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I didn’t realise quite how long it had been since I’d shared my make up routine, but after becoming a bit of a dab hand at applying make up in about 6 and a half minutes flat (which largely seems to be mask/sweat proof)- I thought I’d share with you the beauty heroes that have seen me through the last seven or so months- come rain, shine, hormonal tears and largely whatever life throws at me.
Although it’s taken a while, I feel really lucky to be in a place with make up where I seem to know what suits me and works for my skin; and although I’m a big fan of taking various products for a spin and introducing new launches as and when; these seem to be some of the things I come back to again and again.
The brands that never seem to let me down, and a routine that can be switched around- added to and tweaked to create a pretty perfect easy routine, night or day. Low maintenance, but seemingly impressive at keeping the ‘oh goodness, you look tired!’ comments at bay- so something must be working…
For the face…
Foundation: For medium, build-able, glowy-yet-doesn’t-slip coverage I bloody love the BareMinerals BarePro Performance Wear Liquid Foundation. It feels beautiful to apply and blend, and lasts most of the day without fading (and doesn’t crease either). For something a little more heavy duty, or to blend in with the above when I need it the Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation seems to be truly made of the hard stuff, and keeps everything LOCKED down.
Concealer: If I’m in need of a good under-eye fixer-upper, the award goes to the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer, which is the perfect dewy, take anywhere pot of magic. For everything else my absolute favourite concealer goes to the Hourglass Vanish concealer which on good days does the job of both foundation and concealer; it’s truly magic- and THE GLOW, oh the glow. My second in command has to be the NARS Radiant Creamy concealer, which for everything is brilliant. Under eyes? Tick! Naughty spot! Tick- you name it, she’s on it. Literally.
Blush: For a perfect natural flush, my favourite blush is the Pixi On-the-Glow Blush stick– which is a tinted moisture stick that you sweep across your cheeks for the most gorgeous natural flush of colour. I also pop a bit on my nose (for an authentic ‘just taken my mask off’ look)- and you can also use a little on lips and lids too.
Highlighter: Although everything in the palette I’m about to mention is cracking, I tend to turn to the highlighter everyday for a perfect sweep of glow, without it being glittery or OTT shimmery. The palette in question is the Beauty Pie One Palette Wonder; which comes armed with a blush, bronze and shadows, which are all perfect for on the go- but are so much more than a ‘do it all travel compact’.
Bronzer: For the perfect blend-able bronze, the Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow bronzing cream is a total winner. Although I was definitely late to this party, it’s so, so brilliant at applying to the contours of the face for a real soft warmth, which doesn’t look muddy or blocky in any way- perfect for someone a little heavy handed like yours truly.
Brushes: There are four brushes that I use for everything and for foundation I adore the Sigma Flat Kabuki, Bobbi Brown Full Coverage face brush– for bronze and highlight the Dior 16 brush, and for eyes the Dior 21 brush.
On the eyes…
Shadows: When it comes to eyeshadow, typically if it’s anything NARS I’ll love it. Their eyeshadow palettes are my absolute number one, and if I’m not sweeping a shimmery rose from the Orgasm palette over my lids, then it’s something from the Wanted one instead. I’ve also recently discovered the Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Sticks in Golden Pink and Malted Pink, which are so easy to sweep over your lids if you’re after something really quick but last all day.
Lashes: There are two mascaras I have on rotation; the first being the Gucci one- which I initially purchased because I’m a fickle, over-excited fashion fiend who is a sucker for great packaging. Turns out, it’s also actually really good (which is a relief). It creates long, fluttery lashes which are always clump free- and I always feel particularly fancy whipping out the pink and gold tube. My other favourite is the Volume Million Lashes from L’Oreal which is a big ol’ volume supplier, and always makes me feel like a sixties siren (ahem).
Brows: I recently ran out of my favourite Beauty Pie Superbrow Angled Shaping Pencil, so in stepped the Benefit Goof Proof Brown Pencil, kindly supplied by mama Purvis- which is pretty bloody good. In general I need a good angled pencil, brush and something not too thick- and these both tick the boxes and don’t run down my face either. To keep everything put, I love the Hourglass Arch Brow Volumising Fibre Gel, which does a stellar job of keeping my brows in good shape (and for lazy days, I’ll use it solo for a little bit of colour too).
And the finishing touch…
Scent: Although I’m not necessarily loyal to one particular fragrance; there’s a few I absolutely love which I have on rotation- but in general, the brief is something light, clean, slightly floral and absolutely summery. A sucker for something citrusy (and arguably something that smells like a nice posh hotel), I recently ordered a sample pack of the Loewe perfumes after seeing so many people rave about them, and I have to say they didn’t disappoint. Joe and I treated ourselves to Agua Ella– and it’s the most beautiful smell- they truly smell like heaven. On days when I’m trying to be sparing with our shared bottle of fancy- I also love Jo Malone’s English Pear and Freesia for something sparkly, fresh and fruity, and the beautiful new Chloe Naturelle scent, which feels soft, floral and warm- and makes me want to waft around in some floaty tulle and pretend I’m Lucy Boynton; never a bad thing IMO.