Tonight I’m off out to celebrate my friend ElectricEmily‘s birthday! [Insert firework and streamer emojis here] So I thought this would be a good time to go through my everyday skincare and make-up routine with you.
Now, I would like to mention that my everyday make-up routine doesn’t hide my flaws. I have terrible skin; it’s oily, I have large pores, I have spots galore that refuse to go away no matter what I try, and I have acne scars. But I’ve gotten to a point in my life where I can’t be bothered to spend my mornings trying to fix those things. I put on enough make-up to make me feel good and get on with my day! Life is far too short to spend ages in a mirror trying to camouflage my acne…
This is me sans make-up…a rarely seen beast in public…
The first thing I do before I apply any make-up is wash and cleanse my face. Since I’m going out tonight I decided to use a face mask. I’m using one of LUSH Cosmetics’ new jelly face masks Bunny Moon (£6.95).
After leaving the mask on for fifteen minutes, I rinse it off with warm water and a washcloth in circular motions. Once the mask is off, I pat my face dry and lightly mist it with some toner. I like to use another LUSH product: Eau Roma Water (£4.95/£9.50). Eau Roma Water tones and calms my sensitive skin with rose and lavender water after washing, whilst also cleaning away any remaining face mask or cleanser.
Next, and you guessed it – it’s another LUSH product! I use Magical Moringa (£25.95) as a combined moisturiser and primer. It becomes incredibly matte and smooth on the skin, so even someone with naturally oily skin can use it without making the oiliness worse or having the product slip off. Magical Moringa also helps to even out the appearance of my pores.
Now that my skin care is complete, I can move on to applying make-up! I don’t always use concealer but my favourite so far is the Soap and Glory Kick Ass All is Calm concealer coming in at £8. This is a rather scary-looking green concealer that helps to tone down redness. I get a lot of redness on my cheeks and chin, so I apply concealer to those areas with a blending sponge.
If you thought I was done with the LUSH products then you’d be wrong! I switched from my old usual foundation in 2015 to LUSH’s colour supplement and I love it. It’s lightweight, build-able, durable, and mixes easily with foundation for when you just want a light as possible coverage. I like to use shade Jackie Oates (£10.95) – it’s their palest tone and it’s made with oat milk and aloe, making it incredibly soothing on sensitive skin. A little pot lasts a long time and I usually only need to buy a new pot once every six months.
To set the colour supplement and make my skin more matte in appearance, I like to use Rimmel London’s Stay Matte powder (£3.99) in shade 001 Transparent. (Yay for that pale life!)
Then on to the details! Firstly my eyebrows. Today I want a slightly more defined look so I’m using Benefit Cosmetics’ Ka-Brow! in shade 3 (£20). My mascara is Rimmel London’s Wake me Up! (£7.99). This mascara has added vitamins and cucumber to keep your lashes looking luscious and it actually smells like cucumber!
Next, I sweep Benefit’s Hoola bronzer (£24.50) on the apples of my cheeks and blend with a brush because it’s slightly too dark for my skin tone. I do have my eye on the new Hoola Lite though!
Finally, it’s time for lipstick! Whether I use bronzer or blusher for my cheeks influences my lipstick choice. If I use bronzer then I like to have a colourful lip, if blusher, I have a more natural lip colour. Today I’m using MAC’s matte lipstick in shade Mehr (£16.50) for a touch of pink.
TA-DAH! That’s my face totally made up for the day/night! What are your go-to products?