Saturday, 8 October 2011

IFB Project 16: Morning Make-up Routine

Mid-morning in Paddington, Sydney

In the mornings, I long for a bit of sunshine to wake me up and a shot of espresso which jolts my dress sense into consciousness. Unfortunately, this doesn't always happen in English winter, so I can only dream and remember summer in Sydney while I wake up bleary-eyed in the darkness. On days like these, it's going to take me enough effort to even remember where my wardrobe is, let alone piece an outfit together, so my make-up needs to be really quick and simple.
Charity Wakefield in Sense & Sensibility

The look I often go for is a sort of English rose thing. Think Emma Watson, Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan et al. My main inspiration for this is the spirit of the Jane Austen heroine, perhaps just after she's walked several miles and is looking rosy in the cheeks. Unfortunately, I don't have any BBC make-up artists at my disposal, so I have to be creative while sticking with the basics.
Over the years, I have narrowed the basic morning routine down to just two products. The first is Liz Earle's Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser (right). It really works, and my skin feels softer and smoother afterwards. It's a great base for any more complicated make-up looks, but also works fine on its own for any normal day. I adore this as it is rare to come across something which actually does what it says it does!

Once the skin is ready, it's time for a little colour. This can be either on the cheeks or lips for a refreshing look, as though you've just walked in from the bracing wind. I like Body Shop lip & cheek stain because it does both areas and you can achieve various different shades depending on how much you use. It is also better for the average day than lipstick because it will stay on a lot longer without all the hassle of blotting and re-applying.

When this is done, which takes about 5 minutes maximum, you can add eyeliner or shadow (I have a great palette of natural browns and golds also from Body Shop, designed by the London College of Fashion) or perhaps a hint of mascara. In fact you can build on this however you like, but for me, this is perfect for everyday use because it won't come off easily and keeps you looking fresh on those mornings when you really don't feel it.


Belle Helene said...

Love Liz Earle! Not only is it a great product, it looks like a great product. I really feel like i've graduated from the facewashes (and go forbid, the dove bar of soap) of my youth. And i've been looking for a great lip and cheek stain for years! I purchased one from Topshop last year but found it too heavy, initially I didn't dare put on my cheeks for fear it wouldn't come off!

Thanks for this post. I look forward to following you and reading your future posts :)

Teapot x

Midnight Cowgirl said...

A Jane Austen heroine is the perfect beauty inspiration!

Pearl Maple said...

Great things you have going on in your blog space and glad to hear you had a fun time in Sydney