A Sneak Peek Into My Makeup Capsule Wardrobe

I'm getting increasingly frustrated with how I've rarely got time to work on the blog. We're on week two of April, and including this one, I've only done three posts. It shouldn't be this difficult, it never was for me before, but I find my time being eaten up by so many things. For one, we're moving house again, so I've been packing and cleaning while Sean's working, as I'm on school holidays at the moment. I've one more week left so I'm going to do all that I can to really get on top of blogging. Otherwise, I'll lose my shit.

I've seen a few of these posts on the blogosphere, and I've been meaning to do one for months, but I never got around to do it. However, I've been wearing makeup more often now that I wear them every day that I work. I've figured out what I reach for the most, especially when in a pinch, and I've discovered my default products. Isn't that such an awkward way of putting things? Like "Oh, return to factory settings!" Just me?

I like the idea of a capsule wardrobe, but I think it isn't for me. I employ the capsule wardrobe method while travelling, making sure that all of my clothes go with each other, and that each article of clothing can be used in at least five outfits. At home, however, I prefer a minimal wardrobe where all or most of the pieces coordinate with each other and consists of staples that can be dressed up or down.

While I wouldn't dare dream of throwing out makeup to just a tiny number of staples as per the capsule wardrobe method, I do like the idea of having a handful of products that I automatically reach for when I don't have time to experiment. I'd like to pare this down to omit the concealers, but for that to happen I need to find a good foundation that also conceals and colour-corrects.

I like changing things up all the time, not just because it keeps things interesting, but also because you're making sure that all of the makeup in your drawer are being used. I always rotate the eyeshadow palettes and the lipsticks, but I tend to go for the same blush, highlighter and even mascara. I call them my go-to products for when I really do not have the time to pick a look for the day, let alone bite off more than I can chew. There have been moments of which I'm short on time, yet I've become heavy-handed with the blush and it just so happens to be a really pigmented berry shade.

Let's get right into it, kids.

I'd go with my RCMA KA Series foundation palette for the base, if it were not for the fact that my skin is so unpredictable. I absolutely love this foundation, as it gives a really natural finish, and you can either sheer it out or build it up. However, I've yet to master using this on dehydrated patches of skin quickly without accentuating them, so I need to use something that can be applied quickly and without fail. That's why my Natio Pure Mineral Skin Perfecting BB Cream is really handy. It gives a medium coverage that conceals most imperfections, save for the more obvious ones, and looks quite dewy and like I'm not wearing anything.

However, I can barely wear this without a bit of oil control, so I pair it with the Australis Ready, Set, Go Finishing Powder which is a finely milled silicone-based powder that really sets my makeup and prevents it from budging, even when my face has become an oil slick. I've just ordered the pressed version of this powder from the Australis website as it had free shipping a couple of days ago. Australis and Natio are both Australian drugstore brands that can be found at Priceline, or, the former at Kmart or Big W and the latter at Myer or David Jones.

I use the LA Girl HD Pro Conceal Green Corrector to adjust the colour of my pimples, and the concealer in Natural to go under my eyes, even though the coverage is medium at best. I use this one because I've yet to find a full coverage liquid concealer that matches my skin tone but is affordable and cruelty-free. It isn't vegan, but the brand is cruelty-free so it will do for now until I can find a replacement that doesn't disappoint.

The one blush that I reach for the most is the Milani Rose Blush in Romantic Rose. I'm just captivated by the gorgeous packaging and rose motif in the pan, and it's such a beautiful muted, dusty rose shade that feels velvety and lasts all day. It's really hard to screw up the application of this blush as the brush doesn't pick up so much pigment at the lightest touch, and it's super easy to blend.

I have so many highlighters in my collection, and that obsession is bordering on insane by my standards. However, nothing trumps my love for the trusty Mary-Lou who never fails to deliver on giving a pearly glow. TheBalm is one of my favourite makeup brands, and for good reason. They come up with creative names for their goodies, and the old-school, retro packaging just appeals to my inner pin-up girl.

I use the Wet n Wild Photo Focus Eyeshadow Primer every time I wear eyeliner or eyeshadow, no ifs or buts about it. It is the only thing that stops the eyeshadow from creasing or the eyeliner from transferring to the brow bone. I just cannot live without it. The Barry M Showgirl Extra Lengthening Mascara has been my go-to lately, as it separates, lengthens and coats each lash individually. I have to toss this one now as it's been three months since I opened it. I've got the deluxe-size of the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara that came in the Too Faced Grande Hotel Cafe set, so I'll be trying that one out next.

I also use Freedom Brow Pomade in Ash Brown to fill in my brows as it's the exact same colour as my brow hairs, and it looks quite natural when applied with an angled brush. It doesn't take me longer than a minute to do both of my brows. I've always found brow pencils to make my brows look Sharpied in, so that's why I really love this product.

Finally, my go-to lipstick these days is the Freedom Pro Lipstick in Sooner or Later, from the Bare Collection. I didn't think that I would love this shade, but I just do! It's a dusty rose nude with a hint of tan that feels so creamy and lasts at least a few hours. Otherwise, if I have the time to be extra careful while applying my lipstick, I'll use the Milani Amore Matte Lip Creme in Loved or Adorable.

Who else thinks that the drawing is just plain adorable? I found it in the previous edition of Frankie magazine and I knew it would be perfect for this post. I've only just started reading Frankie, but I'm liking what I've read so far as it's more me than Cosmo or Vogue. It's really cute and has lots of great stories and inspiration. For a fashion magazine, it doesn't have a lot of fashion articles, which I love because it makes room for quality content.

I just realised that I've basically reviewed the magazine...

 Do you have a makeup capsule wardrobe?



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