I wanted to share my beauty routine today, with a before and after in the space of an hour.
There isn’t anything that can hide skin that is neglected and dry and as a 47-year-old woman, I need to look after my skin or I end up looking 100. I have a very oily t-zone and the rest of my face is normal. Investing in decent skin care is a must, however, I am a total packaging junkie, so buy great products, in gorgeous packaging. This way it inspires me to use it.
Yes, the packaging and promos completely captivated me. But the product is absolutely amazing. Don’t know of my skin is any better but when you spend this much on skincare you damn well use it : )
I always prime my skin, even with great skincare, because the primer just smooths the surface, or in the care of the Rimmel Stay Matte Primer, it absorbs some oil and sweat.
I used this foundation today because it lasts all day. It’s also the right colour for me at the moment. I always keep a few shades on either side of my skin tone, because in summer I am slightly darker than my winter skin (although it’s the difference between ivory and porcelain, as I am very far).
I have tried every concealer that is known to man/woman and finally found a concealer that stays fluid enough to blend (unlike the Laura Mercier one that sets as soon as it hits the skin so is impossible to blend) whilst having the full pigment coverage to cover my uneven skin tone, under eye circles and pigmentation.
In order to create a feather-light layer of a non-cakey looking powder, I used the Givenchy Loose Powder, to keep sweat and shine at bay. I give this powder an 8/10 as the initial colour can be a bit strange but after an hour it out performs my other powders. It is very fine and silky and a lot less than I thought a Givenchy product would be.
Highlight and Blush
I am obsessed with the Becca collaboration with Jaclyn Hill. The highlighter is about as glowy as you can gey and the blush is a perfect bright pop for the apples. The colour here doesn’t do the blush justice as it is a pinky coral pop. Having these 2 “friends” together means you are a bit faster.
I also used the bronzer, as a contour and to bronze up my forehead, in the Hourglass Palette (which is in the bottom row in the middle of this marble look palette). I have a big forehead so it server to add colour but slims my forehead and cheeks.
Using a neutral shade, I “tickle” the lash line, and smudged it, as I didn;t want an obvious line.
Using the blue/grey shades of the palette below (top right and down), I started light and moved to darker shades, focusing on the crease and an “up and out” application. I used a shadow brush, crease brush (Real Techniques) and a blending brush (Chi Chi cosmetics).
When I was happy with the shadow, it did a tiny wing, using a liquid liner.
To complete the eye look, I applied 3 coats of Mascara, using one of my favourites.
For lips I wanted a bold lip, so lined it with a tangerine/red liner (cannot read which one it is) and then a coat of lip paint.
Last but not least, I gave myself beachy waves with a curling wand, manaded to burn my next and ended up wearing my hair up as it was so hot!