Is your bathroom drawer a clutter of half-used tubes and palettes? Or is yours one of those makeup kits so large it lives in a rolling suitcase? It may be possible to simplify your makeup collection with these tips on basic essential cosmetics for makeup kits.
Laying a good foundation
Every makeup kit should include a foundation, whether it’s a light day time tinted moisturiser, or a heavier cream for evenings. It’s also handy to have a good concealer as part of your basic makeup kit. Use it to cover up dark circles from lack of sleep or to hide spots and blemishes.
It's all in the eyes
Change your look by expanding your colour repertoire. Basic black is a great place to start with mascara and liner. Or, easily change your everyday look and try experimenting with colour? Eye shadows can come in every colour of the rainbow and require a good application technique to look just right. Your local chemist or department store can help with new colours that will suit your face, and show you how to apply them correctly, too.
Blush is often overlooked in makeup kits, but this essential item will help to lift your face and give you some definition. Choose from cream, mousse, loose powder or pressed powder.
Lip stick, lip stain, lip gloss, lip liner…. no makeup kit is complete without at least one lip covering. If you’re not keen on sharing ‘testers’ with other shoppers, try new colours on your fingertips as the tone is surprisingly close to your natural lip colour.
The right applicators
Complete your home cosmetic kit with sponges and a variety of thick and thin brushes. In a portable make up kit, cotton balls, cotton tips and tissues can be handy extras. Don’t forget to clean your brushes with a simple wash in the sink from time to time to avoid them getting clogged.
It’s important to remove your makeup at the end of the day so that your skin can breathe and you can wake up looking fresh. A quick and convenient way to do this is with makeup removal wipes. A packet of wipes is easy to fit into your travel makeup kit or handbag, too.
Age before beauty
Nothing lasts forever and makeup is no different. It’s a good idea to clean out your makeup kit periodically to keep your supplies clean and in working order. Mascara lasts about three months, and foundations about six to twelve months. Most other products will keep for one to two years. Saving cosmetics that are past their prime might seem harmless enough, but many products can harbour bacteria, which can irritate your skin. Old makeup can also change colour or separate over time, and lose the impact it once had.
Don’t share your old makeup with your children; you’ll be introducing them to bacteria from your skin. Check out our play makeup kits instead. They’re perfect for kids who like to pretend or practice!
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