22 April 2015

MAC Soft & Gentle: Spring make up look

Dear readers,

My go to quick and easy spring make up look goes like this:

I start off with a clean face and apply serum, eye cream and a moisturizer with SPF 50.

Depending on how much time I have I add more coverage and conceal my dark spots, use different eye shadows, add eye liner, highlighter and bronzer, you name it. But usually I stick to this simple routine.

Without using a sponge or a brush I squirt one pump of the True Match foundation and warm it a bit between my fingers. I apply it concentrating on the center of my face and blending outwards.

I like to take a clean kabuki brush and blend my foundation afterwards, especially around the edges of my face, my nose area and down my neckline.

While I wait for the foundation to set I put MAC paint pot in Soft Ochre on my eyelids as I cannot ever skip this step: I have very oily eyelids and most shadows crease on me.

Then I take the Laura Mercier concealer and camouflage in undercover-4. I use the concealer under my eyes to cancel any darkness although I'm lucky in that department as I can usually skip this step. As for the camouflage, I only use it when I have the time to conceal the dark spots I have on my forehead, chin and along my jaw line.

I set all my face with powder using the MAC Studio Fix in NC41 for extra coverage and because it's the only powder I've tried that keeps unwanted shine at bay for a bit longer. 

For the eyes I start off with MAC Soft & Gentle Mineralize Skinfinish and apply it to my brow bone and to the lid. In the crease I use a deeper shade to add a bit of dimension, lately I've been loving the light brown that comes in the Chanel Les 4 Ombres in 14 Mystic Eyes, it has a gorgeous golden tone to it. When I'm not in a hurry I'll darken my outer V with the darkest shade in this palette.

I cannot skip the brows as mine are very sparse. My favourite eye brow pencil is by Integrate (Japan) in grey. I set my brow hairs with a tinted brow gel that I got last year in HEMA (Netherlands), it's not an amazing product but it's a cheaper alternative to the Benefit gimme Brow that everybody was raving about at that time. Otherwise I'll be using a common clear gel mascara for that purpose.

My favourite mascara at the moment is the Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes. I'm running low so I have to find a way for someone to get me a new one as it's not sold over here.

I haven't been a blush wearer for the longest time but I purchased this Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot blush palette last winter and I'm very happy I did as it saves me time when deciding what blush colour to wear for the day. I just pop this open and I have 5 gorgeous shades to choose from.

When I have the time I also take the Hoola bronzer from this palette and contour my cheekbones.

As for lip products I don't have that many but I like wearing a pop of colour so I usually choose a lipstick first and reapply with a lip gloss or lip crayon after lunch. I keep a few lip crayons at work so I don't need to bring a different lip product in my purse and end up with a bunch of them lost within my hand bags. My favourite to wear at the moment are corals and bright orange shades.

This whole look takes me about 15 minutes to complete as I need 3 to 4 minutes only to do my eyebrows. Any tips on other multi-purpose make up products?

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