Friday, 24 July 2015

Minimal Make Up |

Minimal Make Up
With the recent surge of hot weather I have been opting for a minimalistic, lightweight look. Swapping medium coverage foundations for BB creams, powder eyeshadow for cream and all in all I have been happy with the result. When I am having a lazy day or I am in need of a fuss free make up look, then there is a range of products I always reach for. Today, I thought I would give you the low-down on what products I use to create a simple, minimal base with a touch of colour. 

Base: This Summer I have been on a mission to find a few base products that work together to create a flawless base that can be blended in a matter of seconds. I have been using the Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue non stop over the past couple of months. This lightweight, skincare/makeup hybrid covers blemishes and redness, whilst moisturising and improving the skin's texture. If I am after a bit of extra coverage, I use the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Concealer under my eyes or to cover imperfections. It's demi-matte, luminous finish conceals, whilst keeping the skin feeling and looking natural.

Cheeks: Even though a lighter base usually allows your natural glow and colour to shine through, I like to make sure I still add definition. The Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow has been a staple in my routine for the larger part of this year. The sculpting contour and highlighting duo not only allows you to achieve chiselled cheekbones in a sweep of a brush, but the soft, golden highlights brightens your complexion and adds a subtle glow. My current blush of choice is the Max Factor Creme Puff Blush - Seduction Pink when I want to add an effortless flush of colour to my cheeks without going OTT. 

Eyes: If you're a regular reader of my blog, you'll know that I have a huge soft spot for neutral palettes and one sweep wonders. The Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise - Bette is a cream eyeshadow that I have been reaching for daily. The lightweight, buildable formula adds a sheer wash of colour to the whole lid that can be built up to create a more high impact look. For a fail safe eye look, I like to add a few coats of the Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara to add definition, volume and curl to my lashes. To finish off, I add definition and colour to my eyebrows by brushing on the Benefit Gimme Brow Gel which thickens the brows, whilst being natural looking and long wearing. Perfect for a day out on the beach or in the sun.  

Lips: Although this is a step I sometimes choose to miss, adding a wash of colour to your lips can be an effective way of brightening the complexion. For me, I am always on the look out for a nude lipstick that is easy to apply on the go. Cue MAC - Twig, a soft muted brown/pink that looks perfect for one sweep. 

What products are part of your minimal make up routine?

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