I’ve always loved Barry M makeup – since the dazzle dust days of my early twenties (and I’ll probably love them for many years to come).
Although what first attracted me to the brand was the highly pigmented dazzle dust in every (bright) shade you can think of, they also have plenty of nude and muted tones for everyday use too.
As a mum, I need my daily makeup application to be really quick and easy because I’m always in a rush. Don’t get me wrong, it still takes 3 hours to get ready for a night out, but I need some no-fuss looks for the school run.
Barry M have very kindly sent me a selection of makeup so I could share my hassle-free school-run looks with you.
Barry M haul pictured above:
- Flawless Concealer (nude)
- Lash Vegas 2 Mascara (black)
- Bold Brown Waterproof Eyeliner
- All Night Long Foundation (oatmeal)
- Holographic Eyeshadow Topper
- Nail Paints (Vintage Violet and Acai Smoothie)
- Crushed Jewel Eyeshadow
- Banana ‘Ready Set Smooth’ Powder
- Lip Paint (Truffle Shuffle)
- Natural Glow 2
- Blusher Quad
- Holographic design makeup bag
For context, it’s only fair to share a no make-up face so you can see what I’m working with and what my issues are.
I have rosacea, some days it’s barely noticeable and others it really flares up, making me look like a shiny, red beetroot. I also have dark circles under my eyes, visible pores and patchy eyebrows. These are all reasons I prefer not to go makeup free in the mornings, but the look I settle on is heavily dependent on how much time I have!
Look 1 – 2 minutes
If I’ve only got a couple of minutes before I’m due out the door, I go for a really basic look.
If my face isn’t too red, I’ll just use primer, concealer and mascara.
If I’m a bit on the red side, I’ll also wear foundation, which covers the red and the banana powder helps keep it toned down.
This takes barely any time, and I apply in this order: primer, under eye concealer, foundation (use a beauty blender to buff off excess), and banana powder followed by a quick flutter of mascara.
Look 2 – 5 Minutes
Use the same products as above, but this time add in a bit of colour.
In the land of school run hairstyles, a side pony is king.
For this look, I’ve added eyeshadow (third pan from the left in the photo above), blusher (bottom left pan in the photo below) and Barry M Lip Paint in shade Truffle shuffle (also in the below pic).
Look 3 – 10 Minutes
You can do a lot in ten minutes if you go for a smokey eye look.
This look involves all the products from the previous look with an added smokey eye. A smokey eye look is the quickest glam eye look if you want something more than a block colour. It’s brilliant because it doesn’t take a steady hand or a high degree of accuracy – in fact, the secret to smokey eye looks is smudging. Lots of smudging.
I used the dark-purplish shade in the eyeshadow palette as a base, with the crushed jewels cream eyeshow on top and brown eyeliner pencil.
I use the powder eyeshadow to create a base, then I drew a thin line under my lower lash-line – getting thicker towards the outer corner of my eye, with the eyeliner pencil. I drew a small flick in the corner of my eye, but you can probably give that a miss if you’re not confident.
After applying the cream eyeshadow, I used a blending brush to spread it and stop it from clumping as it dried. I also used a pointy eyeshadow brush to smudge the lower lash eyeliner and complete the smokey look. To neaten the edges, I reapplied some concealer so the smudginess looked a bit more planned.
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