Face Time

I seldom find a brand of makeup that doesn’t start irritating the life out of my skin after a few weeks. Being incredibly pale, I have purple and blue undertones and red across my nose and cheeks, so have spent a small fortune since my teenage years on colour correcting make up, heavy-duty foundations and concealers and various other potions and lotions. I have also recently mastered the basics of using blending sponges and various brushes, which is helping me apply my make up more evenly. I usually use a mix of drug-store branded and premium brand make up and it has taken me over a decade to fix products that suit my colour, skin-type and budget. Being pale doesn’t come cheap!

My favourite makeup brand at present is Makeup Revolution. I have two eyeshadow palettes, their strobing balm, eyeliner, lipsticks and colour correcting palette. I absolutely LOVE each one of them. The consistency and texture of the colour correcting palette is great and the colours balance out my uneven skin tone really well. The strobe balm is phenomenal and smells great, giving a nice golden glow when applied. I use it under foundation as well as on top, because I love the beautiful shimmer it gives. Their felt-tip pen style eyeliner has a thick and thin end that allows me to get the perfect winged eyeliner look every time and is pretty long lasting and can be removed easily. The eyeshadows follow a similar suit, containing a fair mix of glitter and matte colours and these bad boys have lasted a full 12-and-a-half-hour shift on a ward and still looked great. The lipsticks are creamy and well pigmented and only really needed to be reapplied after I’d had a prosecco or five. I could honestly go on about their products for days, so will probably mention them again in a future post!

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Makeup Revolution London: Ultra Base Correcter Palette; Ultra Strobe Cream; Eyeliner Flick Thick & Thin; Ultra Eyeshadows Beyond Flawless; Touche Éclat Radiant Touch Concealer; Maybelline Matte Maker; Benefit Gimme Brow; Primark Blending Sponge and Powder Brush.

I recently acquired Yves Saint Laurent’s classic Touche Éclat and am enamoured with it as always. Whilst their products are definitely more expensive, I have always found that YSL products have matched my pale tones well and provide even, consistent coverage. The slightly warm, rosy tone of this concealer means I don’t just have the usual white circles under my eyes a lot of “ivory” or “porcelain” concealers produce and you only need to use a tiny amount to achieve the desired coverage.

Now that I’m living on my own, I do need to be a bit thrifty with my pennies, so I recently bought two blending sponges, and some eye shadow brushes from Primark. I have to say, the brushes are very soft and the sponges are excellent. I’ve had no rashes, my makeup blends beautifully and the contour eyeshadow brush is especially good and helping me achieve the perfect smokey eye. They are some of the best budget buys around and I would definitely recommend them.

Benefit’s Gimme Brow is simply outstanding. I previously used Makeup Revolutions mini eyebrow palette that has three shades and a balm to set your brows, and really enjoyed using it. But the colour and easy wand applicator mean that Gimme Brow brushes on evenly and the colour and shape lasts all day. I am going to buy the full size version soon, having bought Glamour for a cheeky wee sample of it.

I often find translucent powders too dark for my skin tone, but Maybelline’s Matte Maker is perfect for my skin type and colour. It is light but gives a fairly decent amount of coverage and helps balance any redness that appears during the day. It also stops my making from sliding off my face to my knees when I’m working, so it gets ward approval.

I could honestly buy/ talk about/ look at make up for DAYS, so I’ll quit whilst I’m ahead. Let me know what your makeup favourites are and if you use any of the products I’ve recommended!

GN

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