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Trying to reboot my 'natural' look, what are your desert-island makeup products?

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Wetcarparkrain Sat 18-Apr-20 15:51:58

Going to have a clear out of my makeup, what I've realised in my early 40s is that the cheaper stuff (mostly) isn't doing it for me now, neither is a full face of makeup.

I know so many women who look gorgeous with NO makeup, but unfortunately I'm just not one of them... so I guess now I'm going to try and fake the natural look.

If you could only have FIVE products for your makeup for a long time, but there is absolutely no expense limit on those five items, which would you choose?

Bonus product is you can take one amazing skin booster (serum or whatever) at similarly no budget. Ie a sisley mask or whatever.

I have hundreds of pounds of perfectly all right colours that are all essentially the same thing (maybelline/bourjois/rimmel), I went to selfridges just before christmas to have a good nosey at interesting high-end things, but was terrified of the hordes of assistants (extra Christmas ones) who were so over-helpful they scared me away.

The two I think I know are 1) hourglass ambient in dim light and 2) tarte man-eater mascara.

Everything else open to suggestion.

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Picassosdove Sat 18-Apr-20 17:31:07

Sisley Black Rose Mask
Laura Mercier Black Gold Eyeliner
Charlotte Tilbury Uptown girl eye palette, Beauty Light Wand in Pinkgasm and Kidman's Kiss lipstick.
Boots Hydroluminous Foundation in Porcelain

Picassosdove Sat 18-Apr-20 17:31:48

Oops 6, but what the heck

Wetcarparkrain Sat 18-Apr-20 20:13:15

Wow, really, do you think the boots hydroluminous is so good it would be your forever holy grail? Interesting.

And do you think the sisley black rose mask is amazing because my hand has hovered over that before (maybe with the money I'll save on the boots foundation!)

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Picassosdove Sat 18-Apr-20 20:53:48

The hydraluminous foundation works really well on my skin, good cover, dewy, very natural looking. It is the best foundation I have ever used, and I've tried many.
The Black Rose mask is a guaranteed pick me up for my skin before a night out (remember them). Takes years off (temporarily).

browzingss Sat 18-Apr-20 21:48:31

Would depend on whether it’s a natural or full look?

Hourglass foundation stick
Nars concealer
Nars blush
Benefit gimme brow
Huda beauty liquid lipstick

Kiehl’s skincare, can’t choose just 1 product

TheLadyAnneNeville Sat 18-Apr-20 22:00:23

Garnier BB
Bobbi Brown bronzers
Clinique Blusher in Iced Lotus
No7 lippies
Pixi Glow Mist( Miracle product for mature skin).

justilou1 Sun 19-Apr-20 04:47:18

NARS orgasm multiple stick (idiot proof and makes me look alive when nothing else will)
Hourglass Powders - they’re just so fab. I have the Unlocked Palette and the Ambient Light Palette released just before Christmas and they are AMAZING! (Unlocked has the edge, tbh - can get a whole look from it. Could use for traveling and just bring lips.)
Laneige lip sleeping mask in grapefruit - will never go without

peachypetite Sun 19-Apr-20 05:01:54

Another vote for boots’ foundation! Have also spent money on more expensive brands but rate Boots very highly

Ineedabreak19 Sun 19-Apr-20 05:34:03

Fenty foundation - good selection of shades for all ethnicities
Chanel mascara
No7 bronzing pearls
Nyx soft creme liquid lipstick
Pixie glow mist

norbert23 Sun 19-Apr-20 07:37:44

Mac paint pot (painterly) for eyes
Chantecaille faux cilantro mascara
It cosmetics cc cream
NARS orgasm blush
Pillow talk lipstick

I also LOVE the black rose mask, I use it like night cream and don't wash it off. I got some samples off eBay to try out as I can't justify the £££ on mat leave 😀

norbert23 Sun 19-Apr-20 07:38:24

I've just seen it's corrected to cilantro 😂 faux cils

DustOffYourHighestHopes Sun 19-Apr-20 07:40:56

- eat and drink healthily, don’t smoke, sleep well
- Nivea night cream
- Nars or Laura Mercier tinted moisturiser in the correct shade
- any cream blusher, Nars orgasm or Mac are good
- a good moisturising lipstick in a pinky natural shade

Dinnertime22 Sun 19-Apr-20 07:47:21

Max factor mascara
Clinique even better foundation
Bobbi Brown blusher
Nars creamy concealer
Bare minerals powder
This list is too long, but one would not survive without eyeliner or eyeshadow.
I have always used clinique, but recently purchased the Urban decay eye palette.
I work 12 hour shifts, so it is a good test to see how well some make up lasts. Clinique seems to still be longer lasting?
Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner is pretty decent though.

MistyMinge2 Sun 19-Apr-20 07:48:42

To be a better version of myself, but still look fairly natural then I'd take:

Ren satin perfection bb cream
Bobbi Brown brightening brick
L'Oréal paradise extatic mascara
Eyebrow powder
Tinted rose vaseline
The Ordinary 'b' oil

PlywoodPlank Sun 19-Apr-20 07:50:33

Benefit boing brightening concealer
Nars or Laura Mercier tinted moisturiser
Pretty much any decent blush for a hint of colour and a good mascara
That's me sorted on my desert island

Scoose Sun 19-Apr-20 07:57:44

Estée Lauder double wear foundation
Hourglass ambient lighting powder
Huda new nude palette
Jeffree star velour liquid lipstick in celebrity skin which is a perfect nude for me
Charlotte tilbury pillow talk blusher

Wetcarparkrain Sun 19-Apr-20 08:37:23

@norbert23 I was just thinking ‘hmm cilantro, interesting name’ grin

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Wetcarparkrain Sun 19-Apr-20 08:38:38

This is brilliant, so many things to investigate.

It’s a nicely groomed, natural look I’m after, but preferably one where if you add just a bit more you could joosh it up for evening.

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MoltoAgitato Sun 19-Apr-20 08:44:26

Superdrug Vit E hot cloth cleanser (not makeup, but skin needs it)
Toss up between double wear light and Armani Luminous Silk
Smash box photo finish primer
Nars Orgasm
Chanel lipstick in Pirate
Chanel Volume mascara

Wetcarparkrain Sun 19-Apr-20 08:45:12

Unfortunately nars orgasm just doesn’t work for me, interesting it is HG for so many (my mum adores it, I’m too pale).

Just bought the la neige lip mask

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Wetcarparkrain Sun 19-Apr-20 08:48:38

Armani luminous silk has been on my wish list (approched the selfridges stand to just have a wee look but the Christmas sales staff were so pushy I backed off, I know they’re told to be very attentive, but surely it’s counterproductive? Or is this just me?)

Any, @MoltoAgitatodo you think the Armani foundation is worth the price tag? It takes me about two years to finish a foundation so the price tag is okay if it’s worth it.

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QforCucumber Sun 19-Apr-20 08:52:35

No 7 primer
It cosmetics cc+ cream
Benefit hoola
Benefit bad gal bang mascara
For number 5 I can choose between abh dip brow or benefit gold rush blusher!

MoltoAgitato Sun 19-Apr-20 08:55:47

@Wetcarparkrain I think so. It also takes me ages to finish foundation, and to be fair I’ve not been wearing a huge amount of makeup under lock down - I only bought Luminous Silk the week before as I’d finally used up my Double Wear Light. I would just have replaced the DW online but they’d changed the formula and colour descriptions so I had to in to a shop to mooch.

I would totally buy cheaper foundation if I could fanny about trying it on like the counters let you do - I have a horror of getting the shade wrong and looking like a tangerine, hence I like going to counters to try stuff on, get samples, then go for a wander outside to see what it looks like. The Luminous Silk is very buildable - I do need a bit more than the DW for the same finish. I put it on with disposable makeup sponges - I never get on with foundation brushes and I can bin a sponge after a few days’ use, so no grubby brushes or sponges on my face.

My acid test is when we’re back at work - I have a short, 15 min cycle ride to work and any foundation that survives that is a winner.

Sarcelle Sun 19-Apr-20 09:03:53

Nars Deep Throat is better for me, like Orgasm without the glitter. That isn't my favourite blush though, it's Tilbury in Love Glow.

I have a lot of Hourglass but don't reach for it as much as I did. I prefer Beauty Pie, One Wonder powder. I am not sure if that is the correct title and cannot be bothered to check.

Mascara - No 7 Stay Perfect

Maybelline Eraser concealer.

Becca Back lit Primer

Still looking for the HG lip. Sneaking this in - Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray. Game changer. Comes in a travel size if you don't want to splurge on the full size. Close second is the far cheaper ELF one in the black bottle.

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