I rarely do my own makeup. I know that sounds funny coming from me, a makeup artist, but it's true! I don't wear makeup regularly, so when I do paint my face I don't mess around.
I have pretty high standards when it comes to products. Over years of (ongoing) experimenting with different products I have developed a mental checklist of what I look for:
1) Does what it's supposed to do. This sounds obvious, but if the product makes a claim, it better perform. I hate waisting time manipulating products.
2) Blendable. No matter the product, it better blend easily. Stiff or patchy products waist time and elastin. Enough said.
3) Makes me feel good. Feeling good means something different to everyone, but if a product isn't making me happy why put it on my face?
* These products are not the best in their field. They are not the glowiest nor the highest coverage, but they are the products that make me feel amazing, the products that I reach for.
1) Glossier Stretch Concealer
This concealer changed the game for me. It gives me just enough coverage and brightens my eyes without looking heavy or obvious. The super creamy and lightweight formula blends easily with fingers and disappears into the skin seamlessly.
2) Glossier Cloud Paints
I LOVE cream/ liquid blushers and bronzers and these innovative blushers are no exception. A little bit of product goes a long way; the colour saturated liquid blends perfectly into a gentle tint of colour. I use these on my lids, cheeks and lips for a fresh, monochromatic look. These blushers are the perfect 'pick me up' for your face, adding just enough colour and life to your skin.
3) NARS Rigel
A high shine rose-gold shadow with enough impact to stand on its own. I use my fingers to get the best colour transfer by pushing the colour on my lid. This velvety shadow is so smooth and blends beautifully - no chunky glitter particles here. It also makes a gorgeous inner corner highlight (on your eyes) for an added brightening effect.
4)NARS Velvet Lip Pencils
These jumbo lip pencils are so convenient. They can be applied to look like an opaque lipstick or a stain depending on your preference. Mix them with a lip balm and you have that effortless 'bitten lip' look.
My favourite shades are Dragon Girl and Damned (pictured).
5) Charlotte Tilbury Beach Sticks
CT Beach Sticks are the perfect blend of bronze and glow, much like your skin after a day at the beach (hence the name). I swirl a brush on the product and then blend onto my face to get a diffused bronzed effect, but you could just as easily use your fingers. The bronze shade is the perfect tan colour (not too orange) while the sparkle in it gives you a subtle glow; your skin is left looking perfectly sun kissed.
6) Bobbi Brown Highlighting Trio
This palette was limited edition, but the product is not unique to the brand. Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks and individual Highlighting Powders will give you the same result. These shimmery colours can be used on the eyes and face to give you the nicest tinted glow. I use them as eyeshadows with no other colours or as highlight shades under my brows and in my inner corners. The pink highlight tops off any blush beautifully, adding an ethereal glow to your cheeks. These types of shimmer powders are so versatile and the velvety formula feels like luxury on your skin.
That's it! These are the products I find myself reaching for most often. They do what I want them to do and I feel great wearing all of them. Makeup is personal and what works for me may not work for you. Have fun playing around and experimenting and if you have any questions, you know where to find me ;)