For the past few months, I’ve been switching up my typical routine and opting for a powder instead of a liquid base. My skin is looking a little better on the acne-front these days but I still have some scarring, so this routine is perfect if you have blemishes or whatever – don’t be put off if you usually opt for full coverage foundation, this is exactly up your street.
To start, I use the Erborian CC Creme HD (£35). This stuff works miracles, it’s pretty much a moisturiser, primer and tint in one – I don’t know how else to explain it! It’s a little like Origins VitaZing in that it has a sheer tint to it, which doesn’t do much in terms of coverage but it really, really helps to smooth over the skin, conceal blemishes and minimise any imperfections. It’s pretty amazing. It translates as a flattering glow on the skin, rather than full cover, but it is super perfecting! I can apply only this on lazy days and feel so happy with my skin. I then use the Stila One Step Correct (£24), this is a colour-correcting primer that helps to minimise redness, brighten the skin and deal with sallowness. I actually tend to mix these two together, I guess just because it’s quicker but also I think the result is nicer. The Stila primer is also very hydrating – it leaves skin looking so dewy, which is important if you’re going to use a powder, you need heaps of hydration laid down first.
My powder of choice at the moment is the Tarte Amazonian Full Cover Airbrush Foundation Powder (£34), which has been a staple in my routine lately. I’m obsessed with this stuff, I can’t believe how perfecting it is! You guys asked me what I was wearing in my brow tutorial post a little while ago, and this is the stuff. Any signs of scarring or blemishes, this powder (combined with that handy little brush) just evens out my skin tone, perfects my skin and leaves it looking so natural and glowing. It doesn’t feel heavy or drying on the skin, though I always remember to use a hydrating base, and it lasts well throughout the day too.
The coverage is meant to be full but I tend to use less and blend more and the result is perfect. I don’t even need to use concealer and it’s really easy to build it up where you need a little extra coverage.
I’m definitely set in my ways with this quick routine, my skin has never looked better.
Have you tried a foundation powder? Can your recommend another one for me to try?
It’s time to face up to my fear of red lipstick, and I’m hoping you can help me. You may have noticed that I rarely wear red lipstick, I wish I could whip it out for daily wear but I don’t often touch the stuff. I have to say, I don’t mind red lipstick on me – it’s not like it clashes or anything, I just don’t feel like I can work it…
There’s a number of reasons for this, first of all – I feel like it takes a lot of maintenance to keep up. I have quite dry lips and never really care for them all that much, bar the odd slick of lip balm every now and again. My lips dry up a lot when I’m wearing lipstick and I often rub off my colour of choice halfway throughout the day because it feels uncomfortable. On top of that, I’m a bit of a boisterous person – kissing both Mouse (cat) and Jordan throughout the day, and I eat and drink a lot. I just feel like red lips aren’t for me.
Saying that, I do want to be able to work them. It’s not really a confidence issue, I don’t feel overly aware of myself when I’m wearing red lipstick and I think I choose colours to suit me, but I just don’t feel like I can wear it.
As a kid, I was never really any good at colouring between the lines and I think that’s followed me in to adulthood – I’m not the best at keeping my lipstick neat and tidy and I think I have quite an odd lip shape so it’s almost impossible to get it looking nice in the first place.
I’ve promised myself that I will keep going with this – and so I’m asking you lot for some advice on wearing red lips! Have you had a similar fear, perhaps you could send some tips my way? I have an abundance of red lipsticks, in all different shades, yet I’m not really a gloss person.
Do I keep going in my mission or just accept that red lips and I will never get on?
I spoke about my latest NARS purchase in yesterday’s haul post, so it was only fair I gave you a more detailed review of the product I’m calling my favourite lipstick of the moment. I have to admit that I’m not a big lip product fan, I know it’s usually something most girls are obsessed with but my lips are hard to look after and (as I’ll explain in a coming post) I’m not the best with bright, bright hues so lipsticks tend to be forgotten about at times.
I usually opt for quite wearable shades that work with my fair skin and blue eyes, and my latest purchase does just that. NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Biscayne Park (£17.50) is a long-wearing jumbo pencil that allows for easy application and lots of colour, I have a couple of the NARS pencils in the different formulas and I love them – some are soft shimmery pinks, some are juicy corals and others are even brighter – but Biscayne Park has to be my favourite. It applies beautifully; my lips are forever chapped and I can never seem to keep them in check. Luckily this has more of a coral undertone so it doesn’t show any evidence of an uncared for pout – yet it’s just so effortless.
The pencil makes application super easy, the soft pencil just melts on the lips and you can really get the shape of the lips just right, and I was surprised at how moisturising it was. My lips stayed nice and softened throughout the day, and the colour stay put for some time.
As you can see, the nude hue has an almost matte finish, with a tiny hint of gloss – I usually shy away from anything remotely matte on my lips but I find this works so well on me. It’s super easy to pull off and the warm, flattering tones make my skin look a little more tanned too somehow.
I definitely recommend Biscayne Park if you like a wearable nude, either for everyday wear or for pairing with a smokey eye come evening. It’s such a perfect shade and the quality of these pencils is perfect.
I’m going through a bit of a smokey eye stage at the moment, which is rather unusual for me. I like to keep my makeup quite minimal, but I’ve come to realise that I actually prefer more of a dramatic look. Of course, I have a quick and easy routine for upping the glamour without taking hours to perfect…
I’m not someone who will invest hours in to an eye look because I just don’t have the time. Instead, I have a pretty no-fail routine going on right now which is really working for me.
I start by using the Stila In The Light Palette (£25), a favourite of mine and the only one I reach for more than occasionally. I always use the champagne shade second from the left at the top. Kitten is a soft, flattering hue that really opens my eyes, it looks incredible either alone or smoked up – I wear it almost every day as it’s just so suited to my skin tone. I use a flat, soft brush to apply this all over my lids and then blend well.
I then use the shade below it (Gilded Gold) and the darker colour next to it (Luster) to create me some drama.
For this, I just take a smaller shadow brush and I blend the smokey shade right in to my lower lashes. I get it as close to my waterline as possible and use a finger to really smudge the colour in – a mixture of both Gilded Gold (a lovely gold-flecked bronze) and Luster (a deeper taupe) is always so flattering.
Once I’ve really blended and smoked up my lower lashes, I use a kohl pencil (yep! I’m crazy) to up the glamour. For this I usually use a kohl kajal, the Maybelline Kohl Kahal Liner (£5.99) never lets me down. I find these easier to use and also better for smudging.
I tightline my eyes to get some definition along the top lashes, and then also along my waterline if I’m feeling really daring. I don’t overdo it as it can quickly look too much, but a subtle application really smokes up my eyes without making them look smaller.
Finally, I apply lashings of mascara to finish off the look. At the moment I love the L’Oreal Miss Manga Mascara (£8.99) because it really curls, lengthens and defines the lashes. I absolutely love this stuff and it really sets off the entire look.
I find this the easiest and most flattering way to do my eye makeup if I want to channel smokey, as I’ve left my lids quite minimal with just a wash of nude, the black liner paired with the smudgy shadow doesn’t look harsh or make my eyes look smaller. It takes just minutes too, and I always get compliments when I wear it.