Hello again! In this post, I aim to talk you through the products that I use on my face every day for school- defo ‘tried and tested’! Please note that I live in England and you’re not allowed to be adventurous with eyeshadow, lipstick etc. (If I could, believe me, I would). Here is the end result:
Let us begin. To start with I moisturize with the Garnier Moisture Match for ‘normal to dry skin’.
This stuff feels nice to apply in the morning- an appealing fresh scent. It absorbs into the skin well and generally acts as a good base before le foundation.
With that out the way, it’s time to conceal. I use the infamous Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer (cheap as chips from Boots!) As you can see from the picture, mine is well-loved and needs replacing soon…
I dab this under my eyes where the dark circles lie, then use my ring fingers to blend out gently. This shade is a tad too light for me, but this can work to my advantage as it brightens my under-eye area nicely. I also apply this on any spots that decide to crop up. What I like about this concealer is that you don’t need much of it to cover things up. Considering the price, this really is: amazing.
Now that I’m looking slightly less zombie-like, I reach for the foundation- Maybelline’s Dream Matte Mousse in shade 21 (Nude)
I use my stippling brush (as shown in my Current Favourites post) to apply this. The texture of the foundation is as it describes- a mousse. Sort of bouncy to the touch, but turns into a powder when blended into the skin. The coverage is ok for me, but I wouldn’t say it would suit all- it’s quite light and doesn’t cover everything (unless you layer it up a bit).
To ‘set’ this, I use the Stay Matte face powder by Rimmel:
This does a great job at keeping my forehead shine-free. Sometimes I’ll bring it with me on PE days, it keeps me mattified between lessons 😉
Moving onto eyes… I begin with curling my eyelashes. Many people skip this step but I really think it makes a difference to the way your lashes look after applying mascara. I usually hold it down for 2-3 seconds, release, then repeat- on both eyes.
I personally don’t think it’s necessary to spend a fortune on eyelash curlers. These are just Boots own brand I believe, and they work fine for me! Although they do need replacing every couple of months- they start to pinch a little and excess mascara tends to build up which is a bit unhygienic.
I can’t be going to school with naked eyelashes now, can I? My mascara of the moment is Maybelline’s the Falsies ‘Volum’ Express’. The wand is spoon-shaped and does a great job at separating the lashes.
Now that my eyelashes are looking fabulous, I reach for the liquid eyeliner for that extra touch. I normally just do a simple line, a little thicker on the outside and thinner towards the inner part (no flicks for me I’m afraid). I always used to struggle with liquid eyeliner- who doesn’t?! I envy those that can glide it on effortlessly. I prefer the felt-tip type applicators, like Loreal’s Superliner Black Lacquer:
To complete my eyes, I like to line my waterline with a white kohl pencil. As long as you don’t over-do it, this can make you look more awake. I use Rimmel’s soft kohl pencil:
To make my eyes look even more awake (counteracting the tiredness), I use the pearly white eyeshadow from the MUA Heaven and Earth Palette as a ‘highlight’ in the inner corners of my eyes.
This palette was only £4, and the pigmentation is pretty good. However, the shades aren’t matte, which I know some people prefer.
Finally, we have lips. I like to moisturize them first with my lip balm of choice (I have far too many), which at the moment is this apple flavoured Chapstick:
This smells amazing. Now that my lips are soft and smooth, I apply a lip colour- a discreet-ish one. This isn’t the same everyday- sometimes i’ll throw on a babylips, but lately I’ve been loving this lip butter by Revlon:
This is the most moisturising lipstick I’ve ever tried. They glide on so smoothly! They have a wide range of colours to choose from too 🙂
So that rounds up my basic makeup routine for school. Occasionally I’ll change it up a bit- black on the waterline instead of white, thicker or thinner liquid liner, etc. I hope you enjoyed reading. Leave any requests in the comments!