Sara-May’s Holiday Makeup Essentials

Disclaimer: I wrote this article in the car on the 10 hour drive home from Bendigo – I apologise in advance for any grammatical or spelling errors, it was a big day!


I spent this weekend staying with relatives interstate, specifically in Bendigo. There were no firm plans for the weekend, but I knew we would be making a day trip into Melbourne. There was also a good chance we would be heading out for a few meals.

I needed to bring makeup that was easy to apply, easy to wear and high performing. Here’s what made the cut:

Face:

Face Products

Primer: Estee Lauder Illuminating Perfecting Primer. 
As well as being a great base for extending the wear of my foundation, I find this primer offers a barrier to the drying effects of cold air, and gives my skin a beautiful candlelit glow – it’s definitely become a staple part of my daily routine.

Foundation: Max Factor Miracle Touch. 
This foundation is a lovely lightweight cream/gel formula with a very buildable coverage. I like to apply this with my fingers to really work it into my skin. When applied this way it really evens out my skin tone, while still offering a “no foundation” look.

Undereye concealer: Maybelline line eraser foundation in corrector. 
This perfectly pink concealer does a great job of neutralizing all my dark circles without being heavy or travelling into my undereye wrinkles. I’ve been using Sidecar on my mobile lid, and blending it through my crease and onto my browbone with Naked.

Blemish concealer: Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer in #51. 
This concealer is a perfect match for my skin tone, and dries beautifully, without the need for setting powder.

Blush: Topshop cream blush in Flushed. 
This soft peach shade gives a subtle hint of life and colour to my cheeks, without screaming “look! I’m wearing makeup!”

Illuminator: Revlon Skinlights Illuminator. 
I’m almost embarrassed to admit I still have backups of this particular product, but when I heard they were deleting the line (about 15 years ago!), I snapped up as many as I could find. It’s the perfect, natural looking liquid illuminator for my skin. I press a small amount on my cheekbones, the bridge of my nose and my top lip to give my skin a creamy, healthy glow.

Eyes:

Eye Products

Eye Primer: Urban Decay Primer Potion Original. 
There is no other eye primer that I have tried that works better at keeping my shadow in place while allowing me to get a lovely blend.

Eyeshadow/Eyeliner: Urban Decay Naked Palette 1. 
I use this palette so frequently that I worry my other eyeshadows will get lonely.

Mascara: Bobbi Brown Intensifying Long-wear mascara. 
This is a great little mascara the defines my lashes beautifully, and is about as long wearing as they come.

Brow Powder: Urban Decay pressed eyeshadow in Secret Service. 
This eyeshadow makes the perfect brow powder for me. It has just enough warmth to the flat brown shade to suit my naturally red hair.

Lips:

Lip Products

Lipstick: Revlon Lip Butter in Cotton Candy; Ere Perez Lip Bar in Hope; Illamasqua Resist and MAC Ruby Woo
The easiest way to mix up your holiday makeup is with a few different lipsticks. I chose a super soft pink, a very sheer purple tint, a bright magenta and a true matte red. It’s amazing how a simple lip colour can completely transform your appearance.

Brushes:

Makeup Brushes

​Rae Morris #2 Mini Kabuki 

​Rae Morris #4 Square Kabuki

​Rae Morris #7 Deluxe Precision Shader

​Rae Morris #8 Medium Precision Shader

​Rae Morris #9 Detail Precision Shader

​Hakuhodo Medium Pointed Yachiyo Kabuki

​MAC 239

Napoleon Perdis Push Liner Brush

​Crown Brush IB132 Stiff Brow

What are your makeup essentials? Let me know in the comments below.