My Current Makeup Routine

Considering I blog about beauty and own an Alex drawer tower full of the stuff, I've always kept it pretty minimal, and lately I've dialled it back even more. My makeup ethos is very simple: I just want it to make the best of what I've got going on, and be able to throw it on in the passenger seat down the motorway.

base base, buttery biscuit base...
A few years ago I found the MUA Illuminating foundation and fell in love Sadly it was discontinued before I could pick up another tube, so I've been mixing it with the IT Cosmetics CC+ cream (full review here), which seems to run out quickly. Not only does this combination mean I'm using them both sparingly, it creates a base I bloomin' love.

You might have seen in my full review that I didn't love the application of the CC+, so adding in the MUA foundation adds even more glow and loosens it up a little so it goes on perfectly and wears really well for the rest of the day. The CC+ is also great to bring yellow tones and skincare benefits to the foundation, which leans very pink. They really are a dream team.

I'm still looking for the perfect concealer, but I've been dabbing on some of the Revolution Conceal + Define*, and IT Bye Bye Undereye in the meantime. Both are good coverage and good for brightening my undereyes, but I need something a touch darker for my face.

My skin is drier than a stale Ryvita, so I rarely use powder, but when I do it's been the Miss Sporty So Matte* one. I picked it up on a whim but actually really like it. It adds a blurring effect to my undereyes without making my skin look dusty.

an illustration showing a dusky pink blusher, peach lipstick, bronzer, and it cosmetics cc cream in a silver tube

The Bourjois creme blush in 04 has been a firm fixture this month. I feel like I can be very precise with the cream-to-powder formula and keep it right on the apples of my cheeks, away from my acne scarring. I've given up on bronzer as I find that it just never sits right on that scarring and makes it look even worse, so a touch of blush has helped me not to look too pale. The cute compact makes me feel very fancy too, which is always a bonus.

To detract attention from my pesky problem areas, and make my face look overall very healthy and glowy, I've been a bit of a highlight ho lately, sweeping the peach shade from the Sleek Solstice palette* on my cheekbones, cupid's bow, and inner corners. I've also embraced the power of the under brow highlight, and have either used the lemon shade from the palette or an Essence matte pale pink highlighting crayon to lift those furry bad boys.

My Natural Collection bronzer hasn't completely left my makeup bag. I use it in place of eyeshadow, haphazardly dusting it on the lid, crease, and undereye to add warmth and definition. If I'm feeling fancy I'll add a swipe of the Primark rose gold glitter cream, then I always finish the look with the Bare Minerals Lash Domination Mascara. It's a bit of a bugger, because it smears under my eyes during the day yet requires intense cleansing to properly come off, but I do like the twisty brush and the effect it gives.

I've got liquid lipsticks a plenty, I've got liners and glosses galore, but do I use them? Do I heck, I stick on some sort of nude or pink tinted balm every damn day. I really enjoy Revlon's Peach Parfait, or sometimes I really push the boat out and apply a rough swipe of Topshop's Brighton Rock, a bright pink, smoosh it out, then blot off the excess.



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