My makeup bag is playing host to quite an interesting array of makeup this month, I have to admit I’m embracing products that I wouldn’t have thought I would ever go for – such as sculpting powders, under-eye concealers, berry lips, a full-coverage foundation and even a new mascara.
The Origins Plantscription Anti-Ageing Concealer (£17) has become a regularly used product of mine, despite never really using under-eye concealers in the past (I’ve always thought I looked a little bit odd with my eye bags covered up…) - as I mentioned earlier in the week I’ve been taking the matte approach to my makeup, so I haven’t really been all that interested in highlighters. Instead I’ve been using this under my foundation to highlight and brighten, slicking a little down my nose, in the corners of my eyes and under the eye area. It’s such a nice way to give the face some definition without the shimmer.
To achieve my matte look, I have been using the Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer (£37.50), something that I never really got the hang of until recently – I had always mixed it in with primers or moisturiser but now I use the smallest amount (we’re talking around the size of a grain of rice) and really buff it in using a buffing brush – the results are truly flawless. I’m a little bit addicted to this stuff, and I’ve always liked using a tiny, tiny amount of a good coverage base rather than loads of a sheer base.
I’m having a little bit of a Kevyn Aucoin moment, as the Sculpting Powder (£33) has also been on my regularly used list lately. I’ve always been a little scared of contouring, I thought that it made me look a bit… muddy? Since discovering the cult contouring product that is the sculpting powder, I’ve really been contouring quite a lot. Someone recently commented that I had cheekbones… though I think they were just confused by my chubby cheeks. I really recommend this if you’re put off by contouring!
As always, I’m all about the one wash eyes – the latest love of mine is the Esteé Lauder Pure Colour Stay-On Paint in Chained (£19), which is a really lovely bronzey shade that isn’t too pink. I love these creamy shadows that don’t budge, they’re so easy to sweep on in the morning and require no touch-ups throughout the day. I also smudge a little in to my lower lashes if I’m wearing liquid liner, too.
It’s really rare for me to fall for another mascara but the Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara (£22) really is impressive, the small brush is great for coating every lash and you can fan the lashes out for brighter eyes, too. I can make my lashes look really, really volumised and curled with this and it only takes a coat or two - it’s pretty plumpin’!
Finally, I’ve been using my much loved KORRES lip balms in their stick form, my favourite being the Korres Mandarin Lip Butter in Rose (£8), a nice berry shade that isn’t too full on for those of us who prefer a light lip. These have enough pigment to make a statement but also hydrate the lips and leave them feeling super soft – and there’s no awkward application as they come in a handy stick.
What’s in your makeup bag at the moment?