As if layering your skincare was not enough work, layering your makeup is also a must. A polished makeup look, even if it’s pared down, still requires you to plot out your items in order to maximise the impact and longevity of your look. Whether it’s a quick routine using concealer, powder, mascara and a lippy or the full shebang using highlighters, contour, foundation, primer and more, here are some items that I reach for when I want to look well put together.
Charlotte’s Magic Cream and Illamasqua Radiance Veil Illuminating Primer
Priming your face. Whether for or against, I advocate for using a primer before proceeding with your makeup. Especially on drier skin types that appear to ‘eat’ products, a primer will lock everything else you put on in place. I begin with Charlotte’s Magic Cream, a gorgeous, thick formula that sinks into the skin like silk and does not leave a greasy film. It illuminates the skin, and also helps to give a jump start to tired, sleep deprived skin. Thereafter, I follow the cream with my new favourite, Illamasqua Radiance Veil Illuminating Primer. This pot will last forever and should be applied a little at a time. This is also quite thick but because of the technology in the formulation which includes vitamin C, it applies beautifully, grips onto foundation and increases wear time.
Guerlain Parure Gold Foundation
This is where you want to increase what you spend. A well formulated foundation, suitable for your skin tone and skin type, will diffuse a multitude of sins. I pull my hair when people still talk about not liking foundation because of ‘the heavy feel’. Formulations today have become so hi-tech, that there is a foundation available for every preference. One can always cocktail foundation with moisturiser to sheer out the formula or alternatively, one may apply only where it’s really needed as opposed to the entire face and onto the neck for uniformity.
I have about four foundations in rotation but the one that stands out is Guerlain Parure Gold. Formulated with double sided pigments, this unfolds onto the skin with tremendous ease and is especially good if you have dry skin with little lines. Think of the pleasure you get from applying a well made frosting to a cake, this foundation mimics that.
Tom Ford Eye Primer Duo
Even if you don’t plan to wear eye shadow, eyelids should not be neglected especially if you are prone to oily lids or if your lids have lines that that need to be smoothed out. A good eye shadow primer will ensure that as the day wears on, your eyelids remain uniform, bright and oil production is stopped in its tracks. My old faithful, Tom Ford Eye Primer Duo, a cream and powder in two separate, stackable pots, reduces oils, brightens the eye lid and makes eye shadow pigments come through vividly and last longer. The primer powder is also nifty for brushing over the eyebrows prior to filling in, thus making this very spendy item worth the cost.
Charlotte Tilbury Brow Lift in Cara D
A little eyebrow fill does wonders for the face. You need not go overboard, but it is advisable to add to what you have, unless you naturally have very full brows. I have come to rely heavily on Charlotte Tilbury Brow Lift in Cara D, a three part pencil that includes the shading colour on one end, the spoolie on the other and in the middle, a highlighter for under the arch of the brow. The highlighter is not a high-beam number, instead it hits the right note in lifting the eye subtly and effectively and it lasts the day. Now that we’ve laid the foundation, tomorrow we plug in the Makeup Plot-Part 2, ushering in colour.
Charlotte Tilbury – Brow Lift – Cara D. • Charlotte Tilbury •
Charlotte Tilbury ‘Luxury Palette – The Dolce Vita’ Color-Coded Eyeshadow Palette – The Dolce Vita • Charlotte Tilbury •
Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte’s Magic Cream Treat & Transform Moisturizer • Charlotte Tilbury •