I don’t know about the rest of you, but I feel naked without my face on when going out for an evening (which doesn’t happen often, but still).

So I thought I’d share my not so daily, but simple, makeup routine.

I like to start with a fresh, smooth base (or as smooth as possible given my dry patch prone, combination skin), so I like to use some good old fashioned apricot scrub from St. Ives, I moisturize with Clinique Dramatically Different, which does the job, but isn’t mind blowing (I have yet to find a moisturizer that is), I add a few drops of Farsali Rose Gold Elixir (and I mean 2- 3 drops, no more or your end result will look greasy).

I start with mascara, I have been using Bourjois Volume Clubbing Mascara for years, and I keep coming back to it, the volume it adds is everything, I go in with one coat, wiggling the brush from the roots upwards, really working it in there, then pencil in my brows with my Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil in hazel, my brows are naturally black, while my hair is again, NATURALLY, ash brown (why cruel world, why?), so I use this shade to lighten them while filling them in and not leaving them too harsh.

I then go back in with a second coat of mascara (Confession: I sometimes go in for a third after too), a touch of Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Mascara sets my eyebrows and lightens them further. I use a Q-tip to clean up my brows, following the arch, and also any mess I made with the mascara.

Next I dab some concealer under my eyes (using as little as possible, to avoid creasing), in a triangular shape reaching down the sides of my nose, and on any blemishes, I use Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, blending it out with my Real Techniques sponge (which is too dirty to photograph), I then add my luminoso blush from Milani with my Eco Tools brush in an upward movement towards my cheekbones.

Now comes eyeshadow, which I like to keep neutral and ashy, like this Makeup Geek one, or the MUA Undressed Palette‘s matte brown. I use a Paul’s Boutique brush to apply it to the crease and brow bone to add depth to my eyeballs, then blend it out in the same arch with a Real Techniques fluffy blending brush.

I get the perfect cat eye with this easy to use felt tip Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner from Maybelline, I start with the flick and work my way inward. ( I try and make it as thin as possible, but often fail miserably).

I pucker up with Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Feel Pink (which was discontinued, sob), with a dab of YSL lip oil in undress me in the centre of my bottom lip.

A spritz of Fix+ from Mac and I’m all set (I add this to sponges and brushes for added oomph when I remember).

And Voila, I’m a natural beauty if I do say so myself (if only it didn’t take on average 25 minutes to make me look like one).

PS. These are my holy grail products, I highly recommend.

Hope this helps, happy experimenting.

Peace & Love.

Sara

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