When was the last time you tried a new foundation, experimented with a different colour lipstick or threw out that mascara you’ve been meaning to ditch?
As the season’s change, it’s a good time to not only look at what’s in your wardrobe but also what’s in your makeup bag. Getting stuck in a makeup rut can be as ageing as a wardrobe rut. A little bit of experimenting never did anyone any harm.
There’s a couple of ways to do this:
1. Visit a few makeup counters and play. Many makeup companies offer a makeover where you can book in, have your makeup done and the cost is redeemable on product purchased. Choose a counter where you know you they stock at least one product on your must-buy list so you can easily make up the required dollars.
2. Book a professional makeup artist to teach you some new tricks with your existing makeup supply and point you in the right direction for some new products to give your look a lift. Yes, this may cost a bit more but a makeup artist is generally not tied to one particular makeup brand so they can recommend products specifically for you across a number of brands.
3. Look at recommendations from bloggers. Most bloggers will try the product first and will let you know what they think of it in an honest way. This will help you to judge whether it’s a product worth trying for yourself.
Here are some of the products I’ve been playing around with over the past month
1. Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Hollow. I love a dual or triple purpose product (that cost-per-wear-thing also applies to makeup) and this one is fabbo on the eyes, as well as cheeks and I also used it on my lips for a subtle nude/brown. Illamasqua counters can be found in selected Myer stores.
2. Rimmel Lash Accelerator Mascara $17.95. Another one of those dual products. Yes, you’ll get lashes that appear lengthened but this formula is also designed to help your lashes grow. Available at Priceline, department stores and selected pharmacies.
3. Bloom Eye Shadow in Bronze $25. This Eye Shadow has just the perfect hint of a shimmer and great pigmentation. It’s perfect for contouring the eyes when used over a vanilla shade. A great day option for me.
4. Estee Lauder Pure Color EyeShadow in Untamed Violet $40. Don’t be put off my the purple colour. On the eyelid it tones to a grey-purple and is a fun (and more forgiving) shade to use for a smokey eye at night.
5. Face of Australia Gentle Make-Up Remover $8.95. Do not let this beauty bargain fool you. This remover is the best value-for-money makeup remover I’ve come across in a very long time. Best of all it gets rid of the day’s make-up – even that stubborn liquid eyeliner – fast. Available at Priceline, Kmart, Big W and selected pharmacies.
6. Illamasqua Sheer Lipgloss in Divine. This is a classic case of don’t judge a book by its cover. I was actually scared silly when I saw the vividness of the pink staring out at me from the tube. Put it on your lips though and it’s a whole different story. Yes, it’s clearly pink but because of the sheer nature of the gloss, it packs a subtle statement.
7. Estee Lauder Pure Color Lip Gelée in Electric Violet $40. This is a darker pink than the Illamasqua above and on my lips it goes on a cross between a berry and fuchsia.
8. Kit Cosmetics Lipstick in Dream Believer $24.95. Promise this is the last of my pink lip theme. Next week I’ll all be about orange and coral! This one differs from the above two because of its opaque colour and its pale, almost Beatnik, look.
9. Natural Compatibles Wet & Dry Foundation $49. Now I love a good mineral foundation (as you know) and I was curious to try the wet and dry factor with this one. I applied dry using a kabuki brush – all good, lots of yellow in this shade which worked to tone down my redness. But it was the wet application using damp, cheap makeup sponges (the ones that look like mini door wedges) that won me. It dries to the makeup effect I like but with a coverage that lasted all day.
10. Napoleon Perdis Bronze Patrol $60. This one is out next week. It’s no ordinary bronzer either. Yes, it will add that warmness to your complexion but shimmering gold flecks help to give your skin a radiant glow as well. Use as an eye colour too … I did.
11. The Body Shop Tailored Cheek Tint in Hot Pink $32.95. This cheek stain offers a fresh, gorgeous rosey glow and it goes on effortlessly with the built-in brush. You only need a little bit, blend it well with your fingers and then I balance out the pink with a bronzer like the Napoleon Perdis above.
12. Face of Australia Anti-Ageing Stick Foundation SPF15 $11.95. I hadn’t tried a stick foundation in years but had to give this one a go simply because of the price. The consistency is more dewy that I’m used to (because generally I’m a mineral powder girl) but I’m impressed. It does even out skin tone. It is buildable and it contains an SPF. Confession time: I did add the Natural Compatibles powder on top. Habits die hard. Available at Priceline, Kmart, Big W and selected pharmacies.
See anything there you’d like to try? Let me know if you’ve found a new makeup product for winter you know you’ll have on high rotation.