Well, it’s only 6 weeks to Christmas so I thought I’d share a few makeup looks I love that would be perfect for the festive party season.
If there was ever an occasion to really go to town with your makeup and try those looks you might have been a little afraid to try, Christmas is the time. Don’t be afraid to play with colour and if like me you’re a bit of a magpie and love your glitter and sparkle then you have to add a little shimmer to your look whether it’s in the form of eyeshadow, highlighters or glossy pout… just have some fun with it! Be careful though, Halloween is over, so we don’t want to look like the 5th member of Abba but the 4 looks below show you how you can have some fun but still look gorgeously glamorous.
I’m now taking bookings for party makeup so if you’d like to sit back and relax while someone else does the work, including some false lashes to give your eye’s a real pop then I’d be delighted to hear from you! Just drop me an email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Image Source: 1. Pinterest 2. MAC 3. Pinterest 4. Charlotte Tilbury
I’m often asked how long should you hold on to makeup products and when you should throw them out and I’m pretty sure we’re all guilty of hanging on to the odd eye shadow or mascara longer than we should but out of date products can do you more harm than good. Bacteria builds up in products the more you use them so by not throwing them away within the recommended time frame you can’t be sure what kind of negative effects they might have on your skin.
You can pretty much tell when a product isn’t at it’s best by looking at it and it really depends on how much you use the product but below is a quick guideline to the type of products and how you can tell it’s time to replace them…
Mascara’s in particular have the shortest shelf life especially if it’s one you use regularly. The easiest way to tell is if the “popping” sound is gone. The more you use a mascara the more air is trapped inside the container so it will dry up quicker. This means it’s time for a new one.
Foundations & Concealers:
With foundations you will be able to tell if they have started to separate or just don’t have look right. Try keep your foundation away from heat as this is an environment that bacteria just loves! With concealers, powder and stick products can last up to 2 years but liquid formulas have a shorter shelf life. Again the colour and consistency will be a giveaway.
Powders can be a little harder to tell especially loose ones but with a powder whether it be blush, eye shadows or other face powders, you are continually putting your brush or puff into the pot so this is transferring oil and residue from your face back into the product so this is where washing your brushes is very important. With pressed powders you might see a skin form, this is the oil from you face or eyelids effecting the product so you can remove the top layer of product to reveal fresh powder below.
For eye and lip pencils you should pair them with a good sharpener to refresh them regularly. You can tell they have gone off when they start to form a film on the nib. You do need to be very careful with eyeliners as you are applying them to a very sensitive part of the face and if you use these too far beyond their expiry date you may end up with a nasty infection so just don’t risk it!
Your favourite lipstick or lip gloss I’m sure will be used long before it reaches it’s shelf life but for those you only wear occasionally you really need to replace these after 2 years. If you’ve been sick or suffer from cold sores it’s a good idea to replace them more regularly or you could use a lip brush which will stop direct contact. You’ll know your lipstick has gone off if it has gone hard and doesn’t apply properly.
Everyone pretty well knows when these are gone off. They tend to go gloopy and harder to apply.
So I hope this helps… now get that make-up bag and start sorting!
For those of you who know and have followed make-up artist Charlotte Tilbury and her career over the past 20 years you’ll probably be as interested as me to see and try her new range of skincare and make-up products.
Launching on Monday September 2 in Selfridges in London, her thinking and philosophy behind the range is that everyone should have access to fabulous products without being intimidated or scared and they should be easy for women to wear.
She told Vogue.co.uk…
“I just think beauty shouldn’t be an exclusive club – everyone should be able to look good,”
“We’re all time-poor and I think beauty counters can be so overwhelming, which is why everything comes with proper instructions and has been designed to suit one of the 10 types of woman that I have identified – from the Rebel to the Ingenue.”
I really like the art deco inspired packaging and some of the products have already caught me eye such as the lipstick and Sculpt & Highlight but the one I really can’t wait to get my hands on is her top secret ‘Magic Cream’ that she mixes herself and swears by.
You can see more on the full collection here
If you’re getting married over the coming months or next year and you haven’t decided what make-up style you might like to wear then the red carpet is always a good place to look for inspiration. Below are 4 of my favourite looks from this years awards which would work perfectly for brides and there’s something for everyone…
Reese: Soft and pretty with smudged eyeliner for a soft smokey eye, pink blush and pink lip.
Jennifer: Again very soft with a silver grey shadow, liquid liner, peach cheeks and nude lip.
Amanda: Don’t be afraid of colour. Purples look amazing on green eye’s and by keeping the rest of the make-up clean and subtle it’s looks fresh and modern.
Alexa: A hint of vintage with a clean defined liquid liner, fresh skin with just a soft flush on the cheeks topped off with a strong lip.
So which one would you wear on your big day?
MAC Cosmetics new fall collection is dedicated to the work of the late illustrator Antonio Lopez and they have enlisted the help of the ever fabulous Jerry Hall, Pat Cleveland and Marisa Berenson’s to front the campaign.
Antonio launched all three models careers and the limited-edition make-up bag, mirror (which I’m lusting after!), tote and make-up compacts all printed with his vibrant watercolour illustrations. I adore these eye, lip and face palettes which come in the striking violet, teal, fuchsia and gold which really capture the magic of the 70’s and each one bears the face of one of his model muses. Whatever about the makeup, I want these just for the packaging!
James Gager, senior vice president and group creative director for MAC said… “…we felt this was the right moment to reintroduce Antonio Lopez’s work to a wider audience, and the world to these women, who are still iconic and look really fantastic. They are steeped in an age that we are all intrigued by.”
The new MAC Antonio Lopez collection is available from September 2013 from http://www.maccosmetics.co.uk.