I was a little worse for wear this morning after a work night out and so I decided to take some time and play around with my makeup and make myself look more fresh than I felt.
I started off by using my favourite face mask at the moment, REN Invisible Pores Detox Mask, which is exactly what my skin needed. After spritzing my face with the worlds best invigorator Caudalie Beauty Elixir, I moisturised and then applied some Clarins Beauty Flash Balm, my secret weapon for a quick skin fix.
I decided to use Max Factor Facefinity foundation because it's supposed to be a primer, foundation and concealer in one. I've found that less is more with this, using one pump of product I applied it with a Real Techniques Stippling Brush and I found it gave a nice medium coverage which is exactly what I wanted for my skin today.
I filled in and set my brows, curled my lashes and then applied my new favourite eye product, Bare Minerals 5 in 1 BB Advanced Cream Eyeshadow (bit of a mouthful!) in Divine Wine. This is a gorgeous product and it's so easy to use. I'll be doing a full review very soon.
I recently got this No7 eye pencil as a free gift with purchase and I really love how it gives some subtle Autumnal colour to my makeup look. It's so easy to work with and blend, I applied some to the outer upper lash line and along the lower lash line and blended it with the sponge applicator on the end of the pencil.
I curled my eyelashes with my Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler, then I used Clinique High Impact Mascara on my top and bottom lashes, applying a second coat to the top lashes only. I got this sample size free with a magazine and I absolutely love it, I can see why it gets raved about in the blogging community.
After mascara I put a little of the No7 Instant Radiance Concealer on the dark circles under my eyes. This is a pink tinted light reflecting concealer that is a lovely light consistency and blends so easily. I like using very light textured products under my eyes because the skin there is so delicate. I usually have to double conceal, so I used a tiny amount of the NYX HD Photogenic Concealer on top of the No7 one.
I felt like I only wanted a hint of colour on my cheeks so I went for MAC Well Dressed which I think went really nicely with the brown/purple eyes. Then I used my new favourite product, NARS Contour Blush in Olympia. I have a full post on this ready to go so I won't say too much except that I've been using it every single day since I bought it.
I always finish by powdering the centre of my face as it can get a bit shiny throughout the day. For the past few months I've been using Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder and I love it. It's translucent and so light on my skin, I definitely recommend giving it a go if you're in the market for a new powder.
Last but not least, my favourite part, choosing a lip colour. I felt like wearing something quite natural and understated on my lips so I choose this stunning Givenchy Rouge Interdit lipstick in Voluptuous Nude, another one I will be reviewing properly soon. It was slightly too light for the rest of the makeup so I put my favourite nude lip gloss over the top. I actually got this lip gloss in a Glossybox and my sister thought it was so nice on me that she ordered a full size one for herself and we both wear it all the time. It's my go-to nude because I feel like it's the perfect shade for my skin tone and goes with any makeup look. I can't believe I haven't featured it here yet, but I definitely want to do an in depth review.
Max Factor Facefinity Foundation in 45 Warm Almond
Zeba Cosmetics Brow Powder
No7 Beautiful Eyebrow Pencil in Brown
No7 Lash and Brow Perfector
Bare Minerals 5 in 1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow in Divine Wine
No7 Stay Perfect Metallic Eyes Pencil in Purple
Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Foxy
Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler
Clinique High Impact Mascara
No7 Instant Radiance Concealer in Shade 1
NYX HD Photogenic Concealer in CW02 Fair
MAC Powder Blush in Well Dressed
NARS Contour Blush in Olympia
Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder
Givenchy Rouge Interdit Lipstick in 26 Voluptuous Nude
Beautiful Movement Cosmetics Lip Gloss in Nude
I know it looks like I used a lot of products but it actually didn't take that long at all to do. I feel like some people might think I do my makeup in a strange order. I like to do my foundation, brows, eyes and then my concealer, blush, contouring, highlighting and powder. Does anyone else do it this way?
I hope you enjoyed the post, it's something I haven't really done before so let me know if you would like to see more Face of the Day posts.
What products do you use when you need to make yourself look fresh?