I know I’m a makeup artist and all, but I’ve never been a huge makeup wearer. I think I went through a phase for about six months when I was 21/22 where I wore loads of green eyeshadow on a daily basis, but I was travelling. I did a lot of stuff that was out of character. Before and since, I’ve always tried to look put together, but without being caked in a ton of makeup. I’m all about looking like the best version of myself.
When it comes to foundations, I love them to be as light as possible. As you get older, like I am, you do need extra coverage but you need a smart formulation that isn’t going to look cakey or settle into open pores or lines and wrinkles. For this, I’m obsessed with Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup. This formulation is being copied by loads of brands but the genius of it is completely down to the awesome Linda Cantello. Linda is the makeup artist responsible for all the products at Armani beauty and is such a visionary. This is a watery texture foundation that evaporates off the skin on contact leaving it looking completely bare yet amazingly perfect. One layer is great for a nothing effect, two gives a soft focus finish and softens out my freckles. My bottle is nearly empty. I’m going to have to repurchase. I don’t think I can go back to a traditional formulation. The great thing is that this will last you an age as you only need a few drops each application. I find the best way to put it on is with my fingers. A few drops goes into the palm of my hand and then I use wide, sweeping motions from my nose outwards towards the hairline. It takes about 30 seconds for a flawless finish.
Concealerwise, I don’t actually need much after a layer or two of the Maestro. However, I have the darkest circles under my eyes known to mankind. For this reason, I love the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer. I fell in love with the Fit Me range when I was working for Liz Martins on London Fashion Weekend for a couple of seasons. It’s great! The best part is that it’s free from oils, waxes and icky fillers in general. It’s a light, creamy texture that blends well, stays all day and doesn’t settle into the creases under the eye. You can use it on any discolouration or blemishes as well.
For the quickest brow groom in the west, I turn back to Maybelline. I flick the rounded tip of the Brow Drama wand through my brows and I’m good to go. The gel is brilliantly strong so my wild brows won’t get too bushy and the tint means that the sparse areas are instantly filled in without having to pull out a pencil. Whoop!
From there I move onto liner. This isn’t an every day thing. It’s only for if I have an extra five minutes in the mornings. I like my flick to be relatively small, elongating and from the outer edge only. I have relatively small eyes in comparison to my enormous cheeks so I don’t want to make them look even smaller by going all the way across the eye. Lately I’ve been using the L'Oreal Perfect Slim Super Liner felt tip pen. The nib on this is just the teensiest bit too long for my liking. However, it’s very fine, very black and relatively long wearing. Those are all things I love.
Once that’s done and drying, I take to my cheekbones with an angled cheek brush and the two darkest shades of my Maybelline Dream Sun Triple Bronzing Powder. It’s just right for giving my poofy cheeks a little contouring. When I say contouring, I’m not talking about crazy stripes in the middle of my face. It’s just a gentle shadow. I then take the highlighter colour that has a lovely sheen (as opposed to a chunky glitter) and run across my cheekbones with it. I also shape my nose a teensy bit as well. Then I go into the middle colour with a blending brush and give my eyelids a wash and use the darker colour through the crease and underneath. After a couple of coats of Benefit They're Real mascara, that’s eyes and cheeks done in under three minutes. Told you I wasn’t one for spending very long on my own face.
Just as I’m about to run out the door, I’ll spend about 90 seconds painting on my lips. This is clearly the big hit when it comes to my daily makeup. I get asked every single day I’m out what it is. People take pictures of the tube, have me write it down on takeaway napkins and all sorts. It’s the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso. I wear it every single day. I am now to the point where I can’t imagine not wearing it or wearing any other colour. It’s the perfect colour and texture plus, it requires minimal maintenance during the day. I’m on my third tube.
OK, this was my birthday so my eye makeup was a bit different to usual, but you get the general idea…