• Nicole Sherwin

It's Time for a Make-up Routine!

The highly anticipated sequel to 'It's Time for a Skincare Routine!'

Bridget Sophie. Source: Wix

Now that we’re semi-allowed out of our caves, unless you live in the dark lands of Victoria, I’ve been hit with the realisation that if I’m presenting myself to the world again, I should probably slap on some face. But between having a newborn and being locked inside, I haven’t coloured in my face in what feels like years. I think my make-up bag consists of some Australis Bronzer, Max Factor Full and Soft Mascara and some Juicy Tubes (no: not sponsored. But would love to be. Enquire within). Not that it would matter, because I learnt while researching this segment that I’ve been applying approximately 97% of my make-up completely wrong. Basically, just got the lip gloss right. It’s clear I’m in no way qualified to impart any sort of make-up wisdom on you, so once again, I’ve brought in the big dogs. I’ve consulted award-winning make-up artist Bridget Sophie, from Bridget Sophie Studio to bring you the basics of your make-up routine.


The word ‘foundation’ is a pretty strong indication that this is where we should start. But like your Camilla Muumuu, it’s not one size fits all.

Stunning Pinn wearing the Flower Beauty Light Illusions Foundation, set with Hourglass Veil Translucent Powder and Flower Beauty Hydrating Spray. Can confirm, she also has a dewy skincare routine.


First up, we have matte-liquid. This is top billing if you’ve got oily skin, blemishes or it’s hot, so you’re going to get sweaty and want to counter that natural wet look. If you use this on drier skin, it can exaggerate fine lines and flaky skin.

Next up, we have the Regina George of foundations, the most popular. Moisturising liquid foundations with a satin, or satin-matte finish. These generally have a slight sheen for that dewy look, which is so hot right now, dewy. But it’s not ideal for already oily skin. They typically provide a light to medium coverage.


Powders, which apparently are not the same as Bronzers (which we will address later on), are super lightweight. You can wear them on their own, especially if you want to reduce the shine of the sunscreen you have definitely just put on, but more commonly as Bridget suggests, you use it to set your foundation and touch up during the day. You can put it all over your face, or use it to touch up areas that get oilier throughout the day, like on your shnoz or forehead. Powders can be totally translucent or have a little bit of a glow to amplify that dewy look. But go easy Fuller- if you have oily skin, the powder can gather in your pores, and if you have dry skin the powder can absorb the moisture drying you out even more.

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