My Everyday Face
It’s very rare that I wear makeup. I wish this thought process would go into my head whenever I hand my debit card over to buy more of the stuff but hey, girl gotta shop.
Therefore, when I use something, it tends to be decent and normally quite expensive. It’s a big cost to pay out at the beginning but the products I buy easily last me a year, so the cost isn’t actually too dear in the long run.
My everyday face is basically the makeup I wear on weekends and occasionally during the week if I have a break out or feel a bit run down. These are the products I swear by, and I would recommend them to everyone (who has the same skin type as me- hey combo gals and guys).
First up is primer. If I’m wearing makeup, I tend to like to moisturise in the morning to keep my skin hydrated and then I’ll go in with a primer. At the moment, I’m using the Avon MagiX Face Perfector Primer. I can’t seem to find it on the Avon site, but you can buy it on Amazon here for the bargain price of £6.50. This product goes on really smoothly and makes my skin feel quite matte once it’s applied, which I really like. It also has SPF 20 in it which is great as I like to use SPF on a daily basis to keep my skin baby-aged. It helps my makeup to go on smoother and it stops it from budging.
I don’t tend to use foundation 90% of the time. Luckily, I don’t really suffer from trouble skin (I’m very thankful for this) so I use a tiny bit of concealer under my eyes and on any redness or minor breakouts if need be. I have combination skin – oily and dry in different areas – and I have very oily skin under my eyes, so I need a heavy duty concealer that doesn’t move. I’ve been using the Benefit Boi-ing Concealer (£17.50) for ages now, but recently, I don’t know if the formula has changed or my skin, but it’s not doing as well. I’m in the market for a new heavy duty concealer that will not move, so any suggestions- send my way. This concealer needs to be warmed up before applied (just rub your finger on it for a while), I pat it onto the areas I need brightening and then buff away excess with a Real Techniques buffing brush. I also set with a little powder if I’m out and about all day.
Next up is blusher. I don’t contour or anything unless I’m going out. I’m one of those girls that likes to look noticeably different (in a good way) when I go full-on with my makeup, so I don’t like go full-throttle all day err’day. This blusher, is just, indescribable. Before I bought this, I’d never bought anything from Nars and I’m now a full blown convert. This is the Nars Orgasm Blush (£23) and I genuinely can’t imagine using any other blusher after this. It’s a girly pink with beautiful peach/gold shimmers and it gives a beautiful flush of colour to my pale cheeks. I can’t honestly recommend it enough.
Once I started, I didn’t stop. My second purchase from Nars was the Eyelash Curler (£15). Originally I’d bought a crappy £3 pair from H&M and then I saw the Miley Cyrus image with a bunch of her eyelashes stuck to a cheap pair of curlers and thought NAHHHH. Therefore, internet searching I found these ones and honestly, I don’t know how I lived without them (dramatic, definitely not true). I never used to curl my eyelashes until I saw good ol’ CT doing it in all of her videos (see this post here for full obsession details) and when I used one I realised that, even without mascara, they do help open your eyes up. They’re now a daily staple.
Once curled to high heaven, I apply my favourite mascara of all time (no drama here), the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara (£19). This brush, the formula, the intensity of colour just works so well on my lushes and gives them lift, curl, colour and drama. I find the brush really easy to use, I don’t end up with any clumps and it is something I will repurchase over and over again. I can’t wait to get a hold of the long-awaited waterproof version too.
Finally, to set all my makeup I use the Avon Make-up Setting Spray (£6). I also have the Urban Decay All-Nighter Long Lasting Setting Spray (£22) but the Avon version is a purse-friendly dupe. Simply spray over your finished makeup, leave to dry and it helps prolong your makeup. I don’t think it’s physically possible for makeup to stay put for hours on end (although the UD All-Nighter gives it a good go!) but for a couple of hours this setting spray stops making from budging- perfect for travel or for important meetings.
And that’s it! Considering its only six products I’ve managed to long it out a decent amount. I love a good chit-chat. What’s your everyday face like? Do you have any dupes for the above? Let me know!
Thanks for reading,