120814 Makeup Essentials
Totally obsessed with these fab makeup essentials these days.
HOURGLASS LIQUID POWDER FOUNDATION
This liquid foundation gives medium coverage and turns into a powder finish meaning you can skip the powder. It's velvety and lasts all day on my oily/ combo skin. It can look a bit heavy if you don't prep your skin so make sure you exfoliate (I use my Clarisonic a couple of times a week) and moisturize well (I use an organic Cocoa Skin Cream by Meow Meow Tweet. Stay tuned for a review.)
BENEFIT WATT'S UP HIGHLIGHTER
I just discovered this amazing champagne coloured highlighter. I chose this one over High Beam because it’s a warmer base, and comes in a tube which means easy application when in a rush. I never thought of a highlighter as an essential until now. It really makes a difference subtly lights up the face and give it more definition. I use Watt's Up when I’m done my makeup along the tops of my cheekbones, underneath the outer brow line, along the centre of my nose and a bit in the center of my forehead, applying straight from the tube and blending with my fingers.
BEAUTY TIP: Dab Watt's Up on the centre of your lips overtop of your lipstick to get more definition.
BENEFIT HOOLA BRONZING POWDER*
This bronzer is flat and has no shimmer which makes it the perfect contouring shade for most skin types. I like to use it in the hallows of my cheek bones, a bit on my temples, along the top of my hair line and a bit down my nose. I keep daily contouring very light and just to my cheeks and temples and I apply it with the flat brush that comes with it.
STILA CUSTOM BLUSH IN CORAL
What makes this powder custom is that it's pH-based which means that colour will customize to your skin tone. I love it so much that I've been using it for over a year now. I dab it on the apples of my cheeks using a big flat top brush that gives me better application control. Then I take a clean powder brush and run over my cheeks to make sure it's all nicely blended into Hoola and the rest of my skin.
GIVENCHY LE ROUGE #304 MANDARINE BOLERO
This matte orange red lipstick has changed my life! I used to combine 3-4 different reds just to get this exact shade. My daily routine now includes dabbing this lipstick on, without a liner for a relaxed day time red. For evening, I use a liner and apply it with a lip brush. The matte formula isn't too drying or heavy and has excellent lasting power. The case reminds of my Givenchy Pandora with a cool leather sleeve and silver studs. The packaging alone is perfection.
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My skin type: Oily/ Combination. Skin tone: Olive.