There’s something very therapeutic about sitting on my dresser, or standing in front of my bathroom mirror, with your favourite music on and beating the hell out of your face to it’s ultimate snatched-ness. A tad dramatic but, the point is, I like looking my best. It makes me feel like I can tackle anything the day has to throw at me… which is why I wear makeup pretty much every day.

Base

I start my routine my prep-ing and priming my skin, by applying a moisturizer and a primer like The Ordinary’s High Spreadability Fluid Primer, which is a silicone-based, ideal for smoothing over pores and for combination oily skin.

Foundation

I’ve often considered the Revlon Colorstay a close dupe of the Estee Lauder Doublewear, however, the shade range is quite limited and it seems that some of the colours have changes since they reformulated. The big pro is that it’s long-wearing and matte (depending on which formula you choose).

Concealer

I highlight with the Maybelline Fit Me! Concealer in 55, and this is a slightly warm concealer, which helps to cancel out my dark under-eyes. I’ve found that I don’t always have to colour-correct when I use it. If you want to see watches and a full review on the concealer, I have it here.

Setting Powder

The Maybelline Fit Me! Concealer is quite creamy and does need to be set and for this I use the W7 setting Powder. All details on the powder are in my last blog post here.

Blush

The matte pink shade in the Illamasqua Blush Duo. is soft, buildable and blends effortlessly. I should mention that I got this on sale… I wouldn’t dream of paying £26 for blush but, given another discount I would surely go for it again.

Brows.

Are sisters, not twins and mine look very unrelated. Having an asymmetrical face will do that, but I make it work nonetheless. My brow products of choice are a simple brown pencil and the Collection Color Lash Long Lasting Mascara to shape and set.

Finishing Powder

MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Powder is a light baked powder with a hint of shimmer for a sun-kissed look, which, is perfectly wearable on it’s own too. Although this is on the pricier side, it’s worth skimping on other things to get it, or if you are after an affordable alternative, Sleek Luminous Podwer in LP04 is a close dupe for the MSF in Dark Deep.

Highlight and Contour

Palettes are convenient because you get everything in one, which makes it easier to pack when you travel (which I do a fair enough of). My Sleek Face Form Palette has a contour shade, a highlighter and a should-be blush, which looks more like a darker highlighter.This is a faithful favourite (my second one) and very ‘dark skin’ friendly.

Mascara

My holy grail mascara was always Benefit Bad Girl Lash, but in this economy things had to change and I’ve been a loyal fan of the Maybelline Big Shot, which does just as well by not clumping and elongating lashes, just for much less.

Setting Spray

The Loreal Infalliable Fixing Mist is the one setting spray that I have repurchased over and over again and that’s because it actually works very well for my skin. It keeps my skin fairly matte and removes that powdery look, leaving a dewy finish. This was never a necessity during my uni days but, I don’t know how I could do without it now.

Finally… Lips

For lips I stick to matte or satin lipsticks, creamy or liquid. For this this love (above pic) I’m wearing NYX Matte Lip Liner in Club Hopper, New Look Matte Velvet Crayon Pencil (Brown) and Loreal Color Riche Matte in 634.

 

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