for someone who works in the real world, time is of the essence. my days are really long, so I’m always sleepy. every extra minute in bed is a must, therefore, although I really love playing with colours and feeling all pamper-y with myself, my everyday makeup routine is quite trimmed down to my lazy girl’s number one commandment: k.i.s.s.: keep it simple, stupid!
the disclaimer I give you on the video is very serious: my main concern and focus is my skin. because she’s the bitchy diva I was born with — she screams at me many many times and it takes some time to make her look credibly polished.
high coverage foundation is cool and all, but for everyday… not so much. especially because the more coverage, the more prone you are to a melty disgrace later on…
I like to look as natural and effortless as possible (although it takes me a lot of effort), and foundation serves the sole purpose of evening out my skin tone (the scar-browns, the blemish-reds, the Ihaven’thadanysleep-grey) without getting too cake-y. I have a few trusty products on rotation, depending on how the diva awakes.
Erborian BB Crème — medium coverage, satin-matte finish, good lasting power, great moisturising and replenishing skincare ingredients without oiliness, smells amazing, SPF 25. only comes in two shades, though.
Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiant Tinted Moisturiser —light coverage, matte but not flat finish, good lasting power, good brightening skincare ingredients, but not much moisturising action. it only comes in two shades (why?!), and I can still squeeze in the lighter one, so pale-skinned peeps, beware.
Cover FX Custom Cover Drops — the little miracle worker that fine tunes shades and coverage on your existing base products, and gives as much coverage as you’d need on a given moment to your skincare lotions and potions. I usually mix it in with my SPF, because it’s my last step before makeup. it’s perfect for those who are under serious skin treatment.
Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation — the best mineral foundation, in my humble opinion. it melts into your skin, covers really well, it’s lightweight and almost unnoticeable, with a slightly matte but not flat finish.
for the under-eye area I always start with a corrector like Erase Paste from Benefit in 2 Medium, to counteract all that blueness happening around there. another option is Clearly Corrective Dark Circle Perfector from Kiehl’s with SPF 30(!). too bad they only come in one shade and it’s a bit drying.
after that I carry on with a concealer like Naked Skin Concealer by Urban Decay all over my imperfections. if it’s one of those days, I use MUFE Full Cover Concealer instead.
If I’m lucky and have time to spare, a bit of a cream eyeshadow may be used. if my lids are too dark, maybe a wash of a neutral eyeshadow. but, most days, only a swipe of Urban Decay Eyseshadow Primer Potion, followed by a coat of Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara will suffice.
I just set the concealer and the sides of my nose with HD loose poder by Make Up Forever.
a barely-there colour, with a pop of light, like Max Factor Creme Puff Blush in Nude Mauve.
the liquid version of Shimmering Skin Perfector by Becca can be a great yet subtle pick-me-up.
there’s usually only time for some moisture and not too much fuss with colours. something like a Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector or a tinted lip balm like Baby Lips from Maybelline and out I go!