Make-up Make-up Never Ever Break-up
I have always been fascinated with make-up. My earliest memory of it is playing with my mum’s electric blue eyeshadow dust with its teeny foam applicator. I can see my 5 year old self sitting on her side of the bed rummaging through her make-up bag. Good times. Then came the 13 going on 18 year old me in her Bourjoir and Rimmel phase, shimmery squares of lilacs, taupes, greens and blues. Sherbet pops of colour in rows on the racks in Boots. Loved loved loved it all.
You know, there was a long stretch of time in my teens and early 20’s where I wouldn’t dream of leaving the house without an application of making-up. Oh! the horror. It would take me 3 hours to get ready to leave for anywhere (Honestly I have had shorter holidays). Make-up gave me a sense of worth and made me feel pretty and grown up. And I wouldn’t say that was necessarily a bad thing because with that came my confidence. For a young girl finding her way through the grotty boy infested forest of self-identity and social acceptance a good lipstick and a thick concealer really lent a hand.
For the now 37 year old me, who has settled into many kinds of identities, a daily make-up routine is way low down on the agenda. This is not because I don’t love it anymore or take delight in the way I feel with make-up on, it is because I have chosen (partly subconsciously) to go without it. I divide myself into at least 7 portions in any given day (my husband, 4 kids, one dog, and ME). I simply do not have enough time to devote hours to my face. Luckily, in my 30s I have learnt to feel comfortable in public without make-up so I just stopped wearing it for a while. On one hand you could say this is great because it means I love myself deeper than I once did but truthfully I still don’t ever feel totally myself without make-up.
My Renewed Relationship with a Make-up Routine
A beautiful goddess of a woman said something that really resonated with me a little while back. She was talking on a podcast about her way back to taking greater care of herself after a long period in the town of RUT. She said “It wasn’t that I didn’t care what others thought about me it was that I didn’t care what I thought about me.” WoW! Something in this spoke directly to me. I feel that sometimes I am so consumed with being ‘busy’ that I get into the swing of not caring what I think of me, let alone what anyone else thinks. The truth is I ALWAYS want to care what I think. Self-care is a life ingredient worth nurturing, but sometimes it is hard to reward yourself with some YOU time when you have shit to do.
So I have been working on this for a while and now I get up a little earlier each (most) morning(s) to give myself time to care about what I think of ME. Make-up is definitely a significant part of my true identity. It makes me look a more fresh and vibrant version of myself. It makes me feel powerful, positive, attractive, beautiful. It is my magic fairy dust. When I have a little blush and lipgloss on it changes me from the outside in. Make-up is my super power. I need to make time for it because every minute I put aside for my make-up routine it will repay me with hours of feeling great.
A ‘Barely There’ Make-up Routine for the Super Busy
Like most women I have a ‘Go To’ day look. A collection of just a few simple but effective products that know me as well as I know them. I try to keep my day look simple and natural. I want to look fresh, glowing and hydrated. This takes me between 5-10 minutes:
- Wash face with ESPA Balance Foam Cleanser.
- Moisturise with Elemis Advanced Day Cream or just straight into Cosmetics à la Carte’s Rose Dew; leaving my skin smooth, refined with a dewy plump feel.
- Ready for Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser in Fawn or CALC Skin Veil in Sand. This has a velvety, airy light texture which makes lines disappear. Goes on clean skin instantly with fingertips or great for a T zone top up later in the day over existing tinted moisturiser.
- Laura Mercier Concealer for the peri-orbital skin and any blemishes.
- Now for colour. CALC Bare Cheek Blush in Papaya for a translucent pop of colour to my cheeks and a quick tint for my lips. Love that it can be used for both!
- Eyebrows (if I have time) I use Brow Ink for a more polished look to lengthen and fill in my brows.
- Shimmer Outliner Cream Eyeshadow in Lame for my eyes giving a stand out sun kissed summery look in one sweep of the fingertips. Blends and stays put beautifully.
- Mascara – Benefit They’re Real but always looking for an upgrade. Any recommendations please?
So there we have it 8 easy steps to start the day looking totes beauts!
Applying make-up with my clean fingertips is super easy and essential for beautiful natural blending. The Cosmetics à la Carte products give me the option to top up through the day and leave minimal bulk in my handbag because all I need is my Skin Veil and a Bare Cheek. My advice would be to try new things, get recommendations, go with your instinct on colours but be a little adventurous.
Dear make-up I am so happy we found each other again,
Here is a video I shot yesterday to accompany this post. It gives you a chance to see the products in more light.