I have to admit. I’m not terribly minimalist when it comes to the make-up I carry around with me. I’d love to say I just go around with a lip balm and some SPF (like some kind of fabulous French lady) but…. no.

I have to carry the makings of a full face with me at all times just in case I have to, last minute, go somewhere important or see people who I don’t want to scare. 

Imagine meeting someone intimidatingly beautiful and looking like one of those ‘after’ pictures of a crystal meth addict? That has happened me before, and so I carry a lot of make-up with me for all eventualities. I CAN do minimal make-up, though, so here’s an ‘on the go’ pared-down version of my make-up bag. You know when you look so rough people keep asking you are you okay?? This is how I stop them doing that!

strobe creamSTEP 1:

Presuming my skin is freshly clean (it isn’t always) and moisturised, I lash on some MAC Strobe Cream across my T-zone, down my nose, little on my chin and under my brows.

STEP 2: 

Then I conceal. If it’s a good skin day, Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Concealer does the job. If I’m halfway to being dead I opt for the Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer and if I look like one of those people that died eight times and was revived, I use Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage concealer. Sometimes I look so god-awful I need all three.


I brush through and pencil my brows. To brush them, I use a dried up clear mascara wand (thrifty, I know) and to pencil them I use the double-ended dream that is Shavata’s eyebrow pencil. It’s €12 and if they ever discontinue them I’m arrive at Shavata’s door in London and cry on her doorstep until she reinstates the thing.

benebalmSTEP 4:

BALM time. I am currently using Benebalm, the red one, from Benefit. It’s amazing. I could go on all the livelong day about why, but just trust me. Texture, colour, moisture, staying power – it’s got it all. I LOVE IT. Also, I won’t insult your intelligence by telling you how to apply lip balm.

STEP 5: 

Moisturiser comes out again, whichever you like (right now I’m using a Nuxe eye cream for this because I like to live life on the edge). Pea-sized amount on your fingertips, rub rub rub, then pat it down onto the tops of your nuxe eye creamcheekbones/temples and slightly around your eye area. This gives a dewy finish, fakes health, and was a tip I stole from my style icon and gorgeous friend, Sarah O’Hegarty (she’s Fashion Ed with Irish Tatler and you should totes follow her on Instagram…. @ohegartysarah).


I wear eyelash extensions, because (a) they are extremely handy and low maintenance and (b) because I couldn’t be ARSED with mascara removal every day. But if you don’t, using a mascara here would be advisable, espesh if you’re a blondie like me and your brows are otherwise invisible.

TA-DAH. This is how I get to not look like a corpse. <3


Minimal Make-up: My little routine
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