My Face Friday #1

My Face Friday is going to be a series that will ideally be a weekly thing but I don't want to make promises as of yet. I plan to show you a before and after shot of my face so it's easy to see the difference and then all the make up I used to get to the end result.

All I see on blogs and YouTube especially are gorgeous girls that have almost perfect skin and then they apply make up and they just look even more perfect. I have awful skin, it's a fact and I want to do this weekly series to show people what make up I use and actually show you whether it covers up my plethora of blemishes and scars. I will even show you if it's unsuccessful. And just to be clear, what I just said about YouTube etc isn't a negative thing, I love watching make up routines and all things beauty but it might just be the camera not showing the imperfections on their skin or they just don't have any. Being a girl that her skin is full of imperfections, I want to try and give honest reviews and also let you make your mind up as to whether a certain foundation lets say, will cover up scarring and such things. Now that's all been said, lets get on with what I used and how.

I have been trying out Bare Minerals Foundation recently since getting two sample pots. Today I have used Fair (a very pale cool toned shade) and Fairly Medium (a pale warm toned shade). To apply the powder I used the Real Techniques Core Collection Contour Brush (£21.99) and swirled it around in the lid and buffed it into my skin. This takes a while but I love using this as it makes me feel like I haven't loaded up my already clogged skin. After I achieve a fairly medium to heavy coverage I conceal using the Real Techniques domed shadow brush (£21.99) and just apply the Fair shade to areas that need more coverage. To complete my base I use Seventeen's 18hr concealer (I can't seem to find it on the Boots website) under my eyes to hide any dark circles and blue tones, I sweep over with whatever is left on my contour brush.

Next, I like to give myself some eyebrows. I quite like the shape of mine but then they are quite gappy so I use the Maybelline Eye Studio Master Shape Brown (£2.99) and then set them with the Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Mascara (£4.99). Recently I have gotten back into doing a small cat eye on a daily basis as I really like the shape it gives my eyes. I use the Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Liner (£7.99) (wow I've used a lot of Maybelline today) with the Real Techniques liner brush (£21.99). Eyes just don't look right without mascara, I used my go to mascara today the Rimmel Lash Accelerator Endless Mascara (£7.99) on the top and bottom lashes.

To finish off my make up I added a bit of colour with the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour in Tipsy ($26) using the Real Techniques Stippling Brush (£11.99) and applied a coat of Belle from Seventeen's Mirror Shine Lipstick (£4.79) collection. As you can see from the pictures, the foundation hasn't completely covered all my imperfections but to achieve that I would need an extremely heavy coverage which I don't really like. Letting my blemishes and scars show through is what I've gotten used to over the years so it doesn't really bother me any more.

Have you used any of these products, any recommendations?

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