold eyeshadow if I feel like it. If I am going out to dinner or to a dance, I might add a darker eyeshadow like brown or grey to define my eyes more and would probably use some lipgloss. Generally, though, I don't use foundation as my skin is fairly clear and lipstick tends to irritate my lips, so I don't use that either.
    As for the age thing, I wouldn't worry too much about the amount of makeup. I think it truly varies from person to person, and I put on only mascara plenty of times when I am in a rush. One thing you could try is experimenting with different hairstyles as well. I find that certain hairstyles can make my face look much younger/older, and so that might help. But seriously, I am 18 and have gotten age estimates ranging from 14-22, so some people are just really bad at guessing. Don't take it to heart 🙂

  11. Hi, Olivia–

    I enjoyed this post–I haven't worn makeup in years (strictly due to time constraints in getting ready), but I do think about it every now and again. You're a brave one for applying makeup on camera! 🙂 Looks great!

    This isn't so much a tip for a daily routine, but applies more to your videos–the audio vastly improved when you had to switch to your phone–it was a little hard to hear you before that.

    My daughters will enjoy this–I plan on recommending it to them. 🙂


    1. Hello! Thanks for the audio feedback– I'll admit I wasn't projecting as loud as I needed to in the first part of the video because I was afraid the construction workers next door might hear me. 😛 But, I will definitely keep this in mind for future videos. 🙂

  12. Thanks for the post Olivia!
    I definitely understand "C"'s question. I personally wore only mascara till I was almost 20. I liked just enhancing the natural look a little bit (and still do). Personally, I now wear a nude eyeshadow, eyeliner and a bit of blush normally. "C", I would see to keep just wearing mascara if that is what you are comfortable with, it looks fine by itself! Also, if you are tired of people thinking that you are younger than you are, you could try wearing your hair up. People tend to think that you are older if your hair is up. A couple of years ago, I was wearing my hair down, and somebody thought that I was 14 or 15. Then when I was wearing my hair up (and in a different situation) people thought that I was in grad school! Haha!

  13. Thank you for showing us your routine, Olivia! 🙂 Right now my routine consists of plucking, foundation, concealer, filling in overplucked brow corners, mascara, lining my eyes with gray, dark brown, or green shadow, and if I'm going out, putting on a subtle dark coral lipstick.
    I relate to the girl who emailed you, right down being 19 and people thinking I'm 14! Lately, I've been wearing more makeup more often. However, I would say to this young lady that if she thinks just mascara gives her the looks she wants, that it's fine and she needn't worry about what other people do. At the same time, I think it would be okay for her to wear a more (I've found that I like wearing a bit more), as long as she is not making an idol out of her looks, or overstepping her feels convicted that her makeup is becoming immodest or too attention-seeking. Hope this helps! 🙂

  14. I just recently started wearing makeup so I'm still kind of experimenting with it, but, my usual routine is Powder, blush, and a little eye shadow… I think it's perfectly fine to stick with just mascara, it can really enhance your eyes without overpowering them.

  15. Hi there,
    Usually i just put on a bit of eyeliner and mascara and that's it. I'm 22 now and never have done a lot more. Well except covering pimples or those circles after a long night studying.
    Lots of love from Germany!

  16. As a mom with kids all the way up into their late 20's, I use makeup to conceal the worn mom look. 🙂 I keep my routine simple and can do it in less than five minutes. To the young lady who worries about looking younger than she is, she should be glad for her youthful skin. My twenty-eight year old son always gets guessed as a teenager even though he has his master's and is the head of the accounting department at work. I tell him that he will appreciate it when he's 50 and people guess him at 30. 🙂


  17. Hello Olivia,

    When I was younger, I wasn't sure how to apply eyeliner without it looking too heavy and therefore only wore eyeshadow and mascara. To answer C's question, I don't think it looks immature at all–in fact, I think it's better to have less eyeliner than more if that's what you're comfortable with along with mascara. As I've learned to apply eyeliner better to fit my eye shape, I've started to move away from mascara, but that's just me.

    As for my routine, if I'm in a super hurry or just going to work in the lab, I'll just wear some concealer and eyeshadow (natural shades) to cover up. Though if I have a little more time, I'll use concealer, different shades of eyeshadows (for definition and highlights), and dark brown eyeliner, which takes me about 5-10 minutes to do. For the eyeliner, I focus on the outside of my eye to give them better shape, applying it to both the bottom and top lids. If I'm going out or to a special event, I'll apply more noticeable eyeliner (such as black) and mascara.

  18. I used to only wear eyeliner and mascara. I had a friend that asked me once, "Is your eyeliner tattooed to your lid, because every time I see you it looks the same!" Haha.
    But lately I've been experimenting a *tiny* bit.

    My main thing lately has been trying to figure out a skin routine that works. Honestly, if someone's skin looks clear, that's probably the biggest step toward looking clean and put together. I try to moisturize every day, wash off my makeup at night, etc. to take care of my skin. I do struggle with oily skin though, so I'm still trying to figure out something that will take care of that problem. I recently bought "Stay Matte" Liquid Foundation from Rimmel, and I really love it so far. But that only takes care of the surface problem. 😉

    Olivia, do you have a recipe for the home-made concealer?

    Oh, and a lip product I love is:
    Baby Lips by Maybelline. It's moisturizing lip balm with options of subtle color… Kind of feels like chapstick when it's on – not sticky. 🙂

    1. Totally agree about the clear skin, Becky! I'm gonna have to try BabyLips.

      Unfortunately I don't have a recipe for the concealer… I made it at a party and we were just making it up as we went. :-/ I hope to figure it out again some day.

  19. I started wearing makeup (mascara and a little light eye shadow) at about 14. I am now 19 and married and all I wear now is mascara on most days (been wearing blush more often cause it helps me sooo much!) and occasionally if it's a really special occasion I will add some eye shadow and eye liner and concealer. So yeah… I get the *person looking as though they are going to have a heart-attack because this 14 year old is married* look all the time. 😛 But growing up homeschooled all the way through some college I kinda got used to the looks and comments and now I kinda like them. I've never really minded being different from the world. So I think you should wear as little makeup as you want. My goal with my makeup is to look fresh and awake and alive. 😉 Mascara and blush do that for me…some people take more some less. It's all up to you and your unique face.

  20. I'm 25 and recently a new mom/ stay at home mom. I used to wear a lot more make up and do my hair when I was working in the city and didn't have children. Now since becoming a mom I still do cover up, powder, bronzer, blush, and mascara to look less sleepy 😉 I normally always put some makeup on to go out in public and especially before my husband gets home from work as I like to look put together for him and for myself. It takes less than 5 minutes and I think it makes a big difference, I consider it part of getting ready just like brushing my teeth or taking a shower.

  21. Hey Olivia!

    Loved you video! I love all of your hair/makeup videos so keep making them, haha! 🙂

    So for a more natural makeup remover wipe, I use Burt"s Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes. I'm in the process of trying them all, haha. I started with the grapefruit ones and used those up, and now I have the tea extract ones. I really like them. I found other brands have irritated my skin, but these don't, which is great! 🙂

    For heat protecting spray, I use TRESemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray. I really like it! I've tried a couple other heat sprays from tresemme and this is definitely my favorite. 🙂

    Hope this helps! God Bless!

    1. The only thing about Burt's Bees is that it sometimes gives people (like my mom and I) a bad reaction. I had a huge rash, like an all over my face rash, from Burt's Bees, so my advice would be to try it on the underside of your arm before you put it on your face to test if it will react!


  22. Hi ,
    I am 17 and for my simple routine i wear mascara , sometimes some blush in the winter and possibly some cover up for an annoying pimple. ~Laura

  23. Hi Olivia!

    I just recently started wearing makeup, and have become a little makeup obsessed, especially in the all-natural sphere of things 🙂

    My routine is as follows: First I put Physicians Formula Super BB Cream all over my face. This. stuff. is. amazing. It has a really low rating of harmful chemicals (3 out of 10 on Skin Deep, which is a website database of healthcare products ingredients), and is is wonderfully moisturizing and has great SPF. I then curl my eyelashes (those babies need as much help as they can get ;), apply charcoal liner (thanks for the recipe! :D) above my lashes, and follow with Physicians Formula Organic Wear Jumbo Lash Mascara. I then fill in my brows with a Faerie Organic eyeshadow in Pheonix (not my favorite shade-wise, but it works well enough. Especially when there is the slightest bit of eyeliner left-over on the brush :D). After that, I either do a homemade bronzer, orange-hued blush from Faerie Organic, or a Mary Kay coral blush that I have. Last, but definitely not least, I apply whatever lip product I want to wear, especially depending upon the occasion. My favorite as of late has been Burt's Bees lip shimmer in Cherry. It is the most adorable orange-y red color that is perfect for everyday. Plus, it's not chocked full of chemicals like other lip products!

    Alright, this comment has gotten long enough, but I have to add one last thing: I have been using the Yes to Tomatoes facial wipes to remove my makeup, and I love them! They help with my acne, cleanse my face, and are very natural and healthy for your skin. I know you don't have a big acne problem, but the Yes To… brand has several other types of wipes as well. Just thought I would through that out there as a possible alternative to your present "chemical-full" wipes 😉 Also, Burt's Bees has a line of face wipes, if that's a brand you like better.

    Loved the tutorial, too! It always gets me so excited when you post a new video 😀

    Can't wait to meet you at the Remembering WWII event!!


  24. Hi Olivia! You should look into Norwex make up removing cloths to avoid chemicals. They remove your make up easily with just water and they are not disposable. I am crazy about their products! They are a little expensive but totally worth it (and no, I don't sell them!) Look up Norwex face cloths on Amazon.

  25. I would really love and be encouraged by a '' Growing Up '' series! I understand your busy, though. We all are! Thanks 4 the video! Blessings, Lydia

  26. I prefer a very minimal makeup routine, simular to what you do, except I avoid foundation most of the time. I do concealer, an oil controling powder and mascara everyday, and on throw in a light blush and/or bronzer on special occasions. I would definitely say that less is more with makeup, it is so easy to get cought up in all the products and techniques! I really appreciate your blog Olivia, keep up the good work!

  27. Hey,Olivia! Ok…… important question: Do you have any other sizes in the Fresh Apparel plum T-shirt besides 2xl? thanks! Lydia

  28. My every day makeup routine is liquid foundation (I use Clinique acne solutions that doesn't need a powder finish), blush, and mascara. For church and other "fancier" days, I add eyeshadow and lipstick or lip gloss. Once in a while I even do eyeliner. 🙂

    As for "C's" question, I totally relate. I'm nineteen and I started wearing makeup last year. People often thought I was 14 too. Sometimes they still do. I think I look a little older with it on, but I don't think wearing more or less makeup makes you look older or younger. Just be tasteful and confident about it. And be confident about your age too. Don't worry if people think you're younger than you are. It doesn't really matter.

  29. I loved this video, Olivia. Your routine is simple, beautiful and easy, but can be dressed up when you want too. Perfect!

    I've been wearing make-up pretty much every single day since I was 14. My mama got a degree in fashion merchandising, and worked doing make-overs and selling make-up before she and dad got married, had kids and began homeschooling. 🙂 So mama has always been fine with make-up, and my dad likes it too, so she came up with a fun system for "growing up." She let me pick one new make-up product every birthday to begin wearing that year. The first year I picked mascara and was so happy with that. It's amazing how a layer or two of mascara can totally enhance and transform your eyes! 🙂 It was simple. but made me feel extra pretty and special when I put it on.

    I am now almost 18 and wear quite a bit of make-up every day. I tend to wear more natural colours, so it's nothing drastic, but I don't really go anywhere without it. (mostly because of acne!)

    My normal routine starts with a relatively heavy layer of concealer, and then powder foundation. I sometimes add a bit of blush. I mostly focus on my eyes, though. I LOVE eyeshadow and experimenting, so I tend to always have three or four different colors and shades going on. I especially love gold shades. I use eye liner on both top and bottom, but usually it's just a thin line. And then lots of mascara on top, and only one layer on the bottom eye lashes.

    I change make-up products frequently, because I have super sensitive skin, and eye make-up especially causes problems. I've found that changing brands often keeps my skin feeling better. (and using only hypoallergenic products is a MUST for me. 🙂

    I have the opposite problem that C. is dealing with. Everyone thinks I'm WAY older than i am, but it doesn't bother me as much now as it used to. There were especially embarrassing moments though, like when i was thirteen and had eight of my younger siblings with me, along with my older brother, and everyone thought they were ours. Or when I was fifteen and dad told the lady checking him and i out at the grocery store that he had eleven children, and she looked at me with wide eyes and gasped "shame on you for looking so fabulous!" (Oh, well thanks. I'm his fifteen-year-old daughter…) Now half the time I don't even bother correcting the Starbucks guy when he comments on how cute my son is. (who is really my youngest brother)… It cracks me up instead. 🙂

    Anyway, this is long and rambly, but mostly I wanted to say that wearing just mascara isn't weird at all. It isn't necessary to wear a ton of make-up. It's just up to what you are most comfortable with. But learning to do make-up can be super fun, and there are tons of resources out there for tutorials. (try youtube or pinterest. 😉 Make-up isn't a necessity, but it definitely is an enhancer! 🙂

    1. I have to laugh with you about people thinking your siblings are your kids! I've had that so often, I kind of expect it now. 🙂 It gets a little embarrassing when I'm out with my Dad though, and people think we are a couple. One guy my Dad worked for met us in town with some of my younger siblings. He seriously would not believe that I was his daughter, even after he met my Mom!

  30. I agree that less makeup is best. I am 23 and I wear powder foundation and blush and bronzer along with mascara and a tinted lip balm most days. On days I do not wear makeup I will wear a tinted lip balm or Chapstick. I can relate to the email from that young lady because at 19 I wore no makeup except for mascara and maybe concealer for blemishes. I felt like I looked younger and was mistaken for a younger girl a lot. But I think that you should wear what's comfortable and easy for you to do. It's not about impressing anyone except the Lord. Now I have branched out since turning 21 and worn and experimented with makeup. I must admit I am more confident with makeup but I think it's great to not wear it also.

  31. I really enjoyed watching this! I don't really wear much make-up, just some concealer/foundation. I accidentally bought the BB cream sunscreen instead of the concealer…..but it actually works like concealer, so that's nice. 🙂 I usually wear mascara and occasionally eyeliner for special events.
    And C, I don't think it's weird at all to wear just mascara! That's all I usually wear if I decide to put a little effort into my make-up. 🙂 Alot of my friends and girls at my school just wear mascara also. So you probably look fine! It's not weird at all!!
    And Olivia, how did you make that concealer? I wouldn't mind trying to make my own!

    1. The base is titanium dioxide and the colorants are micah powders.We used a cream natural sunscreen as the base and it has other things like lavender oil in it. We made it up as we went so I don't really remember! :-/

  32. I have a question! 🙂 I have very fair skin, red/strawberry blonde hair, bright blue eyes, and freckles. I use eyebrow pencil and cover stick for any acne and under my eyes. So my question is: I want to wear some sort of eye makeup to bring out the blueness of my eyes, but when I try to wear mascara it looks HORRIBLE. 😛

    Any suggestions? What I DON'T want is for when people look at me, they think, "MAKEUP!" 😀 Just something subtle that brings out my eyes more. 🙂

    1. Have you tried brown mascara? I have a friend who has similar light features like you and she has found brown to look much better. I personally use blackest black just because I have dark eyebrows, but you could try a different shade. Rite Aid has a make-up return policy that you can return it if you don't like it, even if you try it!
      Lately I've been wearing dark purple, charcoal gray, or dark green eyeliner to bring out the blue of my eyes. There are also eyeshadow color options that do that. 😉

    2. Hi Ann!

      Gosh, it sounds like we could be twins! As Olivia suggested, I use a brownish black mascara (black just looks way too dark & un-natural for my coloring) Something else I do to make my eye color pop is to wear a blue shirt or blue earrings…..maybe a head band but an accessory with blue up near my face.

      ~ Catherine

    3. Hi Ann!

      Have you considered trying some eyeshadow or eyeliner? I'm with you- Mascara doesn't work so well for me.
      Maybe you could experiment with a shimmery taupe color, or a light charcoal, or lining with a dark brown color.

      I hope you find something that works for you!

  33. Olivia, thanks for sharing your routine. 🙂

    I usually wear makeup 2-3 times a week. I usually wear foundation, powder, blush, eye-shadow (1 or 2 natural colors, sometimes a pink that doesn't really show or a purple that's not overpowering), lip color, eye liner (dark brown on occasion I'll do something fun and wear dark purple or green), and mascara (dark brown). This isn't a hard and fast routine. There are time when I just feel like doing less, sometime less seems like more to me.

    In response to the young ladies e-mail I would say, "It can take some time and experimentation to discover your 'look' with make-up. If you like just mascara and eyeliner, stick with that. If you want to do a little more for fun – go ahead. Do what you're comfortable with and what your parents think is wise. As far as looking younger than your age, I believe that hair style and clothing have a bigger impact on that than makeup (not that you personally need to change either of those, it's just a thought). It wasn't until I was around 18 that I started doing more with make-up and it wasn't until I was 18-19 that I really delved into finding my own clothing style. It takes time and that's okay. 🙂 If your focus is in the right place (seeking to reflect beauty for Christ's sake/honoring him). You'll do great! The best to you."

  34. Really great video, Olivia! Long-time reader, first-time commenter 😉 I love the simplicity of your look 🙂 My daily makeup routine goes something like this: Pores no More (Dr. Brunner), Concealer (Cowgirl Dirt brand; the $.99 sample has lasted me about 3 months!), Foundation (Cowgirl Dirt), Eye Shadow (Whatever I have on hand that matches my outfit), Eye Liner (Powdered for the upper lid and pencil on the waterline for lower lid), Mascara (Maybeline thickening because I have looooong, eyelashes without much substance). Finally, Blush (Sephora) with a kabuki brush (THE best blush brush; completely worth the $20 investment!) and Burt's Bees lip balm because I have very red lips on their own. And at night, I love heating up my washcloth to get it off; I use Dr. Bronner's cleanser (Organic, YAY!) for my face and neck then I smear Coconut Oil over my eyelids and use the washcloth to wipe that away. Takes the mascara RIGHT. OFF! No kidding. I'm learning more and more about makeup and how to use it. Experimenting with brushes is so much fun! I haven't tread the lipstick ground yet (I'm kind of scared of that one), but I'm getting there 🙂 Again, thanks for sharing. You've inspired me to do my own video!

    1. Thanks for commenting, McKenna! (One of my best friends is named McKenna and I miss her a lot, so I love seeing that name!) Sounds like you have a great routine down! I think I need to explore Cowgirl Dirt. 🙂 Blessings!

  35. Hey Olivia!
    I loved your make-up video! Thanks for sharing it with us! It gave me some ideas, especially regarding eyeliner! 🙂 For my easy make-up routine, I general wear: foundation (Elf flawless), blush (Elf), powder (Stay matte from Maybelline), eye shadow (exact eye lights from Covergirl), eyeliner (Elf) and mascara (lash blast). Sometimes I will put a light lipstick or lip balm, just depending on what I am doing! We love videos and posts like this, Olivia, so keep them coming whenever you can! I would love to hear about your new hair color…how you did it, etc.
    As far as the question goes, I would say if you is comfortable in just eyeliner and mascara, then just wear that! Also, experiment if you want to! Just remember that you should be trying to look nice for the Lord, and not to please others! 🙂
    Oh, and I would also love to hear about your concealer recipe also, when you get to that question!
    Have a blessed day!

  36. For the makeup question,
    The trick is lipstick! I sometimes only wear mascara and concealer when I'm in a hurry, or just don't feel like spending more then 30 seconds on my face. also, try to stay away from dark colors, such as the 'Smokey Eye,' black, gray and sometimes very dark brown! also, stay away from a lot of color on the eyes, then you'll just look like a clown. : And one more tip, get the foundation closest to your skin color!! Okay, maybe one more, 😉 always make sure you clean your face up! alright, I'm done!
    nice video! -Abi

  37. Hey Olivia,
    When you started wearing makeup, how did you ask your parents for permission? I am nearly 15 and I would like to start wearing it, but up until this point, I haven't been much of a makeup-wearing type of person.
    Also, do you still use charcoal eyeliner?


    1. Hey Keri! Yes, I did ask my parents, except I was 12 when I asked. 🙂 When I became self-conscious about my pimples, my mom was a gem and let me use her concealer on occasion. Then, one day as I was in her make-up bag I decided to put on mascara as well. When she and my dad saw the mascara, they actually really liked how it looked and so I asked if I could wear it on Sundays. By 13/14 I was wearing it daily. I didn't start wearing eyeliner until I was 17 or so, and then only occasionally. Like most commenters here, it was kind of a gradual "add one make-up product a year" kind of deal. Anyway, long story to say, just ask! They're probably expecting it.
      I would like to say I still use the charcoal eyeliner, but lately I just haven't taken the extra 3 minutes to do it and have reverted back to an easy unnatural stick. 😛

    2. The thing is, I have relatively clear skin and dark eyelashes so I don't really need make-up. I'd like it though, to make things interesting.

      Thanks for the advice, though!


  38. I'm sure this will be helpful whenever I want to spend more time on make-up/use more make-up regularly! Right now I usually just use mascara/lipstick when I feel like applying make-up and every once in a while eye shadow and foundation as well. Lately I've been wearing it 1-2 times a week. Sometimes I feel like wearing it every day and sometimes I don't, and often I just don't have time. 🙂 It all kinda depends on the way my life is during that time. 😀

  39. Love the video! I always enjoy seeing how others do their makeup. Your homemade concealer sounds fantastic; do you have a recipe for it?

    I'm twenty and have only been wearing makeup for about a year now. I wore it more everyday for a while, but these days I'm lucky if I put it on once a week! When I do put it on this it what it usually looks like:

    -homemade foundation. Super shear, but smooths things out a tad and keeps the oil at bay.
    -blush. I'm still on the lookout for a natural one I like.
    -mineral eyeshadow. I have a couple neutral shades that are my go-to colors. I use a eye primer first, since I have oily skin, otherwise it'll all be in my crease in an hour!
    -Physicians Formula Organic Wear Lash Boosting Mascara. This one doesn't irritate my eyes like some other brands.

    And that's about it. I like to keep it natural, both in appearance and with ingredients. I've never been a eyeliner fan myself and I really need to start plucking my eyebrows. I rarely even wear any makeup to work these days, partly because I have to get up early (between 3am-5am) and because I feel beautiful and confident with our without it. And really, that's what really matters. As long as I'm following God's will and I feel good about the decisions I make, I'm going to rock that, even if it's not trendy or popular or weird to others. That's how I try to approach life. 🙂

  40. Personally, I think make-up is SERIOUSLY overrated. I mean, I have nothing against girls who like to wear it, but I personally am not a fan. I have three categories for when and why I wear make-up:
    1) stage make-up. This so does not even really count in the "make-up wearing" category.
    2) speech meets. A little make-up, tastefully done, is considered professional and enhancing to your speaking.
    3) I'm feeling particularly obnoxious, at which point my make-up is bright blue and gold or something equally loud and glittery. When I do this, it's really just because it's fun and it drives my friends crazy because my glitter make-up distracts them 🙂
    And, for the record, I think the mascara-only thing is fine; I can almost always tell if a girl is wearing foundation/concealer, and to me it doesn't make them look older. I think that the "twelve-year-old who just discovered make-up" look only really applies when girls wear a lot, because it's the twelve-year-old mindset of "wearing all this make-up makes me look cool and grown-up". Not that wearing a lot of make-up is bad; just saying. 🙂


  41. Hi Olivia! Thank you for all the effort you put into creating encouraging, interesting, and useful blog posts. And thanks for asking us about our routines! 🙂

    I wash my face with Neutrogena deep clean gentle scrub. I use Neutrogena oil-free moisturizer on my face and neck. It has SPF 15 and really helps cut down on sunburns. 🙂

    I use Pixie correction in Brightening Peach to help cover my under eye circles. Then I put Mineral Fusion concealer in neutral on top for some additional coverage, and it blends with my skin color. Mineral Fusion is EXPENSIVE, but it doesn't have polyethylene glycol (PEG). I have a sensitivity to PEG, and it's in most concealers. Anyhow, the concealer comes with a darker and a lighter shade. I apply the darker color first and then the lighter color, and the combination matches my skin tone well. I then apply the lighter color concealer to my eyelids because they're a kind of a redish/brownish color. I dust L'Oreal powder over my eye area to set the makeup and over my nose so it looks less shiny.

    Since I have light eyebrows, I apply clear mascara on them and then use an eyeshadow blush to apply Bare Minerals eyebrow powder in strawberry honey blonde. It's expensive, but it's worth it to me. I love the natural look of powder, and the color is great. I use a little container almost every day for well over a year.

    I started using Wet n Wild's Mega Slick gloss in bronze berry when I was a freshman in college (8 years ago!!), and I'm hooked. 🙂 I love the color and it stays on well.

    I'll dust blush on if I'm looking pale or want to dress up. Mascara can bother me and it often ends up falling down when my contacts dry my eyes out, so I normally wear it a couple times a month for special occasions. If I'm really wanting to look fancy, I wear some deep pine green eyeliner. It's not noticeably green, but it makes my blue eyes (which lean a little teal) pop. 🙂

    I'm lazy about my hair, but I mist it with Suave max hold hairspray if I want to give it some effort. On the rare occasion that I straighten my hair, I use the same flat iron balm that you currently use. 🙂 I've been very happy with it.

  42. (In reply to the email…) When I started to wear make-up, I wore it in stages. When I was 15, I wore eye shadow; 16 mascara, 18 eyeliner, and now I'm going for lipsticks, blushes, etc. So you kinda sound very much like me starting out (so yes, I have heard of girls who only wear mascara!). If you want to, you can always add more. Like lipstick, blush, etc. 🙂

    Soooooo….. my routine is very simple, consisting of just mascara, concealer (on occasion, depending on how obvious my dark circles are *chuckles*) and black eyeliner. 🙂
    I put on more if I feel like it. 🙂

  43. I usually just wear mascara ( I can only wear that and lipstick right now… Family rules…) but I usually don't wear lip gloss because I want people to see me not my make up. You do a amazing job with yours it looks so natural!!!

  44. Hi Olivia!
    I really enjoyed your makeup video. Thanks so much for posting! I find that even just a simple routine of makeup can make such a difference in whether I look tired, or fresh and awake! 🙂 Right now I use Covergirl coverup and pressed powder to even out my complexion just a bit, and to cover any pimples. I really like Melaleuca's Sei Bella eyeliner, because it goes on so well. I use a midnight blue, because it highlights my blue eyes and also makes the mascara stand out a bit more. The mascara I use is Avon black washoff-waterproof, which, by the way, is really handy, because it doesn't smear as easily if you get it wet but it's easy to remove with a lotion and warm water when you want to. Sometimes I'll wear a light blush. With all my makeup, I prefer a fresh, natural look.

    Your blog has been a lot of fun to follow! I really want the way I dress and wear makeup to honor the Lord, and it's been an encouragement to see new ideas of how to do that. 🙂 I really think that the outward beauty should be something that enhances the inward beauty of a Christian woman, that lets the inward beauty shine through. And it's amazing what a smile and a joyful attitude will do to your countenance!

    I love your smile, Olivia, and I appreciate your ministry! I'm enjoying the new system of blog post that you're doing, too. Thanks!

    Brittany Bergen

  45. I'm 22, nearly 23, and I've just started this year to wear any make-up! People have nearly always guessed me to be older than I am, I think because of my figure, not my face. Really, not just your face shows your age, but your whole body, your clothes, your hair, and especially your character. And that is what I feel is the most important, your character. Though it's not always easy to convince ourselves of that when we're looking in the mirror!

    Anyway, this is my skin-care/make-up routine. Mornings I just wash my face with a clean face cloth. If my face is dry I add a (tiny) bit of coconut oil. I'm kind of scared doing that in the morning, because if I do too much it's a bit shiny and my hair could get in it. I sometimes use Physician's Formula loose powder, about 2-3 times a week. I've noticed that applying it with my finger really helps for blemishes, then I dust all over lightly. I don't like it to look like I'm wearing any make-up, so I use as little as I can get away with! Then I run my finger over my eye-brows to take away any powder that got on them. I'd like to try some blush, maybe that will be my next purchase! I am just about always wearing lib balm of some sort. I'm loving the EOS brand, especially because it's natural. I also have two different tinted lip balms from Epically Epic Soap Company (on Etsy) that are awesome! The colors are beautiful, with just the right amount of shimmer. I wear those to chapel and special occasions, the EOS balms everyday. I also have a liquid concealer that I use if I have any major blemishes. I use it very rarely, and I have mascara Physician's Formula Organics that I use maybe once a month. Like I said, I've just started using any make-up on my face, so I'm still learning and getting comfortable with it! At night I wash my face, especially if I had any make-up on. Then I put on coconut oil (I also have apricot kernel oil, but I like the coconut better). About once a week I do a scrub, either St. Ives Apricot Scrub or a home-made one. I like lemon juice and sugar the best! I have a lip scrub from Beauty Control that I use once in a while as well, but my home-made one is better. 🙂 Ok, that's about it!

    Thank you so much for this video, Olivia. And for asking us all to reply, so fun to read everyone's stories! Lots of ideas. 🙂

  46. I don't wear, make up, at ALL, and now I think I'll probably have to wear a little for my wedding. What could I use so I don't look like a stranger to everyone who knows me? I want to look like I'm not wearing any, even if I have to wear some. I don't want to use make up at any time, because I believe God made us pretty, just the way he wanted us. (Even if you think you're not pretty, you are beautiful to him, and those who see your inner beauty!! 🙂 I think as women get older, if they're using make up they start to depend on it too much, terrified of leaving the house without it, in case anyone sees their wrinkles, and aging face. Make up looks too fake the older you get, and natural, completely natural, is beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!!!

    1. I had a friend who ran into this problem with her wedding. 🙂 You might try wearing brown mascara instead of black, and just simple foundation/concealer. A really subtle smokey eye also can be beautiful but not too powerful. One thing to keep in mind is that make-up doesn't look as dark in photos, so on special occasions like weddings I usually ere just slightly on the darker side so that I'm happy with the pictures. But, at the same time you don't want to look ridiculous to your friends and family, like you said. I would just experiment and see what your family likes. 🙂 Blessings!

    2. I've done hair and makeup for a several friends for their weddings and a couple of them never wear it otherwise so helping them find a very natural look was essential to making them feel comfortable and beautiful. What we did was try to find colors close to their skin tones with just a bit of sparkle or shimmer (depending on what they preferred) so I'd suggest finding a light pinkish, peachy or taupe colored eyeshadow, and blush that wont stand out, but just gives a healthy glow. You can get translucent powder to cut down on shine on your face if you want to, and then a mascara that is close to your natural lash color. This gives a very natural look, but helps to get a little bit of fancy for your special day. Don't be afraid to experiment a little. And if you have a friend who you think does a tasteful job with their makeup, maybe tell them how you feel and ask for their help (it can be more fun with friends! 🙂 But when it comes down to it, if you really don't want to wear makeup, don't! It's your wedding, do what you (and your future husband) like best! Blessings on your wedding day and in your marriage!

  47. My response to your reader question is simple: Wear what you are comfortable with! I didn't wear any makeup until I was 18, because I had no interest in it. Once I got to college I wore eyeliner on occasion but not very often. It wasn't until I was 20 years old that I started wearing daily eyeliner to work and now I wear more at 24 but that's because I genuinely like wearing it.

    As for looking young…some people think I'm in high school still, even though I do wear makeup!

  48. I'm 25, have worn make up for 10 years. Every year I wear less. Most days I wear nothing, otherwise it's just mascara and liner. Only at weddings and get togetherness do I wear actual eye shadow and some powder. The "cake face" look is so off putting I make sure to be minimal.

  49. I used to wear makeup when I was a teenager quite a bit–for a similar "I'm tired of looking too young" reason as the sweet 19-year-old above. Now that I'm 31? I don't bother. I'm starting to realize looking young and having healthy skin is really a great thing. 🙂 Part of it has to do with how I don't enjoy spending a lot of time in front of the mirror, part of it is I'm working hard to get out of grad-school debt and every penny goes toward that, and part of it is that I've learned my skin looks and feels better the less I put on it. On top of that, my husband thinks I look better without it. 🙂

    I don't think any of us should use makeup to keep up with what we think other people expect. I'm all for doing what feels most comfortable to ourselves, so that our makeup choices are made based on what makes us feel confident. If that means wearing some, great. If that means thinking of creative ways to say we're not in high school any more, great. Most people envy skin that still looks 14 when it's 19, or even 25, so enjoy it!

  50. Olivia, The mascara looks good. It's not at all pretentious. At the same time, I've thought you looked beautiful without makeup, too. Now I don't know if my comment counts because I'm 61, but I just want to say that you do not look 14….ever! Personally, I would love to look 14 : )), but I can understand what you're feeling when people say that to you. There's got to be a way to put those comments through a filter that makes them less important. I know you've heard this before, but it really is true. A person's face is not a veneer, but really does reflect the personality behind it. And your face reflects a lively, loving, exuberant and fun person who is mature and caring. There's a big difference in understanding between 14 and 19, and your face definitely shows the difference on the 19 end. So thankful for your blog.

  51. Basically I have no make up routine because I don't wear make-up. It's not that I think that make-up is a sin, it's that I'm only thirteen and my dad doesn't think that make-up is necessary until I'm a little old. But I do think that enhancing the beauty of your countenance is great!

  52. So fun! You have lovely eyes, Olivia. 🙂

    Since you asked, I'll share my own makeup routine here: I pluck my eyebrows first, same as you. I then apply Cowgirl Dirt brand concealer where needed. Next, I apply a homemade powder all over my face… this gives slight coverage and also helped with absorbing oil throughout the day. It is made out of cornstarch, organic cinnamon, and cocoa powder. Next, I apply a Maybelline brand, coral-colored blush. Both the powder and the blush I apply using a Bare Minerals brush that used to be my mom's {yay for hand-me-downs!}. Next, I apply Cowgirl Dirt eyeliner in Mudpie to my top and bottom lids. Then, I apply Cowgirl Dirt brown mascara to my upper and lower lashes. I also apply Burt's Bees lip balm throughout the day as needed.

    As to hair, I use Yes To Carrots shampoo and conditioner, Tres Semme hairspray, and sometimes a basic hair gel.

    Hope you enjoyed my sharing this! Haha 🙂

  53. The mascara does really enhance your eyebrows, and I love how the natural make-up does such a good job covering zits! But you are so beautiful even without you make-up!

  54. Loved the video!! May I ask why you stopped using baking soda and vinegar on your hair? I have been using it and wasn't sure if maybe you stopped because your hair wasn't doing well or something.

    Oh and on a completely different subject, does your sister like sleeping in a hammock? I thought that was cool and wondered if she found it comfortable. 🙂

    Oh and one other thing, a "growing up" series would be super helpful!!! I am 13 so just starting to think about these things.

    Anna 🙂

    1. Hey Anna!
      This is Olivia's sister, Emma, the hammock-sleeping-girl. I LOVE my hammock. I've been sleeping in it almost every night for the last 3 months. 😀 It took a bit of getting used to and it was helpful that I was already okay sleeping on my back. It's really reduced the amount of neck pain I have, and is super snuggly to drift off to sleep in. 🙂

      Thanks for reading Liv's blog- she is so blessed by every one of her readers. 🙂

      Have a fabulous day!

    2. Hey Emma!!
      Thanks for responding!!! I was so pleasantly surprised!!! It made my day. 🙂
      May I ask what type of hammock you use? I am thinking about getting one (right now cause I will be sleeping outside for a week, then if I like it sleeping in it regularly).

      -Anna 😀

  55. Hi Olivia,
    Thanks for the great post/video as usual! I don't usually leave comments on blogs but I thought I would let you know that I have found coconut oil as a great eye makeup remover, it is all natural and good for your skin, plus pretty cheap and if you are like our family you most likely have it on hand all the time.:) So I usually use the coconut oil on a cotton ball and wipe both my eyes and then wash my face with Proactive. Also thanks for the great hairspray suggestion!
    Thank you for the great work you are doing, you are such an inspiration to me as I am hoping to start a modest fashion blog as well soon sometime next year.



  56. (Is this the second time I'm posting this? I didn't see it come up so I got confused. If it is, I apologize!)
    To the girl who was wondering about mascara, I, too, am 19 and I very often don't wear any makeup at all, but when I do I often just wear mascara. So don't feel alone and definitely don't feel like a 12 year old! God thinks you are beautiful just the way you are!

  57. I've been reading your blog for a while and really enjoy it! I just wanted to put in my two cents incase if there was anyone else that struggled with their self image. I've stopped wearing makeup all together because when I did wear it I felt so ugly without it. The longer I've gone without it- the less I have worried about how I look and the more I have come to like how I look. What really helped me stop was when I was with a friend who was getting ready to see a boy she had interest in. He was going to be leaving town for a while. I asked why she felt the need to put on makeup just to see him. She said that she didn't want the last image he saw of her to be without makeup- she wanted him to remember her as pretty. I tried telling her how pretty she was even when she didn't wear it and she just could not believe that. She felt she absolutely needed it. I do not want to feel like that! And I do not want other women to feel like that!
    What has been an encouragement has been my significant other- I've had a few times lately that I've struggled with thinking I'm not attractive and as a result wanting to wear makeup to cover up. He thinks I look way better without makeup and has encouraged me to not cover up my face.
    I also saw someone comment about not wearing makeup but feeling like they will need to wear it at their wedding- when I first stopped I imagined I would "have" to wear it at my wedding and other big events. But why? (My significant other also asked me why it would be necessary). Why does an event necessitate that I cover up my face? I'm not against women wearing makeup- but I do want to encourage others to really understand why they are wearing it! You are beautiful without it. Wearing makeup destroys my self image and I don't want to hide behind it. I hope if it does that for you, that you will be able to come to the understanding that you are beautiful even with an all natural face. God bless!

  58. You are so pretty Olivia! With or without makeup.
    I don't wear makeup (14 years old) but I have nothing against it at all. I could probably use some, just feel like I should put it off as long as I can. When I do finally break down and use some, I hope to go for the natural stuff.
    As for "C", people have been asking if I was in high school since I was twelve, and I still sometimes get offered the children's menu at restaurants. People just aren't very good at guessing. Wear whatever you're comfortable with!

  59. My makeup routine focuses mainly on the eyes, I rarely do more unless it is for church or a special occasion. Most of the week I go makeup free aside from mascara. A healthy diet and even exercise can do wonders for your complexion that makeup can never do! God gives each and every one of us our own natural beauty, and this is much more beautiful than any manmade product. 😉

  60. Thanks, Olivia! I know you're busy trying to get this new skirt out there! Maybe I can get a shirt before the free shipping ends 🙂
    Lydia (the girl who asked about the plum T-shirt sizes!)

  61. The Tresame heat protectant is wonderful! I find that it doesn't leave as much residue as the Got2Be one does. Also Olivia, I know that you've said before that most of your friends dress modestly like you, however have you ever found yourself in an environment that is unreceptive? How do you handle being "the odd man out" when it comes to dressing?

  62. Another Mom here – the one thing that I have seen missing is the use of sunscreen. You need to start young and wear it it daily. Some makeup have it in it which is good but don't forget that any skin that shows is place for sunscreen. You will appreciate the good, cancer free skin when you get to this Mom's age.

  63. Hi Olivia, here's my two cents worth.

    I usually don't wear makeup on a daily basis as due to the nature of my work it doesn't last and it's too hot for the summer. But when I do, I like to keep it minimal due to the fact that I live in the tropics. I start with a primer, at the moment it's a Napoleon Perdis primer that I found on sale, then Designer Brands natural ground mineral foundation which works well for my fair skin and isn't too heavy for the summer. Then I'll either use my Designer Brands Kohl eyeliner pencil or use a darker eyeshadow shade and mascara which is a Maybelline New York colossal volume express and finish it up with a spray of make up finishing spritz by Australis. I usually wear Lucus pawpaw ointment on my lips. Depending on the occasion, I will also use a touch of concealer, a touch of blusher (Designer Brands natural ground minerals blush), a bit of eyeshadow (normally natural or slightly shimmery shades), and either a Designer Brands lipgloss or a Revlon lipstick but that is about it. If I really can't be bothered, I use a BB cream that helps double as a sunscreen.

    I like to keep my makeup light, as in our hot, humid, north Australian summer too much makeup feels like i'm being smothered.


  64. Make-up is a very personal thing. Cruising towards 40, I wear only mascara, eyeshadow, a light dusting of powder foundation and some lip gloss. I'll add eyeliner and lipstick for fancy occasions or for our yearly family portraits. I am often mistaken for someone half my age, and I think it's because of treating my skin gently. I don't like seeing young women with black-rimmed eyes and dark lipstick, it's just not flattering and so unnecessary. And all that pulling and tugging at your eyes is going to cause wrinkles down the line. Treat your skin gently, wear what you like, be thankful for every "Are you 12?" comment because in a few years you'll find that very flattering. If you feel the need to look more mature, don't tart it up with makeup, change your hairstyle and fashion.

  65. If I wear makeup, people still think that I look 12. I'm 23… It may be more of how a person dresses then if they wear makeup. Makeup should be something that's fun. If it's not fun for you to put on and wear then don't. And if you want to go light or heavy go for it. Just remember that makeup doesn't make you beautiful. Be comfortable with yourself with and without makeup.

  66. Have you looked into Simple face wipes/products? You can find them in Walgreens, Target, Walmart, etc. They're formulated for sensitive skin, unscented, super gentle – they're fantastic. I always get mine at Walgreens because they're often on a buy one get one half off sale, and the girls at the beauty counter have coupons usually.

  67. Hi! Love your video!
    I'm the type of girl that doesn't wear makeup unless she's going somewhere. SInce I'm homeschooled, my face sees makeup only for church services and when I'm going somewhere with friends or family. I've discovered liquid foundation and it's amazing with my oily, pimple filled skin! I also got some great eyeshadow from Rue21 (only thing I've bought there the employees creep me out). As far as face wash stuff goes I just use whatever my dermatologist prescribed. I have really severe acne and the washes at Target don't help.
    I'm so glad I found your blog Olivia! It's really made me think about how I dress. I've always dressed modestly but your tips have really helped me. I've had to completely re do my wardrobe cause my teenage body changed (again!) and your insight has helped me to evaluate what actually is modest and what isn't.
    Keep up the great job!

  68. I love your blog! I'm big on using natural beauty techniques, and I used to use makeup wipes to remove all of my makeup. However, the chemicals started damaging my eyes to the point where I decided I needed to find another way to remove eye makeup. So now I use coconut oil. I just wet my face and pat it so that it's not dripping wet but still damp, and then I get some coconut oil on my fingers and rub it around on my eyes until I feel my mascara lift off. Then I use a damp cotton pad to wipe it off. I also do this for the rest of my face to remove foundation and concealer, and follow it with an organic facial cleanser to remove oil that can lead to pimples.

  69. Hey Olivia! Great video! I read the girls comment underneath your video about should she wear more makeup or not and I laughed…I'm 24 and have been wondering the same thing 🙂 my makeup routine generally consists of black eyeliner on the top and bottom of my eye…if I feel like I need to dress up, then the mascara goes on and if I really need to look nice (or just feel like and have the time) I'll use some concealer under my eyes, some foundation, blush and lipstick….however, I really feel like I need to put more effort into my makeup on a more regular basis and thought your video was great! 🙂
    I use all Ecco Bella products…yes they are kind of pricey, but since I have very sensitive skin and since I don't put makeup on that often it was worth the splurge!! I love their makeup. However, I have also found that mixing burts bees lipbalm and lip tint/shimmer have worked fantastic and I love the look it gives!!
    Thanks for the writing!! I'm really enjoying all your posts!!

  70. Cool! I always get up and sometimes use my hair straightener to straighten some kinks out but I try to leave it as natural looking as possible (i.e not SO straight that you can easily tell it's not natural) Then I usually put on mascara and some cover up but I don't really have a problem with acne. I don't usually wear blush since my cheeks always have this pinkish colour (since I blush a lot LOL). And then I either do a pony tail, or a fishtail braid, or just leaving my hair down, or try something interesting! Thanks for sharing!

  71. hey Olivia,

    what do you use as moisturizer and regular face wash. I was using Nutragena but its such a pain and takes 20 min just to wash my face. I was thinking about trying the Burts bees wipes but don't know if that will be enough to cleanse make up , chemicals AND ,dirt?

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