Here’s a little-known and not-that-interesting fact about me – I love putting my makeup on. Over the years I’ve honed my technique and it’s now second nature. I wear full makeup pretty much every day and find the ritual of putting it on really soothing. Plus, the transformative effect of a bit of concealer is quite astonishing and very good for the soul (probably).
This is my everyday makeup look. It takes 5-10 minutes to apply and has only changed very slightly since I first started wearing full makeup 10 years ago. Let’s take a look at the products I use, shall we?
Benefit Porefessional | Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser in Porcelain | Estee Lauder Double Wear Light in 1-0 | Benefit Boi-ing concealer in 01 | Rimmel Hide the Blemish Concealer in Ivory | Mac Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Pressed Powder in Medium
I have oily, shine-prone skin so perfecting my base has always been the most important part of my makeup routine. I start with Benefit’s Porefessional, which fills open pores and smooths the skin ready for foundation. In summer, I use Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Light which gives even, long-lasting coverage without being heavy or cakey. On holiday or in very hot weather/Sundays when I can’t be bothered, I use Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturiser instead, for very subtle coverage and a nice ‘illuminating’ effect.
I suffer with serious dark circles under my eyes (they’re hereditary – thanks mum) so a good under-eye concealer is my saviour. Benefit’s Boi-ing is thick and creamy but applies smoothly and really brightens the whole area – I apply under my eye, in the corners and across my eyelid for full coverage.
My skin is relatively clear these days, but Rimmel’s Hide the Blemish – a throwback to my spotty teen years – still helps me out. It covers redness and scarring like a boss. Then I set everything with Mac’s Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Powder which has great staying power.
A bit of blusher often saves me from looking like the walking dead. I love Topshop’s cream blushers because they’re quite bright and very long-lasting, meaning my pasty cheeks don’t make an appearance ’til bedtime. Benefit’s Hervana Face Powder has been something of a revelation – I was dubious about applying a pink-and-purple toned powder all over my face, but it really adds life to my skin and takes the edge off that sallow colour pale skin can have. Finally, if I’m feeling summery or have a slight tan, Hoola Bronzing Powder gives me a nice golden glow. Lovely.
Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette | Shavata Arch Enhancer Pencil | Shavata Pencil in Dusk | Fashionista Secret Gel Liner in Black | Benefit They’re Real Mascara in Black | Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Bolero | Topshop Lipstick in Ohh La La
I don’t do much with my eyes – wearing glasses means they’re never really my focus, and because they have a tendency to water and be generally a bit pathetic, I usually stick to the basics. I use the Bootycall shade from the Naked 2 palette as a base – it’s a very pale shade so I take it right up to my brow bone and into the corners of my eyes. If I’m feeling a little 50s, I’ll go for a cat eye look with a sweep of Fashionista’s Secret Gel Liner which, once it’s in place, doesn’t budge all day. Then a few coats of Benefit’s They’re Real (the UK’s number 1 selling mascara, yo!) to emphasise my lashes.
Eyebrows are kinda my life – I have mine threaded, either at the ridiculously-overpriced-but-awesome Shavata or at a local salon. I use the Shavata Arch Enhancer along my brow bone and in the corner of my eyes (it’s a great highlighter) then define and fill with a brow pencil. Awesome eyebrows, done.
Lipstick is the only area I really take any chances with – I love really bright colours and rich, matte textures are my favourites. Topshop’s Lipstick range is excellent and Ohh La La, Brighton Rock and All About Me are in constant rotation. If I’m feeling more feminine, Nars’ Bolero pencil is a lovely soft pink and works well with more dramatic eyes.
And that, ladies and gents, is how to create a masterpiece 😉
Any favourite makeup products to share?