I can't remember when I started wearing make up daily, I think - for me - it was a gradual thing and even now I don't wear it seven days a week. I probably slap the products on my face Monday to Friday and even then not particularly much (unless I fancy a bit of a glow or definition).
Make up has become a key part of my morning routine. I wash my face, eat breakfast, get dressed and then do my hair, do my make up. It sets me up for the day and makes me feel put together. I wouldn't call it a necessity for my day to get going, I often don't wear it at weekends or even right now (midweek as I'm writing this) because I'm on study leave but it adds a little something extra to my morning routine and I love the way it enhances my natural features. Draws attention to the things I like about myself, rather than the parts of me I'm not so keen on.
Like everyone, I have my insecurities. I don't often talk about them but they're there, so if you'd like a post on that please let me know in the comments below (along with any other requests, they're always greatly appreciated). For example, I wouldn't say my number one favourite facial feature is my nose... I'm not going to shout it from the rooftops that I want everyone to look at it. However, I much prefer it when I add a little bit of highlight to the tip of my nose and make up allows me to do that. My nose is certainly growing on me!
It's also, some what, an art. I'm not a make up artist, I don't plan on it but I think when you spend time and effort blending, choosing complimentary (or even contrasting) colours and applying it, it shows a skill. It takes precision, it takes practise and it doesn't always look the same, not everyone does it in the same way. It's something I've taught myself to do over a few years and there are definitely things I don't do or struggle to do. I don't get a perfect wing every time I do eye liner but that's fine. I improve each and every time, it's great seeing that progress.
The Body Shop All-In-One BB Cream (00) - used on particularly bad skin days only.
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer (1) - for under the eyes.
Seventeen Stay Time Concealer (FAIR) - for those pesky spots and blemishes.
No7 Perfect Light Loose Powder (TRANSLUCENT) - sets everything into place.
No7 Velvet Lash Mascara (BLACK) - swept onto my lashes for, as claimed, luxurious volume.
Revolution Focus & Fix Eyebrow Shaping Kit (MEDIUM DARK) - defines the brows.
No7 Stay Perfect Shadow (WHEATSHEAF) - perfect for a natural highlight, swipe across cheekbones.
Any lip balm you have handy.
much love, em xo