Over the years, I have developed a makeup routine that gives you full coverage but also allows you to look as natural as possible. I absolutely love doing my makeup this way because it allows me to cover up my acne without looking caky. All the steps described down below are also shown in the video, but all the products are hyperlinked here in case you are interested in any of the brushes or products that I used:
1. PRIME: Before putting on any makeup, you need to give your skin some hydration and protection. Personally, I always put on my face creme (*Hydra Beauty Crème by Chanel) and I try to put on my primer (*Le Blanc de Chanel) as often as possible (but I have to admit that this is one step that I often forget...).
2. FIRST CONCEALER: I like building some coverage under my low-coverage foundation in order to cover up any spots that need covering but also in order to let other areas of the skin look as natural as possible. That is why I use my *MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC20 before applying any foundation. I apply it to all red spots and anything else I want to cover up with Chanel's Concealer Brush (No 10) and then I blend it with my fingers. On a side note, if you are looking for great brushes that will last you for years without losing any hair, Chanel's brushes are for you! All the brushes I own from them have stayed in shape and have never lost a single hair - and most of them are a few years old!
3. FOUNDATION: I use the low-coverage Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation in No 21 to give my skin light coverage and to even out any colour differences between my natural skin and the previously used concealer. I apply my foundation with a beauty blender (not the original - $20 for a sponge seems too overpriced to me) to get maximum coverage. I use a makeup sponge from essence, but unfortunately I was unable to find the exact one I use online, but here is one that is similar.
4. SECOND CONCEALER: After applying my foundation, I can usually see some red spots and I then use my MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NC15 to cover them up. I apply the concealer with my finger to get maximum coverage out of it. This concealer has amazing coverage and it usually covers up most of my spots without a problem. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a high-coverage concealer!
5. UNDER-EYE HIGHLIGHT: I do not use a concealer in my under-eye area because I do not have very dark under-eye circles and therefore, I use this (low-coverage) highlighter face pen by Chanel in 30 Beige Rosé. If you are looking for a more natural way of brightening up the under-eye area, this highlighter pen is for you! The slightly pinky colour of the highlighter makes it look more natural in the under-eye area than any abnormally light concealer.
6. SETTING POWDER: Laura Mercier's Translucent Loose Setting Powder is a product that deserves the hype surrounding it! I love setting my under-eye area and any other area where my makeup tends to crease and it keeps my makeup in place for hours. I especially love this setting powder because it is one of the first setting powders that have not dried out my skin. I have relatively dry skin and I therefore always need to be careful with powder products since they tend not to be on the hydrating side. I apply this setting powder with a Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge (which is also an amazing alternative to the original beautyblender).
7. BRONZER & ROUGE: Since I tend to wear some of the lightest shades of any makeup palette, I look quite pale in person and this is why I love using a bronzer to look a little more tanned. I use Giorgio Armani's Neo Nude Fusion Powder in 5.5as my bronzer. I love applying it with a normal powder brush (No 150) by MAC because the bronzer blends more naturally with a powder brush. I also use a little bit of rouge (Joues Contraste by Chanel in 170 Rose Glacier) which I apply with Real Technique's *Blush Brush. I would highly recommend this brush because it gives you a very natural blush look. With both bronzer and rouge, I only apply a small amount in order to keep it natural and avoid any weird colour differences on my face.
8. POWDER: After getting rid of any excess loose setting powder with one of essence's old powder brushes, I then apply a little bit of MAC's Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light Plus to the areas which have not yet been set. I also use this powder to cover up any spots which are still showing by applying it with my fingers to the spots. While I love using powder for coverage because it gives you amazing coverage, I would not recommend it as the only step for coverage, especially not for someone with dry skin, because it can dry out your skin. Using it on only a few spots is absolutely fine, but using it on too many may lead to more dry skin after using it for a few weeks.
9. HIGHLIGHTER: I like applying a little bit of highlighter to the top of my cheekbones and the tip of my nose and I use MAC's Mineralize Skinfinish in Lightscapade as a highlighter. This highlighter gives you a natural glow and slightly brightens up the areas it is applied to. I apply it with Laura Mercier's Fan Powder Brush (they changed the colours of the brush's hair but it is the brush for the same purpose).
10. EYEBROWS & MASCARA: I brush over my eyebrows with MAC's 204 brush and that is my eyebrow routine summed up. I actually gave the brush a little dent because it makes it easier to use but it is also great in its original shape. I then apply my mascara (Le Volume Révolution de Chanel in 10) after curling my lashes with a lash curler. I also use the same brush as I used for my eyebrows to separate any lashes that stick together.
11. LIPSTICK: Since I started university, I started wearing lipstick more and more often and now I either wear Chanel's Rouge Coco Flash in 90 Jour or Chanel's Rouge Allure Ink in 140 Amoureux. If I go with the liquid lipstick, I always apply a lip balm before applying the lipstick because the liquid lipstick tends to get very dry after a while. I love using *this lip balm because it is very hydrating and keeps your lips hydrated for yours. If I use the liquid lipstick, I usually also apply a little bit of gloss and I love using Chanel's Rouge Coco Gloss in 728.
This is my usual makeup routine for university - do you know any great makeup products that I should try out? Let me know here.
Lots of Love,
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