Friday, 5 July 2013

The mid-day spruce up


You all know what i mean, It's the middle of the day, you've been out for hours already, and you end up making plans for the evening and need something quick to take you from a looking a little lived in, to ready for whatevers to come. Here are some products i like to keep with me if i know there's no possibility of going home to revamp.

My base always tends to stay on pretty well, and if i'm going to be out all day i wear a primer, but i always like to keep a concealer and powder on hand for quick touch ups. My concealer of choice lately is Bobbi brown creamy concealer as its great for spot concealing or under the eyes, and it blends out seamlessly. If my base is starting to fade or i'm looking a little greasy then powdering is a must, for this i reach for MAC mineralize skinfinish natural. This isn't a powder i use in the mornings to set my makeup as i find it too matte for that, but its great for subtly topping up my base and also removing any unwanted shine which has appeared throughout the day. After powdering, if i find i'm looking a little too matte, then a spritz of the caudalíe beauty elixir adds a bit of glow back. Another product which is a must for a brow lover like myself is MAC brow set. This products gives your brows a hint of colour which is great for if my brows have faded during the day, and also makes sure they aren't all over the place.

Throughout the day i tend to find that my blusher is what tends to fade first. Although not always the case, i like to keep it on me anyway. Pictured is stila convertible colour in gladiola which is a gorgeous bright orange shade that transfers onto the skin as a wash of orange glow, the perfect summer blush.

I always like to have at least two lip choices on hand at all times, one a subtle nude, and something more vibrant and suited to the evening. If i'm sporting a nude lip in the day, then the clarins instant light natural lip perfector in 06 gets brought along for a top up of colour along with moisturisation and shine. All of my nude lipsticks are matte, so this just stops my lips from drying out during the day. The second lipstick varies, if i'm wearing a bold lip during the day then that shade will be brought with me, but if not, i'll throw in a shade which suits the rest of my face makeup. A lipstick which is a new addition to the collection but i already love is MAC morange lipstick, although a bright orange, i find it to be perfect for day or night, and it goes will almost any makeup i choose to wear on the rest of my face.

If i'm going to be carrying on into the evening, eyeliner is something i like to throw on. I'm not a big eyeliner wearer in the day, but there's something about a bold lip and cat eye which screams chic to me. My all time favourite liquid eyeliner is collection extreme 24 hour felt tip liner. The felt tip nib means its so easy to apply and is perfect for touch ups, and the colour is pure black in one swipe.

Finally are a few products which just add something extra to turn my look from casual to a little more put together. During the day i seem to forget about rings, but throwing them on for the evening makes me feel a little more ready. chunky gold rings are my favourite. A spritz of perfume to freshen up and a spray of the oribe dry texturizing spray to add a bit of life into my locks and i'm good to go.

What products do you keep on you for touch ups? 

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