When it comes to makeup I'm relatively low key. I like to have a small collection of products that are easy to apply, do the job they are intended to do and the whole process can't take me longer than ten to fifteen minutes or I'll get bored! I like to mix up high end and drug store products and wouldn't say I'm particularly brand-led so love experimenting and trying new things. Some of the products I've included I've only been using for a few months and others I've been using and repurchasing for years.
I'm 36 and am always on the hunt for products that aid with the ageing process and enhance natural beauty. I'm concious of dark circles, fine lines and the odd blemish and ensure my products work to target these areas.
My Base: Prime and Conceal
Step 1 - Primer
I didn't used to bother with this step but as I've got older I've come to realise how important this is for a smooth base and to ensure the lasting power of my makeup. I've tried a few different products but I adore the Hangover Primer by Two Faced. It feels so hydrating without feeling greasy plus, my foundation applies so nicely on top. I've also noticed my skin looks better when I remove my makeup at night time.
Step 2 - Foundation
I love the Light Wonder Foundation (in shade, 2 Fair) from Charlotte Tilbury as I feel it gives my complexion a lovely natural and dewey finish whilst covering uneven skin tone and light blemishes. I like to use my fingers to apply it first then go back over any areas that need a little extra with a Real Techniques Foundation Brush.
Step 3 - Conceal
You may think three products for concealing is a bit excessive but I love the combination of these and, for me, they all do a different job. I start with the Maybelline Instant Anti Age Eraser Eye (in shade, Light) under my eyes, round my nose and on my chin, working it in with a Beauty Blender. I then apply a little of the Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector on the inside corner of my eyes and finish with the Nars Creamy Concealer (in shade, Light 2 Vanilla) on any blemishes.
Step 1 - Highlight
I start off with my highlighter as it's creamy so I find it best to use it first before applying the powder products. The Speedy Highlight (in shade, 01 Pearl Sheen) from Collection is beautiful and a bargain price at £3.99. The stick makes it super easy to apply. I gently run this over my upper cheekbones then blend carefully with my Beauty Blender.
Step 2 - Bronze
I'm pretty gentle with bronzer but I've found I've needed it to gently contour my facial structure as I've got a little older. My sister in law introduced me to the Benefit Hula Bronzer about nine years ago and I've always gone back to it. The packaging could be better as I'm not a huge fan of the paper box but the product is great! I use the brush it comes with and run it under my cheekbones, along my jawline and over my temples. I then buff it out with a No.7 Powder Brush.
Step 3 - Blush
This blusher is the best I've ever used! I'm a huge fan of Hourglass Cosmetics for how radiant their products make the skin look and the Ambient Lighting Blush (in shade, Mood Exposure) is no exception. I smile (yes, I look ridiculous but it works!) then run this over the apples of my cheeks with a Real Techniques Blusher Brush.
Step 4 - Powder Finish
Now the trick here is to use this product to set your makeup and not use too much. The Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder (in shade, 1 Fair) from Charlotte Tilbury is lovely and light and gives a pretty glow to the skin whilst giving it a great finish. Run over all of your base with the No.7 Powder Brush (I have two - one for bronzer and one for powder).
Step 1 - Brows
Now I'm personally not a big fan of overly-done brows but I am of the generation that over-plucked so I need a little help with defining and filling in those little blank spots. I get my brows threaded at Blink Brow Bar in Notting Hill which keeps them groomed and growing into a better shape. I've tried, what feels like, millions of products for every day maintenance and really feel I've got it sussed with these two. First of of all, I use the Kiko Eyebrow Sculpt Automatic Pencil (in 01 Light Blonde). I use the brush end first to groom out my brows then gently use the tip of the pencil to fill in the gaps. I like the colour as it's a natural colour match. I then set with my Illamasqua Brow Build (in shade, Rise) which also has clever fibre technology to create a fuller look whilst promoting healthy growth.
Step 2 - Eyeshadow
I'm by no means a makeup expert so when it comes to eyeshadow it's a pretty simple look for me. I like a palette so I have the option of a natural day look as well as some colours for a shimmer or a smoked out eye. This New York palette from Bobbi Brown's City Collection is gorgeous and also comes with a blush. For everyday I blend the Cream colour all over my lid to my brow bone then add a little of the Champagne Quartz along the socket, both done with Spectrum brushes that I found through my February Birchbox.
Step 3 - Liquid Liner
This has been my signature eye look for years and I love it. It works really well with my face shape and bobbed haircut and I've finally mastered the techniques from a thin daytime line to a more dramatic cat eye. However, the only product that gives me the results and the control I want is the Glam Eyes Professional Liquid Liner from Rimmel. The brush is so easy to work with and the product lasts for hours. This is a true hero product of mine.
Step 4 - Lashes
I love mascara but I'm not very loyal when it comes to a brand as I enjoy experimenting. I picked up the Volume Millions So Couture Mascara from L'Oreal when I was in Paris and I'm really liking it. It's quite glossy and gives great definition without being too voluminous. Before applying (but after my liner is dry) I curl my lashes with Surratt's Relevee Curlers which are real game-changers. I've curled my lashes since I was 15, and they've always been part of my makeup bag, but these are incredible. They capture every lash and give a really natural curl. Try them.....you won't regret it!
I've got three different lip looks in my everyday bag because I like be able to step it up or down depending on how I'm feeling. I have a moisture look, a nude look and a pretty coral.
Look 1 - Moisture
I cannot stop going on about this range to everyone that'll listen. I a huge fan of lip balms and salves but sometimes you need some colour too. The Instant Light range from Clarins is gorgeous....tons of moisture and a really pretty natural colour. I love the shade Toffee Pink as it's pretty without being too girly.
Look 2 - Nude Lip
The wonder that is Hourglass Cosmetics launched this range of Girl Lip Stylo's last month and I was pretty quick off the mark to get my hands on one. The crayon tip gives precise application so no need for a liner and the formula is hydrating and nourishing whilst giving the lips a naturally plumped appearance. I opted for the shade 'Futurist' because I loved the nude look with a hint of colour.
Look 3 - Pretty Coral
As you may have noticed I'm a big fan of Charlotte Tilbury. I bought this combination last year when I was looking for a pretty everyday lip colour and was suggested this one by an artist in their Covent Garden Boutique. I chose the Shape & Resize Lip Liner in shade, Pink Venus with the K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in shade, Coachella Coral and the Lip Lustre Lipgloss in shade, Hall of Fame. I knew I had a good combination when I applied this after coming off a red-eye flight from New York and everyone kept commenting on how well I looked....trust me, it was the magic of the lipstick!