For the majority of my teen years up until the beginning of my twenties, I’d say my everyday makeup routine has changed quite dramatically. Suffice to say I’m relieved to have grown out of what I like to call the “Effy Stonem” stage (anyone else remember Skins?), which mostly consisted of panda eyes and not much else. Then there was the winged liquid liner and 4 layers of foundation stage, albeit not nearly as shocking, but it really didn’t do me any favours.
For the first time in my life, I’m finally discovering the techniques that work for me and today, I’m here to share them with you.
One: I’ve been applying Kiko’s “Skin Evolution Foundation” in the shade 108/Medium beige with the Real Techniques Expert Face brush. I could write a whole post dedicated to my love for Kiko products, but basically this foundation matches my skin perfectly and sits like a dream. It is a heavier coverage liquid foundation, so I prefer using it in the cooler months.
Two: I use Arbonne’s “Creme Concealer” in Medium to highlight under the eyes and cover up any dark circles. I usually apply it with my fingers because it’s quicker and dispenses more product, but sometimes I’ll opt for a brush.
Three: I use an old MAC Mineralize skin finish powder to set everything that was matched to my skin, with the Real Techniques Powder brush. Other times I’ll use “Translucent Loose Powder” by Face of Australia which really gives a flawless finish.
Four: I use the Naked Flushed Palette in “Streak” for both bronzer and blush. I apply them with a duo fiber brush.
Five: My favourite part, eyebrows! I remember a time when I used to go out without filling mine in and I still shudder at the thought. I use an eyebrow brush (“Small Eyebrow Brush” by & Other Stories) and a brown shadow.
Six: For eyeshadow, there’s only four steps involved. First, I apply Napoleon Perdis’ “Metallic Multipurpose Illuminator” and blend it over my eye. It adds the prettiest shimmer that’s subtle enough for everyday. Then I take a tapered blending brush (“Sigma E40“) and blend bronzer into my crease to create some depth.
At the moment, I’m enjoying using NYX’s “Love in Rio” palette – it’s affordable, pigmented and makes green eyes pop! I take the darkest shade and blend it on the outer corner of my eyes and on my bottom lash line with a blending brush (“Sigma E25“). I also apply the lightest shade on the inner corners. And last, I use a eyeliner brush (“Sigma E05“) with any black shadow and blend it into my top lash line to create a smokey shadow.
Seven: Does anyone else feel naked when they step outside without mascara? It just brings everything together. I’m using Rimmel’s “Supercurler” & apply a few coats to my top and bottom lashes.
Eight: I use Kiko’s Lip Pencil in “301” to line and fill in my lips. I used to skip over this step, but couldn’t imagine doing that now. Using a lip liner not only helps frame my face, but it helps my lipstick last all day and prevents any patchiness.
Nine: I’m wearing shade 45 from Rimmel’s Kate Nude Collection, which I absolutely adore. The range is gorgeous, and like all other Kate Rimmel lipsticks, it’s long lasting, creamy and pigmented.