I wear make-up to work occasionally, which requires the effort of getting up early to be in the office before 9am. As a result of this, I have mastered a short routine that ensures the maximum amount of time possible is spent in bed, and not waving around a mascara wand. In total, this look takes roughly 15-20 minutes.
I first wash my face with LUSH’s Let the Good Times Roll face and body wash. This is a yellow, granule-based mixture. I feel this exfoliates my skin gently without irritating it. Afterwards, I dry my skin with Moo Goo’s Blemish Cleansing Moisturiser. This is an all-natural, organic product and I feel it has really helped clear my acne flare ups. It comes with a hefty price tag of €15.85, but one bottle should last you two to three months.
I always apply a primer as I feel my foundation is inclined to slide off my face throughout the day due to my oily skin. If you buy a MAC foundation or another higher-end brand, the sales assistants usually include a few free samples of their primer. This is how I obtained MAC’s Prep and Prime in Natural Radiance. This primer does have a slight glitter effect, and comes in a yellow or red tone, so make sure you get the right one for you. I usually apply primer with my fingers as I feel it sinks into my skin better.
After this, I apply MAC Studio Fix foundation in NC10. This is a yellow toned, very pale foundation, and is definitely the best I have tried. The product does not oxidise or slip and offers great coverage for those of us who suffer from acne or eczema. While €20 is not affordable on a student budget, I would encourage anyone who wears makeup to consider making this investment. I bought mine at Stanstead airport for £17 including a pump. The cheaper alternative is L’oreal’s True Match Foundation, which has a formula like a dream. I never contour for every day make-up as it takes far too long. I apply my foundation with Real Techniques flat foundation brush.
For my eyebrows, I use Rimmel’s eyebrow pencil in Dark Brown. I usually use disposable spoolies to brush out the pencil and to blend it effectively. I then use a powder highlighter on my browbone, using a thinner eye brush, also from Real Techniques.
I usually use Urban Decay’s Naked palette for my eye shadow. A good dupe for this are elf’s palettes, which are now available in Penney’s. The Naked palette comes with its own brush which I have never strayed from. For my every day look, I usually use three colours: Sidecar on my inner corners, Naked on the middle of my eye, and I sweep Buck onto the outer corner.
I line my lips with Penney’s PS lip liner. My go-to lipstick is MAC, Velvet Teddy, a matte lipstick which gives colour but isn’t too heavy for an every day look. It also doesn’t transfer as much as its satin counterparts. Alternatively, Sleek do a great satiny range, their Liqueur shade is a neutral tone perfect for every day wear. If you really want you lips to last, I recommend using Lipcote, which is like clear nail varnish for your lips. I would suggest only using this on special occasions or on very long days, as it can be quite drying.
I set my foundation with Rimmel’s Clear Complexion Powder and a Real Techniques powder brush. I then use a fixing spray from Penney’s PS range. For €4 it does the job.
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