Minimal Makeup Menu

I usually tend to only gravitate towards a more minimal makeup in the warmer months, but recently I've found myself having little time to get ready and so easy and minimal makeup has been essential. Whether I have a 9am lecture, or I'm not really doing much that day, having a few products that make me look so much more together and make me feel more myself are key. Sometimes I just don't feel like applying a load of makeup, and to be honest, it makes doing my makeup properly for going out a little bit more special. I've found myself doing this look on most days and it's really become a go to, as I don't have to think about it throughout the day and it's so quick and easy to do in the mornings.

Starting out with primer, I've fallen back in love with the Soap and Glory One Heck of a Blot primer. I started using this several months back and completely loved it, I think I switched to using something else and that's why I stopped using it. But I decided to give it a whirl again recently and I'd forgotten how good it is. It mattifies my skin without leaving it slippy, adds longevity to my makeup and makes it apply so much smoother too.

A foundation I never thought I'd like is the L'Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation. I was definitely late to the party with this, I just thought it was a bit gimmicky, but I've been really enjoying it for minimal makeup. It has a beautiful light coverage that leaves your skin looking fresh and glowy without the greasy/shiny look. I'm lucky that my skin is mostly pretty clear so I can rely on a light coverage for every day.

Over the top I use a bit of the Bourjois Radiance Reveal concealer just under my eyes. My dark circles are pretty bad at the best of times, and so a little of this really brightens them up making me look much more awake.

I set my base in place with the MAC Studio Fix powder plus foundation. It's perfect for minimal makeup as it keeps things looking matte and in place, whilst not being too cakey and still keeping a bit of glow from the foundation. Plus the extra coverage is ideal for pairing with lighter bases and on the go top ups.

To perk up my skin a bit I add a touch of Benefit Rockateur blush. I find this looks so beautiful on the skin, adding a bit of definition, colour and a slight highlight all in one sweep.

I keep my brows and lashes very simple and quite natural, using a couple of sweeps of the L'Oreal Brow Artist Plumper to define and hold my brows, and a little of the NYX Doll Eye Long Lash mascara. Whilst this does add lots of length to my lashes, I find that a small amount really defines my eyes but doesn't look over the top for a minimal makeup look.

A throw on glossy lip is key for me when I'm going for a minimal makeup. I've been loving the Lancome Juicy Shaker in Vanilla Pop, it adds a beautiful hint of colour yet it's not too over the top, and once the glossiness has worn off slightly it leaves a lovely tint on the lips so it's perfect for uni when I won't be able to be constantly touching up my makeup.

This minimal makeup has really been a go to, and I'm sure I'll be wearing it a lot as I get busier. It's nice to have a makeup look that's super quick and easy to do for every day, and then something a bit different for more special occasions.

What are your minimal makeup picks?

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