My Minimal Make-up Routine

March 25, 2016

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Confession: I’m a relatively new convert to being interested in beauty products. After years of using whatever foundation was on sale at Coles, I realised that my skin was suffering and I was spending money on products that didn’t contribute to making me feel good about myself. Cue the power of YouTube and beauty bloggers such as ViviannaDoesMakeup, Lily Pebbles, Estee Lalonde and Fleur DeForce and my interest in taking care of my complexion and investing in better quality products began. Lord knows I only have one face so I may as well take care of it.

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In no way do I pretend to be a beauty guru, I’m just a lady who aims to minimise the bags under her eyes and look half awake, and this post shares with you my minimal make-up look; a look which I usually wear on a chilled out weekend or to run errands. It’s very low coverage, fresh & dewy, and is able to be applied in roughly 5 minutes.

Brushes

I used just two brushes for this look: the BH Cosmetics 113 Buffing Brush for my foundation and the BH Cosmetics 122 eyeshadow brush. Both of these brushes are included in the BH Cosmetics 10 Piece Sculpt and Blend Set. They’re all super soft and lovely to use.

Base

For this no-fuss look, I chose Covergirl’s Ready, Set Gorgeous foundation as my only base product. I have this in classic ivory and although it’s a little too pale for my skin during the summer months, I really like how it gives your skin a fresh dose of glow. It’s a water-based, light coverage foundation which doesn’t clog your pores. The slight yellow tones help to combat any redness and it’s also oil free so it’s good for those of us who sometimes suffer from an oily t-zone.

Brows

I have naturally light, patchy eyebrows so I like to broaden and darken them, especially at the tail end. Lately, I’ve been loving the Mineral Brow Liner from nude by natureit has a pencil on one end and a brush tip on the other. The pencil formula is really buildable and the brunette shade is able to be worked on for a diverse range of skin tones. The brush end is really handy for evening your pencil work and it’s soft enough to not rub off any surrounding product.

Mascara

On my low-maintenance days, I skip eyeliner and just whack a bit of mascara on the lashes. I’m nearly finished my Barry M Showgirl Extra Volume Black Mascara – which I love! Firstly, the packaging is metallic pastel pink – Divine – and secondly, it’s just a fabulous dark black formulation. It clings to your lashes and doesn’t drop out onto your under-eye area. Barry M is super affordable and can be found in Big W in Australia.

Blush + Highlight

The Face of Australia Nude Colour Max palette is extremely good value for money. With browns, creams, pinks and golds, this shadow palette can be used for eyeshadow, blush, contour and highlights! For this look I used the highlight colour under my eyes to combat any dark circles and the pink highlight on my cheeks for a rosy glow.

Lips

To keep this look super fresh, I popped some of my Lush Whip Stick on my lips as it provides just a hint of sheen and keeps my peckers moisturised all day long!

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Let me know in the comments below what you think of my minimal make-up look and what you like to wear on your chilled-out days. Also, I’d love to hear any suggestions on your favourite beauty bloggers or places where you find beauty inspiration 🙂 x

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