I’ve never been much of a makeup junkie. I love creams and lotions that make my skin feel and look great but I have always felt makeup has threatened that skin-feel-good-feeling. I also never learnt how to apply it properly. What foundation suits my skin tone? How do I and why would I use a lip liner? How do I get the eyeliner to go on straight?! As you can probably tell, I am a little hopeless. As I’ve aged though, I’ve experimented with a few things and makeup artists at shoots have kindly offered advice and answered my questions.
However, I can’t help but feel the natural look works best. I’m not saying not to wear makeup, just that less is often more. To achieve it is easy and the low maintenance of the look makes it desirable to anyone with a busy life!
First off, find a good foundation that you love and stick to it. Go around all the makeup stands in Boots or Selfridges talking to sales teams, trying the makeup and seeing what feels best to you. My only sweeping foundation statement is: it needs to be light-weight. Anything that sits too heavily on the skin will not only look like a mask of makeup but it will clog up your pours and stop your skin from breathing. Foundation needs to be yellowy in tone to help conceal imperfections and even out your skin tone. You’ll know you’ve found the right one when it seems to just disappear into your skin upon application.
Secondly, apply eye makeup that is earthy in tone. Browns, beige, gold or plum for shadows and brown or charcoal gray for liner. I also prefer a brown mascara because it makes your lashes look your own, not false. Of course, you could always skip right to applying mascara if you want to keep the makeup really light. However, I think at least a bit of liner helps your eyes to pop.
Thirdly, put a small amount of blush on the highest part of your cheekbone. To choose a blush colour that is natural, find one that is the colour of your skin after you exercise!
It is up to you if you want to bother with lipstick or gloss but to achieve the look below, I just applied a nude lip with a bit of Vaseline over the top.
Simples! All in all it should take no more than 5 minutes of your time and you’ll look fresh, alert and natural.
I don’t know what it is but I’ve always found wearing Red lipstick makes me feel like a clown. In fact, any bright coloured lipsticks make me very aware of my mouth and I simply feel uncomfortable drawing that much attention to to it. However, bright red lips is a massive trend right now (I blame True Blood!). In fact, it seems everywhere I turn, I’m seeing women rockin’ the red-lip-look and doing it well.
So I purchased a M.A.C Ruby Woo lipstick and decided to brighten up my lips! I actually really love it now. The first few tries I was constantly worried about it being on my teeth but soon relaxed into it. It made me feel sexier too, like I was a little femme fatal character! I wore it to an audition and got the job so I now refer to it as my “lucky lippy”. People commented and complimented me on how I looked when I wore it too and I think that’s because it really makes an outfit pop. It even dresses up work-wear for those all important after-work drinks! My only complaint would be that you have to reapply fairly often which is a little too high maintenance for my taste and I’d probably prefer a lip-stain.
I’d recommend giving it a go and let me know how it made you feel!