Night-time make-up is easy in my opinion; it’s a sort of ‘slap everything that you own on your face’ concept. All out on eyes, all out on lips – who cares? But, day-time make-up, on the other hand can be a bit of an issue for those less-educated in the beauty world. You don’t want to look too bare-faced, but you also don’t want to look like you’re going to the club when you’re really just going for a coffee. Alas, no fear, my little make-up queens and kings, I’m here to save the day, along with a little help from the love of my life (that would be my Rimmel Lasting Finish Nude Foundation). Let’s get started!
As promised, I will delve into the foundation a little more than the other aspects of this look, because, honestly, it’s extremely rare to find a drugstore foundation that does such a good job, in my opinion. So, above you can see me with literally just the Rimmel Lasting Finish Nude Foundation (£7.99) on; I wear shade 100 Ivory, which is astonishing because it’s actually not the lightest shade and I am GHOSTLY pale in winter! I use the original foundation, without the comfort serum, but, in all honesty, my skin is the most sensitive thing ever and the non-comfort serum foundation doesn’t cause me any hassle whatsoever. However, I do not use this for everyday use, as my complexion simply isn’t a fan of make-up and dries out really quickly with over-use of products that are too heavy for me. My everyday go to is bareMinerals Complexion Rescue in Vanilla (£26), as it hydrates amazingly, but for when I need a little more coverage and a little more matte-ness, I always reach for my Rimmel foundation (which is about 1/3 of the price as well!). Talking of matte quality, this foundation combats shiny areas, but does not look cakey in the slightest; your natural glow is allowed through this foundation, which I love. The foundation itself is a liquid consistency, less of a cream unlike Complexion Rescue, and blends out AMAZINGLY with the use of Real Techniques Expert Face Brush (£9.99). Finally, just as it says on the tin, this foundation can LITERALLY last all day – incredible. So many bloggers and vloggers alike have been astonished by the fact that this foundation actually sticks to it’s promises; many have praised it for staying put, even through sports.
Here’s the final look! Let me take you through what products I’ve been using…
Foremost, the base, as we know, is Rimmel Lasting Finish Nude Foundation in Ivory 100 (£7.99). I’ve added to this, a little MAC Select Moisturecover in NW15 (£15.50) under the eyes, down the centre of my nose, on my chin and on my brow-bones. I guess I use it as a sort of ‘highlighter’ rather than a way to hide blemishes; I much prefer to use Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation in Ecru (£30.00) for this purpose. (I desperately need to invest in a cream concealer! Someone help!) Using the Real Techniques Detailer Brush, MAC 195 Concealer Brush (£20.00) and Real Techniques Expert Face Brush (£9.99) to blend in my concealer enables it to perfectly blend with my slightly darker foundation. Then, using Real Techniques Contour Brush from the Core Collection (£20.99) and the Sculpting Brush (£9.99), I applied my contour, NYX HD Blush in Taupe ($6.50) under my cheekbones, around my temple and down both sides of my nose. To further ‘sculpt’ my face, I proceeded to apply MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighter (£3.00) to the inner corner of my eyes, my cupid’s bow, down the centre of my nose and just above my cheekbones.
Onto the eyes, I’ve used my new MAC Amber Times Nine Palette (£30.00), which I absolutely adore along with the Naked 2 shade from my Naked Basics Palette (£23.00) for contouring the eyes. Do any of you own the Naked 2 Basics Palette? I love the look of the cool-toned shades, but am yet to try it! Anyways, the shades used from Amber Times Nine are shown below; this was applied using the Base Shadow Brush and Deluxe Crease Brush from the Real Techniques Starter Set (£21.99). Following the tip which I was given recently, I then set my eyeshadow with my Clinique Blended Face Powder in Invisible (£23.50) before lining my top-lid with a thin flick of L’Oreal Superliner Perfect Slim Black Intense (£6.99). Next, using my little exclusive tester of Benefit They’re Real Tinted Lash Primer (thank you Elle!) along with the stunning Benefit Rollerlash (£19.50), I created a wonderfully separated and curled lash-look. Finally, to ‘frame my face’ I brushed my eyebrows with Miss Sporty Just Clear Mascara (£2.99) before filling them in with MAC Brow Pencil in Lingering (£14.00).
Finally, onto lips! I decided to keep it simple for the day-time look, I used a corally pink shade called Nude Pink (No.05) from the Burberry Kisses Lipstick Collection (£25.00) along with my MAC Lip Pencil in Subculture (£12.50). It gives a glossy finish and a light hint of pink, which compliments pale skin really nicely.
I hope I’ve inspired you to get playing around with your make-up collections! What’s your opinion on the products I’ve used for this look? Let me know in the comments!