A lot of people ask me how I do my make-up and what I use. I always tell it's a mix of practicing and using some good products. In this post I'll explain are those 'good products' and how I use them.

MAC Fix+ finishing mist

I use this after I've powdered off my face to avoid looking cakey or patchy. This product will melt everything in your skin and it makes your make-up last longer. Use this BEFORE you apply lipstick though! This doesn't work well with lipstick!

Flormar Illuminating primer

Or any primer basically. I recommend this one to my Dutch friends because it's only €9,95 and it's a really good product, but any good primer will make a huge difference to the way foundation applies to your face.

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream

This is not really a make-up product, yet it's definitely one of my holy grail products. I apply this to any dry, irritated or sunburnt spots. I also apply this on my lips when I go to bed.

Urban Decay Primer Potion

I highly recommend using an eye primer. This prevents the eyeshadow (or cream or mousse or whatever you're using!) from creasing. It also makes the colours way more vibrant and it prevents fall out. I cannot go without this one. If you're a starter this is a really good investment. It's a bit pricey, but it's worth it. If you're using low-quality eyeshadow (which is fine) it shows up so much better on top of a good primer.

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk 

If you're working with bright coloured eyeshadows, apply this as a base. The colours will look way more vibrant. You can also apply this to your bottom waterline to look more awake. I use this on top of my primer because this is quite a greasy product and otherwise it might crease (unless you have extremely dry eyelids). If you can't get NYX where you live (for my Dutch friends; some Douglas stores carry NYX and their webshop does too), you can also use Maybelline Color Tattoo in Infinite White (or any white creamy base for that matter).

Rimmel London Match Perfection Silky Loose Face Powder

I prefer using transparent powders over coloured face powders, you don't have to worry about buying the wrong colour and it suits every skin tone. This one doesn't show up white on flash photography and also, it's often on sale at! I apply this sparingly with a smaller brush than I'd use for a compact powder, simply because this is a loose powder so you will get it all over your life if you apply this with a kabuki brush.

Blistex Daily Lip Conditioner

This is my favourite lip balm ever. It smells so good and it really helps prevent dryness and chapped lips. It has SPF15 as well so that's good. I don't know about the availability outside the Netherlands, I once ran out while I was in the UK and I could only find the MedPlus, which works as well but it doesn't smell as good. 

Real Techniques Starter Kit

If you want to start applying eyeshadow with anything other than your fingers, I'd recommend this set. There are actually five brushes in the set but I hardly use the pixel-point eyeliner brush, so I left that out. I'm looking on their website right now and it turns out they replaced this brush with a fine liner brush! Excellent idea Sam. 
The starter kit gives you five brushes, I still use mine every day. For the price you get a really good range of brushes. If you're starting, these brushes are about all you need. Real Techniques brushes are synthetic, therfore hyperallergenic. I'd like to note that if you're using brushes, you'll have to clean them.  

What are your holy grail products?

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