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I promised you last week that if I was feeling brave I would post up some pictures of me applying my make-up. By Friday I still wasn’t feeling brave but then I did my bare and nominate on Monday (which you can see here) and thought what the heck now everyone’s seen me looking awful now. So here we are, I didn’t manage to take photos of every step of the process since it was just me by myself with my tripod and shutter remote and some photos were just too flattering to share/quite often I disappeared out of shot to be an inch away from the mirror! To start with here is my finished make-up for the day, which I have labelled with some of the different steps I take.

STEP 1: I start by applying concealer where needed and depending on my weekly stress level this can be either a little or rather a lot. Next I apply my foundation with a brush all over, the shade of foundation I use is IVORY (nice and pale!) before moving onto my take on contouring.

STEP 2: Starting with a second concealer with a lighter pigment than my foundation I highlight above my cheekbones, below my brow-bones, down the centre of my nose and in the centre of my chin. Once this is blended in I apply Benefit’s High Beam illuminator in a C above my cheekbones and browbones, I used to apply this with a brush but after reading Emily Schuman’s advice on blush here I have switched to just dabbing it in with my finger tips.

STEP 3: Using my bronzer I create the contrasting shadows below my cheekbones, down the edges of my nose and under my chin. Here were some particularly bad photos where I seem to have forgotten why I was taking these pictures!

STEP 4: Next up eyebrows, which you know I take seriously. I apply the wax first with the hard angled brush before blending in the powder, I use the Light version of Benefit’s Browzing kit which I think provides enough definition for me. I like my brows to be defined but not to over-power my face! I then use the Medium/Dark Gimme Brow to add dimension to my brows which I am absolutely in love with I am having to limit myself to only using it on special days/when I go to work. I’ve since increased the number of shifts I have a week…

STEP 5: As you can see in the Before picture I generally start the day with little tired eyes which I coax out with a light and dark eyeliner on the bottom and top edges of my eye. Next I curl my eyelashes before applying my mascara, for this day I opted for Brown/Black over pure Black since I was just doing dissertation work all day. I think it works well as a daytime option when you want some definition to your eyes but still maintain a natural look. Apologies for the lack of photos here but I began to struggle to apply eye make-up and work the shutter remote at the same time whilst keeping in shot. I am one of those people who end up almost in the mirror when applying eye make-up!

STEP 6: Finally I scrub my lips, which is like a little snack since it is so tasty! Which is lucky as you can see in the photo I am not great at keeping it solely on my lips! Once I’ve cleaned off all the leftover scrub I apply a lip balm and that’s it I’m all set make-up wise for the day.


NOTE: Details of all the products I use can be found in my Beauty Basics posts (i) for face, (ii) for eyebrows, (iii) for eyes and (iv) for lips.


A new trend of nominations has been sweeping through social networks in recent months. It started with neck and nominate, then followed flex and nominate and now bare and nominate has arrived. Unlike previous nominations, bare and nominate is in aid of Cancer research. The nominees strip bare of their make-up, take a selfie, upload it to Facebook, Twitter etc, nominate some friends and donate £3 to Cancer research, by texting BEAT to 70099. I was nominated on Friday by my best friend Florrie. Unlike Florrie who looked gorgeous in her photo, I look like a mess; my skin is very unhappy with me currently. It started its tantrum when I used Simple make-up wipes, (they do not get on!) throw into the mix a fourth year dissertation due in two and a half weeks, along with 20 and half hours of part-time bar work and you get this state. Despite all this I wanted to do my bit, I have always meant to do something for Cancer research since my Gran was diagnosed. Fortunately she is still with us and with every donation made a little more is done to ensure others are as lucky. Bare and nominations have already helped raise over £2 million pounds for Cancer research, so despite all the mixed views on the trend, I think anything that makes people stop and donate has to be a good thing. Right now I am off to make my nominations and upload my #nomakeupselfie for the world to see.


Face, check. Eyebrows, check. Eyes, check. Before I leave all that is left to do is quickly tend to my lips. Due to the miserable weather we seem to constantly have in England (though this seems to have taken a break currently!) my lips can often dry out if I neglect them. In order to make sure they are lipstick ready if the mood strikes I gently exfoliate away any dead skin using Lush’s Popcorn Lip Scrub, which tastes just like a fresh batch of buttery popcorn when you lick any excess off your lips/face. Yum. Finally I swipe across Cherry Carmex which I then keep in my bag to ensure that my lips stay soft throughout the day. That’s it, all the products that I use to achieve my “day” make-up look. I find it funny how it takes me so many products to achieve a natural look. Next week I will share with you pictures of me at the different stages of applying them. Have a good weekend!


Once my face and eyebrows are done the next stage is to bring my eyes to life. Working part-time at pub results in late finishes, which often ensures that I wake up each morning looking like a shrew. In order to coax my eyes back to a normal size and state of alertness I start by using Rimmel’s Soft Kohl in white to line the bottom rim of my eyes. The white helps to brighten my eyes and make me look less like someone who is still tired from standing on her feet all night. To give the illusion of thicker lashes I then use Rimmel’s Soft Kohl in brown to line the top rim of my eyes (if I am off out I will switch the brown for a black waterproof number).

To open up my eyes fully I gently curl my top lashes before applying No. 7’s Exceptional Definition mascara. I opt for Brown/Black mascara for in the day as I find it gives a more natural look. I tend to apply more mascara at the corners to try to create a slight flick to widen them and only give my bottom lashes a very light coating. As with the liner if I am off out or have something special planned I will switch the brown for a black mascara, such as No. 7’s Extravagant Volume, and if I have plenty of time on my hands will add a slick of liquid eyeliner across my top lash-line. Now I am looking like the person that I am happy for the world to see, there is just one final thing before I leave the house…