I shared a few weeks back all about what the cushion foundation is, and so far, I’ve only ever tried 2 – one from the Korean brand Laneige and the other L’Oreal. Will I be inclined to try other brands? I guess it all depends on if I run out of the L’Oreal cushion foundation and if there’s a sale worth sinking my hard earned cash into. When I say sale, I’m talking about a minimum of 40% off here because let’s face it, no matter how “cheap” the drugstore brands are, we all know that they cost a lot more than what they sell in the U.S. So no, I won’t be paying full retail price, thank you very much!
When I do wear any sort of makeup – confession, I DO NOT wear makeup every day… GASP! – I like to keep it simple because as much as I love playing around with makeup, I just don’t have that kind of time. So, for me makeup is really for me to be able to project a more put-together image. Not that I look less put-together without it, but you know what I mean.
Which is why I go for minimal fuss, especially when time is not your best friend. I only spend a much longer amount of time if I’m about to go out to somewhere special and have LOADS of time.
What I like about the cushion foundation is the fact that it’s not like your regular powder foundation, something I find can be a little bit cakey on my skin during the colder months. The cushion foundation also eliminates the need to carefully blot and blend, like when I’m using a foundation or BB Cream. It’s great for when I’m in a hurry, which seems to be a lot more often lately!
Before I apply any makeup, I always make sure I’ve prepped my skin with moisturiser and sunscreen. Then let it sit for a little while – that’s when I start getting dressed because who has time to sit around and wait right?
Step 1: Apply the cushion foundation on your face
Start from the middle section of your face. I like to start where my under eye area is, just between my cheekbones and the sides of my nose, then moving outwards and upwards and also downwards of course. With the cushion foundation, I usually dab, dab, dab. Don’t forget to apply foundation onto your neck area as well.
Step 2: Conceal
Sadly, I’ve started to sport some dark eye rings underneath my eyes. Must be those early wake up calls that body finds hard to shake. 5am, every single day! Thank goodness for concealers. I am loving this latest purchase I made sometime last month. Maybelline’s Age Rewind concealer seems to ALWAYS sell out every time I want to purchase it during the 40% off at Priceline sales.
Thankfully, I managed to find one in my shade during their most recent sales! The concealer comes in a plastic tube bottle with a sponge applicator at the top. To apply, first you will need to turn the top lid dispense the concealer. Then simply apply it onto the area you’re concealing, in my case it’s underneath my eyes. Start from the inner corner of your eyes, just next to the top part of your nose, and go downwards and out. Then blend with your fingers.
Step 3: The Brows
My brows aren’t in the perfect condition they should be because I’ve been a bit slack and not getting it professionally done. I only trust ONE place to thread my eyebrows and I’m just too lazy to venture into the city to get them done. So, I’ve been cleaning them up myself, as best as I could. This also means I usually take a slightly longer time to do my eyebrows than everything else on my face.
Start with brushing your eyebrows as this will make it easier for you to determine how much and where to fill in.
Once that’s done, simply fill in with light strokes. Remember you’re NOT drawing in your eyebrows, you are filling them in to give it more definition. The idea is to frame your face not have everyone zone in on your eyebrows. Unless of course that’s the look you’re going for.
Because my eyebrows aren’t tinted, I like to use some tinted brow gel to give it a little bit more definition and keep it in place in case the wind blows them all out. Kidding! Seriously though, it’s to keep those fly-aways at bay.
Step 4: Mascara
If you’re wondering why I’ve skipped curling my lashes, it’s thanks to this super awesome but darn expensive mascara from Benefit. The Roller Lash mascara curls and separates at the same time! Now all I have to do is hope they go on sale again before the current one runs out or hits the 3 month limit. Wait… I think it might have already reached it’s 3 month limit! Nooo!!!! Anyway, for those with sparse lashes like moi, the Roller Lash will do the trick just fine.
Step 5: Blush
Add a hint of colour to your cheeks because while foundations or any sort of base gives a nice even skin tone, it also means you have one shade and no definition to your face. I love using this blush from Physicians Formula and have had this for quite a long time now. My simple tip is to use a blush that also has some highlighting powder in the formula. That way, you eliminate the need to do any highlighting to your face. Plus it gives a lovely hint of colour while still illuminating your face.
Step 6: Lips
Finally, the lips. I prefer to go for a more neutral shade for my everyday look. That way I still look like I have some colour to my lips without going overboard. I also have a preference for lip crayons over lipsticks or glosses. Just a personal preference really, maybe it’s because of the texture?
As you can see, my steps are basically the same every time. Why? Because it has worked for me. It’s super quick, easy and does the job. Make sure you have your eyebrows groomed, even if you can’t get to a salon to do it, just do a quick clean up. I prefer to focus on my eyebrows as they help frame my face and mascara is a must. Remember that having a blush that comes with some sort of illuminating powder usually helps to highlight your face.
What I used to create this look
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