What's in my makeup bag?



Everyone loves a nosey into someone else's makeup bag, right? Personally I'm a sucker for any type of 'what's in my...?' post/video, and I'm often asked for a kind of 'everyday makeup' post, so here's a little something that incorporates the two. This might look like a lot of makeup to some people, but before you jump to the conclusion that I wear this every single day, hear me out. This is not my everyday makeup in the sense that I wear this every single day. Most days I either don't wear any makeup, or I just wear a little bit of foundation and mascara. The everyday life of a student (library/lectures/grocery shopping), does not require a full face of makeup (thank goodness). However, if I'm going out with friends, meeting someone for lunch/dinner, or spending the day somewhere nice, those are the kinds of occasions where I do opt for something more along these lines...

After my usual morning skincare routine, the first thing I do is prime my skin. Right now I'm using and loving Avene's Soothing Hydrating Serum, but if I know it's going to be a long day then I like to use Benefit's Porefessional Primer. It creates the perfect smooth, velvety finish, and helps my foundation to stay fast and shine free all day long. Next I apply my foundation using the Real Techniques Buffing Brush. At the moment I'm using and loving Nars' Sheer Glow Foundation (more to come on that in the future). It has amazing coverage, and you really don't need a lot to even out your skin tone, banish redness, and give you a near enough flawless looking complexion. I'm a huge fan of the cheep and cheerful Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer. There are so many high end concealers out there that I'm constantly tempted by, but at the end of the day this one is super cheap and still does an amazing job. I use the Real Techniques Pointed Foundation Brush to apply this to any dark circles under my eye, and the Real Techniques Detailed Brush to cover up any blemishes. Next up, I like to set my foundation using a powder. I've been using my Chanel Les Beiges Powder Compact for almost a year now and it's nearly all disappeared (seriously hoping they do refills because I'm smitten). I love this powder, it does an excellent job on the areas where I'm most prone to shine, but doesn't look at all cakey, and it smells like Parisian heaven.

Once my base is done, I like to do a bit of contouring. I've recently started using Benefit's Hoola Bronzer which is the perfect shade for us pale-skinned gals as its really light, subtle, and not at all orange. The brush that this comes with is also a perfect applicator, although I do like to use my Buffing Brush to blend it out a little. I then counter the darkness that this provides with a little highlighter. I'm currently using Mary-Lou Manizer by The Balm, which is super pigmented so you really don't need to use a lot at all. I brush a light dusting of this across the tops of my cheekbones. Blush-wise my all time favourite is Fleur Power by MAC (full review here). It's a really subtle and natural looking shade with slight coral undertones. I love MAC's satin formula blushes, as they're not too pigmented so give just the right amount of colour. I apply this using a Real Techniques Contour Brush.

Now for eyebrows. MAC's Corduroy Eyeshadow is the perfect shade for my brows. I love using a shadow instead of a pencil as it gives you much more control as to how dark/full you want your brows to be. It also looks a lot more natural and less drawn on (nobody wants a Scouse brow). I apply this using Benefit's Hard Angle Brush, which is the perfect shape for getting a natural looking application. I like to set my brows with a brow gel, but find that they get grubby so quickly that I don't like to splash a lot of cash on them. Right now I'm using the MUA Clear Mascara as a brow gel. It costs £1 so doesn't really matter if it gets really dirty before I've used it all up. This is perfect at keeping the brow/eyeshadow in place all day, and for taming rebellious hairs, plus it doesn't leave brows with that stiff, crusty feeling. As the final touch to my brows I like to use a pencil highlighter to emphasise the shape of my brow and lighten the inner corner of my eye. I'm currently using the Chella Ivory Lace Highlighter, which has a lovely pink toned pigment that's really easy to blend.

If I'm wearing eyeliner then my go to choice is Eyeko's Skinny Liquid Eyeliner. This is hands down the best eyeliner I've ever used. It's so easy to apply, and is a brilliantly pigmented black. I tend to apply this subtly throughout my upper lash line rather than drawing on a full line, but some days call for a cat-eye. I follow this with a good helping of my beloved L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes (see a full review here). Words cannot express my love for this mascara. Suffice to say, it provides the perfect combination of length and volume, and gives the falsies effect without looking too false.

My everyday lipstick of choice is Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Lipstick in Boy. This iconic shade really is the perfect 'my lips but better' colour. It's a lovely natural pink and provides a slight glossy sheen that adds a much needed plumpness to everyday lips. It doesn't have great lasting power, but I keep it on me at all times for constant application.

This super cute makeup bag is from Alphabet Bags. They have the most beautiful range of makeup and toiletry bags, purses, phones cases, and totes, so if (like me) you're an an absolute sucker for anything initialed be sure to check them out!

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