When I first saw this on Fiona‘s blog, I thought it was such a cool idea; you take all the products you slap on to make your face and calculate what it’s worth. And then I pulled out my trusty makeup bag and realized exactly what a terrible idea listing the cost of my face is. Do I really want to know how much money I wipe away each night? Do I really want to know exactly how much I spend on myself every quarter?
Apparently I do. Here goes it.
Let’s start with the base (because it’s a part of make-up. If you don’t prime your face prior to slathering on foundation, you’re doing it wrong!):
1. Soap & Glory Puffy Eye Attack Turbo-Boost Hydragel – £12.50 2. Soap & Glory Make Yourself Youthful Super Serum – £20 3. (not pictured) Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ – £30 for 125ml 4. L’oreal Infallible Mattifying Base – £7.99 5. L’oreal Infallible Fixing Mist – £7.99
I have dehydrated skin, so layering up moisturiser with serum really helps. When I need an extra boost, I skip the Clinique for some good old E45… It’s not a daily thing as it gets a bit too much, but when I start feeling that slight tightness, I slather it on.
Also, I use the Fixing Mist both before and after application for super long-wear face.
Cost so far: £78.48
6. Bobbi Brown Creamy Corrector – £19.50 7. Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Concealer – £28 8. Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation – £32.50 9. L’Oreal Paris Lumi Magique Concealer – £8.49 10. Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder – £15 OR Alternatively GOSH Velvet Touch Primer & Setting Powder – £9.99
As you can see, I do like to mix & match drugstore to high end. I find drugstore foundations don’t have the colours I need and don’t wear as long as I need them to, whereas high end doesn’t have a setting powder for a Casper like me.
So in total perfecting my skin costs me (at cheapest) £98.48 which brings the total tally so far to £176.96. The skin part is where most of my money is spent; having dehydrated, sensitive skin in such a light colour that most ‘ivory’ foundations are way too dark is awkward. The fixing powders I use cannot have ANY colouring in it or they’ll oxidise, which is why it’s slim pickings. Vichy has been my HG for a while, but I saw the GOSH fixer a while back, and it works as a great backup. And it’s cheaper, so…
Onto the next step of the routine (yes, I’m doing these in the order in which I do my makeup. So sue me.); mah peepers.
11. I heart Makeup Naked Chocolate Palette – £7.99 12. Nonbranded makeup from China (do as I say, not as I do…) £4.29 13. Soap & Glory Supercat Eyeliner Pen – £6.00 14. Bourjois Volume Glamour Push Up Mascara – £8.99 15. L’oreal Paris Mega Volume Miss Hippie Mascara – £7.99 16. Soap & Glory Archery D-I-Y Brow Bar – £12.00 17. Benefit ready, set, BROW! clear brow gel – £18.50
Bringing us to a total of £65.76 into my eyes, tally of £242.72. But we’re not done yet, because we’ve still got the C-word to do. Yes, you know it, Contour!
18. Benefit Watts Up highlighter – £24.50 19. MUA Luxe Strobe & Glow Highlight Kit – £5.00 20. B. Sculpted Contour Kit – £3.15 21. MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighting Powder – £3.00 22. Nonbranded chinese blusher palette – £2.49
And before you ask, yes I like a highlight, yes I am a precious little unicorn thankyouverymuch! Total of £38.14 for the C-word, bringing us to a final total of….
Which ain’t bad I don’t think! If we think about it this way; the average amount of time an item will last with me is 6 months. In 6 months there are 24 weeks, in 24 weeks there are 168 days, 144 of which I wear makeup. So technically my face only costs me less than £2 per application. Bargain, eh!
You could spend so much more on your face. Want to get La Prairie Skin Caviar foundation? That’ll be £150 thankyou! How about some Space NK mascara? 60 squids pls. I don’t wear lipstick, don’t really mind brands and I mix and match based on what works for me. I think I spend less than average on makeup, and I never thought that I spent a lot on my face until my husband and I were talking about what we need to buy for our new flat. Bins to be more specific. I’d looked out a few that I liked, he came back with his suggestions; you know how goes it. He sent me a link to a bin that was £50 to which I gasped and called him mad.
His recourse? (And I quote) “but spend that on makeup, that’s fine”
Which is weird. I don’t think twice about dropping a couple hundred in Boots on various pots and pans, but when it comes to buying actual bulky items, I’m a bit iffy. Like the bin. Or bookcases; I’ve been looking at a couple, and selected my Top 5. My only criterion? Needs to be either black or white, and under £50. Why under £50? Because I’m grippy like that. Bring me a foundation and concealer that last me three months and £60 is nothing. Bookcase that can last for 10 years? Ummmm… That’s a bit much.
And that, my friends, is logic. Because I said so that’s why.