Friday, 12 July 2013

My Current Everyday Makeup Routine!

Hello everyone! As I have already mentioned, I love makeup! Completely obsessed with it. I am forever watching YouTube videos on my favourite beauty gurus and whenever I go shopping I always find myself in Boots or Superdrug (UK Drug store type shops) checking out new products. I love reading/watching videos and posts on different people's everyday makeup. So I decided to do mine! Mine changes quite often, I like to try new products or go back to products that have really impressed me. When it comes to everyday makeup, I probably only have a couple staples that are permanently in my makeup bag. Hope you enjoy!

So after I have cleansed, toned or exfoliated and moisturized my skin, I like to use a primer before I put any makeup on my face. The primer that I use is the W7 Prime Magic Face Primer in Camera Ready Purple. To start off with, I only used this if I was off on a night out. However I've found that it is a staple for my everyday makeup look and has sneaked its way into my everyday routine! Primer is great for creating a smooth base for your foundation to go onto. It also keeps your makeup in place for a long time. This primer promises to leave you with a smooth and flawless complexion, and I'd certainly agree! 

After I have put primer all over my face, I put my foundation on. I'm one of those lucky ones that can get away without wearing concealer (although I do have them for emergencies). The foundation that I'm using at the moment is Benefit's Hello Flawless Oxgyen Wow in Ivory ("I'm pure 4 sure"). I love this product as it is really build-able and stays put all day. This foundation promises to brighten up your face. I'm not too sure if it does this, as I never just wear foundation on it's own (I use powder almost always) but it does give my skin a really nice, almost dewy finish. I'm not one for high end make up as such as I much prefer the array (and cost!!) of drugstore makeup. However, this was left at my flat from a friend and I have given a nice home in my makeup bag. I use my fingertips to apply this foundation as whenever I have used a brush, it is always streaky!! (Any good foundation brush suggestions will be highly appreciated!!) 

Eye Lash Curlers (I have no idea where mine are from) 

I am pretty simple when it comes to brushes and tools for my everyday look. As I've said, I use my fingertips to apply my foundation and primer. A good quality powder brush is deffo a must for me..even application is key! I'm using Eco Tools Bamboo Blush Brush as it's a really good size and reaches in all of the corners. It is so soft and apparently eco friendly too! Bonus! The same goes with my Eco Tools Eye Shadow Brush. The bristles really grab onto the product until you apply onto your eyes, and the brush is quite good at blending too! I have no idea where I got my eyelash curlers, but using them makes my lashes look longer and perkier which is always nice! 

When it comes to setting my foundation, Rimmel's Stay Matte Pressed Powder is my go-to product. It stays on for absolutely ages and when combined with my Eco-Tools Blush brush, it goes onto my face really evenly. During the summer when I am a little more tanned, I tend to use a darker pressed powder to either contour or bronze my face. At the moment I'm using MUA's Pressed Powder in shade 4 and it has become a very permanent staple to my makeup bag. After I have applied my foundation all over my face, I will evenly dust my Stay Matte Pressed Powder all over my face too. As you can see mine is very well loved and I am in desperate need of a new one! After that, I will get an angled face brush or the Eco Tools blush brush again, and lightly sweep MUA's Pressed powder into the hollows of my cheeks, up into my temples and (when I'm feeling brave) maybe a little down my nose and on my chin. 

For my eyebrows, I really love Rimmel's Professional Eyebrow Pencil in Dark Brown. It is a wax based product so it stays on all day, but it has a really natural looking finish. I used to be really scared of doing anything to my eyebrows, but I've had my hair dark for a few years and having light brown brows did make me look a little odd. So I embraced the brow pencil! When doing my brows I literally just lightly fill them in with a sharp point on the pencil. Easy! However, if I want a stronger brow I might add the tiniest touch of a black kohl pencil. This one from Collection 200 (Now called Collection) does the trick. 

These two products are what I always use on my eyes for my day time look without fail. My Ted Baker palette has a good mixture of matte and shimmer colours, although I hardly ever use the brights. I like to keep my eyes neutral during the day. The Natural Collection duo is a favourite too, I have repurchased it around 3 times now..and it's multi functional! The lighter colour 'Latte' I sometimes like to use as a highlighter. I'd sweep it over the tops of my cheek bones and underneath my brow on my brow bone. I'm not a huge fan of shimmery highlighters during the day. The 'Mocha' colour can also be used on my brows if I'm after a softer brow look. Together, they make a really gorgeous neutral smokey eye. 

Mascara is a product that I'm always changing. I'm a little bit fussy when it comes to my lashes, I like them long, thick and even and I HATE clumps!! When Max Factor's Clump Defy came out, I knew I had to try it. It is the best mascara I have ever used to date. I love it! The wand is plastic and curved with tiny little bristles on, and the actual product - as promised- doesn't clump, no matter how many layers I put on! After playing around with different mascaras, I found that these two together work the best. My lashes look long and thick! I don't really have a special way of doing my mascara. Although I am prone to shake the wand a little bit through my lashes to separate them. 

Keeping with the theme of neutrals, I tend to like a nude lip colour. One of my favourite combinations is Mac's Viva Glam Gaga 2 Amplified with Carmex underneath to make my lips nice and soft, and then on top again to add a glossy finish. Carmex is absolutely brilliant if you're prone to dry lips. It sorts them out within a minute and you can feel your lips tingling as soon as you put it on! It's also really affordable too. I'm in love with Mac lipsticks. I love their signature vanilla scent and their creamy finish. I don't have many lipsticks, probably around 3. But Viva Glam Gaga 2 is one that I find myself going to the most. 

And there you have it! Hope you enjoyed my everyday makeup routine. It was great to share with you which makeup products I use on a daily basis! If you've done a post like this, I'd love to see yours too! 

Ciao for now! :) .x.