As quietly promised a few weeks ago, here is the step by step of my every day make up routine. This is not a sponsored post, nor is it a review. Just a small written guide to my methods.
Step 1: Carve In The Brows!
After the basic skincare regime (See Here), I fill in my brows. I like to do this step first as if I mess them up I’m not removing my whole face to redo them.
Using the NYX Tame & Frame Tinted Brow Pomade I follow the top line of my sparse hairs, then I do the same with the bottom line. Once they’re almost touching I colour them in with the brush and add the tail. Depending on how I want them to look, I will either elongate the tail outwards. Alternatively, pulling the tail down to create a more defined brow.
Step 2: Erase Your Mistakes!
Okay, So if you’re anything like me… the first step probably isn’t looking so instagrammable right now. Worry not, you can get rid of any uneven, unwanted bits by covering them with foundation! Taking a small foundation brush with a pea sized amount of the (Max Factor Healthy Skin Harmony) Foundation, I carve around the brows and cover up any overspill of brow product. Starting at the bridge of my nose I pull the foundation upwards to define the space between the brows. Then, I outline the top of the brow on both sides, following it round at the tail and finally I go in and carve out the lines beneath the brow. Any remaining product is used to cover up blemishes and dark circles.
Step 3: Build That Foundation.
Maybe my most or least favourite step depending on how rushed I am to get out the door…
I use a damp beauty blender for my foundation as I find brushes are too much effort. Putting around two pumps (EY) of foundation onto the back of my hand, I use the largest part of the Sport FX Beauty Blender to blend out the foundation around my eyebrows before it starts to dry, adding foundation as and when needed. I then cover my chin, cheeks, nose and eyes. If there is any product remaining I will add it to wherever I feel more coverage is needed. As a little side note, this product dried super quickly so you definitely want to work quickly with it.
Step 4: Set That Shit!
I’ve always found that my liquid foundation moves all over my face without a setting powder of some kind. A lot of products are very heavy on my face and end up too cakey but I’ve found this powder to be amazing. I use a basic revlon powder puff and generously shake the powder onto this, then add it to my chin, nose and cheeks first. Once patted out, I then add powder using the same method to the rest of my face (inducing eyes and undereyes).
Step 5: Eyes and Eyeshadow.
Legit my favourite step, I LOVE creating new eye looks. Even if its the same shape with different colours!
I’ll try to make this bit as easy as possible to follow.
I use three brushes, a basic fluff/packing brush and two varied sized blending brushes. Using the packing brush, I take the lightest colour (Usually a white, cream or very light beige shade) and pack the colour all over the oval of my eyelid. Then using the smaller blending brush, I take the second lightest shade (usually a light brown) and follow the corner of my upper eyelid. Then, round the curve of my brow bone and repeat in back and forth motions. I do this until it’s at the intensity that I want. Finally I take the larger blending brush and the darkest shade of eyeshadow and pack it into the hollow of my brow bone and eyelid with large back and forth motions.
Using a clean powder brush, I wipe away any fall out.
Once I’m happy with the look of my eyeshadow, I add a thin line of eyeliner complete with (wonky) cat flick. Following the natural curve of my eyelid with the tip until around 3mm before the end of my eye, then pulling the eyeliner up to create a flick. I do this so that if my eye leaks (which it always does) I don’t end up looking like a panda. Finish off withe good coating of Mascara.
Step 6: That 80’s Cheekbone.
I am obsessed with the 80’s! Ever since I got into make up, it has influenced my style. Honestly, I have probably worn this intense blusher look in varying colours for at least ten years! I know it’s not for everyone but make up is all about expression.
To start with, using a small blusher brush take some of the NYX Mate Bronzer in Medium and create a line along your cheek bone diagonally towards the edge of your mouth. You want the majority of colour to be focused around top of the cheekbone. Next using the MUA Prism Jelly Highlight in Optic take the brown shade and a larger blusher brush and at the top of your cheek bones apply the product. If this is too shimmery for you, add a little more of the bronzer to calm it down a little.
Step 7: Oh Hi Light.
Finally, we’re getting to the end of our make up journey. I SWEAR by the MUA Loose Powder Highlighter.
I usually use an angled blusher brush. Generously dip the flat edge of the brush into the product and apply it to the highest point of my cheek bone. Then i pull it up to my temples. I also add a small dot to the edge of my nose, the bridge of my nose, my philtrum and on my brow bone to lift my eyebrows!
Step 8: Contour!
Not a step that everyone will want to do but it’s definitely something thats changed my make up game! I usually contour my nose, forehead and chin.
Using the same small blusher brush that we used in step 6 and the same bronzer! I create a halo around the top of my head to give a more rounded shape. I do the same around my chin and then follow the natural line of my jaw to give a more defined edge.
Step 9: Additional Extras!
Lashes and Lips!
For red lips I use the Too Faced Melted Matte Liquid Lipstick in the shade Lady Balls. For Nude lips, I use the NYX Lip Lingerie in the shade Bedtime Flirt.
Lashes, I only EVER use the Ardell Wispies in style 113.
Make Up Products Mentioned:
Max Factor – Healthy Skin Harmony- Miracle Foundation – Light Ivory 40
L’Oreal Paris – Infallible Mattifying Primer
L’Oreal Paris – True Match Minerals – 1.R/1.C Rose Ivory
L’Oreal Paris – Miss Hippie Mega Volume Mascara – Black
NYX Tame & Frame – Tinted Brow Pomade – TFBP02 – Chocolate
NYX Matte Bronzer – MBB03 – Medium
NYX Epic Ink Liner – Black
Too Faced – Sweet Peach Palette
Lime Crime – Venus 3 Palette