The "No Brush" Makeup Routine

Remember when I said that life was more than a little crazy in this post and that sartorial creativity had given way to a uniform of sailor stripes, jeans and ballet flats? Well, my beauty routine has succumbed to the same spirit of laziness in the past few weeks.

My "wash makeup brushes once a week" regimen has slipped with work, the homebuying stuff, and other priorities competing for my attention. Not wanting to apply makeup with dirty brushes, I've settled for using makeup that requires no brushes at all. Clean hands and a freshly washed face seem like a better alternative than a soiled brush.

So far the "no brush" regime seems to be working. (The only one I use is the brow brush for a more groomed look.) By washing my face and hands before I do my makeup, and by sticking to products that are meant to be smudged or applied with fingers, I've avoided blemishes and the hassle of brush-washing. Bonus: this whole routine takes less than 5 minutes.

The products in the routine:

Would you ever go brush-free?

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  1. innovative idea! that's my holy grail eyelash curler ;) x

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  2. I can't give up my powder blush and bronzer. I love the powder texture. But I apply my foundation and concealer with my fingers as well -- both NARS.

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  3. i have the same nars concealer! it's awesome - and no brush required

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  4. Next year I am hiking the Camino de Santiago. When I told a friend I would be taking some makeup he laughed at me. So yes... I will be definitely brushless, and using very limited products. I just have to look good even if I am backpacking! :D

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    1. I'm not totally afraid of going barefaced...it's just that I tend to look really tired without ANY makeup.

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    2. Oh, and good for you for hiking that trail! Sounds like it'll be quite the adventure.

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  5. A no-brush makeup routine? You've just proved that it's possible! Good luck with managing all the busy times, and don't worry you'll make it through!

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    1. Aw thanks Elisse! Hope you're settling into your new place nicely.

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  6. sounds good, but I use a lot of eyeshadows, haha, the only make up I use are on my eyes most days, I guess I can use one of those victoria's secret eyeshadow sticks if I was to have a no brush routine

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    1. Eyeshadow sticks are handy too!

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  7. Great idea, Lisa! I get a little impatient with having to wash make up brushes so often too so the thought of going brush free is very, very appealing. I need to invest in a good stick blush and liquid eyeliner!

    Hope you're having a great week and the new home prep is going well. Let me know when you and Lawrence could use a break; we should go for dinner again!

    xo
    Jen

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    1. We're in the final week before we get the keys, but there's still so much last-minute stuff to take care of like getting insurance. Will let you know once we're free!

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