Sunday, April 17, 2016

The Beauty Edit: Makeup

With skincare sorted, let's talk about makeup. Be warned though, I am not eloquent in makeup talk, so this post might be a bit weird or totally wrong, depends on how you look at things. I don't really have a solid makeup routine because I don't really wear a lot of makeup. The reason why I don't wear a lot of makeup is because I don't know how to put makeup on and I'm very heavy handed. And for the most part, I'm not used to wearing it and so it feels a little uncomfortable. I've been lucky, too, because I am very fair and I could get away with just wearing a bright lipstick on my face and it makes me look like I have a bunch of makeup on.

On days that I do wear makeup, I have a few products that I use. Except for lipsticks, I don't really collect makeup so I use almost everything I have (although there are some products that I just don't know how to wear and I end up not using them at all). Since I'm not as into makeup, I tend to own more drugstore makeup (from one particular brand) than high end brands.

For base, despite having oily face, I like using hydrating foundation rather than a mattifying one. My first foundation was Sephora's Brightening and Hydrating foundation. It's a good quality foundation that's affordable. Surprisingly, I was able to finish a bottle of it. I didn't repurchase because I wanted to try something else.

Sometimes, I use Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturiser with SPF20 in the shade Porcelain. It's a good base if you fancy something very light and you want a radiant coverage. I like this because it's lightweight, it's enough coverage for me and it has SPF. The only downside to this is that it doesn't last on me very long. My face is oily and I sweat everything out. By a few hours, it's already gone. Another base I am currently using is the Bourjois Healthy Mix in the shade No. 51 Light Vanilla. This foundation smells delicious. If I get around to cleaning my brushes, I use my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush to buff the product all over my face, sometimes I also use my Beauty Blender; otherwise, my hands are enough to help me blend the products in.

Concealers are confusing to me. Somehow, I can't seem to make it work for me. I've tried Benefit's Boi-ing, Collection 2000, and L'Oreal concealer and all of them never look good on me. I recently discovered Maybelline's Age Rewind concealer which is amazing and the most blendable undereye concealer for my eyes. I have yet to find a concealer to help me conceal all the blemishes that my foundation can't hide.

Aside from the occasional plucking, my brows are untouched and I like it that way. I have always loved thick, straight and bold brows. I have yet to find the perfect brow product but for now, I really enjoy using Maybelline's Fashion Brow pencil and brow mascara.

I don't usually put on eyeshadow. If I do, I use Maybelline Color Tattoo's Bad to the Bronze. On rare occasions when I feel brave and want to try a look, I use my Sleek MakeUp Storm or Au Naturel Palettes. I want to invest in a really nice eyeshadow colour but since I rarely wear makeup and hardly even use eye shadow, I find it hard to commit. I use my Real Techniques Shading BrushSigma Eye Shading E55 and Sigma Tapered Blending E40 to apply and blend. My eyes are pretty weird so most of the time, I skip eyeliner. I use my Shu Uemura eyelash curler and use my favourite mascara, Maybelline's The Falsies. I find that this mascara holds the curl better and it makes my lashes really full and long.

For my cheeks I usually reach for my Nars Orgasm blush or Nyx Dusty Rose with my Real Techniques Blush Brush. It really is an amazing cult product worth the hype. I love the peachy pink shade with soft golden shimmer it gives the cheeks.

To seal everything in, I use Bourjois Java Rice Powder if my Real Techniques Setting Brush is clean on hand or my Maybelline AngelFit Ultra Natural Affinity powder foundation to seal all the makeup in.

Disclaimer: Every skin is different. A product may work for me and not for you, please consult a make-up artist or do more research on the products mentioned. All products mentioned here were purchased for personal use. This is not a sponsored post. Check out my skin type here.