As most of us ladies that dye our hair know very well, a change of colour on your locks means much more than just that - it also requires a rethink of your wardrobe and makeup. For example when I was blonde I hardly ever wore yellow as it made my hair appear brassy and when I had black hair I didn't often wear solid white as that combination made my skin appear super pale. Now that I'm auburn I've found myself wearing heaps of blush pink and khaki and its made my skin appear more bronzed, so I'm also wearing warmer toned colours on my face. After a few weeks I had figured out my perfect everyday makeup routine and I thought I'd share it with you lovely lot in case you found it handy too. I know it looks like a lot, but I can be ready to throw on an outfit in 25 minutes if I'm pushed as I've had so much practice over the years!


I have oily skin that is prone to blemishes and I have some acne scarring, so I go for mattifying primer, high coverage foundation and set it with powder that help prevent shine. For my everyday face I tend to use high street products and save my high end foundations for weekends and nights out. I've found over the years that L'Oreal foundations suit my skin best and I mix two together to get my ideal shade and coverage.

L'Oréal Paris True Match Liquid Foundation (I use the shade Rose Vanilla)


I can't be bothered with a complicated shadow look for my normal day at the office, although its rare that I'll be seen without my signature cat eye flick of liner. I tend to flit between liners and mascaras depending how I'm feeling and if I've woken up a bit late or am feeling lazy I sometimes omit the shadow and just use liner. To be honest I don't do it often though as a bit of shadow makes such a difference and makes you look put together, as do neat defined brows which I never skip!

Urban Decay Original Eyeshadow Primer Potion
theBalm Meet Matt(e) Nude - Nude Matte Eyeshadow Palette (I use the shades Matt Singh on the crease and lower lash line and Matt Garcia on the outer corner for definition)
Kat Von D 'Tattoo Liner' in Trooper or Rimmel Glam Eyes Professional Liquid Liner
Rimmel Scandaleyes Reloaded Mascara in Extreme Black or Maybelline New York The Colossal Go Extreme! Mascara in Leather Black 
NYX Professional Makeup Eyebrow Gel (I use the shade Espresso as I have naturally dark brows)


I always use blush as I feel like I look a bit sickly without it and most days I'll highlight, but honestly I don't contour every day. If I do I use either the shade Matt Abdul from the theBalm palette above or Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Hollow when my skin is being good and blemish free. I actually use an eyeshadow to highlight right now, applied sparingly with light strokes of a fan brush to my cheekbones, tip of nose, cupids bow and inner corner of the eye

KORRES Colour Zea Mays Blush in Coral
theBalm Mineral Overshadow in Work Is Overrated


Honestly I usually just go for lip balm if I have a day in the office but if I'm feeling sassy or I have an event or a date straight after work I like to throw on a slick of liquid lippy in a colour that is easily topped up after copious amounts of coffee and desk snacks! These are my two faves that are always in my bag :

Burt's Bees Coconut & Pear Lip Balm
Kat Von D 'Everlasting' Liquid Lipstick in shade Lolita

And below is the final look! I really hope you found this useful lovelies, if you have any questions or would like any advice on what colours will work best for your skin tone and hair colour just give me a shout, my background in fine art has provided me with a talent with this sort of thing!

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