Recently, I have been soooo interested in trying new products and creating new looks for myself. I don’t know what it is about makeup, but I may be a little bit obsessed with it – oops.
I’m forever seeing Beauty Gurus describe a certain foundation as their ‘new Holy Grail’, or saying ‘there is no need for false lashes when wearing this mascara’.
In this post I am going to show which products I use pretty much for my everyday routine, and which order I apply them in. All of these products are fab, and I recommend them to everyone – you won’t be disappointed!!
So, when I’ve finally forced myself out of bed (it takes so long), I have to make sure I’m wide awake before applying any makeup. If I don’t do this, I’ll have my eyes shut and we’ve all seen the blindfolded makeup challenges on YouTube = DISASTER. I’ll usually wake myself up by grabbing one of my makeup wipes from Boots and wiping my face.
These wipes are so refreshing, and they remove 99% of makeup without an issue. They are successful in waking me up too, as it would be way too blinking hard to still be asleep while feeling like a blanket of snow is on your face.
After my face has dried, I will apply my ‘Moisture + Nourish’ Moisturiser from Garnier.
I wouldn’t say this is a necessity for everyone, but I have extremely dry skin, and if I’m using a liquid foundation, my skin has to be as smooth as possible. This moisturiser does the trick though; when using this in my makeup routine my foundation glides on my face easily AND my face smells nice, so it’s a win-win really.
The primer comes next, and my favourite primer is Smashbox ‘Photo Finish’.
Not everyone would like the silicone-y texture, but I think it’s great at creating a barrier between your skin and your foundation.
Most people would now apply their foundation, but I have a trick that helps my makeup look freshly applied, for longer. I use my fave concealer ‘L’Oréal True Match’ in the shade 10 – Ivory, under my eyes, on my chin, down the sides of my nose and anywhere my blemishes are too noticeable. I think applying concealer UNDER the foundation has a better effect, as the application of the foundation will lock-in the concealer, making it harder to budge.
To be honest, when I first bought this concealer I wasn’t a hugeee fan, but only for the reason that I was used to using liquid based concealers rather than cream based. However, I’ve found that this concealer has the best coverage of any I have ever tried, and it is really easily blendable.
Now it’s finally time for the foundation. I use the Real Techniques ‘Expert Face Brush’ for applying.
This is definitely my favourite foundation brush; I am interested though in trying a Beauty Blender, so I will have to see how they compare.
Although I love this foundation, the only issue I have with it is that I have to really blend it in. My skin is quite pale, and although this is the lightest shade of foundation that MAC has, I still find my hairline turning quite orange at times.
This foundation has a perfect coverage, it is enough to cover blemishes and unevenness without being cakey – everything I look for in a good foundation!
Moving away from the skin makeup, I now do my brows. I have quite difficult brows to work with simply because…without any product on them, I don’t have any HAHA. Well I do have them, but the hairs are so light you can’t see them. This makes me commit a sin that every skin-care enthusiast would gasp at: I don’t wipe off my eyebrows on a night time, I simply just re-do them in the morning. I know, I know this is bad for your skin but it saves sooo much time, and saves me experiencing a wonky brow situation.
I first pencil them in softly using the Rimmel London brow pencil in 002 Hazel, and then I fluff them up with the No7 ‘Brow palette’. The brush included in this palette is phenomenal.
I prep my eyelids using Urban Decay’s ‘Primer Potion’, and then I start applying eye-shadow. I use a slight range of different eye-shadows here: starting with applying ‘Tease’ from the Naked 2 palette in the crease. I will then swap to the Naked 3 palette, and put the colour ‘Limit’ on my eyelids, followed by ‘Dust’ on top of ‘Limit’. I will use the brush that comes with the Naked 2 palette for this. Then I will use a MAC eyeshadow in ‘Blackberry’ (a purple colour) on the outer corner of my eyelids and blend out with my finger.
Finally, I will use my Ted Baker Pencil Brush to dot a bit of ‘Blackheart’ (Naked 2) in the very outer corner of my eye, to make the look more dramatic.
Following this, I will use the duo (brush and gel eyeliner) from Maybelline in 01 black to create a winged eyeliner look.
After completing my eye makeup, there is almost always product fall-out down my cheeks. I remove this with a makeup wipe, and use the same concealer as earlier to clean up the mess, and also put more on other areas of my face which need a bit more coverage. I blend this in with the same brush I used for my foundation.
Completely cliché love for this bronzer, but I use ‘Hoola’ by Benefit to contour my cheeks, jawline and forehead. This is the perfect contour shade…not orange but it doesn’t make your face look dirty.
I apply it on my cheekbones, down the bridge of my nose, on my brow bone and on the inner corners of my eyes.
Then I will use my MAC ‘Mineralize Skin-finish’ powder in the shade Light Plus to set everything into place and tidy up my contour.
Last but not least, I line my lips with the lip pencil ‘Boldly Bare’ by MAC. I stay within the natural line of my lips with this pencil, not because I don’t like the idea of over lining, but because it’s my own personal preference. Then I use ‘Viva Glam II’ lipstick by MAC also, to finish off my lips. The pairing of these two products is incredible. It leaves you with the perfect nude lip colour. I have been searching for the perfect nude colour for ages now, and I have finally found it.
Finally, I will use Urban Decay’s ‘Makeup Setting Spray’ to ensure my makeup stays on as long as possible. This product is great; although it’s like a hairspray for your face, it does not feel sticky and dries immediately.
It usually takes me about 40 minutes to do this makeup look if I am taking my time, I know that may seem a long time to those who prefer to spend less time doing their makeup, but I love the results of this makeup look.
Also, I know these are a lot of products to apply for a ‘daily routine’, but this is how I like to wear my makeup and if you skip a few of the products it will defo take less time. This makeup look can be toned down, or played up. That’s what I love about it, the versatility.
I’ve only recently discovered some of these products, and I’m really looking forward to discovering more!