So now that every waking moment is taking up with writing my thesis/ editing my thesis/ lying awake worrying about my thesis, makeup application has become rather streamlined.
In the mornings I want something that is really quick to apply but makes me look awake and polished:
Base: DIY Rose Sunscreen.
Cheeks: Edward Bess Compact Rouge in Love Affair, Le Metier de Beaute bronzer (a little applied above temples too).
Eyes: Two Faced Shadow Insurance, MAC All That Glitters, Lancome Le Stylo Wateproof in Cafe, Covergirl Lashblast.
Brows: MAC Mulch.
Lips: Lanolips 101 Ointment and Bobbi Brown Lipstick in Pale Plum.
I am absolutely loving the wide-awake look that MAC’s All That Glitters gives to my eyes. It’s an instant full night’s sleep for me.
The Edward Bess Compact Rouge is such a great quality product too: it looks very natural on my cheeks and wakes my face up. It also works well with the Le Metier de Beaute bronzer. Previously I think I was far too heavy-handed with bronzer application, but now that I’ve learnt to just tap my brush into the bronzer I’m much happier with the result I get with it. Bronzer gives my face fantastic shape when applied just under cheekbones and above the temples. I think when my face naturally had less shape it was very hard for me to achieve any sort of sculpted look with bronzer (it was like painting stripes on a half-deflated beach ball) but now that I *have* some shape thanks to good skincare and facial exercises, I find merely emphasising that shape much easier.
I’m really loving the Bobbi Brown lipstick in Pale Plum that came in my POBM gift bag. It’s one of those versatile lipsticks that fits any occassion and suits my skintone perfectly. I reach for it often.
I’m also a bit of a latecomer to the whole ‘filling in your brows’ phenomenon. I’m usually too lazy to do it, but of late I’ve been finding that it really adds great structure to my face without looking like I’ve filled in my brows. It’s great for framing my whole face and I wouldn’t be without it now. At the moment I’m just using MAC Mulch and an angled brush, but I shall have to look in to ‘proper’ brow pencils I think.
Best of all, this FOTD takes about five minutes and prevents me from looking too harried by my thesis.