I used to be a coloured pigment pot every day kind of girl. Then I was a red lip every day kind of girl. Then fake eyelashes every day. A matte, painted lip, followed by meticulously drawn on eyebrows. Then I went completely the other way - no mascara, no lip products, no eyeshadow. And now? Well, I'm in my too-much-bronzer-trying-to-look-like-a-Pinterest-model phase. I seem to be settling down here quite comfortably, so I thought I'd share my step-by-step daily routine for those of you who also might be interested in putting on too much bronzer each morning. Enjoy!
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First up is skin prep. I cleanse using the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish, and then liberally apply the Clinique Moisture Surge moisturiser. I let this sink in for 10-15 minutes whilst I dry my hair or brush my teeth or pick up yesterday’s clothes from the bedroom floor, and then apply SkinCeuticals Ultra Facial Defense SPF 50 to my face and neck (as recommended by Lorna Luxe). I let this sink in whilst I move on to my eyes.
Much as with the rest of my make-up routine, I keep my eye make-up quite simple. I usually wear a wash of colour all over the lid, with my choices as of late being the ‘Enhance’ shade from the Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette, Glossier’s Lidstar in Cub, or any of the warm brown shades from the NARS Skin Deep Eye Palette. I use an IT Cosmetics fluffy blending brush to buff the colour all over the lid, and if I’m feeling fancy, I’ll pop a lighter, slightly shimmery colour in the inner corner to fake my way into looking more awake. I then layer on my all time favourite IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara, and use tweezers to separate any lashes which have stuck together.
Once I’ve finished with my eyes and my SPF has properly sunk in, I apply my base. I try not to add too much on top of the SPF as I already have crow’s feet and I want to protect my skin as best I can (crow’s feet at 25, thank u Jesus), but if I do want an extra boost or if I’m heading out for the evening, then I’ll apply a radiance primer prior to my foundation. The new NARS Super Radiant Booster is really easy to apply and gives an instant, noticeable glow, but I also LOVE the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter.
Following this, I apply a reasonable amount of the NARS Sheer Glow in Punjab all over, using either my fingers or a fluffy foundation brush if I have a clean one knocking about. Then it’s time to conceal, and boy do I have bags for days. It’s just a genetic thing and no amount of dermal filler (tried that), eye cream (tried that) or usually overpriced eye masks will help (tried that, too), so concealer is my holy grail product. If I could take only one cosmetic item to a desert island, I would take the Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer. It covers EVERYTHING with just the tiniest amount of product, and can also be blended with a moisturiser for a more full-coverage foundation. It’s incredible, and most of my friends now have it owing to my gushing about how brilliant it is. I then set this with the Laura Mercier Under Eye Brightening Powder to help it stay put and give my dark shadows an extra final boost.
Boy, do I love a strong brow. My eyebrow hair is very unruly - not particularly dense but the individual hairs are annoyingly long - so whilst I have some semblance of a natural shape, I do have to fill in gaps and add a little extra thickness to achieve the look I like. I start by brushing the hairs through with a wand, then use Glossier’s Boy Brow in Brown to slick the hairs up and add the majority of my colour. I then use Benefit’s Goof Proof Brow to create more of a defined shape and fill in any noticeable gaps, then brush through the whole lot to ensure it isn’t too harsh.
Bronzer, Blush and Highlight.
Now to add a little colour (or a little too much colour, in my case). I swirl a big MAC brush in the Soleil Tan de Chanel, and buff across my cheekbones, all over my forehead, across my nose and along my jawline. I then dab a little of Glossier’s Cloud Paint in Puff across the apples of my cheeks, or use the same bronzer brush to pick up some of the blush colour from the Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette and do the same. To highlight, I pad my finger in a Topshop Glow Pot and add the light sheen across the top of my cheekbones, down my nose, in my cupid’s bow and along the arch of my brow. I then finish this by dusting a very fine layer of the highlighter from the same Charlotte Tilbury palette across the same areas.
I always keep my lip colour very low-maintenance. Glossier’s Generation G in Like is my staple choice, but if I’m looking for a bit more colour or I’m heading out for the evening, I’ll opt for Charlotte Tilbury’s Matte Revolution in Very Victoria. It's the perfect 'my lips but better' shade: a beautiful hybrid of nude, rose and pink (and it always makes my lips look much bigger!).