"I don't understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself up a little, if only out of politeness. And then, you never know, maybe that's the day she has a date with destiny. And it's best to be as pretty as possible for destiny."
- COCO CHANEL
I couldn't have said it better myself. This is definitely a saying I live by. I cannot bear the thought of walking down the street in a tracksuit and no make-up. I just can't and never would. Something my grandmother always said to me was "always wear pretty underwear in case you get hit by a car". It is a metaphor...you never know who you might meet or who could see you so always look your best. This refers back to both make-up and fashion which combine beautifully. I am not saying you should smother your face, because you don't need to, even if its just a bit of lipgloss or a layer of mascara or eyeshadow.
Where am I going with this you are probably asking...?
I thought I would guide you on a few key beauty products for your make-up bag this spring. Every 2/3 months I tend to juggle up my make up bag contents in order to accentuate new fashion collections each season. This season I have opted for pearly pink and gold eyeshadows paired with sky blue and white eyeliners. These are summery colours which come off as fairly neutral, making these colours a perfect match for this spring's block brights and array of denims. Whilst you don't want to look like a parrot, colours can work if substituted by a neutral colour or smokey shadow.
As many of you may have already gathered, I am a huge MAC fan and love their products. So when I popped into MAC last week, I went intending to buy their Studio Fix foundation...because mine was running low, however, as any make-up fanatic will admit, once surrounded by everything wonderful you end up buying more so as usual I ended up spending more than I had bargained for on an array of new products. I'm not complaining.
When it comes to make-up I enjoy mixing up colours and my make-up bag is full of colour. With such a large palette of colours in my collection it is exciting to mix new colours together to experiment new looks, whether it be for the daytime or night. This time I opted for a pearlescent, 'mineralize' blush with a variety of gold and pink eyeshadows with the exception of a matte, taupe shadow which is for shadowing and blending in the outer corners of the eye. I invested in Rimmel's 'exaggerate' liner in sky blue for underlining the eyes as well as my 'budget buy' for this week - MUA's intense colour eyeliner in snow white (£1).
|DAINTY blush - MAC|
As you may have seen in my previous make-up blog (see here), I was previously using Mac's 'Dollymix' blush for my cheeks, however as summer hopefully dawns, I felt the need to lighten the shadowing of my cheeks in preparation for less dense make-up and a tan. What I love about 'Dainty' is that it is part of the mineralize collection which blends into my face without looking 'muddy', and this colour in particular suits my rosy complexion. This blush contains pearlescent granules which draw light to the cheekbones.
|From front to back: MAC eyeshadow blender brush 217, Rimmel 'Exaggerate' eyeliner in sky blue, MUA intense colour eyeliner in snow white and MAC small slanted blush brush.|
|STROBE LIQUID LOTION - MAC|
|STROBE LIQUID LOTION - MAC|
The beauty market contains a wide variety of illumination preps and primers spread over pretty much every brand, however my current illuminator is MAC's Strobe Liquid. I have used this for about over a year, however I am starting to go off it as I think I prefer the cream that MAC do as opposed to the lotion. The cream is thicker and the pearlescent qualities push through your foundation far more prominently than that of the strobe liquid. This also depends on whether you wear a BB cream, tinted moisturise or thick foundation. If you wear a low coverage base, then I would recommend the liquid.
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