What’s In My Make-up Bag? Spring 2024


Fancy a delve into my springtime make-up bag? Why does that sound so soiled? Is it simply me? That is what occurs once I spend days modifying content material all on my own with none wise grownup dialog…

It is best to know that I very not often change my make-up seems in response to the season; if you happen to’re anticipating spring-appropriate colors right here then put together to be bitterly upset. There can be no pastel lip shades or eyeshadows in hues of mini egg blue and daffodil yellow. I don’t go well with these colors within the winter, so why would they out of the blue look good now? Ditto the fiery auburns and reds that seem within the autumnal make-up collections, introduced out to coincide with the turning of the leaves and the lighting of the bonfires: they make me look as if I’ve contracted myxomatosis. It doesn’t matter what the season.

So there’s no actual color shake-up right here. I do know we’re presupposed to “have enjoyable with make-up” and “mess around with shades” and that “you’ll by no means know what works for you if you happen to don’t experiment” however, fairly frankly, I do know what works and that’s why I don’t experiment. Twelve years as a style mannequin after which fourteen years writing about magnificence (with a little bit of crossover) implies that I’ve had nearly each make-up look going plastered on my face. Do I have to clart round with a major colors palette to seek out out that I’ll hate carrying winged liner in Kermit inexperienced? No I don’t. I imply, every to their very own – and a few folks love a winged liner in Kermit inexperienced – however I’d say the overwhelming majority of grownup girls simply need their face to appear to be a barely brisker, extra awake, marginally extra glamorous model of the face nature so lovingly bestowed upon them.

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And because of this, mates, the overall gist of my make-up bag not often adjustments. There are tweaks to it – new and wondrous product discoveries come alongside, enhancements in formulation occur that jilt agency favourites from their high spots and I’m all the time studying higher software methods and methods – however as for the ultimate look? I’m by no means out of the blue going to start out rocking an “oil-slick eye” to do the college run.

So. What are this season’s tweaks? What are the brand new and wondrous product discoveries? Learn on. Or, if you wish to skip the blurb and get straight to the twenty minute-long melée of informal chat and real-time make-up software then scroll to the underside of the web page and click on “play” on the video display screen.

Make-up Bag Tweaks for Spring 2024

Maybe I ought to begin by mentioning the issues that haven’t been tweaked; I all the time assume that if a product stays in my make-up bag for months (or years!) on finish then it’s much more deserving of a nod than the brand new stuff. On this case we now have good outdated Lancome Teint Idole Care & Glow* (full overview right here) which is now my primary basis. Medium protection, a contemporary end and a glow that’s nearly there. It’s not a visual dewiness that appears as if it could be slippery to the contact (as with NARS Tinted Moisturiser, for instance, or the ILIA Serum Basis) however a grown-up, refined je ne sais quoi.

Used much more than the Lancome, although, is the Kevyn Aucoin Stripped Nude Tint*. (I take advantage of shade ST04 however can even get away with ST03.) That is my staple pores and skin base for any day I gained’t be on digicam in some form or type. (If I’m going to be on movie it’s simply safer to have extra protection as a result of I by no means understand how pores and skin will look in low mild, or in vibrant outdoor mild, and a better protection implies that it simply seems good regardless of the lighting circumstances.)

The Stripped Nude Tint is, in my view, make-up perfection for anybody who desires an all-in-one, refined pores and skin ending resolution. It has the sheer protection and glow of a tinted moisturiser however the flawless, blurring end of a basis. It’s laborious to explain, nevertheless it’s as if it throws an additional veil of wizardry over the sheer layer of protection it provides; if you happen to had a blemish it could nonetheless present by means of, and when you’ve got darkish circles you’d nonetheless want a concealer, however the general impact is that the pores and skin seems unified in tone and imperfections are softened.

I actually, actually need to do a standalone basis overview on this one don’t I? Will get to it. Sharpish. Yow will discover it at House NK right here*.

Outdated favourites coated: let’s get to the brand new tweaks.

Lately I’ve been taking part in about with the Sweed Miracle Powder (right here* on-line): a powder basis (I take advantage of Medium-Mild) that feels nearly creamy to the contact and easily melts into the pores and skin. It provides a massively glowy end. It’s nearly an excessive amount of to make use of over the T-Zone, actually, and I’d keep away from areas with nice strains and enlarged pores (as a result of it’ll spotlight them) however whisked on as a ending/setting powder over tinted moisturisers or CC lotions or what have you ever it’s chic. Further protection and a mega dose of glow – and any overly-dewy base merchandise beneath it are set in place with out dulling down the shine.

Then a few finances discoveries: the Camo Blush in Peachy Pink from e.l.f. cosmetics (£7 right here*) and Revlon’s Colorstay cream eyeshadows. Particularly in shades Praline and Caramel (discover them on-line right here*) however all of them have a really refined texture that slides fantastically onto the lids, blends simply after which stays in place for so long as wanted. Check out the video to see how this seems in actual life – even if you happen to’re at work and you may’t have the sound on, simply scan by means of and have a peek. It’s an important cut price purchase!

The blush too – I’ve featured the Cargo Blush earlier than however within the brighter shades. This one, in Peachy Pink, feels nearly like a special product. I believe as a result of you’ll be able to apply extra of it (you’ll be able to solely use a speck of the brighter ones, they’re so pigmented!) you then see extra of the true texture. It leaves pores and skin nearly glossed, it’s very fairly. Once more, watch the video to see it in motion.

The lip routine is similar as all the time: liner in a discreet color simply to re-sketch the fading lipline again in (makes a world of distinction, it actually plumps them out) after which one thing comfortable and luscious and low-key to fill within the center. I’ve been utilizing Sweed’s Le Lipstick in Gabriella Beige Tan (on-line right here*) over the same old Uncommon Magnificence liner.

I’ve a number of of those liners in several shades, this one is known as Artistic and has a touch of pink – it’s £15 at House NK right here*. It has a wind-up mechanism quite than requiring a sharpener and the liner is easy to use however long-lasting as soon as set.

I additionally massively fee the bronzing stick from the identical model (on-line right here*) – I’ve been utilizing it because it launched, which have to be approaching for 2 years in the past. Perhaps three? Certainly not. Anyway, I take advantage of the shade “Pleased Sol” and simply scribble it onto my face like a toddler earlier than gently buffing in with a giant brush. It’s nice if you happen to like that extra sculpted look as a result of if you happen to scribble it on like a (very exact) toddler simply beneath the cheekbones and to the perimeters of the temples it’s very fast to offer it a cursory buff and obtain a simple contour.

Proper, you might want to watch the video now. In any other case all that occurs is I spend seven hours writing up what’s mainly a barely embellished transcription of it. You’ll be able to trawl again by means of historic What’s In My Make-up Bag posts and movies by clicking right here – if solely to verify my earlier assertion that my make-up seems by no means actually change. My face simply will get thinner and fewer cherubic yr on yr…


Merchandise Featured:

Snail Headband, £3.79*: https://amzn.to/43sLiXA

Lancome Teint Idole Care & Glow, I take advantage of shade 220C, presently £31.60 at Boots*: https://bit.ly/4aPDhiP

Sweed Miracle Powder in Medium Mild, £38 at Cult Magnificence*: https://bit.ly/3IPgcjm

Uncommon Magnificence Bronzer in Pleased Sol, £25*: https://bit.ly/3NA4WKI

Elf Camo Blush in Peachy Pink, £7*: https://bit.ly/3xaQiE6

Revlon Creme Eyeshadow in Caramel, £6.99 at Amazon*: https://amzn.to/3xcyqZy

Vieve Eye Wand in Espresso, £23 at Cult Magnificence*: https://bit.ly/4ctwRXE

Anastasia Forehead Gel, £13 at Cult Magnificence*: https://bit.ly/3TNi6Y0

Becca Eye Palette in Ombré Nudes, discontinued

L’Oréal Telescopic Mascara, £6.99*: https://amzn.to/3Tt1gfZ

Sweed Gabriella Beige Tan lipstick, £22*: https://bit.ly/3VtfEHz

Kevyn Aucoin Stripped Nude Tint in ST04, £36 at House NK*: https://bit.ly/49acDQd



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