Now, in an ideal world I would have someone here to help take artsy shots of me doing my makeup and proper close ups. I live alone and only have two hands so alas there will be no fancy shots here, but instead a simple honest breakdown of the products I use and tips I’ve picked up over the years.
I also struggle with extremely poor lighting in my flat, wood panels, parquet floor and brown bathroom tiles are not ideal when trying to achieve good lighting! The before and after pictures were taken in the same light so that the true effect of the makeup can be seen.
Estée Lauder Double Wear in sand
Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Flawless Wear Concealer in light/medium
No7 Perfect Loose Power in translucent
Real Techniques Powder Brush 1401
The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder
Estée Lauder brush – part of a gift set
No7 Match Made Powder Blush in peony mist
Estée Lauder Eye Shadow Palette – part of the free gift set that I received years ago so it isn’t actually for sale.
Benefit Gimme Brow Volumising Brow Gel in medium
Benefit They’re Real Mascara in black
I always tie my hair up and put a hair band on: This avoids getting makeup in my hair and ensures I blend my foundation right to the edges of my face.
Having applied my moisturiser and primer, onto the back of my hand I squirt roughly three or four pumps of Estée Lauder Doublewear.
This foundation really does provide flawless coverage, but it is requires a lot of blending in to ensure it is evenly distributed over the skin and there are no dark patches. I also always take it down to the base of my neck too as no one wants the classic jaw bone foundation line.
I then apply concealer to my under eyes and over any patches that need extra coverage. I have quite a few acne scars that need more than just foundation to cover them.
At this point I use a baby wipe to wipe any excess foundation off the back of my hands, from my eyebrows and my lips. Then I wash my hands properly with soap and water as this prevents me from getting foundation over all my makeup products.
To set my foundation I apply loose powder all over my face and then (attempt) to lightly contour my face using bronzer and the Estée Lauder brush. I’ve only recently tried my hand at contouring and as such have yet to buy a suitable brush, but a tip I’ve learned is to push the sides of the brush into a thinner shape (see below) as this simulates the look of a line. After this I apply blush to the balls of my cheeks but make sure to sweep it across the cheeks.
I then apply a lighter shade of eyeshadow to my lids, two small dots in both corners of my eyes and a little sweep under my bottom lashes to brighten my face up a bit.
All that’s left is to apply my mascara and brow gel. Both of the Benefit products I use on my brows and lashes are incredible. My brows stay in place all day and the mascara is the only one I’ve found that doesn’t drop during the course of the day.
I hope this was relatively useful, and if not at least you can join me and laugh at the fact that I have voluntarily put pictures of myself in my worst state on the Internet for all to see: No bra, no makeup and baggy pjs!