It’s all about the base: A look inside my make up bag:

Updated: Nov 28, 2018

When I asked my Instagram followers what it was they wanted me to talk about, many of them asked about which beauty products I use to create my daily look but also for a more glammed-up evening style.

Not so long ago, it was all about creating a desk-to-dancefloor look for week nights, when impromptu meet-ups saw you sipping cocktails with friends during the week (when you didn’t have time to go home and get changed). At that stage of life, I used to keep makeup kits that would double up for work and play, whereas at weekends we would go into all-out pamper mode, creating a specific look for specific occasions while listening to music, drinking fizz with friends and putting the world to rights. Obviously I now have a small human who has put a stop to all of those shenanigans, but I still want to look my best, and so I had something of a beauty bag clear out…

Rather than desk to dancefloor, my go-to look is more dawn-to-bedtime now, and has to include an element of tiredness camouflage, as well as being quick and easy to do – often in minutes because I just don’t have the time like I used to. But the serious makeup junkie still resides within, and I still use and swear by my hero items.

For me it’s ALL about the base – get that right, and you’re off to a very good start. I love a glowing, radiant and flawless look that is more dewy than matte. I don’t use powders anymore because I found as I got into my late 30s they tended to age me, and now at the age of 41 I am doing everything I can to reverse the signs of getting old! I start with one of my absolute faves – Estee Lauder Revisiting Supreme CC Crème for anti-aging. This amazing little bottle of magic matches itself to your skin when applied – it’s so clever. This gives a lovely base and sometimes I wear this on its own – especially in summer for a natural look but with good coverage. For days when I want extra cover, I mostly wear Clarins ‘Sand’ 108. I do have a darker shade for when I sporting a tan in the summer, but this shade works best with my natural skin tone. Finally, to complete the base, I use Mac concealer in NC30.

All about the base!

Once I have my base on, I do a little contouring using my Soigne brushes, with Mac bronzer in A87 ‘dark golden’. Then I add a dash of blusher – Mac’s ‘pinch of peach’ normally. I also love ‘fleur power’ by Mac. To really highlight my cheeks I finish off with Benefit’s high beam on the cheek bones. High beam is my all-time favourite bit of kit – I must have been wearing it for 20 years now. If you purchase only one item from this blog post, make it this – it is a total game changer!

Soigné Make up brushes and Mac Bronzer

So that’s the base covered and the cheeks, and that literally takes minutes. Next up is the eyes. Most days I am pretty time-poor and now that I have a demanding toddler in tow much of the time. I just use my Benefit high beam as an all-over base on my eyes – it just adds a little shimmer and it delicate and not too glitzy. On the days where I have a little longer I am currently loving the Mac vintage selection pots. You can use them both on the lid and under eye for that smoky eye effect and I love that they are so easy to apply over the traditional pallet. Then it’s a double dash of mascara using Benefit’s roller lash in black.

Eye Make-up

I just use my Benefit high beam as an all-over base on my eyes.

When it comes to lipsticks, every day could be different because I have them scattered around everywhere. Coat pockets, baby change bags, handbags, the car… Each day tends to bring a change of colour as a result. One thing is for sure, though – it will invariably be Mac and a shade or pink. My favourite shade for evening is lady bug, but a good all-rounder that goes with just about everything, politely pink is the one. So glossy and pretty.

Makeup brushes are so key to your look and kit. I swear by my Soigne set.

So, that’s my current makeup regime rounded up. I have realised that less is more these days. Below is a handy list, and links so that you can add any of these items to your kit. If you have any questions, ask away – I love to talk makeup!

The Full line up

My list of the products I use below with links included.

  1. Este Lauder CC base

  2. Clarins foundation

  3. Mac concealer:

  4. Soigné Make up brushes

  5. Mac bronzer

  6. Mac blusher

  7. Benefit high beam

  8. Mac paint pots

  9. Benefit mascara

  10. Mac lipstick

  11. Make up pouch

  12. Fragrance

Love CB xx

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