- Sunday, 11 May 2014 -
Lipstick, Powder and Paint
Hello my lovelies! I know, I know, I had promised you (and myself) a blogpost every Monday and Friday throughout the month of May but with work being so hectic and the weather being absolutely abysmal for photography, I've been stuck in a real rut! But fear not dear readers as I will always try my best to deliver SOMETHING to sate your blogging hunger. So, something I always get questioned about - apart from my hair obvz - is my makeup. I've resorted to the same routine for about 6 years now, after various terrible experimental attempts with finding the right products for me (yes, I was the 12 year old who caked her entire face in Dream Matte Mousse and felt fierce as fuck).
I'm sorry but it has to be said... My makeup bag is definitely better than yours. For the simple reason that it's got a beautifully painted portrait of Moomins on the front! But I digress, I wanna share with you my makeup story first: for as long as I can remember, I've had problematic skin, suffering from severe acne, you can imagine that growing up for me wasn't easy. No matter how much coverage I'd use, it never seemed enough to hide the irritated redness of my flawed face. I began to give up, as creams, ointments and medication were proving pointless, that was until I discovered Estee Lauder's Double Wear. This might all sound very superficial to some of my readers, but you have to understand that as an only child I had no guidance whatsoever in the realms of beauty, so I'm quite pleased that I found my liquid confidence all on my own.
1 - MAC Lipstick
Now, as you can probably guess, this isn't the complete contents of my makeup bag, the above displays what products I use on a daily basis. First on is of course Estee Lauder's Double Wear Light, a very - funnily enough - LIGHT foundation, which offers flawless coverage which stays put throughout the day. It's beautifully luminous without being too dewy and the shades are a perfect skintone match for me - hooray! The foundation itself doesn't suffocate the skin and provides an even, natural coverage. After I've slapped on some Estee Lauder, I go straight to filling in my brows, which are naturally dark in hue. Benefit's Brow Shaping Kit is a recent find of mine, yet it's already proved it's worth. There's both a wax and a shadow to alternate between, the result being perfectly sculpted brows!
Next up is applying wee dabs of Benefit's Primer to my eyelids, so that my eyeliner doesn't smudge or bleed away. Now, I know some of you may be fond/feel safer applying eyeliner with a brush or even a pencil, but dear readers, me and this eyeliner go WAY back. At the tender age of 13 I was a certified pro at whipping on Bourjois eyeliner without a shadow of a smudge. Thank god for angsty teenage emo phases, right?
After perfecting my eyelids, naturally mascara comes next. And may I just say that the amount of times people have asked "oh my god, are they fake lashes?" is countless. After using Benefit's 'They're Real' mascara, I can safely say that I never have to indulge in fake eyelashes ever again. The mascara extends my eyelashes a good 50%, making my eyes appear wider and oh so sultry! After I'm done fluttering my eyes in the mirror at myself (I'm the only one who does this? Oh, okay...), I then proceed to pick out a lipstick for the day, my most used being MAC's Saint Germain, Up The Amp and Rebel as the pink and purple tones match perfectly with my hair.
Last to prep, is the cheeks. I've never been into rosy or natural tones for my cheeks so I tend to go a bit wild with pinky hues as I love looking like a pure candyfloss freak these days! Benefit's Hervana Blusher is without a doubt, my favourite face powder ever, giving you a rather angelic appearance afterwards. And to top the look off, I finish with a wee bit of highligher, to further illuminate the face (making me look even more angelic).
What's your favourite makeup products?