Hey! I find these sort of posts so useful because content like this paves the way for new products to consider. With so many products, methods and trends to use, it can be so overwhelming to stick to a consistent routine. In the morning, there is a lot less time to experiment. So here we have it, a clear and easy guide as to how I do my everyday makeup look.
1. Firstly I apply Kiehls Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution on my face (£36.00) once I have cleansed. I have hyperpigmentation so always need to apply a treatment in the morning. Find a serum (to brighten skin, I recommend hyaluronic acid for quick hydration). Just a couple of drops is all you need to bring the life back in your face
2. After I have applied the Kiehls Serum, I apply a moisturiser, which is the Garnier Pure Active Spot fighting 24hr Moisturiser (£4.99) at the moment. I find this perfect for my combination skin as it is hydrating but not oily whatsoever. If my skin is particularly dry, I use some E45. I find that the strong perfume in moisturisers is not the best and can lead to breakouts. Try a product that is fragrance-free if you have problematic skin.
3. Due to my hyperpigmentation, my skin is a lot more reactive to the sun, meaning that I have to wear sun cream, regardless of the weather. At the moment I am using one by Soltan. I recommend this for everyone – none of us wants sun damage, and sun cream can make your skin so glowy when combined with moisturiser,
4. Next I apply my primer, which is the Rimmel Match Perfection Fix & Perfect Primer (£6.99). I originally bought this as it was on sale, but I have now gone through 3 bottles! A great high street option! I do own the Smashbox Primer and Benefit Porefessional, but for every day – it is a pricier option.
5. To cover all my imperfections and dark areas I use the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in “Caramel” (£22.00). To be honest I didn’t think it would live up to the hype but it definitely has. I will review this in detail in a future post. For an even cheaper alternative, I like to use the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer. Not only is this £3, but caters for darker skin tones, which I love. I have bought shade 6 for under my eyes, and shade 8 for typical acne coverage.
6. Now the most important bit; foundation. I have been using the Revlon ColorStay foundation in 320 True Beige (£12.99) for a couple of years now, and it is amazing for the price it is. My everyday makeup routine has evolved over time, and foundations are one I have experimented with A LOT. I have reviews on the Milani 2-in-1 Perfect Foundation, NARS Sheer Glow and Combination Foundations – if this is something you want to learn more about, check the links out! I apply foundation with a damp beauty blender, but you can use a foundation brush if you prefer. So convenient for a daily makeup routine.
7. For my eyes I use the Lancome Crayon Khol Eye Pencil Liner in 027 Noir (£17.00) which I put on the outer half of my bottom eye lid. I have run this crayon to the bone, so definitely a good buy and a repurchase for myself.
8. (Just to let you guys know I don’t actually do anything with my eyebrows, I think they’re best untouched on my face, but I’ve heard the collection brow kit is very good if you’re looking). However I do use the black of the NYC HD Colour Trio Eyeshadow in 797B Gothic Harlem (£2.99) on my outer eyelid to define my eyeliner and the white shade in the inner corner to make my eyes pop. My everyday makeup look is simple, so for eyeshadow, I tend to use bronzer as an outer eyeshadow colour, and add a shimmery shade/highlighter on my lid. Not only is it quick, but looks like you have made an effort.
9. For my eyelashes I use the Urban Decay Perversion Mascara (£17). I cannot rave about this mascara enough, IT IS BEAUTIFUL!
10. For contour, I use the newly released Rimmel London Sculpting Palette in Coral Glow by Kate Moss (£6.99). I usually only use the highlighter and bronzer but when I use the blusher too, everything complements each other amazingly.
11. If I don’t use the Rimmel Blush, I turn for the NARS Mata Hari Blush (£23.00) which is absolutely gorgeous, as you would know if you either have it or have read my post about it.
12. To top this all off I use the Max Factor Creme Puff Pressed Powder in Medium Beige (£6.99) to keep my face in one piece, and my makeup on of course. This is so smooth and it’s been going around for so long, even my Mum used to use it at my age!
13. Personally, I find lipstick too harsh on my face so I use the Maybelline Baby Lips Electro Pink Shock (£2.99) to give my lips some colour and then add the Natural Collection Juicy Lips Gloss in Vanilla (£1.99) to finish everything off.