Been seeing a lot of these types of posts on my favourite bloggers’ sites: “What’s in my makeup bag”, “Daily Makeup Routine”… And you know what? I love these.
It’s a nice look at what these stunning, inspirational women use to enhance their natural beauty.
Surprisingly, most of my favourite eye/fashion candies have an incredibly simple, streamlined beauty routine.
Me? Not so much. Like my personality, my skin is rather complicated, and thereby, my makeup routine is far from simple and streamlined. I have extreme combination skin with terrible hyper pigmentation, and, I give a great many thanks to my parents for bequeathing me with egregious dark under eye circles. They’re not baggy, just PURPLE. So… primers, concealers, foundations, powders, highlighters… all imperative.
Here we go:
- The Body Shop Tea Tree acne skin clearing lotion as acne serum. I have acne problems.
- The Body Shop Nutriganics anti-aging moisturizer.
- Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Liquid sunblock SPF 70. Very sheer. Very light. No sunscreen smell. I retouch up on my sunblock around lunch, and sometimes right before I go home (sunblock loses effectiveness after about 3 hours) with IQQU (Michelle Phan) Advance Sunscreen in SPF 50.
- The Body Shop Matte It face primer for a base… then I use The Body Shop Vitamin C Energizing Spray to set my makeup.
- Amazing Concealer under eyes and on acne, around nose and mouth and any broken capillaries. Urban Decay eyeshadow primer under concealer helps to keep the concealer lasting all day.
- MAC Blot powder to set concealer, and for de-slicking oiliness on the T-zone throughout day.
- Urban Decay Surreal Mineral Makeup. Comes with a built in puff, so I don’t need to use brushes. I do, sometimes, though, for areas around the eyes, so the buff sponge doesn’t smear my concealer.
- Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion on lids. Followed by L’Oreal neutral eye shadow quad brown all over lid. Lancome Haute Sunset quad in pink and dark brown on outer corners. If I’m pressed for time, I just use NYX eyeshadow in “My favorite color” as highlighter and in the inner eye corners, then sweep a neutral brown all over the lid.
- NYX highlighter pencil on browbone, inner eye corners, cheekbones and down nose for highlighting.
- NYX brown eyeliner.
- Rimmell Lash Accelerator Mascara (testing it out for review) for length. Followed by Japonesque electric lash curler, then Clinique extreme lengths curl mascara (water proof) to set curl.
- Anastasia eyebrow pencil in ultimate brown to line and groom brows.
- Laura Mercier lipstain as blush on apples of cheeks.
- NYX lipstick in Doll on lips.
In addition to onerous skin (i.e., having combination, acne prone), I’m incredibly lazy, and the last thing I want to do is have to retouch my makeup in the middle of the day other than lipstick, blush and sunscreen. My face has to last all day through work and commute–more than nine hours. So I use primers, setting powders and a couple of concealers for major staying power. It usually lasts-ish about 7 hours. Amazing Concealer does conceal well, but it doesn’t last as long as I’d like. I do come home looking a bit like a zombie.
It is a lot, but if I’m really good about not dilly-dallying, I can get my face done in about 15-16 minutes.
The hair… that’s a whole different story. Brushes, volume and my hair–they are not friends, and they don’t work well together.