It all started when I changed where I apply my makeup. Before I used to sit at my makeup table upstairs and apply everything in soft light. The effect was akin to a vaseline lens and it's only when I used to check my makeup in the car that I occasionally realised:
a) Just how much I had slapped on and
b) How it wasn't always that flattering.
So I moved. One morning I plopped myself downstairs, at the dining table, with daylight cruelly revealing every pore and fine line. It sounds awful but it's been a bit of a revelation because since then a few updates have been made and I think I probably look the better for it.
a) I don't apply fake tan on my face anymore - I used to put a little bit on my neck and face every few days to give me a "lift" but it was drying my skin out and making me look O.L.D.
b) I have lightened the foundation - I am using By Terry Sheer Expert at the moment in the shade Vanilla Beige. Naturally I am probably between an NC15-NC20 and this is a great match. But...I don't love this product and I wouldn't necessarily buy it again. I will, however, tell you this - it's second skin material. It won't make you glow, shimmer or shine but once you apply it you will look like the improved, even toned version of yourself.
c) I have adopted a light bronzer - I bought this Chantecaille Bronzer in Capri a while ago but never fell in love with it. I felt that it was a weird halfway house between rose and bronze. Now though I think it's the perfect daytime fair skin bronzer. It gives a healthy finish to the skin and looks natural - not muddy or dirty. If you are NC20 or below I would recommend this.
d) I apply half lashes - I don't wear these every single say (#goals) but I am rapidly heading in that direction. The lashes I love are the 143 from Eylure. They are so fluttery and when cut in half make the ideal half lash. They really elongate and uplift the eye.
Now onto listing the routine in full…I know I said this was natural but my natural is a multi-step process.
Foundation: By Terry Sheer Expert. I slap it on all over and blend with my Louise Young Foundation Brush. Lovely smell but it does transfer and doesn't last a full day.
Bronzer: Chantecaille in Capri - horrendously expensive but lovely light bronzer. I like to think it makes me look like some rich Hamptons-dwelling bird.
Blush: Clinique Sculptionary Cheek Contouring Palette in Defining Pinks - this is a BEAUTIFUL (caps required) highlighter/blush product that we need to discuss in more detail.
Brows: Anastasia Brow Whiz in Caramel (which I can predict is going to last me about 2 weeks because I am going through it at the speed of light) and Anastasia brow gel.
Eyes: No eye base - because I am so rebellious and cool and straight onto MAC Amorous Alloy (LE and no longer available but MAC Antiqued will get you in the right direction) all over the lid and blended underneath. A bit of Benefit liquid liner and then the half lashes go on. After swearing a few times, possibly glueing the corner of my eye shut I then apply Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde mascara and then run a black Bobbi Brown shadow over my upper lash line to diffuse everything and add definition.
Lips: Too Faced La Creme in Nude Beach - a my-lips-but-better nude/toffee shade that feels like a balm. It's one of my favourites and I will be forever grateful to ohaipatricia for recommending it to me :)
I have been told by two separate people this week that I look "younger". I am not sure whether they are:
a) Lying and laughing behind my back or
b) Noticing the fact that the amount of makeup has been reduced.
Either way, it's always nice to tone it down and to look a little more like yourself. The lack of tan has taken a little getting used to but once all the slap is on I can't say I miss it.
So this is my current routine rut and I am determined to stick with it. When the By Terry runs out I am thinking about migrating back to MUFE HD - unless you can recommend a totally flawless/undetectable base that is….:)
Do you have a "natural" look? :)