Minimalist Makeup Routine

This minimalist makeup routine will share all you need to know when it comes to becoming a minimalist with your makeup.  We’ve heard the word minimalist thrown around a lot when it comes to our wardrobe, and house but what about makeup?  I think it’s high time we visit what minimalism looks like and create a  minimalist makeup routine.  Think of this as your complete guide to creating your minimalist makeup routine- with clean beauty products of course!

*If you’re new to clean beauty, check out a couple posts below that can help eliminate confusion and get your products swapped out super quick!  


What is minimalism anyways?

A style or technique (as in music, literature, or design) that is characterized by extreme spareness and simplicity. (Webster)

When I read the definition I instantly grabbed a hold of the word simplicity.  I love what simplicity embodies.  Keeping things basic, to the point and including the important things but not the extra.  That’s what simplicity is to me.

Minimalism at it’s core is all about being intentional with the products you use.  Knowing why you use it, why you love it- it represents who you are.  I love being intentional in every area of my life, so why would makeup be any different.

Which brings me to what is most important in my makeup routine?  What is essential, what don’t I need.  It’s easy to think we need all the makeup and lose sight of what is essential.

Just like de-cluttering our wardrobe or homes, de-cluttering our makeup can feel just as good and freeing!  Saying goodbye to clutter anywhere often helps us better utilize our time and save money in the long run because we aren’t buying products that we’re not going to use.  We’ve defined what makeup products work for us in our minimalist makeup routine.

Let’s dive into my minimalist makeup routine and help you create one of your very own!

Here are some good questions to ask yourself when thinking about how to create a minimalist makeup routine for yourself.


Questions to ask yourself:

  • What do I actually use in my makeup bag?
  • What could I get rid of and not miss?
  • Is any makeup expired?
  • What are my favorite makeup products?
  • What products represent me the best?

These are great questions to ask when you’re figuring out what is important in your minimalist makeup routine, and what you can let go of. Often it’s easy to think you need all the makeup products but think about what you actually use and best represents you and keep those products.  There’s no sense in keeping makeup that doesn’t speak to you.  Maybe you got a product as a gift but it just never jived with you- let it go!  They actually have a variety of places where you can donate unused makeup and skincare to a variety of places.  Look up non-profits in your area.  I found this one that is in my state.

Once you figure out what products you like, define your makeup look.  Often it’s easy to keep the products you love but realize you don’t actually have a makeup look you love from those products.  Maybe you need to find a mascara that really hits it out of the park for you, or maybe you need to get a foundation that you really love.  Figure out what makeup products you need to create your minimalist makeup look and get them.

You can also have several minimalist makeup looks within your makeup bag.  Often people think that they can only have one- not the case.  You can definitely create more than one look from your products.  I do!  It’s nice having the option to wear a bold red lip for special occasions, or to have a liquid liner on hand when you’re feeling the cat eye!  There are no hard or fast rules when it comes to your minimalist makeup routine- you can make it whatever you want it to be. As long as you use the products and are intentional about the process, I say go for it.


Here is my minimalist makeup routine-

  1. Primer, serum or moisturizer.  These are so important for me to have in my makeup routine. I have dry skin and there’s nothing worst than putting on a foundation or concealer on dry skin.  No thank you!
  2. Base- This is either foundation, BB Cream, tinted moisturizer or concealer.  Helps to cancel out redness and even out my skin tone. Currently loving this foundation and this concealer.
  3. Blush- This is a great everyday product that I wear.
  4. Bronzer- There’s nothing that makes me look more fresh and glowing than a good bronzer.
  5. Eyebrows- Brows are like windows to a house, they frame your face!  I love how a good filled in brow can change your whole look.
  6. Eyeliner- Love a pencil liner for defining eyes without looking overdone.
  7. Mascara- Hands down the one makeup item that can change your entire look.
  8. Lips- A little gloss, a bold lip, or a subtle hint color, I love a good lip product.

*That is a good list of products you can use to create a minimalist makeup routine and have in your minimalist makeup bag.  Obviously you can add more or less depending on what your look consists of.

Here’s a sample of a minimalist makeup look below:

  1. Before Makeup or any products
  2. Apply a moisturizing serum, oil or lotion before applying foundation.  Love Tulip’s Dew Drops- gives your skin the hydration it craves and dewiness- LOVE!
  3. Applying foundation next.  Love Westman Atelier’s Foundation Stick.  Gives me a dewy glow, yet offers great coverage.  I wear the color III.
  4. Next add a bronzer.  This bronzer stick by Westman Atelier’s is a new find of mine and I’m loving it.  If you want a dewy glow this is a great bronzer.  If you want a powdered bronzer, check out Kosas Sun Show Bronzer.  Gives you a great glow too!
  5. Now it’s time for blush.  I love Beautycounter’s Cream Blusher in Caramel.  It’s subtle and dewy.  If you’re wanting a powder blush, check out Beautycounter’s pure pressed blushes– love the color nectar.
  6. Eyebrows are next.  Pulls together your whole look.  Love Ecobrow Defining Crayon.  It gives you natural brows and it’s easy to use. I wear the color Liz.
  7. Mascara time.  Mascara just makes every look!  My clean beauty fave is Honest Beauty Mascara.
  8. Time for lips.  I love Beautycounter’s lip gloss in Bare Shimmer.  The perfect amount of subtle gloss and hint of color.  For lipsticks love Kosas, for a moisturizing tinted balm lip product love Beautycounter’s Sheer Genius Lip Conditioner. Love the color Lily, Rose and Rosewood.
  9. Done!  Say hello to an easy minimalist look.


I hope this was helpful when deciding on what minimal makeup routine to create for yourself.  Being intentional with your products creates such ease, saves time and helps to save money too!

Do you have a minimalist makeup routine?

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Cheers, Suzi



Suzi is a wife, and mama who is passionate about sharing her natural lifestyle with those around her. She created Gurl Gone Green to show how our everyday decisions, from what we use on our face, home and the food we eat affect us more than we know. She loves holding space where people can weed through the marketing clutter to find truth, and ultimately make the best decision for their families.


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