Contrary to popular belief, I don’t do a full face of makeup every single day. For one, it takes ages. It also would also ruin my skin and who even needs to do a full face every day, anyway? If I am still going out in public but I don’t need to film a video or go anywhere fancy I tend to do my ‘five minute makeup’ routine. This is basically the lazy guide to doing makeup.
First, I apply moisturiser. My day cream is also primer, so that’s already one step skipped! You can get some great all-in-one creams that are moisturisers, anti-aging, serums, toners and primers in one bottle so if you have a complex skincare routine but want to be lazy sometimes I’d invest in one of these. My day cream is by Olay.
Next is concealer. If you don’t have dark circles or any breakouts you can skip this but I am an insomniac at the moment and my skin is awful! I use the Collection Lasting Perfection concealer, which was £4.19 in Superdrug. I apply it under my eyes and on all my spots and blend with fingers.
Instead of foundation, I just go straight in with pressed powder to both set the concealer and powder my face. I want an even finish as my skin can be pigmented in different places. I use a kabuki brush from eBay and the Rimmel London Stay Matte pressed powder, which was £3.99 in Superdrug. If you have better skin than me you probably don’t need concealer and powder at all.
For a quick filled-in brow, I use the Benefit Gimme Brow. This is the shade #1 so is quite a bit lighter than my hair, but it’s slightly darker than my natural brows. This is a sample size which you can get from the Boots website for £5.
Next is bronzer to give some colour and shape to my face as I’m so pale. I tend to use either the Cargo bronzer (from eBay) or the Seventeen Define & Conquer contour kit, which has now been discontinued. I just go around the edges of my face with a bronzer brush from Real Techniques.
I don’t want to do a proper ‘look’ on my eyes, so for lazy makeup days I tend to stick with neutral tones – this palette from W7 (£3.90 from Amazon) is good for a quick look – I go in with the mid-tones in my crease and smoke it out with the darker shades. If you don’t usually wear eyeshadow every day, you could wear eyeliner instead, or nothing. I can’t wear eyeliner because of my eye shape. I use one blending brush (from an eBay set) and it does all the blending work for me.
For mascara I use my Rimmel London Extra Super Lash which was £3.49 at the W7 Beauty Outlet. It’s such an amazing mascara and only needs one coat for a separated and lenghtened everyday look.
Last, I’ll do lipstick. I go for an eye-catching colour to draw away from the fact I don’t have much makeup on. I like purples and reds. The one I’m wearing today is a Limecrime Velvetines lippy in ‘Wicked’. Sometime’s I’ll just use a nude lipstick or a lipbalm, but I feel more ‘done’ if I use something more dramatic.
And here’s the finished look!