Way back in April, I did a post all about how much my daily makeup was worth…if I went for a full face. And I’ve decided that I want to update it a little, but my makeup is very minimal nowadays as I work 5 days a week and use the weekends to experiment a little more. Therefore a weekend look wouldn’t be a true representation. However, what I wear to work stays the same most days (with the odd mascara switch up and lipstick change), so I thought I’d assess the situation on how much my face is worth on an average work day.
For primer, I use the Laura Geller Spackle Colour Correcting Primer (£25, here) which I received in this gift set that I bought on Black Friday weekend. Although it is one of my more pricey primers as a total price, it works out at 42 pence per ml which isn’t ridiculous (cheaper than my other current favourite, the Boots No 7 Airbrush Away Primer, per ml). I use colour corrector on occasion, but only if I’m particularly red, so I haven’t included this step in the post. If I do go for a colour corrector it tends to be the green LA Girl PRO.Conceal or the green shade from the Freedom colour correcting palette (both very good if you’re on the look out for a new green corrector that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg). My every day foundation is the Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation (£7.99, here), as it’s cheap and gives the amount of coverage I require for work. I like a reasonable amount of coverage, but I still like to look natural since I’ll only sweat it off anyway! Most recently I’ve been loving the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer (£5.99, here), although it does irritate my undereyes sometimes so I think it’s time to find a new concealer. This does a pretty good job at covering any blemishes and is a total bargain so I would definitely repurchase, just maybe not for under my eyes. I’m definitely on the hunt for something heavy duty though because despite loving my Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer, it doesn’t do a lot for me at 6:30am! My powder love has always been Rimmel Stay Matte (£3.99, here) and I can’t see that changing any time soon – cheap and cheerful, but definitely does the job.
I’m very low maintenance when it comes to brows, and rely solely on my Benefit Gimme Brow (£18.50, here), which I’ve raved about time and time again. I have naturally full brows that have a pretty decent shape, so this finishes them nicely without me overdoing it on products. The only other eye product that I use is mascara, which I tend to switch up daily. My go-tos are Benefit Roller Lash, Urban Decay Perversion and the Rimmel Scandaleyes Reloaded* (£6.99, here), depending on what look I fancy that particular day. I feel like this is the mascara I’ve been reaching for most of the three on a work day, which is why I’ve included it in this post over the other two. I’ve also spoken about it more on my blog than the other two.
I definitely don’t have time to contour on a work morning, and tend to just apply Nars Laguna Bronzer (£28, here) in a ‘3’ shape on either side of my face. It shapes my face a little without having to be too precise. And if I fancy a little bit of eyeshadow on a morning (rare, but it happens), I tend to just stick this in the crease for some added definition – no extra products but it definitely adds to the look. My favourite subtle highlighter is Topshop Crescent Moon Highlighter (£12, here), and I’m sure it was discontinued but it seems to be back…at a higher price. I definitely only paid £10 for it when I bought it! I love this for every day and it’s one that you can really build as opposed to it being a line of glitter on your face.
My last two products are for lips and setting sprays. My every day lipstick is MAC Velvet Teddy (£15.50, here), hardly a surprise. It’s just an easy ‘my lips but better colour’ which has an even fade and lasts a relatively long time. I don’t like to use my heavy weight champion, Urban Decay All Nighter, as my setting spray, so recently I’ve been reaching for the Freedom Pro Studio Anti Shine Fixing Spray (£5, here) to give my makeup some longevity. It’s not the best setting spray because I don’t need industrial standard every day, but it does make my makeup last that little bit longer so it’s a step worth taking.
So overall that’s £128.96, which I think it pretty reasonable for a full face of makeup. Obviously this hasn’t included colour corrector, eyeliner or any eyeshadow, so you could easily add £50 to this total for a basic look using every type of product, but for an average work day I’m impressed it’s under the £150 mark!
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