My Everyday Makeup | Product Breakdown

There are a handful of products I use most days. It’s nothing ground-breaking, because no one has time to be ground-breaking on a Monday. No one has time for four different eyeshadows or setting powder or two different mascaras, and no one has time for touch-ups later in the day.

Over time I’ve narrowed down my makeup bag to a collection of products that work for my skin tone (very pale), my time allowance (under 20 minutes) and my preferred look (understated, nothing that sparkles, fresh).

So here are my day-to-day products, I’ve included links to everything to make it as easy as possible! Most mornings I’ll just pick a few of them and see what happens, which is also a metaphor for our twenties can I get an A-M-E-N.


S K I N

A moisturiser and an SPF are non-negotiables so you just need to make peace with that. I love Clinique Moisture Surge moisturiser; you only need about the size of a one dollar coin and I always take a few minutes here to firmly massage this all over my face to get the blood flowing and wake up my skin. The Glossier Invisible Shield SPF35 is my most beloved sunscreen, read my love letter here, and I use this every single day. I’ve also started experimenting with the iconic Clinique Sheer City Block SPF25 and so far, so good!

B A S E

Your makeup will only ever look as good as your base. This is the step you want to take ownership of. My three favourite primers are: MAC Strobe Cream, Victoria Beckham x Estee Lauder Morning Aura Illuminating Creme and the Tom Ford Illuminating Primer. The latter two are expensive but I think they’re worth the hype! I apply all of these primers with my fingers so I can actually feel my skin and see what it’s doing that day in terms of dryness and pimples.

My favourite daytime foundations are: NARS Sheer Glow, MAC Next To Nothing and either MAC Studio Fix Liquid or Estee Lauder Double Wear if I have a big day and need something that will last a solid 8 hours.

With regards to foundation brushes, I’m still a big fan of Beauty Blenders but there’s no denying they soak up a lot of product so I find myself using the MAC #196 Slanted Flat Top Foundation Brush when I want something that can buff out product and won’t absorb half of the foundation (this brush is more suited to thin, liquid-y foundations rather than thick foundations).

C H E E K S + C O N T O U R

My favourite part! These are like the cherry on top of your foundation, so to speak. During the day I like to use a cream blush rather than powder because it looks more natural and I really dislike anything that has a “sparkle” when it comes to skin products. Glossier Cloud Paint in ‘Puff’ is amazing and really buildable, and I just use my index finger to blend it out.

In terms of contour and highlight, I can’t go past the Tom Ford Shade + Illuminate palette in Shade 2. Holy heck. It’s creamy and, like the Cloud Paint, is really buildable so if you want to go full Kim-K you can. The contrasting shades are really deceiving on the palette in terms of colour, but both are incredibly soft and forgiving. I use my index finger to apply the highlighter to my cheekbones, cupids bow and the bridge of my nose. For the contour I use a MAC #242 shader brush or #248 to draw a line along the hollow of my cheek, under my jawbone, top of my forehead and two small lines down the side of my nose and then use a MAC #130 short duo fibre bush to blend it out.

E Y E S + B R O W S

I have really small eyes so everything I do here is about making them look as open as possible, and this starts with the eyebrows. It’s really hard to find an eyebrow pen that isn’t too warm for blondes and to-date my favourite is the Stila Stay-All-Day Brow Color Pen in ‘Light’. I’ll then set my brows in place with a cheap and cheerful brow wand like the L’Oreal Brow Plumper in ‘Light’. I really should just buy the Glossier Boy Brow but haven’t got around to it yet. If I want to use a powder brow colour I actually like using a MAC eyeshadow called ‘Omega’ because it’s a really cool-tone and I’ll apply this with a MAC #208 angled brow brush.

In terms of eyeshadows, like skin, I don’t like anything with glitter or sparkle and always use matte shadows. I only wear one eyeshadow during the day because I don’t have time to put on two or three so I will choose one of the following:  MAC ‘Passionate’ (matte deep pink), MAC ‘Up At Dawn’ (matte deep orange), MAC ‘Cork’ (cool brown), MAC Mischief Minx Palette (I think this is a limited edition palette but it’s still available at the moment! There’s a colour on this palette called ‘Flaming Femme’ that I adore), or MAC Paint Pot in ‘Groundwork’. For eyeshadows I’ll use a MAC #217 brush to buff it out on my eyelid and then a MAC #239 to bring the colour underneath my eye. For cream eyeshadows like ‘Groundwork’ I use a MAC #242 to pack the shadow into the outer corner of my eyelid and then use a MAC #217 to buff it out.

I’m not a fan of wearing mascara so I routinely get my lashes tinted and a Yumi lift at Lash Noir in Auckland. The Yumi Lift instantly opens up your eyes and makes your face look fresh. If I do use mascara I’ve been loving the MAC ‘False Lashes’ Mascara and Dior Pump’N’Volume!

L I P S

When it comes to glosses, pencils and lipsticks I like it to look as natural as possible, so I go for shades that are similar to the colour of my lip – rather than a nude shade. The following have been in my makeup bag for years: Chanel lipgloss #148MAC lipstick ‘Velvet Teddy’, MAC pencil ‘Dervish’, MAC pencil ‘Subculture’, MAC pencil ‘Boldly Bare’, NARS lipgloss ‘Chelsea Girls’, MAC lipgloss ‘Lust’, MAC lipgloss ‘C-Thru’.

And that’s it! I hope this was helpful and answered all of your questions! If there’s anything in particular you want to know more about or if you have a question about any of the products I mentioned just send me a message and I will try to help.♥


Header image by Wono Kim for The Twenties Club