It’s been a time since I’ve written anything makeup-related so I thought I’d kick things off again by letting you in on my current everyday makeup routine. I was going to call it a makeup tutorial but I didn’t want to seem like some self-defined high-up person who could teach about makeup. I’m just a girl who somehow got into it and figured what’s best for me and what’s not, y’know? Certainly, there are a lot of makeup favourites in this routine which I’ve stuck to everyday – or at least every time I do my makeup. It’s perfect for work but also dressy enough to go out – a little something but not overly done. I actually haven’t gotten sick of the routine and since a job change, I realise how routine is so key.
I’d like it if you could reply with your current makeup routine and favourites. In exchange, here’s mine! It would also benefit you greatly if you grabbed a hot beverage as this is a long post…
Featured in this post:
Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation
Etude House Sunprise
Maybelline Age Rewind
Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Pact
Sleek Makeup Face Form
Shiseido Nourishing Mascara Base
Max Factor’s Masterpiece Max Mascara
NYX Micro Brow Pencil in Black
NYX Lingerie Liquid Lipstick in Ruffle Trim
Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder
NYX Dewy Finish Setting Spray
My favourite part of makeup-applying is probably anything and everything base-related. If you have been reading my blog for some time, you’ll know that I’m super into skincare so anything that’s going to make my skin look even healthier and naturally glowy is a plus in my books. I recently shared on my Instagram, what I use when I want a “glow-up” and this makeup look is exactly that – but in the most natural way possible.
I am personally not into heavy-coverage foundation. I have never liked the way it looks on my skin – it just doesn’t sit right and even worse if it’s a matte foundation. My pores usually look more pronounced if it’s super matte and I hate that. Instead, I opt for demi-matte, natural finish foundations although I am careful with this too as oil control is considerably important for me.
Without a doubt, my go-to is the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation. (I’m in shade 52 Vanilla.) But before we tap into that, I always prepare my skin with sunscreen first before makeup. I am currently using the Etude House Sunprise and I have to say – I’m not mad. It’s easy to blend into the skin, is great to layer with and in particular, I love the minty scent which wakes my skin up in the morning!
I discovered the foundation about 3 years ago and I’d like to say I’m onto my 3rd bottle. I’m due to buy a backup even though I just opened this one because my fear is that this will one day discontinue! I dot this onto my face evenly and with my new favourite brush, the BH Cosmetics 123, I blend blend blend.
Moving onto concealer, it’s strictly just one I stick to and it’s the Maybelline Age Rewind. My shade is in Light. I adore this but man, it was annoying to repurchase because it took a couple of shopping trips as on most occasions it was sold-out.
I like to multi-task with this and use it as a highlight to my nose bridge, forehead and chin too as well as for under-eye brightening. I just find that it helps add some dimension, some glow whilst still looking natural. Best of all, it doesn’t crease on me. As an FYI, I always use a beauty blender during this step. I generally don’t use brushes when applying concealer – it’s just not my preference.
Now this next step is completely optional but I find that with this concealer, I like to set it. I use the Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Pact which I’ve long hit pan on and should probably re-purchase. I apply this with either the Real Techniques Contour Brush or the BH Cosmetics 125.
Adding Colour to the Face
I’m a bit of a blush fiend but recently I’ve learnt how to apply blush in conjunction with contour/bronzer and highlight to make the whole look come together. It’s no secret that I enjoy using the Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette but lately, I’ve discovered a much more affordable option which I enjoy using just as much. It’s the Sleek Makeup Face Form which features a contour, a highlight and a blush in a compact that’s perfect for travel.
To be honest, I use the contour more as a bronzer and apply it in a 3-shape motion on both sides of my face. It helps warm my face up without making it looking muddy or patchy…the lightest gradient that you can imagine. This is personal preference as I don’t think actual contour would look good on my face – it would be too harsh. But do what you must. This is just my style.
Next, I apply the blush. The blush is pigmented so all you want to do is tap and that’s both your cheeks covered! I use a particularly light-hand during this step because you want a gradual build that blends with the colour you just added rather than going all in and realising that you’ve applied too much. I tap and blend, tap and blend. Honestly, the two colours when used together on the face is super pretty; and you’ll see that everything starts coming to life. I admit that at first, this palette is daunting when you first access it but honestly, it gives such a healthy and energised look to the skin! Not clownish or overly done. Unless of course, you apply too much. Remember: less is more.
Lastly, we have the highlight. I don’t always do this step but I’m definitely warming more to highlight now although still not as crazy about it compared to the majority! I like the highlight in this because it’s pretty and it’s noticeable but it’s not that out there which I particularly like.
Eyes & Lips
Even if the rest of my routine differs, the products I use for my eyes and lips are generally the same. I won’t be applying any eyeshadow because I never do on a day-to-day basis however I’ve been experimenting behind-the-scenes and hope to bring some looks to the table! Instead, I’ll show you my secret in getting pretty lashes if like me, you have short, straight and flat lashes.
It’s probably my biggest beauty discovery of 2018 and honestly after trying it, it changed everything for me. With the exception of Japanese mascaras, I found it difficult to find a drugstore mascara that held the curl well and made my lashes look good. That’s until I discovered mascara primer. The one I’ve been using lately is the Shiseido Nourishing Mascara Base. It isn’t exactly cheap but I don’t regret the purchase at all. I rather like the wand because it has a clean aesthetic that brushes my lashes from tip and toe. It provides a strong base after I’ve curled my lashes and that’s really what you want.
I then dress my lashes in Max Factor’s Masterpiece Max Mascara. This isn’t my favourite mascara however paired with the primer, I get my favourite set of lashes that have some natural drama to them.
For brows, I have been using the NYX Micro Brow Pencil in Black. Funny story – I really didn’t like this when I first got it but I think I just had a bad day where maybe I accidentally rubbed it off by mistake. It’s become one of my brow staples now. The colour is perfect – it’s dark enough to blend with my naturally black brows but not so dark that it creates this harsh brow. I also love the tip because it means you can be precise – I never make mistakes with this! [See above picture showcasing the Sleek palette to see the tip of the brow pencil.]
When it comes to lips, my go-to shade is a grapefruit pink because unfortunately, my skin tone doesn’t suit every lip product that’s out there. Most recently, I’ve been into using the NYX Lingerie Liquid Lipstick in Ruffle Trim though and it is so autumnal. I generally struggle to find a nude that looks right on me but this one’s perfect as it has enough pink in it to still satisfy my need for colour.
As we’re into the colder months now, I find that I don’t need to powder as often as I do in the hotter months and it is a blessing! I love applying powder though because it is like therapy and I just love how my powder brush feels on my skin. Also – do you find that sometimes your makeup looks better a few hours after because it’s melded with your skin?
My favourite powder has been the Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder. It’s really soft and helps take away any shine you have whilst still leaving a natural glow to your face. I can’t seem to find it in-store though so I hope it’s not discontinued.
Down to the last product, we have the newest addition to my makeup regardless of what I wear: a setting spray. I’m in an office 8 hours a day, sometimes a little more if I’m doing overtime so it’s vital that my makeup lasts. The NYX Dewy Finish Setting Spray has been of great help in prolonging the freshness of my makeup and who doesn’t like a spritz anyway?
And that’s it – my entire makeup look that I’ve been wearing everyday to work or just in general. I even prepared some swatches for your reference:
This post was really fun to write! I hope to write another make-up related post before the year is up. Is there anything else that you’d like to see? My local John Lewis has recently added a Becca counter and my local Boots has added a Wet ‘n’ Wild and an E.L.F! 😮 I don’t know where to start so any pointers will be helpful!
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