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My Everyday “Clean Girl” Makeup Essentials: A Peek Into My Makeup Bag 

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at UCLA chapter.

When the term “clean girl” started trending, I finally had the term to describe how I’ve been doing my makeup for years. For my everyday makeup routine, I lean towards sheerer formulas and glowy finishes. It’s not quite “no-makeup makeup,” but it’s definitely not full-glam. Here’s a look into my makeup bag with the products I use to achieve this simple look.

Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen

Pretty please wear sunscreen everyday (even when it’s cloudy or you’re spending the day inside). Gone are the days of sticky white sunscreen. This one from Supergoop is light and sheer, leaving no tacky finish. I used to think the SPF in my foundation was sufficient sun protection, until someone pointed out that foundation likely doesn’t cover the entire face evenly. Apply generously to your face (and neck) beforehand, and you’ll be good to go. 

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Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Moistrizer

I started using this when one of the 2010s makeup YouTubers recommended it, and I haven’t looked back since. I find it to be the perfect amount of coverage, evening out my skin while still looking natural. It’s also super easy to blend. 

Kosas Revealer Concealer

This is a new find for me, thanks to Tik Tok. While I like my overall base to be sheer, I prefer a fuller coverage concealer to target spots. This one lives up to the hype, with its buttery blendable formula, full coverage and skin-like finish. Just be sure to set with powder afterwards (I’m not picky about which one I use). 

Rare Beauty Soft Pinch Liquid Cream Blush

I was scared of cream blush before using this, but the product has demystified cream blushes for me. When blended with a damp makeup sponge, it melts into the skin and looks so seamless. While I still use powder blush from time to time, cream blushes like this one have a much more dewy finish (which I’m into). I use the color “bliss” in my daily routine. 

Glossier Boy Brow

I’ve professed my love for Glossier in a previous article, and now it’s carried at Sephora! Described on the website as a “creamy wax,” boy brow takes the guesswork out of doing my brows. With products like pencils or pomades, there’s always the concern of going overboard. A quick swipe of boy brow lightly fills in and tints my brows in seconds. 

Makeup By Mario Master Mattes Eyeshadow Palette

This palette has twelve matte neutral shades and gives a good range for all skin tones. I use the color in the top right corner so much, I’m a little worried I’ll use it up before the rest of the palette. With such a wide range, this palette can also be used for those moments when you want something a little darker or more intense. 

Charlotte Tilbury PillowTalk Lipstick

This is a popular color and for good reason. I’d call this shade a soft rosy pink, perfect for everyday wear. I love the color so much, I also have the matching lip gloss and balm. I will say, this formula is a little dry, but it’s nothing a layer of Aquaphor beforehand can’t fix. 


Of course, things change from day to day. Sometimes eye glitter or eyeliner are my favorite additions to bump up my look. Regardless of any variations, I like to still keep things simple, and these products are my ride or die go-tos.  

Lily is a third year Political Science major at UCLA from Sarasota, FL. In her free time, she loves binge-watching sitcoms, listening to music, and finding new coffee shops.