As I’ve mentioned before, I rarely spend too long on my makeup on a day-to-day basis. I cherish my extra few minutes in bed, so I have my morning routine down to a fine art. This look takes 5 minutes – it’s really simple and quick.
Step 1: I moisturise with Lacura Expert Mimox X Day Cream (around €5-6, Aldi) before applying La Roche-Posay Anthelios Face Anti-Shine Dry Touch Gel SPF (€20, Boots) mixed with Botanics All Bright Radiance Balm (€4, Boots). We’ve spoken before about both of these products – for me, SPF is a must and the Radiance Balm gives a lovely dewy, luminous look
Step 2: To prime, I use Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Lightweight Primer (€11.49, Boots) – a fantastic dupe for Benefit’s Porefessional
Step 3: After a long week at the Dublin Horse Show, my skin isn’t in the best shape, so I colour corrected with Catrice Prime And Fine Green Anti-Red Coverstick (€4.99, Penney’s, Dunnes and selected pharmacies) and Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer in Light (€11.99, Boots)
Step 4: I mixed Forever Aloe BB Crème in Nude (€39.06, Forever Living) with MAC’s Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation (€36.50, Brown Thomas) for a little more coverage. I used my Elf Powder Brush to apply these – despite the name, it’s an amazing kabuki brush for liquid products. Their website is down at the moment, but I think they’re about €5…I have loads of them!
Step 5: I used Catrice Camouflage Cream in 020 (€4.99, Penney’s, Dunnes and selected pharmacies) as a concealer, and Seventeen Stay Time Concealer (€5.99, Boots) to highlight my undereyes, centre of my nose and on my forehead just between my brows. All my blending of foundation and concealer is done using a BeautyBlender (€20, Make Up Forever). I then set under my eyes with the Vanilla shade from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit (around €55, Cult Beauty) and set the rest of my face with Make Up Forever HD Powder (€34, Make Up Forever)
Step 7: I applied some MAC Margin (€24.50, Brown Thomas) as a blusher – this is a brilliant product for lazy girls like me as it gives a lovely sheen, so you can skip highlighter if you want!
Step 8: I used Urban Decay All Nighter Eyeliner in Perversion (around €20, House of Fraser) along my lashline to give a little definition and that was all for my eyes – the lash extensions are so handy!
Step 9: For my brows, I used my usual Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow Pomade Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow Pomade in Ash Brown (around €21, Cult Beauty) and the EcoTools Bamboo Angled Eyeliner Brush (€6.99, Boots)
Step 10: I dabbed a little Cindy-Lou Manizer by The Balm (€20.50, Cloud10 Beauty) under my eyebrows and along my cheeks. I recently got this, and absolutely love it. It’s pinky-toned, which is a nice change from my usual gold and it’s perfect for daytime – really subtle
Step 11: For the last year or so, I’ve started wearing a bright lip during the day, to just give a pop of colour. It’s something a little different for daytime and depending on the colour you go for, it’s really wearable. I prefer a reddish, coral colour with a matte finish, as it doesn’t look too ‘done’. I lined my lips with Kiko Smart Lip Pencil in Coral 702 (€2.50, Kiko), and used Rimmel Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohl Liner in Nude (€4.99, Boots) to define my top lip. I then used Wet’n’Wild in Coraline (€4.99, Penney’s and selected pharmacies)
Step 12: A quick spray of Kiko Face Make Up Fixer (around €11, Kiko) to finish off – it keeps my make-up in place all day and stops it looking cakey
It usually takes me around 5 minutes to do my make-up in the morning, so this is a seriously simple look for anyone like me who is always pushed for time in the morning! You can substitute a nude lip for the brighter lip if you prefer, but I constantly wore nude lips for years, so I like to change it up with a matte bright during the day every now and then!