My Make Up Basics

Make Up Basics by Olivia BossertI think I first started to experiment with make up when I was 12 or 13. The girls at school were coming in with mascara and eye liner on, and I wanted to join in on that fun. But because my mum is my mum, we didn't just go to the L'Oreal counter... we went to MAC. Did I realise at the time how luxuriously I was being treated? Nope, I didn't have a clue. I was kitted out with foundation, a MAC brush (no I didn't treat it well AT ALL), mascara, eye shadow, and some cover up to cover up ALL THE SPOTS.*yessss.* I think I probably used those products for about a year until they were all gone (lets face it, I wasn't applying a full face of make up every day so they lasted ages) and then I started to venture into the budget make up ails on my own and chose my own products. I can't remember ever being too interested in make up though... it was just something I did because everyone else was.

My interest in make up only really began quite recently. Before that I had my few holy grail products (I still use most of them), but I never had an urge to walk into boots and spend time looking at the make up section. Why? I think that part of it was ignorance; I just didn't know what was out there or what I could do with it, and two, I spent a long time in a relationship with someone who didn't really like it when I wore a lot of make up, so I just never really put much on.

So what changed? Well, first of all, I'm in a much happier relationship now, and second, I discovered Youtube! Youtube is a dangerous place. It sucks you in, and the product reviews are everywhere... and suddenly you want it all! I definitely went through a stage last year where I was buying new make up at least once a week, and it was product I definitely didn't need, or didn't always actually like.

Now, I feel like I'm in quite a happy place with my make up. I still do like to peruse the make up ails, and I still love watching Youtube make up reviews, but I've got a good, solid make up kit that I like and use pretty much every day. After I've done my usual skincare, I begin by applying the Laura Mercier Mineral Primer. On top of that goes the BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Gel Cream. I adore this stuff! It adds such a lovely glow to the skin (but not a sweaty glow... you know what I mean) and then I apply my Laura Mercier Mineral Powder Foundation. Why do I use mineral foundation? Well, I bought this about 3 years ago, and I've not found anything that works as well on me! I've not quite jumped onto the contouring bang-waggon yet, so I just like to use a bit of bronzer. At the moment I'm using the Collection Bronze Glow which is 1) super cheap and 2) gives off a lovely colour. For my brows I fluctuate between the Benefit Gimmie Brow and the Soap and Glory Archery. Both work great, it just depends what I find first on the day. For my eyes, I have two pallets that I go between: Urban Decay's Naked 2 or L'Oreal "La Palette Nude" in "RosΓ©." I'm not one for a bold looking eye on the day to day, so these pallets both have some lovely neutral colours in them. For mascara, I've been loyal to this product since it launched: Benefit Roller Lash. It's a pain in the butt to remove at the end of the day, but my god is it a good mascara! If I'm feeling fancy, I'll add a bit of highlighter into the mix, and I use Benefit's Watt's Up.

So there it is, what I use on my face pretty much every single day. Things change occasionally, but honestly not very often. I've got a routine, I like it, and I stick to it! Do you have any holy grail products that you are always going to use? Let me know!

Make Up basics by Olivia Bossert Make Up basics by Olivia Bossert