Most women find themselves in certain routines with their makeup and usually become loyal to some essential makeup items, never straying too far from the path – whether that be your clump-free mascara, or ideal lipstick shade, or perhaps your overall makeup look. For me, I’ve been a fan of classic/vintage styles since as long as I can remember, closely observing images of Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn to see how they smoothed perfect arches into their eyebrows, or how they flicked their eyeliner.
Most days you will find me with 50s style liquid eyeliner, a good slick of mascara and a powdered face. But while I may be a ticking firmly to my style, I do love experimenting with the ‘volume’, from altering the size and shape of my eyeliner flick for a more subtle look, to going all out and adding falsies and a bold, statement lip colour.
Today I felt like spending a little more time on my makeup, so I used a good base – Murad’s Oil-Control Mattifier, an SPF15 product I’ve had a year now and just adore – it’s so,where between a light moisturiser and a primer, giving your makeup somewhere to sit, with no slippery feeling of a silicon primer.
Afterwards, I used Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra in 010 – a foundation I bought by accident when suffering terribly from the effects of too many cocktails the night before – I meant to go for Teint miracle but have actually found this one to be even better – even coverage with a silk finish and so easy to blend to get the coverage you require.
I’ve been trying one of Benefits latest miracle offerings – Agent Zero Shine, a powder in super-cute packaging which houses a little brush too. I love is powder for portability and true staying-power, you can use the brush to scrunch it right into any problem areas, like for me the pores on my nose and cheeks which I find enlarged.
Finish off with a new blusher I bought a couple of weekends ago in H&M for the sheer gadget-appeal, it has a little sponge attached to its head, where the powder deposits from, and the colour is lovely! I do work it in afterwards with a large brush however. I applied a quick smudge of MACs creme colour in camel, and went for my classic sweep of Body Shop liquid eyeliner which I find so good for sensitive eyes. Then my Sleek eyebrow palette, which is definitely my product of 2013, it just doesn’t seem to go down, I bought another one months ago for fear of running out of such a treasured product and I seriously can’t see the day ahead when I will need it – my palettes been going strong about a year now and I use it basically everyday!
I love mascara primer and swear by Clinique’s offering for a build-able base, but am trying the Lancôme version I bought recently to see how it shapes up, so far I do think I prefer the Clinique version simply for the ability to build on the product if you want a more wide-eyed look. Followed with my new favourite mascara (can you tell I recently had a splurge at the shops!) Smashbox’s EyeBrightening mascara. With a quick scribble of my H&M white eyeliner on my lower lids, I was ready for my lipstick – I used a Rimmel Exaggerate lip liner and filled in the colour with a Lord and Berry red lip crayon with a little mac lipstick for warmth in the tone.
To compete my look I’d pinned my fringe into a small roller, once my makeup was done I shook it out and teased into place, adding a little Treseme Strong Hold hairspray. Et voila!