Can we go back to work? How many people outside of our household can we see? Do we need to wear masks? There are still so many things we don’t know regarding the current situation, but how to nail our makeup routine is something we can definitely give some clarity on!
So, if it’s a minimalist look you’re after – just to keep you feeling human - or something a little more dramatic for the latest Tik Tok trend you’re desperate to master, we’ve got you covered.
The bare necessities
Whether you want a natural look or something more glam, you should aim to include some – if not all - of the following steps in your routine:
1. Prep. Use a face lotion and eye cream for full hydration as this will help the makeup go on flawlessly and prevent it from flaking. Spend a little time massaging the moisturiser into your skin to wake it up and bring blood to the surface.
We love: Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base as it’s not only a great moisturiser but also doubles as a primer, too.
2. Prime. As Meghan Trainor famously advises, it’s all about that base, and you can achieve this with a primer. A good one should hydrate the skin, minimise pores, create the perfect texture on which to apply makeup, boost coverage and increase the staying power of your makeup.
3. Foundation. When we say foundation, we’re not just talking an uber thick product that will give maximum coverage. If you’re after a more natural, just-got-out-of-bed look, you can opt for a BB cream or tinted moisturiser. It will help cover any minor flaws without looking like you’ve got a full face on. No matter what you use, choose a shade that most closely matches your skin colour, apply in thin layers so you can build up slowly – either with a brush or damp beauty blender sponge – and blend well, including the neck. Remember, less is always more!
4. We love: Dior Face and Body
5. Concealer. Add for a particularly pesky spot that refuses to budge, other areas of redness, under-eye bags that could give the Ocado delivery man a run for his money or anywhere else that could do with some extra brightness. Choose a shade that’s either the same as or slightly lighter than your skin tone (emphasis on the word slightly) and blend seamlessly into your foundation.
Top tip: Take A clean brush and buff in all the products at this point so it’s all evenly absorbed.
6. Colour. An easy everyday look to stop you looking like a zombie from The Walking Dead (even if you feel like one), go for a minimal bronzer/blush combo. Sweep the bronzer in a figure of three motion, starting from the forehead and ending under your jawline, then layer your blush on the apple of your cheeks, sucking your face in to ensure you hit the right spot.
7. Highlight. A real fave of ours, adding some highlighter to the points on your face that naturally hit light (think cheekbones, nose, cupid’s brow and chin), will help give you that much-coveted glowy look.
We love: Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Light Wand
8. Powder. Set the above with a light, translucent powder that will leave a flawless finish and serious staying power. But again, remember that less is more! Make sure any spots that have been covered up with concealer are fully covered as any shine will just draw more attention to them.
We love: Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Finish
Of course, the story doesn’t end here – especially if you want to use this time to clock up the likes on your #dontrushchallenge or enjoy a bit of trial and error while no-one’s around to notice. After all, wellness at work has never been more important and if a smoky eye is going to make yourself feel that bit better, we’re here for it!
· Contouring. A skill that needs to be mastered, sure, but once you’ve got the hang of it you’ll never go back. Keep an eye out for a tutorial on how to do this, coming soon! Follow us on Instagram here.
· Eyes. It’s amazing what a bit of eyeliner can do! Line your upper waterline and outer corners of your lower lash line, smudging with a brush to avoid a too-harsh look. Add some liquid eyeliner – keeping as close to the lash line – for some added depth. Resist the temptation to pull your eyelid taut while applying, otherwise you’ll be left with a distorted line when you let go! If you want some colour, now’s the time for eyeshadow (and if you really want to go pro, have a play around with using more than one colour to create depth, making sure to blend well) before applying a coat (or two) of mascara to give the illusion that you’re more awake than you actually are (thanks Netflix!), applying from the root to the tip and ensuring every lash is evenly coated. For the best results, first treat your lashes to primer. Use a lash comb to separate lashes immediately after application to prevent the mascara from clumping. Another pro tip to giving you a brighter look is dotting a tiny bit of eyeshadow inside the inner corner of your eyes.
· Brows. Defining these adds structure to your face instantly – especially if yours are on the sparse side. An eyebrow pencil to fill in the gaps is always a good idea, but make sure you choose a shade that closely resembles your natural colour, use short strokes to create the illusion of small ‘hairs’ and use a makeup brush to blend it evenly. You can even brush the hairs up with a disposable mascara wand to unleash your inner Cara Delevingne. Once you’re proud of the end result, add a pop of highlighter under the arches of your brows to make them stand out even more.
· Lips. No matter what colour you decide to go for, always moisturise first with some lip balm, blotting with a tissue to remove the excess. Apply the colour to the centre of your mouth, before blending out all over your lips. Add a layer of gloss for extra shine.
So, whether you should be going out or staying home (who really knows?), at least your makeup will be on point!
Keep an eye out for our new Instagram series where we’ll be showcasing different tutorials for different ages, skin types and desired looks!