The everyday make up essentials - 5 products for a natural polished look

As much as I like to experiment with make up and try out new colours, there are a few tried and tested favourites that I always find myself reaching for, especially during the week when I need to look polished and professional for work:

The everyday make up essentials

Base
I find a good base is key and as I prefer something more lightweight the Chantecaille just skin tinted moisturiser is perfect. It's so quick and easy to apply and adds just enough coverage to smooth over the complexion and even out my skin tone. I also like that has SPF and offers protection against pollution, thus avoiding the need for extra sunscreen and anti-antioxidant. 

Concealer
Next I like to go in with a concealer for those dark circles and any patches of redness. I first discovered Bobbi Brown instant full coverage concealer at a bridal make up trial and loved how creamy yet pigmented it was. The doe foot application means you can be precise with your application and I find that it sits well on the skin without settling into any fine lines or creasing.

Blusher
A blush is always essential to lift the complexion and recently I've been reaching for Bobbi Brown blush in Apricot. Another bridal trial discovery this was actually the colour I wore on my wedding day and I just love how flattering and warming the pinky coral colour is on my skin tone. It's fairly pigmented so definitely one to build up the colour slowly, but it lasts well during the day and photographs beautifully.

Brows (and mascara)
I think it's safe to say that I fell in love with Bobbi Brown cosmetics in the run up to the wedding and another product that made it's way into my daily make up routine is the Bobbi Brown perfectly defined long wear brown pencil in Espresso. If you have dark brown/black hair like me then this is the perfect shade. The waxy pencil is also super easy to apply with it's slanted angle and the brow comber so handy for brushing through and correcting any mistakes.

(Also not included in the photo is a good mascara - I'm currently switching between Maxfactor false lash effect and Benefit Roller Lash).

Lips
Finally a slick of lip colour and I'm good to go. This time of year it's all about getting as much moisture as I can which is why I tend to reach for a Clinique chubby stick over lipstick. Mighty mimosa in particular is a really gorgeous pinky nude shade which is great for everyday wear, adding just a hint of colour and finishes the look off perfectly. 

Have you tried any of the products above? What are your daily make up essentials?

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