I’m not including my skincare regime in this because my constant desire to stay as youthful as possible means I’m a bit of a slave to layering numerous products in that respect! I’ll save those tips for another time.
These are products that I genuinely use all the time and couldn’t be without. I might use a lot of different things, but I don’t wear heavy make-up as it’s just not me. This is reflected in my style as a Make-Up Artist too!
- Tinted moisturiser
I wear this more than foundation and it’s my go-to daily base all year round (excluding the days I am make-up free, which is actually quite often if I’m not seeing anybody!). I adore the Laura Mercier Illuminating Tinted Moisturiser as it has a slight iridescent glow that lights up your face, plus it has the added bonus of containing SPF20. It also gives a good level of coverage to help cover minor imperfections.It may not be for everybody as there are only 4 colours in the Illuminating range (I switch between the 2 lightest in winter/summer), but if you can get a match for your skin tone then I urge you to give it a try!I also really love NARS Tinted Moisturisers – every single time my mum wears it I compliment her on her beautiful complexion and I’m sure she won’t mind me saying she’s in her mid-70s, so that’s proof it’s not just for youthful skin!Whatever brand you choose, tinted moisturiser is a great way to even out your skin tone with little effort and they look really natural, even undetectable if applied well. More often than not they are slightly cheaper than a foundation of the same/comparable brand so if you don’t need or want a heavy coverage then this could save you some pennies too!
Application tip: I personally prefer to apply with my fingers, I find you use less product this way, but make sure you blend it well into your hairline and under your jaw.
- Under Eye Concealer
Even on days I’m make-up free, I’m rarely brave enough to venture out of the house without a quick application of under eye concealer! It makes ALL the difference, trust me. Darkness under the eyes can be caused by several factors, including lack of sleep, poor diet, dehydration and, in some cases, they are hereditary. There are obviously things you can do to address the long-term solution to this, but as a topical quick-fix, concealer is your best friend. It’s important to remember that you wouldn’t use the same concealer under your eyes as you would to cover blemishes as the textures of the two are different, plus one is designed to illuminate while the other is designed to cover more specifically.I’ve used quite a few different concealers over the years, some high-end, but now I’m happy with Rimmel’s Wake Me Up Illuminating Concealer. It’s completely affordable (approximately £6.50), creamy, so it’s easy to blend, and it offers a good level of coverage. For those with extremely dark circles, it may be necessary to use a camouflaging technique to neutralise the darkness before applying the concealer, but again I will save this for another blog (or you can always contact me for advice). In the main though, this does what it says on the tin and I’d recommend you give it a go, especially as I think it’s great value for money.Application tip: Dot it in the required area then blend in with either a damp beauty sponge or a work into the skin in soft circular motions with a fluffy eyeshadow blending brush. Ensure you set it with a translucent fixing powder (either loose or compact) to prevent creasing – use a clean eyeshadow brush to pat it into the skin.https://www.rimmellondon.com/en_gb/products/face/wake-me-up-concealer-1
- Eyelash curlers/mascaraOk, so this is technically 2, but it’s difficult to scale things down to 3 products and these go hand in hand after all!It’s amazing how many times I hear the words “I haven’t used eyelash curlers in years” when I get to this point in the make-over with my clients! For whatever reason I think they fell out of favour for a while, but believe me, you need a pair of these in your life! Whether your lashes are naturally short, medium or long, they will make such a noticeable difference by opening up the eye area and who doesn’t want big, beautiful eyes?!Application tip: Ensure you get all the lashes into the curler and hold it as near to the eyelid as possible. Pulse, rather than just press and hold, for approx. 20-30 seconds for best results. Make sure you release/open them before attempting to take them off otherwise your beautifully curled lashes will no longer be attached to your eyelids!
On the mascara front there are so many to choose from and it can be daunting. As with the concealers, I’ve tried lots and personally I don’t find a huge difference between the high-end and High Street options in terms of the finished result, but some of the more expensive ones contain rejuvenating and conditioning ingredients that help to keep your lashes in tip top shape. Day to day I really like L’Oréal’s False Lash Effect range which can be layered for high impact or applied for a more natural look.
Application tip: Start at the very base of the lashes and work the mascara through to the ends using a zig-zag motion to cover all hairs. Use the tip of the wand to elongate the outer, longer lashes. Repeat as required.
There are other bits and pieces I do for a quick and easy day time look, but if I was only allowed 3 products for a month, these would be the ones I’d choose.
What are your 3…?