My daily makeup routine
27th May 2014
A while back, when I wrote a post on my skin care routine, AnneMarie suggested that I should share my makeup routine. So, here goes.
Firstly, I must point out, I don’t like wearing makeup that much. In particular, I loath foundation. However, I wear it to cover up my spots and general imperfections in my skin. But I do quite enjoy making my eyes look pretty, and I’ve recently got into wearing lip stick. I aim to make my makeup look natural, although sometimes that isn’t always easy.
Before I apply my makeup I cleanse, tone and apply moisturiser, as documented in my skin care routine post. Here’s the before picture. I’m really not confident showing pictures of myself without makeup on so this is a big thing for me. My acne has improved significantly thanks to my skin care routine but I’ve still got a few scars from the spots I once had.
Once the moisturiser has been absorbed I apply my foundation. I wear No.7 Stay Perfect Foundation in a Cool Ivory colour, available from Boots. If you are a non-Brit and you are interested in No.7 foundation, Amazon.com has some of their products available, but not mine specifically. Just look how much the foundation improve the appearance of my spots!
I apply my foundation lightly using a makeup sponge. It’s best to use disposable sponges to prevent a build up of bacteria on the sponge. Dirty sponges and brushes aren’t good for your skin.
Next, I apply my eye liner (I do everything in a weird order). I couldn’t tell you the make of my eye liner pencil because I got free with a magazine when I was like 14! I kept it as I thought that one day I might actually use it. I’ve only been wearing eye liner for the last 6 months or so.
I apply eye liner just to the outside corner of my eyes on the top lid only. I just like to highlight my eyes a little without making it look messy or obvious. I find it difficult to make both eyes look the same, but I’ve found applying mascara makes mistakes look less obvious.
The mascara I use is Soap and Glory Thick and Fast, available from Boots and Amazon.com. I first used this when I got a free sample in a skin care kit I got for Christmas one year. I love this mascara because it really highlights your lashes without looking fake. As the name suggests, it’s thick, and it also doesn’t smudge or run easily.
I apply it generously to both my top and bottom lashes.
I use a powder to set my foundation. I use No.7 Perfectly Bronzed Bronzing Pearls to set the foundation and to give myself the appearance of a light tan. I apply with a large brush, carefully dusting off any extra powder on my arm before applying to my face, just so it’s not so dark. This is available from Boots and Amazon.com.
Finally, I apply my lipstick. I use Seventeen Mirror Shine Lipstick in the colour Belle. It’s so cute as it comes with a little mirror that slides out from the lid. It’s a really natural looking lipstick colour that makes your lips shine. This product is available from Boots but not from Amazon.com, so I’m not sure where you non-Brits could get it from. Sorry!
And so here is the final product. Of course, the spots are still visible but the redness has been reduced. It’s not perfect but it’s satisfactory, for me anyway.
P.S. I know I have a wonky face, a huge forehead and Pete Townshend’s nose[1. This really isn’t an insult. I love Pete.], but it really doesn’t bother me too much. I can sort the forehead out with a better hair cut (which I plan on doing when I get back from Italy), but I’d never have plastic surgery, even if I could afford it.
I hope that you found it useful that I provided links for both UK sellers as well as US sellers, where possible. I understand it can be a pain when I provide links to British websites/companies that many of you cannot order from. I’m trying to ensure I cater for all visitors. 🙂
Thank you for the idea AnneMarie. 😉