My Makeup Essentials|2018

My Makeup Essentials|2018

Hey all!

Because of the amount of advertising bombardment we are often subjected to (mostly out of choice, in all honesty) we are often told we need a lot more to achieve the perfect look than we do in reality. Finding the specific amount differs from person to person, because of what is important to them, and what their make up needs are. Personally, I don’t wear liquid foundation unless I’m going out, particularly at night. On a day to day basis I lean towards powder foundation and concealer.

So here is my current makeup essentials:


  • Mac Prep and Prime Primer
  • Hourglass Primer

I prefer the Hourglass one, although I only got it in a sample bottle so it ran out eventually, and I resorted to the MAC primer which my Mum had left over. No complaints about it, it does its job, just that the Hourglass one glided on more, and felt nicer! šŸ˜€

  • Estee Lauder double wear powder foundation (Fresco)
  • Estee Lauder double wear liquid concealer (Light (cool))

I’ve been wearing the same foundation/ concealer for almost 4 years, and I am pretty happy with it. It isn’t too heavy, but you can build it up for the amount of coverage you want. The trick was learning whether to put concealer on first or second! (FYI, I do the concealer first, bearing in mind I’m a complete amateur with make up haha!). However, I am interested to check out other brands – any suggestions? šŸ™‚

  • Loreal Volume Million Lashes Mascara (black)

I used to use a Maybelline one, but I prefer this one. I don’t think it is officially water-proof, but it has done pretty well with me crying haha (cue back to last Wednesday when I had my last ever day of school!).

  • Hourglass arch brow pencil (soft brunette)

I know that Benefit Brows are all the craze, but honestly I love this brow pencil so much. It’s slanted, and can be built up to the desired strength (is that the right word? Who knows!). Plus, you don’t need like three products to achieve the look either! šŸ˜‰

  • Maybelline The Nudes palette
  • By Terry Bronze Moon Colour Fix Cream Eyeshadow

I definitely prefer the cream eyeshadow, but I like to build it up with the Maybelline palette. I really want to invest in a more pigmented palette – any suggestions?


  • Real techniques powder brush (the famous orange one haha!)
  • BH Cosmetics brush n.o 6 (from a pack of 10 brushes)
  • Urban Decay Optical Blurring Brush (F105)

I really like the powder brush, and I think it does a really good application. The BH cosmetics brush came from a pack I bought on a whim in Germany (brilliant purchase, by the way haha!), and I like this brush for blending eyeshadow. The Urban Decay Brush I use more for concealer or liquid makeup application.


  • Kiko Nail Polish in Smart
  • Essence Satin Nail Polishes in Engaged

I bought the Kiko polish in Rome (lucky me!) for about 5 euros, which I thought was pretty good considering how nice the polish is! The Essence polish I got when I was in Germany for advent, and I loved wearing it when I was there – it’s particularly good if you want something subtle, which I did at school haha! šŸ™‚


  • Hourglass lipstick in Activst
  • Maybelline Baby Lips

Baby Lips will always be a winner with me, because I just love how nice it feels and that it actually makes your lips feel better! I’ve been using it for about four years, and I just adore it! The Hourglass lipstick was a purchase I made when I was in Wellington, because I wanted a lipstick that felt nice, was pigmented, but also was similar enough to my natural lip colour for daywear. I really recommend it, it is such a luscious lippy! šŸ˜‰

That’s my updated makeup essentials for 2018 (I bet you anything Lui of 2019 will get a laugh out of reading this haha!), and I feel like they make a pretty good wee list! I’m keen to also do a Evening Make-Up essentials too, so let me know what posts like that you’d like to see!

Do you have any makeup recommendations? Do you use any of these products? Keen to give any a go?

you can also check out my Spring Style make up favourites here, or my former everyday school make up routine (which hasn’t changed too much haha!). You can also see my other Style posts under the Style tab, or by clicking here.

Until next time,

Lui xx



  1. November 11, 2018 / 11:13 am

    I haven’t used an Estee Lauder DoubleWear product in awhile but I do remember I loved those items! And the Urban Decay brush is also a favorite of mine, I can’t imagine life without it!

  2. luimaria
    November 11, 2018 / 8:13 pm

    Yes I’ve heard a few people say they really like the double wear! šŸ™‚ And 100% the UB brush is so good! šŸ™‚ Thanks for commenting xx

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