The first 6 months after Philipp was born I was not wearing any make up most of the time. Every single so precious minute I would spend with catching up some sleep. So it was me with my bare face and dark under eye circles. When Philipp was 10 months old, I went back to work and I started to put on make up on a daily basis again. Simply because I wanted to look put together. Now with Philipp being a toddler, I have really started to enjoy playing with make up again… the OBSESSION is back! As we are all in a rush in the morning… let me share some of my current beauty essentials when I don’t have much time.
Sunscreen: SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50. The best, I have been looking for a sunscreen I could use alone or as a base for foundation for a very long time. Most of the sunscreens I have tried were heavy or sticky (or both). But this one is very lightweight, not sticky. It is also slightly tinted and would not leave me with a white cast on the face. Just Perfection!
Base: Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 (Nude) This step I would skip when I am really in the rush… however this iconic tinted moisturizer has a very light coverage. It makes my skin still looks like skin and keeps my dry skin hydrated. But if you need more coverage I would not recommend this one.
Concealer: MAC Pro Longwear Concealer (NW 15) Another iconic product in my routine and I truly understand the hype around this product. Great coverage, long-wearing and it won’t crease!
Blush: BECCA Mineral Blush (Damselfly) A peachy pink with a hint of golden highlights. I love love BECCA blushes in general because they are very pigmented and long-wearing. The hint of golden highlights will give your cheeks the perfect glow.
Eye shadow: MAC own customized Quad (Soft Brown, Wedge, ORB, Satin Taupe) This step I would also skip if I don’t have much time. However, I love to use ORB as an overall color for the whole eye area and Wedge to put on my crease (to create a crease). I like MAC eye shadows but I think there are better ones in the market.
Eye Pencil: Giorgio Armani Smooth Silk Eye Pencil (4 Black) For a day time look I prefer an eye pencil over a liquid liner as it looks more natural. I love this eye pencil because its very soft, easy to apply and to smudge. The color is black but its not the most intense black… perfect on a daily basis.
Mascara: Clinique Lash Power Mascara (01 Black) This mascara I have been using for years and years. I won’t say this mascara is the best for making the longest and prettiest eyelashes but its truly smudge-proof and cold water resistant. As far as I know Clinique is the only brand who has this unique smudge-resistant formula but in the same time it can be easily removed with warm water. Definitely one of my holy grail product.
Brow: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade (Soft Brown) You need a brush (recommend the brush from Anastasia) to apply this. But I love this product since it has the perfect color for me (very cool-toned brown) and its very very long-wearing. The application can take a bit of time but if you are used to apply this on a daily basis it can be done very quickly.
Perfume: Byredo Blanche A soft, clean powdery scent. Perfect for day time and goes with everything.
posted by Meng