Following up from my Morning Routine post recently, I thought I'd do a little detailed write-up of my daily make-up routine to fill in the gaps! This is the routine I use specifically mid-week when I'm off to the office. My weekend routine is a little different and either more glammed up or toned down - dependent on what I'm doing. Grab a cup of tea and get stuck in, guys!
For my base, I tend to apply the Benefit Porefessional or Max Factor Facefinity Primer after moisturising. I then dot on Estee Lauder Double Wear Light foundation in '1', using my Real Techniques Buffing Brush to buff it into the areas where needed, starting from the centre of my face and gradually working outwards towards my hairline and down my jaw-line and neck. I tend to spend a wee while making sure this is blended in and then move on to concealer.
For concealer, I love using the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in 'Vanilla' under my eyes and blended across any blemishes, redness or scarring (usually on my chin and around my nose). Again, I use the Buffing Brush to blend this with my base to ensure a seamless finish. Blend, blend blend...!
!! Now, don't get me wrong, I don't go overboard on this step. I'm sure you're already reading it like, WOW, who is this girl?! Does she have her sh' together or what? No. I am not an expert contour queen, or have the time to spend faffing around in the mornings. But (!), I do like a little shadow under my cheekbones - the problems of having chipmunk cheeks. So, I use the Illamasqua Sculpting Duo with the Real Techniques Sculpting Brush in a '3' shape along my temples, cheekbones and jaw. The little kit comes with a highlight powder too, so I either use that above my cheekbones or the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit's Iridescent Strobe Light powder, with the Real Techniques Contour Brush.
A wee pop of blush on the cheeks is always the way to looking a bit perkier on a grey morning. I use the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in the coral 'Luminous Flush' and the Real Techniques Blush Brush to do this. It's my favourite blush as it looks so natural and glowy, and pretty much "lit within" as Hourglass so fondly like to say about their powders.
I know some people like to start with the eyes, but I tend to just finish off with that part of my face on a typical week-day, as the base is the most important thing for me to get right first. First off, I blend in a neutral light brown shadow from the Maybelline The Nudes palette. I don't tend to do a crease shadow as, er, breakfast is more important to me... I then do a black flick with my Rimmel Scandal Eyes eyeliner pen (I'm always on the hunt for a new eyeliner - shout them out please!). After that, it's a bit of eyelash curling with the Eyelure curlers and the Benefit Roller Lash mascara. To finish, I use my Louise Young brow brush to fill in my brows using the L'Oreal Brow Artist Genius Kit in 'Light to Medium'.
A quick slick of the Fleur de Force lipgloss in 'Little Star' and I'm done with lips! I've already tended to prep them with the Nuxe Reve de Miel lip balm during my skin-care routine.