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Nars tinted moisturiser is brilliant and takes seconds to put on, if you can find a space nk I would also recommend going there as they can try a variety of different makes on your skin.
Mac does some lovely cream blushers which are quick to apply and aren't as bright as they look in the packaging, I also love mac powder as it gives a tiny bit of coverage but not so much that you need to cover your face.
I'm sure you may be a bit tired when going back to work so I also recommend yves saint laurent touché éclat to get rid of any dark bits .
I also hate benefit mascara but I do love their primers if you feel like you need a face brightener. I use a variety of mascara but find clinique pretty good.
Definitely worth a trip to a Laura Mercier counter. The staff who work on the counter regularly are often quite good at showing you how to use stuff, but they also have travelling Laura Mercier make up artists who come into store regularly. As an example I have a Space NK near me and the artist comes in every 6 weeks or so. Easy to get an appointment, and free at my local Space Nk (cos I spend so much there ??), sometimes a £15 refundable deposit, and the ones I've seen are very skilful with makeup.
I love giorgio armani. My first step to this posh makeup as it looks so sleek..but not scary with all those colours like mac.Hate Bobby brown to the max as the SA there made me look 20 yrs older with all those earth tone colours. I brave myself to the armani counter in harvey nics...asked them that i'm looking for a natural look day makeup...and they show me step by step without any hard selling. If you didn't like the eye makeup look like too ovedone...or too complicated..they are happily to clean it for you and try another colour. Of course i spend loads....I'm converted. The foundation is the best thing ever...and also the mascara ( i love the comb like mascara..perfect for the beginner without feeling very heavy on the eyelashes)...and everything!! The new armani maestro foundation looks fab with lots of good reviews.
I use Laura Mercier primer and Liz Earle foundation. Have only just started with the Liz Earle foundation, but I have to say, I love it. Really good coverage without looking mask like. Livens up my 54 year old skin and evens out all sorts. Love, love, love it and won't be changing for a good long time.
I'd second (or third+) Laura Mercier. I've gone from Estée Lauder Double Wear to LM Oil Free Tinted Moisturiser. It has made a big difference to my face. It's definitely worth getting advice though. I was out for another foundation but was guided towards a tinted moisturiser. The SA removed my foundation and tried what I wanted (shade/texture) on one side of my face and what SHE to the other. I looked polished but not "full on" in the way I had been. Much better. And using the right products means it's all applied quicker!
I'm 50 now and the LM lady was the first person to say to me "you have really good skin and it has a lovely pink undertone that you should go with" instead of covering it up with a heavy colour changing foundation.
BB, I have to agree, does nothing for me. Except.... I have two eye shadows (Bone and Taupe) which really do accentuate my eyes naturally. Full stop. Drab? Maybe, but.... No one has purple/green/gold/pink metallic eye skin. I have binned all other eye makeup.
I'll second Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation. I have lots of dark spots on my skin and it covers it brilliantly but doesn't look heavy. The concealer is great too. I'm loving Clinique chubby sticks at the moment too.
Liz Earle tinted moisturiser type foundation glides on nicely and the rest of their make up looks good.
However and I am a lone voice here, I like BB. I have a few of their palettes and the little silver bag is my most recent purchase which has everything apart from foundation that I need for the day. I find the assistants really helpful and they will show you how to use the stuff before you buy it.
Actually my favourite foundation at the minute is the L'oreal BB cream. It smooths on easily, gives a glow to my skin and looks really natural, plus its not expensive so I can slather it on. You don't have to pay a fortune for make up to be right for you.
Agree with Laura Mercier, Armani, and visit to Space NK. Just to say when you're there check out By Terry, which is one of my top favourites. Also love Becca, though they may be a bit hard to track down unless you're in London, where there's one in Fenwick's Bond St and one in South Ken.
I also like some BB things - in particular their cream eye shadow, which comes in a good range of colours.