My everyday make-up favourites

collection of make-up on boardsFollowing on from last week’s post about my hair and skincare favourites, I thought I’d share my everyday make-up favourites. I always love trying out new make-up products but once I’ve found something that works I tend to stick with it [cue problem for photography with this post because most things are so well used!] When I was younger I used to think that you get what you pay for – and the more pricey the product, the better it must be – but actually, this isn’t always the case and after trying several fancy foundations for example, it’s a No7 product that I’ve found to be the best. Here’s the run down of what’s in my make-up bag…and the best thing? You can find all of it at Boots…

No7 Beautifully Matte Foundation

I’ve tried a lot of foundations that are quite sheer and don’t actually give that great a coverage, which is fine if you’re wanting something lighter, but this stuff really does what it says on the tin and gives a really good even coverage that isn’t greasy or sticky, and most importantly, not shiny! I apply it with my fingers which I SO much prefer to using a brush.

Benefit ka-BROW! eyebrow cream-gel

So random fact about me, I only have half a left eyebrow. I don’t know why, it wasn’t some serious teenage over-plucking; I’ve just literally always had it. I used to be stupidly self-conscious about it, especially when people pointed it out at school, and for years as a teenager I was looking for products that would make my sparse wiry brows look good! They’re not the cheapest but Benefit are honestly the best brand for brows; for a while I used their “Brow Zings” palette which is also great, but a couple of years ago one of their counter assistants introduced me to ka-BROW! and it is AMAZING. It’s like a powder which means it’s not shiny, but also like a gel which means it glides on and stays put for hours and hours. It comes with a little applicator brush and is so easy to use, and the saving grace of the price (currently £20.50) is that it lasts for ages.

Benefit eyebrow make-up

Benefit eyebrow brush

NAKED eyeshadow palette

Luckily for me this was a gift, as it’s the only other slightly pricier product in this list, but I’ve been using it for over a year and honestly I think it might last forever. It also happens to be the best eyeshadow I’ve ever used, and allows you to create so many different looks. I tend to take one of the lighter colours and sweep it across my eyelids with the thicker end of the brush, before blending a darker accent colour with the thinner end, just in the crease of the eyelid. A great daytime combo is ‘SIN’ as the lighter one, and ‘TOASTED’ as the accent – it’s really warm and glimmery without being too in your face.

Urban Decay eyeshadow palette

 

Rimmel Exaggerate Eye Liner

I’ve used liquid eye liner for years because I find it has much better staying power than a pencil, and looks more effective too (though that’s me, I like it bold!). This particular one by Rimmel is great because rather than a soft brush that takes a lot of precision to use, the applicator is a solid point that makes it really easy to neatly line your eyes.

Max Factor Clump Defy Volumising Mascara

Confession here, my worst beauty habit is keeping mascaras far longer than you’re supposed to. I think because they never actually seem to run out and I’m tight, but I know you’re supposed to buy a new one at least every six months. That’s why all markings have long since rubbed off the tube pictured, but I thought I’d still share it, because mascara is obviously an essential part of the kit. I’ve used a whole lot of different ones but I honestly think that the cheaper mascaras can be just as good as the more high-end brands. This Max factor number doesn’t clump and gives really good thickness and definition – what else do you need from a mascara? Another budget one I’ve always found to be good is Maybelline Great Lash.

Max Factor Miracle Touch Creamy Blusher

Again, I’m all about the staying power, and I feel like cream blush lasts better than powder. It also means you don’t have to carry a brush around, which is a bonus. I used to like Maybelline Dream Matt Mousse blush but sadly they discontinued it. The assistant I spoke to at the time recommended this one instead and I love it, it glides on, has a nice glow to it, and also doubles as a lip tint.

So there you have it, my everyday make-up favourites. What are the beauty products that you love using? Have you got any good make-up finds or tips – I’d love to know! 

 

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