I try to change up my makeup, but I think everyone has their favourite natural ‘everyday’ look. Mine is warm natural and nude tones. To be honest, for my actual ‘everyday’ during the week, when I am often getting ready for work in a hurry, I’ll more likely use my ‘drugstore’ products; but at the weekends when I can sit down and enjoy putting my make up on, these are my favourite products to use and the look I’ll often go for.
For this look I started with my eyes, because I’ll use tape to do my eyes when I want to do a lot of blending but still keep a sharp line and avoid fallout. For my eye shadow base I used the MAC Paint Pot in Painterly. This product seems to last forever, I use it all the time and there is so much left. I usually use my finger to apply this all over my lids, I find the heat from my fingertip helps it to apply really smoothly. Painterly is a few shades lighter then my skin tone, so I have never worn it on it’s own as an eye shadow, but it covers veins and redness on my lids, helps powder shadows to stick and enhances the colour.
For my shadows I used the Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye palette. I mention this A LOT… but I honestly feel like this is my ultimate eye shadow palette; I LOVE neutrals and I LOVE mattes. The quality of the shadows is amazing, there are so many possible colour combos and they last all day. The pans are quite large, mine barely looks used, and at $86 NZD it is a lot more affordable then brands like MAC or Smashbox. I will probably do a separate post on this palette because there is so much more I could say about it!
For my base I used MAC Pro Longwear Foundation in NW15 and MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NW20. This combination is my favourite for great coverage that lasts all day, when applied with a sponge (I use the Real Techniques Complexion sponge) the foundation and concealer give me a totally flawless finish.
I set my base with the MAC Studio Careblend pressed powder in light. I used the sponge to blot this powder onto my under eyes to set the concealer, this method stops any creasing all together. Then I used a big fluffy brush and press it onto the rest of my face. Although I have hit pan in the middle there is still plenty of powder left.
To contour I used the Anastasia Beverly Hills kit in light to medium. I tend to stick to fawn for my cheek bones and Java around my forehead and nose. I used vanilla to do general highlighting, banana under my eyes and sand where I want a little bit of glimmer.
On the areas of my face I wanted to enhance my highlight even more (top of my cheekbones and the tip of my nose) I use MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle. I use this highlighter almost daily and it barely looks used, and I love the finish; you can dust it softly for an ‘everyday’ glow, or layer it up for a really intense look.
For my blush I used Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure. This range from Hourglass is stunning and I love the way they look in the pan. This colour is a really subtle plum pink, and as the name suggests, it has some highlighting properties as well. Hourglass describe this as ‘Photoluminescent Technology’ which sounds far more concise then my description! I really want to get more from Hourglass because this blusher has an amazing finish on my skin and makes my cheeks look radient.
For my lashes I used Benefit They’re Real. This mascara seems to really divide opinions, either you love it or you hate it, and I am definitely on the love it side! It isn’t massively volumising, personally I’ve always avoided the clumpy look. However it does separate my lashes apart from each other to makes them look generally ‘bushier’ (it seems wrong to call eye lashes bushy…) and gives the loads of length.
In my brows I used the Anastasia Dip Brow in Taupe. This is the only shade I have, the other brow pomade I use is a Chi Chi one, which is a lot darker. To be honest, I don’t think the price difference reflects the difference in quality, however I do prefer the ABH formula. I set mt brows with the MAC Brow Gel in Clear… yes this is supposed to be clear…! Although the gel looks like muddy water in the bottle, it still applies clear to my brows.
Neutral lips are all the rage right now, and I have really jumped on the wagon. I don’t have a ‘go-to’ lip colour, but for this look I used Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lips in Lolita. I adore this range of liquid lips, again I will probably do a separate post on them because I have so much to say about them. Lolita is described as a Chestnut Rose, on me it is a slightly more brown shade then my natural lip colour, so looks natural but still makes my lips stand out.
Other products used in this video are the MAC Prep & Prime Fix + spray; I basically spritz it all over my face at the end, and occasionally in-between layers to stop my makeup going dry and cakey on my skin. Also I used a ZA Liquid Eyeliner Pen; I’m new to winged eyes, so I don’t like like to offer too much opinion on whether the eyeliner is any good, because 90% of the result is down to my poor application.
So that completes my every day make up look. Watch the video below to see how I applied it all. (I am still working out how to get the best lighting and angles so please bear with me!)