Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Five To Help | Fake Awake

Recently, one thing and another has meant I've been needing to function on far less than the optimum amount of sleep. Anyone who knows me will tell you how much I value my sleep and how truly terrible I am at getting up in the mornings, so I hope you can appreciate the importance of honing my morning routine to take as little time as possible - if it means I can manage an extra four minutes in bed, I am all over that! All that said, I do like to look as presentable as possible, and so a quick-but-effective make-up routine is a must as far as I'm concerned.
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I tend to wake up with super-puffy eyes, which certain family members find hilarious; it's really not a good look, at all. I find that washing my face as soon as possible after I get up helps to wake me up, and I tend to press a cold flannel over my eyes for a few seconds after cleansing and before toning, as I find this really helps to take down the puffiness. I then whap on (technical term!) my eye cream and moisturiser, and give those a few minutes to soak in while I get dressed, sort my bag out for the day, brush my hair, that sort of thing... Then it's time to get a face on!
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[Products used: MAC Prep + Prime; Bourjois 123Perfect CC Cream; Soap & Glory Kick-Ass Concealer in '01 Light'; Benefit High Beam; Essence All About Matt Setting Powder; Deborah Milano Natural Blusher in 'Cherry'*; MUA Pro Brow Kit; GOSH Forever Eyeshadow Stick in '02 Beige'; Soap & Glory Thick & Fast Mascara]
Highlighter is a godsend for brightening up dull, tired-looking skin and making your face look a lot healthier and generally more alive; I'm loving Benefit's High Beam at the moment, finding that three or four dots along the top of each cheekbone, blended in with the fingers, work wonders to lift my complexion. A good concealer for shadows in the under-eye area goes a long way to waking the face up, and I'm a massive fan of Soap & Glory's Kick-Ass Concealer. This little compact actually contains two shades, a yellow-toned one which I use under my eyes and a more neutral-toned one which covers any blemishes rather nicely. After setting my base with powder, a sweep of blusher adds a bit of colour back into my face and prevents me having to rock the deathly pale look of the recently deceased. I'm having a bit of a revival of love for Deborah Milano's Natural Blusher in 'Cherry'*, which is a super-pigmented shade and requires an extremely light hand. That said, it builds up beautifully to give a healthy flush of colour to the cheeks and it's been working well for me lately. Onto the eyes - I really enjoy GOSH's Forever Eyeshadow in the shade 'Beige', which is a shimmery champagne type shade; it's quick and easy to apply and works well along the lashline as a liner to really open and brighten the eyes up, blended all over the lid for a quick shadow look, or as a base for powder shadows to prolong wear. Finally, a quick coat of mascara only takes a few seconds to apply but I find it really helps to bring a look together; my all-time favourite is Soap & Glory's Thick & Fast Mascara as it's a great jet-black colour and gives my lashes length, definition and volume.
So there you have it! Do you have any top tricks for faking a wide-awake look for early mornings after late nights? What are your must-have products for brightening your face up and making yourself look alive?

xo
[*Products provided for consideration.]

19 comments:

  1. Never used Soap&Glory make up, the mascara looks really good though, and Benefits High Beam is one of my favourites to. KBxx
    www.beautybykaris.com

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  2. I have whittled down a full make up routine to just 10 minutes! Many a time of waking up late and working in an industry where you need a full face of make up caused this though. I love your little routine and you look fab! xxx

    Charli | Beauty and Lifestyle Blogger at CHARLI B

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  3. I love the GOSH forever sticks, they are so easy to use x

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  4. never tried Soap&Glory makeup before, it's hard to find in America

    http://elizabethkathrynx.blogspot.com

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  5. great routine ... can u plz swatch forever stick for me plz :)

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  6. i tend to whack on as much concealor as possible!

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  7. Great tips! I need to buy some more concealer, I have the worst black eyes.
    x

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  8. you look great, think I need to try GOSH makeup.

    Sophie
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    www.pocockins.co.uk

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  9. Look this your lashes look great!

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  10. Love the mascara, makes your lashes look amazing! xo

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  11. I absolutely love Benefit High Beam! :)
    x

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  12. I would love to try Soap & Glory concealer. I have heard so many good things about it! x

    Laura
    Pink Frenzy

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  13. Really like how this turned out! I'd add an inner corner highlight :)

    Erin | Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

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  14. Ive been using the Soap & Glory mascara for a couple of weeks now and I am still unsure about it :) It looks great on you hun http://ninasbargainbeauty.blogspot.com

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  15. Mascara is my secret weapon! Haha
    And some good under-eye concealer.

    Creepers & Cupcakes

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  16. I've been meaning to try the Soap and Glory Mascara! I need to go buy it asap.

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  17. My problem in the morning is dark circles. Me and concealer are BFFs.

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  18. GOSH is a brand the wife is a fan of I know that, but the others, I never knew Soap & Glory did make-up!

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  19. i have to use concealer every morning. i may need to try the highlighting approach as well

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