A makeup recipe, for me, by me.

I’ve been pushing myself recently to be a little (read: little) more adventurous with mymakeup. For years, it was all very bland and very robotic. Same foundation, same concealer, powders, mascara, done. Today my general makeup outlook is completely different, whereupon I find the process of discovering, trying and continuing to try new makeup products pretty damn exciting. I bought the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara the other day, after not using it for absolutely years, and squealed when it said the order had sent. (Side note: the mascara is so not as good as I remembered it! Devastated except that I’m now eyeing off other mascaras…)

These days the makeup I slip onto my face is a little more relaxed, but far more refined than what I would previously wear. I’m focusing a little more on looking after my skin (better products, lighter application) and a little more on highlighting only specific parts of my face, rather than all of it. The products I use daily are ones I can trust to do the job, after spending weeks and months trialling how they work on my skin.

I don’t wear makeup every single day, but I’m trying to wear it more than once a week, which is unfortunately what I fell into doing earlier in the year. This is a little fuller-coverage than my daily, but is what I will likely be wearing on the weekend and on the days where I’m feeling fab.

Too Faced Primed & Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer

I jump between this one and the hangover primer to smooth the skin. I also wear them alone for the gym and on days where I don’t want to wear makeup but need my skin to even out.

Nars Sheer Glow in Santa Fe

Sheer Glow is such a cult classic and for good reason. It can be built up, but is incredibly lightweight, natural-looking on the skin, and it lasts. I will never not love this one.

Nars Soft Matte Concealer in Custard

If you couldn’t see already, I’m a big Nars fan. This concealer is dry enough to hold on my skin without falling victim to oil and day-long wear. I use this under my eyes (would rethink that if I had particularly dry skin) and on blemishes.

Nude by Nature Finishing Veil in Translucent

I haven’t yet found a powder that I really love, so am in the process of trying a few. To date, this is the one that feels the most natural on my skin. No complaints here.

Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder in Medium

Cannot recommend this one enough. It will really and truly sculpt and for someone who has cheekbones in the negatives, this is a lifesaver.

Benefit Hoola Bronzer

This has been around since before me, I’m sure. It is the perfect bronzer, I’ll argue with anyone on that.

Nars Blush in Orgasm

Do I need to talk about this? Sort your names out Nars, but damn keep at it with the winner products.

Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder in Incandescent

This is so light and finely milled. I love this for an understated glow but when I amp it up, I’ll usually opt for a Becca highlight, because they pack a punch to say the least.

Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette

This is such a good and sleek staple. It fits anywhere and everywhere, has the basic neutrals and brighter colours you need for multiple looks, plus has great pigment. And it’s cheap! I love this thing and use it daily.

Loreal Paris Brow Artist Plumper

I’ve been trying to get my hands on the Benefit Gimme Brow Gel for so long, but haven’t yet gotten it. In the meantime, tis product is by far the best eyebrow plumping gel I’ve used. I switch between the Blonde and the Transparent depending on how natural I’m going. I’ll also often use some powder underneath, but I change it up every day.

Loreal Telescopic Mascara in Carbon Black

I still haven’t found a mascara I love as much as this one. Carbon Black is deep and rich and takes my already thick lashes to new lengths. On the hunt for more good lengthening mascaras.


And there you have it! Eleven things that I put on my face all the time. Hope you’re enjoying your Tuesday lovers x


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