Ladies, I know we all read makeup tips everywhere, and are most likely going to watch them on Instagram as well. But the basics are always the same and what we need to know ultimately boils down to a set of a few tips that are essential and timeless.
The scattered pieces of advice and small makeup tips in the following display are the best time savers, skin savers and pocket savers; and they all come from personal experience:
• Your fingers are the best makeup tools you can use in times of rush; just keep wet napkins handy so products do not get meshed on your fingers then face.
• Make sure you own one compressed dry foundation with high coverage capacity, for emergencies of rush! Sometimes you won’t have the time to use concealer, liquid foundation and loose powder.
• Your powder. Always have it in compressed form for your daytime makeup. That will save you application time and grant you longer coverage!
• Highlighters. Don’t get generous there; it always ends up as a disaster especially if you have oily or combination skin. Use highlighters sparingly on the cheek bones only; their effect on the nose, forehead and chin can become a synonym for excess sebum by day.
• Bronzers. Pick them as to match your natural skin color when tanned. Do not get too ambitious about darker shades because a bronzer is supposed to highlight your tan, not give you one. Pick your bronzer with a moderate hint of shimmer, even if you’re using it during the night! If you do not like shimmery products, then go for a matte bronzer with a peachy undertone. Extra tip: Shimmer and color play against each other; so if the darker your bronzer is, the less shimmery it should be.
• Mascara. It is the only makeup product which daily use is not recommended, it makes your lashes fall off. Just make sure no powder or eyeshadow stays on your lashes and you’re good to go without it. Keep it for the nights out! Alternatively, you can use a eyelashes’ primer with some lifting capacity and a lot of natural nourishing oils.
• Any dark eyeshadow can be used as a liner. Hint: use a thin brush after dipping it in water.
• Blushers and eyeshadows can be interchangeable when they’re not too sparkly or in blue undertoned shades. Use one product to get going fast. I do this with both my eyeshadow, bronzer and blusher when I am rushing or running errands.
• Lip shapers are more important than lipliners. A shaper is a dry liner with a shade too close as to be confused with that of your lips. Use one with some gloss and you’re off the lipstick hook for the day. Extra hint: Always go for the gel textured shaper.
• Lipsticks. Use them on top of some foundation if you want the shade to be the closest to that in the tube. Extra tip: Use some loose powder on top across a tissue, and you’re good to go for hours.
• Gloss. It is supposed to wear out fast, if it doesn’t then it contains lead and you don’t need that.
• Lip fixes. They’re supposed to make your lipstick last longer; but in fact they criminally dry your skin. You don’t really need them. Put in an extra 15 seconds every two hours and refresh your lipstick instead.
• Brands! You better have one brand for most of your essentials. Items in each brand are meant to function perfectly together!
• Foundation is the most important item of your makeup, because it is the one that will get to affect your skin the most. Eye kohl pencils come next, then your gloss because we all tend to eat it eventually. So you better put most of your makeup budget investment in those three products, that, if you had to prioritize. The logic: The closer the product to your pores, inside of the eye or mouth; the higher quality you need.
• The damage caused by makeup to the skin is overrated. And you can diminish it substantially by removing your makeup perfectly, cleaning, toning and moisturizing your skin generously at night.