We would be lying to each other if we said that we only purchased the bare minimum of beauty products. Even if you’re not a girly, make-up/beauty product kinda gal, I can guarantee you that your bathroom cabinets are filled with more than just what you use on a daily basis. You would be sure to have at least one eyeshadow palette that you purchased one day long ago in the hope of using it more often to change up your look. Or perhaps it’s a red lipstick that you’re still not brave enough to wear out in public? I’m not pointing the finger – I am totally with you on this one!
I have recently been on a massive clutter clearing movement to clean every inch of my house; bookshelves, spare rooms, kitchen and closet…the bathroom, well my thoughts are generally along the lines of ‘what if I needed that again?’. Rule of thumb, if you haven’t used it within six to twelve months (depending on product type) then you need to bin it. I really should take my own advice on this one!
Being in the beauty industry, I have exposure to a lot of products; skincare, makeup and body treatments. I have accumulated quite a nice stash. I do however always gravitate to a certain few products and know that each morning I rummage through my cupboards I ought to have a good throw out. So, now is as good a time as any right? So if you’re in the same boat as me why don’t we do it together?
To me, this is the most important part to get right. If we don’t look after our skin, feed it the right ingredients and take gentle loving care of it, then no matter how much make-up we put on, it’s never going to make our skin look amazing. I’m a massive advocate for loving the skin you’re in – bare and all – as I feel that if you’re not comfortable with your skin, then everything else that you do to cover it is just a mask – and you, bare skin and beautiful, should be able to live your life without hiding behind anything. If you want to learn more about understanding your skin, be sure to read this article on just that here.
The Ideal Skincare Regime:
- Cleanser: Cream, gel or foam depending on your skins needs and personal texture preference.
- Exfoliator: Depending on your skins needs, you will either have something really light or coarse. Click here to find out which exfoliator is best for you.
- Toner: Totally dependent on your skin care range (some are already pH neutral, so don’t require a toner) or if you really enjoy using one. This one is your call.
- Serums: Vitamins A, C and Hyaluronic Acid are a must for any skin type and concern – be sure to see your dermal therapist to see the what’s best for you. Serums are also key for skin health as they are a higher concentration of the key ingredient, and should be formulated to allow deeper penetration for the best results.
- Moisturizers: Coming in all forms and with the inclusion of day, night and eye creams, moisturizers are so important for your skin. Not only do they contain key nutrients for optimal skin health, they create a barrier for your skin to protect it from external factors such as free radical damage, sun damage and oxidative stress. Day creams protect your skin from daily environmental stress, and night creams help to mop up any damage and signs of aging while your skin and body is at rest. Eye creams are also worth the investment as they boost micro-circulation to aid with ridding puffiness and dark circles, as well as tightening and repairing damaged skin that are showing signs of ageing.
If you’re reading this and thinking “isn’t this whole article on creating less clutter? Why do I need all of these?” then I totally catch your drift. But as I said at the beginning, skin and skin health is where it’s at, and if you get this step right then you really will end up using less make up – which is a massive win if you ask me!
TIP: Skincare still wrapped up in its box is good for up to 18-36 months, if opened then 6 months. Of course this is a generalisation and it totally depends on what the product is and contains.
This is of course dependent on what you enjoy wearing when it comes to your make-up. I have no intention of telling you how you should look, all I can do is recommend what I have found works wonders on all the beautiful skins I’ve had the pleasure of working with over the years. Use these following informational bits as a guide, and make of them what you will.
- Primer: If you’re going to be wearing make-up, then you need a primer. Primers are multi-functional: they create a barrier between your skin and the products you used in your skincare routine, as well as keeping the skin hydrated and sealing off open pores, most primers these day have some form of light reflecting pigments to create a beautiful glow and radiance on your skin before you even start the make-up process.
- Foundation: This one again comes down to your skin, and your preference. Personally, I love a light weight dewy finish on all skins. No matter what you want to achieve with your make up look, be sure to have a seamless colour match between your skin and the foundation. A good rule of thumb for application is to start light, working from the nose and then moving out toward the sides of the face. Build up only in the areas you feel you need more coverage. I have two foundations. One is a light weight, dewy finish foundation or tinted moisturizer for everyday use, and the other is still light weight but provides a little more coverage for occasional makeup. Article coming soon on choosing the right foundation for you!
- Concealer: Depending on your make up, and foundation you may not find a need for concealer. I have a cream concealer that I use very rarely. I find that if I cover a blemish with concealer it usually brings the blemish forward and makes it more obvious, and for dark circles that’s where I’ll apply my highlighter to deflect the light. If I feel like I need more coverage, then I’ll build up my foundation. Not to say that there isn’t a place for concealer, but in the spirit of minimizing what we have, I’ve found ways to work around it to maximize on what I already have and to still get a great finish.
- Powder: This is one that, again, is totally dependent on your foundation and preference. Some powders are formulated to be light weight and completely breathable on your skin, while still giving a flawless finish. To keep it simple, translucent is always best.
- Highlighter: Wouldn’t go without one! I have powder, creams and gel highlighters depending on what I need it for, or what look I’m trying to achieve. If I’m going for an everyday look, then I go either cream or gel, and if it’s for a polished, heavier make up look then a powder. Highlighters work in numerous ways on the skin: giving a subtle radiance and glow (depending on how heavy handed you are), masking imperfections on the skin, as well as emphasizing certain points of your face that you want to bring forward (such as cheekbones and lips). My go-to highlighters are from The Base, Benefit and Hourglass. I even mix them into my foundation.
- Blush: No matter what look you’re trying to achieve you always need a pop of colour so you avoid that mask like look and bring some life into your gorgeous face. I love a good cream blush for a dewy every day finish, but I’m also partial to powder blushers – there are so many beautiful blushers out in the market. The most flattering shades on all skin tones are pinks and peaches, and a little goes a long way so a light application is a must. I love NARS, Chanel, Hourglass and the tints from The Base.
- Bronzer: A bronzer has so many benefits to any skin tone as it helps to create and define structure in the face, as well as provide a healthy glow to the skin. I personally prefer to use a power, and gently build up where and if I need too. If you are bronzing the whole face, be sure to follow the application down to neck to achieve a seamless look.
- Eye Shadow: I would recommend having one palette with neutral colour tones, and then get one or two other individual colours that you feel you would wear often. As my confidence as evolved, I’ve embraced more of natural finish, so I rarely use eyeshadows that aren’t of a nude tone. Totally your call on this one (I actually will use my blushers as eyeshadows to make my eyes pop).
- Eye Liners: Liquid or pencil, both are great and its worth having in your stash. I favour a brown liquid liner and black pencil to line the rims of my eyes. I find that this combination allows for a casual to formal finish, but without being too heavy.
- Mascara: One is fine, and mascara is really one of those products that the money spent on it doesn’t define how great the product will be. I’ve paid $80 for a mascara in the hope it would be amazing and it was terrible. In my opinion, Maybelline make the best mascaras on the market. I also love Chanel, Dior and Blinc.
- Eye Brow Pencil/Powder: I won’t consider my make-up done if I haven’t done an eyebrow pencil/powder application. Your eyebrows shape your face and it really is a game changer. I personally prefer to use a powder as it is easier to control application and I can achieve a light fill.
- Lips: I love a beautiful peach colour on majority of skin tones and it brightens the complexion and brings a youthful finish. Personally, I love a tint on my lips or no lipstick at all and apply Burts Bee’s lip balm in Coconut & Pear.
- Brushes: This is where I’m happy to spend some money. If I have great brushes, then I know my application of products will be seamless. Especially when it comes to foundation and concealers. A buffing brush, or kabuki brush provides the most beautifully flawless finish and ensures that you aren’t left with any lines between your make up and your natural skin. They also allow for product to heat up with the skin and sit where we need it. Very rarely does a day go past that I don’t apply make up with brushes – even my tinted moisturizer goes on with a buffer brush! I love Real Techniques.
My favourite – yet everyone always forgets about their body! It’s so important to look after your body just as you do with your face. Just because it’s a little more resilient, doesn’t mean it should miss on some TLC. You can read about what’s right for your body here.