This low-maintenance morning routine will keep you fresh all day

Jul 18, 2014 at 7:16 p.m. ET

My morning routine is pretty simple. I'm not a super-high-maintenance girl.

Mostly I just focus on my go-to beauty essentials so I can breeze out the door in 20 minutes or less. I'm pretty casual with my look, but that doesn't mean I don't have a set routine. I'm always such a fan of those "make-up bag dumps" that other bloggers do (I'm such a voyeur), so today I wanted to share one of my own.

Because I recently moved and changed climates completely, I had to revamp my entire morning ritual. Let's just say my skin was less than thrilled about the change in climate. It was a trial-and-error process, but I'm really pleased with the results now that I've solidified my routine.

Smash Box Photo Finish (Sephora.com, $36); Elizabeth & James Nirvana (Sephora.com, $75); Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer (Sephora.com, $43); Stainiac Hint of Tint (Amazon.com, $17); Nars Bronzing Powder (Sephora.com, $38); Paula's Choice Normalizing Pore Cleanser (Paulaschoice.com, $11); Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics (Dermstore.com, $38); Tarte Cheek Stain(Sephora.com, $30); Carefree Acti-Fresh Pantiliners (Carefreeliners.com, $3)

I start with a pore-normalizing cleanser from Paula's Choice, then once my skin is dry, I follow with a primer and tinted moisturizer.

After that, I add a touch of bronzer because I'm pale, and some cheek stain for a hint of color. I'm all about the natural look that stains give, so I also use a lip stain.

As for my skin, I smooth on vitamin C body oil. I only use a few drops, keeping my skin moisturized and fresh all day. Another great secret is using Carefree Acti-Fresh Pantiliners; they offer a fresh feeling all day long. Then, last, a spritz of my favorite perfume and I'm out the door. This simple beauty routine keeps me fresh and lovely throughout the day.

Photo credit: Derek Cooper Photography Inc./Moment/Getty images

Disclosure: This post is part of a collaboration with Carefree and SheKnows.

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