Inside our Make-Up Collections

I gave you an inside look into the skincare routines and collections of my nearest and dearest. It’s now time to get an inside look into some of their make-up routines and collections. I’m even giving you the inside scoop on my routine and collection. Let’s delve into what those at Queen Mary are wearing!

Gemma Lovett (21): Politics & International Relations (3rd Year)

Q: How often do you wear make-up? This can be full glam, bare minimum, etc.

A: After working in cosmetics on-and-off for three years, wearing make-up is a part of my daily routine now as it helps me feel confident and prepared for the day.

Q: What is your go-to make-up routine? This can be for your daily life, when youre going out, etc. 

A: I would say my daily make-up look is a nice everyday look, nothing too glamorous or time-consuming, but also more than a bit of concealer. My daily look primarily consists of primer, foundation, contour, filling-in eyebrows, eyeliner, mascara, and setting powder. Also after years of practice, I have managed to shorten my make-up routine down to fifteen minutes, which is SUPER helpful for those early morning lectures that I almost always sleep-in way too late and have to rush. I understand that my make-up routine might sound a lot to some people, but it causes me no stress and helps me express myself in the best way possible”.

Q: Which are your favourite products from your collection? Why do you recommend them? 

A: My absolute favourite product in my collection right now is Laura Mercier’s Translucent Setting Powder Glow. Despite only using it for a short amount of time, this powder has now become a staple to my make-up collection. The setting powder is light-weight, so it doesn’t let my make-up look, or feel heavy and cakey. Additionally, thanks to the ‘infused pearl pigments’ my skin has a nice glow to it that lasts all-day! Another favourite product of mine is Maybelline’s Tattoo Liner Matte Black. I have been using this eyeliner line for the past year and a half, and it is really fantastic. The pointed felt-tip is perfect for winged eyeliner, and the pen lasts for months without the tip drying out! Maybelline’s Tattoo Liner also does not smudge, and once it’s applied it lasts all day. I’ve cried while wearing this eyeliner and it stays! Another reason why this eyeliner is my favourite is because of how readily available and affordable it is. I can walk into any Boots or Superdrug and find it almost immediately, and it costs less than £10. I’ve tried more expensive eyeliners such as Stila, Smashbox and Anastasia Beverly Hills but none of them compare to the Maybelline Tattoo Liner. 

Q: This question is more for me than the readers at CUB – favourite lipstick?

A: My favourite lipstick has only be added to my make-up collection recently, and its SmashBox’s Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick: Outloud. I bought the lipstick less than a month ago, after receiving a sample one, and I immediately fell in love with the colour. The lipstick’s rust colour compliments my winter look, as I tend to wear blacks, greens, and rust colours around this time of year. Additionally, the lipstick lasts for hours and doesn’t dry out so I can wear it comfortably for both a day-time and night-time look”.

Q: Final question, what make-up tips and tricks have you learned that you think the readers at CUB should know?

A: My make-up tip for the CUB readers is to embrace your look and never be scared be to be bold with your make-up! Wear knife-sharp winged eyeliner, a highlight that blinds, or that sapphire-blue lipstick, you’ll look sexy no matter what, so long as you’re confident, happy, and comfortable!

Roma Ramsden-Gupta (20): History (3rd Year)

Q: How often do you wear make-up? This can be full glam, bare minimum, etc.

A: I wear make up pretty much everyday if I’m leaving the house. I just feel so much more ready to take on the day.

Q: What is your go-to make-up routine? This can be for your daily life, when youre going out, etc. 

A: On a general basis I wear minimal make-up. On a day-to-day basis: bronzer, blusher, mascara and then I brush my eyebrows into place with a clear gel. Then when I’m actually going somewhere in the day or night I will wear a winged eyeliner and eyeshadow. I’ve never really followed the night out rule in which that is the time to apply more make up. Daytime occasions and nighttime occasions have the exact same look for me. My make up varies randomly but the variation largely remains in my eyeshadow colour, which somedays could be a vivid red and some days a golden shimmer for no reason at all. 

Q: Which are your favourite products from your collection? Why do you recommend them? 

A: A favourite product is the Too Faced ‘Better Than Sex’ mascara. My friend got me the tester for my birthday one year and I’ve not been able to let it go since it’s incredible and makes my eyelashes look beautiful. Then there is the NYX Control Freak Eyebrow, a god send for tidying my naturally messy brows and the NYX Professional Makeup Epic Eyeliner which is the best high street cheap eyeliner I’ve found which is perfect for my precise wings and doesn’t budge.

Q: This question is more for me than the readers at CUB – favourite lipstick?

A: My favourite lipstick is the Maybelline Super Stay Matte Liquid Lipstick in ‘Pioneer’ because the colour is beautiful and when it says “super stay” it means it it does not budge, it even beautifully stains your lips for a few days after removal.

 

Michelle Yick (22): Biomedical Sciences (3rd Year)

Q: How often do you wear make-up? This can be full glam, bare minimum, etc.

A: “ usually wear makeup from 6 to 7 days per week, but it’s really dependant on whether I’m leaving the house or not. Friends of mine will know I’m an avid fan of lightweight daily makeup and that glitter or shimmer is a must for a night out.

Q: What is your go-to make-up routine? This can be for your daily life, when youre going out, etc. 

A: My skin type is normal and dry. My daily and nights out routine doesn’t vary too much other than on nights out I like to add more shimmer and put on more red tint on my lips.

After applying my hourglass mineral veil primer I like to colour correct using purple (NYX HD studio photogenic correcting concealer, lavender) to brighten up my under eye area and green (Chanel colour corrector, vert) around my nose to neutralise any redness. After applying a thin layer of YSL’s fusion ink cushion foundation I use the NARS radiant creamy concealer to spot conceal any area that needs a little more and under my eyes to cover up any dark circles I have on the day. Finally, I lightly powder the A-zone of my face using the Laura Mercier translucent loose setting powder.I fill in my brows using the Étude House drawing eye brow in the thin (1.5mm) formula before priming my eyelids with Urban Decay’s primer potion. 

I would describe my everyday look as soft, peachy with subtle shimmer. To create this I use the 3CE multi eye colour palette in #overtake. To make the look more 3D, I’ll lightly dab Étude House’s look at my eyes in BE110, a champagne/slightly gold toned shadow containing larger flecks of glitter onto the centre of my eyelids. Finally, I finish the eyes off with a thin layer of my favourite brown mascara (Peripera Ink Colour Cara, Black Espresso).

I alternate between two blushers: Benefit ‘Dandelion’ and Innisfree in No’6. They’re both peachy colours but the Benefit one contains a slight shimmer in it. I also like to lightly contour with the Benefit ‘Hoola Lite’. Honestly, this is one of the best value for money makeup products I think I’ve ever purchased. I’ve had it for years (not even kidding) and I’m still not done with it. Afterwards I’ll tap a little highlighter (Fenty Beauty, How Many Carats) onto my cheekbones.

To finish the look I’ll apply either my go-to nude (3CE velvet lip tint, Going Right) or red (PONY EFFECT Powder Touch Lip Lacquer, 001 Want It) onto my lips. In both cases I will dot the product on lightly and blend it out using my finger for a soft feminine look. Finally I’ll lock everything in and re-hydrate my face using the Urban Decay setting spray in the chill formula.

Q: Which are your favourite products from your collection? Why do you recommend them? 

A: YSL – Fusion Ink Cushion Foundation. This is a lightweight medium coverage foundation that will give you a natural glow. I’ve been using this for years and it’s definitely one of my holy grails. There’s no flashback and it lasts the whole day for me in both the dry UK winter and hot/humid summer of Hong Kong and Shanghai without breaking down and rubbing off (basically looking disgusting by the end of the day).

Pat McGrath Labs – Eye Shadow, Rose Venus. Shout out to my best friend Vinny who added this gem to my collection. It’s one of my favourite shadows to wear in the evening! The shadow formula is smooth, has great pigmentation and lasts the whole night without creasing. Even if you’re not into the peachy tone I would recommend checking out their other colours.

Fenty Beauty – Highlighter, Diamond Bomb: How Many Carats. First of all, the packaging is stunning but that’s besides the point. You get a lot of product for what you pay for and from someone who loves their highlighters, I can say that this is definitely one of my favourites from formula to the look it gives. One thing I love about it is that there’s no colour to it, it’s pure shimmer. A little goes a long way so I usually just dab a bit on using my ring finger. Under the light this highlighter gives the most beautiful glow.

Q: This question is more for me than the readers at CUB – favourite lipstick?

A: I don’t wear traditional lipsticks but my current favourite lip tint is the PONY EFFECT, Powder Touch Lip Lacquer, 001 Want It. This tint is moisturising, blend-able and long lasting. Want It is a red tint but the line also has other colours as well. If you’re interested, you can buy it on YesStyle.

Q: Final question, what make-up tips and tricks have you learned that you think the readers at CUB should know?

A: I always find spraying on setting spray over the face before curling or applying mascara works best for me, especially since my asian lashes don’t have a natural curl to them. Not sure why it works, it just does. Also when choosing a powder, I’d really recommend a translucent one and when testing it out on your hand in store make sure it’s finely milled otherwise it can make your makeup look caked-up or chalky.

Vinny Sandhu (21): History (3rd Year)

Q: How often do I wear make-up?

A: I never used to wear make-up. I didn’t really get into wearing it until the end of my first year of university. Before I would just comb my brows, put on some mascara and a nude lipstick. Then in second year I began experimenting with shadows and putting on concealer every now and then to class. Now, I am wearing it virtually every day, given that I am not too busy for it. 

Q: What is my go-to make-up routine?

A: I don’t have one. I have the same start, but never the same finish. Primer and concealer for my scars and pigmentation. Then foundation and concealer for my under eyes. Then contour, brows, blush and highlighter. Then my eyes, which can go in any direction. When I need something simple I will just create a sleek winged liner. Otherwise the sky is the limit: I can add gems, I can add colours, I can add glitters, I can add gloss. After that huge step, I move onto choosing the lip colour. Then I use a setting spray.

Q: Which are my favourite products from my collection? Why do I recommend them? 

A: This is like asking me to pick my favourite child. My favourite primer is the Marc Jacobs Beauty ‘Youthquake Hydra-Full Retexturizing Gel Crème’ because it is amazing base for make-up that packs in an intense amount of hydration. My favourite foundation is the Giorgio Armani ‘Luminous Silk Foundation’ because it is the most natural-looking foundation with the most coverage I have come across on the market. My favourite concealer is the Benefit ‘Boi-ing Industrial Strength Full Coverage Concealer’ because it is lightweight and has intense coverage for my pigmentation and dark circles. I can’t get into my favourite eye products, I love too many to pick a decided favourite, and that would be too cruel to my babies. 

Q: What is my favourite lipstick?

A: Repeat after me, the best lipstick is, “Charlotte Tilbury’s ‘Matte Revolution’ in Bond Girl for the winter and Stoned Rose for the summer”. My mother and I have finished so many of these lipsticks that we once created a pile of these tubes and scratched out every last bit of the product with our lipstick brushes. 

Q: What make-up tips and tricks have I learned that you should know?

A: If you want your body to glow like your cheeks, add some body glitter lotion, then set that with a body powder highlighter. That’s how I walk out looking like a bronzed up goddess all the time. I leave a stain of glitter in my trace everywhere I go. Don’t let me near your most expensive sheets if I am ever covered in glitter!

Note: This is not the entire collection.

I hope you enjoyed getting an insider look into our makeup collections, it’s so interesting to see the way we all approach make-up differently. There is no set way of going about your make-up, but there is so much we can learn from others. Be sure to also pick up some of the products recommended. I have learned how to extend my wing, highlight my cheekbones and set my face from these wonderful women here!

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