My mum and I are very different in terms of makeup. I have a lot (she deems it unneccesary), and she has probably the right amount for one person. I had a rummage around her makeup tin – yes, tin – to see what she had floating about. So this post is essentially what I imagine the average 50 year old British woman wears on her face on a daily basis.
As you can see, my mum is very much about the high end makeup. I think the only high street bits she uses are nail polishes. The most budget friendly brand she uses in No 7 which still isn’t that friendly on the pocket if you buy too many bits. My mum also restricts her makeup buying to when there’s a deal on eg. buy two items and get a free gift worth whatever.
Her makeup collection consists of a fair amount of Estée Lauder as she has a friend on one of the counters locally and she did a makeover for her. This includes the Estée Lauder Pure Color Blush in Shade 10 Lover’s Blush Shimmer (pictured separately below) and Estée Lauder Double Wear Light Foundation in 3.0. My mum has a much more tanned complexion than I do since I wear Double Wear in 2.0. Other Estée Lauder products she uses are the Estée Lauder Double Wear Brush On Glow BB Highlighter in 3C Medium Cool and the Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Eye Pencil in 07 Emerald Volt. My mum never wears black eyeliner as she finds it too harsh and she has been wearing green eyeliner for quite some time.
Another eyeliner she uses on a regular basis is the Stila Waterproof Smudge Stick Eye Liner Pencil in Damsel. She actually has the one from my Stila In The Light Palette, because, as mentioned in my August Favourites, she bought me the palette under the condition she got the eyeliner as she was looking for a brown eyeliner.
Her biggest makeup splurge has to be her Burberry Complete Eye Palette in Nude Brown No. 12. I remember her ringing me up in February telling me that she’d been to Burberry with my aunt and cousin and got talked into buying this by the sales assistant. To be fair, she wears it on a regular basis and I don’t think I’ve seen her wear other eyeshadow since so it’s a pretty good investment for her. Then again, she very rarely wears eyeshadow; she only gets it out on special occasions.
To complete her eye look, she either uses the No 7 Lash Adapt Mascara or Benefit They’re Real. She loves They’re Real as it doesn’t budge and in the summer, she gets the worst hayfever. She actually used mine a couple of times before she bought her own.
Another product that she uses is Benefit Porefessional which actually makes such a difference to her makeup wear time. I’ve used this a couple of times and it’s one of my favourite primers, but primers are not something that I’m worried about having loads of so I’m just sticking with the couple from The Body Shop that I have. I will definitely purchase this on her recommendation when I run out of my primers. She’s said that in America she wants to pick this up, and when this goes live, she may have already done so.
Lipstick is the only thing that she seems to have an array of, and she tends to stick to wearing pink shades in the summer and red-browns in winter. In her makeup tin at present, she has two No 7 Moisture Drench lipsticks in the shades Soft Earth and Almost Pink, as well as MAC Blankety. The only other makeup item she’s said that she wants to pick up when we’re away is MAC Mehr, and I’m sure she will have by the time this post goes live.
Do you find that the older relatives in your life just stick to the basics makeup-wise, don’t wear much at all, or are just as obsessed as you are? Maybe your mum was who got you into makeup in the first place. Let me know in the comments below.