The Everyday Makeup Routine

What’s currently floating my boat…


As the past couple of week’s have been so nuts (got to love catching the 6.40am train to London!), I have been reaching for whatever I can in the morning. You know the drill. You’re barely awake, you’re watching RuPaul’s Drag Race on your laptop out of one eye and trying to check that you haven’t gone overboard with bronzer with the other, whilst also trying to eat a slice of toast and keep an eye on the clock so you don’t miss your train. I feel ya. In those moments I don’t really give a hoot what bronzer I’m using, I just need it to make me look awake, fresh and healthy and like I haven’t eaten Domino’s for dinner for the past three nights in a row. Thankfully I’d got a solid routine down in the week’s leading up to the nuts period and so when I looked in a mirror come midday, I was pleasantly surprised at what was looking back at me. I mean, I was hardly seeing J.Lo-comparisons in my reflection, but my 5.30 wake-up alarm eye bags certainly weren’t as prominent as they could have been.

So today I thought I’d share the deats and if you want to see everything in action then check out today’s vlog which is a meaty 30 minutes long. Yeah, I was feeling like a right old Chatty Cathy when I filmed it yesterday. Scroll down to the bottom of this post if you fancy watching…


Let’s start with the most important part – base. If I’ve picked my complexion weapon of choice correctly in the morning, I’m less likely to feel like a beetroot-hued moon face come lunchtime. It all depends on what my plans are for the day; if I’m planning on perusing Hobbycraft with my Mum then I’m all for a light coverage, but if it’s a day of meetings/podcast recordings/stuffing my face with sushi with Lily then I like to apply something a little hardier. Light coverage options for me are the Glossier Skin Tint in Medium or the L’Oreal Nude Magique Cushion in 03. If I want something tougher then I go for the It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream in Fair and Light mixed. Add a drop of the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk in 4 into that blend and that’s the winner right there.

Of course if I wake up looking like an actual tomato then there’s only one thing for it – the It Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness Neutraliser. It’s a little more matte in finish than what I usually like so I try to use it sparingly, just over my cheeks where things get real rouge and instead I just pile on the highlighter afterwards. The concealer spot gets taken by the Glossier Stretch Concealer if I actually got my eight hours of sleep the night before, or the Estée Lauder Doublewear Stay-in-Place in Light if I haven’t.

I try to keep my ‘complexion finishing‘ section streamlined as that’s the section that I dilly-dally about with the most. So first I’ve been applying the tiniest dot of the Glossier Cloud Paint in Dusk. It’s basically the blush-hater’s blush of choice. Next I go in with Marc Jacobs O!Mega Bronzer Coconut Perfect Tan which is possibly the largest compact in the world, to warm things up. Then I finish things off with the Glossier Haloscope in Quartz, applied to the cheek with my fingers to add a touch of gloss to my non-existent cheekbones.


I speak about my current Wolverine-brow situation in the video, but I’ve been trying to tame things with the YSL Couture Brow Marker in 2 and the Glossier Boy Brow in Brown. Then after priming the eyes with the NARS Pro-Prime Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base I’ve been using either MAC Eyeshadow in Soba or Saddle, or the Charlotte Tilbury Eyes To Mesmerise in Bette. The latter is a rediscovery and I’m loving it. It gives a great metallic sheen to the lids, which makes them look a bit wet and glossy, but in a very subtle way. It’s my nod to my current RuPaul drag makeup obsession. Finally I go in with the Heroine Make Long & Curl Mascara and call it a day with the eyes.

Lip-wise, I’m on the nude lipstick train and it’s going 100mph and I’m into it. Of course there are some old favourites like CHANEL Rouge Coco Lipstick in Adrienne and Glossier’s Generation G in Cake. But I’m also into the Glossier Balm Dot Com, which is almost a matte-effect lip balm – it’s great if you don’t want things to look too glossy on the lips. The MAC x Fleur de Force Lipstick is becoming a firm favourite too when I fancy something a little peachy. Then for a straight-up nude I’ve been reaching for the Burt’s Bees Lipstick in Nile Nude, or for something pinkier – Blush Basin.

PHEW! And there was me thinking that my routine was streamlined. Ha! 

Photos by Lauren Shipley



  • cristy

    the it cosmetics brand looks great!! such a great post your photography always is so great xx

  • I really want to try it cosmetics, I hear really nice things about them xx

    Zoe Mountford x

  • I have a few trusted half asleep products as well that I reach for when it has been one (or a couple) of these nights. Anything to look human again.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  • Naomi Shiek

    I also use It Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness! I am very, very pale so I use it under my eyes, on my nose and cheeks – it has the double benefit of covering dark circles, giving me color to the lids so no need for eyeshadow, giving me a tanned look across nose and cheeks, and negating the need for a blush! I’m surprised it doesn’t look weird as the rest of my face is so pale, but something just works to neutralize and give color where needed.

  • Loved this vlog! And this post 🙂 I have just added a bunch of things to my wish list haha!!

    Fatima x

  • Chloe

    This looks very interesting and an awesome post! 😊🦄💜

  • I love this routine, looks so easy and not time consuming at all. Perhaps I’ll incorporate some tips into mine.

  • So many great products, thank you for sharing these. I really have been enjoying your podcast, so amazing, well done!
    Lots of love xx

  • Such a nice selection of products! I’ve been loving everyones thoughts on Glossier, it can’t wait for them to ship internationally! x

    Millie |

  • Why am I the only person in existence who can’t get along with the L’Oreal Cushion foundation haha! I’ve been keeping my make-up super simple too recently, always reaching for reliable products and I’ve got it down to 10 minutes! xx

    Frances Kayleigh | Beauty Fashion Lifestyle

  • Em

    Love the post and vlog! So excited to hear that you are loving the Burt’s Bees lipsticks and can’t wait for more to come with them. I have the blush basin shade as well and think it is great 🙂

  • How amazing Heroinemake mascaras, I have tried almost all of them and I have loved them all. And the CC cream is absolutely amazing, definitely one of my staples 🙂
    Loving this post!!

    M. x |

  • Lisa Autumn

    The CC cream is on my wishlist.. just so hard to get hold of :/

    xx Lisa |

  • Just watched the 30 minute vlog which was only 28 minutes! Loved every minute of it!!

  • Adrienne definitely is your signature lipstick! I’m really curious about Fleur’s Mac lipstick, it’s sold out everywhere but I’d like to swatch the shade myself!

    Julia x
    Last Post: A Holiday in Rome, Italy |

  • The IT CC cream looks amazing, I really wanna buy it but alas, I have too many beauty products so I want to finish up my current BB cream before moving onto that one!


  • The it Cosmetics CC Cream is right at the top of my list of things to buy in Sephora when I head to NYC in July & a trip to the Glossier showroom will definitely be on the cards too! 😉

    Ellis –

  • Victoria

    I´ve had my eyes on the burt´s bees lipsticks for a while now, so maybe they are worth a try and I should get one someday!

  • I love the Burts Bees lipstick in Blush Basin, it’s been one I’ve been reaching for a lot in spring.
    Alicia x |

  • olivia kiernan

    ah i need to get my hands on some Glossier products asap!
    Olivia / Olivia Roses

  • I saw you mention the CT Bette in another video along with the Chanel Mirage, it inspired me to do a review of all my bronze cream eyeshadows

  • LOVE your everyday makeup routines, they’re always things you can actually do everyday and I respect that so much

    – Natalie

  • Natassia Callista Alicia Radit

    Treat yo self 😉

  • Alex Thomson

    God I am jealous of your life! Sitting at my desk watching this and imagining my alternative life as a blogger with all the makeup!

  • theblackblush blog

    Love your everyday makeup products!

    The Black Blush

  • Anna I love how super organised you are and I love your ‘lets get it done’ attitude. Great post as always 🙂

  • Taranjeet Singh

    I would like to buy the IT cosmetics cc cream but how would I know it will be my colour? really want to give it a try!

  • Ebba

    Treat yourself! Really loved your makeup routine! Looks like some of my makeup colours and now I really need to buy some more stuff..! 🙂

  • Harriet McKay

    Treat yourself! Amazing as always x

  • Nice post , I like the products and your way of telling us , stay blessed hunn xx