Friday, January 14, 2011

Make-up Bag Essentials!!

Through the years I have met many women who begin to explain why they don’t wear make-up, haven't got the products, don't have time and not sure what basic make-up essentials are required.  Believe me, if you have everything organised in a transparent makeup bag it takes no more than five minutes for a touch of concealer, foundation, blusher and mascara - that's all you need!  Once you have the basic products you can turn day time make-up to night in a flash!

Follow these steps and I promise you are on the road to becoming a fresh faced beauty - even if it is the crack of dawn!

  • MAKE-UP BAG - Set aside a transparent make-up bag with the products that you use every day which contains foundation, concealer, powder, blusher and mascara - remember a touch of concealer can immediately change your face.
  • BRUSHES - Invest in good sable or natural hair brushes use synthetic brushes for applying lipstick, concealer or foundation and natural hair brushes for shadow, blusher and powder.  I use baby shampoo to clean my natural hair brushes by applying a pea size of the shampoo to the palm of my hand, having drenched the bristles of the brush in water swirl around your hand until the product has foamed and rinse thoroughly, shake well and reshape while wet.  Leave to air dry over the side of a table or in your airing press and they will be ready to go in a day or two.  Repeat for the synthetic brushes using a little washing up liquid instead of shampoo and repeat the same technique.  Please take time out to give your brushes a freshen up - could be causing those occasional nasty break-outs!
  • FOUNDATION - when purchasing foundation test on the side of your makeup free cheek in the shop and walk out to the natural day light.  The foundation should disappear into your skin, not sit on it and remember to choose the same tone as your natural skin tone, you will immediately see what I am talking about if you choose the wrong colour.  Ideally get a sample of the foundation and wear for the day to see if you like it before purchasing.  Apply down the centre of the face and work outwards with the excess foundation.  Foundation is used to even out skin tone not mask it or change the natural colour.
  • CONCEALER - there are many concealers on the market but look for light weight in consistency.  Choose a colour similar to the colour of your foundation so it blends well.  Used around the nose, spots, under eye darkness.  The reason for a light-weight consistency is it blends in with the foundation not sits on any lines or wrinkles.
  • EYE BRIGHTENERS - these are used to illuminate dark areas such as under eye circles and help to make those up-late-the-night before circles disappear in seconds.  Apply with a brush or you finger in a patting motion not a dragging motion.
  • POWDER - I like to use a loose translucent powder applied all over the face with a large powder brush in light swirling motions being careful not to overload the skin.  You can also use a translucent compact powder.  Test the colour or any powder on the back of your hand to make sure the colour is not too chalky white and normally translucent so it does not alter the colour of your foundation - not a great look!
  • BLUSHER - If you have red tones in your skin stay with a peachy colour or if you are lucky enough to have a clear complexion use a pink toned blush to give your face a natural lift.  Swirl a medium sized brush into your powder, smile and apply to the apples of your cheeks.  A bright pop of blush will immediately bring your whole face alive.
  • EYE LINER - apply a brown liner to the base of your lashes and smudge into the roots keeping close to the lash line this will immediately thicken your lashes making your eyes pop!  If you have a steady hand you can use a liquid liner without smudging.
  • EYE BROWS - don't forget about your brows as they frame the face.  There are alot of products specially formulated for the brows just remember less is more during the day and choose a colour suitable to your natural brow colour.  Add a little product through your natural brows and comb through with a clean brow brush.
  • MASCARA - Again there are many products on the market from cheaper versions to more expensive just remember your mascara has a shelf life of about six months bin it if it is clumpy and older than six months - you know!!!!  Apply in a zig-zag motion applying to the roots of the top lashes and pull through the top lashes.  To add more definition I use the top of the mascara wand to give an extra coating of mascara to the lashes at the corner of the eyes as these lashes are often missed when applying with the whole mascara wand.
  • LIPSTICK - I like to use a lip pencil close to the colour of your natural lip, line the natural lip line and fill in the entire lip once outlined.  Then apply lipstick to the whole lip area and blot with a tissue, then repeat three times.  This ensures the lipstick will go the distance.  Apply a dab of gloss to the centre of the lips.
**  Please do a 24 hour patch test on any products you purchase to ensure you are not allergic to any of the ingredients saves time and money in the long term.

TIP OF THE WEEK - I often find when applying foundation and powder extra product remains sitting on your brows.  Once you have applied your brow product, spray a little hair spray onto your brow brush and comb through this will eliminate any excess product and also keep your brows in place for the day!!

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