love + hate makeup

foggydress_lipstickFor years my mother tried to get me to wear lipstick….well mostly it was for pictures and such but when I was a teenager I was just so not into make-up AT ALL. I don’t know if it was the 90’s grunge or the 2000’s – er – what style was in the early 00’s? Or maybe I was too much of a tom-boy (3 brothers, no sisters). Anyway, clear lip gloss from Bath & Body Works was my go-to, only piece of make up I wore up until college. I also never: owned a blow dryer, hair curler, mascara or eye liner. WHAT! I think I had foundation that someone gave me in 7th grade, that I had until I was like 25 or something.

When I got to college, I was surrounded by girls who wore tons of makeup! Like, the whole works: foundation, concealer, eyeliner, mascara, blush, eyebrow pencils, and lip color. WOAH! I was like what is this stuff? Slowly I collected a blow dryer, a hair curler, and learned how to apply eyeliner, mascara and even lip stick. I’m still not fond of foundation because it feels so thick on my skin, so that goes on for really special occasions…like my wedding.

I  would sometimes read blogs about other girl’s makeup routines, but I couldn’t really find a minimalist who wore makeup like I wanted to: as little as possible. So it was hard to connect. Then when I was doing modeling a few years ago, I started asking the make-up artists about their favorite brands to use. And slowly, I stepped into the makeup world…

Anyway…what I’m trying to say is that I used to never ever wear makeup. And now I kinda like it. While my makeup routine keeps evolving, one thing never changes: I like basics. I like minimal makeup that enhances what I really look like.  So here are my top three makeup routines, for the minimalist girls out there:foggydress_lipstickI like to go makeup-less most of the time, but I always always apply a face moisturizer with SPF. I like all kinds of moisturizers, but my current favorite is Olay Complete.

foggydress_lipstickWhen I have to go into work, a church activity, or something casual  during the week, I like to add mascara (I love Lash Blast Volume) and blush (the one I use, some one gave me…don’t know the brand!). I also love C.O. Bigelow Rose Salve for my go-to lip moisturizer.


On the weekends, going out with friends, with my husband, or to church, I do like dressing up a bit. I LOVE Bobby Brown’s Long Wear Gel Eyeliner, but also love Sephora’s knock off version (it’s cheaper). I bounce between these Mac, Revlon, and Sephora brands/lipsticks colors, often layering them to get a different color.

Have you always worn makeup? Or were you like me and put it off until college/post college to get into it? I love me a little makeup, but I, by no means, am afraid to go out in public makeup-free. Hope this was useful for some of you!


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  1. Oh Hanalei. It’s because you are naturally pretty. The rest of us have to rely heavily on makeup and other tricks to distract from our subpar looks ^.^
    I can’t even go to the gym without something to cover up my panda eyes.
    And lash blast volume is my fav too~~

  2. No joke, I have been eyeing that rose salve for years, but have never bought it cause I always had other lip balms to use up. I am also very minimalist with makeup (could be cuz I only had brothers too…this is weird), and was first introduced to high end makeup when I was at BYU. I like to use some here and there, but really, I’m a true believer in natural beauty. Thanks for the post!

  3. I’ve never thought of myself as someone who wears makeup less than other people, but I don’t really wear makeup day to day – just for weekends and nights out! Makeup’s supposed to be fun, so it’s better to only wear it when you feel like it :) The red lipstick looks so good on you xx

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