There is everything right with looking put together, and even better if you can do it with almost zero effort.
Makeup has the ability to turn a look completely around, dress and outfit up or down and maybe even give ya a little confidence boost along the way. WHO DOESN’T LOVE THAT RIGHT?
So without further ado, the lazy girls guide to ‘put together’ makeup.
Step 1: Primer time
Slap on lashings of primer. Not only does it make your makeup apply smoother and more evenly, it keeps it in place for longer without the need for 456 touch ups. And for my fellow oily queens, primer will keep the oils from breaching the foundation barrier. You’re welcome.
I’ve used and loved Smashbox Photo Finish Primer essentially since out of the womb. However a glorious and cheaper alternative is the Wonderland Makeup Primer, who makes large pores its bitch.
Step 2: Conceal, don’t feel
It’s time to take the first step to looking like a porcelain doll. Blemishes? Under-eye circles? Discolouration? Pfft, naht today. For my dark circles that make it look like I’ve been in a constant street brawl, I use the full coverage Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Concealer A.K.A God’s gift to us all.
And for blemishes and discolouration the bareMinerals Correcting Concealer has been my ride or die since acne unwelcomely entered my life. I found it was the only thing that didn’t aggravate my breakouts more. The acne has for the most part gone, but the concealer has and will stay forever more.
Step 3: Mineral foundation
One of the most underrated makeup secrets out there. Mineral foundation is so quick and easy to use it’s almost embarrassing. Smack a blending brush in there and then swirl it around your face and you’re golden. It’s near enough impossible to mess up and your whole face is done in about 76 seconds.
The king of all mineral foundations is of course, the bareMinerals Original Foundation. There’s so many shades, it provides amazing buildable coverage, never feels cakey on the skin and blends over our concealed areas perfectly.
Step 4: Deepen those eyes gurl
To accentuate the natural crease of your eyes, making your eyes look bigger and more open. Using the Makeup Revolution Soph x Palette we’ll use the first shade all over the lid, crease and above the crease.
The second shade is worked into the crease, slightly above and the outer part of the eyes to make the eyes have more depth.
And finally the third shade is working that darker colour into the crease and under the water line to give it a slightly smoky vibe. Giving the illusion you’ve really put in some effort when in fact, LOL JK it took 3 minutes.
Step 5: Flutter those lashes
Now we’re living our doe eye lives with the shadow, it’s time to fully open those eyes and blow away the haters if you bat your lashes for long enough. The Benefit Roller Lash provides amazing length and volume and has been my go-to for the past 6 months.
I use two coats on the top lashes (once the first coat has dried, obvs) and a single coat on the bottom lashes.
Step 6: Brows kinda on fleek
Brows have become such a huge deal in the last couple of years. I remember buying my first eyebrow pencil whilst at uni, not because it was on trend, but because I had got tweezer happy and given myself a large bald spot.
Using the Freedom Makeup Brow Pomade and an angled brush, following the natural shape of your brows. Yes the natural shape. Arched brows are lovely ‘n’ all but if you don’t have them it’s quite the challenge to fabricate them. So accentuate, don’t fake.
And to keep those rogue hairs at bay a eye brow gel is just what the doctor ordered. I’ve been obsessed with Benefit’s Gimme Brow as it gives a natural finish and sticks those suckers in place all damn day.
Step 7: Potato face no more
The time has come to chisel out those cheekbones, and in my case distract from my gigantic hamster cheeks. Suck in those cheeks and using your bronzer, follow the hallows to create a soft and subtle contour.
And if you’re wanting to carve out that jaw line as well, follow the natural shape from your ears down – with that lil trick up our sleeves that second packet of choccy biscuits is perfectly acceptable.
Step 8: Spritz & sparkle
Now for my absolute favourite makeup trick. Using a setting spay, dowse your face in the stuff to keep everything in place, stop creasing and shine. Whilst the spray is still wet, get your highlighter and pop it on the high points of your cheekbones. The glow you’ll get is just out of this world.
I use the Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter in Peach Lights (of course you do hunz) everyday for at least a year and it’s still going strong. And at £5, it is not to be sniffed at.
Step 9: Final touch
Slather on your favourite nudey lipstick and get ready to throw glitter around like the goddess you are.