My first post of 2018, Happy New Year everyone!
At the moment I find myself reaching for the same products over and over again. When I travel I strip my makeup bag right back to the products I really need and love so I thought I'd show you what I took to Spain with me for the Christmas break. They are the same products I used to create my New Years Eve makeup look.
For me, skin is something I love to focus on and probably spend the most amount of time doing. I always start with a freshly cleansed and moisturised face complete with an eye cream. There are primers to suit all skin types from oily to dry or textured skin. My current favourite is Becca First Light Priming Filter, it adds a dewy glow without any grease and helps create a smooth base for my foundation to glide over. Avoid areas you get oily, for me this is my T-zone! Next comes foundation, I have to admit I've been cheating on my Armani Luminous Silk. I first tried this new foundation back in Rome in February, fell in love but never knew the name of it as the writing had worn off the sample bottle! Introducing Guerlain's Lingerie De Peau Founation, super fluid it glides over texture and dryness leaving you with the most beautiful veil of coverage. It will build to a medium which is perfect for me but not one for those who like or require a full coverage base. I wear shade 3W! Obsessed.
To conceal I have reverted back to Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer having tried Tarte Shape Tape for a while. It doesn't crease, provides the perfect amount of coverage and never looks dry on me, I wear shades Custard and Ginger. I set it using my trusty RCMA No Colour Powder. To contour and highlight I love Charlotte Tilbury's Hollywood Beauty Wands, I use med/dark in the contour wand and the highlighter only comes in one stunning champagne shade. If you purchase both together you can make quite a saving too! This is without a doubt the best highlighter I have ever tried, I apply it to my hand and then to my face using either my beauty blender or my fingers. I wish this had existed for my wedding as it'd be the most ideal bridal highlight to have you looking etherial on your big day! If you prefer a powder bronzer and highlight I still love and use my Hourglass Bronzer in Radiant Light and my Victoria Beckham Highlighter too! When it comes to blush I again prefer a cream product, my current favourite is again Victoria Beckham's Creme Cheek, a bronze warm colour to compliment the rest of my face, (sorry guys I know her stuff is pricey!). Another old favourite that's more affordable and pretty much the same colour is Stilas Convertible Colour in Camellia. Again if you prefer powder try Nars Dual Intensity in Panic, especially fabulous in summer!
Every eye look needs to start with a structured brow, it doesn't matter if you like them to look natural or like slugs, although I'd prefer you aired on the natural side...they need to be tamed. My favourite pencil is Benefit's Goof Proof Brow Pencil, I wear shade 4. I then love to bring some texture back to my brows so I always brush them up with a gel. My favourites include Essence Make Me Brow available in Pennys/Primark and Charlotte Tilbury's Legendary Brow Gel. I recently got the Huda Beauty Obsessions Eye Pallet I shared in my christmas wish list and I love it! It's small meaning it's ideal for me travelling which I appreciate. I have the warm brown one but there are a few options to choose from. I used a mix of most of the shades to create my new years look! For liner I used Urban Decay's warm brown shade in Whiskey, apply to your top and bottom water lines. I still have my lash extensions on, they are done by the fabulous Rebecca in Vintage Glamour in Arklow for those wondering. She does Russian 3D volume lash extensions and I have been going to her for about 3 years now, can't live without them! I didn't wear my usual cat eye liner on this occasion but when I do I love Inglot's Gel Linger or Tom Ford Dual Ended Eye Pen, extortionate but worth every penny...plus it's two liners in one right?
Finally to complete my look I lined using one of my two favourite liners, Charlotte Tilbury Iconic Nude. My other go to is Mac Whirl. For lipstick I wore my old favourite YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats in shade 218. This is a warm pink nude that I wore on my wedding day, I re purchase it time and time again because for me it's the perfect "my lips but better" shade!