Current Makeup Routine: Spring 2023

by | Mar 26, 2023

Arriving in London with a makeup bag that had apparently been packed by a drunk baboon forced me to be a bit creative with my products. I honestly have no idea how I ended up with four bronzers and two foundations but absolutely no brow stuff, no lipstick and only one (quite dark and punchy) eyeshadow.

But here’s what I did with what I had. It’s been a few weeks since the “WTF did I pack?” incident but I’ve actually kept up with the same routine, because I like it, and here’s the video to prove it. I’ve written a description with product links below.

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So: in with the Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation. For a full review with before and after photos, please click here. I won’t repeat myself – it’s virtually faultless for a longwear, grown-up face base.

I then used Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow to contour and bronze myself up, applying far too much and then having to buff it out for approximately twelve minutes. It was the makeup equivalent of making a toddler meal: heat it for two minutes, cool it right down again for ten. Go forwards and then almost right back to the start.

Bronze & Glow is an excellent investment if you can possibly make it. There are many “dupes” but none give quite the instant glam this contour and highlight duo does. You can find it online here at Charlotte Tilbury* – I use shade Light-Medium.

A touch of blush – this one is from Valentino (shade 9, here) and is lovely, but there’s no massive need to spend so much. Just a good flush of something optimistic and pinkish will do!

And then eyes. Here’s where it gets revolutionary. I use the same Tilbury Filmstar palette on my eyes – the contour to, er, contour and the highlighter to gild the lids. It works so well! It really helps to shape the eye, subtly, and the highlighter gives lift and brightness to the eye area. I’m so impressed with this and I like that it keeps all of the tones on my face very uniform and tied together.

I then stuck a Vieve Eye Wand in Coffee* into the corners of my eyes and dragged it up towards the eyebrow end a little bit, to give myself the customary “eye lift”. If you’ve never done this before then you’re in for a treat. It’s not necessary to put the product into your eye socket in the way I do, which is borderline violent, but the Vieve Eye Wand is chunky and soft and just seems to lend itself to fitting right in the outer corner. It’s very malleable and blendable so I use a small amount, I don’t apply to the upper lid, but I take a small smudge brush and blend the little line of product out so that it’s soft and hazy and what leftovers I have I smudge into the lower and upper lashline, just at the outer edge of the eye.

Rather than me explain it in a thousand words, it’s probably better to take a look at the video, if you’ve never seen me do my little eye lifting trick. It properly, properly works – you just have to make sure you follow the curve of your lower lashline to get the flick in the right direction!

The mascara I use here is the faithful L’Oreal Telescopic, which I just think is one of the best mascaras you can buy, regardless of price. I rate the one in the dull gold tube and it’s usually about eight quid when you catch it on offer, which is almost always and it has a fine, narrow comb that’s flexible and mess-free. You can wiggle right to the base of the lashes and then pull through to coat each one and they are left looking chic and separated. I very rarely deposit product onto my lids (happens with just about every other mascara) and I don’t get fallout or smudging. I buy this mascara constantly – usually from Amazon Prime, see here*, but you can get it in Boots and Superdrug and it’s always in stock.

At time of writing L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara is £7.07 here*

I use hairspray and a brow brush for my brows because I’ve misplaced all of my brow products (I sorted every single one of them into a small bag and then promptly lost it within the office avalanche) and I do my lips with a simple lipliner outline (Rare Beauty liner in Creative, see here*) patted in and topped with lip balm.

And that’s it. It’s quite a pared-down routine, product-wise: I wish I had a fancy little picture of the products but I don’t, and anyway the Tilbury palette is almost finished so it’s not looking its photogenic best. I’ll finish with a few extra links for bits and bobs featured in the video, including the skincare prep and the blouse I’m wearing. I say, what a lovely blouse!

Olay Retinol Eye Cream is currently 60% off here*

Aveeno Calm and Restore Serum is here*

Skin Rocks The Moisturiser is online here

The Francine Floral Blouse I’m wearing is from Wyse London here


  1. Thank you for sharing with us ❤️

  2. Ruth, what is your all time favourite daily wear base/foundation that gives enough coverage to make your skin an even tone without being full / feel like you’re wearing a foundation, but that’s also not too sheer that it looks no different? I don’t typically wear foundation but feel my skin is getting more uneven in tone as I am getting older, i feel I need to start using something daily rather than just when I go out! I have freckles too, I never go shopping for me (I have young kids) so I find it impossible to know what to use. I have found a good skin care routine now thank to all of your lovely review over the years but foundation is still a sticking point as there is so much to choose from and no time to sample them all! As my skin was always good I never felt the need but with redness here and there I now need something. I also find that having freckles makes the match making process so much harder, so I find myself growing older, nearing 40s without a clue when it comes to foundation! if you have some all time favourites that might help!? Thanks!

    • Yes! NARS Tinted Moisturiser, Clinique Even Better Glow, Lancome Teint Idole Care & Glow, go and have a try of those on counter! I’d say the Clinique might suit you best re-reading your question… xx

  3. That’s a beautiful video. Explains your neutral makeup look. Thumbs up!

  4. Great video! The telescopic mascara is amazing! I love using that first to make my lashes super long and then I go in with the Loreal Lash Paradise mascara and it makes it look like I have False Eyelashes on!

  5. Hi Ruth, can I ask what brush you are using to apply Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation in your latest video, Spring 2023

    Love your blog and videos I’m 72 and you are never to old to learn new tips and techniques

    Thanks Chris x

    • That is the Bobbi Brown full coverage brush! It’s excellent! Though I am starting to prefer a looser, not so firm, brush for face base now. I just couldn’t find one. : )

  6. Beautiful video! What is your mail color?

  7. The telescopic mascara has been my go to mascara for years and years, it is the absolute best and beats all the high end mascara’s I have ever tried. I buy both the gold and black ones, it is the thin wand that does it for me, it lengthens my lashes like a dream. Not to be confused with the new Telescopic one, I am not a big fan of that one.

    • Yeah it’s a strange one the new version, I think I need to get to grips with it as it does give great volume but I can’t seem to get it all the way to the base of my lashes!


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