Graduation: the Makeup Edit

5 July 2015


The last three years have somehow whizzed by for me, and come Tuesday, I will have officially graduated from Newcastle University. When it comes to the big day I know I'll need to wear something long lasting and natural looking, considering the amount of photos that are going to be taken that day. As some of you reading this may also be graduating over the next few weeks, I thought I'd give you a snapshot of what I'll be slapping on my face for this special occasion. 

All about that base:
My primer of choice at the moment is Rimmel's Lasting Finish Primer, which is quite creamy in its formula but has a very matte and smoothing finish, which suits my oily to combination skin just fine. I will also be wearing my beloved MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation in NW15, which I find to be mattifying but simultaneously gives my skin a bit of radiance (is that just me?) and is super super long-lasting. Next up is Bourjois' Healthy Mix Correcting Concealer in 52 Medium Radiance - I wrote about this a bit in my previous post and adds the right amount of radiance and coverage, without drawing attention to blemishes or imperfections. The only let down to this concealer is that it only comes in three shades! To set this all, I will then apply Rimmel's Clear Complexion Clarifying Powder in 021 Transparent - this doesn't actually work in clearing up your skin, but I will be wearing plenty of this, to keep the oil at bay as it is a long day and no one wants to look greasy in the photo that will be on every relative's mantlepiece. To make sure my blush is long lasting, I will be applying both a creme blush and sweep a powder blush over it to add to its longevity; my blushes of choice are Topshop's Cream Blush in Head over Heels (watch this one, as a little bit goes a long way) and Soap & Glory's Love at First Blush. To highlight and bronze I'll be reaching for theBalm's Mary Lou Manizer and Soap & Glory's Solar Powder, both of which I have written about here. 

Brows:
The Eyelure Shape and Shade Brow Pencil and Tamer in Dark Brown is what I'll be opting for to fill in the gaps of my busy brows and shape them in a way fit. I don't believe this is really the best brow pencil out there, it was just the only one that suited my colour of brows when I bought it a year ago. To keep my brows in place, I go to Miss Sporty's Just Clear Mascara

Neutralish Eyes:
To make my shimmery eyeshadow last longer, instead of an eyeshadow primer, I will be using Rimmel's Scandaleyes Shadow Stick in Bluffing. This cream eyeshadow is light and thin in its consistency and has a brilliant metallic finish, in a pinky bronze which complements my chosen shadows. In the inner corner and under the brow arch, I chose Venus from Urban Decay's Naked Basics Palette and for the crease I chose Naked 2 from this palette also. Working my way from the inner to the outer corner I then brushed Sin, Sidecar and Toasted from the original Naked Palette onto the eyelid in a sort of ombre effect. Along the upper lash line I used the Soap & Glory Supercat Liquid Black Eyeliner Pen. which is long-lasting and easy to control in a felt tip form and along my lower water line, I'll be applying the Rimmel Soft Khol Kajal Eye Pencil in White, to make my eyes look bigger in photos (I tend to squint too much when I smile) and should it be a bad hayfever day, the whites of my eyes will look a lot less bloodshot. For mascara, I always seem to go back to Maybelline's Great Lash Mascara in Blackest Black due to its low price and the way in which you can build up this mascara to look as natural or as voluminous as you like.  

Your lips but better (and pinker): 
My favourite nude but a bit pinker than nude lipstick (if that makes sense) has got to be Bourjois' Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick in 11 So Hap'pink. Not everyone is a fan of the formula, but I love the matte and opaque finish this gives and the shade is nude but a bit brighter. To prep my lips for a smooth and flawless finish, I'll be using Lush's Bubblegum Lip Scrub and the original Carmex. 

Finishing touch:
A setting spray is essential for adding extra longevity to any makeup look, and mine of choice is Urban Decay's All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray. There are cheaper alternative to this one in the drugstore, but so far this bottle has lasted me a year and still has a lot of uses left in it - so despite the price, it is worth the splurge! 

Next Sunday, I will be posting about my actual graduation day, so keep your eyes peeled for that graduation post! I also apologise for the long-winded nature of this post - I felt I had to mention all the products, and let's face it, I use a lot. Wednesday's post will be a lot shorter, and on something I don't normally post about... So look out for that too!

Have any of you tried the products I've mentioned? What's your secret to making your makeup last longer? 
Charlotte x

12 comments

  1. What a fantastic set up, so many great products! You look amazing dear, congratulations wishing you all the best! xxxxxx

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    1. I really enjoy using all of these products! Aw thank you, it really means a lot to read such a nice comment :) xx

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  2. Wow, you got a lot of makeup! But you look great in the picture!

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    1. Haha it probably is a bit much to be piling on my face, but its only to make sure that my makeup lasts! Thanks you :) x

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  3. I adore the rimmel clarifying powder, it does seem to have helped my skin a little? I find stay matte just too heavy!
    Hope you've had a great day,
    Bethany x

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    Do pop over to my blog, if you fancy of course, and tell me what you think!

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    1. I agree, Stay Matte is a lot thicker than this so I prefer the Clarifying Powder but sadly I've not seen much difference to my skin because of it! x

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  4. The Naked pallate is my favourite! Such a beauty essential x

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    1. It really is! I sometimes wonder how I used to cope without it in my makeup collection :) x

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  5. Great make-up choices! You look really pretty :)

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  6. Your brows are ON POINT girl! & ooohhh the UD Naked palette looks so shimmery and nice in your pic. Never really been intruiged but that pic sure makes it wantable.

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    1. Aw thank you :) the Naked palette has matte, shimmery and metallic shadows, so is almost the best of three worlds. The palette definitely contains my most used shadows and I have never regretted buying it as I love it - I'd definitely recommend trying it out :) x

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