My go to makeup look, high end and drugstore


Hi Guys!

I have various everyday go to looks, but I thought I would share a mixture of a high end and drugstore brand everyday look. I am a bit of a high end hoarder when it comes to makeup I just cannot help myself, however I am all for finding drugstore steals, and dupes that can work just as well as high end. 

Most mornings I tend to cleanse before anything else, just to ensure my face is fresh and clear of any impurities (even though I cleanse in the evenings) I just feel it's an important step to take in the mornings too, as it makes my face feel super smooth and clean.

Next I apply my primer, I was never one to include primer in to my routine, but if you read my previous post you will know now I am all about the primers! Currently I have been using a drugstore primer Gosh Prime n Set, I apply this with my real techniques bold metals powder brush, I have done a post all about this primer so if you want to know how good it is take a look! This mattes out the base of my face so there is no shine when applying my foundation, I just sweep it over my forehead nose cheeks and chin and I am good to go to add my foundation.

The foundation I tend to use most days when I am at work is Maybellines Dream Satin Liquid in the shade Ivory, this colour is not your usual ivory colour (in my opinion) I am quite pale through the winter/spring months so tend to use a lighter foundation in these seasons. But this foundation is slightly warmer so I only apply a translucent powder after. 
The finish of this foundation is luminous and although it gives a full coverage it doesn't feel heavy on the skin it feels very light for the creamy consistency when pumped out. For an alternative higher end brand it would have to be my Mac Studio Fix, but this is definitely a good cheap alternative which I get a lot of use out of, to apply I use my real techniques buffing brush.

I haven't added a picture of a concealer, as with this foundation I actually find it lightening under the eyes, but the collection lasting perfecting concealer is one I use the majority of the time or NARS as they are both amazing coverage and cover up any dark circles.

Next I dust over the Gosh powder as this sets my foundation and keeps any possible shine at bay. You do not have to take this step as applying this powder as a primer will already demolish any shine on the face, I just add a tiny bit after my foundation to secure it. 

I then move on to my cheeks, and I couldn't not include this product! Charlotte Tilbury's Filmstar Bronze and Glow, this is a steep statement but if I had to pick one favourite makeup product this would be it! It is the epitome of beautiful. I just love how you can contour, bronze and highlight with this duo. The two sections within this palette are sculpt and highlight, the sculpt shade I use to contour the hollows of my cheeks, I use my Zoeva contour brush for this, it gives a gorgeous contour line with tiny shimmer particles, but they are barely noticeable. I  contour the sides on my forehead too and blend both my cheeks and forehead out, I then apply the highlight to the bridge on my nose, cupids bow and cheekbones, the highlight of this palette is so natural it really does give you the healthiest glow. 

Then I apply my brows, to do this I have been using my Anastasia Beverley Hills Dipbrow Pomade which I talked about in my March favourites. I love this stuff, it's so easy to shape your brows with, I actually have my brows done monthly, I have HD brows, which if you have never had before I would highly recommend. HD involves tinting, waxing, threading, trimming and plucking, the whole shabang! But it's so worth it, my brows are dark naturally but HD keeps them tidy and defined and It's one thing I am addicted to! The promade for me keeps them dark and perfects the shape even more.

The next step in my routine is then the eyes! It was hard picking an everyday eye makeup as I have so many but it has to be my Urban Decay Naked 2 palette. Heaven!
I just love every single shade within this palette, they are mainly metallic shimmery shades, but there are a few matte colours which I use to blend in the crease. 
The shades I use in my everyday look are, Foxy for the base as this is a matte cream so it neutralises any redness and is a good primer to set the lids before adding any darker colours. I then apply Half Bake over the whole lid, then add Snakebite to the outer corners blending inwards, I then apply Suspect through the crease to give definition between the gold and brown as this is an ideal colour for contrasting the two main colours, I add a busted to the outer corner but only a tiny bit and I smudge that in and finally add Tease to the crease to blend all the colours out and give a natural eye makeup look so there are no harsh lines of colour. I like this eye look most because it can be as subtle or dramatic as you make it, the palette has so many different colours to achieve so many different looks. 

Shades l-r Foxy, Half Baked, Booty Call, Chopper and Tease

Shades l-r Snakebite, Suspect, Pistol, Verve, YDK, Busted, half of Blackout

Half Baked, Tease, Snakebite and Suspect

 then use my Lancome eye liner in the waterline, this is an incredible eyeliner which is long lasting, and good for defining any eye makeup look. I use my Soap and Glory Supercat liquid eyeliner for the top lash line, this is perfect for creating those eye flicks which even now I have good days and bad days! But the nib on this is so easy to work with, it makes creating those damn flicks that much easier!
Then to complete my eye look I add Loreal's Voluminous mascara. This mascara is such a steal within the drugstore brands, it's such a great mascara for creating dark voluminous lashes, as the name would suggest, the head on this mascara separates your lashes wonderfully making each one 5 times longer than usual.

Lastly the lips, my favourite everyday go to colour would have to be Mac's Honeylove lipstick the most wonderful nude this colour goes with pretty much every look, it's so versatile and doesn't take over your whole makeup look. It's a warm creamy nude which gives a soft matte finish, I use Mac's lipliner in the shade Whirl to outline my lips when using Honeylove, even though it seems darker it's not a huge contrast, as Honeylove is darker when applied to the lips than on the skin, Whirl brings the lip look together perfectly, complimenting the warm tones in this lipstick with the slightly more darker tones in the liner.

So there you have it my popular everyday go to look! Do you have any favourite everyday go to products? 

Emily xoxo

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  1. I looooove this, you've made me want so many things!! Also Honey Love always seems to get lost in my make up collection I'm definitely hunting it out tomorrow xxxxxxx

    1. Ahh thank you beaut! I know Honeylove is such a loveable lippie! Loving your current blogpost too! Think I need to purchase Fast Play! x x x

  2. Such a great blog post! I will definitely be trying out that GOSH primer soon! Loving all of the products in this, and loving seeing so many more posts from you too my lovely!! xxxx

    1. Thank you beaut! If you do let me know how you get on with it:) loving all your posts too :) xxxx


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