Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The contents of my makeup bag

After showing you what's in my handbag I suppose it's time to reveal the 'mysteries' my makeup bag holds.
Truth be told, I kind of dislike wearing makeup. I don't mind applying it, it's the removing bit that irritates the c*! out of me and my skin. It took me a long, long time to walk straight past the makeup isle at my favourite drug store. There was a time I couldn't resist buying all those fancy shiny containers of rouge and blush and whatnot only to spend a fortune on something I never used.
Over the years my makeup routine has scaled back to bare essentials you see in this picture. If I were packing to go on holiday, this is the full extent of my makeup requirements: light coverage compact powder, mascara, eye pencil, eye shade, gloss, lip balm and one lip stick thrown in for good measure. And of course a quality eye makeup remover.

As you can see from the photo I practically never use the turquoise shade but the gold one has almost been used up. I've come to realize that the most important part of my routine involves a high quality mascara, eye makeup remover and a nice soft big brush to apply blush powder.
What is your makeup routine, dear readers? Do you keep it small and fuss free like me or do you prefer a makeup with more impact? I'd also love to hear what your brands are and the one makeup product you consider most important.


  1. I've been working on minimizing and refining my makeup routine and am down now to tinted moisturizer/sunscreen, brow gel, gel eyeliner, mascara, blush and lipstick. C'est tout! At my age, less is more.

  2. I like to keep things simple ( as if you did not know it by now ).
    On a day, I stay at home, no nothing. However, I feel more at home with my eyebrow pencil in sight, so I guess, that just now the pencils are most important for me.
    I have gradually changed to Chanel makeup products, as the colors are so beautiful on this brand. I have nothing to complain of the quality or price, as I don´t use much makeup.

  3. Lol, I am the complete opposite of you! I LOVE makeup - though if I'm sitting around the house, I'm not going to put it on. But every day it's like a big buffet - what will I choose today? I have way too much to count, and I love many brands - some cheap, some high end. Any I will change my look according to the occasion. At the very least though, concealer, mascara & lip balm. Though lip balm isn't really makeup - I have very dry skin, so it's mandatory.

  4. Deja: I've never considered the age issue, I admire the french women and their concept of natural make up at any age.

    Metscan: I inherited my mother's eyebrows, well defined and perfectly curved so I don't need any brow pencils, not yet at least. As for Chanel, I was a bit dissapointed a few years ago with their eye shadow palette, but I'm told their nail polish is worth the money. I might give it a try.

    Heidi: My skin is very oily and acne prone, so I hate to slather extra layers on, just makes it worse. But I totally dig the idea of experimenting with colours :-)

  5. When younger tried all the trends now agree with DP less is more!!
    I use Clarins products and chanel mascara.Just recently have started to use Bobbi Brown liquid foundation not sure that it is as good as my Clarins?? one great tip I found always apply foundation with a brush it makes the skin look like porcelain everyone should try it fabulous!!

    Envy you having dark eyebrows,mine are so fair you can't see them nor the eyelashes,bet you have dark long lashes.
    Enjoy having fun with makeup.Ida

  6. Thanks Ida :-) My eyelashes aren't particularly long, but I used to snip off the ends (radical, I know!) and wait for them to grow back stronger and longer. I prefer a Lancome mascara, always have.

  7. As I get older I've pared down tremendously! Foundation, cover stick, brown eyeshadow, lipstick, mascara, blush, and for me having very light eyebrows, a brow pencil or shadow in a very light brown. I keep it very natural, but with eyebrows you can see I look so much more awake!

  8. Mandy: I prefer the gold shimmering eye shadow in the picture because I apply it with fingertips and it doesn't have to be precise. I just dab it all over the eye lid and it really opens up my eyes. I have relatively small eyes.