Current Foundation Routine

I’ve been a bit quiet on the blogging front these last 2 weeks because I haven’t been using or doing anything particularly post worthy with my makeup. I’ve become really obsessed with skin care and that means that my interest in makeup has dropped quite a bit and I’ve been wearing a very pared down makeup look of late. In case you were interested, I thought I’d show you my current go to routine for an easy and natural looking everyday look.

Lip balm is always my first step after moisturising my skin because my lips have been especially parched during this cold Melbourne weather. I’ve been favouring my The Lip Slip by Sara HappΒ  lately because it’s a very thick moisturising balm. I mostly like using this over night as my lips are nice and moisturised when I wipe it off in the morning. I find it a bit too gloopy (yes that’s the technical term) for day use so I will apply it before I do my makeup and then remove it once I’m finished and then apply my chosen lip product.

I have a lot of darkness around my eyes like a lot of women and I find that using a concealer alone doesn’t really cover the darkness well. That’s why I always have to use a corrector prior to putting down any concealer. My absolute favourite corrector for under eye darkness is theLaura Mercier Under Eye Perfector in Orange/Yellow.

I’ve spoken about this product on my blog many times beforeΒ  because I haven’t tried anything else that neutralises my dark circles better. The orange/yellow shade is perfect for anyone who has a warm skin tone but if you’re of a cooler skin tone, there’s also a mauve/rose shade. I haven’t been using a lot of eye shadow lately so I apply the corrector to my lids as well as my dark circles. I also apply some to the inner corner of my eyes because it’s an area that has a lot of darkness.

I’ve been trialling a new concealer lately but my current favourite is still the Time Balm Concealer in mid medium by The Balm. I find that it tends to work better in the warmer months though because the heat makes it more emollient. I usually blend this on my dark circles and lightly on my lid using the Sigma Precision Angled brush, the P84.

You can see how much I’ve used it! I always set this concealer, or any concealer, using my Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder. This is the best under eye setting powder I’ve used as it’s really finely milled but also has some light reflecting properties which really helps brightens the under eye area.

As I’ve been using mineral powder foundation, I apply my concealer first but if I use liquid or cream foundation, my concealer goes on after.

I love MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural and have probably gone through at least 4 compacts over the last few years. I used the shade Medium Dark but also apply the shade Medium Deep around the outside of my face when I’m a bit darker. I like applying this with a MAC 138 brush and find that it gives a really beautiful polished look with good coverage.

I never used to use this as foundation but, now that I don’t care so much about having that ‘flawless’ finish, I find this gives the perfect amount of coverage that leaves skin looking natural and not cakey.

I usually leave my skin routine here but if I have particularly bad blemishes I need to cover, I pick up some MAC Studio Fix Powder Foundation in NC42 on my MAC 224 blending brush and blend it on. I also use this on my lids to even out my lids and set the concealer.

I was never happy with the way Studio Fix powder applied as a foundation or as a setting powder and so I shelved it for quite some time. Now that I’ve started applying it with my blending brush to set blemishes, I have fallen in love with it again. I’ve tried lots of different blending brushes but nothing works as well as the MAC 224 brush.

I don’t usually curl my lashes but if I’m leaving my eyes bare of shadow or liner then I will usually reach for the curler. I use the Shu Uemura eyelash curler and, even though I have two of them, I don’t think it’s my favourite curler. I feel like the curve is a little too flat for my eye so my lashes on the outside edge always get missed.

Even if I skip eyeshadow on my lids, I can’t skip applying some sort of highlighting shade to my inner corner. Sometimes I use a highlighting powder, other times I’ll use a skin toned eye pencil but my favourite highlighter (which you’ll know if you read my blog a lot) is MAC Solar White eyeshadow. I know I talk this shadow up a lot but that’s because it’s the best! It’s very similar to NARS Albatross highlighter but it’s got a bit more pink to it. It goes well with nearly every eye look. It’s definitely one of my must have shadows!

Mascara is also always a must and my absolute favourite mascara (possibly of all time) is the Estee Lauder Sumptuous Bold Volume Lifting Mascara. I’ve been using the trial size that came included in a gift pack but I’ll be buying a full sized one as soon as it runs out. There’s something about it that gives perfect volume, lift and seperation. I tried to give up my higher end mascara’s but after trying this, I’m finding it hard to do!

I really love how this mascara can be built up if you want more drama or applied sparingly for a very natural look. I can’t recommend this enough!

No natural eye makeup is complete with doing brows and my favourite combo is still the MAC Brow Crayon in Stud and the MAC Brow Set in Mink. I have been itching to try the Make Up For Ever Waterproof Eyebrow corrector though after seeing Arianne’s review on it and watching Cami’s mini rave about it today.

Blush is one of those steps I feel weird if I skip but it seems almost crucial when going for a more natural look as I feel like I really need the extra colour and dimension.I used Becca Songbird Blush today applied with my favourite blush brush, the NARS Yachiyo.

I’ve been skipping highlighter on my cheeks as I feel like using the right blush often gives enough of a sheen to my cheeks.

The final step that I’ve been doing is to spray my face with the Caudalie Beauty Elixir. This isn’t a finishing spray but I’ve been using it this way because I don’t like using it on my bare skin. I didn’t realise when I purchased it that it has a high concentration of alcohol in it and I dislike alcohol based toners.

I use this to spritz my makeup to get rid of that powdery look and help the powder foundation better meld with my skin. The difference is very subtle but I feel like it gives my skin back a little bit of dewyness and makes the finish more natural.

I threw in a before and after but the lighting was slightly different in both pics. I promise that my skin tone actually stayed very similar!

So there you have it, my current go to makeup routine. It’s not exciting but it gets the job done! I assume that I’ll start to get more adventurous with my makeup again but for now, focusing on my skin means that I don’t want to put that much makeup on my face.

What’s your current favourite go-to products or routine?

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14 Comments on “Current Foundation Routine”

  1. July 8, 2012 at 9:48 PM #

    It looks really natural, I like it πŸ™‚

    My favorite product is the Dream Matte Powder from Maybelline. I have an oily skin and this works really well for me.

    • July 8, 2012 at 10:38 PM #

      Hi Angela πŸ™‚ I went and checked out your blog and welcome! Thank you for the lovely comment! I have heard so many good things about the Maybelline Dream Matte Powder so I think I’ll need to take a look at it when I’m out shopping next. People say it’s very similar to the MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural.

      • July 10, 2012 at 12:34 AM #

        Thank you! πŸ™‚
        And the powder looks really nice indeed, it’s absolutely worth to take a look at.

  2. Marina
    July 9, 2012 at 6:56 AM #

    I love love love your blog πŸ™‚
    You have done an excellent job on this post and the result on your makeup is wonderful, fresh and young.
    Ahalya I would love to see your opinion on the Becca Luminous Skin Colour. I know you’ve been using it but I don’t remember seeing your full review or completed view of it πŸ™‚

    Living in Greece, where it gets extremely hot during the summers, I tend to skip foundation altogether as I hate having makeup melt off my face, but in certain situations I cannot not use foundation, like in weddings for example. I have found that the Luminous Skin Colour lasts so well without being sticky or melting off with rivers of sweat (sorry for the visual!). How does it behave in Australian summer weather?

    • July 10, 2012 at 5:41 PM #

      Hi Marina!

      Thanks for your comment πŸ™‚ You reminded me that I haven’t actually reviewed or swatched the Beccca LSC yet. I’ve been busy taking pics yesterday and today so I’ll post up my review in the next day or two.

      Lol your visual is fine and I agree, it does last quite well even when your sweating! It holds up well in the Aussie summer but I always set it with powder so I can’t tell you how well it lasts on its own. I usually keep it for weekends and work as I tend to use something with more coverage when going to special events or for evenings out. Hope that answered your question!

      • Marina
        July 10, 2012 at 8:05 PM #

        Oh you did! And you got me all excited about the upcoming review πŸ™‚ Can’t wait! I always enjoy your reviews and your posts altogether.

        Honestly though, as much as I love a flawless face, I cannot cope with high coverage foundations, so I have loved this product so much, I got me a winted shade (Cashmere) and a summer shade (Olive), and I never ever have done that before πŸ™‚

  3. Jessica
    July 12, 2012 at 2:57 PM #

    Same for me summer in the states makes me wary of putting on foundation. I also use the orange yellow it’s like the secret weapon in my arsenal for under eye circles and marks and I follow it with nars powder absolutely perfect coverage for hot summer days.

    • August 26, 2012 at 2:50 AM #

      Hi Jessica- We’re just coming out of winter here so I’ve forgotten what it’s like to deal with the heat but heavy foundation never works well in summer! I cannot live without the orange/yellow and it surprises me that more people don’t love it! Thanks for your comment πŸ™‚

  4. Giselle
    August 2, 2012 at 9:20 PM #

    This looks amazing! If only my make up routine turned out like this, this looks very polished and professional, might have to check out the products you use πŸ™‚

    • August 26, 2012 at 2:45 AM #

      Thanks Giselle πŸ™‚ I recommend everything I used in my post since they’re all staple items.

  5. Vanessa
    August 21, 2012 at 10:02 AM #

    You are beautiful, even without make-up. You really do a good job with your make-up too!

    • August 26, 2012 at 2:44 AM #

      Thanks so much Vanessa πŸ™‚

  6. December 12, 2013 at 5:59 AM #

    Good day! Do you know if they make any plugins to protect against hackers?
    I’m kinda paranoid about losing everything I’ve worked hard on.
    Any tips?

    • December 16, 2013 at 1:04 PM #

      Hi,

      Sorry I can’t help you there! If your blog is hosted on wordpress, I would email them or google it.

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