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Makeup can be a great tool for anyone to use to express themselves and make them feel great. Working out what makeup routine works best for you can be really fun but can require a bit of trial and error. I’m going to try and make it a bit easier for you by letting you know what my day-to-day makeup routine consists of.
I went to an all-girls school and I felt a pressure to wear makeup from about the age of 13. At first I loved it because I felt grown up and I enjoyed putting it on every day. But by the time I was 15/16 I ‘couldn’t’ go out without makeup on because i felt like I looked awful without it. At that point I was no longer wearing it because I liked it but because I relied on it for self confidence.
It took a couple of years to break that cycle. Luckily I built up self confidence from other things and by the time I left school I was back to wearing makeup when I wanted to rather than when I ‘needed’ to. Now I only wear it when I go out somewhere nice or occasionally I just put it on for fun because I enjoy how it makes me feel and I find it fun to try new styles. It has become a hobby which I love. When you wear makeup you should do it for yourself not for anyone else’s benefit.
I have tried a lot of different makeup products – some drugstore and some high end brands. Superdrug is a great option for buying drugstore products because it has a lot of choice of brands. I have found that in some cases you can get very good products very cheaply and in other cases the price does reflect the quality. Whatever your budget you can definitely achieve a great look!
I have included all of my favourite products below. Let me know what your day-to-day makeup routine consists of.
8 Step Day-to-day Makeup Routine
Before you start any makeup the very first thing to do is to set up a good base. Have a look at my skincare routine for ideas on how to achieve a great base for your makeup.
I use Real Techniques brushes for all of my makeup. I love the soft texture of them and they are not too expensive either so they are a great choice if you don’t want to break the bank. I’ve had mine for about 5 years and their condition hasn’t deteriorated at all in that time so they are definitely worth the money!
Foundation is the first step in any makeup routine because it evens out your skin tone. For lighter looks, you can skip this stage and just use concealer instead. My go-to foundation is the ‘Clinique Anti-blemish Solutions’ liquid foundation in shade 01 – fresh alabaster.
I really struggle to find foundations that are the right colour for me because I’m so pale! But this one is a pretty good match. It’s a great texture, not too thick and gloopy. It offers a medium level of coverage so doesn’t feel too heavy on the skin which is a definite positive for me. This product also doesn’t have much of a smell which is a bonus. It blends out really nicely and the coverage can be built up quite easily to get your desired level. It isn’t super cheap but in this case I’d say its worth the money to get a good quality product which doesn’t leave you looking like you’re completely caked with makeup.
Concealer really is a staple of any makeup routine, especially if you’re one of the 99.9% of people who don’t have flawless skin. I use the ‘L’Oréal Infallible Concealer’ in shade 326 – vanilla. It is a drugstore product so is cheap but the price is not reflected in its quality. It is a good consistency and easy to blend out into your foundation. Depending on the look you want to achieve, I’d suggest using two different shades of concealer: one which matches the shade of your foundation (to cover blemishes and redness) and one which is one shade lighter (to highlight under your eyes, forehead and the bridge of the nose).
Powder is great for setting your foundation and concealer in place so it stays looking great all day. I use the Rimmel London Fix & Matte translucent powder which can be bought cheaply from any drugstore. Theres not much to say about it really… it does the job just as good as any other powder I’ve tried. If you like pressed powders then this is a great option, but if you prefer loose powders then this is not for you. Here’s a tip: if you want to get away with using a cheaper mascara, then apply more powder under you eyes and leave it for a couple of minutes before lightly brushing away the excess. This will set your concealer/foundation more securely and prevent your mascara from smearing as easily.
Blusher is something that can make or break a look. Its best to use a shade which is quite neutral rather than too bright and apply a little bit then build up IF YOU NEED TO. A lot of people wear too much bright blusher and you can end up looking like a clown. Harsh but true… If you apply a little bit of blusher which isn’t too bright then it can really warm your complexion and make you look healthy and happy. I dont think you need to pay a lot of money to get a good blusher. My go to product is the LIMITED collection blusher from Marks and Spencer. I use shade W4 – melba.
The way your eyebrows look can have a huge impact on your overall look. Your natural brow shape will be the one which suits your face shape the best so I’d suggest staying true to that (though a little tidying up now and again can make you look more put together). I used to use a brow pencil but it was too dark and I changed the shape more than I needed to.
A few years ago I came across a brow gel which is a great colour for me and it keeps my natural brow shape. It’s the Bobbi Brown natural brow shaper gel in the shade Auburn. I absolutely love this product! It is more expensive than a lot of drugstore alternatives but its worth it. It makes your brows look fuller without looking like you have makeup on them. I love how natural it looks. If you prefer your brows to be more defined then I’d suggest using a brow pencil to sculpt the edges and then apply the brow gel you fill in the colour.
Mascaras can massively vary in quality (though not always based on price). Before applying any mascara I suggest using a lash curler so that your eyes look wider and your mascara will be more flattering. You can get a curler from any drugstore and they are all very similar.
For mascara, I currently use the No 7 Lash extender in the shade black. It lengthens your lashes and adds some volume which is very flattering. It doesn’t flake and creates minimal smearing though I’d still suggest setting your under eyes fully to avoid unnecessary smearing. It’s not officially waterproof but I’ve found that it doesn’t run unless you get it very wet (ie forget to take it off before going in the shower…). Its also good to note that this product specifically mentions that it is suitable for sensitive skin. This is a bonus for me though it wont be a big factor for everyone.
I have previously used the Clinique mascara which is also a great product, though the No 7 mascara is pretty much the same quality and is a lot cheaper so I don’t think its necessary to get an expensive product in this case. HOWEVER, some cheap mascaras are not good quality and can clump, flake or smudge very easily so you have to be careful which ones you buy. I’d suggest applying to both upper and lower lashes because if you only apply to your upper lashes then your eyes can look top heavy which can make them look more tired and smaller.
Lip stick preferences are very personal and therefore my favourites will definitely not be the same as everyone else’s. There are a few things to consider when getting a lipstick though. The first is the texture. I like matte lipsticks but I think glossy ones can be very attractive too. Personally I just don’t like the feel of a glossy lipstick (or lip gloss). The second thing to think about is colour. For a day-to-day look, I love nude pink colours as opposed to brighter shades.
I use the Bobbi Brown lip colour in the shade Pale Pink or 76 – pale mauve. They are very similar colours. I think it is worth spending the extra money to get a good quality lip stick. My lipstick stays in place pretty well, though by the end of a day it has started to rub off. I think the colour is very flattering for a lot of skin tones but particularly those of use who are pale like me.
8) Setting Spray
What’s there to say…? Setting spray fixes your makeup in place so that it stays gorgeous all day long. Some sprays last longer than others but in general they are fairly similar in effectiveness regardless of their price. I use the Barry M flawless mist & fix. It is a drugstore product so can be bought cheaply. It leaves you with a matte finish. If you prefer a dewy finish then this product isn’t right for you. I think this spray is a great addition to any makeup routine and its well worth the money so that all your hard work getting your makeup right doesn’t get ruined after a couple of hours.
Remember that you don’t need makeup to be beautiful. Read my favourite quotes about beauty to find out what I think makes someone beautiful. Try to enjoy your makeup but don’t rely on it.
Send me pictures of your makeup looks on my social media accounts. I can’t wait to see all of your beautiful faces.