Donna's Make Up Routine

donna ida, donna ida thornton, beauty tips, step by step, makeup routine, london fashion, london style, street styleAnything that involves routine I love - so reassuring.  I've been a makeup girl since as long as I can remember.  I was always in Mum's makeup bag and trying on her clothes from a very young age and couldn't wait till I could start buying my own.  Many years later, I have quite the makeup collection.  Although I have oodles of it I probably only use around 5%.  Here's my daily routine.

- Moisturise moisturise moisturise.  The best beauty tip is lots of water, a good night's sleep, and plenty of moisturiser.

- I start with a good base.  Same as with painting a room, the bulk of the work is in the prep.  I use Chanel's Vitalumiere Aqua, which goes for miles; you only need a tiny bit.  Next is Laura Mercier's Wheat Eye Base.  This keeps your eye makeup on.  Genius!  Then I touch up any blemishes with MAC Moisture Cover.  Then I seal the whole lot with Chantecaille's Protection Naturelle.

- Next come the eyes.  I tend to work on the eyes more than the lips (in my opinion, you have to choose).  I have hundreds of eye shadows but right now I'm using a palette of MAC colours I put together and a great palette from Chantecaille.  It's their Save The Sharks palette.  You should get it, it's fantastic.  Depending on what I'm wearing and the look I want to achieve I use a lighter base shadow and then a grey or plum shadow for the crease.  It's all about blending.  If you need some good makeup tips you can go to Frey-ja Barker at Fenwick on Bond Street and book a session.  It costs £50 but anything you buy goes against it and you can easily rack up £50 just with a mascara and eye pencil.

- I finish off the eyes with MAC false lashes in extreme black mascara and eye kohl in Smoulder.

- I always use lip liner as it keeps your lips looking peachy throughout the day.  The important part to remember is YOU MUST NOT SEE IT!  I use Paul & Joe's double sided lip pencil in 01, which is a natural pink and it's fantastic.  It's the best I've found.

- Lip balm is imperative for me and I probably re-apply 10 times a day.  Or more.  I use Rodial Glam Lip Balm (with it's heavenly rose scent) and then add colour with any number of MAC, Laura Mercier or Bobby Brown lip glosses.  I'm also a fan of lipstick and use YSL (so creamy), NARS (for the best reds), and MAC (for the best pinks).

- And for the final touch, perfume.  I would feel naked without perfume.  I like Tom Ford, Le Labo, Prada and Diptique.  The secret is which scent.... you should never tell.