My makeup bag has had a bit of an update recently so I thought it would be good to share my latest beauty finds and how I’m getting on with them.
First things first: primer. After I’ve done my cleansing and moisturing routine, I start with primer. Depending on how my skin is feeling, there are two I have been using recently. When my skin is dry, I reach for Laura Mercier Hydrating Foundation Primer. It’s easy to apply and works well under makeup, giving great hydration and a bit of glow. If my skin is a bit on the oily side, which it is at the moment, I’ve been using the Estée Lauder Matte Perfecting Primer. I really like it for its ability to significantly reduce the appearance of my pores, which sometimes look huge. It reduces shine a little bit, but I think for me, it’s benefits are more in the pore-minimising department. There is a hydrating version as well, which I will try once my skin has inevitably gone dry again.
Next up is foundation. I was using Estée Lauder’s Double Wear Stay-in-place foundation, which I have previously reviewed here. I absolutely loved this foundation, it’s got quite a full coverage but feels light on the skin and does last all day. But I’m a magpie when it comes to makeup and thought I would try something different. Particularly as my skin has got a bit oily recently, so I wanted to try something with mattifying effects.
Hence my purchase of Chanel’s Perfection Lumiére Velvet foundation, in the shade 10 Beige – a great match for me as I have pale skin with a slight yellow undertone. It’s aimed at combination/oily skin to even out the complexion and help to mattify oily areas. It does reduce shine for me and provides a decent amount of coverage considering how lightweight it is. It feels lovely on the skin and although it’s advised to use your fingertips to blend it, I often use my Real Techniques Buffing Brush (although it’s really meant for powder foundations) as in the mornings when I’m rushing around getting ready for work, I find that brushes really help to make everything a bit quicker and less messy. But at the weekends when I have more time, I do blend it in with my fingers and I find that both techniques work well. It’s a really lovely foundation.
Next is concealer – I am still using and loving Estée Lauder’s Double Wear Stay-in-Place Flawless Concealer (full review here). It’s long lasting and the doe-foot applicator makes applying it to the inner corners of the eyes and around the nose really easy. It’s got a gorgeous consistency – really creamy and hydrating. Definitely one for those of us that get a bit dry in the under-eye area.
After I’ve applied my foundation and concealer, I then use a bit of foundation powder to provide a good base for my bronzer and blusher. I prefer powder bronzers and blush because otherwise I find them difficult to blend and a bit patchy. My current powder of choice is Mac’s Studio Fix Powder Plus, which is really long lasting. I’m not sure how it works as a foundation, as that is what it’s meant to be used for, but I find that it’s great as a setting powder. I’ve completely rubbed off the wording on the case, so I’m not sure of the shade, but it’s probably the palest one they do. I use my lovely fluffy Real Techniques Powder Brush to press it into my skin using a dabbing motion.
My latest bronzer is one that I’m really impressed with. I first saw it mentioned on Vivianna Does Makeup’s blog – Make Up For Ever’s Pro Bronze Fusion in shade 20M. I love her blog so anything she suggests, I make a note to try it out. I was looking for a new bronzer as my last one, the Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder (full review here) had a bit too much orange/red tint to it for winter. The MUFE bronzer is amazing – it’s got more of a brown tint to it, which makes it much better for contouring and adding a warm glow. It’s very sheer too, so it’s much harder to go overboard with it and you can really build it up as much as you want.
Then comes my blusher, which is currently the Bourjois Little Round Pot Blusher in the shade Jasper Rose. It’s quite dusky rose pink colour and is pretty highly pigmented with a slight sheen to it. I’ve had this blusher for about a year, and it still has so much left! Great value for money at £7.99, and it lasts all day. There’s a huge range of colours to choose from, so I would highly recommend it.
After all of that, I apply my mascara. I prefer to apply it after I’ve done my foundation and concealer, as I feel that my complexion is my main concern, then I can concentrate on my lashes. A couple of days ago I bought the Rimmel Wonder’Full Mascara Waterproof in 001 Black. I always buy waterproof mascaras because they don’t flake or come off halfway through the day, and they hold a curl really well. I had used up a Maybelline Mascara which just always somehow ended up on my contact lenses, which was really annoying, and I was looking for something that basically didn’t do that. I seem to have solved that problem, but this mascara seems to be on the other end of the spectrum in that it doesn’t do much in terms of volumising. Several coats on and there’s not a lot happening, but the upside of this is that there is zero clumping (which seems to be it’s USP) or those horrid spider lashes. I’m going to stick with it but I think I need to find something that has a bit more bang for it’s buck, although at £7.99 this is very reasonable. If it was more expensive I would say it’s a waste of money. It sounds like the original (i.e. non-waterproof) version has a better formula, so if you’re not too bothered about waterproof mascaras and want a volumising non-clumping one, then maybe give that one a go.
The final icing on the cake (or makeup on the face) is some sort of lip product. Sometimes, if my lips are particularly dry I’ll just opt for a nice lip balm or lip gloss, but normally for work I like a nude lipstick. I like to use a ‘universal lip liner’ (i.e. one that doesn’t have any colour) just to prevent any feathering or smudging around the lips. I’ve been really pleased with Dior’s Universal Lipliner Pencil, which holds lipstick fast. After hearing rave reviews of Mac’s Matte Lipstick in the shade Mehr, I only went and bought it! And how glad I am that I did. I love Mac lipsticks and this one is no exception. It’s super long-lasting and matte as the name suggests, and I absolutely love this colour. It’s on the browner end of the nude spectrum, which I love because it gives a bit more colour than the previous nude lipsticks I’ve been using and makes my makeup look a bit more polished. Love, love, love.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and that it’s given you a bit of inspiration in the makeup department. I always find that autumn is a good time of year to throw away anything you’re not using/has got a bit manky, and start looking at the lovely new shades and formulas that come out. Buying a new lipstick (á la Mac’s Mehr to the left) is the perfect way to perk up your makeup for the coming months.