Here's my current 10-Step Daytime Routine:
I rotate between either a Dr. Hauschka Day Cream (Quince or Rose) or Suki's Balancing Day Lotion. The Hauschka Rose Day Cream is great in the winter because it's very thick, moisturizing, and not oily at all.
Concealer and I have become pretty tight over the last year. Even if there's a day where I'm not really wearing makeup, I still dab some under my eyes. I don't know if it's a getting older thing, but it really does make a big difference. My eyes go from dark and sunken in to a normal person immediately.
I don't apply a primer year-round, but during the winter months when my skin is paler and a little more blotchy, I apply a light primer so my makeup stays in place longer.
I'm still trying to find a foundation that doesn't make me look like I've caked on a pound of makeup (Laura Mercier's Tinter Moisturizer is on its way), but until I find that product, I'm sticking with Bare Minerals Powder Foundation. The powder provides enough coverage to fill in pores and cover up redness without making me look like I've spent my morning applying makeup.
Without a summer glow, blush is a must.
I feel like I was let in on a little beauty secret when I learned about filling in my eyebrows. Now I can't leave the house without a little brow touch up. I use ELF's brow kit and it's awesome. Especially since it was $3.
I apply a small bit of highlighter in the corner of my eyes to help give me the "awake" look in the morning before I've had my coffee.
I'm currently using the Naked 3 palette and I love it. It has a hefty price (I buy during 20% off sales), but I find that I'm much less likely to go shopping and pick up a 1 or 2 pot eyeshadow. It also lasts forever.
I don't apply much eyeliner, but enough on my top outside lash line so that my eyes look a little bigger.
Mascara is another must. If I'm in a super rush I stick to concealer, brow liner, and mascara.
It might seem like 10 steps is a lot for a daytime beauty routine, but I apply everything super quick. It takes approximately 7-8 minutes a morning for me to get through this process. I like to time myself.
Beauty gurus, what am I missing? Is there a crucial step I skip? Any new product you're loving?