Hello lovely readers! What is in my makeup bag? I’m glad you asked. Of course I use a range of skin care products, that have been discussed in pervious blogs, but this post is focussing on makeup. Everyone has their favourite brands and types of makeup, liquid or powder foundation, cream or pressed powder blush, all I ask is that you won’t judge me too harshly if mine aren’t the same as yours. These are my staple pieces that I go to time and time again. Maybe you’ll even get some ideas to try news brands or styles yourself!
Let’s start with the base: foundation. It’s important to find what works best for you and your skin type. My personal preference for foundation is liquid- I find that powders don’t work for me at all! For my skin type- oily/combination- to find an oil free foundation is a big deal for me and my face. Do not worry, I have found THE foundation. Nars’ Velvet Matte Skin Tint Foundation has it all: it’s oil free, minimises the appearance of pores and imperfections and has shine controlling components! It glides on like a dream and feels so light on the skin. It’s the bees knees. This range is worth looking into if you want a soft to the touch, airy but long lasting foundation.
Next up, a reliable blush. Stay with me on this one, it may seem weird as I explain but trust me, you need this! The blush living in my makeup bag as I type this, is Lipstick Queen’s Frog Prince blush. Some of you may have heard of this, their Frog Prince lipstick took the internet by storm last year. The rest of you may be asking “why is it called Frog Prince?”, well allow me to tell you. Basically, it’s green. Remember when I said stay with me? Much like the Frog Prince in all of the stories, this blush transforms from its natural deep green into a custom pink especially for you! This creamy blush reacts to your skin’s pH and adapts to a shade of pink that suits you. Pretty cool, right? It feels great on as well and gives you a really natural, dewy finish. It’s actual fairy tale makeup- can it get better?!
Now for the eyes. I have Urban Decay’s Shadow Box in my makeup bag at the minute, it has such a great mix of shades. I really enjoy trying out different combinations with some of the more vibrant colours in this palette. For my everyday look I blend Sin, Baked Cowboy and Smog, to get a natural look with some shimmer to give it that extra oomf! There are great jewel tones in this palette, emerald greens and deep purples- some of the jewelled shades may need to be built up to get a really striking colour but it’s worth the effort. This is a great palette if you’re trying to dip your toe into Urban Decay’s makeup scene.
Mascara can make or break your look, if it’s done right then it accentuates all of the right things but if it goes wrong, it can look a little spidery and messy. Chatecaille’s Faux Cils mascara is saving me from spidery lashes! This mascara isn’t heavy or overbearing, it highlights the length of my lashes and makes me seem that 10% more awake than I usually am at 8am.
My makeup is usually pretty basic, I don’t get fancy with contouring, I don’t “bake”, but I am a sucker for a good highlighter. Benefit’s Dandelion Shy Beam is perfect for me. It isn’t a big flashy highlighter; with it’s nude pink sheen, it gives me that extra glow where I need it without being over the top for every day. It also has that amazing “Dandy Dandelion” scent from that benefit range: bonus!
I’ve saved my favourite until the end: eyeliner. I’m currently using Jane Iredale’s Jelly Jar Gel Eyeliner and I love it . Jane Iredale know their stuff, it’s amazing- so silky smooth and goes on like a dream! Once it’s on it stays where you put it, no smudging and it looks fabulous with a sparkly eye for a night out. Sometimes I use it on its own for a day to day look, if I want to feel a little more put together. Now if only I could get that perfect flick…
That’s all folks. The entire summary of my little makeup family living in my makeup bag. If you decide to try any of the makeup that I use, let us know in the comments! Happy shopping everyone!