I don’t wear makeup that much; I normally put on some mascara and do my eyebrows for a regular day but I used to do a full face every day. I know a lot of girls who love doing makeup or don’t feel comfortable leaving the house without it. I definitely don’t feel comfortable leaving the house with no makeup but I honestly just can’t be bothered doing it every day. Even though I don’t enjoy doing my makeup, I love the way I look when its on. I only really enjoy doing my makeup when I am going out for a special occasion or a night out and so I am going to talk about my routine when I am doing a full face.
The first thing I do is prep my face. Everyone should be doing this before they start applying actual makeup. I have always struggled with the condition of my skin and so the thought of putting on makeup without some sort of prep scares me. I will do my skin care routine making sure my face is clean and well moisturised before applying Primer. I use two different primers, the e.l.f Poreless Putty Primer and the e.l.f Matte Putty Primer. The Poreless Putty helps to hide all my pores while the Matte Putty will help hide my naturally oily skin.
My next step is to apply my foundation. I have tried a wide range of foundations over the years (even the dreaded Matte Moose) but I have two favourites that I use today. The Revlon Colourstay Foundation and the Revolution Matte Base Foundation. I use the Revlon one if I am going on a night out and the Revolution one is something I will apply very lightly on a bad skin day. I will put the product onto a brush and apply it to my face, then I will use a beauty blender dampened with setting spray to buff it out.
After my foundation I will apply concealer. I hardly ever use concealer as my foundation is pretty full coverage and I never got into the face sculpting trend but If I use it under my eyes or something then I will use the e.l.f 16hr Camo Concealer. I use the brush to apply it and then blend it out with a beauty blender again dampened by setting spray.
I know I just said that I never got into the face sculpting trend but Contour is an exception to the rule. I look like a circle with none on and find it hard to believe I used to go on nights out without it. I use the Revolution Ultra Contour Palette. I will apply this to my jaw, just below my cheek bones and the top of my forehead with a brush and then use a beauty blender that is, you guessed it, dampened with setting spray.
To set my face, I will then use powder. I switch between different powders all the time but the one I am using at the moment is the Revolution Setting Powder. I just apply this over my face with a powder brush to help set and mattify the products.
After powder, I then apply a small amount of highlight to my cheek bones, the tip of my nose and the bow of my lips. I use the highlighter in my Revolution Ultra Contour Palette and it works really well for what I want. I normally apply powder throughout the night and so I will inevitably cover it up but I like to use it anyway.
Next, I will do my eyeshadow. First, I will use an eyeshadow primer to make sure the shadow actually sticks to my lid and apply whatever look I feel like doing. I normally don’t decide what I’m wearing on a night out until just before I need to get ready and so my makeup looks will almost always be a spur of the moment thing that will match the outfit. I don’t know how to do cut creases and cool inventive looks so I will just experiment blending different colours together. When it comes to the actual product, I am not fussy with eyeshadows, as long as I like the colour and I can actually see it on my lid then it’s a yes from me.
I change my eyebrow products and routine all the time. I have used pencils, powders and gels that all work really well so I will usually just use whatever will give me the look I want. I have always been complimented on my eyebrows and without product they look horrific so I am happy with that, especially since my eyebrows definitely went though some rough years as a teenager. The products I use are the e.l.f Eyebrow Pencil, the Revolution Pro Gel and I honestly use matte brown eyeshadow most of the time (and they are usually the times I am complimented).
When I do my eyeliner, I use a pencil and liquid. If it is just a regular day then I will apply a small amount of pencil liner to my upper water line. If I am going on a night out then I will apply a generous layer to my upper water line, a very small amount to my lower water line and then do a winged look with the liquid liner. I use the Clinique Quickliner and the e.l.f Liquid Liner.
Next, I will do my lashes. I wear mascara nearly every day I leave the house but when I am going out, I wear false lashes. I read so many reviews on expensive lashes about them being amazing but the bast lashes I’ve ever used are the £3 ones from Primark. They fit my eyes perfectly and come with glue so what’s not to love? I will apply my lashes and wait for the glue to dry before curling them and applying mascara. I tried putting mascara on before lashes but my eyes would water and make it run. I use lashes from Primark and the Clinique High Impact Mascara.
I am definitely not experimental when it comes to my lips. I don’t over draw, I don’t wear gloss and I only stick to three colours; nude, deep purple and red. I will have prepped my lips with lip balm and the BarryM That’s Swell! Lip plumper (my lips aren’t the biggest) and then just apply the lipstick. My favourites are the Academy of Colour Matte Liquid Lipstick, the Revolution Lipstick in the shade Nostalgia, another Revolution Lipstick in the shade Movie and a final Revolution Lipstick in the shade Seduce.
Finally, I set my makeup by just spraying it with setting spray. I use the Lacura Makeup Setting Spray or the Rimmel London #Insta Fix&Go.
I know I am probably doing something wrong or not in the right order but I think the thing people find so fun about makeup is its really up to you what you do with it. I like to keep things simple and have spent years trying different things until I found what was right for me but I can appreciate why people love trying new looks, products and experimenting. There is no right or wrong way to use makeup and I think that is pretty cool, you can use it to express yourself and make yourself feel more confident.
‘The most beautiful makeup of a woman is passion. But cosmetics are easier to buy.’ ~ Yves Saint Laurent
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