We’ve come over all “Maria von Trapp” this week. We’ve been discussing ‘a few of our favourite things’ and now can’t stop imagining ourselves twirling round on picturesque mountain tops and belting out VeryMakeupMad’s version of “raindrops on roses & whiskers on kittens…” that M has penned. If you’re lucky, we might sing it on our next vlog (Truth be known, V wouldn’t be surprised if M was using this as a platform to launch her dream pop career…!).
Anyway, back to business and of course, we’re talking about our favourite beauty things. The makeup we can’t and won’t live without. You already know that we’re ‘VeryMakeupMad’, but which products are we most mad about? Over the years we have both amassed some favourites…M as a trained makeup artist and model, and V as a Beauty Editor at Vogue and other titles. We’ve limited ourselves to our top 5 everyday picks, but as ever, have thrown in a few more at the end for good measure!
First up, mascara. Lots of womens’ ‘desert island product’. With so many to choose from, and new, improved versions being launched all the time, it’s difficult to find the best one. M is a big fan of Benefit They’re Real, £19.50. She’s tried lots of other brands and types of mascara and she always comes back to this one. Admittedly she has long lashes in the first place, but with ‘They’re Real’, she manages to make them look even longer and she gets a fab, winged effect at the corners. V is faithful to Diorshow Extase, £25.50, which she’s been wearing for the last few years. Although not continuously. Obviously. It separates and thickens her lashes and doesn’t rub or flake off. She likes the shape of the brush and it’s her ‘go to’ mascara for a great, natural finish. For nights out and a more dramatic look, she adds an extra lashing.
Still on eyes, V recently splashed out on ByTerry Ombre Blackstar, £29, an amazingly creamy eyeshadow stick that honestly doesn’t move once applied. She has Frozen Quartz, a beautiful, shimmering deep rose shade and uses it over the entire lower lid, or just as a line above and close to the top lashes. People keep asking her what it is and already several friends have rushed to buy it. Nothing in the ByTerry range is a ‘cheap option’, but you never have any regrets when you buy their products. If you’re browsing the range, check out the limited edition palette pictured below, featuring delectable, muted spring shades which will suit all skin tones and see you through to the autumn. Eye Designer Palette in Techno Aura, £44, – we think this is a great price for 6 shadows.
When it comes to a flawless complexion, V swears by Delilah Time Frame Future Resist Foundation, £34, which blends beautifully and gives a luminous, natural finish. But more about that on our ‘Laying The Foundations’ blog – we don’t want to bore you! As you know, M isn’t a big foundation wearer, and instead has fallen for Erborian CC Creme, £17, an ingenious, high-tech perfector that adapts to the colour of your skin, blurring any imperfections and giving immediate radiance. There’s something very satisfying (and slightly magical) about watching it come out of the tube as a white cream, and it transforming to a warm, peachy tone on application. Try it!
Moving on to bronzer. V is very ‘old school’ and has been using Guerlain’s iconic Terracotta bronzer for the best part of 20 years. Guerlain was the first beauty company to launch a bronzer and today they have plenty of options to choose from – shimmery, matte, sheer or mosaic. FYI, even thought V is most definitely a brunette, she wears Sheer Bronzing Powder in Blondes, £37. It’s the perfect shade for her pale skin and doesnt make her look orange. Meanwhile, M can’t get enough of Kevyn Aucoin’s totally versatile, The Neo Bronzer in Capri, £46 – the neopolitan of face powders! The pale, pearly shade works as a highlighter, the pinky shade is a flattering blush, and the golden brown is the bronzer. You can use them separately or swirl them all together and apply just where the sun would hit the face – the forehead, chin, cheeks and nose. M is complimented every time she wears this, and considering she bought it in July 2016, and has worn it through every season, it seems to be lasting forever and as the photo shows, it looks the same as it did the day she bought it.
As for lips, V is never without lipgloss. Many people have tried (and all have failed) to convince her of the beauty of the matte lip, but she is steadfast in her belief that a glossy lip is ultra-flattering (or, if you asked M, she’d say she’s stuck in her ways and very stubborn. V absolutely disagrees). If she had to pick just one brand of gloss to use, it would be Chanel Levres Scintillantes Glossimer, £22, which is creamy, non-sticky and long-lasting. The biggest compliment that V can pay it, is to tell you that she chose to wear it on her wedding day (when she was Beauty Editor of Brides) and it stayed put from start to finish. Top Tip: choose a gloss with shimmer in it, so that if the gloss starts to wear off lips, the flattering sheen of the shimmering particles will remain on the lips.
M likes a defined lip and is an expert at applying lip liner to achieve a natural, fuller pout. The trick with lip liner is to not appear to be wearing any. She’s been searching for the ultimate nude liner and believes she has found it in Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Iconic Nude, £16. She loves how soft it is, making it so easy to apply, plus it stays on the lips all day, defining the outer edge and cupid’s bow as intended. M is not afraid to use all over the lips for a fab, nude effect. She’ll show you the best way to do this on our vlog coming soon…
M’s final choice – and splurge – is Tom Ford Lip Laquer, £29, a gorgeous, pearlised gloss that feels more like a creamy balm. It smells heavenly and gives a shimmering finish. Depending on the shade of your lips, it may be too pale to wear alone, but it looks incredible dabbed on the centre of your lips, over your favourite lip colour, creating a pillow like pout.
So those are our favourites, but being VeryMakeupMad, we have a few more make-up options that we couldn’t miss out.
OUR FAVOURITE EYELINER- Rimmel Exaggerate Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner, £5.29. The long wand makes it easy to apply and the waterproof formulation doesn’t budge. Use this for a dramatic finish. We also love Clinique Easy Does It Liquid Liner, £19 for a super precise line.
OUR FAVOURITE CONCEALER- Estee Lauder Doublewear Stay-In-Place Flawless Wear Concealer, £19.95. A miracle when dabbed onto blemishes, but also works wonders on dark circles.
OUR FAVOURITE PRIMER – Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer, £26 An industry favourite too, this silky primer perfects skin and helps foundation last longer. If you’re after a glowing, radiant finish, try Cover FX Illuminating Primer, £29, which instantly peps up a dull complexion
FAVOURITE LIPSTICK –No7 Match Made Stay Perfect Lipstick, £9.95 A lovely satin finish and intense colour that lasts for hours.
FAVOURITE MAKEUP BRUSHES – We love Morphe brushes (they’re super soft, great quality and blend make up beautifully) and this 6 Piece Deluxe Contour Brush Set is a steal at £20.50.
Don’t forget to email us – email@example.com – to let us know what your ‘favourite things’ are and keep us updated with how you’re finding any of the recommendations that we’ve already given.You can also follow us on Facebook – Verymakeupmad.
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