Top 10 Make-up Products for Every Respectable Make-up Bag
Primer is often not thought about or used as much as it should be, but this humble product makes an lot of difference to the application and staying power for many a foundation or tinted moisturiser. The job of a primer is to fill in any unwanted lines and to level the skin, creating a smoother surface for the foundation to glide over, which then gives a much more professional, natural looking base. Only a small amount of primer is needed. Just gently smooth all over the face, let it settle for a few moments then apply your foundation. You will feel the difference as you apply your base.
A concealer to cover blemishes is a slightly different product. This
does not contain light reflectors and is thicker in consistency. The
best way to cover a blemish is either to put your little finger onto the
concealer and pat onto the blemish or to use a concealer brush and
lightly brush the concealer onto the blemish. A good tip is to then do
the same with your foundation to really camouflage the blemish. Using a
light dab of loose translucent powder or mineralise powder will set it
This has to be the number two must have! A good concealer can cover a
multitude of flaws or instantly take you from dark circles to “wide
awake”. Great under eye concealers that instantly make a difference are
Garnier roll on under eye, Dior Skinflash and YSL Touche Eclait. All of
these have light reflectors in them and are not drying, really
important as some products are good concealers but too thick to use
under the eye on delicate tissue and simply enhance dryness or wrinkles.
Apply only to the dark, shadow area, not right out to the cheekbone
and pat gently with the pad of your finger. Do not rub or pull the
I always recommend a good silicone foundation, easy to apply, provides great coverage and has the staying power to last all day and to look as good as when it was first applied… What’s even better is that with good silicone foundation you won’t even fell like your wearing any makeup at all. My choice is 'Airbase’.
A good cream blusher, when applied correctly to the apples of the cheeks can take years off! I tend to stay away from powder blushers if a youthful glow is what is required. A cream blusher needs to be applied immediately after the foundation or tinted moisturiser. Remember...cream on cream or liquid foundations. A cream blusher won’t blend well on a powder foundation. Pat the cream blusher onto the pad of your middle finger then pat gently onto the apples of your cheeks, blending round the edges and slightly outwards to soften any edges and avoid an ‘Aunt Sally’ glow!
With the multitude of mascaras on the market these days it is overwhelming to say the least when choosing the one for you. Opt for black every time unless you are very pale and blonde. In this case a brown black might be a better option. I think it’s all about the brush and I love the plastic brushes but it really is a case of trial and error. Max Factor in my opinion come tops in mascara but ‘Ten Image’ also have a fantastic selection mascaras my favourite is...
Using zigzag movements to separate and lengthen, apply the mascara to bottom lashes first then to the upper lashes, drawing the wand upwards and outwards. Apply 2 or 3 coats but the trick is not to let the mascara dry between coats as this will cause clogging.
Come rain or shine bronzer can really give an illusion of a healthy glow when applied correctly and if done properly, with the correct shade no one will know you have not just had a break away in the sun! Choose a shade that is going to give you a soft, subtle glow rather than a desperate shade of orange! A good soft, natural bristle brush is best. Pat the brush onto the bronzer and tap off any excess. Sweep gently where the sun would naturally touch your face, forehead, temples, bridge of nose and chin. This will give that lovely holiday glow - remember less is more! Also sweep some onto the neck just under the chin if this area is paler than your face as the sun often misses out here...then blend, blend, blend!
Lip-liner is very misunderstood by a lot of people. The idea of a lip-liner is to choose one close to your natural lip colour. Carefully line your lips as this enables you to correct any slight imperfections to the shape. Next, fill in your lips with the liner. This gives an excellent base for your lipstick or gloss, giving longer lasting wear and colour.
This really has to be a staple for any male or female. Applied on the inner rim (the water line) will intensify the eye. To really give the illusion of thicker eyelashes, lift the upper eyelid and apply to the water line. When applied onto the roots of lashes (both above and lower) there is nothing like a black kohl liner for giving immediate life to the eye. Smudge for a soft, sexy look or use to wing out. The choice is yours. Mac kohl liner and Ten Image are both excellent products.
A real rescue product on the “shine” front, this is a must for any makeup bag. Apply gently using a brush or powder puff tot he forehead, nose and chin. It immediately takes down any shine but does not leave any powder residue. Mac Blot powder comes in various shades and is always in my makeup bag!
|With the endless beautiful shades on the market there are many shades
suited to everyone these days. Lip-gloss can be applied on it s own or
over your lipstick. The choice is yours and it’s all down to personal
taste. A clear lip-gloss is a must for any makeup bag as it is so
versatile and a slick of it on it’ s own is a lovely natural look or
when applied over lipstick to add a touch of glam. Mac lip-glosses have
really good staying power.