I’ve had it in mind to do a post on this for a little while now, so it’s about time I got round to it! The contents of my make-up bag change relatively frequently and when I say that, I’m referring mainly to the ‘colour’ products (eyeshadows, eyeliner, blusher, highlighter and lip products), as opposed to the firm favourites I use to create my base look (foundation, concealer, brows and mascara). I have a HUGE make-up collection, which I use personally and professionally, so I have a make-up bag that I keep my daily make-up in and then I also have a large professional case that I keep the remainder of my collection in. This weekend I sorted through the contents of my large make-up case, which is something I have to do every now and again, to chuck out the old stuff that’s had its day and also to remind myself of what I actually have! It’s such large case that I can’t see everything that’s in it just by opening it, so sometimes I like to sit and have a rummage through (it’s so much fun! I’m like a kid in a sweet shop!) and I might also refresh my ‘daily’ make-up bag with some of my finds.
The make-up case I’m currently using is one that was given to me as a gift last Christmas by my best friend; it’s from Next and it couldn’t be a more ‘me’ colour! It’s a blush pink weave (wipe clean) material, with rose gold Next logo, zip and studs (I LOVE rose gold). The lining inside is black and there’s actually a little pocket, which it took me a few months to discover, but it’s really useful for keeping my blotting sheets in, so that they don’t get ruined and bashed around by everything else that’s in there.
I always do my make-up in the same order every morning; it’s an order that I’ve tweaked over time and I now know that it’s the quickest way for me to apply my make-up but it’s also the way that makes my make-up last the longest throughout the day as well (new video on my YouTube channel about this topic coming soon!).
The first thing I do (after cleansing, toning, moisturising and maybe a primer) is my foundation and usually I use Max Factor’s Lasting Performance in shade 102 (pastelle); I’ve been using this foundation for years but it isn’t suiting me like it used to, so the search is on for my next foundation! So currently, I’m using a little bag full of foundation samples from different brands: two samples from bareMinerals, one from Estée Lauder and one from YSL. I’ve had all the samples a few weeks now, I’ve tried them all and I know which one I’ll be buying eventually (see my YouTube video reviewing all four samples here!) but I can’t waste what I’ve been given, so I’ll use up all my samples first.
Next I use YSL Touche Eclat Radiant Touch in shade 2 to highlight the Cupid’s bow on my top lip and also to conceal under my eyes and the outside of my nostrils (the ‘naso-labial fold’ between your cheek and top lip: this can create quite a shadow and be quite ageing, so I like to try and hide it!). Next, I use No7 Perfect Light Loose Powder in shade Fair to set my base in the t-zone and under my eyes and this helps to keep my make-up in place all day. The brush I use for this (pictured) is actually one I got with a bareMinerals Get Started Complexion Kit years ago and I love the size and shape of it, so I’ve kept it for my setting powder and clean it regularly.
After powder-setting my make-up, I apply highlighter and currently I’m using The Body Shop’s Lightening Touch pen. This is something I bought ages ago and came away from using: years ago, I always got such an oily shine in the day (because I wasn’t using products to suit my skin type, so I didn’t have it under control. It was before I knew any better!) and so my focus was always on mattifying (and powder setting!) my skin. I went through a stage of buying liquid or cream based highlighters but found that once I’d powder set, you couldn’t really see them anymore. I wasn’t about to give up powder setting (I had a real complex about my shiny skin) so the liquid or cream highlighters I’d bought just went to the bottom of my case and I bought powder based highlighters from then on. As much as I still love using powder based highlighters, I’m finding that (with age) my skin is far less oily now and I can get away with just a little setting powder down my t-zone only, so I’m now able to use highlighters like my Benefit High Beam without worrying about it disappearing under powder! I also find that they leave my skin looking much more hydrated and plump. So when I sorted out my make-up case last weekend, I found this highlighting pen from The Body Shop and thought I’d give it a try again. It’s ok but the pigment in it isn’t very strong, so I’ll use it up but honestly? I prefer my High Beam, which is the same colour anyway.
As part of my weekend sort out, I also discovered this Clinique powder blusher compact, which is a nice colour for this time of year. It’s in a shade called Smouldering Plum and it’s what I would call a warm rose. I don’t usually buy Clinique make-up, so it must’ve been given to me by my mum when she got a free gift or something.
Next is eyes, starting with my brows. I’m running a series of shorter films that each look at a section of make-up application, rather than a full look and I recently did a film on affordable, easy eyebrows in no time! This film features the brow product that’s currently in my make-up bag, which is Kryolan’s Eyebrow Powder in shade: Dark. I use this with a tiny brush I have left over from a previous Benefit Brow Zings palette and I love it: it’s a small, flat, rounded brush that I can use flat or on its tip to give me great control over product and angle. But I do spend ages every morning hunting for it in the bottom of my make-up bag!
I then brush through my lashes with Avon’s brow brush (to make sure they’re all curled by my curlers) and I then curl my lashes with Revlon’s eyelash curler. I prefer my eyelash curlers to be hinged as opposed to spring loaded, as they stand less chance of breaking and even if they do, they’re still useable. I feel like I’m linking a lot of videos in this post but there really are so many I’ve done that are relevant! So here’s another one: I recently did a video on how to curl your lashes like a pro and it featured the Revlon eyelash curlers that I’m still using today.
After curling my lashes I quickly apply some mascara (quickly so that the curl I’ve just created is set in place and held all day by the product) and at the moment I’m using Soap & Glory’s Thick and Fast in black; I love the big, fat, bristly brush it has and the formulation is a perfect consistency for no clumping. 2-3 coats is plenty. Next I line my eyes with NYX Retractable Eyeliner in Brown. I love the fluidity of this (I don’t mean it’s a fluid liner. It’s just so smooth and flowing to use!) and being retractable I don’t have to sharpen it but it’s always in a nice, sharp point. I did find this morning though, that I’m at the end of it already, which I’m not sure if I’m ok about because I only bought it about 2 months ago and I don’t use it everyday, so I feel like it’s run out really quickly?! I like it enough to buy it again though.
I don’t always wear or have time for eye shadow but, in case I do, I always have a couple shades in my make-up bag ready. For daywear I love to use Bourjois’s Eyeshadow (in shade: 08 Beige Rose) over my brow bone and the inner corners of my eyes; it’s a great highlighting shade with a subtle pearlescence. It has its own sponge applicator in the cute, individual package which is inconveniently short but does the trick. I then use bareMinerals’s Eyecolour (in shade: Finesse), which is a beautifully finely milled powder that so easily blends, I actually just use my finger with this and it’s a dream!
I have a few miscellaneous items that kind of knock around in my make-up bag ‘just in case’. Although one of them I use daily without fail and that’s the large white mirror. This came as a free gift with something from Clinique (again, perhaps from my mum?) and it used to have a flip hinged lid but that broke off ages ago. It’s a great size: I can see my whole face in it (it fills my hand) and my 10 month old little girl loves to steal it and pull funny faces in it! The other items include a second eyeliner (MAC Fluid Line in shade: Deliciously Rich) which is a gorgeous dark chocolate with champagne sparkles; it’s not too strong, which means you can build up the intensity and sparkliness however you want it. I remember I was wearing this when I was in labour with my second daughter and the midwife was amazed that it stayed in place the whole time! I have an eyeliner brush to apply it (the brush is just a cheapie by Fero Beauty but it has such tiny, barely-there bristles that it gives precision lining, consistently). I have a pair of slanted stainless steel tweezers, which have been with me for years and actually came in my professional beauty kit when I started college (in 2002!) but they’re fantastic and they get out the shortest hairs like nothing else I’ve ever tried! Lastly is my sharpener, which I know I got in Boots but it doesn’t have a name on it, so I’m not sure who it’s by. What I love about it is that part of its cover acts as a stopper for the openings where you put the pencils in, which means that absolutely no sharpenings escape into the bottom of your make-up bag.
I have a small pencil case, that I got from Paperchase and it contains all my lip products. I keep it in my handbag, although it might seem strange that my lip products aren’t in with all my other make-up. This is a habit I got into years ago because I’d do most of my make-up (apart from my lips) and then I’d eat my cereal before dashing out to the car for work. As my husband drives us, I’d always quickly do my lips at the traffic lights or something and then I’d always have my lip products with me during the day for touch ups too.
I keep a choice of at least 2 colours in my lip case, so I can choose nude lips or a rich red, depending on my outfit and mood for that day. I actually got the No7 Matte Lip Crayon for free (featured in my Beauty Haul video) and it’s one of the best reds I’ve ever had, I’m getting through it quite quickly! I’ve always used lip liners, regardless of the occasion because my lips are so pale and the line of them isn’t very defined. I find the bareMinerals lip liner perfect for a really natural, almost not-there look, whereas as the No7 lip liner is also a great nude but one that’s a bit more obvious. Whereas, if I’m feeling fancy, the Clinique defining liner for lips in pomegranate is the PERFECT match for my No7 matte lip crayon.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about the contents of my make-up bag! It’s something I would’ve laughed at myself for writing just a year ago but I actually really enjoy reading/watching about other peoples’ make-up bags, so I thought I’d jump on the band wagon!
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