I've recently started following vlogger/blogger posts by Tanya Burr - she's a British makeup artist and blogger and is refreshingly normal - ie she's happy to post wearing her gungey leggings and makeup free face, but her tutorials are easy to follow and she even does a fantastic tutorial using everyday drugstore brands, rather than the very expensive brands, so the looks she creates are affordable.
I have to confess that I LOVE makeup. Full disclosure. For me, going into SpaceNK is the equivalent of the sweetie shop for kids. I totally love the browsing, discovering different brands, and I always seem to come away with something, even if it's just samples from the sales girls. If you need more incentive then they also have a loyalty card called Ndulge so you rack up points that convert to hard cash too.
Although I do love makeup, I don't spend hours putting it on. I haven't got the time or the patience so it takes me about ten minutes tops in the mornings before work. I do have some staples that I keep coming back to but I like to experiment too. So, here are the brands/products that are working for me currently: (Apologies for the awful photos - left it too late in the day to photograph - and the products are all in use, hence the 'used' look of most of them!)
|Top right - Kevin Aucoin foundation; Top left - Laura Mercier Addiction highlighter|
Bottom left - Caudalie Beauty Elixir; Bottom right - Space NK eyelash curlers
Foundation - The Etherealist Skin Illuminator by Kevin Aucoin in Light. Its a liquid foundation that is light reflecting and not too heavy on the skin
Brows - anyone who knows me knows that my eyebrows are white blonde. When I do get them coloured I just feel like I look weird but this little palette by Tanya Burr does the trick for me, with four different powder shades so I can mix it up and get the right kind of look.
I am addicted to Laura Mercier products - she really does create the flawless face - and I have three palettes of hers, including the gorgeous highlighter above in Addiction which gives the most heavenly but subtle glow to the cheek bones. Also in the Laura Mercier brand, I use their Caviar Sticks eyeshadows - I got the cutest ever little pack before Christmas with four of their bestselling colours, but my favourite is definitely Rosegold. It just slides on and stays put all day - I use it as an eyeliner mostly, rather than an eyeshadow.
|Rosegold Laura Mercier Caviar Stick|
|Top: Tanya Burr eyebrow kit Bottom: Laura Mercier Glam to Go Palette|
I finish off with a slick of mascara. I've been trying out this Chantecaille one, but I always go back to my Lancome Doll Eyes which I love. As I wear contacts I also always have a bottle of soothing drops with me throughout the day. I don't use a fixing spray as such, however, I do often spritz my face after I've done it, with Caudalie Beauty Elixir, which I'm completely addicted to. If you've never tried it - go get. Space NK do it in a smaller bottle so try it out first - with tones of Rosemary, Orange Flower and Rose, its like blitzing your face with botanicals and gives a real lift.
The last thing I do before I gallop out of the door is apply a slick of gloss or subtle lipstick. I've been wearing a whole variety of nude lipsticks but recently bought this natural pink one from Tanya Burr cosmetics - it's quite pale, so will probably be better in the summer months when I have a bit of colour - and that's it - I'm good to go!
|Lipstick in 'Birthday Cake' - Tanya Burr Cosmetics|