Starting with prep
First thing in the morning, i get up, let puppy out, make a coffee then head back upstairs with my cuppa in hand and start to sorting out ma face.
I start by cleansing with my trusty Garnier micellar water to get rid of any dirt from the night and then i need a good day cream to set my skin up for the day.
I was recently introduced to Pharma Nords Q10 day cream, it comes as a twin pack- night and day and its Paraben free formula has been a god send for my skin.. I don't like a heavy day cream, i find my foundation doesn't sit well if the foundations(the day cream) aren't right. The q 10 cream doesn't sit on my skin, its absorbed and leaves a lovely base for my next step...
Which would be concealer & foundation.
I've mentioned it before but i have red undertones and an uneven skin tone. I first go in with a concealer for any extra red areas or blemishes. Then i go in with my foundation.
My concealer of choice is a rather cheap and cheerful option, but let me tell you ladies it works!
Collection Lasting Perfection concealer at £3.99 this is an excellent product. It really does cover and sticks.
Once i've covered up any redness i then go in with my Max Factor FaceFinity 3 in 1 foundation. As much as i love my Chanel foundation that i spoke about in my last beauty post, the Max Factor is what i call my day-to-day foundation. Its 3 in 1 formula (primer, concealer and foundation) has the best lasting power that i have found in a foundation. I don't use any other primer with this product and by the time i'm leaving work its still in place, slightly faded, but most definitely, irrepressibly, still there! And at £11.99 i'd say its worth its weight in gold. I started using this about 2 months ago and i will be repurchasing for sure. the formula gives excellent coverage and blends in well. The colour i have is beige and it is just right for my skin tone.
So now i have my base in place i then go to eyes..
And most importantly eyebrows! Being severely eyebrow challenged i set to with filling them in. I have tried multiple products, powders, gels you name it. The one product i return to time after time is the Rimmel eyebrow pencil. Black brown is my shade and i fill it in then blend with a small eyebrow brush at the ends to soften. I then just apply a very easy eyeshadow, but one that does not crease at all! For oily skin this is a major accomplishment. Most eyeshadows crease on my eyes, looking crappy within 2-3 hours. This No 7 Stay perfect eyes shadow stick is bloody brilliant. Its still there at night when i take my makeup off. This stuff does not budge and i've actually found i need eye makeup remover to get it off!
I wear it in a neutral shade of Cool Mink which is a lovely day-wear colour.
I then go in with a sweep of eye-liner. Again oily skin means khol eye-liners make me look like a panda bear within hours, so the Bourjous Linear 16 hour liquid liner is the best ever liner. It lasts all day long, and does not smudge or move. I have re purchased this 3 times and not only does it never fail me, it also lasts a really long time (on my eyes and also in the pot.. the little pot goes on for ages, well worth the £6.99 price tag)
So eyes done, i move on to my last couple of items.
A simple blush, this Max Factor Cremy Blush only needs a teeny tiny bit on the apples of your cheeks and it lasts all day long. It's one of those blushers where a little goes a long way, and for a while i did njot get on with it at all. but once i established how much was needed and where to put it, i find it the best lasting blusher i've ever worn.
I finish off with a sweep of illuminant under the eyes with the Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch which out of all the Touch Eclat dupes this one has been my favourite. It lightens and highlights and covers the old eye bags, this is a blessing in a stick. A must have for any sleep deprived lady.
And to fix all that in place i finish with a cheap but great translucent powder from Collection. It just works. It holds all of my hard work in place for that little bit longer.
So that would be my face!
I usually do this all in about 15 minutes so it may sounds like a fair few products but its actually a super quick, well versed process that i have perfected over the past 2 years.
And of course i wouldn't feel complete unless i had a sweep of lipstick. Colour can vary, i absolutely love the Bourjois Velvet Lipsticks that are like a matte lipstick in a gloss stick form, but non sticky and very long lasting. The reds in this range are an absolute favourite. And lately i've been trying the Max Factor Lip Finity with their dual sticks, one colour one clear topcoat. This stuff lasts a really long time(12 hours im not sure of, but a good part of the day i'd say) It can be a little drying as the top coat wears off, but by sweeping over the clear top coat again all is restored and the colour remains. A great option for ladies who can't always find time to re-apply.
So there we have it, after years of doing make-up and often getting it wrong, i have found a tried and tested formula that i love and apply daily!
Do you have a daily make-up routine?
Or do you have different make-up everyday?