Now I’m no makeup expert but I do have a few must have products that I absolutely adore and would highly recommend.
Being as white as a sheet, I’ve always found buying makeup that doesn’t have an orange tone to it to be difficult to find. I was recommended by a friend to check out Mac Cosmetics for a foundation. Before I visited Mac, I thought expensive makeup was a rip off and couldn’t bare to part with £22 for a foundation after spending a maximum of £6 on a Rimmel foundation for years. However, after getting my makeup done in store by a Mac artist, I fell in love with the brand and this is where my Mac obsession started.
About two years ago, I started using Mac’s Studio Fix Fluid foundation NW10 and haven’t changed foundation since. This is my must have product. After about a week of using the foundation, I found that my skin cleared up and I’ve had near enough perfect skin ever since. Although it is £22, it lasts me around 4-6 months so I don’t think the price is too bad for the positive effect it has on my skin. It may not be for everyone as the foundation is quite heavy and provides a full, thick coverage which is not always everyone’s cup of tea, but I’d definitely recommend popping into your nearest Mac store and talking to one of the artists to find a foundation that works for you. My advice for anyone suffering with bad skin is to invest in a more expensive foundation- it made such a difference to my skin.
I was always very skeptical about primer until I used the Mac Strobe Cream in shade Silverlite. I thought primer was a bit of a con and a waste of money but after using the Strobe Cream, I noticed that my skin felt a lot more hydrated and genuinely looked brightened. It’s the perfect base for a foundation or you can use on top of your foundation to highlight. Sometimes I use it in the morning to quickly freshen up my skin or I mix it with my foundation if I’m wanting a lighter coverage but mostly I use it as a primer around my T-Zone as I’ve found it makes the foundation look smoother as if it is airbrushed. You don’t need a lot of this product either so a tube last a long time.
Only recently I’ve managed to get my hands on Charlotte Tilbury’s Film Star Bronze & Glow and I am absolutely obsessed. Now I’m not going to lie, it is very expensive at £49 but it brings me a lot of happiness, a girl can treat herself right? The packaging is out of this world but more importantly the product is fantastic and it smells really good too. Is it weird that I smell all of my makeup products before using them? Anyway, there are two shades to choose from, ‘Light to Medium’ and ‘Medium to Dark’, I have the ‘Light to Medium’. I’m personally not a fan of the Kim Kardashian contoured-to-the-high-heavens look, hence why I absolutely love this product. Due to the fact that it is a powder and not a cream, you can slowly build upon your contour and blend to create a natural look. The highlighter is completely out of this world. It gives your skin a natural glow, instead of a glittery shimmer that some highlighters have. I absolutely love this product mainly because it looks so natural on the skin. Go out and buy this!
So I’ve tried and tested all of the Urban Decay Naked palettes and I can safely say that the first Naked palette is my all time favourite. It has the perfect amount of every day shades and darker shades for a night out. If you’re pasty and white like me, I’d recommend using this palette and there isn’t a shade that doesn’t suit my skin tone. I found that the Urban Decay Smoky was the worst palette for me as I couldn’t use three quarters of the shades every day without looking like Effy off Skins. The only perk of the Urban Decay Smoky palette was the brush that came with it- the perfect blending brush.
I hope others do try out these products as they are my favourite (even though some do hurt your bank balance). I’ve not yet found the perfect eye brow pencil so if anyone has any recommendations, please get in touch!