What’s In My Make-Up Bag
I get a LOT of questions regarding what I slap on my face so thought it was about time I put together a post with a bit more info. It’s all very way mentioning products on Instagram Stories but obviously they don’t hang around for long and then I end up having to either repeat myself, or sending DMs to various individuals so they can pop off to the shops and stock up.
SO; below, I’ve listed exactly what I use, each and every day, and why. I can’t promise it’ll make you look any perkier, sadly only sleep will do that and hahahahahahHAHAHAHAHA we don’t get that anymore, do we?! But these are the items which work for me, suit my skin and what I’m happy to fork out for. (I’m also no beauty expert so if there’s pros sat at home wincing at my choices, I’m REALLY soz ‘n’ chips). I also use fake tan (James Read) so I match my make-up to suit that. I get a lot of questions from women asking what specific tones and colour I opt for so they can ask for the same but I can’t really help you with that. Go to a make-up counter (Bare Minerals and Estee Lauder are really helpful) and find out what you need. It’s all down to the individual.
Gives great coverage, feels light on the skin, non-greasy and looks natural. After a horrendous incident with some face wipes just before my 21st birthday where I ended up with burns (ye-ha), I now have redness on one of my cheeks. This completely covers it and I don’t end up looking all uneven stevens. Although not the cheapest of foundations, it lasts a good while and it’s one of my top three make-up products fo’ sho’.
The clue’s in the name kids; it really is amazing. I was never fussed about concealers and just used to grab any old thing from Boots, but now I’ll never use another. This teeny tiny, squeezy tub of goodness is a dream if you want to brighten your face up. You only need the smallest of dabs under your eyes and it covers blemishes, bags, the lot. And when I say smallest, I really mean it. There’s a reason the product’s so small and it’s because you barely need any. You can snap this up online but I get mine from Marks & Spencer.
I’ve never ordinarily liked powders; I have dry skin as opposed to greasy so never really needed it, but I do love Mineral Veil. It seems to just keep everything in place and make my skin look a bit less shiny after using the two products above. My only gripe with this is the fact it seems to fly everywhere out the pot so you do end up wasting a fair bit, but I think you can now buy a specific brush to prevent that from happening (I’m yet to check it out because y’know, toddlers and newborns), so I’d maybe recommend you hunt that down too.
I love a strong eyebrow game and Charlotte Tilbury’s where it’s at. This little tool works wonders in shaping/shading and it glides on without making you look like you really appreciate Ru Paul’s Drag Race and display that appreciation using your face. There’s a few different tones you can go for (depending on how dark you want to go) and I like it because you can plonk it in your handbag for top ups without it taking up next to NO room.
Along with CT, Benefit are the Queens of Brows. I’ve used their eyebrow kit since 2010 and despite it having a bit of a re-brand (the old design was plain black), I still love it. Complete with a mirror and miniature tweezers, these guys make sure I’m covered and it just gives them a bit of an extra boost.
Finally, on the brow front, is Gimme Brow. This tool makes them look a bit thicker rather than just scrawled on. If I’m going toned down make-up wise and can’t be bothered faffing with all the above, then just using a bit of this means my brows pop a little and shape my face. This product lasts for ages so you don’t need to be buying it much and it’s a really subtle, but great, addition to your make-up bag.
In my opinion, you don’t need to spend a tonne on mascara. I think when you find one which works, you stick to it and it doesn’t need to be expensive. I’d tried another Benefit mascara a few years ago and wasn’t particularly bowled over, but this one really does the trick. I sometimes find if I’m working out/running after the boys then it does that annoying thing where it leaves marks just above my eyelid, but I’ll take that because it makes my lashes look longer than a spider’s leg hair and that’s all I’m after. If I have the time I do sometimes wear eyelash extensions but I haven’t done that for about 5 months now. Again, because of the aforementioned toddler and newborn.
I got this gem through with a previous Cult Beauty order (Cult Beauty by the way, if you don’t already shop with them, do so) and now I don’t wear anything else. It stays on your lips for YONKS and they make the most perfect colours. Red was always my go to but I started finding it a little harsh or a bit much with relaxed outfits. This is much better for day to day and I think just suits me better. I’m always asked where my lipstick’s from so here you have it, go forth and buy!