I love experimenting with my makeup and I’m usually a die-hard fan of a big winged liner look but more recently I have been gravitating towards a natural, bronzed look for my day-to-day makeup.
I have been wearing this for work as well as at the weekend and it takes me about 20 mins depending on how long I spend faffing/singing into the mirror.
This look includes some products that are quite new to me so I’ll give you a mini review as I go along.
Firstly, I moisturise my face with Simple Kind to Skin Replenishing Rich Moisturiser, I use a rich moisturiser as I will be using some very mattifying products and want to avoid dry patches and drying my skin out in general!
Whilst I’m letting that sink in, I take my Spectrum Collections Unicorn Tears Wonder Sponge( aka a beauty blender) and give it a rinse in warm water and squeeze the excess water out using a small towel. I always wash my beauty blender before use a) to get rid of any bacteria or dirt from previous use and b) a damp sponge makes it a lot easier to apply your foundation flawlessly.
I then blend in my Collection Illuminating & Reviving Primer in Warm Apricot all over my face – they do a range of different undertones for different complexion needs, but I went for this one to combat any dark circles and hide any dryness.
It’s important to use a primer to create a protective barrier between your foundation and your skin, avoid drying out and to make your makeup last longer!
Overall opinion of Collection Illuminating & Reviving Primer in Warm Apricot: I have been using this a couple of months and I can’t say I’ve noticed any overwhelming differences in the illuminating department HOWEVER it does make applying my foundation a lot easier and my skin looks much smoother. I have sensitive skin and it hasn’t caused any irritation and it’s very affordable. I couldn’t go back to wearing foundation without a primer!
FOUNDATION & CONCEALER
To achieve that I mix one small pump of MAC Studio Fix Fluid foundation in shade NW22 with my new(ish) find L’Oréal 24hr Infallible foundation in shade Vanilla 11 on the back of my hand. I’ve had a hard time finding a colour match that doesn’t wash me or isn’t too pink/yellow and I’ve finally found the perfect combination in these two foundations! HURRAH.
The mattifying effects of the Infallible foundation united with the high coverage of the MAC foundation create a flawless surface.
I dot the mix around my face with a basic spatula brush and bounce the formula into my skin with the rounded end of my beauty blender.
Next, I take one pump of MAC’s Pro Longwear Concealer in shade NW20 (which as you can see by the bottle below is well loved) and heavily cover under my eyes, around the tip of the nose, base of my chin and centre of my forehead.
This is blended into my skin with the rounded end of my beauty blender, using the pointed end to smooth any lines in narrower areas such as the inner corners of my eyes.
Lastly, I would normally powder but when actually doing my makeup in these images I decided to skip this step because the makeup was very matte and doesn’t really bring anything to the table. I have added a little review below for the powder that I have been using recently…
Overall opinion of Collection Pressed Powder in Candlelight: Now, I’ve been using this powder for about a month or two now and I can’t say it’s my favourite thing in the world – don’t get me wrong – it’s miles better than the NYX HD Studio translucent finishing powder I was previously using which left me with HORRENDOUS flash back, but it’s quite drying and sometimes makes my makeup feel a bit gross and cakey.
I’d be interested to try a different loose powder and have heard great things about Laura Mercier’s Translucent Loose Setting Powder but don’t know if I can face the £30 price point just yet (first world problems…)
Overall opinion of L’Oréal 24hr Infallible Foundation in Vanilla: I picked this up after finding out my friend, whose makeup is always beautiful and flawless, wears it (shout out GC). I was enticed, as you can imagine, by the fact it’s only £7.99 and is available in any Superdrug and Boots. As I have explained above, I really like this foundation and would definitely repurchase. The only issue I have found is that it doesn’t last quite as long as I would like it to and can be quite dry. I imagine if you have oily skin this would be a dream for you. However, it’s a lovely foundation nevertheless and by adding some dew drops or mixing with another foundation like I have it’s really fab!
With my face nearly finished, I move onto my eyebrows.
My brows are probably my cheapest feature to maintain, I don’t really bother plucking them, and my eyebrow routine is scarily simple.
I’ve been using the same technique to do my eyebrows for at least 5 years and I’m going by the mantra ‘if it ain’t broke – don’t fix it’.
I comb my eyebrows into shape with my Ted Baker eyebrow brush, and then – beauty guru’s around the world despair – I outline the base of my eyebrow with an angled brush and a £1 MUA eyeshadow single in the shade ‘Chestnut’. This is my perfect shade, it matches my real eyebrows, isn’t too pigmented (no ‘Scouse Brow’ here thank you) and lasts FOREVER. I’m pretty sure this current pot is around 18 months old and I’ve only just hit the pan.
This is my favourite part, mostly because Hoola Bronzer by Benefit is the most beautiful bronzer. This was very kindly gifted to me for my birthday by my lovely sister and I’ve used it everyday since.
Coming in ‘one-shade-fits-all’, the shade is perfect for me and creates a gorgeous naturally sun-kissed look, whilst being matte so you can contour easily with it. Highly pigmented and light you don’t need lots. The accompanying brush doesn’t look like anything much at first, is actually the perfect tool to sculpt your cheekbones and minimise your forehead.
Firstly, I dip the Hoola brush into the pan and create a line in the hollows of my cheekbones, I then turn the brush sideways and blend the bronzer in, combining contour with bronzing.
I then go in on my forehead, starting at my temple and bronzing right across the top of my forehead and down onto my other temple. This is where the sun would naturally hit your face and this step is crucial to ensuring your bronzer looks natural and slims your face.
Next, I drag the brush across my jaw line to really sculpt it and then blend the bronzer down onto my neck and décolletage if needs be.
I can’t stress enough how important spending the time to really blend in your bronzer is! For reference, it can be the difference between the first and second picture below…
FINALLY, I dust the Hoola brush over my eyes as an eyeshadow. I love doing this as I think it looks so beautiful and natural to use the same colour on your eyes as your face. You can go as heavy or as light as you want with this, and can take the bronzer under your lower lash line too.
Overall opinion of Benefit Hoola bronzer: As you can probably tell I adore this bronzer and will be definitely be repurchasing this again and again. It looks pretty blended into your bare skin and I will certainly be taking this with me on my travels to Thailand. As it only comes in one shade that I would describe as ‘medium’ I have concerns that this bronzer might not be best suited for deeper skin tones, so I definitely recommend testing it before purchase.
You can of course whack some eyeliner on if you’re feeling a bit bald, I would recommend a brown pencil eyeliner to keep with the theme of bronzy neutral shades.
I skip this stage and head straight for the mascara, Maybelline Lash Sensational in 01 Very Black is my ride or die mascara and I’ve been repurchasing it for a good year now and it never lets me down. I quickly curl my lashes and layer on two coats.
Lastly, I mist my Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray all over my face and let it set before lining my lips with Mac’s Spice lipliner and Mac’s Oxblood lipstick. As a lipliner and lipstick pair they really compliment each other nicely and are a very glam muted browny-red for a day time look.
So here’s the finished product:
Let me know what you think!
Thanks for reading,