For a base, I used to love the Bourjois Happy Light Matte Primer which was one of, if not the best budget primer I've ever used, but I recently discovered that it looks like it's been discontinued. The next on that helps to keep my makeup look shine free and pores minimised is the NYX Pore Filler Primer* which is very similar to it's Benefit dupe in feel and helps my foundation go on smoothly. Talking of foundation, it's the Bourjois Healthy Mix offering that I reach for the most as it offers a great amount of coverage, sits comfortably on the skin and looks natural too. For an extra amount of coverage I use my favourite budget concealer, the NYX HD pick as it's light enough for me to use underneath the eyes and never looks like it just sits on top of my skin either.
If I want to make sure my face looks absolutely flawless and I feel like I have an extra five minutes to spare, I do colour correcting, using the orange corrector to counteract any dark circles I have and lilac to promote radiance. The LA Girl Colour Correctors* are my go-to as I don't use them near enough to currently invest in any and these come in at under £5 each.
To set my base, I use the Bourjois Java Rice Powder as it boosts radiance, yet doesn't make me look glittery whatsoever. One of my top tips when buying from the high street is to avoid any liquid formulas like primers, foundations and concealers that have shimmer particles in because usually doesn't blend into the skin and they don't look natural to the eye.
If you're looking for an affordable contour and highlight, then look no further and Sleek has your back. Fun fact, but the Face Form Palette was the first product I reviewed and it's still a favourite to this day. The bronzing shade is the one we're talking about today as it's the perfect tone to help define the cheekbones and add warmth too. For highlight, it's the Cleopatra's Kiss Quad* that I think is dreamy and adds the most gorgeous glow to the complexion.
For a pop of colour on your cheeks there's a few blushers I have to umm and ahh over including the Soap and Glory Peach Party Brick* which is a super shimmering offering, so it won't be for everybody, but I think it looks very pretty especially this time of the year.
There's so many eyeshadows on the high street, it's no surprise that so many people feel overwhelmed by the choice. I'm slightly cheating here as the full priced NYX Cool Neutrals Palette* comes in over £15, but there's so many places at the moment to get it cheaper that I thought I'd slip it in anyway. There's 16 shades and they can help you to create a variety of looks with ease. The Ultimate Warm Neutrals looks like it'd be gorgeous too if you're more into the deep red and shimmering cooper hues.
My liquid liner of choice is still the L'Oreal Super Liner which always stays in place all day, looking extremely black too. At the moment I've been lining my eyes with a darker brown eyeshadow and smudging it out, so I then just apply several layers of my mascara. There's so many great budget mascaras on the market especially from Maybelline, my favourite being the Sensational one. If I want some extra volume, I apply a pair of eyelashes in the form of the Eylure Fleur De Force ones as they look natural, sit great against my lash line and I always get compliments whenever I wear them.
I define my eyebrows using the Soap and Glory Brow Archery* which I find a great match for my brows and both sides help to create a fuller, neater looking brow. To finish the look off I apply the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams, whatever shade I feel matches my look (London is a fave!) and they never fail to look great and feel comfortable too.
What are your high street makeup favourites?
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