As someone that spends her days and nights writing about beauty products, it’s no surprise that I love experimenting with makeup and trying new products. But there are some days where I’m more than happy to fall back on a tried and tested routine. Maybe it’s because I’m running late or maybe it’s because my skin’s having a tantrum. But I love having a collection of products that just get the job done, making me look polished and put together, without the guesswork. This makeup menu is made up of those products. Putting together a makeup look that’s well and truly inside my comfort zone. A glowy complexion, a subtle bronze-y eye and a nude lip. Sorted.
A comfort zone makeup menu has to start with a foolproof base, of course. And for me, it doesn’t get any better than the Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Gel Cream. Throw it on with a fluffy foundation brush and I’m left with glowy, medium coverage and a base that lasts all day long. It never does strange things on my skin and always hits the spot. To cover up my dark circles and leave me looking bright and refreshed, I reach for a combo of Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Colour Correcting Fluid in Pink and Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Complete Coverage Concealer in Fair Neutral. It’s a pairing that I’ve mentioned before, but continue to love when I need something easy. Swipe a little on, blend it out with a sponge and I instantly look more awake.
I set this down with loose powder, normally RCMA’s No Color Powder (but honestly, this step varies a lot) and it still looks perfect when I get home. Foolproof. For setting the rest of my face, I reach for my trust Savvy CC Powder. It never looks powdery and consistently leaves my skin looking awesome, definitely one of my top underrated picks from Priceline.
I keep what’s on the cheeks fairly simple. It takes me no time at all to swipe a bit of bronzer, blush and highlighter onto the cheeks but it really can make such a difference. For blush, I will always rave about Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed because no matter what else I’m wearing, this shade just works. It doesn’t get much more in my comfort zone than a neutral, easy-to-wear tawny pink and Tarte’s Exposed hits the spot.
Bronzer has really become one of those steps that I just can’t miss. It adds so much warmth and life to my complexion and the Becca Sunlit Bronzer in Bali Sands one has become such a favourite for me, lately. The shade is perfect for me – nice and subtle so it never looks too over the top and instead, just adds some warmth to the complexion. On lazy days, I don’t go for a blinding highlighter – the look is normally minimal and super casual. So I reach for one of my subtler options, and lately, that’s been the Cover FX Perfect Light Highlighting Powder in Sunlight* to a gorgeous glow to the skin without looking metallic or over the top. I have been loving it lately.
I have a hundred and one neutral eyeshadow palettes taking up drawer space but when I think of the perfect range of shades, my mind always turns to LORAC’s Unzipped Palette*. I mean, just look at it. It has everything I could possibly ask for. Smooth, easy to work with mattes and shimmers that pull a look together in no time. After throwing a matte brown shade through the crease and a bronze all over the lid, I start to feel like myself.
I quickly go through my brows with Anastasia Beverly Hill’s Brow Wiz, a super simple pencil with a fine nib that makes it easy to create natural looking, textured brows. I then grab whatever clear brow gel I have lying around and it’s all done. I’ve always got a new mascara on the go so this step is less set in stone but lately, I’ve been reaching for Smashbox’s Indecent Exposure Mascara* and I’ve been totally enamored with it. It does a decent job of holding a curl and hits that perfect happy-medium of length, volume and separation. Perfect, day-time appropriate lashes – a new love, I think.
It doesn’t get much more in my comfort zone than a comfortable, slightly glossy nude shade. And MAC’s Lustre Lipstick in Patisserie still sits in top spot, here. As with my blush shade, Patisserie goes with just about everything. It’s one of those classic my-lips-but-better options, thanks to the shade and also the glossy, easy to apply formula.
Do you have a makeup look that you can always rely on?
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