As you may already be able to tell, I love makeup. I love getting creative applying it, I love watching talented people teach me how to get better at it, I love how attractive it makes me feel when I wear it. Along with food and books, it’s probably what I spend most of my hard earned money on, and I wouldn’t have that any other way.
Of course, I think it’s important to feel comfortable in your own skin, too. But it is my strongly-held belief that we have no right to judge how much or what type of makeup someone else wants to wear. Whether you’re someone who just can’t be arsed to wear foundation, or someone who rocks false eyelashes on the daily, you should always do you when it comes to makeup.
That being said, I have found myself spending longer and longer on my makeup recently, when I really don’t have enough time to. In the last few years, I’ve learned new techniques such as contouring, highlighting and filling in my eyebrows; for some people, these additions to their routines might be a daily necessity, whereas for others they might be reserved for special occasions. For me, I’ve found myself becoming increasingly dependent on certain aspects of my daily makeup routine, to the point where I don’t feel like I’ve finished my makeup if I leave them out.
This dependency just isn’t practical, so recently I’ve been challenging myself to strip down my makeup routine to just the basics, where I’m wearing enough to give me that feeling of being ready for the day, but not so much that I end up running too late to grab a coffee and some breakfast. Here’s what I’ve come up with:
T H E B A S E
After using Nars’ All Day Luminous Weightless foundation for a while, I’ve switched back to my trusty Illamasqua Skin Base foundation, which is much quicker to apply because I use a brush rather than a sponge, which has to be dampened a little before use. After applying primer to my face and eyes, I dab a generous amount of product over my cheeks, forehead, nose and chin, before blending it out using my Nanshy Flawless Foundation brush.
Normally, I would have put down some concealer first, but skipping this step saves yet more time. Instead, once the foundation has been applied, I use Barry M’s Flawless Light Reflecting concealers in Nude/2 and Beige/3 – the former under my eyes and the latter on my chin. I blend those in using my finger.
Using Tropic Skin Care’s Sculpting Palette in Coral Blush, I take a bit of the bronzer on a small e.l.f. contour brush, and chisel out my cheekbones. I’ll also use this to add some definition to my nose, although this step can be skipped. Saving yet more time, I’ve pulled Illamasqua’s Cream Blusher in Dixie out of retirement, as it can be applied with a simple dab of the finger for a flushed, cold-kissed look. Very Fall appropriate!
T H E E Y E S
Since I started filling in my eyebrows, it has become an essential part of my daily makeup routine, to the point where I almost feel naked if I skip them. But, at the back of my mind, I’ve had the nagging suspicion that it’s not great for my self-esteem to feel like my natural brows are somehow not good enough. Sure, I might prefer the way they look shaped and filled in, but this needn’t be a part of my everyday look. Plus, I can spend up to 15 minutes shaping, filling, concealing and highlighting my eyebrows – time which I can’t afford to lose in the mornings before work.
For this paired down makeup look, I’ve left my eyebrows completely bare. They’re freshly threaded, which keeps them looking neat, and I’ve run a spoolie through them to tidy them up even more.
Lastly, to add a small amount of detail and definition to my eyes, I coat my lashes with Barry M’s Lash Vegas – the best vegan mascara you’ll find on the UK high street, believe me.
T H E L I P S
How can lipstick be a part of an easy, everyday makeup look? I hear you ask. Well, with the time I save by not doing my eyebrows, I can probably apply lipstick 3 times over. I really enjoy how the minimal eyes are outweighed by a bold lip, tipping the balance of the look over to my mouth.
After gently scrubbing my lips and coating them with balm, I apply OCC’s Feathered lip liner all over. My lipstick of choice for this look was LUSH’s Confident, which applies much more evenly and lasts much better over the top of the liner.
Like I said, whether or not you chose to wear makeup daily is your individual choice. No one should feel pressured to wear less or more makeup, but I also want to advocate loving yourself as a blank canvas, and not fearing a negative reaction for stepping out minus the war paint.
Do you wear makeup everyday? What is your go-to easy beauty look?