From reading blogs, watching beauty tutorials and scouring through our favourite fashion mags, the beauty industry churns out so many products and techniques it can be hard to decide which you should be trying. Here are our secret dozen tips for the beauty basics that everyone should master if they want their daily regime simplified, and more sleep in the morning!
#1 Powder Me Perfect
Add a light layer of powder to areas that may get oily, such as the T-zone, but avoid areas that have any fine lines. If powdering under the eyes to set concealer, which is a must for most, don’t use a heavy powder but opt for one with a soft focus finish such as the bareMinerals Invisible Light Transparent Powder Duo (€32).
#2 Contour and Bronze into the Hairline
When giving yourself some definition and extra colour, don’t forget that the hairline is very visible and will look stark against the contour/bronzer if left alone. Sweep some of the leftover product on your brush into the hairline and against the ears in order to blend it in. It’s not just the neck that will give it away darling…
#3 Sponge Diffusion
Overtaking brushes as the favoured way to apply makeup, sponges such as the famous Beauty Blender (€16) hailed a new era of fresh faced yet perfected makeup with quick application. Most importantly, the base coverage you need is easy to get right with a sponge as it soaks up any extra, unnecessary product and leaves you with just the right amount. No cake face ever again!
#4 Natural But Extra
For defined eyes with a natural, everyday look, opt for a brown kohl eyeliner and trace the shape of the upper lashline. Finish with a mini cat eye wing if you like that extended, almond eye effect. To keep it super natural and minimal, just line the lashline, not worrying about creating a perfect line, and smudge it out to give your lashes a thicker look and make your eyes more attention grabbing.
#5 Lock It In
Finish the look with a makeup setting spray to ensure you get the most out of your look all day long. There are ones geared towards different skin concerns and types, from oily to dry. Urban Decay have a selection to cool, de-slick oil and give a dewy effect. COOLA does an incredible version that not only enriches your skin with vitamins and fixes your makeup in place, but gives you an SPF coverage!
#6 Blushing Beauty
Blusher shapes your face as much as bronzer, contouring and highlighting. Something people often disregard is that different face shapes should apply it in different areas of the cheek. Oval should stick to the outside of the cheeks, on the very edge of the face, long faces should sweep it from the inside of the cheeks to the temples and extend out, square faces on the very apples of the cheeks, heart shaped faces should stick to the middle and lastly round faces should place it similar to the heart shaped, blending out slightly more.
#7 Stencil with Scotch
If you really want to achieve that feline flick but are finding it near impossible to get right, a way to ensure it goes well is by placing some scotch tape from the outside of your eye out to the end of your brow. Draw the line against the tape and on removing the tape afterwards, you will have a straight line!
#8 Downward Strokes
A really useful and overlooked tip for applying your base is to try use downward strokes only. If you have any light hair or ‘peach fuzz’, brushing against them will only get them caught in the makeup and leave them standing out more.
#9 Magic Mascara Wands
If you want everything to be paired back and give that ‘no makeup makeup’ impression, having full on mascara is a dead giveaway that you are wearing a fair amount of makeup. Lisa Eldridge, makeup genius, swears by the Lavera Volume Mascara (€15.22) for the daily pared back look, while the Perricone MD No Mascara Mascara (€28.89) fulfils its promise.
#10 SPF Saviours
Every basic regime should contain a number of multipurpose products. Since SPF should be worn daily, even if dull and grey outside, have a light base that contains a high enough SPF to get away with for day to day when you plan on wearing natural makeup.
#11 Brush Bushy Brows Up
To get the most of your brows, use the a spooly brush to comb them upwards, leaving them as thick as possible. Fill in sparse areas and keep in place with a clear or tinted brow gel.
#12 Blush Au Natural Shades
It can be fun to experiment with different blush but remember if you want to go for an invisible makeup look, opt for a colour that mimics the natural colour your cheeks when actually blush (e.g. when you’re warm or embarrassed).