If I am truthful, and truthful is my middle name, I only wear ‘full – on’ makeup maybe once every fortnight. Twice at a push. This is purely because of a lack of time, not desire. I LOVE to do my makeup; I find it strangely therapeutic. I adore choosing what I am going to use, and experimenting with different eye looks. However, I am already late everywhere I go without spending an hour blending out my eyeshadow beforehand. So here, my friends, are the products that I can pop on quickly for a fuss-free look, when I will be just pottering around and running errands.
I start with my Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream, mixed with a little Dream Bronze Sunkissed Glow Perfector BB Cream. The Bronze BB cream is designed to be used alone, but it is quite dark, even in Light/Medium, so I prefer to mix it with my favourite BB Cream. Lovely Jubbly. I then follow with the Freedom Makeup Pro Correct Palette. This is a fairly new purchase, but I am really loving it for under my eyes and other areas that need a little more coverage. It doesn’t completely cover my under eye circles – I have yet to find anything that does – what I like about it is the consistency. It is light and not at all drying, and I like being able to mix the exact shade that I need. I choose not to set with any powder, because my skin can get very cakey if I am not careful.
Another new(ish) purchase is the Bourjois Aqua Blush in No.3 Pink Twice. I am no stranger to cream blushers and cheek stains (I used the Body Shop lip and cheek tint for years, until quite recently), but this is the nicest I have ever used. The colour is just right for my complexion (not the fairest of them all, but close) and it leaves a lovely hydrating little flush. It doesn’t shift at all during the day either. My bronzer of choice is the Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder in No. 2. This is a really lovely bronzer; it is subtle and buildable, and not at all glittery. It looks nothing in the pan, the shade I have is only slightly darker than a face powder, but it is magical on the skin. Next up is highlighter. On ‘natural’ days I like to reach for my Makeup Academy Shimmer Highlighter in Pink Shimmer. This has just the right amount of glow; which makes it visible, but not blinding.
To finish I curl my eyelashes – of course – and add a little bit of my current favourite mascara; Maybelline Big Eyes Rebel Black. I love this little guy. It is thick, but not clumpy, and the little mini brush is perfect for the lower lashes. I then follow with Maybelline Brow Drama in Dark Brown. This is the only brow mascara-type product I have ever used (other than plucking them I have pretty much left them alone until recently), so I don’t know how it compares with other similar products. I find that it gives me just enough colour to fill in any sparse areas, and holds without going rock-hard or flaky.
And that is it. I can usually slap this little lot on in around five minutes, and be out the door in another 120 minutes or so (do you have any idea how long it takes to get a baby and a three year old ready? Ages, that’s how long).
Disclaimer: Despite appearances, this post is not sponsored by Maybelline, I just happen to like quite a lot of their products.
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