I’ve mentioned before that I have a pretty complicated relationship with makeup, haven’t I? Some days all I need is some basic clear lip balm to make sure my lips don’t chap (ouch!) and that’s it. Other days, I crave a full “face beat” and go all out. Most days, I probably make sure my eyebrows are presentable and I’ve got some eyeliner on because I am more or less addicted to it and also, to ward off the evil eye! Haha. Lately, however, I’ve developed an everyday look . . . something minimal but not bare, present but not prominent. And one that is flexible enough to match my mood or desire. A defined brow, lined eyes and a nude/subtle lip. Effortless and elegant. When I need to spice it up a little, some shimmer on the eyes and lips does the trick. Details below.
why am I always pouting? haha
Most days, the only thing I apply on my face is moisturiser. I’m currently on Nivea Shine control Moisturisng Day Cream – which is supposed to work for my combination skin type. So far so good and I love how light it is and how yummy it smells. Plus it has an SPF of 15 so, yay! Plus I do have an affinity for Nivea products. No need to pile on sunscreen. I’ve been using this for about a month and so far, so good.
I very rarely have any foundation on because my skin is quite sensitive and will break out like that! *snaps fingers* So I opt to stay away from it unless I am in one of my more glamorous moods that requires a fully made up face, I find myself in the presence of a makeup artist willing to play with my face, and when I’m on TV for KTN Kenya’s Morning Express show. I found this perfect shade of Black Opal oil absorbing pressed powder and it looks good and I am sure I will whip it out once a while.
Not to sound repetitive, but I cannot do without eyeliner! I do have my off days when I don’t use any. AT ALL! *gasp* and end up looking sleepy or sickly or quite puffy eyed. On the daily though, I wear my liner any which way (again, depends on my mood) so anything from full rim to smokey eye to classic winged goes. I also switch up what kind of liner I use and at the moment that’s between my trusted Kohl/Kajal stick, Sleek’s twist up eye pencil in Midnight (No. 133), Luron’s Deep Black liquid eyeliner and a gel liner (can’t remember the brand and it rubbed off). Sometimes I top it off with some mascara and for now my two staples are YSL in Shocking and Constance Carroll curling mascara (number rubbed off).
For shimmer I use Clinique colour surge eyeshadow in Twiglet and my favourite Quo palette in Beauty & Bronze. These hues all blend with and compliment my complexion with subtlety and that works for me during the day.
And because these brows won’t fleek themselves, I usually brush them with a dried up mascara brush (I prefer it to an eyebrow brush – go figure!) and then just fill them in with a Davis pencil (No. 040). The brown is deep enough to look natural but not as stark as black does. I love love love a full brow so I try to never skip eyebrows. I’ve tried a couple of eyebrow kits, but I just have not mastered them.
I love my lips nice and creamy! *smacks lips* These matte ones don’t play nice on me 🙁 I am never far from my Nivea Essential Care lip balms. They are so perfect. But I like to add some colour to them and either use a lip liner, or any colour in the nude range that suits me. So far I alternate between or combine: Maybelline’s Baby Lips in Pink Punch; Lancome Shine Lover in 212 (the pinks); Fat Lips (number rubbed off) for a more peachy tone; and Jordana Coco Malt (N0. 175) or Constance Carroll in Coffee Shimmer (No. 366) when I want to go brown.
I love this look because it’s quick and easy enough to do everyday, it’s soft enough for work and play and transitions well into the night with a few tweaks here and there like slightly darker lips or a more dramatic eye. So, that’s my everyday look, which I reckon would work on almost anyone. Try it out or share yours.