Beauty Talk: Shiny Happy (Make-Up) Skin

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve found that time passes quicker. Six months used to be the furthest scope into my future that I could imagine; Summer holidays may as well have been an eternity. Now, however, financial years swim past me, and I always think ‘hang on, didn’t I just organise my birthday party?’

So, please don’t judge me when I say that I hadn’t bought a new make-up foundation since 2015. Was that really 4 years ago?! Yikes – is that still safe to put on your face?

At the end of 2015, I started working full-time for the first time ever. The 9-5 work week is hard to adjust to and even though I had come to love wearing my Urban Decay Foundation + Mac Studio Fix powder combination, if skipping this step meant an extra 5 minutes of sleep then that was well worth it! So, instead I turned my attention to better skincare and put the foundation on hold for special occasions.

Which brings us up to speed to me a couple of weeks ago, when I decided that I wanted to try out a fuller-face make-up look. I went to my trusty Urban Decay + Mac combo and it was clearly not me anymore. Thick full-coverage paint and a dusty layer of powder on top was so 2015 me! This wouldn’t do.

So… I headed to Mecca with resolute ambition to find a new shiny happy make-up skin look! I haven’t followed beauty trends closely for the past few years so felt really lost but a very friendly and knowledgeable assistant helped me out and I settled on the NARS Sheer Glow foundation (in the colour ‘Punjab’) and the Hourglass ‘Luminous Bronze Light’ bronzer. I left the store with an empty wallet and soaringly high expectations.

The very next day, I took my new look for a whirl and I was so impressed with how different I looked – shiny happy (make-up) skin! I was never convinced that I needed bronzer, considering that I am already quite melanin-blessed, but – wow, yeah – I’m converted! I was also very flattered that a lot of my friends noticed my new look (which also makes me wonder what I’ve been looking like prior…).

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Punjab ($72 from Mecca). The bottle lid is a screw cap; you can purchase a pump separately for $4 – which I did – taking the price up to $76. I think that’s a borderline extortionist price for face paint but maybe I’m out of touch with beauty prices?!
The most expensive sponge I will ever own! I picked up this ‘Miracle Complexion Sponge’ by Real Techniques and I must say that it is very ergonomic. I’m keeping it clean after every use because I’m scared it will become an incubator for bacteria.
The pièce de résistance – the Ambient Lighting Bronzer by Hourglass in ‘Luminous Bronze Light’ ($80 from Mecca).

Let’s see if this make-up routine lasts me ’til 2023 😉