My Go-To Makeup Look & Favourite Products for Creating It

As you may or may not have noticed, on a day-to-day basis I do have a certain look I tend to gravitate towards. So I thought I'd talk you through some of my favourite products for creating that look.

Semi-Matte Medium Coverage Base

Sometimes I do go for a bb cream or tinted moisturiser, but more often than not my go-to base is a sort of satin finish and a medium coverage that's easy to build on. I have combination skin so I feel like something that's semi-matte keeps my shine at bay without clinging to any dry patches. I prefer a medium coverage because it evens out my skin tone and makes everything look more flawless without masking the skin or looking too heavy. This kind of base also lasts pretty well on my skin throughout my typical day.

Nars Sheer Glow Foundation | £31 | post

Obviously I have to start with my Holy Grail! This is probably the least matte of the bunch and I would definitely describe it as satin, with medium coverage (not sheer or glowing in any usual sense of the words!) The formula is so different to anything else I really own but it sits beautifully on the skin and it gives that matte radiance I really love. If you're after something shine-free without any dewiness but not something too drying or flat then this is for you.

I do love the original Double Wear for an evening look but it's a bit full coverage for me in the daytime. However this still gives a pretty matte finish, is super long-lasting and looks very flawless on the skin. It's definitely still not a light coverage, it's medium but feels very different on the skin to Sheer Glow. It love the coverage it gives without feeling heavy on my skin.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation | £29.50 | post

I think this has been a bit of a marmite for the blogging community as it's definitely a semi-matte formula so is probably better suited to oily and combination skin types. I do have that skin type and like a nice amount of coverage, so it works for me! What I love about this is that the coverage is so easy to sheer out or build up, yet it still sits quite naturally on the skin. 

Sheeny Golden Highlight

Depending on the time of year, I do flirt with peach, bronze or pearlier tones but my favourite highlighting shade is a true gold. I much prefer a metallic sheen to a glittery look and though I sometimes go for cream formulas, my favourites do tend to be powder.

The Balm Mary Lou Manizer | £17.50 | post

This is the lightest, most vibrant gold shade and it isn't for shrinking violets! During the day I often apply it with a fan brush for a more subtle look, but for the night time I go all out with this. It has such a soft texture; probably the nicest and most easy to blend in of the bunch.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Illuminator in So Hollywood | £28 | post

I think this Limited Edition shade may be gone for good, so sorry! But I couldn't not include this as it's become one of my most reached-for highlighters. It's a stunning true gold shade that swatches like liquid metal. As with all of these, it's nothing glittery and actually gives quite a nice, subtle glow to the skin.

This is a super-compact golden highlight with a pretty swirl effect. It's probably the deepest gold shade out of these and as the name suggests, there are definitely honey undertones to this. It isn't the softest texture in the world but it's lovely and pigmented. I definitely think I'll be using this even more in the summer months.

Nude-Mauve Cheeks

I've never really been one for bold cheeks (it just doesn't seem to look quite right on me) and pastel pinks don't look right on my skin tone. My favourite everyday cheek shades are these sort of dusky pink/mauve nude colours. They don't detract from or look too much with bold eyes or lips and work nicely for an everyday face, adding a natural flush of colour. Again, powder formulas tend to last best on my skin so all my picks fit into that category.

This is a regular on my blog, so I won't bang on about it too much! I love the formula as it's nice and pigmented and applies to my cheeks really easily with no patchiness. It gives a gorgeous glitter-free glow to my skin and lasts all day without going patchy. What I love about this is that although it's quite mauve in colour, it has enough of a plum tone to look vibrant as opposed to greyish on the skin.

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Exposed | $28 | post

This is a more vibrant, matte version of Mood Exposure. I'm generally not a big matte blusher wearer as I find them tricky to apply and that they often go patchy on my skin. However this isn't dry or chalky at all and applies easily to my skin and has some serious staying power.

Too Faced Love Flush Blush in Baby Love | £25

This is the latest addition to my mauve-pink blusher collection. This is probably the most nude-toned out of the lot with a slightly more pastel peach undertone. It also has a very fine glitter to it, which I don't mind too much. The texture is very soft so I have no problems with applying this.

Bronze-Brown Eyes

Although I'm stepping out of my comfort zone more and more these days, I do love me some bronze-brown eyeshadow! I love it because I find the shimmery formula easy to apply and if you're in a rush they work nicely as an all-over lid colour. They're flattering on most skin tones and are work-appropriate too. I like to use both cream and powder formulas, depending on how late I'm running in the morning!

By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Bronze Moon | £29 | post

When I have two minutes to get out of the door, I reach for this. It's a bronze shade that's not too warm or too cool in tone and goes with just about any makeup look. It's a cream eyeshadow stick that's incredibly creamy and pigmented so can be applied across the lid, blended out imprecisely and taken under the eye as a liner, all within a few seconds! Once it sets in place it doesn't crease or budge on my eyelids. For a cheaper option, check out KIKO's dupes.

Maybelline Colour Tattoo in On & On Bronze | £4.99 | post

A slightly lighter-coloured option and one that comes in a pot is Maybelline's On & On Bronze. Plus it's an absolute steal at under a fiver! This is the longest-lasting eyeshadow in my stash and has lasted me 24 hours before and has withstood 100 degree heat. Like Bronze Moon, it looks so dewy and multifaceted on the eyelids that it looks like you made way more effort than you did.

MAC Eyeshadow Pan in Woodwinked | £10 | post

This is the warmest colour of the bunch; it's definitely got more of an antiqued gold vibe to it. The MAC eyeshadow formula isn't particularly buttery (it's quite 'solid' in texture) but has great wear-time and colour payoff. This is gorgeous all over the lid on its own or as a base with a gold highlight in the inner corner and a medium matte brown in the crease.

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Pan in Homecoming | £4.95 | post

I am still well and truly obsessed with my Makeup Geek eyeshadows and Homecoming is the one that seems to make it into all my more neutral, everyday eye looks. This is a slightly cooler option than Woodwinked and is that perfect bronze lid colour. The texture, pigmentation and wear-time of this (and all my other Makeup Geek shadows) is just incredible and beats out products twice as expensive.

Urban Decay Naked Palette | £38 post

The entire Urban Decay Naked 1 palette is perfect for a bronze-brown eye, whether it's for an everyday look or a smoky evening vibe. The shade Smog has to be my favourite in this palette that fits in with this colour theme. I probably don't have to tell you but Urban Decay has my favourite eyeshadow formula; the pigmentation, the texture, the longevity... I could go on as they're just perfect!

Rosy, Deep Pink Lips

For a work day or a day-to-evening look a deep pink or rose coloured lip is perfect, so it's what I tend to wear a lot. It depends on where I'm going and what I've done with the rest of my face, but I have both sheerer and more matte options I like to wear.

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Petal | £19 | post

For an off-duty tinted moisturiser kind of day when I want a natural look, I go for this. It's a 2-in-1 as I love this as a nourishing lip balm formula but it's also such a pretty rosy shade to throw on without thinking about it.

Revlon Lip Butter in Pink Truffle | £7.99 | post

This is a bit of a drugstore, slightly more pigmented alternative to Petal (though unfortunately without the gorgeous, hydrating lip balm formula). It still feels nice and hydrating though and again adds a nice everyday rosy bit of colour that goes with just about anything. 

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Cannes | £5.50 | post

I'm officially obsessed with NYX's matte lip creams! They're so creamy and non-drying but still give a matte finish and last for hours. Cannes is my favourite deep pink-nude shade that's great for everyday wear, especially if I'm going out for dinner or drinks straight from work. 

MAC Matte Lipstick in Mehr | £15.50 post

This is the shade that kicked off my obsession with a deep pink lip. It's more than a nude but less than a colour, which is what I love about it. The formula feels very creamy and doesn't dry my lips out at all.

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dolce Vita | £19 | post

I love the formula of this; it's matte but glides onto my lips and doesn't cling to dry patches. The shade is quite unique as it's definitely a shade of rose but is a little more vibrant than the others. This is perfect for nights out when you want to play up your eyes or cheeks and want something noticeable but not too attention-grabbing.

Long Lashes 

My eyelashes are fairly dark and curly anyway and volume has never been my #1 concern. Mascara is so personal but I'm all about long, feathery lashes and I generally find that curved, rubber wands are perfect for creating that look.

L'Oreal False Lash Flutter Mascara | £10.99

Thank you to Porcelain Beauty for making me buy this, as I really love it! I just picked up the new version as I've had this a few months, so I'll let you know how it measures up. However the original is fantastic, and it gives me that fluttery, defined look I love.
 Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara | £7.99 | post

This is my holy grail mascara as it does give me that little bit of volume but also gives gorgeous length and curl that lasts me all day long. It's a great day-to-evening option as it gives you some impact but doesn't look OTT at all.

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara | £19.50 | post

For me this is a dialled-down version of Lash Sensational, not quite giving as much in terms of volume but definitely delivering on the length and separation. It's a great everyday option for work.

Winged Liner

Winged liner is one of those things I don't feel like my makeup is complete without! I like a pen applicator with a nib that's not scratchy but is the right shape and size for winged liner. I have quite oily eyelids so a non-transferring formula is essential. I also hate it when they run out after a couple of weeks so a black, inky, pigmented formula is what I look for.

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner | £14.50

I think this is starting to take over from Supercat as my favourite eyeliner! I love the thin, precise nib and the long-wearing formula. It's also lasted me absolutely months and is still going strong!

Soap & Glory Supercat Eyeliner | £6

This is my option for a slightly fatter liner. I like the slightly more matte finish it has in comparison to the Stila liner but really, they're both great and tick all the boxes for me.

What's your signature makeup look and favourite products to create it with?


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  1. Love the NYX lipstick in cannes, such a beautiful shade!
    Paula | www.namelessgap.blogspot.com

  2. This is why I love your posts so much... they are the best, Jasmine! I really enjoyed this one in particular, you have such an amazing goodies in there! I have tried some of them, but I'll definitely give it a try to the others. Have a great week! xx

    Ale | www.alemint.net

  3. Lovely picks! I feel the same way about Mac Mehr, it feels a little bit more special than a neutral, yet it isn't a bold or a strongly coloured lipstick!


  4. Loved the detail you put into this. I too am a big lover of a mauvey nude on the cheeks. Kicking myself for not buying Mood Exposure when I was at a Sephora recently.

    Rachel | www.currentlyrachel.com

  5. I love my good old Mary Lou, but I seriously need the Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in my life asap!
    And I'm totally with you on the On & On Bronze, love using this as a one-product-wonder on my lids when I'm feeling lazy

    Holly | www.thekittyluxe.com

    1. Yeah it's so handy to just swipe on quickly xx

  6. Gorgeous photos as always - I have TheBalms mary lou manizer and I love it x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness x

  7. Love the photos! Sophie xx


  8. Your posts are always a enjoy to read and introduce me to some great products. This photo is so stunning. Of course, Mary-Lou is my go to always x

    Lauren | itslaurenvictoria.blogspot.co.uk

  9. I really love your long and detail posts, even more that so much work must go into these. Some great products there and I really need to get my hands on Mac Mehr soon as it is stunning :)

    Pams Stuff and Things

  10. The highlighters are to die for. I'm usually more of a pink person but recently I've been trying some gold and I love it! So sad that the ABH one is limited edition, I would have loved to have it in my collection.
    xx Dany

  11. What an amazing detailed post, you're one of my biggest enablers. I NEED that ABH highlight! How glowy and gorgeous is that! My go to lip product is also a NYX soft matte lip cream, but in shades London and Abu Dhabi x

    Blush and Blend

  12. I love all of the products you have listed here - some I own and now some are on the wishlist! xx


  13. Such a beautiful everyday look! I'm also a huge sucker for bronze eye shadows and medium-coverage foundations- I'll have to check out By Terry Bronze Moon and I can't wait till the Charlotte Tilbury Magic foundation reaches Canada! :)



    1. It's so worth checking out if you like foundations like Nars Sheer Glow :) xx

  14. I love how in depth all your posts are, I really appreciate such a good insight into each product before considering buying any of them! The highlighters all look so beautiful - I'm a bit of a highlighter addict so I might have to give one of the a try!

    Grace | eat, write + explore x

  15. the sheer glow and the magic foundation are my favorites too. best foundations ever.


  16. So many favourites here... I also love the By Terry eyeshadow sticks and the Roller Lash mascara. Mood Exposure is forever in my wishlist. It would have been nice to actually see your go to look here. :) xx

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

    1. To be honest I've never really been that into taking selfies for my blog and I've always been product-focussed as opposed to tutorial-focussed, as I'm no makeup artist! I was going to as a one-off for this post but I've had a horrendous allergic reaction and my face is completely covered in very painful hives (so obviously not ideal as my makeup isn't even applying properly to my skin because of it and is causing further irritation :( ) However I really didn't think not having a picture of myself was a reason to put off a post I'd already finished and have no content up today, as there are plenty of swatches for people to see the products. Hope this explains it for you xx

  17. Loved looking through all of your go-to makeup products. The eye swatches are just utter *swoon* Have you tried any of the Makeup Geek blushes? I have Spell Bound and it looks right up your street. It's so soft and pretty - I love it! MAC Mehr has been one of my favourite MAC lipsticks for a long time. I feel like it never gets as much hype as it should. x

    Kirsty - Life in Excess

    1. I actually haven't yet! But thanks for the recommendation ;) xx

  18. I really want to try the CT Foundation & The Balm Highlighter! Nars Sheer Glow still has my heart though x
    Emma | Emmys Beauty Cave

  19. I need that Hourglass Blush, its looks stunning! And mehr I'm definitely buying come pay day! I love wing as well. I'm currently loving the Maybelline gel liner. And I've liking a cool, icy eye look although I do normally go for warm bronzy colours! xx


  20. Such a great roundup! I really need to use Mary-Lou more! And I'm going to be needing Mehr!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

  21. I love this post! So many gorgeous products I need to get my hands on xx


  22. I actually think you've just doubled my wish list. We have really similar taste in makeup as I love all the colours and hues you've picked here. That Makeup Geek eyeshadow looks absolutely gorgeous, definitely want to give that a whirl!

    The Makeup Directory

  23. I definitely need Mac Mehr :) I'm also loving mauve toned blushes, they just look so pretty and not OTT on the skin. xx

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

  24. Reading through your go-to makeup favourites just makes my wishlist longer. I was never sure about picking up Mehr, but this swatch really changed my mind. I need to try it on me ASAP. Cannes will be the next colour I will be picking up from that range! xx


  25. Wow Mehr is beautiful!!! <3


  26. Thank you for sharing this! :) I'm really eyeing the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation - as if I don't have enough foundations already.. But you mentioning that it's better suited for oily and combination skin has got me really wanting it now! I absolutely love my Stila eyeliner but I've heard so much about the Soap and Glory one too, I might give it a try the next time I pop into a drugstore :) xx

    Kayleigh | http://kayleighmakesup.blogspot.co.uk

    1. It's well worth Ƨhecking out if you like the Stila one :) xx

  27. I LOVE all the make up you chose! Those highlights are so beautiful, I don't have any highlights with a golden sheen but now I want to try one. All of mine are more pink or silvery. I also love all the Bronzey eye shadows you chose. I also want to try the Maybelline lash sensations mascara.

    Sally ~ DiagonSally

  28. Some fabulous products!
    That Laura Gellar highlight is to die for. I've got the ABH in starlight and I'm in love with the formula.
    Have you tried the essence felt tip liner? It's a thin tip which is really nice to use :)

    Bex x

    1. Ooh I'll have to check that one out! Thanks :) xx

  29. I can already tell your blog is about to be my newest addiction, your makeup collection is goals! I've been really trying to steer away from my usual super full coverage, ultra matte foundations lately as I've found they've been making my skin really dry, so I'm definitely taking notes on the Estee Lauder Double Wear Light & Charlotte Tilbury ones you mentioned (I've tried Sheer Glow before and LOVE IT, so I'm sure the other two will work awesome for me).


  30. I can see so much of my current favourites here! Especially my neweswt NYX obsession :)
    Your swatches, and everything are amazing as always! So happy about the success your blog has recieved!
    Allie | RainyAllie

  31. Such a lovely post, I see quite a few of my favorites here too. I'm also not one for bold cheeks and love blush colors that are a bit muted.

    Thirteen Thoughts

  32. Such an informative post with so many beautiful things that have caught my eye, especially the highlighters, they are just gorgeous!

    The Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation is impressive, I really do love it and one of my favourites at the moment.

    Great imagery Jasmine!

    Laura www.shehearts.net xx

  33. actually shocking how similar our tastes are! In my makeup bag at the moment: Mary Lou, Mood exposure, Woodwinked & on & on Bronze, Lash sensational, Soap & Glory Supercat Liner & MAC Mehr. Now I want an Ombre Blackstar, it looks beyond beautiful & I have been picking up that too faced blush for so long now!


  34. Baby Love is such a dreamy blush, it's hands down one of my favourite blushes of all time! I know that Norvina hinted that the ABH Illuminators would be back at some point, I'm just not sure when. Regardless, I've been keeping tabs on my So Hollywood level, because I don't ever want to be without it! It's a stunner. Homecoming is definitely making its way into my MUG palette my next order. It's gorgeous!

    brooke | brooke elise

    1. Yeah I've heard they're going to be permanent, hope it's true! xx

  35. So many products so little time!! I don't even know where to start haha! Those highlighters are so amazing!! All three are just gorgeous! I really want a Fresh tinted lipbalm! They look so amazing and I LOVE the formula! I have the original one but somedays I just want to throw on a balm and not fuss with crazy lips haha! Speaking of, I love the NYX shade! It's so pretty!:)

    Shannon Sage

  36. I love pink lips and bronze eyes, a good combo! Such a cool post :)

    Nereyda│ This Girl Is Obsessed

  37. I really want to try the estee lauder double wear in light! It sounds perfect for the daytime :)

    Creepers & Cupcakes

  38. The golden ones are amazing! Thank you for sharing this with us darling. Visit me www.its-dominica.blogspot.co.uk whenever you can. Kisses, Dominica S. xXx

  39. Our go to look is so similar, except I love peachy blush :) That supercat liner is such a staple.

    Kat | www.kathorrocks.com

    1. I do like a peachy tone for Spring/Summer :) xx

  40. I really like the way you structured this post, it's another way of mentioning your favourite products ;) great job. Of course a lot of my favourites are in here, Mary-Lou will always be my classic highlight and the Lash Sensational mascara used to be my favourite at the beginning of last year!

    Love, Charline | Charline Has a Blog

  41. The ABH highlighter looks so beautiful in your swatch <3
    I really love all your blush choices, too, dusky mauve-type shades are so flattering :)

    Jess xo | The Indigo Hours

  42. I love UD's Smog! It is such an easy shade to work with. I feel like it's an instant smokey eye. These are some of my favorite shades to create a look with too. xx

    1. I agree it's perfect for a bronze smoky look! xx

  43. Great Post, I pretty much loved all the products you mentioned and have the same taste as you do :) I love mauve blushes and the warm shadows you mentioned.

    Nicole xx | www.nicolesbeautybabble.com

  44. Beautiful shades!! Thanks for sharing!
    Love from www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

  45. Love everything so, so much! So many great product in here and love how detailed and full of swatches your post is. I love Smog, one of my favourites eyeshadows of all time! :) xx
    Gyudy @ Gyudy's Notes Of Beauty

  46. I've underestimated how lovely that Maybelline on and on bronze is!
    Charlotte // charlottespicks.blogspot.com

  47. This was such a beautiful post to scroll through! Highlight and blush shades are right up my alley, I adore those colours and I can't believe I've not got any of those in my collection!
    I have one zoeva blush in a single pan and the formula is sooo stunning! I can just imagine that the palette is wonderful ^_^ The too faced blushers have been on my radar recently too and I love the colour your choose, I will most definitely be picking it up in the summer too hehe. The blogger journal looks so good, proud that it was made by an actual blogger too!
    Iqra | The Blushing Giraffe

  48. Thank you for all your comments! :) xx


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