Here it is. My first post on make up. As you could notice form the photos on this blog, I do not wear a lot of make up at all. I use is because it makes me feel better and, hopefully, transforms me into my prettier self. I am a bit addicted to it as well... But I do not like experimenting. Over the years of good and bad make up I've found the perfect products that suit me best and I've decided to share what I know with you. Even if I don't know much... I know that a lot of you struggle with finding the perfect foundation or blusher so my experience might turn out to be at least a little bit helpful.
First of all, I recommend the better quality make up ranges. Unfortunately, they are more expensive but, surprisingly they last a lot longer. Both on your face and in your make up bag. An example? No problem! I'll compare the two lipsticks that I wear more or less for the same amount of days in a year. The pink Rimmel one that cost about £6.50 lasted me a year. It's nearly finished. The pink Estee Lauder one cost around £18.00 but for the last year I haven't used even a third of it. It stays where it's supposed to stay and smells better. Also, it has a better texture. I believe it's wiser to invest in the good stuff. It pays back in to time.
Secondly, the face. Oh if only I could have perfect skin! Instead, I was 'blessed' with an atopic dry and greasy combination that does not want to cooperate with me very often. But there's a solution even for that. After years of trying out different foundations I've found my match. Dior Nude is the one. It doesn't cover your skin completely so no mask-like feeling there girls. It also stays put - no marks on my clothes, scarves or anything. But before applying foundation (with a brush) I recommend using a primer. It's simply genius! Evens out the surface of your skin and makes the whole make up stay on your face for longer. To give my skin a matt look I use a pressed powder and to cover imperfections a concealer. Remember the right order though: primer, concealer, foundation, pressed powder. Otherwise your complexion will not seem even. And the last thing about the face: yes, I am a blusher addict. I don't remember the last time I left the house without wearing any. Again, the better quality, the longer it stays on your cheeks. With this Chanel one there's no need for re-applying for the whole day. When I get back home from work it still looks fresh.
Dior Nude foundation in Light Beige (020 or 022), Smashbox primer in Blend, Chanel pressed powder in Naturel, Chanel blusher in Rose Petale, Lancome concealer in 2
Third, The lips. My favourite part! I am a fan of reds and pinks. Not so very much any other colours actually, but it's probably just a phase and I will find myself wearing a shade of plum soon enough. When buying a lipstick you have to ask yourself a very important question: what do I want my lipstick to do? Do i want it to stay there for long? Choose Estee Lauder Double Wear. Do I want it to give me a delicate shimmer and a natural look? Go for Lancome L'absolu. Do I want my lipstick to give a statement? Try Lancome Le Rouge Absolute. Do I want my lipstick to have a full on colour in matt finish? Grab the Rimmel Colour Show Off. These are the four lipsticks I wear everyday. The best one? Estee Lauder. After applying it in the car on the way to work I do not have to re-touch until post-lunch. And this re-touch only includes the middle part of the lips with a single stroke. Well, some might argue that re-applying your lipstick is so feminine and pleasant that why would you want to avoid it?
Estee Lauder Double Wear Lipstick in Stay Pinkberry 03, Lancome L'absolu Nu Lipstick in beige rose 202, Lancome Le Rouge Absolute in 150, Rimmel Colour Show Off lipstick in Shake-up Pink 020
Last, eyes and nails. I don't wear eyeshadow at all. Another phase. What I do wear is mascara and black contour made with either a pencil or an eyeliner. The best mascara I have found is the Chanel Imitable Intense. I would also recommend Lancome Dolls Eyes. They both separate the lashes, make them thick and long. All a girl needs. The best eyeliner is the Gurerlain one. Worth every penny (unfortunately quite a few of them as well). Perfect texture, colour and brush. Stays on all day, even till 8p.m. post spinning class look in the mirror. I know that a lot of you don't actually use eyeliner as you find it difficult to apply. I can share my trick with you. Do a line with a pencil first. Just a thin one. Than follow that with an eyeliner. This little trick makes it so much easier! Give it a try! Also, make sure that your eyebrows are taken care of. Well groomed, shaped, and the right colour. Since my hair is slightly darker nowadays, I make sure that my eyebrows are as well. Nothing worse that black hair and white eyebrows... Unless you're Bjork. I go for soft pencils from No7 but if you prefer the hard ones go for Chanel. Nails? Only in a statement colour. I tend to match my nails to the current season and wear the same colour for 2 or 3 months until the bottle becomes nearly empty. Otherwise it would be a waste of £18 for 13ml of stinky liquid...
Guerlain eyeliner in Noir Ebene, Chanel Imitable Intense mascara in Noir, Chanel Le Vernis nail colour in Suspicious 561, Lancome Le Crayon Knol pencil in Noir 01, No7 eyebrow pencil in Brown/Black 10,