My mum is one of those women who rarely looks anything less than lovely. It’s a skill that I myself don’t seem to be able to master just yet, and I always find myself asking her… How do you do it?
Well, at long last, all is revealed. I sat down and gave her a grilling; here are her pearls of wisdom!
“Your skin is the one thing about yourself that you can’t change, and it just makes sense to look after it.
Keeping yourself hydrated from the inside out by drinking enough water is one thing, but make sure you moisturise too – twice daily without fail, morning and evening, even if you don’t think you really need it. Your face, neck, and décolletage are all essential areas, and it’s always a good idea to give you entire body the once over if you have the time and patience. Massage the moisturiser into your skin in circular motions, bringing it upwards: it keeps your skin taut, while getting your blood flow going, giving you a healthy flush, and of course it keeps you soft as a baby’s bottom. Expensive moisturisers that claim to work magic aren’t necessary; a £4 tub of Nivea with added SPF will do you just fine. Trust me: you’ll thank yourself thirty years from now!”
“Do not underestimate the power of the little blue tub!
Vaseline is honestly amazing, it’s always a fantastic product to keep in your personal arsenal because you can use it in so many different ways. Massage it into dry elbows or cracked knuckles during the harsh colder weather; wipe a quick slick across your lips for a cheap, non-sticky, moisturising gloss; or (my personal beauty secret) use it to remove stubborn mascara, giving your poor neglected eyelashes an extra coating for a nourishing treat.”
“Choose the amount of coverage that works for you personally.
A full face of heavy make-up can be a work of art when it’s done well, but that doesn’t mean it’s necessary everyday, especially when we all know how time-consuming it can be! I’ve found out through trial and error that I just don’t have to time to apply all these different products most days, and in time, I’ve realised that I don’t even need them. Instead, I just used a tinted moisturiser or a BB cream to give my skin the tiniest bit of colour and coverage, followed by a sweep of blusher, a smudge of brown eyeliner under my waterline, and a coat of mascara. That works for me, and a similarly simple routine could work for you too. That’s not to say ditch the contour and highlight altogether, but just have a play around to see how little you could get away with. Sometimes your best features are the ones that only need to slightest enhancement; plus it’s always handy to have a quick go-to look to fall back on when you’re short of time!”
“Do something with your eyebrows!
Whether that’s a little plucking session along the underneath or one quick wax strip down the middle. It really can totally transform the shape of your entire face and bring out your facial structure in ways you never thought possible. If you’re not sure where to start, book in to get them shaped professionally and have a little chat with the beautician to find out all you need to know. Just don’t do what I did and overpluck!”
“Expensive does not equal better.
Forking out loads of money for high-end makeup doesn’t make you a make-up artist overnight. Don’t be afraid to check out what’s on offer the next time you pop into Boots; it can be a great way to change up your routine with something new, and even stumble across a new firm favourite. Plus it makes sense to practice with something inexpensive before splurging on that Anastasia Beverly Hills Cream Contour Kit, right? And lastly, just because your friend loves MAC lipstick, but you’re more Makeup Revolution, what does it matter as long as you love how it looks on your face?”
What are some of your essential beauty tips? Let me know in the comment section!