Being pregnant and off my medication, I have even less energy than usual. And, while I love applying and putting on makeup, I don’t want to do this at the expense of spending time with family and friends, enjoying the Christmas festivities. So I’ve chosen the products in my low energy Christmas makeup bag very carefully, with a plan of what I’ll use for a minimal face and what I can add if I have a little more energy or want more of a party look.
One of the things I find quite draining is picking which products I’m going to use. So I’ve decided that for my low energy Christmas makeup bag I’m going to largely take away the element of choice, with the exception of lip products.
My Low Energy Christmas Makeup Bag: The Basics For A Minimal Look
If I’m going to be wearing makeup (and let’s face it some days I just won’t be), I’ll have my brows done, a little coverage on my face, mascara, blusher and a lip product. So the products that have made it into my low energy Christmas makeup bag to achieve this (see below for lip options) are my:
Barbra Daly Brow Pencil (which is in my 2017 Project Pan)
NARS Brow Gel
MAC MSF Natural in Light Plus (used on my face and under my eyes with a Real Techniques Buffing Brush)
MaxFactor Creme Puff Blush in Seductive Pink. This blusher goes with all my lip options, cutting down the amount of thought I need to put into my makeup. It adds a healthy glow to the face and doesn’t accentuate the redness in my cheeks that I’ve developed in pregnancy.
Urban Decay Chill Makeup Setting Spray
My Low Energy Christmas Makeup Bag: The Lip Options
Here, I’ve decided to opt for four lip options – two more natural and two bold. This way, I only have to decide whether I want a nude, pink, red or berry lip and then reach for the products.
My nude lip option consists of MAC’s Velvet Teddy lipstick and my MaxFactor lip liner in Pink Petal (that really isn’t pink!). I originally planned on wearing my Lancome Colour Fever lipstick in 216. It’s one of my older lipsticks and has long been discontinued. I pulled it out of my collection recently to try to use it up before it goes bad and have fallen in love with it. I usually wear this with my No7 lip liner in Nude lining the lips but not filling them in. Unfortunately, this lipstick looks a little too dark with the No7 lip liner filling in my lips. As food is a big part of the festive season, I’m going to need the robustness of a lipliner/lipstick combination on my entire lips.
I’m glad I’ve opted for MAC Velvet Teddy. It’s a new lipstick to me, which I was able to get by Back-To-Mac-ing some finished products. So Christmas will be the first time I wear it, which is exciting!
My pink lip option consists of my Lancome Colour Fever Lipstick in 306 and Rimmel’s East End Snob lipliner. I haven’t had a chance to swatch similar shades to this pink Colour Fever lipstick, but the Rimmel The Only 1 Matte in Salute and Mauve-Ment look like they’re sort of similar.
My red lip also features older products that I want to try to use up before they go bad. These are my No7 Stay Perfect lipstick in Cherry and my No7 lipliner in Fire. If you want some other red lip options, check out my Drugstore Red Lipsticks For All Skin Tones post.
My berry lip option consists of the Rimmel Exaggerate lip liner in Obsession and the YSL Rouge Volute Shine lipstick in 2. This combination always makes me feel special. I think that’s partly because of the gorgeous, luxurious YSL packaging. So what better berry lipstick to include than this one!
The majority of the time, I’ll be opting for one of my bold lips. They give an instant glamorous look and make it instantly seem like I’ve spend far more time on my makeup than I have. However, I know that these two colour don’t go with all of my outfits. For example, I’ve already decided to wear my red jumper dress to Dan’s family Christmas meal and neither of my bold lip options will work with the shade of the dress. So I’ll be letting my outfit do the talking and picking my nude lip option to compliment the dress.
My Low Energy Christmas Makeup Bag: Additional Options
I’ve added some additional items into my low energy Christmas makeup bag, incase I have a little extra energy or want more of a party/dressed up look. These are my:
Maybelline Colour Tattoo in On And On Bronze (a great one-swipe-and-you’re-done eyeshadow with some shimmer)
Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow in Bone (For my brow bone, to disguise my visible veins)
Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow in Space Cowboy (Applied with my finger onto my eyelid, over the top of my Colour Tattoo for a glittery party look)
Urban Decay Eyeliner Pencil in Zero (A quick and easy way of adding definition to my eyes)
Soap and Glory Supercat Eyeliner (for party looks)
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal (for my cheekbones and the inner corner of my eyes)
I won’t necessarily use all of these, but opt for one or two additions to my basic products to amp up my look a little.
My Low Energy Christmas Makeup Bag: Perfume
Putting on a perfume instantly makes me feel like I’ve made an effort and is quick and easy to do. Over the festive period, I’ll be wearing my Gucci Flora perfume. It’s one Dan bought me a few Christmases ago and I love it! I’m on my second bottle.
What’s in your low energy Christmas makeup bag? What do you take into consideration when choosing your products?
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