I've been wanting to do a little 'my daily make up routine' type post for a while now, and today I managed to find the perfect pink lipstick, so the time is right!
Now I'm no beauty blogger or expert; I only started wearing foundation a few years ago, but the past year I've found myself getting more & more into make-up. I must be going through what most girls do as teenagers, except I haven't developed an interest in blusher & eyeliner until my thirties!
I now have a daily makeup routine that takes about seven minutes, but that packs quite a lot in. I'm very into my bargain dupe beauty products, especially as I've had to teach myself how to use them, so buying £28 eyeshadow and then not being able to apply it properly wasn't an option.
So this 'routine' or whatever the professional beauty bloggers call it, is ideal for someone who is a bit of a beginner when it comes to putting on a face.
Here is what I wear day to day.
Rimmel Perfect Match foundation in Classic Ivory. This is a really easy foundation to apply as its liquid form and blends without too much work. I used a brush for foundation for a while, but in the end I've found it just as successful to use my fingers to apply it as a base. It costs around £6.99 which is the average price for a Rimmel foundation.
Next I go straight to eyes. If you haven't shopped in Superdrug for makeup before then you are in for a treat when you discover their Revolution range.
I bought the Redemption Iconic 1 palette, which is a measly £4. Revolution is a 'dupe' range mostly, meaning their products are a bargain version of similar more expensive versions. There are quite a few of these £4 palettes to choose from. I also picked up a version with blues, purples and greens, but I've yet to apply them without looking a bit like a clown. Like I said, I'm new to this makeup malarkey!
The furthest left shade of shadow is perfect for a base, so I also got it by itself for £1, as I've nearly used it all up in the palette. I apply that right up to my brows, then the light shimmery gold colour in the centre of the palette on the eyelid. Then I brush one of the darkest colours into the crease. I actually learnt my eyeshadow skills from watching Ru Paul's Drag Race & hearing that 'garage doors' are when someone only uses the one shade of eyeshadow. You certainly get an education watching Drag Race.
As I'm writing this I've just noticed my nails are chipped in all the photos! I'll never make it as a beauty blogger at this rate!
Next up is eyeliner. Over the years I've tried pencils, eyeliner pens, little ink pots with brushes, but I still can't seem to get the liner in the right place! So if you struggle with eyeliner I'll let you know my little secret. I used a Rimmel Scandaleyes eyeshadow crayon. It's a thick, soft stick of blackness that even with my shaky hands, I can line my bottom lids with. I've long since given up trying to get any liner on the top lids. I think this was about £5.99 to buy in Superdrug.
Whilst my top lids escape liner, I define them instead with mascara. I use a Boots No.7 waterproof one at the moment, and although the brush looks like it wouldn't do much to your lashes, I find it better than any big thick brush.
Brows are next. I have Susan, who I go to for my laser tattoo removal, to thank for teaching me how to define my brows. I feel like I'm putting on fancy dress makeup if I ever had tried an eyebrow pencil, but Susan gave me this little palette and a wedge shaped brush which is just perfect for filling in and making your eyebrows look neat.
Next, contouring, of a sort. I've really wanted to attempt the clown contouring I've seen on YouTube, but with my makeup skills still being very new, I haven't contoured excessively for my daily makeup routine. Instead I use the Revolution Sculpt & Contour Kit in Ultra Fair to put a bit of highlight shimmer on my cheekbones, and bronzer below. I'm still playing around with this 'step' of my routine, but I think practice will make perfect in the end.
The Rimmel foundation, whilst giving great coverage, can be a tiny bit shiny, so I apply a tiny bit of pressed powder. Again I went for a cheap and cheerful range and got the shade Candlelight from Collection.
Lipstick is the final step! I haven't bought any lip liner to practice with as yet, so it's always just straight old lipstick and no messing around. My friend Claire from The Lily Pink Bakery gave me this Soap & Glory palette about two years ago, and I still have it on the go. Naked Beige is my usual colour to wear, as its closest to my natural lip colour.
But, as the title of this blog post says, I have found the perfect pink lipstick for me, and it only cost £1!
It's Revolution from Superdrug again and the shade is called 'crime'. I've always stayed away from brightly coloured lipstick as I'm self concious about my bottom teeth being crooked, but my friend Jane has told me on a few occasions that I should just go for it, so I took her advice. I bought that pink thinking it would either look okay, or it would look atrocious and go straight in the bin. Luckily my £1 was well spent and I really like how it looks!
So that's my daily makeup routine as of September 2015. I imagine it will only get longer as I practice with more products and follow more tutorials from all the proper makeup bloggers out there. But for now, that's my flirtation with beauty blogging done!