6 November 2015

Make Up Essentials

So apparently women need to master a few makeup skills before they hit 30 (Link to article). I actually thought I knew the basics after a week long makeup course I studied when I was in my late 20's, but realise I have no clue now. Over the years especially after having my son I ended up wearing less makeup and just about had time for mascara, and for me, this was a big deal as mascara was the one thing I couldn't live without before.

I have definitely lost touch with everything in the makeup world, however over the last year or so I have tried to keep up to date with what is new. I always believe the best thing you can do is to look after your skin first, figuring out what cleanser and moisturiser work best for you and to eat healthily. But that doesn't mean you won't get the odd blemish here or there or the dark circles and bags under your eye. My skin constantly changes and I'm not the best at eating healthy so I actually need makeup!

Now I am in my 30's I feel like I need to know certain makeup skills I have forgotten along the way, from doing eye makeup and concealing. And I have no idea where to start with this contouring thing! So the other day I went to see Hair and Makeup Artist Vithya who specialises in bridal, as well as editorial fashion, film and among others for a one to one makeup tutorial. After years of going to different makeup stands trying to find the right foundation and concealer, Vithya managed to make my skin look flawless within minutes by picking out the right colours for me. She has definitely got the knack for makeup, no wonder she does this for a living!

My skin is always up and down and that day it wasn't in great condition, so after some advice, she prepped my skin and advised that a powder foundation would be more suited to my skin as to a liquid foundation due to my skin being more oily to combination. I had never used powder but this definitely made a difference. She taught me how to correct and conceal dark areas around my face as well as covering the basics on eyeshadow, eyeliner, contouring and highlighting. Lastly, we talked about lips, and for those of you that know me I don't do lipstick and she has definitely made me feel more confident in wearing lipstick now, which is a big thing. 

If only I took a before photo, you would have seen the difference, but then again I probably wouldn't have posted it, so believe me when I say she is amazing at what she does and will work her magic to make you feel amazing! On the below photo she is ONLY wearing concealer and fake lashes....yes I know!  

Products used on me (All MAC products):

For pigmented areas - Pure orange studio finish skin corrector followed by Pro long wear concealer NC42
Under eye and on small marks - Pro long wear concealer NW35
Foundation - Studio fix NC43
Highlighter - Pigment colour powder in vanilla (Luminating Powder by Hourglass is also a good one she recommended)
Blusher - Used my own blusher in sunbasque (shimmer), recommended I also try the Mac blush in Melba (Matt)
Eyeshadow - retro spec (light colour in the inner corners), Sable (medium colour for middle) and embark (dark colour for outer corner) 
Lips - Mac primer (was an essential), followed by lip liner spice which was all over lips as a base. Then plum lip liner around the lips followed by twig lipstick. 

Obviously being a mum you don't always have time to do all this so I asked Vithya what her top 3 essentials would be in her makeup bag, and I would probably agree with this too.

Vithya's top 3 makeup essentials:

1. Concealer
2. Eyebrow pencil
3. Eos lip balm 

Below are a few I have selected

1. MAC Pro Longwear concealer £17.50
2. NARS Radiant creamy concealer £22.00
3. BOOBIE BROWN Skin serum concealer £28.00
4. BOBBIE BROWN Perfectly defined long-wear brow pencil £29.50
5. MAC eyebrows £14
6. Laura Mercier Brow powder duo £20.50
7. EOS lip balm £6.50
8. CHAMPNEYS skin comforting miracle balm £5.50
9. BOOTS Botanics 93% organic super balm £5.99 

Check out Vithya's amazing work on her website, and social media accounts on Facebook and Instagram for inspiration, she may also have a few classes left so hurry quick.

What is your makeup essentials? Comment below. 


  1. Love the recommend make up essentials. Great post :)

  2. Its really a great post. Every women is concerned about the her beauty. When it comes about makeup essentials it become somewhat confusing what to add in must have makeup bag and what not. Here is nice suggestion of products that are needed to be placed in make-up kit.

    1. Thank you! I'm always confused with makeup products :) glad this has helped. Thanks for reading.