Everyday Make-Up Routine

Monday, 12 September 2011


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Whilst clearing out some old magazines, I came across an article which stated that the average woman uses, on average, over 20 different make-up products on a daily basis. Over 20 different products?! That seems like a huge amount, but is it really? I decided to look into this theory by compiling my own list of make-up products that I personally use for an 'everyday look'. Below are some of my regular favourites, as well as one or two new items which I'm testing out.

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For everyday I tend to stick to a neutral look, so I start with applying a bit of
(1) Benefit's Lemon Aid over my eyelids with my fingers. I've used this product rather religiously over the last couple of years because it instantly makes me look more awake and one little pot lasts a long, long time. Next, I'll dab on a little of (2) Urban Decay's Primer Potion and whilst that dries, I'll fill in my brows with (3) Korres Eyebrow Pencil in 1/Dark Shade. Under my eyes, I'm currently using (4) The Body Shop's Lightening Touch concealer pen in shade 3, which is their version of YSL's Touche Eclat. It's a decent concealer which does the job, but if you apply too much or don't properly blend, then it has that annoying habit of settling into fine lines. I'll probably try out a different brand once this one has been used up.

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On my eyes, I'll probably use two shades of eyeshadow; (5) an overall lid colour and then (6) a darker one for the crease. Urban Decay's Naked palette is still the best thing ever. I mainly use Virgin, Sin, Naked, Buck, Smog and Toasted for everyday looks.

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I always wear some form of (7) eyeliner and was given Bourjois' Liner Feutre felt-tip eyeliner pen in 11/Noir recently by a friend. I haven't decided whether I love or loathe this yet. It's amazingly pigmented, a 'proper' black and doesn't smudge at all, UNTIL it gets wet and then it's one great big mess. Hmmm. I'll probably stick to my old faithful Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliners. As with eyeliner, I always wear (8) mascara and am currently using up a small tube of Clinque's High Impact mascara, which used to be my favourite until I discovered bareMinerals. Next, I'll dab on a bit of this (9) Witch Concealer stick in 01/Natural onto any spots I might have. I think this concealer stick is discontinued now which is a shame because it's blended with Tea Tree Oil and gives excellent coverage.

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I don't tend to wear foundation for everyday, so I've been trying out (10) The Body Shop's Vitamin E Tinted Moisturiser which gives a light coverage and lasts a decent amount of time too. It's a little too greasy feeling for my oily/combination skin on its own so I use (11) Benefit's Hoola Bronzing Powder all over to mattify (I've got olive coloured skin, so Hoola works well as a normal face powder for me). To cover up any red areas, usually around my nose, I apply a tiny bit of (12) Clinique's Redness Solutions, which is a thick green coloured cream which counteracts the red and equals it out. A fab product which also has SPF 15. I finish up by applying a (13) blusher, my current favourite is MAC's Wonder Woman powder blush in Mighty Aphrodite. And lastly, I put on a little slick of a neutral coloured (14) lipgloss such as ELF's Conditioning Lip Balm in Nice and Natural. All done!

So, I clocked up 14 products! Other products that I might use if I had extra time or just fancied it, would be:- a clear mascara if I felt my brows needed a little tidying, a translucent powder for setting everything if I didn't want to use Hoola, and an inner corner highlight for my eyes if I needed that extra illusion of looking more awake.

How many make-up products do you use on a daily basis?

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8 comments

  1. this sounds like an interesting thing to do, i reckon i use roughly the same amount as you. i am addicted to the same blusher at the moment and wear it all the time :D

    www.missmathful.blogspot.com

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  2. I think if we're not counting skincare (moisturizer, sunscreen, etc.) I use roughly nine or ten products a day? This is an interesting post - I should go through and actually count what I use daily :P

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  3. I have read so much about the Naked eye shadows that I am truly intrigued by now (I don't tend to wear much eye shadow- but to go for lipstick). My morning routine is quite quick and I tend to just wash, moisturise (with Jurlique), YSL touche eclat, Shu Uemura eyeliner and Tom Ford lipstick atm!

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  5. @MissMathful - Quite a few people I've spoken to have said that they use a similar amount of products too. Yep that blush is amazing! :)

    @Larie - I would love to see more posts like this, let me know if you do one :)

    @PVDH - The Naked Palette is truly amazing, the best beauty product I've probably ever bought! I like your routine, sounds simple and classy :)

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  6. Does the clinique anti redness cream really make a difference? Is it ok for sensitive skin? Worth purchasing?

    xx

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  7. @Frecklie - Yes, I'd say it would be OK for sensitive skin, it's never broken me out or anything and is fragrance free too. I've only ever used it to cover up redness around my nose and it works really well for that. The only problem I've had with it is that it can sometimes be a bit too greasy for my already oily/combination skin, but a little translucent powder over the top cancels that out just fine :) Hope that helps! x

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