In a time where heavy coverage seems to be God (each to their own, you do you), I’ve gone done a total 180, and have ditched a lot of the coverage that was, quite frankly, rather unnecessary. Long gone are my undergraduate days where it’d easily take me an hour to do my makeup. Here’s a little look into who and what has influenced this change, as well as a bit of an insight into my new approach to makeup and skincare.
When I scroll through my Instagram feed, it feels as though heavy coverage is about all I see. There are however, a few ‘famous’ faces on the site (and on YouTube, too) whose feeds I find myself constantly drawn to. I end up Googling them, YouTube-searching them, just to find out more about their approaches to makeup (does that make me sort of stalker-y? I hope not…). I could name so many people here, but the two that I constantly find myself going back to are British makeup artist Lisa Eldridge and French makeup artist Violette_fr. Both of these women take such a fresh and (perhaps unsurprisingly) French approach to their makeup, never caking their skin in products, and valuing their skincare routines big-time.
This stressed importance on skincare has really rubbed off on me over the past month or so, and I’ve really been paying attention to what my skin actually needs. As a general rule of thumb, my skin is oily but a little dehydrated, so needs products that will really work deep down in the layers of the skin. The acne that I’ve struggled so badly with for the past 18 months or so is *touch wood* under control. There are a few little exceptions that are so minuscule that they’re just not worth worrying about. Check out my latest post here to see some of the products I’ve been using recently.
I’ve also discovered a love for making my skin look like skin – only applying coverage where I need it, allowing freckles to show through, and letting my skin breathe. This hasn’t happened overnight, however – it’s been quite a slow and gradual process. I initially began by just using my Nars Tinted Moisturizer or Bourjois CC Cream (these do still make an appearance, but only on days/nights where I genuinely do need more coverage) under my eyes, over the tops of my cheeks, on my forehead and a little on my chin. Violette_fr vehemently swears by not putting any foundation on the nose, and as soon as I stopped putting the makeup there, my skin automatically started looking more natural.
I am now at the stage where I’m just using two concealers. Yup, you read that correctly – two: the Bourjois Radiance Reveal Concealer under my eyes, and the Becca Ultimate Coverage Concealer on any minor blemishes. They’ve been mentioned here on the blog a fair few times, most recently in this post. I’m also still using the Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch talked about here which helps me to blur my skin and keep my concealer in place. I set this all down with loose powder that doesn’t really provide any extra coverage, but keeps the concealers in place all day.
Since paring down the foundation, I’ve discovered something quite astounding. I naturally have cheekbones. Like, I barely need contour any more because they’re naturally there. I still use the teeniest little bit of my trusty Rimmel Sculpting Palette, but nowhere near as much as I used to.
Less is certainly more in terms of my new approach to makeup, and I couldn’t be happier. What kind of coverage do you guys go for? Could you ever see yourself toning it down? – I know I couldn’t have imagined it a few years ago, yet here I am! Let me know in the comments below. Be sure to click the follow button to stay up to date with all my ramblings. Love and good things to you all.