My Skin Care Routine for Clear, Radiant Skin (Plus Makeup!)

My Skin Care Routine for Clear, Radiant Skin (Plus Makeup!)

My skin care rou­tine changes often due to all the love­ly skin care prod­ucts I am sent for review, and while so many of them are beau­ti­ful­ly for­mu­lat­ed, they are bet­ter suit­ed to oth­er skin types or con­cerns. Thus I am fierce­ly loy­al to the rare gems that come across my desk, and they are the prod­ucts that are most effec­tive for me and that I come back to con­sis­tent­ly.

Over the years and with much tri­al and error, I have put togeth­er a skin care rou­tine that suits my skin per­fect­ly. It has given me clear and radi­ant skin, even while I was on long-haul flights and eat­ing food that my body hasn’t expe­ri­enced in years (choco­late-inject­ed crois­sant, any­one?). Sure I get the occa­sion­al pim­ple, but the over­all qual­i­ty of my skin is due in part to this sim­ple and stel­lar rou­tine.

HOW TO GET GREAT RESULTS: Remem­ber that what works for my skin may not work for yours. Exper­i­ment, but give prod­ucts a solid chance to work. It can take about 2–4 weeks for the skin to become accli­mat­ed to a new skin care pro­duct. Light­en­ing or cor­rect­ing skin care treat­ments require about 12 weeks to prop­er­ly eval­u­ate the results. Check out my new skin care guides for pro­duct sug­ges­tions for each skin type and skin con­cern. If you don’t spot your skin type or con­cern, leave a com­ment on this post so I can add it.

Most of the links below will take you to my new curat­ed col­lec­tion shop, Epic Beau­ty Bar. I was get­ting a ton of requests to provide a shop where all my favorite prod­ucts were in one place, so it was easy for every­one to see the details and buy them from any­where in the world. And that is exact­ly what I did. 🙂 I hope you enjoy! I wel­come your feed­back in mak­ing Epic Beau­ty Bar per­fect for your needs.
I have been get­ting a lot of super sweet emails about this post relat­ing to the main pic­ture. Yes, that’s me with­out make­up or edit­ing, after my evening skin care rou­tine. Voila!


PRODUCT: EWS Fil­tered Water + One Love Organ­ics New Best Friend Skin Sham­my
HOW I USE IT: I wet part of the sham­my with fil­tered water (super impor­tant that it’s fil­tered – chlo­rine and chem­i­cals in tap  water dry out and sen­si­tize your skin) and gen­tly wipe over face, neck, back, and chest. Then I use the dry part to go over my skin again. The shammy’s mate­ri­al attracts both water and oil, so it refresh­es my skin nice­ly.

PRODUCT: MUN Aknari No. 1
HOW I USE IT: I love MUN. This super light, sim­ple, fresh rose treat reg­u­lates oil pro­duc­tion like a dream. My skin doesn’t like very many oils, but MUN keeps my skin bal­anced and nev­er clogs my pores. Plus it absorbs beau­ti­ful­ly and works amaz­ing­ly well under my W3LL Peo­ple Nar­cis­sist con­ceal­er stick (see below). I dis­pense just 1 or 2 drops on my index fin­ger, spread the oil across my fin­ger­tips, then dab my fin­ger­tips all over my face. This spreads the oil even­ly and light­ly, and makes for a grease-free fin­ish. I apply to my entire face, under the eyes, neck, and chest.

PRODUCT: La Bel­la Fig­u­ra Decou­verte Under Eye Repair Serum
HOW I USE IT: Amaz­ing. This dimin­ish­es under eye cir­cles instant­ly, bright­ens the whole eye area, absorbs beau­ti­ful­ly, and pro­vides a fan­tas­tic base for con­ceal­er under the eyes.


I am not a huge fan of putting make­up on every day, but when I want to look extra pol­ished or when I have an evening out, this is my easy rou­tine.

PRODUCT: Vapour Stra­tus Instant Skin Per­fec­tor
HOW I USE IT: If I have a spe­cial occa­sion, this beau­ty acts as an amaz­ing, mois­tur­iz­ing, skin-per­fect­ing potion when used all by itself. Mas­sage it on like mois­tur­iz­er and lord-have-mer­cy you’ll look like one of those ethe­re­al, lit-from-with­in immor­tal elves (minus the pointy ears). If I choose to wear this for a night out, I like to wear it by itself (for those of you who like to wear foun­da­tion, know that it’s also meant to be used as a primer). It comes in stick and liq­uid form, and each are suit­ed prop­er­ly for dif­fer­ent skin types and pref­er­ences.

PRODUCT: W3LL Peo­ple Nar­cis­sist Con­ceal­er Stick
HOW I USE IT: I love this con­ceal­er. It is designed to be used as an all-over foun­da­tion as well, but I don’t wear foun­da­tion, so I just like to apply it under my eyes (I use shades No. 0 and No. 1) or on any spots that need some cov­er­age. Even though it’s make­up, it’s also skin care. The ingre­di­ents are impec­ca­ble, the tex­ture is creamy and blend­able, and such a treat for the skin. (If your skin is very dry or mature, try Vapour Foun­da­tion.)

PRODUCT: W3LL Peo­ple Hyp­no­tist Eye­lin­er
HOW I USE IT: I love this for tightlin­ing my upper lid and lin­ing my upper lash­line for extra def­i­n­i­tion. The col­or pay­off is gor­geous, it melts eas­i­ly onto the skin, and doesn’t smudge, flake off, or move any­where until you choose to wash it off.

PRODUCT: W3LL Peo­ple Uni­ver­sal­ist Mul­ti-Use Col­or­stick
HOW I USE IT: When I feel like mak­ing an extra effort, Uni­ver­sal­ist No. 2 is a stel­lar high­lighter for the cheek­bones, cupid’s bow, and down the cen­ter of the nose. Bet­ter yet, it doesn’t break me out like oth­er high­lighters. I then like to put No. 8 high on my cheek­bones and blend­ed back toward my hair­line, which I have found is the per­fect place for blush for me, and leaves behind a super nat­u­ral, healthy flush. The col­ors are very easy to blend and per­fect­ly build­able. They don’t go on crazy dark, but they also give an awe­some col­or pay-off with the very first swipe.

PRODUCT: Eliz­a­beth Dehn for One Love Organ­ics Vit­a­m­in D Mois­ture Mist
HOW I USE IT: I use this through­out the day. It’s essen­tial for me when I’m trav­el­ing or just need a lit­tle extra mois­ture in the win­ter or in very dry cli­mates. This mist is so per­fect – it smells good, it locks in mois­ture, and it calms red­ness and irri­ta­tion in a flash.


PRODUCT: Eliz­a­beth Dehn for One Love Organ­ics Vit­a­m­in B Cleans­ing Oil
HOW I USE IT: I put two pumps into the palm of my hand and mas­sage this into my face and neck, then rin­se off with warm fil­tered water. It gen­tly and thor­ough­ly removes make­up and sebum, and smells like trop­i­cal par­adise! It is also slight­ly exfo­li­at­ing due to the enzymes, which is fan­tas­tic for sen­si­tive skin that has trou­ble with scrubs.

PRODUCT: Kahi­na Facial Cleanser
HOW I USE IT: Since I like to dou­ble cleanse most nights, I use this giant bot­tle of Kahina’s lotion-like cleanser right after rins­ing away the cleans­ing oil. This cleanser is amaz­ing­ly calm­ing and hydrat­ing, and tru­ly is per­fect for all skin types. It can be used alone, with a Clar­ison­ic, or as the sec­ond step in dou­ble cleans­ing. You choose. 😉

PRODUCT: Skin Apotheke Ubtan Radi­ance Scrub and May Lind­strom Skin The Clean Dirt
HOW I USE IT: I keep the­se two beau­ties in my arse­nal because, after the dozens of scrubs I’ve used, the­se are the ones my skin cov­ets. They both have seri­ous­ly potent, anti-inflam­ma­to­ry, heal­ing action. I apply my scrub to my fresh­ly washed, damp skin almost every night (some­times I use my Clar­ison­ic Mia 2 instead, depends on what I feel like using). Then I wet my fin­ger­tips and gen­tly scrub the paste onto my face and chest. I let it sit on my face and neck for 2–3 min­utes to let the ingre­di­ents real­ly work their mag­ic, then rin­se with warm fil­tered water. If you are prone to lit­tle bumps (“sub­clin­i­cal acne”) or black­heads, the­se scrubs (and MLS Prob­lem Solver, see below under “Spe­cial Treat­ments”) work mir­a­cles.

PRODUCT: La Bel­la Fig­u­ra Mod­ern Radi­ance Con­cen­trate
HOW I USE IT: I love this serum for its incred­i­ble, vis­i­ble results. This is hands-down the best vit­a­m­in C serum I have ever used. It is light­weight, absorbs quick­ly, bright­ens the skin in just one appli­ca­tion, and evens out the skin tone incred­i­bly fast. (Note: for those who want a facial oil/moisturizer and vit­a­m­in C in one shot, try Eliz­a­beth Dehn Vit­a­m­in C Serum.) I wake up to bright, even, glow­ing skin with­out a sin­gle fine line. And just as impor­tant­ly, it doesn’t clog my pores (yay!).

PRODUCT: La Bel­la Fig­u­ra Bar­bary Fig Seed Oil
HOW I USE IT: After I let Mod­ern Radi­ance sink in for 2–3 min­utes, I apply one pump of fig seed oil to my entire face and neck. For me, it works incred­i­bly well at mois­tur­iz­ing AND pre­vent­ing black­heads. I don’t par­tic­u­lar­ly like the smell, but it goes away when it absorbs (which is super fast) and leaves behind the most beau­ti­ful dewy skin…yum.


PRODUCT: Wed­der­spoon Manuka Hon­ey
HOW I USE IT: I love to use this gor­geous, super heal­ing hon­ey when­ev­er my skin needs an extra boost of mois­ture. I like to mix it with The Prob­lem Solver some­times, for extra pim­ple pre­ven­tion, since Manuka is anti-bac­te­ri­al and helps to keep your skin bar­ri­er func­tion healthy, which is impor­tant for pre­vent­ing break­outs (healthy skin bar­ri­er = healthy, bal­anced skin). Late­ly I’ve also been using La Bel­la Figura’s Bio Active Heal­ing Mask for the same rea­sons, since its base is Manuka hon­ey, and I’m lov­ing that too! I use both the same way – leave on 15 min­utes, rin­se with warm water, and enjoy the results (skin smoother than any baby’s butt).

PRODUCT: May Lind­strom Skin The Prob­lem Solver
HOW I USE IT: I use this jet black mask once or twice per week at night, depend­ing on how my skin feels and where I am hor­mon­al­ly. I mix about 1 Tbsp. with a bit of fil­tered water to make a love­ly mousse, and use May’s Treat­ment Duo to apply the mask to my face, neck, and chest. It tin­gles and warms the skin, leav­ing a beau­ti­ful glow. It pre­vents blem­ish­es (even PMS ones), elim­i­nates exist­ing blem­ish­es, and brings out healthy cir­cu­la­tion. In love.


PRODUCT: Soap­wal­la Acti­vat­ed Char­coal Soap Bar
HOW I USE IT: This was an unex­pect­ed trea­sure when I dis­cov­ered this a few months ago, and now I stock­pile this bar so I am nev­er at risk of run­ning out. I was nev­er a fan of bar soaps for cleans­ing, but this has changed my opin­ion entire­ly. It is gen­tle but thor­ough, and does an amaz­ing job at pre­vent­ing blem­ish­es (and razor bumps from shav­ing) and hydrat­ing the skin. By far my favorite body wash.

PRODUCT: Der­ma­suri Deep Exfo­li­at­ing Mitt
HOW I USE IT: This is pre­cise­ly 53 times bet­ter than any ran­dom rough nylon glove thing from the drug­store or any of those dan­g­ly loofahs (which, by the way, har­bor bac­te­ria way too well). I use this may­be once or twice per week and it gives me the soft­est, smoothest skin known to mankind. Just fol­low the direc­tions on the box and you will get the most sat­is­fy­ing skin slough­ing expe­ri­ence of your life.

What does your skin care rou­tine look like? Share your per­son­al rou­tine with me in the com­ments. 😉
~Steph  x

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