I don’t know about you but I am massively struggling to get up in the mornings at the moment due to the fact that it’s so dark it still feels like the middle of the night. My alarm gets snoozed a minimum of 3 times which means I am left with very little time to get ready for work! It’s a well known fact that I love makeup however on days like this I reach for my daily essentials that I know will see me through my working day.
Quick every day makeup…What you will need!
Long wearing foundation
Every girl should own a long wearing foundation! Being oily skinned means that a long wearing matte foundation will always be my first choice when it comes to a long day in the office. For a quick application and flawless finish I use my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush.
Best High End: Estee Lauder Double Wear
Best Budget- Revlon Colour Stay for oily skin
Contouring doesn’t have to be technical or take hours; I use a matte bronzer to define my cheek bones and lightly dust over my forehead to give a bronzed finish.
Best High End: MAC Give Me Sun Mineralise Skin Finish
Best Budget: W7 Honolulu Bronzer
A Shimmer Blush
A shimmer blush will brighten up any look especially when you’re keeping your makeup simple, a natural peachy tone would be my go to for every day makeup which will compliment your contour perfectly.
Best High End: MAC Style Sheer tone Blush
Best Budget: Sleek Rose Gold Blush
I like to keep my eyes natural for work meaning no eye shadow just a quick curl of my lashes and a good few layers of mascara.
Best High End: Lancôme Hypnose Drama
Best Budget: Maybelline The Falsies
A berry coloured shade is my first choice for everyday, just enough colour to accentuate my natural lip colour.
Best High End-MAC Lovelorn
Maybelline-Moisture Renew in Vintage Pink
To finish off the look I use a powder, my first choice is MAC Studio Fix Powderwhich is actually a powder foundation but I find this suits my oily skin perfectly. I haven’t yet found a worthy budget alternative so any suggestions are welcome!
The second look I have created today and is inspired by Billie Faiers from TOWIE who always has flawless glowing skin.For those of you that haven’t heard of Billie I have posted a picture above. The girls in TOWIE always have flawless make up its all about the glamour, glowing skin and lots of tan! I have used the same foundation used by both Billie & Sam Faiers to achieve this look.
To start I prepped my face with Smashbox Photofinish Light Primer I then dampened my beauty blender and applied a pea size amount of Laura Mercier Silk Crème foundation to the back of my hand. This foundation is a crème based foundation and its really thick so a little goes a long way. Laura Mercier recommends shaking the bottle before use and using a damp sponge to apply. I wouldn’t recommend using anything other than the beauty blender to apply this foundation otherwise you tend to find it just smears and moves around your face. If applied with a beauty blender this will give a full coverage flawless satin finish. I used the shade cashew beige which I would say compares to NC40.
Laura Mercier Silk Crème claims to be a flawless light diffusing, wrinkle vanishing, long wearing base. This foundation really is flawless but oily girls need to be realistic-This is a luminous crème foundation so you are going to need to set with powder such as Mac Studio Fix and blot throughout the day. Its another one of those I keep to one side for nights out rather than a go to for every day.
As you can see Billies under eye area is heavily highlighted so I used Bobbi Brown Corrector in Porcelain Peach and a few drops of Mac lustre drops on the cheek bones. You most definitely need to apply a concealer with this foundation as it does crease in the under eye area. For brows again I used Mac Spiked & the Mac Brow Gel in Show off which is my everyday brow kit.
On the eyes I went for Mac Scene shadow as a base and used Collection black gel liner and also running =this along the lash line and smudging with a black shadow from the Sleek Storm palette. I then added a flick into the corners of the eye and applied Rimmel black kohl liner in the waterline. To finish I used Urban Decay half baked in the corners to highlight and applied Chanel Le Volume Mascara to my lashes. Of an evening I would also add some false lashes to really glam this up.
I used my favourite bronzer Mac Give Me Sun and as this is a heavily bronzed look rather than using my usual angled brush to apply I used Bobbi Browns blush brush to get a more all over glow. On the cheeks I used Clinique’s Precious Posy blush which is a deep coral which shimmering particles and really makes the cheeks pop. I highlighted with Mac Soft & Gentle which is another product that Billie herself uses.
I applied a Mac lipstick in the shade Dressmaker Dressmaker which is a lovely soft peach shade and a slick of W7 Peach Lights Gloss to finish.
If anyone has any suggestions of any other looks they would like to see then please do let me know.
Its well noted on my blog that Chanel Pro-Lumiere used to be my HG foundation and I’ve been wanting to give Perfection Lumiere another chance for a while so whilst in John Lewis last weekend I picked up a bottle in the shade 40 which used to be a perfect match in the Pro-Lumiere.
I love how classy Chanel makeup looks on my dresser and the Perfection Lumiere is no different.This foundation comes in a sleek frosted glass bottle with a pump which I love. I applied the foundation with my real techniques buffing brush after I had applied my Smashbox Photofinish Light Primer.
On application this foundation feels really silky almost like talcum powder which for some reason instantly makes me want to take it off it also has a really strong floral fragrance. Once applied my face felt really soft but I felt like the foundation was going to slide off- Having said that the colour match was brilliant and I did really like the finish.
I have used this foundation now on 3 occasions and each time it has oxidised getting darker throughout the day as well as making my face feel quite greasy.
Chanel claims that this foundation is long wear flawless fluid make up paying £36 for a foundation you expect it to live up to its claims. This foundation does provide a flawless finish but its certainly not as long wearing as it claims. A pro about this foundation is that it does photograph beautifully in flash photography unlike some other foundations.
This foundation may work on better on someone with more normal skin but its certainly not one I’ll be reaching for on a night out without fear of turning into an oily mess.
Do I like this foundation… YES! Is it perfection… No!