Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Long Journey Make-Up

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Whilst I'm happy enough to leave the house without make-up on, there's something about going travelling and heading into the airport that makes me feel the need to be a little bit glamorous and grown-up. A good pair of ankle boots, a cup of tea and a nice lipstick are staples when it comes to travelling - even on long journeys. I'm a bit obsessed, I suppose, with the lives of many of my favourite YouTubers and the way that they always look so put together whilst going to the airport to jet off to some swanky hotel in the middle of the Mediterranean, even if it's 3 o'clock in the morning. 

For this reason, I love to wear a full-coverage look that doesn't require a whole heap of maintenance work throughout the journey. Today I thought I'd share with you the make-up I gravitate towards most when spending the day curled up on a plane seat.

To ensure a long-lasting base, a good primer is essential. It's something I evidently forgot to photograph here, but I only own two primers at the moment and I often switch between which one I like the most by going through phases of using just the one for several weeks. As I'm writing this - about a week in advance -, I'm still trying to use up my Barry M Original Flawless Primer, which is definitely one of the best that I've tried. Unlike my other favourite, the Nivea For Men Post-Shave Balm, this one doesn't dry down to be tacky or have any sort of strange texture. It's also not a silicone primer - I know loads of people hate those - so there's no issue of this one balling up between your fingers. The Barry M primer offers a nice, even base for your make-up and provides a pleasant-feeling barrier between your skin and foundation. It's a tad mattifying - without being drying, for those of you with drier skin - and sinks in quickly without any real effort. 

For foundation, I'm still opting for the combination I've been favouring for most, if not all, of 2017. I still can't get my hands on the shade of 17 Stay Time Foundation that I think I am, so I'm continuing to use it mixed in with my Revlon Colourstay and I'm enjoying the results more than ever. They create a near-perfect colour match for me together, and they are both super long lasting and give me a truly flawless, full-coverage base to work with. It's the perfect canvas for whatever make-up I want to apply afterwards.

My brows are nothing new either, and I'm continuing to use up my Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Medium Brown. I honestly love this stuff so much, and it's transformed my brows for the better. I just wish I'd started using it properly a lot sooner! I love how carved my brows look now and they really frame my face, and any eye make-up, much better than they ever used to. I feel a lot more glamorous now I've worked out how to really do my brows, and I never thought I'd hit pan on this product but I'm nearly finished it! I'm psyched to test the Freedom brow pomade to see if it's just as good. I hope it is!

As I don't tend to wear much in the way of eye make-up, and I often opt out of contouring for long-flights just out of sheer laziness, I tend to go in really liberally with highlighter. One of my favourite highlights of all time has to be the Light Me Up! liquid highlight by Barry M. It's the most stunning rose-gold sheen and I can't get enough of what a beautiful product it is. A little goes a long way, so I recommend not using the pump that comes with it as it gives out far too much product and you end up wasting more than you use. It comes with a price tag of just £4.99 which is a total steal, especially given how little you need to use so it'll last you forever. 

For my eyes, I keep things pretty simple by adding an inner corner highlight and mascara. My weapon of choice for highlight is more often than not the Natural Collection Solo Eyeshadow in Butterscotch. It's soft, smooth and pigmented, and gives a nice, subtle pearly glow to the inner corners, so it's the perfect option for a minimal or 'no makeup' makeup look. It's one of my favourite eyeshadows and such an easy one to use as it comes as a pressed powder - my other favourite highlight is a loose one, so it's a bit more effort! For mascara, I use Technic's Lashitude Mascara, still one of my faves, on the top lashes. It gives length, definition and separation, and then I use Clinique's Bottom Lash Mascara for my lower lashes to keep things looking natural and non-spidery. It also means I don't have to worry about smudging or flaking under my eyes, even if I nap on the flight.

Last, but not least, I finish off with a low-maintenance lip colour. As I'm somebody who often conceals their lips as they apply foundation and/or concealer, I find I can't get away without popping a lipstick on afterwards. As you probably know by now, liquid lipsticks that dry down to a matte finish are my preferred lip option, and Jeffree Star is one of my go-to brands with, regardless of what you think of him himself, one of the best formulas on the market. My go-to option of his nudes is Celebrity Skin, the cult classic that's a big hit for a very good reason. I got this shade at Christmas time and it's quickly become a staple nude shade for me. It's a long-lasting, low-maintenance lip that's the most perfect, flattering tone on my complexion (you can see it on me here). For a budget option, NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Rome is another of my favourite nudes - it's a real 'my lips but better' shade and the formula is quick and easy to apply and feels comfortable. It doesn't last as long as Celebrity Skin, but I forgive it because the shades is gorgeous and requires no effort to reapply.

It's also worth noting that no make-up look is complete nowadays without a good spritz of setting spray - I'm still using the Make-Up Revolution Pro Fix Fixing Spray

What is your go-to make-up look for a long journey?


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