My Festive Makeup Routine

Hi, loves!

Over the past few months I’ve found products I really  love to use, and I feel like my A/W makeup has been so much better. Part of that is definitely down to having a skincare routine that works for me and I’m so excited to share that with you in more detail in the new year!

Today’s post is all about my makeup favourites right now, and the products I’ll be using to create my Christmas Day makeup look. I love getting ready in the mornings, however I usually don’t have much time to do my makeup (all about the extra snuggles in bed with Matt HAHA). This look can be done in 15 minutes or I can really take my time and take 45 minutes! I’ve gotten much more into makeup in recent months, I feel like it’s such a great way to express yourself and your mood. Does anyone else plan out what makeup routine they’re going to do days before an event?! *holds hand high* Here’s my step by step routine for the look I’m planning for Christmas Day, with a fresh face after applying my skincare products. Spoiler: updated skincare routine coming in the new year!

Step #1: I prime my eyes with the MAC paint pot in Soft Ochre. I like this product but I wouldn’t say it’s a must have for me. I really want to pick up the Nars eyeshadow primer again as I loved that, I just need to use this up first!

Step #2:  I LOVE my Chill Baby palette by Kylie Cosmetics! I absolutely adore the colours in this palette and the pigmentation is so incredible. All throughout December I’ve only used this palette and the Kat Von D Shade & Light Glitter palette, they’re both so beautiful! For my Christmas Day look, I’ll use the shade Make Magic, and deepen the colour with Wrap It Up. On my lid I’ll use Jingle Baby (probably with a little MAC Fix +), and deepen the corner with Home Alone. I love to use Plum Pudding as an eyeliner on my top lash line, then a little of Plum Pudding on the bottom lash line to make the colours pop a little more. 

Step #3: My go-to mascara is the Maybelline Lash Sensational in Very Black, and I apply that to my top lashes. (I go back in after doing my face makeup and apply to the bottom lashes!)

Step #4: I apply my primer through my t-zone and chin, and then blend out any extra product onto my cheeks.

Step #5: I really am loving the NYX Can’t Stop Won’t Stop foundation in Vanilla, and it lasts so well on my skin. I use two pumps for my whole face, and apply the foundation using a damp beauty blender. I go in with my favourite base product ever, the Nars Soft Matte Concealer in Vanilla to cover any pigmentation/marks or redness showing through. Right now I have no active spots – the best feeling ever – although I’m sure by the time Christmas Day rolls around my skin will surprise me with one or two! I use the Laura Mercier flawless fusion concealer in N1 under my eyes, and I swear it is a miracle worker! I have a naturally dark under eye area and this product covers the blue tones without looking at all cakey, and it brightens my face up so much. To set everything, I use my Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder in Translucent, which after re-purchasing on Black Friday has become a staple in my makeup routine again. It keeps my makeup in place all day, and it never makes my skin look cakey or powdery which makes me very happy!

Step #6: I contour using the Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder in Light; this was another Black Friday purchase and I swear this product is SO worth the hype (and the price tag, even at full price). My go-to blush of the past few months has been Madly by Nars, it’s just a beautiful colour and works so well with my fair skin tone. I really want to pick up a Bare Minerals Gen Nude blush when Matt and I go shopping after Christmas! To highlight, I apply Rose Quartz by Jouer Cosmetics, which is my favourite powder highlighter ever. It’s a beautiful pink/champagne shade, and when applied to the skin just makes my face look fresh and glowy. I sadly broke mine when Matt and I travelled down to Manchester 😦

Step #7: Eyebrows. Yes, I do my makeup in a weird order LOL. I go in with the Estee Lauder Micro Precision Brow Pencil in Brunette and I swear this product is life-changing. I mentioned in this post that I bought this after years of being kinda disappointed by the ABH Brow Wiz, and I so wish I’d bought it sooner! I fill in my brows with small, hair-like strokes and brush through with the spoolie. I then apply Glossier Boy Brow in Brown to set my eyebrows, and add a little more texture to make the hairs look real. This is when I’d go back in with my mascara on my bottom lashes too.

Step #8: I set my face with MAC Fix + which is my favourite part of my makeup routine! I now apply a little extra Nuxe Reve de Miel lip balm (it always seems to come off during the time I do my makeup) and line my lips with the Pillowtalk Lip Cheat by Charlotte Tilbury. I apply Hot Toddy by Buxom to my lips, I love this because it looks so pretty, lasts well and it’s not too sticky (and Matt doesn’t get annoyed kissing me haha!) I also know I’m going to be eating and drinking a lot, so I definitely need to make sure I take this in my bag for when we go out for Christmas Lunch!

Thank you so much for reading! I hope you enjoyed this post and maybe got some inspiration for your holiday makeup look! (Also, if you get any money for Christmas I’d HIGHLY recommend the Kylie Cosmetics Chill Baby palette before it’s discontinued… it’s so beautiful).

-G x