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My favourite makeup products

Josephine Way

So, it’s officially here! I’ve gone and started my blog. I want to use this space to share more about my life as a makeup artist. That means you’ll find plenty of makeup looks, product reviews, and tips and tricks of the trade – plus anything else I get up to that I can’t wait to share!

It seemed only fair that I dedicate my first post to a few of the things I just can’t live without. They’re products I use on myself and would be genuinely gutted if they discontinued (Chanel Vitalumiere satin smooth cream I’m talking to you!)

First up it’s Laura Mercier’s foundation primer. It keeps makeup in place like none I’ve ever tried! I have pretty dry skin (think dull and flaky) so the formula works really well for me. It’s extremely lightweight and as soon as it’s applied turns to liquid. It offers an amazing moisture boost and once dry leaves a natural glow, and of course it does everything you’d expect from a good quality primer – covers pores and fine lines like a dream!

Next I need to give a very special shout out to Charlotte Tilbury’s magic foundation. It’s been 5 years in the making and let me tell you, it is 100% worth the wait! It offers full coverage with a weightless finish and works wonders on imperfections. As it’s full coverage it’s important to prep your skin properly and really buff it in or you risk it looking cakey. I like to apply it with Illamasqua blusher brush and then finish with Mac Fix + to set and add a final hydrating glow.

At the risk of sounding like I’m on a never-ending quest for luminous skin (I most definitely am) I couldn’t live without Illamasqua sculpting powder duo. The highlighter, ‘Lumos,’ is absolutely incredible. I’ll admit I’m quite fussy when it comes to highlighters. I want to look healthy but a lot of them have big chunks of glitter and personally I prefer something that offers more of a soft focus effect. The glitter in this is so fine that it blends effortlessly in to skin and it reflects the light beautifully! The contour colour, ‘Heliopolis,’ is also perfect for me because it’s not too heavy and allows me to create a soft, natural finish. It’s a very buildable colour though so if you prefer something a little stronger it’s more than capable.

Lorac PRO matte eyeshadow is my go-to for most eye looks. The consistency is like no other, really creamy, almost like butter! It means the colours blend beautifully, and they perfectly compliment each other so you can use any combination you want and it’s a sure fire winner! I seem to use 'latte' in absolutely everything – it’s such a versatile colour for blending and is great for softening the edges of a smoky eye.

And finally I think it’s only right that I give a mention to the best eye cream I have found to date! Because after all, your skin care routine will make a huge difference to the look, feel and staying power of your makeup. It’s worth noting that I’ve always had a thing about my eye area, something which has only been heightened since the arrival of my little girl (who knew that one person could have puffy, dry AND wrinkled eyes at the same time?! Let me assure you… they definitely can!) This cream has been the saviour for me! It is so lusciously thick that it creates a smoothed surface, almost immediately and I can honestly say that within about 2 weeks I noticed a significant difference. At £44 it is a bit of a splurge but personally, it is worth every single penny! My dark circles appear to be going, my lines have been smoothed and my puffiness starts to fade within minutes of using it. If that’s not a good eye cream, I don’t know what is!

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my blog and having a look at a few of the products I can’t be without – I’d love to know if you’ve tried any! If not, what are the products that you absolutely love?

Jo x