Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Less Is More

Over the last few weeks i have been wearing a minimal face to work. For me, waking up at 6.15 in the morning is tough and then thinking of putting on loads of makeup just puts me off.......hence a minimal makeup look.
I have been loving using my NARS Radiant Tinted Moisturiser because it just makes my skin glow, and gives enough coverage without feeling too heavy.
This is what I have been wearing most days:
NARS Radiant Tinted Moisturizer (REVIEW HERE)
YSL Touche Eclat (No. 3)

Bobbi Brown Concealer (Honey/Golden)
Ben Nye Banana Powder (REVIEW HERE)
Illamasqua Blush (Excite)

MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish (Shape The Future)

Clinique Superfine Liner for Brows (Black/Brown)
MAC Brow Gel
Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Eye Pencil (REVIEW HERE)
L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes
Benefit Benetint

Korres Lip Butter (Quince) 

Since the weather has gotten warmer, i have been skipping the eyeliner and just been applying mascara. I am enjoying the 'barely there makeup' and focusing more on my skin.
What has been your makeup recently?

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  1. You are describing my make up routine. Since my 40th bithday I find that a more elaborate make up is a bit aging but I keep watching and reading you. And thanks to you I discovered some great product I coulnd't do without (Strobe cream, kiko pencils, benetint, etc.)
    If I may have a request: I would love you to do a tutorial on YSL touche eclat. As many women, I have one but I'm not sure I'm using it to its full potential.

    1. Awwww i am so glad i could help!!! I always think less products is so much better for us on a daily basis! Yes, i will try to do one soon for the YSL Touche Eclat. x

  2. It's funny how much we use even just to achieve the minimal look. I'm the same. Looks beauts mashAllah x

    1. I know! I so agree! You don't realize how many products even a natural look needs! xx

  3. You look gorgeous! Less is definitely more. Great post. I love the Illamasqua blush and I love the way Benetint looks on you. xx


  4. It has gotten brutally hot where we are, just in the past week, so I've definitely paired down my foundation routine. I'm using either Laura Mercier Radiance Primer or Josie Maran tinted moisturizer under Monave's loose mineral foundation in Tan Girl, lightly buffed into my skin. I'm getting a ton of sun block this way - which I'm really careful with since I started getting botox thus year. This gives me nice coverage but still looks very natural and allows my skin to breathe. To set, I'm using Lotus cosmetics Hi Def Finishing Powder in Daffodil - tinted very slightly yellow. I find Ben Nye's powders cake too much with my oily skin because they're loaded with corn starch. They also clog my pores & promote acne for me & feel too heavy, especially in the heat.

    Also loving my L'oreal Voluminous Smoldering Pencil in Brown - deep brown/black - with Kryolan pressed shadow in #55330 smudged over top for a more natural look. Doesn't budge all day, either. Even when I'm outdoors in the heat, sweating. And of course, waterproof mascara. Ny current favorite is ridiculously cheap - Wet n Wild's MegaLength. Never flakes, smudges or runs & has a brush that's nearly identical to MAC's fiber mascara.

    Lipstick in this heat is MAC's Bare Again from their Sheen Supreme line. Perfect nude shade, nice & glossy, wears really well, has a lot of pigment to cover my natural lip pigment, but looks so beautiful & natural on. I'm already half way through the tube.

    For blush, I'm using Tarte's Amazonian Clay 12 Hour product in Exposed with a bit of Lise Watier's Glamour Rose Illuminating Face & Body Powder. My other favorite is Josie Maran's Argan Color Stick cream blush in Spice, a perfect shade for summer, which can also be used on the lips. It's a huge stick for under $30/16 grams. Won't run out of this in my lifetime. I use a tiny bit of Studio Makeup's Soft Blend Blush in Poppy over top to set it, which is a nearly invisible nude shade.

    The best eye primer I've currently found is from Essence & is far better than UD's primer. Makes any eyeshadow I use last all day & night. I've been using a lot of neutral mattes lately, especially Kryolan's, with just a touch of shimmery peach or plum to highlight my lid. These colors work really well with my eyes, which are mostly blue but sometimes look slightly green.

    And lastly, if I need any powder through the day - which I keep to an absolute minimum - I use Kett's pressed powder. It's loaded with calcium carbonate, which really soaks up oil without ever caking and is totally invisible.

    Yes, it takes a lot of products to get the 'natural' look LOL :-)