Primer – It’s not an essential and if I’m in a rush I can skip it, but when I do use it, my face definitely lasts longer. Clarins Beauty Flash Balm is one of my all time tried and trusteds. It gives me a dewy freshness and provides a lovely base.
Next it’s foundation. If you’re a regular beauty and le chic reader you’ll know I have lots of favourites, but my current go-tos are Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser (full review here) and L'Oreal Lumi Magique. Day in, day out I do like a light base. I'll dab a little on the T zone before buffing around the face with the MAC 107 duo fibre brush. Then it’s MAC Prep & Prime Highlighter in Light Boost to conceal the under eye bags – this stuff is the bomb! If I’ve got any spots I’ll reach for my trusted Collection Concealer, in my opinion every girl should have one of these, full review here. I finish my base with a light dusting of MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Powder in Medium Plus.
I don’t do all of this, all the time. Most days it’s a dusting of bronzer, Guerlain Four Seasons Brunette is my weapon of choice, and a sweeping of blush – Benefit Bella Bamba or Nars Deep Throat are my go-tos. If I have the time, or think I need the extra effort, I’ll add a little contour with Sleek’s Countour Kit (find out how here) and a dusting of MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Highlighter in Soft and Gentle.
Eyes and Brows
Everyday eyes for me usually means a simple brown eye. I normally start with a primer – Urban Decay’s Primer Potion, followed by a light/medium brown eye shadow, usually “naked” from the Naked palette and a dusting of “sin" to give the eyes a little sparkle. For liner I adore Bourjois Khol and Contour in Brun. Brown liner is much less severe. It gives great definition, but looks more natural for daytime use. All finished off with a quick coat of Mascara – usually the first one I come to. You know my brow routine by now – HD Brow Palette and a slick of Maybelline Brow Drama to keep them in place.
Everyday lips for me are very quick and simple. Usually a quick slip of a nude lippy, something like MAC freckletone or Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Nottinghill Nude and copious amounts of eos throughout the day.
That sounds like a lot of effort, and product, but I promise it’s pretty quick and easy. I rarely spend more than 10 minutes on my everyday face. How about you, what are your daily essentials?