I have never been a great fan of the recently hyped highlighting and contouring, baking,… techniques. Neither do I like the beauty blender! I hear so much positive things about it yet it doesn’t really work for me. Drawing darker and lighter lines and blending them out gives me quite a harsh look. I feel like good ol’ layering and blending works best and gives the smoothest, most natural result.
MY DAILY ROUTINE
I start out with applying a primer to a clean, fresh morning face (Givenchy Mister Smooth primer). Then I apply a covering foundation to face, neck, ears,… (MAC Studio Fix Fluid NC30). Both just with fingers! Then I put some concealer (Smashbox Studio Skin 24H waterproof concealer) underneath the eyes in a reverse triangle shape, between the eyebrows, tip of the nose, cupid’s bow, chin,… and blend it out. Favorite bronzer right now is YSL Les Sahariennes Bronzing Stones. It’s winter so I need some extra color to my face without looking too tan. This is the perfect bronzer! It’s very smooth and light and doesn’t give you spots or stripes even when applied in a hurry (and ladies, we are always in a hurry). I apply it on the cheekbones, beneath the chin, the sides of the forehead, sides of the nose,… just wherever I feel like I need some more shadow. To finish I add MAC Studio Fix Perfecting Powder in Light to the centre areas of the face to fix the concealer. It’s the best! It looks so smooth, it’s not too dry and it’s slightly pigmented. I don’t like the look of transparent powders (this and too much concealer on a naked eyelid and you look like a dead person!). At times I add some highlighter or blush but it depends on my mood.
THE RIGHT TOOLS
When it comes to flawless blending: I’ve been testing the My Make-up Brush Set in ‘The Midas Touch‘ for a couple of months now and it’s such a great solution for blending dummies. So much easier than sponge blenders and brushes. You need zero skill. The round shape and super soft brush hairs blend out concealer, bronzer and highlighter in a way an ordinary brush never could. The tiny brushes are also a gift from heaven when it comes to contouring the nose! So precise. I was very curious how they would work out as the price is so low and the hairs are synthetic. I’ve been splurging on expensive brushes for ages – I always look for quality. But these brushes really are a find. Plus they look gorgeous on my make-up table.
You can get them at mymakeupbrushset.com or find more on instagram @mymakeupbrushset.