Here's how I go from a 4 to a 5.
I've gotten my everyday makeup down to a regimented routine, so I thought I'd share it with you today. As mentioned, 'everyday' isn't everyday, but rather, it's my go to daytime makeup when I can be bothered to do it. More often than not I'll just use a few of these products to make me look a little more lifelike, but I thought I'd just give you the full shabang and highlight the product I use most often. Let's go.
First things first, even if I'm only putting on a tinted moisturiser, I'll still always apply a primer. Any time I've ever gone without, my skin has always been unhappy for the following days, so it's a must for me. A new favourite is the YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer, which I cannot get enough of. I got a mini of this in my beauty advent calendar and after using it up I realised I couldn't be without it and purchased the full size. It makes my skin look and feel incredible. It definitely adds a glow to the skin, and even after I've taken my makeup off, it still feels amazing, like this primer has been moisturising my skin throughout the day. Maybe the best primer ever.
My all time favourite base product is the Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser in Terre Neuve and it's the one I always reach for when I'm doing my everyday makeup. I have been using this for years now and I will continue to do so forever (if it ever got discontinued I'd be so upset). It adds a touch of colour to the face, evening out skin tone and adding a fresh look to the skin. Honestly, if you haven't tried this and you're a tinted moisturiser/ bb cream girl, you've got to test it out. On days when I'm going super natural though, with only two or three products, I have also been loving the Glossier Skin Tint in Light. It just makes your skin glow without adding very much product at all. This one is more on the watery side though, so adds barely any colour/coverage, but still looks amazing.
I don't generally use concealer anymore, which is something I never thought would happen, so trust me, I'm as shocked as you are. If it's a special occasion or I look so tired it's probably a crime somewhere, then I'll put a little under my eyes, but I rarely use it on blemishes these days - i.e. I've done so on one occasion thus far this year. The only concealer I own is the Nars Creamy Radiant Concealer in Chantilly, so if you wanted a recommendation, that's my all time fave and works wonders, but I generally just prefer to keep my base relatively simple and natural these days - a personal preference.
When it comes to powder, I've found myself reaching for the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder in the shade 1 Fair. I only started using this about two months ago, but it's amazing?? Mattifies the areas I need for basically the whole day without needing to reapply. Keeps my makeup in place and makes my skin look flawless. Honestly a massive fan. I also really like the Rimmel Clear Complexion Powder, but it's been beaten out in my everyday regime by this one.
'Cheek' makeup is something I will always skip if I'm in a rush or can't be bothered, but ultimately it does tend to make me look more lifelike, so I do love it. The Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil Bronzer is my go to bronzer / contouring powder. It's one of the few that are light enough and cool-toned enough for my pasty skin, so I'm obviously a fan. I don't tend to use much of this, but a dusting on the contours of my face helps add a little colour to my skin. (I've been meaning to try the Kevyn Aucoin sculpting powder actually, as I've heard it's great for pale people, so please let me know if you've tried it/liked it).
I am a recent convert when it comes to blush, and the perfect everyday blush for me is the Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Blush in First Love. It's a gorgeous dusky pink tone, with two shades - a lighter with shimmer and a deeper without - which I swirl together to get my ideal blush shade. I always thought blush would just make me look even paler, but it adds the nicest warmth to my skin. A big favourite.
My go to highlighter is the Too Faced Candlelight Highlighter in Rosy Glow. If you look at this in the pan, you'd think it would be way too pink toned, but it comes out as more of a light gold shade, almost champagne, and it's just gorgeous. Super pretty, would recommend. Use it whenever I wear any makeup at all. It's the best.
My all time favourite brow product is the Maybelline Brow Precise Fiber Filler in Medium Brown. It is so good. Personally, I don't have the patience to properly fill my brows in with a pencil, so this product is ideal. It's essentially a tinted brow gel, but works in a genius way that adds the illusion of extra hairs without any added effort, with 'fiber technology' (not something I understand, but something that evidently works). The best brow product out there in my opinion, and ideal for the lazy girl (me).
The Urban Decay Ultimate Naked Basics is my holy grail eyeshadow palette. If I'm wearing eyeshadow - it's this. It just has the perfect shade range. More often than not, I will just sweep one shade all over my eyelids, blending it up towards my eyebrows. My main favourites for this are the shades Commando, Tempted and Extra Bitter, and in the image above it's Tempted that I'm wearing. I'll then take a little bit of Blow on my finger and dot it in the inner corners of my eyes. If I'm feeling like a little definition, I'll also take Blackjack to line my lashes, but not super often.
I don't actually have a mascara that I like as the moment, so I've been using up what's left of a couple of different ones. When I do the most basic version of this makeup (tinted moisturiser/ brows/ highlight) I don't tend to wear mascara, mostly because it's the thing that takes longest to get off and it's kind of made me hate it, but if I've done the full face I feel that I need mascara to properly finish it off. Today I'm using L'Oreal Miss Baby Roll. L'Oreal mascaras always tend to be my favourites, but I think I'm just in a bit of a funk with mascara in general at the moment. This one's pretty good, but I'm just not enamoured with it right now.
And finally, on a day-to-day basis, I don't wear lipstick, as I feel it requires too much upkeep to bother with. Instead I just put on a little bit of lip balm, for the sheen.
So that's it. If I'm wearing a full face of makeup during the day time, it'll usually look like this, using the products I've mentioned.
What are your holy grail everyday makeup products?
Until next time.