14 July, 2014

Wake Up Makeup

What a clever title from Allure Magazine. And we all know the feeling: five minutes to spare and a thousand - okay, maybe not a thousand - products in front of you. What to do? Which to pick?

According to Allure, you need six items: a tinted moisturizer with sunscreen, concealer, cream blush (as I don't like cream blushes, I'll omit this one), eyeliner pencil, mascara, eyebrow pencil. Pretty compact, huh? So, what exact products do I pick?

Tinted moisturizer - I've mentioned this before, but it is just amazing: Garnier Miracle Skin Cream (£12.99) has SPF 20 and light coverage. Its texture makes it easy to apply with hands. Base: check!

Concealer - The blue under my eyes is as dark as the Black Sea, so I need serious damage control. My rescuer? The NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer (£22.00). This covers the worst under-eye circles and stays put all day. Hoorah!

Eyeliner pencil - I have found none better than the Rimmel Scandaleyes Kohl Kajals (£3.99); I own Bronze and Nude: the former for definition, the latter for canceling out redness in the waterline.

Mascara - This makes the biggest impact; it has the power to make you go from 'poopy' to 'awake' in seconds. Currently, I am loving the Bourjois 1 Seconde Volume Waterproof (£9.99) one.

Eyebrow pencil - Fill in your brows and your face looks suddenly very 'put together'. I prefer a hard texture and a spoolie on the end; the L'Oréal Color Riche Eyebrow Pencil has both. Great product.

What are your wake up makeup items?