The best thing about makeup?
That in twenty minutes you can be like 'move over Beyoncé a new bitch is in town'.
I love makeup because it can hide your monthly breakout and the bags from a two hour sleep but also have you sashaying around like hello men please form an orderly queue.
That being said, when I was really young I used to follow makeup routines online blindly, then wonder why they didn't work out at all. One of my favourite Youtubers back in the day was Lauren Luke who created amazing makeup looks which left me looking like I had got punched in both eyes and needed a weeks bed rest.
As I got older and went into Beauty Therapy it became pretty bloody obvious why this happened... Every face is different and I wasn't looking objectively to figure out what would and wouldn't work on my own face, so go figure, what worked on another person didn't really work on me. Eventually I worked out it's all about figuring out your own face, and what you want to make the most of or what you want to minimise.
In this post I'm going to be breaking down my own routine, with all my little tips and tricks that I use to make the most of my features.
Generally speaking my routine focuses on making my eyes and lips look bigger, my nose slimmer and smaller, and my cheeks to be like BAM you want me to cut your sandwich with these bad boys? I think that generally most girls are trying to achieve the same goals, so if you want to see my routine then please keep reading!
My go-to primer is from Smashbox (£28) because it leaves my skin matte but isn't drying, and whilst it's a little pricey a tiny amount goes a long way. I don't tend to use this primer every single day just due to the price of it, but when I do it makes a massive difference to my foundation and I really recommend it.
Now let me take a moment out to say yes, I look like a ghost, but TRUST ME if you're as pale as me make sure you get your foundation in the right colour. If you go way darker it makes your skin look dirty, streaky and completely unnatural, which I know because I've done it plenty of times myself. It's better to stick to a foundation perfect for your skin tone then add warmth through the likes of bronzer, blush etc. than try to change nature with a foundation in the wrong colour.
Next I use a Smashbox High Definition concealer on areas such as pimples and again to hide my dark circles. With these bits I really recommend a foundation brush like the one pictured because it's perfect for building up a lot of coverage in one place. The one I use is this one from YSL which is a fantastic brush (£32) as it allows you to build up really good coverage, which is great if you have problematic patches of skin.
Step four: Contour & Highlight
Next is all about structuring my face and adding warmth using contour, highlight and blusher.
Firstly I apply contour to the sides and end of my nose to make it look a little smaller and thinner, and therefore more in proportion to my eyes and lips. I also contour my cheeks under the cheek bone, as well as under the lip to give the illusion of a shadow to make my lips look bigger.
I then use a sweep of colour across the cheeks to add colour to my face, where I tend to like pinky hues with reflective particles to give a luminous healthy effect to my cheeks.
I then highlight the tops of my cheekbones to keep my skin looking youthful and luminous (matte EVERYTHING tends to make you look older and like maybe you aren't getting all your vitamins). I then use some highlight on the cupids bow because it makes your lips look bigger and draws attention to them. My weapon of choice is the Sleek contour kit which has everything you need for only £10 and is 100% worth every penny.
Step five: Eyebrows
I actually just draw on an outline of my eyebrows like where I would like eyebrows to be if I actually had enough hair to grow eyebrows in the right place. Which I don't. But ya know, eyebrow goals and all that.
I know it looks crazy to draw an outline like that but I really like the way they look once it's done, considering how unkempt my brows are at the moment. Once the outline is in place I then just use an angled brush, where I will move the colour inwards to fill any gaps in my brows.
I have found if I colour them in it looks way too fake, but a light brush just using the product on the outline works the best. I then set them with a face powder and a blending brush to tone down the colour and keep them in place.
I use a Sleek brow colour (£5.99) which is a little on the dark side but I love it because it's amazingly long lasting and easy to control.
Step Six: Lips
Next onto lips, which is mainly about making them look a lot more defined and bigger than they are naturally through the sorcery of liner and lippy - click here for a full breakdown of that. Here I am using a liner by Sleek which I like as they stick very well with lipstick. I also used Mac's Diva(£15.50), which is my favourite A/W lipstick.
Step Seven: Eyeshadow
Now if you have kind of small eyes like me or just want them to look bigger this is my go to method.
I use a light colour all over my lids to hide any veins and also to make the area appear larger. I then use a darker netural colour only in the first half of my crease, and a darker colour in the outer half.
I never ever use any dark colours on the actual lid as it makes my eyes look a lot smaller, but the darker colours blended well in the crease gives enough definition and focus to the eyes. At the minute I'm using a Mac palette but anything in a similar colour works fine.
Step Eight: Liner & Mascara
Next I go in for a liner, which I only use on the very outer part of my lid, working into the tight line. This makes my lashes look fuller, and brings attention to the outer part to make them look wider. I then always add a teeny tiny flick or extend the line at the end to make my eyes look more cat like which I find the most flattering. This liner is just a cheap one from Collection for £1.99 which does the job perfectly.
Next I use the Rimmel Mascara, which I use on my top and bottom lashes. It's discontinued now however but there's plenty of mascaras out there which I'm sure can give a similar effect. Let me know below your favourite mascara I would love that!
The Finished Look
And that's it! This is my routine generally every day, which seems long winded but actually takes me about ten minutes in the morning. Let me know if you have any questions or product recommendations, I'd love to hear them! :)