On an everyday basis, I’ve pretty much got my makeup routine down to as simple as possible while still looking put together enough. I know what works for me and what my favourite products are, so I thought I’d write a little something up that goes over everything I do and what I’ve been using to do them.
PRIMER – TOUCH IN SOL NO POREBLEM PRIMER
I’ve spoken about this primer in an earlier blog post, and I haven’t stopped using it since then. It’s pretty much a perfectly balanced mix of what I want in a primer; it blurs my pores, it increases the longevity of my makeup and it feels slightly hydrating too. I can definitely tell a difference in the way my makeup looks and wears when I switch it out for another primer.
FOUNDATION – THE ORDINARY SERUM FOUNDATION IN 1.0NS VERY FAIR
I bought this foundation on a whim only because their coverage foundation was out of stock, and my hopes for it weren’t very high because I really didn’t think it was going to work with my skin type, but I was completely wrong. This foundation is gorgeous. I think it might be my favourite foundation that I’ve ever tried. I’d say it’s a light to medium coverage (which is what I prefer for every day), but the finish is I think what really gets me. It’s very natural looking in a sort of ‘your skin but better’ way. It’s got a luminosity to it but even though my skin can get oily at times, and I’ve usually got this on my face for 10 hours at a time at least, it doesn’t make me look like a complete oily mess. This foundation, in my mind at least, shouldn’t work this well for my skin but it just does, as well as coming in a colour pale enough for me. I’ve already ordered another bottle because I’ve been using this every day without fail, and the best part is I don’t feel guilty about it because this bad boy only sets me back $13.50. All around amazing.
CONCEALER – MAYBELLINE FIT ME IN FAIR
I think I’ve mentioned in a previous post that I haven’t found my perfect concealer as of yet, but lately, I’ve been using Fit Me from Maybelline and I do really like it. I would say I’m definitely one of those people that prefers using a lighter coverage foundation and then only concealing what I want and using a concealer with decent coverage to do that. I think that my main struggle with finding the right concealers is that in many cases, the lightest colour is not light enough for me. The shade of this one is pretty decent, but I really like how it looks on the skin; I don’t find that it cakes up or looks like it’s sitting on top of my skin, and it also wears very well. All-in-all a very good concealer, I just wouldn’t say it’s the perfect one for me.
CREAM CONTOUR – L’OREAL INFALLIBLE SCULPT CONTOURING PALETTE IN 01 LIGHT/MEDIUM
This stuff is soo good. I used to think cream contouring was super scary and time-consuming, but using this product makes it exactly the opposite. The colour is a perfect neutral/cool tone which works really well on my skin, it is so easy to apply, and it blends like a dream. It’s more of a cream to powder formula than just the traditional cream, which I think is another reason as to why I love it so much. This step takes me honestly close to no time at all and just adds a little bit of bronzey goodness to my face, while still being lovely and subtle.
POWDER – LAURA MERCIER LOOSE SETTING POWDER IN TRANSLUCENT
I’m definitely a loose powder over pressed powder girl, and this powder is my number one. I’ve spoken about this before so I won’t go on and on, but I like to use apply this under my eyes and on my t-zone (the places that I want to stay set down) with a damp beauty sponge, and then I just take it lightly over the rest of my face with a brush. It doesn’t get cakey, it gives my skin a lovely not-quite-blurred-but-almost look which is awesome considering it doesn’t claim to be a blurring product. This is an expensive powder but in my eyes, and for me it’s worth the money.
CONTOUR – KEVYN AUCOIN SCULPTING POWDER IN LIGHT
My favourite contour product ever. I’ve been using this consistently for the past 2 years, and in that time I’ve never felt the need to try anything else. Originally I had it in the medium shade, but I repurchased it in light and it’s just the perfect cool toned, light contour which doesn’t look like a harsh line on my pasty face. If anyone was to ask me to recommend them a contour powder, there’s no doubt in my mind this is what I’d tell them to buy. It’s an expensive powder, but if you’re in a position where you want to spend a bit extra then this is something that I would say is worth it.
BLUSH – MAC TOLEDO LIMITED EDITON BLUSH OMBRE IN RIPE PEACH
I’m very sorry that you can’t buy this blush anymore because it really is very beautiful. I don’t use it so much in winter, but in summer it’s perfect. I love how, because of the ombre effect, you can kind of choose if you wanna go for a more pink or a more peachy look depending on how you feel or what suits the eye/lip you’re going with. I’ll leave it at that because it’s obviously not available anymore, but if something like this ever is released again, snatch it up while you can because you won’t regret it.
HIGHLIGHTER – E.L.F BAKED HIGHLIGHTER IN MOONLIGHT PEARLS
Again, I’ve spoken about this in a couple of posts, and for good reason because it’s so beautiful. I’m not going to ramble on forever about it, but I love this highlight so much. The shade is gorgeous, and the way it blends onto the skin is so wonderful. Like I said I won’t go on too much, but there is so much love in my heart for this highlighter, and if you’re on the hunt for something good – buy it.
EYES – MAC BLUSH & E.L.F HIGHLIGHTER, BOURJOUIS VOLUME 1 SECONDE
On an every day basis, I am super lazy with my eyes. All I do is run some of the same blush I use on my face through my crease to add a little bit of colour and definition, and then just pop some of my highlighter on my inner corner and bring it slightly onto the lid, and that’s it. Takes literally 30 seconds and makes me look that little bit more awake and put together. Since I have eyelash extensions I’m not very fussy with my mascara as I only use it on my lower lashes. Lately I’ve been using the Bourjouis Volume 1 Seconde because I had it lying around, and while it’s good I know that I’ve used better ones in the past.
BROWS – BENEFIT GOOF PROOF BROW PENCIL & BENEFIT GIMME BROW IN 3
I usually like to keep my brows pretty natural and simple, and I think that a brow pencil is the best and easiest way to do this. This one from Benefit is my favourite one that I’ve tried. The shape of the pencil is perfect for the shape of my brows, and it means that it’s super easy for me to define and fill them in very quickly. Then after that I go over them with another Benefit brow product, the Tint My Brow, which just lets me brush them into place and add a little bit more colour and volume to them. Benefit does brow products very well in my opinion, so if you’re after some new brow goodies definitely check them out.
SETTING SPRAY – GLAM GLOW GLOWSETTER MAKEUP SETTING SPRAY
My makeup never feels complete until its set, and my favourite setting spray right now is this one from Glam Glow. It just makes all the makeup on your face seem to melt and just come together so beautifully, and leaves your face looks subtly luminous, but it doesn’t make my skin look shiny or oily at all. If I forget this step I can tell a difference in how my skin looks, and the way in which my makeup wears throughout the day. I wouldn’t want to go without this product.
LIPS – RIMMEL OH MY GLOSS IN 100 LOVE BUG
I’ve gotten so much more into glossy and just natural looking lips lately, so this is perfect just to chuck on top of some lip balm just to add a little bit of something, without adding a strong wash of colour. This gloss in particular has little tiny bits of sparkle through it which I think is so cute too. It’s just a super easy gloss to chuck on and then be able to reapply easily throughout your day.
After writing this all out, it seems like a lot but I promise you this makeup is sooo easy and it only takes me 10-15 minutes to do. I’d say the step I spend the longest on is my foundation because I like to take my time making sure its all blended and buffed into my skin, but after that everything else is a breeze. And the more often you do the same routine the faster you’ll get.