“How do you always look so put together?”, “Your makeup always looks great” These are two comments I get quite often over on Instagram, which is rather lovely. I have to admit I’m a huge fan of the Kylie Jenner filter… definitely makes me look better than I really look. Sadly, I can’t wear this filter on a daily basis when I’m out and about, but despite that I’ve still been getting these lovely compliments when I’m out too. It could be the “pregnancy glow” although I doubt it. I think it’s down to the products I use and I’m going to share my secrets with you today, my 5 step makeup routine.
STEP 1: Prep with Olay Whips
The first and most important step is prep. When prepped, I instantly gain brighter, fresher and more youthful looking skin. I’m approaching the big 3-0 and I’ve noticed quite a few lines appear over the past year or so, makeup tends to settle in those lines and it can be quite frustrating as my makeup wears off throughout the day. However, one product that has really helped minimise that is the new Olay whips anti aging face cream, and my current hero product.
So, what is Olay Whips? Olay have created a first of its kind formula using Active Rush Technology which holds and quickly releases 1000x its weight in hydration and active ingredients. It’s a skin firming cream that is lightweight and fast-absorbing with a formula that is light as air. I was lucky enough to be one of the first in the UK to try this product out and when I learnt about it and what it does I did wonder how it would work on my combination skin type. I’ve not quite tried anything like it, the whipped texture is very different but it fits perfectly as part of my anti aging skincare routine.
I’ve tried many moisturisers in the past, and usually they give my skin quite a dewy almost wet finish and I do have to wait a little while before makeup application but not with Whips. Olay Whips dries almost instantly and leaves a refreshing, cool sensation on the skin. It also dries matte and smooths out the skin which makes makeup application a dream. The matte finish was the reason that I was originally a little apprehensive to use it at first on the dryer areas of my face. I’m pleased to say the dry patches stay hydrated and that hydration seems to stay locked in all day. My usually oily T-Zone stays matte for most of the day, and I find that I don’t even need to powder when it gets to 3 o-clock! A time saver and a miracle worker, this is definitely the best anti aging moisturiser I’ve used.
STEP 2: Even your skin tone with foundation
OK onto Step 2, I always wear a foundation. I do this to even out my skin tone and also to match the colour of my neck. I don’t tan my face very often so my neck and body are usually a different colour hence the reason I can’t really miss this step. My favourite foundation is by Nip & Fab, I’ve spoken about it quite a lot already. It’s affordable and stays put all day.
STEP 3: Add dimension with bronzer and highlighter
Step 3, still working on the base I like to add a bronzer and highlighter to add dimension. The highlighter makes me look fresh and glowy and the bronzer defines and adds warmth to my face.
STEP 4: Fill your brows
Moving onto brows – I can’t leave the house without brows! Sometimes it may be a quick spruce with some clear brow gel and when I have more time I will fill and define them with some brow powder or a pencil. Quick tip, if you don’t have brow powders try find an eyeshadow you have that’s a similar colour to your brows to save money. I’ve used my Urban Decay Naked palette on so many occasions when I’ve run out of my favourite brow products.
STEP 5: Finish with a glossy lip
The final step is to add some gloss to the lips. I’ve been a fan of matte lipsticks in the past, but I find that when I use a simple gloss my makeup looks fresher for longer. There is no prep needed for the lips and it’s much quicker and easier to apply making this the perfect everyday option.
Have you seen Olay Whips yet? It’s available to buy now in three formulas; choose Regenerist for anti aging benefits and powerful results without heaviness, Total Effects to protect the skin without weight and Luminous for lasting radiance without shine. The range is available with or without SPF 30 and you can buy it now from Boots, shop here.
I’d love to hear about your simple makeup routine, are you all about the prep like I am?
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