When I find products that just work for me, I am loyal to it to a fault. It’s almost to the point that I won’t let go or try other products until the product is finished, which is scary when you think about it considering how much makeup I have to eventually go through. Here is my current makeup routine that I use for daily!
Makeup Routine | The Face
I’ve recently been spending 14+ hours at the office (that time of the year you know?) It was important for me to have something that will last all day, yet doesn’t look like I’ve put in too much effort. My first thought immediately flew to the Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation ($44, available here) which you probably know as being my fail-safe foundation, except for the fact that it can look mask-like if your skin isn’t properly hydrated.
The air in the office must be quite dry because by lunch time, I started noticing lots of patchiness/dry spots. Fortunately, I have a back up, and my current go-to favourite at the moment to get me through 14+ hours at the office is CHANEL Perfection Lumière Foundation ($55). Featuring a medium-full coverage with a skin-like finish, this saved my makeup routine.
I’ve been really in love with two blushes that imparts the most beautiful, natural-looking finish a girl could ask for when in a rush every morning. The Clinique Cheek Pop in Ginger Pop ($24, available here) and Make Up For Ever HD Cream Blush #225 ($31, available here) are two distinct colours but completely fail-proof to achieve that natural glow every morning.
Makeup Routine | Finishing Touches
I’ve been favouring a nude-pink lip combination lately as it is flattering on my skintone, and looks business-like? My current favourites happen to be from the drugstore which is great news as I don’t feel very guilty when it comes to restocking them. The Rimmel London Apocalips Lip Lacquer in Phenomenon ($9.99, available here) features a fantastic formulation that sits on the lips comfortably and doesn’t stain though it will feather off as you eat/drink coffee throughout the morning. The Annabelle TwistUp Lipstick Crayon in Havana ($11.49) is a surprise favourite since I completely forgot about how much I loved these formula until recently.
For the eyes, I have been loving the Make Up For Ever Aqua Shadow in #2E Matte Brown ($24, available here), a dark brown shade that can be built up to a very office-appropriate liner colour. The “Aqua” range from Make Up For Ever features smudge-proof, budge-proof and waterproof formula which is something a girl who spends 14+ hours at the office needs. Although pricey, this is one of the best investments I’ve ever made since it has become my go-to liner every morning. For the mascara, I have been loving the Make Up For Ever Smokey Extravagant mascara ($28, available here) which is not a mascara for everyone. As the name implies, the formula will volumize and lengthen your lashes like nobody’s business and may not be everyone’s cup of tea. For my super straight, short lashes, the formula lifts my lashes just the right amount that it doesn’t look like I’m trying too hard.
I’m quite crazy about the IT Cosmetic Tightline Waterproof Mascara ($22, available here). What’s unique about this product is that it was a super thin and very small brush wand which deposits product as close to the lashline as possible. Aside from this unique, and novel tool is the fabulous formula it features. Long-lasting, smudge-proof formula that boosts volume and length!