When the warmer months start coming in, I tend to find myself really favouring to wear less makeup on a daily basis. It can all too easy to find myself applying far too many products in one go for one person, so I love to challenge myself to ‘Five Product Faces’ as it tends to make getting ready a lot less shorter every morning. It’s a great way of using products I wouldn’t usually reach for (I’m sure we all have those products we use time and time out of habit more than anything else!) too. My makeup preferences at the minute are quite minimal, I’m enjoying a dewy base with highlighter, a light wash of matte eyeshadow and a defined lash line.
Base-wise, I’m still favouring more of a heavy coverage (due to some pesky blemish scarring) and I recently came across an old favourite of mine, the MAC Studio Sculpt foundation. It has a rather thick consistency (well, in comparison to my other foundations) but applied with a damp beauty sponge (I’ve been using the RT one) I love the dewy finish it leaves. I often suffer with dry patches due to allergic reactions that a lot of foundations stick to but I’ve never had a problem with this foundation at all thankfully. It’s coverage often means that I can skimp on the concealer and go straight to highlighter instead. Another MAC product, if there’s one highlighter I use time and time again, it’s the MAC Mineralise Skin Finish in Lightscapade. The perfect highlighter for us pale-skinned girls out there, this powder isn’t too shimmery or glittery or anything – it just adds a nice sheen to my face that I really do love. I normally apply it to my cheekbones and brow bones, but if I’m using a slightly matte base then I’ll actually lightly dust this all over for a dewy finish.
As I mentioned earlier one, I’ve really been reaching for more matte eyeshadows in the last few weeks. I often change my eye products all of the time, so as you can spot in the photograph I’ve actually hit pan in the NARS Eyeshadow in Yamal which I think is saying something. I’d describe the colour being somewhere between tan and beige making it the perfect crease colour to add a little definition around the socket, it’s a real go-to for me. Finding a great matte eyeshadow can often be quite tricky as many are either chalky or don’t have that brilliant a colour payoff, however, the formula of this one is amazing. It blends wonderfully and a little goes a long way. To add a little more definition around the lash line, I’ve been using this Urban Decay Eyeliner in Stash which is a khaki sort of colour which a slight gold shimmer running through it. Now I’m no good at that whole ‘perfectly messy’ thing when it comes to smoking out eyeliner around the eyeline, but it’s something I’m working on and this formula makes it a whole lot easier. And when it comes to mascara, there’s only one mascara for me and it’s the No7 Velvet Lash that I’ve spoken about a few times now. One that I’ve not heard much about on other blogs, this mascara is incredible – it leaves my mascara looking longer and fuller and doesn’t at all budge throughout the day, not even a little smudging on the lower lashes! Would totally recommend.
What are your go-to products at the moment?