Today I’m sharing a post that’s always popular with readers. A “What’s In My Makeup Bag?”
I was talking to my daughter about this.You see, I was asked by a new soon to launch magazine for the mature woman. A glossy fashion, health and lifestyle magazine called Silver Life. Due to launch early July, I will let you all know when it’s available, I’m excited about it!
I said to my daughter “Do you really think anyone would be interested in what I’m wearing on my over 50 year old face?” She replied with “Mother these on-line articles are my guilty pleasure and I’m always reading them” “Do it!” was her bossy reply!
But she reads the younger blogs of course. Do any of you read these types of post? I’m often drawn to the “ten things you didn’t know about me” types of post. I’m just so nosey!
Before I start to show you what I use, I want you to know that I’m quite a savvy shopper where my beauty routine and makeup is concerned. I have used Estee Lauder for years and I find you get more for your money if you buy when the seasonal promotion is on.
I’m signed up to all major stores for email alerts when this happens, so when I’m in need of anything that I’ve run out of there is usually a special offer on somewhere!
I also sign up email alerts to my favourite brands and when my birthday comes around I will go and get my freebie. It all helps!
So here goes! This is what I use on a day to day basis…
I thought I would start with the tools first. These are just as important. So Left to right
- Foundation brush – I use this to blend my foundation. Great for blending under the eyes and any facial creases.
- Throw away mascara brushes are handy and come in packs of 10-20 I use these for eyebrows as well, great for blending in eyebrow pencil.
- This little-chiseled brush is great for blending in pencilled eyeliner for a softer effect
- The eyeliner brush I use not only for eyeliner but also for concealer to hide blemishes
- This soft rounded brush is for creating the smokey eye effect in the socket of my eye.
- Blusher/Bronzer brush. I’ve had this Jane Iredale brush for years and it’s been brilliant.Pricey but I totally recommend it!
- Lip brush. A must for precision!
1)Primer – I’m hooked on the Estee Lauder Universal Perfecting primer. Providing the perfect base for foundation and leaves my skin velvety and a little smoother. A big help in a little tube!
2)Foundation – I use Estee Lauder Double wear. The staying power of this foundation is amazing! If my skin is on the dry side I will use double wear light.
3)Concealer – Again it’s Estee Lauder Double wear. I actually use two of these. One for blemishes in my skin shade and one a shade lighter for hiding deep wrinkles.
A tip to take note of – Use an eyeliner brush to apply a slightly lighter shade of concealer along deep wrinkles and then leave to set for around thirty seconds. Then pat gently with your ring finger to blend
1)The items above are my go to everyday items. I just apply the Bourjois eyeshadow from eyelid to socket. this shade is Generose 02
I find a light eyeshadow with a slight shimmer gives a nice little lift.
2)The Grey eye pencil I use for my eyebrows and then blend with the brush. Have you tried using Grey on your eyebrows? It’s the most natural shade and great for blondes.
3) Eyeliner pencil- Brown. I prefer a natural look in daytime and I think brown is a much softer look. Blended with the chisled brush above. I don’t like harsh lines.
I’ve added this eye palette into the kit here. This was an item I received in a makeup kit. It’s great for adding extra colour for evenings.
I’m using a Revlon powder blush in 003- Mauvelous! one pat of this blush onto my blusher brush and tap on the apple of my cheek.Blend with the blusher brush, this stuff goes a long way. Great healthy colour too!
Some Bronzers are so expensive! Blend and staying power are what’s most important. Plus it needs to be the right shade of course! I don’t like anything too shimmery. The one I have used for ages is this Avon Glow in Light Bronze. I am very fair and this is a great colour for me and not too orange!
Now I always have a problem getting my lipstick to stay on! For a while now I have used the method of lining my lips with a pencil and then gently smooth the lip line with your finger. This just softens the lip line and less likely to look harsh.
Then I fill the middle parts of top and lower lips and blend outwards with the lip brush. Then I apply my lipstick on top.
So far this has worked remarkably well. I don’t do gloopy lip gloss! Not even for evenings!
Rimmel I think do marvellous lip pencils and they are very cheap. I tend to go for the nude colours and only use a deeper colour for evenings.
My favourite lipstick at the moment on top of a nude pencil is Estee Lauder Pink Parfait (left) The middle is Estee Lauder rose gold and on the right is Virgin Vie Ruby Red Sheer.
I hope you find some of these tips helpful. Let me know if you have any other tips to share your everyday makeup in the comments below
I will be posting a sales post tomorrow if you want to stop by. Plus this will include my Ten Under Twenty for the week