If I could only have two make-up products it would be mascara and foundation so it's essential that I have an easy routine when it comes to my foundation in the morning. I usually apply a primer like Revlon Photoready Perfecting Primer after applying moisturiser. Then I follow it up with my beloved Clinique Stay Matte Foundation in 'Alabaster'. I tend to use my fingers when applying foundation in the morning as, for me, it's quicker than using a brush and perks up my skin. Then I use Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer in 'Ivory' under my eyes and on any blemishes. I have oily skin so I dust a powder like Rimmel Stay Matte Powder over my face before finishing off with a flush of colour on my cheeks. The two I alternate between are Clinique Blush in 'Precious Posy' for a sophisticated glow or 17 Blush in 'China Pink' for a rosy flush of colour.
They say the eyes are the window to your soul but after a late student night or the toxic snooze button it can be a little tricky to look more bright than frightful. Here's how I try to look half decent in the mornings:
First I start off with a light shade from my Clinqiue Colour Surge Eye Shadow Quad palette and follow it up by applying one of the darker shades on my crease or the outside corners of my eyes. Alternatively, I like the metallic, creamy finish of the Rimmel Scandaleyes Eye Shadow Stick in the delightful bronze shade ' 'Bulletproof Beige' (a very fierce shade title I think you'll agree). I use a pen liner just above the eyelashes on my upper lid to define my eyes more, my usual go to is Maybelline Master Drama Liquid Liner Pen. I then curl my eyelashes for about 20 seconds each eye before applying a few coats of mascara. I idolise mascara and probably use a little too much for daytime but I rarely leave my halls without it adorning my lashes. My top picks for daytime are currently Clinique High Impact Curling Mascara and Benefit Bad Gal Mascara, both of which are great for building length. I'm not a huge fan of an overdone eyebrow but I do think it's important not to forget about your eyebrows and regularly groom them. In the mornings if I have time I apply a little Benefit Brow Zings Wax evenly before combing and tidying with an eyebrow brush.
I have to admit that my lip makeup is usually very simple day-to-day. I tend not to use lipliner but in my tin I do have a few favourite lip colours that I alternate depending on my mood. One of my go-to lipsticks is Maybelline Super Stay 14hr Lipstick in 'Ultimate Blush', a rosy colour with a metallic finish-it lasts so long! I also love the creamy, golden-pink hue and glossy finish of Clinique Butter Shine Lipstick in 'Pink-a-Boo'. Occasionally I do like to go for a full-on glossy finish and when I wish to do this I use Bourjois Effet 3D Gloss in 'Corail Idyllic' which is a gorgeous peach shade featuring a shimmer that makes lips look fuller.
When I want to change it up, I use Benefit Cha Cha Tint for a matte, coral colour that stays on lips all day. This product is so ideal to have in my make-up tin especially with summer coming up, given it's shade and also as it doubles up as a cheek tint too. And if all else fails I go for the lip balm!
What are your go-to products for an easy, low-key look?