Beauty

My Everyday Makeup Essentials


Hello, beautiful people!

Today, I’m sharing products that I use to do my everyday makeup look. Some of these are my absolute staples (cue the Tea Tree BB cream from The Body Shop which I also talk about here), while others are new discoveries that I’ve come to love! 

Here’s all the products I use on the regular – 

Base – Tea Tree BB Cream by The Body Shop (Shade 02, Medium)

This BB cream has been a staple in my makeup bag for years. I use it everyday, in every weather and it stays put. It’s so easy to work into my skin with just my hands and the coverage is just right for everyday use. A little bit of this stuff goes a long way! This cream does oxidise slightly on the skin (becomes orange-ish for a minute post application), but it always warms up to the skin and adapts perfectly to my skin tone. Plus, considering I have very sensitive, acne-prone skin, the tea tree does wonders to calm my skin down and allow me to stay oil free for a decent amount of time. 

Concealer – Instant Age Rewind by Maybelline (Shade 130, Medium)

I’m sure you’ve heard about this one if you know your makeup! This concealer is a drugstore cult classic! I got this over half a year ago and I haven’t looked back. It’s light, easy to blend, great coverage, and wonderful to work with either a beauty blender or with my fingers. I prefer using this with my Real Techniques Buffer Brush or with my fingers since it warms the product nicely and makes it blend so, so flawlessly. This is one concealer, I’ve noticed, that gives my under-eyes minimal creasing throughout the day, even without setting powder!  

Bronzer –  Bahama Mama by The Balm

Another classic! This bronzer comes in just one shade but it works oh so perfectly for my skin tone! My biggest problem with most bronzers I’ve tried is the visibility of prominent orange or pink undertones and how it highlights the redness of my face on a bad day. This bronzer, however, has minimal undertones and is a matte brown that is buildable and flattering. The consistency is super creamy and a little goes a long way as this blends in very well with a brush. I normally use this with my Real Techniques Angled Contour brush for a soft bronzed look!  

Tip – I often use this bronzer as eyeshadow because it gives a very natural yet put together look, especially in the summer!

Highlight – Megaglo Highlighting Powder by Wet n Wild (Shade E321B Precious Petals) or Way To Glow Liquid Illuminator by Profusion (better for winter time when my skin is dry & I avoid too much powder)

The Wet n Wild Megaglo Highlighting Powder is a hit and miss but this shade is beautiful! It works great on all skin tones and the pink, icy tones are perfect as a winter highlight while the slight rose gold tint reflects beautifully on a summer day. It’s super buttery to swatch and has little fallout. It also looks beautiful as an eyeshadow if you’re going for a low-key glam daytime look!

The Way To Go Liquid Illuminator is my winter time go-to highlighting solution given I avoid too much powder on my skin or it looks and feels super dry. It’s a very pink shade so I’m pretty careful with how much I put on, but a little blends very well (especially with the fingers) and works great with my matte foundation! 

Blush – Lip & Cheek Velvet Stick by The Body Shop (Shade 10)

I’ve been using this for SO long. I believe I’m on my 6th tube. But this velvet stick does wonders as a blush. It super easy and quick to put on and blend, stays on for a decent amount of time, and doesn’t feel dry. It’s super buildable and has a slight gold shimmer to it. Of late, I’ve been in a blush crazy phase and I’ve been using this stuff a lot more than I did, whether its on my cheeks, or on my nose, or even a little on my lids. It’s a beautiful shade that works great on a range of skin tones!  

Eyeliner – Exaggerate Eyeliner by Rimmel London (Shade 001, Black) 

Over the years, my constant eyeliner pick has been the Hypnotica Pearl Shine Long Lasting Eyeliner in Intense Black by Lotus Herbals (so, so cheap), but this eyeliner from Rimmel takes the cake. The Lotus eyeliner, while intense and long lasting, was streaky and thus, took multiple strokes to show fully opaque. This eyeliner from Rimmel solves that problem while being equally intense, long lasting and smudge-free. Plus, I love a good drugstore find and was so happy to find this and buy it spontaneously on a rather unfortunate, unforgettable night (details in another post, soon!) 

Lipstick – Soft Matte Lip Cream by NYX Cosmetics (Shade SML04, London)

This is definitely not the perfect matte liquid lipstick. It does make my lips dry and it tends to come off unevenly but I haven’t found a single nude shade more suitable to my skin tone. This lip cream smells incredible, has great pigment, and looks great paired with other lipsticks. The trick, that I’ve found, that seems to work on the dryness is coupling this with a semi-matte of satin lipstick underneath. It fixes the dryness to a large extent and allows me to enjoy the shade for a long time! 

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Now, here’s a little, teeny, tiny peek of how these look together on my face, taking me from early morning ugh-don’t-want-to-do-anything to mid-day wow-i’m-taking-over-this-day!

Until next time, 

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