I put my mascara on before my eye shadow because I'm a lot messier with it and it's easier to remove with a cotton bud when I don't have to worry about ruining my shadow. I've gotten a lot better because for the last few years I have used a piece of torn off cardboard or an old business card behind my lashes so I literally paint the mascara on. I've now started using a spoon - watch this highly entertaining video:
I'm going to have to try using it to put on liquid eye liner but I think I'll skip the eyelash curling.
I tend to buy a variety of mascaras, usually waterproof and rotate through them, if I don't like it I will toss it straight away. Today I'm using Essence Get Big Lashes and I have no complaints.
I have a small tube of Napolean Perdis that doesn't seem to end. It also does the job well.
Don't hate me but I love cream shadows. I find them so easy to use. Powder shadow has too much fall out and I find that it irritates my eyes.
A lot of the cheaper creams don't have much lasting power or pigment but I can highly recommend Max Factor's Masterpiece Colour Precision Eyeshadow. At the moment I am wearing Pearl Beige as my brow and inner eye highlight and Coffee over my lid - blended together. It's been on all day, and yes the colours aren't as strong as this morning but still noticeable.
I smudge a bit of zinc on the areas that I worry about like where my glass sit, the tip of my nose, chin and around my lips. I don't do all over because zinc is thick and heavy and because it sits on the skin I find it washes me out if I do.
I usually wear Sun Sense 50+. It's light coloured and feels nice on. I am trying Nivea Visage Anti-Wrinke SPF 15 which is oka but it is darker and doesn't protect me as long as Sun Sense. I bought it because it was in a smaller tube for carrying overseas.
I have a bit of a thing for lipstick. I really love the ones that last for ages like Maybelline 14 hr Lipstick or the 24 hour type ones. But I also like chubby sticks - I'm wearing Sally Hansen Colorfast but I also have Revlon's Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains as well. Like mascara I really haven't got a preference as long as the colour is nice, I even have a few Coral Colours - I use a lip pencil under them and blot and they seem to say on for ages.
I also use ChapStick with SPF 30.
What I would like
I only wear liquid eye liner when I'm going out somewhere special but I wouldn't mind trying it for day wear.
Sometimes I run a pencil liner under the top lid of my eye to make my lashes look thicker - it's apparently called tightlining. I would like to buy a nude colour for my lower water line because white just doesn't seem to look good on me.
I'd also like to start lightly contouring my face but I don't really have anything to do it with anymore.
The other thing that I really want to do is extend my eye shadow collection, with quality powder shadows, and maybe try some more creams.
So that's it. I don't usually wear foundation and when I do I usually mix it with a bit of sorbolene cream. I don't use blush or powders either. I'm pretty lucky that I have nice skin and I don't want to hide it.
My cleansing routine hasn't changed since I stopped using Clearasil in high school - face washer and warm water while I'm in the shower. I will use eye make-up wipes in the evening but I find they sting my eyes so I want to find a nicer option.