Back to Basics Make-Up by Nina Harper

More of the make-up you need rather than the make-up you want

If you’re keeping up with my column, you should by now, have binned your crumbly make-up palettes and bacteria thriving sponges, sanitised your brushes, put your bag on a hot wash and be ready to hit the make-up counters. Right? Wrong. Well, sort of. I love make-up counters, I love to play with the products and talk to the staff about the newest trends. On counters like M.A.C. and Bobbi Brown, the staff are highly trained and knowledgeable make-up artists. I know lots of them and believe me they know their stuff!  The problem is they are also trained to sell. Therefore, if you go to them for a lipstick, chances are you’re leaving with a sparkly eyes-shadow and that purple lip gloss that caught your eye. If you don’t know what make-up you need before you go shopping, then you’re going to end up with lots of make-up you want, and as we all know, there is a massive difference between what you require and what you desire! But don’t worry. I am here to help you work out how to get your make-up bag back to basics this summer. With a simple step-by-step make-up chart and product recommendations that will suit all ages, skin tones and budgets you will be good to go.

If you are silly in the sun and don’t wear a daily SPF layer on your face then you could be looking more red than tan. Write this in your notes folder now: Must buy Moisturiser / foundation with SPF. Skin care aside (a whole other column), here are some foundations that tick the SPF box, even out skin tone and don’t mask your summer glow: Rimmel Wake Me Up Make Up Foundation SPF 20 30ml £8.99, Clinique Even Better Glow Light Reflecting Makeup SPF 15 £28.00, Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Light coverage SPF15 foundation £32.00.These should be applied with either your fingers, sponge or a ‘buffy’ foundation brush. I love; Real Techniques Expert Face Brush £9.99 but any other (clean) dense brush will do. You will then need a bit more coverage on any problem areas; redness, blemishes, sunspots. Try a creamy, easy to blend formulation; L’Oreal Paris True Match The One Concealer £7.99, M.A.C. Select Moisture Cover £16.50, Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer £19.50 and push into skin with ring finger.

Next, the colourful bit. You are going to use one product here for eyes, cheeks and lips and base your choice of colour on your favourite daytime lipstick. Now if this happens to be black, you shouldn’t even be reading this, you’re not going to like this look, but anything else should work. Think pink or peach, red or orange. If your lipstick doesn’t have any active ingredients in (you know the lip tingling ones) then believe it or not, if it’s not too glossy or matt, then this is all you’re going to need; Natural Collection Sheer Natural Lipstick £2.49, NYX Professional Makeup Butter Lipstick £6.00, MAC Cremesheen Lipstick £17.50. If you’re starting from, scratch or prefer your products to say what they do on the tin, then you can’t go wrong with one of the following ‘multi-taskers’ designed for eyes, lips and cheeks: Dr Paw Paw Balm 6.95, Stila Convertible Colour 16.00, Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge 22.00. If you can read and clearly you can, you should be able to sweep your lipstick or rouge over your eyelids and lips, without much instruction. Applying your product to your cheeks, can be a bit trickier and may take a couple of goes before you’re satisfied you don’t look like ‘Baby Jane.’ The key is to discover how much lipstick you need and how it blends, so work it onto the back of your hand first to be sure.

You now need some powder products to make sure this lot doesn’t slide. A loose, translucent rather than pressed setting powder is better because it won’t change the colour of your foundation / concealer and you can push and dust it over the areas you need without moving the cream underneath: Barry M Ready Set Smooth – Loose Powder £5.99, NYX Professional Makeup Loose Studio Setting Powder – Translucent Finish £9.00, MAKE UP FOR EVER – ‘Ultra HD’ loose powder 8.5g £26.00. Shake some out onto a tissue and then using a dual fibre brush like; NYX Professional Makeup Pro Brush 08 – Dual Fiber Powder £12.00 dip and dust lightly over forehead, nose, chin and jawline. Using a cotton pad press extra either side of nose and chin and sweep away excess. A light layer of bronzer over highest point of forehead, along and under the jawline, down over the neck and over and under cheeks; applied with a large fluffy powder brush Bourjois Powder Brush £4.99, will help to set and blend the make-up further. Choose one without too much shimmer or sparkle; Rimmel Natural Bronzer £5.99, L’Oreal Paris Glam Bronze Duo Powder £10.99, Benefit Hoola Bronzer £25.50.

Brush brows up and away towards the temples with a clear mascara; Seventeen Clear Definition Mascara £1.50 is as good as any but if you prefer something more up market go for; benefit 24 hour Brow Setter 20.00. The Shiseido Eyelash Curler 19.00 always wins awards, use it or similar and then double-coat lashes with a waterproof mascara of your choice: Maybelline Colossal Waterproof Mascara Black £6.99, Max Factor Masterpiece HD Waterproof Mascara £9.99, Lancome Hypnose Drama Waterproof Mascara £25.00

Although all products featured can be bought on line, I would always recommend trying the make-up first. This is especially important for foundation and concealer matching. The make-up artists on the counters and assistants in stores will help you find your perfect shade if you struggle with this yourself. Just remember the new golden rule and only buy what you need!

And that’s it. Have a go and enjoy!

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