As many of you know, I had a beautiful baby girl last week. Having spent the past week staring adoringly into her eyes I have missed blogging. So I have taken a break from said staring to blog with the same love. More time for baby staring later!
So back to business :) Here in Ireland and in the UK we are festival mad, spending plenty of time and money on our wardrobe but what about the oul face? I have included my column from todays Metro Herald below but I have taken the liberty to expand theidea here since I am not limited by a word count. As you can imagine I have plenty to add :) I have included links to products I may have reviewed or swatched if you would like more info.
“You have everything you need to achieve festival chic but what will you pack in your make-up bag? Most likely you will have over-packed it. Realistically you only need a few well-chosen items.
The products you choose will of course have be easy to apply from the comfort of a tent. Lets be honest, you are more than likely going to be cleaning up last nights makeup – unless you remembered to attack yourself with a baby wipe. If you find yourself faced with last nights mascara on your chin there are a few things you can do to make yourself semi-respectable. After all a bit of smudge combined with a case of bed-head can be sexy as hell.
Start by using a baby wipe to remove all your makeup with the exception of your eyes. Use your little finger to smudge leftover liner and shadow. The trick is to make it look deliberate rather than accidental.
Next apply a decent moisturiser with SPF which will perk up your complexion, and apply some sheer foundation. Alternatively kill two birds with one stone and apply a BB Cream. Fuschia has just launched a great one (€30). Pat some concealer around the nostrils, chin, on spots and any areas of redness.
Liquid blush is the way forward when it comes to cramped spaces and a lack of mirrors. Choose a light, fresh shade so you don’t have to worry about over-load. My favourite is Maybelline Dream Satin Blush in Peach. Set with a powder, this isn’t a step you’ll want to pass on at a festival. For night-time add some liner to the waterline.
Lips are the easy part. Avoid strong lip liners and lipsticks like the plague. It may look great for an hour but it’s too high maintenance when you’re having fun. Opt for a tinted balm for a natural look. The Body Shop Honey Bronze Balm LINK (€5.49) is perfect. If you must go for a bright pout opt for a lip stain like NYC’s Smooch Proof 16H Lip Stains LINK (€3.99)
The Body Shop Honey Bronze Balm
There are a few products I would like to add to this list:
I had a perfect festival lipper in mind – Prim and Proper from Fuschia (€13.50). This is natural but actually has a colour so you look polished. It’s one of those ‘my lip colour but better’ shades. Add their lip liner in Love Story for groomed perfection or dab the lipstick on with your ring finger for a stained, natural look that won’t need to be retouched. As it fades away throughout the day it won’t look unsightly.
Mascara wise, I would go for something waterproof if my eyes weren’t so sensitive. My favourite brand for mascara is L’Oreal – 2000 Calorie and Voluminous are top notch, the latter almost as fabulous as Make Up For Ever Smokey Lash.
I am also packing my Fuschia eyeshadow palette from their Dawn and Juliet collection. (swatches and review to follow) There are two shades that work great on my eyes, the gold and plum. They’re easy to work with, pigmented and last very well. Best of all the are easy enough to blend without much fuss. Exactly what I need.
If you are a regular reader of my blog then you probably know how much I love highlighters. I would never pack any makeup bag without one so I have added my Mary-Lou Manizer by The Balm (review to follow). I would be interested to hear what your favourite highlighter is, I always need more :)
Lastly I have added a bronzer. It is Summer after all although you woulnt know it from my pasty complexion. As I have mentioned before I adore pale, clear skin but sadly I am not blessed with such colouring. I’m built for some colour so instead of looking pale and interesting I look pasty and anaemic. Again, I have resorted to another Fuschia product – Tan Lines (€30). It gives gorgeous warmth and really lifts and sculpts my face. I use my Sigma angled brush to apply.
Ok so this last one is not makeup related but has been squished in my makeup bag regardless. Umberto Giannini Backcomb in a Bottle – where have you been all my life? Hair product of the month for sure. I bought the mini travel version for €2.50-ish in Boots to try. I’ll definitely purchase the large size but the mini is perfect for my handbag.
Well that’s is! I have no more room in my back-pack, which is probably a good thing or I would drag the kitchen sink with me. If you hadn’t noticed I’m all about the Fuschia products this month. I’m new to the brand and have been loving their products. They also opened a new store near where I live, which is dangerous. I’m moving in on Monday! Their products are also available from the website but unless you know what you want it’s better to see them in the flesh, or in the store rather. I would love if their website had larger images and more product info with application tips. Although that might also be dangerous for my wallet.
I hope you are all keeping well. I’m off to put together tomorrows blog post. It’s nice to be back in action after baby’s delivery – more on this later ;)