From finding the most undetectable organic foundation to the perfect nude lipstick, it's time to admit that I've somehow got to the point where I really enjoy painting my face properly and feel rather good with a little make-up on. Honestly, I think it's due to the fact that I am finally content with everything I put on my face, both in terms of ingredients and finish while my skin seems to be responding kindly to the updated make-up routine, too.
I turned to organic and natural several years ago, but it did take me time to find my perfect set that simultaneously allowed me to put my face on in 10-15 minutes flat and took care of my skin instead of irritating it.
So here's the list, in case you are curious...
Foundation: While I still believe that RMS Un-Cover-Up is the best thing out there, I wanted to try something new and liquid, without bees wax, water and a few other ingredients including certain essential oils, so Inika was an ideal choice. In addition to not having the above mentioned things it was an aloe-based formula containing youth-maintaining hyaluronic acid, just as a bonus. The foundation itself is a nice not too runny consistency, sheer-to-medium buildable coverage (I watched this video before buying mine, just to get a better idea about application) and lovely light herbal scent. I'd say it's semi-matte, with a little glow, but not as much as RMS Un-Cover-Up, lasts for hours without any changes and was very-very kind to my skin. Definitely a keeper. Mine is in beige.
Concealer: RMS Un-Cover Up is my forever favourite (I use shade 22), both as foundation and concealer, but for now I just use it to cover little things here and there and, when mixed with a little RMS Living Luminizer - the shadow'y areas around and under my eyes - basically, by mixing the two you get an all-organic alternative to YSL Touche Eclat.
Powder: Another RMS favourite, it's the Tinted Un-Powder (shade 2-3) that is absolutely undetectable, lasts for ages (even if you use it A LOT, you are likely to need a pot per year at the most). It keeps any shine at bay without looking cakey plus adds a little extra colour.
Eye / Brow pencils: I've been using Terre D'Oc crayons for two years now and love it very much. If you can find the brand, go for it (lipsticks are also wonderful), but alas it seemed to have disappeared over here, so I will most likely be switching to Inika eye liner and Vapour Organic brow pencil at some point.
Mascara: Green People mascara is something I keep re-purchasing because it works for me, doesn't flake or irritate the eyes, I love the simple list of ingredients and the fact that I can always get one while grocery shopping.
Blusher: RMS Lip2Cheek in Illusive is still the one. I am interested in trying something else and powdered, but it takes a lot of time for me to find a blusher in the right shade, so when it finally happens, I'll certainly let you know.
Lipstick: this one is new and exciting because I finally-finally found my perfect nudes that don't make me look like a corpse, but a pretty little lady AND come in a pretty tube, not a jar (because honestly, when you are running around town and subject of proper hygiene is questionable, sticking my fingers in a pot of lipstick is not my idea of fun). Both are from Vapour Organic Beauty, in Chere (414) and Au Pair (422). They are creamy, pigmented, last well and smell like berries. Will never ever stop using them. Just lovely, absolutely lovely.
And that's it. The only non-organic thing I've got at the moment is Bobbi Brown lip pencil in cocoa. It may not be organic or perfect ingredients-wise, but I felt that there's more in life than spending it on looking for a pencil - when the right organic one pops up, I'll get it, not a big deal, really.
Photo source: make-up backstage at Marni Fall/Winter 2016, Bette Franke at Dolce&Gabbana Spring/Summer 2012 via Vogue Runway