Make-Up For On The Go

Monday, September 5, 2016

When searching for beauty products, the ultimate goal is to discover something that not only works well but lasts well too. Staying power is super important to me as a consumer. It would be completely pointless to spend £50 on a foundation that by midday has become patchy and melted halfway down my face. For those unfortunate incidents where your make-up is looking a little lack lustre by 4pm, these are the products that have got you covered...

Beginning with the product which is the most likely to wear off throughout the day: Lipstick. Our lips are faced with a string of dilemmas each day; eating, drinking, kissing... maybe? For top ups on the go use NARS satin lip pencil, its velvety feel and precision applicator make this the perfect substitute for quickly adding some colour back into your lips. For a cheaper alternative try Maybelline baby lips. Packed with moisture and a fairly decent pigment too, you simply cannot go wrong. 

When it comes to topping up your highlight, cream products are the way to go. There's no need for a brush or a beauty blender as you can simply dab onto the skin using your fingers. Benefit high beam features a nail polish-esque applicator, making this super convenient to simply dab on, blend and go. Alternatively the Topshop glow cream's convenient size makes this handbag friendly and cheaper on your belt. Not to mention it adds the prettiest pink iridescent glow to the face. 

Now we've got our glow back on, it's time to rejuvenate those puffy under eyes. Concealers with doe foot applicators are perfect for on the go touch ups. My personal favourites are the Urban Decay naked and Collection lasting perfection. Both options are perfect for lifting and brightening the under eye area. Simply use the applicator to swipe under the eyes and gently blend in with your fingers.
Of course, if you've re-applied your concealer, you're going to need to set it back into place. Unfortunately, an easy to blend liquid infused product is just not going to work here but thankfully that's where powders with built in brushes come in. I will admit, I'm not the biggest fan of brushes included with face compacts. They shed, a lot. But there is one that makes the exception. Benefit porefessional agent zero shine in its travel friendly tube features a soft brush at one end and a capped lid to easily dispense a drop of the product into and then dab onto the face; preventing excess use and product wastage. This powder adds a light to medium coverage to the skin as well as blurring pores and mattifying the skin. It's a true winner for travelling in my eyes. 

When it comes to the face, there's one part which can really make or break your make-up look: The brows. They really do frame the face and bring your entire look together. For those disheartening times when you're travelling abroad or doing a lot of errands in a day and your brows have slid halfway down your lids, you need a quick fix. Benefit gimme brow is my ultimate go to for taming my brows and putting them back into the place whilst additionally adding texture, colour and volume. If you have a little bit more time on your hands however, then Benefit ka-brow will be your brow travelling best friend. Featuring a brush within the handle, this makes this product perfect for touch ups on the go. Simply dip the brush into the pot and gently glide the cream formula onto the brows to shape, fill and define.

And if like me you tend to suffer with dry skin, by midday your foundation has decided to sink into all of the cracks and fine lines of your skin. Thankfully, there's a quick on the go solution for that too! I like to carry a travel sized version of the MAC Fix+ to quickly add some moisture and life back into my face with just a couple of sprays. It's like magic. 
Are you more of an oily skin sufferer? Then make your ultimate hand bag essential Benefit license to blot, a mattifying balm stick designed to blur the appearance of pores and visibly reduce sweat and oil build up upon the skin. 

What are your must have on the go beauty essentials?!
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