Lately, I’ve been having a bit of a change of heart with how I cover makeup here on the blog. Reviewing each new launch is fun up to an extent, but this is not all that I’d like to do here on this platform. While I shall continue to do reviews of new makeup items that hit the market, at least the ones that make sense, and continue to do very deep dives into skincare, I’d also like to help you and myself re-invigorate a love for what we already have in our personal collections. I can tell you honestly that I’ve had quite a few makeup items that I didn’t instantly love, but when I would re-visit the item in six months or even a year, maybe during a clean-out, suddenly the product would shine through and then the love for it would come. And so in carrying on that theme for what is essentially shopping one’s existing stash, in this post I share the items that I reach for the most. Sure, so very many of the new launches are exciting and I have new things to share with you in upcoming posts, but everyone has favourites that they use on a daily basis. As a quick aside, I started taking the photographs for this post long before the sun rose. I played around with flash, adjusted the settings and then once the sun began to rise, that’s when the photos came together. Lesson learned, let the sun do the lighting job. So here they are, my most used makeup in no particular order.
Chanel Candeur et Experience
I’ve written about this compact a couple of times before, the four months I had to wait to receive it and the joy that it is to use. Even now, without hesitation, I can say it contains four of the best eyeshadow shades that I have. The texture, blendability, lasting power and versatility make it perfect for travel, for big nights out or as everyday shades. It is part of one of the first makeup collections Lucia Pica did for Chanel after her appointment in 2015 as their Global Creative Makeup and Colour Director. The palette is bold, plays on a red theme yet contains only one burnt reddish shade that looks beautiful on the eyelid without being scary. The other three shades are variations of brown that all layer and blend together for a perfect is she or isn’t she wearing makeup look.This palette is gimmick-free and does what it is meant to without any overuse of shimmer or grit. I’d say the next time you’re in store, have a bit of a play with it and see for yourself.
Mascara, Eyeliner Brow Pencil and Concealer
Maybe you agree with me but sometimes a full line is not required but a little flick at the side of each eye is like turning the lights on. If you do nothing else, giving a little attention to the eyes whether in the form of mascara or a quick fill of the brows or tapping in some concealer with a clean finger can make worlds of difference to the entire face. The four workhorses in the photograph bring the definition that’s needed and most importantly, the lasting power is exceptional. I’ve also written about these before in greater detail and you can see a couple of those posts here for the brow pencil or here for the concealer.
From top to bottom the items are as follows: Chanel Le Volume de Chanel Mascara in Noir, Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen in Deeper, Chanel Waterproof Defining Longwear Eyebrow Pencil in Brun Profond and Gucci Luminous Perfecting Concealer in 050.
Now Onto Lipstick
Despite there being a finite number of colours on the colour spectrum, there’s always something new. While I salute those who can pull of the opaque blue, green and black lipstick, I know for certain that I never could. Call me boring or predictable, but here are my most used lipsticks from left to right. The last one is actually a lip glow from Dior that makes dry and cracked lips come alive instantly. If you still have never tried this, put it on your list.
From left to right, please meet Tom Ford Lips and Boys in Collin, Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick in Amazing Grace, Chanel’s Pirate and Dior Dior Addict Lip Glow Color Reviver in Berry.
I am happy to whack on foundation very quickly with my fingers for errands and to make it fast and easy, I apply it with my moisturiser so it offers a sheer, luminous finish. Makeup need not be complicated or take a long time, although it is nice when there’s time if getting ready to go out, to put music on and carve out an hour or so to lift the spirit and paint away. Givenchy Teint Couture Long-Wearing Foundation in Elegant Amber is included on my list of topshelf beauty finds for last year here, if you fancy a read.
It’s likely I took my love of powder from my dear mother, who as I mentioned a while back can finish an entire compact in three months flat. I enjoy having different kinds floating around, whether pressed, loose or liquid. However, the one that hits the mark every single time whether I’m doing a quick makeup or more formal one is this one from La Mer. It’s simply called La Mer the powder, which they’ve since reformulated, re-packaged and hiked the price up, for less product in the new jar. How rude. But that’s business I suppose, otherwise I’ll be sticking with this one until I finish every last particle. This is a translucent powder that does beautiful things for the under-eyes especially and the bridge of the nose. While it’s not travel-friendly because of the size, you can always tap some into a small container with a twist-top for your luggage.
You know where to find me on the socials, I’m @backstorybeauty so let me know some of your favourites or what you may be thinking of adding to your collection.