How I fell in love with my no make-up, make-up routine 

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As half the female population steers towards the world of contouring and highlight, I found myself heading in the opposite direction. Gone were my days of fake-tanning all the way up to the neck, so dark that it was almost impossible to leave the house without a thick layer of foundation in a shade just as dark. It’s not that I don’t like the world of make-up any more or the way we can create a variety of looks through the application of certain products. But personally I grew tired of the up keep and as of recently, I want to get ready as quick as possible and still feel confident with myself.

Having dabbled in the more ‘natural’ look a few times before and not liked how I looked, I thought I would forever be waking up an hour earlier than I desired to spend that time getting ready. It wasn’t until recently that I realised all I needed was a foundation shade that matched my natural skin tone (the palest shade available) with a concealer just as fair and a bit of eyebrow dye so my blonde brows can match the colour of my dark brunette hair, which of course is dyed also.

Before I could feel 100% comfortable with myself in a natural no-make-up-make-up look I found that being comfortable with a bare face and absolutely no make-up was the initial necessary step to conquer. For this I started with the basics; clearing my complexion, growing out my eyebrows, getting my hair a colour that suits my skin tone, and getting my teeth as naturally white as possible. You can read more about this in depth here.

So as I still stare in awe whilst watching the mega make-up gurus on Youtube create an all glowing facial master piece it’s clear that this level of entertainment isn’t slowing down any time soon. It amazes me what can be achieved through practise and you can still find me made up with a smoky eye in my fashion related blog images. But for a day to day basis I’m keeping it simple and thought I’d give you my everyday make-up product breakdown.



Foundation: Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation (shade: 51 Light Vanilla) is what I’m currently using but it’s hard to get a sheer layer as this foundation has more of a medium coverage. I’ve been using one pump and applying it with a foundation brush making sure I sheer it out as much as possible. I only apply this to the centre section of my face (nose and t-zone) as I don’t need it everywhere. This is one of the reasons why it’s important to match the foundation colour accurately to your skin so it can be placed in the areas that really need it and then blended out.

Concealer: L.A. Girl PRO.conceal (shade: GC969 Porcelain) – The shade that I use in this concealer is extremely pale and can look very white when worn with a foundation any darker than the one mentioned above. If I wear a darker shade I apply Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer (shade: Light) over the top as it is still pale but has an ivory undertone.

Powder: Rimmel London Stay Matte (shade: 001 Transparent) A light dusting of powder around the t-zone and under the eye is all I need but I find that this foundation can appear shiny if I miss out this step.

Eye brow gel: L’Oreal Brow Artist Plumper (shade: Medium/Dark) When I dye my eye brows I don’t need to fill them in as much as usual and I really like just using a tinted brow gel over the top to keep them in place and still look natural. When I fill in my brows with the Sleek Eyebrow Kit I find my brows can look dusty and over powering with out a heavy smoky eye.

Bronzer: Natural Collection Sun Tint Bronzing Powder (shade: Golden Glow) This bronzer is very natural and is not orange at all. It has more of a coller undertone when applied to the skin and is very light in texture. The pigmentation isn’t very strong and this is why I like it for a natural look.

Blusher: Natural Collection Blushed Cheeks (shade: Sweet Cheeks) or Rimmel London Lasting Finish Soft Colour Blush (shade: 050 Live Pink) The Natural Collection blush is very matte and light in pigmentation which is nice for an almost undetectable tint. The Rimmel blush has shimmering flakes throughout so I tend to reach for this one for often to awaken my face a bit more.

Eye shadow: I tend to use the same bronzer as eye shadow as I do for on my face. So in this case it’s the Natural Collection Sun Tint. I like this one as it isn’t orange and has a cooler undertone but still some subtle shimmer.

Mascara: L’Oreal Volume Million So Couture (shade: So Black) or Maybelline Lash Sensational (shade: Intense Black) I am currently trying to use these mascaras up as I do like to exeriment with different ones. However these are currently my favourites. I prefer Maybelline Lash Sensational over L’Oreal as it lengthens my lashes really nicely and isn’t clumpy.

Lip liner: MAC Lip Pencil (shade: Spice) or Rimmel London Lasting Finish (shade: 011 Spice) It’s kind of clear that Rimmel created this shade as a dupe for Mac Spice not only because of the name, but because they are almost identical in colour. MAC Spice has a more orange tone whereas Rimmel created their shade with a almost unnoticeable touch of pink. When applied to the lips they are practically the same colour.

Lip balm/gloss: Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfector (shade: 04) I love this product. I apply my lip liner around the edges of the lips and blend slightly with my finger before applying this Clarins lip perfector. It creates a peachy yet natural lip combination which looks great against pale skin.

[Please note, not all products are cruelty free as I am using them up before re-purchasing others]


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  1. 28th May 2016 / 9:18 am

    Light fun easy read! Looking forward to reading more of your make-up blogs! Great work!

    • Melissa Birch
      28th May 2016 / 9:20 am

      Thank you so much! Glad to enjoy

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