Can’t quite make-up my mind
After posting a set of positively gross pictures of me sans make up yesterday, I felt almost obligated to prove I actually own some (and also have a weird compulsion to go on and on about my make up routine). Plus, I know that when I can actually bother to do my make up, I look fucking awesome, and obviously, people would like to know how to look as good as me. (*wink wink*)
This is not everything I use at once, but rather the favourite items I rotate in my everyday use.
Face: I usually use a YSL mattifying primer, however, I find it is too drying for winter months, so I just use a good moisturiser instead. I use Chanel Teint Innocence foundation in Cameo (the lightest shade), since it hides the redness, without looking really mask like. Of concealers, I use YSL Touche Eclat under the eyes (I find it pretty hard to blend) and Origins “Quick, Hide!” everywhere else. The Origins concealer is pretty good, exept that even the lightest shade is too dark/yellow for my skin. I also have the Benefit realness of concealness kit, and I can say I love the highlighter (“Moonbeam”) and their lipplumper. The eyeshadow primer is also good for covering minor under eye circles, but the concealer is several shades too dark for me. On top of my foudation and concealer, I apply the Shiseido powder foundation in colour “Natural Light Ivory” with a large brush. That way, I get some extra coverage without it being too heavy. If I feel like I need it, I’ll add some blush, usually by The Body Shop in “Desert Rose”.
Eyes: I fill out my eyebrows with the Isa Dora eyebrow pencil in the light brown shade, it seems to work for me. If I’m using eyeshadow, I apply primer on my lids first, to avoid greasy colour streaks in the crease at the end of the day. My absolute favourite is the Urban Decay Primer Potion I got in Oxford, I think ASOS carries it too. For a natural look, I use the Chanel “Beiges Velours” four eyeshadow set, and for a slightly more accentuated eye, M.A.C in “Scene”, which is the most perfect matte grey shade ever. I also love the dramatic eyeliner look, I either use Dior Style Liner in black, or M.A.C “Macroviolet” gel eyeliner. And the best mascara I have tried so far is Lancome L’Extreme, I apply it over Estee Lauder Lash Primer Plus, and curl my lashes with a heated eyelash curler by Model Co (Not awesome, but it doesn’t damage my lashes the way the mechanical eyelash curlers do). Oh, and I use a white eyeliner on the inner lash line to brighten my eyes up, it’s by L’Oreal, but it makes my eyes red, so probably not perfect. I have not had any luck with L’Oreal’s products.
Lips: I love, love, love lipstick. I use M.A.C “Angel” and Chanel “Charisma” (the top two in the photo) for a subtle look, and a red one from YSL and “Kirsch” and “Lustering” from M.A.C for a more dramatic look. To keep the things from bleeding all over my face, I use primers (the Benefit one or Prep+Prime from M.A.C, I love the one from Benefit a little more) and line my lips with a lipliner that matches the shade of the lippy (Clinique and Guerlain have good ones).
Other useful little things: Most of my brushes are from The Body Shop, they are the best you can get at that price. I also use the Vitry tweezer to pick a couple of stray hairs, as we don’t have the awesome Tweezerman products in Europe. Chanel base coat plus Essie quick drying top coat means any nailpolish is made awesome. My little magic potion is the Eight Hour Cream (of course, in the little cute limited edition jar), I use it on everything from hands, dry skin patches and sore lips, to keep eyebrows in place or mix with make up to make it blend better. And my very much favourite perfume is Burberry Beat.