makeup favourites and must-haves…

When it comes to makeup I’d say that I’m a pretty low-maintenance type of girl.  I don’t often vary from my favourites and I’ve built up a routine that works for me and my skin over the years.

I often get asked about different elements, so I thought I’d do a quick post for you to refer to if you’re interested.

The challenge as I get older, is in finding products that still give that radiance whilst also providing good coverage.  I spent my twenties trying to mattify my face, and obliterate any semblance of shine, but now in my late thirties I’m all about trying to put the glow back.  Ten years on, three children, one house build and a million other worries have left my complexion tired and dull, and I’m all for products that fool the eye into thinking that I’ve had years of sleep (and maybe a recent Caribbean holiday too! πŸ˜‰ )






I’ve been using Chanel Vitalumiere foundation for the past year now and I still really love the formulation and the lightweight coverage.  It isn’t heavy or cakey and glides over your skin.  It gives good coverage (perhaps more on the lighter side!) but still feels really breathable and evens out skintone beautifully.  I also use a little bit of Lily Lolo Foundation powder over the areas where I need a little more coverage – nose and chin.  Lily Lolo products are mineral based and free from nasties and I’ve been using them for years now.  I love how healthy they make your skin feel and how buildable they are too.







For undereye circles I wax lyrical about Rimmel Match Perfection concealer.  It is really affordable and does the job of much more expensive light reflecting concealers perfectly.  It comes with a built in applicator brush, but I like to blend it out with my Real Techniques face brush – the pointed end is great for getting into the corners of your eyes with ease!

When my skin was particularly difficult I used Vichy Dermablend as foundation, but now I use a tiny amount as concealer whenever blemishes rear their heads.  You need the tiniest little bit on a brush (mine is the NYX Pro Concealer brush) and it can be blended out to perfectly cover any discolouration on the skin.  The coverage is very full and it’s waterproof and dermatologically approved too!








If I need powder I tend to use Rimmel Clear Complexion Pressed Powder in Translucent.  This takes down shine without adding any extra colour to your face and is super lightweight too.  Good for touch ups during the day as well!








I use a little bit of bronzer and blush every day, just to warm up my complexion a little (particularly through the Winter when I’m super pale and sickly looking!)  My favourites are the South Beach bronzer and Mineral blush in Ooh La La from Lily Lolo.  A little goes a long way with these products, meaning they last for ages, and they have the same natural ingredients that the base products have too.








I only really started using highlighter about a year ago, but now I wouldn’t be without it, and it’s an essential part of my everyday routine.  I think it just gives that glow to your skin and helps you to look rested even when you’re maybe not!  I use it on the high points of my face – cheekbones, forehead and brow bones and a little goes a very long way.  My all-time favourite is Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop.








I use two different brow products to fill in my brows, mostly because I haven’t really found the right shade in one pencil just yet!  I find that pencils work best for me, and give that precise application, particularly in more sparse areas.  I tend to use Soap and Glory Archery (in Brownie Points) first, and follow it up with the Benefit Precisely My Brow pencil where it’s needed.  I use shade four.








I never use eye shadow, but wear liner every day.  It’s just my thing, and helps me feel that little bit more put together (I guess how some people might feel about lipstick or mascara!)  I use Maybelline Eyestudio Gel Liner and find it to be the best I’ve come across.  It doesn’t budge and stays smudge free all day.  I follow this up with Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara in black.








I’ve recently been using the Dior Sugar Lip Scrub and am still really loving it for prepping my lips and getting rid of any flaky skin.  On a daily basis I usually just follow it up with Lanolips LemonAid lip balm.  I am addicted to this stuff and can’t recommend it highly enough if you struggle with very dry lips.  I rarely wear lipstick, but if I do, my two favourites are here and here – one a very neutral pink, the other a perfect corally red!


And that’s it!  It feels like a full-on routine when I write it all down like this, but it honestly takes me next to no time in the mornings.  You guys are always so kind on mentioning my skin, and it’s honestly just down to these few things.  I’m as pale and worn out looking under it all, as the next person! πŸ™‚

I hope this has been helpful if you’re on the lookout for something new in makeup this Spring!

E x



  1. Emma Wearn
    March 20, 2017 / 1:34 pm

    This blog post is perfect timing for me as I was in Superdrug this morning poring over all the eyeliners. I’ve always used Benefit Badgal pencil eyeliner but am looking for something that gives a more defined eyeliner rather than a smudgy look. I was a bit overwhelmed with the choice and thought I’d do a bit of research at home and then your post popped up! I love your eye make up look and so I’m off to try the Maybelline gel liner πŸ™‚ I also love the Becca highlighter and love the sound of the Dior lip scrub – thanks so much for the recommends!

  2. March 20, 2017 / 1:52 pm

    I also use the archery eyebrow pencil, it’s amazing πŸ™‚

    Rachael xx.

  3. March 20, 2017 / 5:51 pm

    Ooooo love this. I am CLUELESS when it comes to make up – you always look so well groomed and put together!! I feel inspired to try out some new products xx

  4. Katy
    January 26, 2018 / 9:36 am

    Would love to know what shade vitalumiere you wear? Your skin and make up always look πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

    • Emma
      January 26, 2018 / 9:43 am

      Hi Katy, I wear shade 20 Clair. I’ve actually switched to using By Terry CC Serum recently (with Lily Lolo powder over the top) It’s so much lighter and I feel my skin can breathe a bit better. I wear the colour Sunny Flash so it acts like a bronzer too! It’s expensive but i’ve definitely found it to be worth it. My skin seems to love it too! Xx

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