The end of lockdown is nigh and we could not be more ready to put on some lipstick and fake lashes, curl our hair, throw on literally anything but activewear and HIT THE TOWN!
But hang on, wait. Put down that daggy, worn out, and most likely all-out-of-date bag of makeup products, because you are so much better than that. Beauty products that are past their sell-by can be full of bacteria, look discoloured, maybe not work to their full potential and, more often than not, just smell gross. All of which you do not want on, or anywhere near your face, trust us.
A lot has happened in the beauty world the past 18 months and the advancements in new makeup formulas, multitasking products and stunning colour cosmetics knows no bounds!
So ditch your crusty old faves from yesteryear and invest in some of the latest and greatest beauty buys that we personally give a solid 10/10.
To herald spring/summer 22, opt for soft warmth and diffused radiance on your skin. Layer Givenchy’s skincare dosed foundation, which is an absolute game-changer on the dewy front, and dust Napoleon Perdis’ natural matte powder for a fresh and flattering glow. Also only dot concealer to conceal imperfections and dark circles to avoid your base looking cakey.
Glow In The Dark
No we’re not saying you should cover yourself in the glow-in-the-dark paint – even though that could be quite fun for Halloween that’s coming up. We’re talking about eyes baby! Neon, bright and big, just like Emma Chamberlain’s Met Gala debut that we can’t stop obsessing about.
“For the pop of neon, I used Scylla from the BYREDO Eyeshadow 5 Colour Palette in Syren,” her makeup artist Laura Polko, told The Zoe Report. “To create the intense liner, I dipped the brush in a mixing liquid before the colour and then swept it across the centre of the upper lash line and inner corner of the eye.” We’re practicing now.
A Hint Of Tint
Hydrate and enhance lips with the latest crop of swipe-and-go colours that hydrate as well and perfect your pout. Dab on a product like Lanolips’ gloss to illuminate, Too Faced’s jelly tint for second-skin colour and Ipsum’s natural tinted balm for blushing with nourished lips – Kim Kardashian is a big fan of this one, so naturally we are too.
Simple, long and feathery lash looks with barely touched skin is in and these new lash licking formulas will give you it, fast! Benefit’s They’re Real Magnet Mascara has (you guessed it) magnet technology to lengthen to the extreme and Bite Beauty’s clean formulation in their Full Volume Mascara is off the charts. New to Australia Milk Makeup’s Kush Mascara jacks up the volume with heart shaped fibers that mimic extra hairs and is completely clump-free.
Here’s what beauty products to ditch and when, plus some handy tips to extend their life.
Foundation and Concealer
Once foundation or concealer starts to separate or dry up, throw it! To extend its life be sure to keep your fingers out of the bottle and opt for one with a nozzle or pump so you can squeeze it onto the back of your hand before applying with a brush. For blemishes avoid touching the skin with a concealer applicator and use a cotton tip instead.
There’s no way to clean or preserve mascara, so it’s best to replace it every two to three months.
Lipsticks and Lip Pencils
Sharpening your pencils frequently can help keep them clean as well as storing them in a cool dry place. And the same goes for lipsticks. Try and use a lip brush when you can to avoid the amount of time the bullet touches your lips too.
Brushes & Sponges
Brushes can last you years but generally sponges (if cleaned after every use) can last up to a year. A quick spritz of a brush cleaner is perfect for on the go disinfecting. However, for sponges or a deep clean, use a cleanser that helps remove built-up product once a week.