SPRING CLEAN YOUR MAKE-UP
Spring is here and we’ve all started to see a bit of sun shine through the windows. This is a wonderful feeling, however it does tend to show the dust, so we have our Spring clean, we want everything to feel shiny and new and the tired old things can be slung out with the short winter days.
This means it’s also time to go through our make-up drawer/bag/cupboard and keep all the good products, dispose of old and unused products and bring in a few new ones. But where do we start? Well I’m here to help you with that.
Firstly gather all of your make-up together, go through handbags and anywhere else we find make-up hiding and get it all visible in front of you. Now look at it and if there is anything you haven’t used for the last year then that can instantly be discarded as you have been through every season and not needed it. When it comes to time scales try to remember when you bought something, time goes so quickly that if you bought it for your cousins wedding which seems like last year, then just check it wasn’t actually 2 years ago!
Great, so we’ve finished step one. Step 2 is to look at the make-up we have used and check how long we’ve had it, can we still keep it and use or it, or should we be replacing it. Here are the recommended guidelines for keeping make-up:-
Foundations: 18 months, as long as they retain their original texture
Compact powder: 3-5 years, however if the compact breaks throw it out as its likely to spread to other products
Powder eyeshadows: from 2-5 years
Cream/liquid eye shadow: 18 months
Lipsticks: 2 years provided it is well covered. If it smells bad throw it away. Gloss lasts for 18 months.
Mascara: 3-5 months, unless lumps have formed before then
Also have a visual check of your products. If you have a product that is within its life span but you have perhaps used your fingers to apply decide if it may be in danger of having bacteria on it, if you continue to use this product you may end up with breakouts on your skin.
So, now you have a set of hygienic products in front of you that you have bought within the last year. Now be honest with yourself, do you have any there that you bought because you liked it in the shop, got it home and then wondered why you bought it. Or have you got the foundation that you bought thinking it was your colour only to find in real light that you look either too pale or too dark. It’s time for those to hit the bin and stop taking up precious space.
Now to the good part. These are the essentials you need to make up your basic make-up kit:
2 x Foundations (a lighter shade for winter and a darker one for summer)
Face powder (loose or compact)
Blusher (powder or cream)
Eyeshadows in colours that suit your colouring
Eyeliner to emphasize your eyes
Eyebrow pencil to bring definition to your face
Various applicators and brushers
My big tip for a quick application every morning is have a bag/box/drawer with the basic products you use every day in so that you can put your hands on everything with ease. Then have another one for your evening and occasional make-up. It will make your morning routine so much easier.
If you are unsure of make-up and which ones are best for you then please visit me for a make-up lesson where I will be happy to go through your make-up and discuss which to keep and which to ditch and how to add new products in to update your every day look, along with lots of tips and hints. I use the fabulous range of Colour Me Beautiful cosmetics and will advise you which are the correct formulations and colours for you to use to give you a confident, youthful and healthy look. I keep a full range in stock so you can go home and put it in to practice straight away.
I’m here to help so if you have any queries just contact me!