My every day makeup picks

It wasn’t until I started planning this post that I realised just how many different products I use on my face, pretty much every day. It’s actually made me feel pretty guilty so I think I’ll be upping my skincare routine to compensate!

When it comes to my every day makeup, I’m a creature of habit. I stick to similar products, in similar shades and finishes and do my makeup in the same kind of style every day. I’m a little bit boring, but, it works for me so I thought I’d talk you through my current makeup favourites!

The base

base-productsRimmel Stay Matter Primer – Discontinued, Nivea Express Hydration Primer –  £4.99, No7 Skin Illuminator – £12.50, L’Oréal Infallible Total Cover Foundation – £9.99

No matter how hard you try, if your base isn’t right, the rest of your makeup is going to suffer. I try to get my skin looking as good as possible before applying any makeup, this comes down to a combination of skincare and base products.

No matter what kind of makeup I’m doing,  whether its a tinted moisturiser and mascara to run weekend errands, or a full face for a special occasion, Nivea’s Express Hydration Primer is always the first product I reach for. It’s cooling on the skin and and leaves my face feeling plump and hydrated. I follow this step up with a squeeze of No.7’s Skin Illuminator to brighten my dull skin, adding a healthy, radiant glow.

I have a very oily T-Zone, and rely quite heavily on mattifying  products to stop me from looking shiny throughout the day. I use a small amount of Rimmel’s Stay Matte Primer  (now discontinued, cry) on my T- Zone, to help my foundation stay put all day.

I purchased L’Oréal’s Infallible Total Cover Foundation and it’s quickly replaced my all time favourite, L’Oréal Infallible 24 Hour Matte. It has a thicker consistency, it super build-able and feels so nice to apply!

Conceal, correct and set

face-productsL’Oréal Infallible Total Cover Concealer Palette – £12.99, Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer – £4.19, Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder – £3.99

This L’Oréal colour correction palette is another recent purchase. With all of the offers on L’Oréal at the moment, I made the most of purchasing some pricey new products on my last visit to Superdrug.

Since moving house, the bags under my eyes have gone from tiny clutch to weekend holdall so I need all of the help I can get to cover them up. As a colour correcting novice, I found the diagram on the back of the product super helpful, more so than the product itself. The purple product does effectively brighten my under eyes but I find that is goes cakey and creases really easily underneath my foundation. The green shade works well for disguising redness and the concealer shades have been useful too!

I’m not even going to go into detail about Collection’s Lasting Perfection concealer… if you haven’t tried it, how on earth do you conceal eye-bags and blemishes? I use shade Fair for my under eyes and highlighting and Medium Warm for covering spots and blemishes.

And lastly, Rimmel Stay Matte. I think this is a staple in most makeup collections. It keeps my skin matte, isn’t cakey or drying and is super cheap and cheerful.

Bronze, blush and highlight

img_3351-2Technic Get Gorgeous Highlighting Powder – £3.49, Rimmel Lasting Finish Mono Blush – £3.99, Benefit Hoola Bronzer – £23.50

Highlight is something that I’ve only recently started getting into. Most of my highlight products are a part of of blush/bronzer combos and kits, until this one. This Technic highlight is so pigmented, pretty AND affordable, I couldn’t say no.

Rimmel really is a drugstore hero in my eyes. For the price of their products, they can do no wrong. This mono blush in Santa Rose is a beautiful (albeit slightly worn), rose gold pink shade. It compliments my skin and adds a touch of bronze as well as a rosey flush.

Again, Benefit’s Hoola… need I say more? The perfect matte brown shade. I use this to contour and to add a general warmth to my face. Don’t let it’s hefty price tag put you off, this little box of bronzed goodness lasts forever.

The eyes

eye-productsMaybelline Lash Sensational – £7.99, Maybelline Master Ink Eyeliner – £4.99, Benefit Ka-Brow – £20.00, Morphe 35F Palette – £23.50

I honestly don’t remember what I did to my eyelashes before I discovered this stuff. I must be on my 10th tube by now. I find that it has a similar effect to Benefit’s Roller Lash but at around one third of the price, it’s much easier on my bank balance. If super black, defined lashes are for you, you need this product!

Black eyeliner is my staple makeup product, unless I’m going to the gym or popping to the shops for 10 minutes, I don’t leave the house without it. I’ve tried tonnes over the years but nothing has beaten Maybellines Master ink. It’s jet black, matte and stays put all day.

Since getting my hands on this Morphe 35F palette, I haven’t been able to put it down. At the moment, I’m loving a smokey, red/bronze eye and this palette is perfect for creating loads of warm, shimmery eye looks. There’s a full review of this palette coming soon so keep checking back if you’re thinking of purchasing!

And eyebrows… it has to be Benefit, doesn’t it? Ka-brow has been a game changer since it launched. My eyebrows are rubbish but with this I can create the illusion of full, thick brows that actually have some shape to them.


lip-productsMaybelline Colour Sensational Matte Lipstick – £6.99, NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream – £5.50, MAC Matte Lipstick – £16.50

I wear nude lipstick most days, to the point where when I came to take photos for this blog post, I had to retrieve 6 from my handbag. These 3 are probably my favourite, more than likely because they’re pretty much the exact same shade…

If you haven’t tried MAC’s Velvet Teddy, Maybelline’s Nude Embrace is a great, affordable alternative before you decide to bite the bullet and spend nearly £20 on one lip product. I don’t find MAC’s matte formulas drying, if you do, give Maybelline’s range a try!

NYX is new to my collection and I love it. It takes a few coats to build up a completely opaque colour, but once there, it stays put and is comfortable to wear all day!


I’d love to know what makeup products you use on a daily basis, are any of these ones in your collection? What couldn’t you live without?





24 thoughts on “My every day makeup picks”

  1. That morphe palette is amazing! I’m loving NYX cosmetics at the moment they have such a great range of lipsticks and liquid lipsticks! Lovely post 🙂 x

  2. Such a great post Lydia! I’ve been meaning to try the L’Oréal infallible concealer palette! I’ve been loving their foundation as well so I will have to try this out!

    Sare x

  3. Great post lovely, love the Hoola bronzer! I really want to try that Morphe palette, I already have the 35O and 35T so this one is next on my list!

    Amy x

  4. I’ve to admit, I’ve no clue about make up at all, but it’s very interesting to read your thoughts on it and how you use them! Keep up the good work 🙂


  5. Amazing picks! I really do love the new L’Oréal Infallible range, I really want to try the colour correction Palette. I also love Hoola be Benefit – my go to!!

    Megan x

    1. Thanks beaut! I find it a little cakey under my eyes but for the price and the amount of product you get, I’d still recommend it! L’Oréal Infallible foundations are my absolute favourites!
      And who doesn’t love Hoola! xx

  6. hahaha I love what you said about moving house! When I moved out, I had the same! And also, it is really refreshing to actually see well used products in a post, you can see you really love these bits!


  7. The No7 skin illuminator is fab isn’t it, I love dabbing it on before my makeup when I’m getting ready for nights out! 🙂

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