I am often asked about my daily make-up, so I braved coming to work make-up free, to attempt to do a basic tutorial. So here is a step by step guide to my average day-to-day make up. It's a classic rockabilly and retro look, with a more 90s lip shade (perfect for Autumn). I don't ever go without make-up, and this much make up is my normal look, whether I'm going out or not.
I start with my eyes. This means that any fall out that happens doesn't ruin your foundation (I used to start with my foundation as I prefer to look at my face with it on!). I use Mac Soft Ochre Paint Pot as a base, and apply all over the lip, right up to the brow.
Today I used Urban Decay Midnight Cowboy Rides Again on my actual eyelid. It's a lovely nude with a touch of glitter/shimmer.
I use a variety of eyeliners, from pencils, pens, gel and liquid. I use different one for slightly different looks, and also just what mood I'm in. Today I started with Bourjois Liner Feutre and just drew the lines along the lid, but not the flicks. This one was sent to me for review, but have been using it for a while now.
For the eyeliner flick I used another Bourjois liner, this time Intuitive Liner (again sent for review).
I'm going for a softer, more smokey or smudgey black line, so now I blend a bit of black eyeshadow over the flick, and into the middle of the eye. This black is from the NAKD Urban Decay Pallette, and is called Creep. It's quite a soft black, with a touch of small glitter flecks. The line doesn't have to look neat at this stage, as I'll neated with a lighter shadow.
I've been using a blush highlighter for my eyes (didn't like it as a highlighter but like it for a shadow) from the Sleek contouring palette. I use it to smudge over the top of the black powder/line, and take it all the way up to the brow.
Mascara time! I read a great piece on line, in Cosmo I think, where one beauty writer tried and photographed 100 mascaras. Based on those comparison pics, I decided I wanted to buy this one, and I've been loving it ever since. It's GOSH Boombastic.
Next, I tight line my water line (the inner bottom of the eye) with an Illamasqua S.O.P.H.I.E pencil. I love this pencil, as its so much softer than any others I've tried.
I don't do my eyebrows until after the foundation, as you tend to smudge them, so its finally time to get my actual face looking 'right'. I've been using Max Factor Ageless Elixir in Light Ivory for about 5 bottles worth now, and I love it. I apply it with this sponge I got in Las Vegas, which is great for sweeping the foundation under the eyes.
I currently use 4 powders on my face after applying my liquid foundation. The 3 Bourjois ones were for review, but I've been happily using them through choice for a few months now. I start from the left picture, with Blush Exclusif, which is a creme blush and I apply that with my fingers. I then use the Illamasqua Powder Eye Shadow in Heroine as a contour powder, which is applied with a contour brush almost of the side of my face, right up from the apple of your cheek to the hairline (diagonally up). I then add a touch of powder blusher (its called Love Struck Rose). Finally the Universal Illuminating Powder is applied all over my face, to blend the blushers and give a nice matte finish. I love the smell too.
Nearly there! Brows are next, and I'm still loving my Beautiful Brow kit. You use a stencil to apply it for a perfect shape everytime!
I recently received some Stila lipsticks to try, and I've fallen a little in love with this Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Aria. Its a pinky plum, very 1990s, and Autumnal.