Take a peek at my can't-live-without essentials
As a make-up artist I get to test different products every day and I have many favourites, however there are essentials for my skin type that I've been using over the past years. I've stuck to specific products mainly for their durability and ease of use on a daily basis. I don't tend to wear much make-up in the day time and prefer to go for a natural dewy look, so you won't see any bright colours in my day-time make-up bag.
Starting off with my skin-care essentials, I always go for products that help to balance my skin's oil. I have combination skin with a very oily T-zone. That said, my skin care products play an important roll in controlling my oily skin so that my make-up would withstand the heat of Dubai ! I love "Ponds Flawless White" Day moisturiser which is oil-free and includes SPF 15. It also helps to brighten up and fight skin ageing. In addition to that, I carry the "MAC Fix + Spray" and use ir throughout the day to hydrate my skin and refresh my make-up.
Thankfully I have good skin and I don't need foundation every day, but when I do get blemishes I wear the "IDUN Minerals Norrsken Foundation" for its light and sheer lasting finish. On a day-to-day basis, I only need to use the "Studio Finish concealer by MAC" for dark circles; I use the "Light" palette. This has been the only concealer I found to last for 8 hours without the need to touch-it up and is also perfect to cover blemishes. I only apply it where needed.
I tend to choose mineral powders, as they are a healthier option because they contain healthy minerals for our skin (Note: mineral products are made from stones and the earth's minerals). "MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural" powder is my choice for light-medium coverage and a long lasting application to set my make-up.
For my eyes, I prefer to wear just mascara during day-time with a bit of cream eyeshadow (I love Sisley Paris and Kiko Milano for cream eyeshadows). Although I already have long lashes, I do like to make them more dramatic as I believe they are the best feature of my face. Lancome Hypnose mascara is what I've been using for the past 5 years. (Tip: If you have oily lids, apply a bit of your powder on your eyelids as well to brighten up your eyes if you would like a long lasting fresh look).
Finally I like to add a hint of colour to my skin. My all time favorite blush is called "Whisper" by Jane Iredale and comes in a mini compact case perfect to fit in my bag, this is also a mineral product. I match pink or peach lipstick with it. My current favorite lipsticks are: MAC Creme de La Femme, MAC Kinda Sexy, IsaDora Metallic gloss, WOW Pink Passion, Sisley's Phyto Nude lip-twist.
I finish my make-over with a light perfume which I would also spray in my hair to keep the scent lasting throughout the day. I carry a refill spray bottle from Faces which is also great to mix your own perfume.
As perfumes contain alcohol in them, make sure to apply SPF 30 on your neck and chest before spraying the perfume to avoid pigmentation and sensitivity from the sun.