It's been such a long time since I posted a daily make-up routine. I love reading these on other blogs but find my daily products normally chop and change so much that by the time I've done a post, I've moved on to something new! I'm really enjoying this little routine at the moment though - I'm favouring a bright, radiant complexion with defined eyes and the occasional bright lip - and the best part is, the whole thing takes me around 5-10 minutes to complete! I decided to photograph each step of the routine to display how I use each item - in theory I meant for it to be helpful but in hindsight it's just treating you to a number of my awkward grimaces... enjoy!
My first step is always primer - my combination skin simply cannot be without primer, and this Bourjois offering is perfectly matte and nearly always on special offer.
While I'm waiting for the primer to sink in, I curl my lashes until they're sufficiently massive and spiky, then I apply a couple of blobs of YSL Fusion Ink foundation as it's my current fave! I have a couple of stubborn spots on my cheeks at the moment so once I've blended my base I go back in with a bit of concealer - this varies but at the moment I've gone back to a familiar blogger favourite by Collection. After I've concealed I usually tackle my brows with a couple of swipes of brow pencil, then I use a brow brush to blend any harsh lines and sort out the general shape.
The next step isn't something I'll do when in a rush but some days I just feel like my eyes need a little something! Mostly it will just be a sweep of eyeshadow but if I have a couple of spare minutes I will do a very light smoky eye (I love using either of my Naked palettes for this!) and if I'm feeling super fancy I'll do winged liner! For this my go-to is L'Oreal's Super Liner in Black Vinyl as it just lasts all day and stays really black. I'm still no expert at getting the flicks perfectly even but even just a teeny bit of liner helps to look a bit more dressed up.
Next I start my mascara application - I am such a lash junkie so this is the step that takes the longest as I like to do a couple of coats to ensure each lash is evenly covered. I usually wipe the mascara brush on a bit of kitchen towel so I don't get unsightly black splodges everywhere, but with my clumsiness this is normally inevitable, hence why I save under-eye concealing until last...
This consists of attacking my dark circles with a bit of the Bobbi Brown corrector, followed by a sweep of Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer for added luminosity. Sometimes I'll add a bit of the No7 highlighter stick to the tops of my cheekbones, especially on days when I'm looking a bit run-down and sleepy, but the YSL base is quite nice and velvety so doesn't really need extra highlighting.
The penultimate step is blusher - the product varies with my mood but I really like this baked blusher by Beauty UK, it's nicely pigmented and wakes my complexion up nicely.
Finally I apply a bit of lipstick as I never feel like my make-up is complete without it - I wasn't sure about MAC Lickable when I first purchased but it's growing on me and I think it's a nice autumn bright pink. It also perfectly matches a cardigan I own, thus pleasing my slight OCD tendencies...
Brushes - Real Techniques/ Ecotools
Bourjois Happy Light Matte primer
Models Own lash curlers
YSL Fusion Ink foundation in BD40
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Cool Medium
L'Oreal Brow Artiste pencil in Brunette
Urban Decay Naked 3 palette
L'Oreal Super Liner in Black Vinyl
Rimmel Volume FlashX10 waterproof mascara
Bobbi Brown eye corrector in Extra Light Bisque
Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit in Sand
Beauty UK baked blush in Rose Rouge
Mac lipstick in Lickable
What's your make-up routine at the moment? Any hero products I need to know about? Please let me know!