Snow is great......if you are a child, I am 26 and have a job. Enough said.
So if like me your journey to work is taking forever and you have minimal time to get yourself ready this kind of makeup look is perfect. It's quick but gives you that effortless, pretty look which I love. This is also my weekend makeup (basically its my lazy makeup!)
Step 1 - Moisturise! My skin is so dry at the moment its horrible, so this is essential. I'm currently using Yes To Carrots Nourishing Rich Moisture Day Cream. I love the Yes To brand and their philosophy of using natural ingredients in their products.
Step 2 - Foundation. Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua provides a light to medium coverage. It evens out your skin tone but allows your skin to still show through. If you have any blemishes you will need to use a concealer with this foundation.
Step 3 - Conceal and brighten. My favourite under eye concealer and featured in my top 12 of 2012, Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer. This concealer has the perfect balance of coverage and brightening, I cannot recommend it enough.
Step 4 - Powder. I am loving Maybelline at the moment and their Fit Me Pressed Powder is one of my newer discoveries. I like this a lot, it adds an extra bit of colour and coverage to the skin if you are using a lighter coverage foundation and I love the packaging.
Step 5 - Bronze. I love cream products, not only for their convenience but I just think they make your skin look much more natural and glowing. My favourite cream bronzer is Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel. Apply this with the Real Techniques contour brush along the cheekbones and on the temples.
Step 6 - Blush! Continuing the cream theme, cream blush is a must! ;) I love this colour by MAC. Its actually a Cream Colour Base in the colour "Pink Shock" Its a Pro only item, but if you ever take a visit to the MAC Pro Shop in London I highly recommend checking out all their different coloured cream colour bases. They make excellent blushes and the pigment is so strong you need the tiniest amount.
Step 7 - Brows. Fill those bad boys in, I'm currently trying to take a break from my MAC Lingering obsession as I'm getting through those babies at a ridiculous rate so I'm currently using an angled brush with Illamasqua's powder eyeshadow in "Boomerang" which is a really good colour match for me. I then like to brush them through with Illamasqua's Brow and Lash Gel. This stuff is amazing, it will keep even the unruliest of brows in place all day. Oh and it is clear, mine just has a lovely brown tint now!
Step 8 - Mascara. My Maybelline obsession continues and this is The One by One Volume Express Mascara. Pros - you can build up a good amount of volume in just one coat. Cons - the brush is a bit too fat for my liking, resulting in me always getting mascara on my eyelids! I would also really recommend Maybelline Illegal Length Mascara. I'm also using this at the moment and I love it.
Step 9 - Highlight. Cream highlight beats powder highlight every time! Highlight the top of the cheek bone, down the bridge of the nose, brow bone and my personal favourite, inner corner of the eye! The cream highlighter I used is actually by Tess Daly for Marks and Spencer. I don't think you can get this anymore but a better alternative is MAC's Cream Colour Base in Pearl which I have just used up.
Step 10 - Lips. Tinted lip balm is my best friend, if I was only allowed two items of make up they would have to be mascara and tinted lip balm. The one I'm wearing is a Sleek Pout Polish in Monte Carlo. Another product I would highly recommend and affordable too. In fact I feel like I should congratulate myself as I have been using and loving a lot of drugstore make up lately.
Although this particular colour of Sleek Pout Polish is discontinued, they still have some beautiful colours in their permanent range. I like this one because it leaves a stain on my lips after its worn off, I know some people may hate that but personally I love it. The only thing I don't like about this is the smell, a bit plasticy if you ask me!
And look at the little snowflake! Ahhhh
For nails I have particularly enjoyed this winter wonderland combination of Models Own Utopia (Gorgeous colour!) and Barry M's Hologram Hexograms which is my all time favourite glitter (this is my second bottle).
So there you have it, my lazy, snow day make up. If you have any recommendations I would love to hear them, particularly your favourite drugstore products!
I will now leave you with a few obligatory snow pictures.
And this is the harsh reality of snow!