Jul 24, 2013

The ten minute make-up routine!

I didn't wear any make-up till I was 20. I slowly started getting into beauty when I was gearing up for my engagement ceremony. I was so uncomfortable that I wiped it all off just before the ceremony and went in bare-faced. I have come a long way since then and I understand now that makeup when applied correctly enhances your features and helps you look polished and groomed. Over the last year, I have experimented with a few products and I now have two routines - the quick and easy look and the more elaborate and formal look.

If I am at home, I do not wear a stitch of make-up. My skin is free to breathe. Stepping outside the house to the post-box or to take Maddie for a walk, I add a tinted lip balm. I tend to look like a washed out zombie without some colour on my lips The rest of the time I wear subtle variations of a look with the following products!

The complete line up!

Olay CC cream
Benefit Girl Meets Pearl
Neutrogena Mineral Sheers - Tan 80
ELF powder brush
I use a pump of the Olay moisturizer - CC cream (with a touch of foundation) everyday. I add a tiny amount of the Benefit "girl meets pearl" highlighter and mix them both together for a very subtle glow. I use the Neutrogena mineral sheers foundation as a setting powder  I apply it with a fluffy ELF brush. I am in the shade Tan 80.

Wet n Wild eyebrow palette in Ash Brown
Maybelline Line Stiletto in Black
Revlon PhotoReady concealer in Medium Deep
I don't line my waterline on a regular basis. I line near my upper lash in the corners of the eye with the Myabelline Line Stiletto in Black. Sometimes I use the Neutrogena pencil eyeliner if liquid eyeliner seems too dramatic for the situation. The Wet n Wild Ash Brown eyebrow palette is perfect and I fill in sparse areas in my eyebrow with light feathery strokes. The Revlon photo ready under-eye concealer works also to highlight the area. I am in the shade Medium-Deep.

Cheeks and lips
Nyx stick blush - Hibiscus
Maybelline color whisper in Rose of Attraction

 To add a little color to my face, I use the Nyx stick blush in Hibiscus. Its a deep coral rose which looks natural on my darker skin. Just  a swipe of the Maybelline color whisper in Rose of Attraction gives enough color to my lips without looking too made up.

I alternate these products with some other ones I have. I switch up to Boots No 7 brown eyeliner. or Nyx electric blue eyeliner or use a different shade of lipstick once in a while. This basic routine is easy to customize  You can add in colors and products of your choice. I HATE taking off mascara, so I never wear it but if I am meeting someone semi-important, I curl my lashes and apply a coat of Clinique high impact mascara.

This routine does not include a primer, foundation, lip tint, bronzer etc. These, I use only for important occasions. I will post about my heavy(er) makeup routine next week. What are your go-to products on an everyday basis?