How Much Does My Face Cost?

Monday, 5 March 2018

I'm not a Beauty Blogger, not even close to one, but if I had a pound for every time someone told me I should film makeup tutorials for my YouTube channel i'd probably be able to afford a new bottle of my favourite foundation.

Although I don't feel comfortable with uploading makeup tips when there are so many talented beauty gurus already out there, I do like to talk about makeup. I saw this tag floating around a while ago and thought i'd chuck in my two cents on how much my face costs. From moisturiser to setting spray, here are all the products I use on an average full-face day of makeup.

Warning: this post is super long. Get yourself a cup of tea and your credit card at the ready for some great recommendations.

First step to applying my face is to make sure it's squeaky clean and moisterisued. I have sensitive skin and I want something light that won't interfere with other products, so I stick to the Simple Hydrating Light Moisturiser (£4.29). I'll then move on to primer where I swear by L'Oreal's Infallible Priming Base (£8.99) - this gel like formula creates a soft velvet finish ready for foundation application.

Foundation has been something I have struggled with for years. I have oily-combo skin that is prone to foundations separating, fading and just not lasting at all. Because of this I like a matte rather than dewy finish, and most matte foundations are very drying meaning it would cling to my dry patches around my nose and breakouts. Finding something to suit me has been a long, expensive process, but I have finally settled on my holy grail; Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation (£26.00). I'm sure you've seen several beauty-tubers bang on about how good this stuff is and I can 100% vouch for that. Applied using the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush (£8.99), I can't imagine using anything else now that i've found this guy! I just hope my skin doesn't do it's usual trick of getting used to a product therefore it stops working as well...

As I mentioned in my February Favourites, I wasn't a big concealer wearer until recently. Now i've found the Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Concealer (£4.00) I am in love with how much more awake this makes me look. I used to be a fan of the Beauty Blender / Real Technique's sponges which would probably work best for concealer blending, but I found myself spending a fortune on replacements that I reverted to using brushes for my base which I have grown to love just as much, if not more. For concealer I use the Morphe R30 Oval Foundation Brush (£7.00) which I find works great to dab the concealer in gently whilst keeping coverage and not streaking.

I then move on to my brows (which is apparently strange according to Paige, don't @ me) before I finish my base. I like to give my foundation and concealer some time to settle and I also need my eyebrows on to help me know what the rest of my face will look like! I was using Anastasia Beverley Hills Dipbrow for years, until I discovered there are so many good pomade's out there at just a fraction of the cost. I'm now using NYX Tame & Frame Tinted Brow Pomade (£6.00) which is a great product. I fill my brows in using an unbranded Amazon Brush (similar: £5.89) that i've had for years but does the job as it's small and thin. I set my brows using Barry M's Take A Brow Clear Eyebrow Gel (£4.99), and then move back on to my base.

I use two powders to set my foundation and concealer because I am just that oily and conscious of my foundation budging. I start with Rimmel Match Perfection Loose Powder (£6.99) pressed into my T-Zone and under eyes with a Real Techniques Tapered Blush Brush (from the Bold Metals Spring Collection: £30.00). I'm dying to give Laura Mercier's one a go but i'm struggling to part with 30 quid for effectively a pot of dust. After i've set with the loose powder, I then lightly go in with a pressed powder all over my face using a different brush; Real Techniques Bold Metals Angled Powder Brush (also from the Spring Collection). I'll use whatever is on offer at the time if i'm completely honest, but somehow end up always going back to Rimmel Stay Matte (£3.99) - shoutout to year 9!

Now, i'm a pale-ass bitch. I need a bronzer to add definition to my round head, but finding one that isn't orange or muddy can be extremely difficult with my complexion. Just when I was about to give up on there being something for me, I tried out MUA Bronzed Perfection Matte (£4.00) and Caspar was saved! This bronzer comes in a massive pan and is the perfect shade for us pale ladies and gents. I apply this with an EcoTools Full Powder Brush (£7.95). My final base stage before moving onto my eyeballs is highlight, and after trying out a handful I always find myself going back to The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer (£16.00). This beautiful champagne colour is the perfect natural-but-still-poppin' highlight that sits nicely on the skin and doesn't look chunky or leave a strange cast. As I don't contour (imagine my chubby cheeks with a muddy line down the middle, ha! No thanks), I use my Real Techniques Contour Brush (from the Flawless Base set: £19.99) which I find to be the perfect size and density to get an even, natural highlight all over.

The most crucial stage of doing eye makeup for me is priming. I have the oiliest eyelids in the world, and even on the coldest winter day I am crease-central after a couple of hours. I use Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion (£17.50) which tends to do the job (but definitely open to cheaper alternatives that actually work). Now, eyeshadow is a hard one because if you're anything like me you'll own about 10 different palettes and like to change up your looks from time to time. However recently I purchased the Huda Beauty Mauve Obsessions Palette (£25.00) which features a perfect mix of shades for me. It's versatile in offering shimmers and mattes, as well as "day" and "night" colours. Instead of switching between several palettes to get the perfect base, transition, inner corner, brow bone and crease colour, this one has it all in a small compact that's perfect for traveling.

Some other great palette's I love (but won't include in the total cost of my face) are the Makeup Revolution Soph X Palette (£10.00), Juvia's Place The Nubian (£30.00) and NYX Ultimate Shadow Palette - Brights (£16.00). What I will include in the total, however, is the tools used for eyeshadow application. My tools aren't too extensive, but the 4 brushes I do like to use for my eyes are the Morphe B18 Deluxe Round Crease Brush (£2.50), Morphe B70 Oval Shadow Blender Brush (£4.00), Real Techniques Bold Metals 200 Oval Show Brush (from the Spring Collection) and a Body Shop brush i've had for about 10 years that I cannot find online anywhere.

When i'm done with my eyeshadow i'll move on to eyeliner. 5 years ago I wouldn't be seen dead stepping outside the house without a massive wing, but the older and lazier ive got I just save my cat-eye for special occasions. When I am doing eyeliner, after trying every liner that exists, ive gone back to my trusty Rimmel Exaggerate Liquid Eyeliner (£5.29) - so many liquid liners are a fine brush which I feel give me little to no control. The Rimmel liner is a nib that enables me to get full precision and a sharp edge, and it doesn't dry up like felt-tip liners do. Mascara is another thing where I tend to just pick up whatever Boots is throwing down my throat, and i'm still yet to find something that is lengthening and holds a curl, but one that does a pretty decent job at it that i'm currently using is L'Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes Fatale (£10.99). Before I use this I give my lashes a quick curl with Eylure Lash Curlers (£4.99), and if i'm wanting to make extra effort, I chuck on a pair of Ardell Demi Wispies (£5.49).
My makeup collection may tell you otherwise, but generally i'm not a massive lipstick wearer. As i've got older I have steered away from the pinks reds, and stuck to a simple nude. My all-time favourite nude is Jeffree Star's Celebrity Skin (£16.00), but i've just recently purchased NYX's Sandstorm dupe to see if I can save myself a few quid going forward. And finally, I set my face with NYX Matte Makeup Setting Spray (£7.00).

So, how much does my face cost? Apparently £263.83! I like makeup but i'm not huge on the most recent, high-end releases, so I was pretty surprised at a total this high - if I totalled up all the makeup I own altogether, i'd probably have heart failure at how much money i've spent just to make my face somewhat presentable! Maybe that's an idea for my next post...

I had so much fun writing this post, please let me know if you'd like to see more beauty posts from me, and let me know how much your face costs in the comments!

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