I still really, really enjoy getting semi-dressed up on a Friday night, but I've never been the type of girl to wear a huge amount of makeup. I'm not really a fan of kohl black eyes or bright eyeshadows (on myself) and sometimes I find it hard to come up with a way to do something that I wouldn't wear to the office Monday to Friday anyway. I decided to invest in a few key bits based on recommendations from Tanya Burr (goddess, guru, my spirit animal) & from the Feel Unique forums.
I have combination skin. I do look after it religiously but I've always got a lot of red pigment in my cheeks, I've always got a few pimples and between Monday and Friday I'll always have some decent bags under my eyes. In the photo below I've applied foundation to the right hand side of my face but not to the left- quite a difference!
I use Mac MoistureCover concealer (shade NC20) under my eyes...
and on top of any blemishes or red areas. I use Mac Mineralize liquid foundation (it's quite light and it also has SPF15 in it- yay for protected skin!) and then I apply bareMinerals Matte powder foundation (I use Number 10 which I think is called "Fairly Light") over the top to seal it and reduce shine. Once I have my foundation in place I put a thin layer of Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion on my eyelids to make sure my eyeshadow stays somewhat near my eyes. This is particularly important for the duration just after that third glass of wine later that evening. #blackeyes.
I've been toying with the Urban Decay naked palettes for SO long but I've always found that there are at least 4 colours in each one that I would never use (too dark or too sparkly, for example). The palettes aren't cheap and so I've always brushed them aside (Wharra pun. Get it?) but recently I was browsing Feel Unique and noticed the NAKED2 kit. The Urban Decay Basic palette is actually a mini handbag friendly set of shades and the NAKED2 in particular is a really cute set of pretty but very neutral and warm colours.
I am seriously completely clueless when it comes to applying eyeshadow. The concept of contouring is as familiar to me as nuclear science. Briefly, what I did was 'Frisk' across my eyelids, 'Cover' in the creases of my eyelids, 'Stark' across the lash-line and 'Skimp' just under my brow bone for highlighting (I know about that, thanks Zoella). I used an eyeliner called Supercat by Soap & Glory. I also used their Thick & Fast mascara. Both are great value for money but my first choices are Maybelline 'Liquid Liner Express' and Benefit 'They're Real' mascara, even if it is near impossible to remove from your face at the end of the night.
I "Finished my Face" (is that a thing?) with a Loreal lipstick. It's actually one from the J-Lo range but it's a lovely subtle pink and it feels really light and moisturising when it's on.
From start to finish this took me about 15 minutes to complete. I don't have the patience or the inclination to spend a long time doing my makeup because the more bored I get the more likely I am to hit the bar looking like Ru Paul. I really am useless at being a girl but wanted to share this because it's so easy and really doesn't take much time to achieve if, like me, you just don't possess the will power to be 'Good at Makeup'. These few products will give you plenty of day and night options and will last a good few months if you don't tend to wear a heavy look every day. I'd love to hear your quick and easy makeup ideas, I need the inspiration!