You recycle. You eat organic. You shop eco-friendly whenever possible. So why not have a beauty routine that matches your lifestyle? We’re big believers in low-maintenance beauty. We like to look nice and try out new products, but we rarely go for the piled on look, because it just doesn’t feel natural. Plus, complicated beauty routines can be time-consuming—not to mention expensive.
If your style is low-maintenance, that doesn’t mean you have to forego makeup and skincare altogether. Y ou can still enhance your best features without piling on the products. Here are some of our favorite two-step beauty routines that will not only leave you looking fab, but feeling fab too.
Oil-based Cleanser + Foaming Cleanser
The dual-cleansing method is a popular one. We’re often told not to scrub our faces too hard, as to avoid irritation. But with gentle products, this combination is a winner. First, massage an oil-based cleanser like Burt’s Bees Cleansing Oil onto your face to purify skin and remove makeup. Then, use the foaming cleanser for good measure.
Toner + Serum
This routine is all about layering. A good toner balances your skin’s pH, shrinks pores, and helps reduce excess oil. From there, your skin is prepped and ready for serum. Choose whichever one your beauty needs call for—oily skin, brightening, anti-aging—and layer it on after your skin has absorbed the toner, about 30-60 seconds.
Burt’s Bees BB Cream + Blush
We’ll let you in on a little secret: This beauty routine packs some serious punch. Burt’s Bees BB Cream offers 9 product benefits in one easy step—yes, you read that correctly. So even though you’re only applying one cream product, you’re getting 9 benefits out of it, including moisturizing, smoothing, illuminating, and protecting with SPF. The blush is just the cherry on top of flawless coverage.
Mascara + Lip Stain
Makeup doesn’t get more low-maintenance than a few swipes of mascara and a one-time lip application. And yet, those two steps will still give the appearance that you spent time getting ready, because your eyes will pop and your lips will pout. Faking glam in under 60 seconds? Yes, please.
Sunscreen + Water
For the days when you’re feeling particularly low-maintenance and don’t want to use any products, all you need is SPF. If you wear sunscreen and drink plenty of water, your skin will shine.