Since coming back to the UK in March, and spending nearly every day at home without a job, I really didn’t feel the need to put any makeup on my face. And when I did venture out the house, it was usually bare-faced or with a light base and fluffed up brows. So that meant when I started full-time work again, it felt a bit alien to me to have to wear makeup that would wear somewhat well for a 10 hour day. In a way I had to kind of re-teach myself how to apply it, as it had been nearly two years since I had to wear it on a daily basis.
I am still very much into natural makeup, that I can get on quickly and fades nicely throughout the day. I don’t like the feeling of a heavy base, which is probably why I lean more towards cream products over powder. My makeup only takes a quick 10-15 minutes in the morning, which is great for me as it means more time in bed! Below I have compiled together my everyday makeup items for you, which I hope is helpful if you have a similar make up style to me.
FOUNDATION. A lot of you will probably think that this isn’t a foundation, but I use it in that way and I find it is enough coverage for me. The Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint is a very liquidy, tinted product that gives an all over evening out of the skin. It is never going to cover any breakouts or give you flawless skin, but it evens out my skin just enough for me to notice a difference. I use the shade Light, although they updated their shade range shortly after I bought my one. I buff it in with a Real Techniques buffing brush, which also gives my face a bit of a glow.
CONCEALER. If you are wearing a light coverage foundation but need a bit more under the eyes or on any breakouts, just make it up with concealer. That way you only have that heavier coverage where you actually need it, rather than covering your whole face with a thick product. My concealer of choice is the Glossier Stretch Concealer in Light, which is a buildable, creamy product that never settles into my under eye creases. I find that a lot of concealers leave my skin feeling dry and flaky, but this one never does. It isn’t the best at covering red spots, so maybe opt for something with more coverage. I like to apply this with my fingers, but using a brush or make up sponge works too.
CREAM BRONZER. Since I tried a cream bronzer a few years back, I have never been fully satisfied using powder. I often have the odd day where I use powder bronzer, but on a day to day basis I always look to my Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour. It is so quick and easy to apply, and blends out like a dream with my buffing brush. I am at the end of my current Clinique bronzer, so to replace this I have been eyeing up the new Fenty cream bronzers.
BLUSHER. Blusher is a step in my make up that I often leave out, especially if I am extra sleepy that day. But when I do want to wear it I go for the Glossier Cloud Paint in the shade Beam, which is a bright summery pink but applies quite sheer. I find the Cloud Paints so easy to use, I just squeeze out a little on the back of my hand and use a stippling brush to apply it to my cheeks. Blusher is a product that I can so easily apply too much, and then is impossible to blend out. But because these are liquidy, they can be sheered out if you wish.
POWDER. I try to avoid using powder as much as possible, but when I know I am going to be at work all day I use it just to set in the areas of my face that can get oily throughout the day. This tends to be my T-Zone, so I apply a really light dusting just in these areas and under my eyes. I used to apply it all over my face, but found it was leaving my skin looking dry and dull. The powder I am currently using and trying to finish up is the classic Rimmel Stay Matte in 001 Transparent. It does the job and I won’t be buying another one until it is finished. But I would love to own the Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Finish powder one day!
HIGHLIGHT. Highlighter is another step that I sometimes miss out in the morning. I find that all the creamy products I have used before this leave my skin with a natural glow to it anyway. But if I’m in the mood I will either go for my Glossier Play Nite Shine in the shade Platinum Rose, for a creamy natural finish. Or the powder highlight I have is another cult classic, The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer. Which I’ve owned for many years, and I’ve actually hit pan on, but have a long way to go before using up.
BROWS. Eyebrows are without a doubt the step I enjoy the most, and I think actually makes the most difference. I used to be an eyebrow plucker, back when it was fashionable to have thin eyebrows. But I have hardly touched them for a good three years now. They have made very slow progress, but they are finally at a stage where I am happy with them. I still wish they were bushier, but with a little bit of care in the mornings I can get them to look thick and fluffy. To do this I use the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil to fill in the arch and tail, and then my holy grail Glossier Boy Brow in Brown. This eyebrow gel does wonders in thickening the hair and brushing them into place and holding them there all day. I don’t know how I ever lived without eyebrow gel!
MASCARA. You might have noticed that we have skipped a whole section, eyeshadow. Don’t get me wrong, I love wearing eyeshadow. But it never lasts on me for a whole day! I have quite oily eyelids so it always creases, but I have been meaning to get the NARS Eyeshadow Primer, which I think would solve that problem. So until then, I just skip out eyeshadow! Onto mascara, which is another step that makes all the difference. I naturally have quite long and thick lashes already, so for a working day I opt for something that I know won’t smudge all down my face. My current mascara is the Glossier Lash Slick, which is perfect at staying in place all day, but gives quite a natural look. I do love thick, clumpy lashes, so I might be on the market for a new one when I finish up the Glossier.
LIPSTICK. I definitely can’t be dealing with the faff of re-applying lipstick every few hours. So instead I use a simple lip balm, which I can apply throughout the day without needing a mirror. I do own a few lipsticks, but for some reason I hardly ever wear them. I always get so conscious that it has smudged everywhere, and sometimes I think it makes me look too made up if that makes any sense. The lip balm I am using currently is Lanolips 101 Ointment in the peach scent, which is a really hydrating balm that can last for hours.
On a normal working day all of those steps takes me just 10 to 15 minutes! I like to take my time a bit more at the weekend, but on a normal day I like to get it on as quickly as possible. When I was travelling I never wore makeup, which means that I am now so much more confident in leaving the house without it. These days I don’t put any on if I’m just popping out the house, or going for a walk. Whereas before I would never leave the house without it. I would love to know what your everyday makeup routine looks like and what products you use, if any!
The last blog post I wrote was my thoughts on going back to full time work after two years away, so if you want to give that a read click here!
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