“Remember, you need much less makeup than you think.”
– Jessalyn Gilsig
Everywhere you turn in the beauty blogosphere, as well as
Instagram & Youtube, super-glam make up looks are ‘all the rage’, as my mum
would say! There’s no denying that perfect cut creases & full-coverage
perfected foundation make for great images that are beautiful to look at and
are great inspiration for our own looks, but it has to be said that we can’t
all look like that every day, and a lot us would never chose to!
There was a time when I just didn’t bother with make up on a
day-to-day basis (for work etc.) because it wasn’t even close to measuring up
to Insta-perfect make up looks I’d see online. But nowadays, after slowly I
shook myself out of this silly way of thinking, I totally embrace the true
intention of makeup – to enhance the natural beauty and individuality of our
Because like most people, I work a full-time job, my
day-to-day look has to be quick as well as simple. I’ve got myself in a pretty
good routine lately, and feel like I’m only wearing the products I really
like/need to wear on an average work day. I force myself to switch up the
products I use from time to time, but always stick loosely to same type of
products. So, with that in mind, I thought it’d be interesting to share with
you my most recent work-day routine, and the products I’ve been using in it!
All the products listed in this post can be found at The Beauty Store. They kindly agreed to
send me some items recently, so I made sure to choose to restock on some of my
work-day faves (that I’ve actually used for a long time now!) to be able to
share this post with you!
Step One: Foundation
My first step after my skincare is always foundation.
Sometimes in the Summer I definitely miss this step, but now that the weather
is colder (and I’m not going to be sweating it off as soon as I step out of the
door!) I like to add it into my daily routine. I always feel more put together
when I know I’ve evened out my skin tone a little, and added a little bit of
healthy radiance. I look for a medium coverage, that can be powdered to stay in place whenever I feel like doing so!
My foundation of choice at the moment is the Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous Foundation - I use the shade Creme. It’s a
foundation that I find really easy to build up, or blend out depending on how I
feel on the day. It gives my skins a beautiful luminosity and never feels
Step Two: Concealer
It’s safe to say that I DO NOT mess around when it comes to
concealer! I love a full-coverage concealer that can help me get rid of dark
circles, and also address any hard-to-hide blemishes or spots that the
foundation can’t cover. I find that using concealer to cover my problem areas
means there’s less need to use powder, than if I used foundation only. They
saying powder means I can lay off using much else!
The Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage covers all bases for me (pardon the pun!) when it
comes to my work day face. It’s so easy to apply and blend, and can be
buildable as needed. It’s a duo concealer, with the more orange based side
doing wonders for my dark under eyes, and the lighter flesh colour going on top
to perfect under eyes, as well as any rouge spots!
Step Three: Blush
After all that coverage I can sometimes find myself looking
a little washed out, so blush is always my next go-to! Again, in the colder
weather I feel more comfortable throughout the day wearing a cream or liquid
blush, rather than a powder. I feel like I don’t really mind what shade of
blush I go for, as long as it brings me to life a little - which seems to be
most shades I’ve ever tried.
I loooove love love the Daniel Sandler Watercolour LiquidBlush and have tried and loved them in a few shades now! The current shade I’m
using is Glamour, which is the perfect coral-peach! It blends so, so
beautifully and does wonders for my overall work-day face. It lasts all day,
and I always getting compliments whenever I wear it!
Step Four: Brows
I don’t tend to wear anything on my lids for work, as I
always end up going over-board, then end up spending so much time getting both
eyes to match, etc. etc. - so I just don’t bother!
So when it comes to my brows, I try not to go to over the
top. I like to use a pencil in a shade that is slightly lighter than my natural
brows, and just fill in the gaps & smarten the shape along the way.
The Laura Mercier Eye Brow Pencil is absolutely perfect for me. It’s not too soft, so
lasts well throughout the day, and is one of the only eyebrow pencils that I’ve
found that has a light enough shade (this one is Fair Blonde) that isn’t overly red and ginger-looking
for blonde brows. I actually use this one exclusively at the moment, and just
amp up the brows with brow gel at the weekend.
Step Five: Mascara
The last tep is one I couldn’t do without. There’s
something about wearing mascara that makes me feel super feminine and put
together. I normally try and go for a volumising, super black mascara. I tend
to stay away from anything heavy, as its all too easy to go too far and end up
lumping up my lashes, which add unnecessary time to my usually quick routine.
The mascara I’m using at the moment is the Daniel Sandler Intense Volume Pro Mascara and is the
PERFECT work-day mascara. The wand is a medium bristle brush (I just can’t get
into plastic applicator!) and I find it’s so quick and easy to get uber-black
fluttery lashes in seconds. I’m really loving Daniel Sandler and can’t wait to
get my hands on more of his range!