Did you know that August 25th is Kiss & Make Up Day?!
I thought I would put my own spin on the Kiss & Make Up concept. Make-up posts aren’t really my thing as I am pretty set in my ways and tend to stick to the items I like. However, for today I thought I could share with you the items I use every day and those that are in my make-up bag for special occasions.
We may as well start with the preparation.
Preparation: This photo looks a little like an ad for Lancome. The reason for that is that I have been using Lancome for about 20 years and I like that they have a variety of products for the different “ages” of your skin. So as I have aged, I have been able to modify the products that work. Not in this pic is a Lancome cleanser that I use to wash my face (I need to get to the shops today to buy more as I ran out this morning). So the foaming cleanser in the shower. Followed by the toner (big blue bottle), then the Renergie eye serum (purple), the Genifique Youth Activator (no mean comments please…I am about to turn 49 after all!), and I finish the prep with the Visionnaire skin corrector.
In my 20s I would not have believed that I would be using all these products on my face. It’s a bit of a ritual and my skin does look better than expected. Most of my colleagues think I am about 5-10 years younger than I actually am!
The Make-Up Essentials: These 8 items are my current make-up essentials. Sometimes the colours of the eyeshadow changes depending on what I am wearing and my mood but these are the go to items for most days. The foundation is Lancome Teint Renergie in o-01 (I have pale skin and this shade evens out the freckles and other imperfections). The silver rectangle is a soft brown brow shaper, it helps to provide definition to my brows and provides a great frame for my eyes.
Then it’s on with the Neutrogena blush. I always use at least two colours on my eyes, a pale shade for the lid and a dark shade that I use to line my lower lashes and the top outer half of my lashes finishing by filling in the outside third to half of my upper lid and sweeping inward along the crease. Next I am currently using a liquid liner from Sephora to line my upper lash only. The eyes are completed once the Lancome Doll Eyes mascara is applied in So Black. Usually just one coat is enough for my everyday look.
The Lipstick: I rarely wear actual lipstick as it is very hard to find colours that don’t become too pink or too coral on me. So mostly I wear tinted gloss. For years it was only Juicy Tubes by Lancome but now other companies are starting to make great colours that last and don’t leave your lips feeling waxing. Lately I have also become fond of Napoleon Perdis “Barely Beige”, and Model Co.’s “Strip Tease” and Lip Duo in “True Red”.
Added Sparkle: For those times when I need, or want, a little WOW in my look I will trade out some of my standards for these items. The top two are glitter eye liner by Sephora. My sister introduced me to these when I was visiting the US. She wear the silver almost every day and it looks fantastic! The second row is a number of sparkle eye shadow colours, a peacock-blue, silver and a peach. All are great for night-time looks but sometimes I use the silver or the peach to provide a little shine even during the day.
The bottom row is one of the few lipsticks that I can wear that doesn’t turn a shocking colour after ten minutes. It’s by Estee Lauder and is called “Divine Wine”. I bought about 5 of these nearly 10 years ago and am on my last one…I hope they haven’t discontinued the colour!
There is also a bronzer to make sure I have a little colour in my face…especially important as we have had such a grey winter this year. Last is a bright blue eyeliner pencil used when I want my eyes to look more blue than green and if I want to make sure the white in my eye is particularly bright.
Those are the items I currently have in the make-up bag. Most of them are items I have been using for a very long time and will likely continue using.
That’s it for Kiss and Make Up Day.
Remember, “Don’t go to bed mad at each other, stay up all night fighting it out”!
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