It has been a roller coaster over the past year and some of us may have gotten used to a more simple, stay-at-home lifestyle. As we look forward to a more sociable summer, some of us may also be feeling a little anxious about getting back out into the world. I’m a big believer that dressing up and putting on a little bit of make up can make the world of difference to our self-confidence. If you’ve not put on makeup for a year or so and you’re feeling stressed about where to begin, here are some super-easy makeup steps to help you feel more prepared!
- Keep your routine minimal
Speaking from personal, and professional, experience less is always more! This means sticking to a few makeup products that you know work for you. My advice is use a lightweight foundation, a little bit of bronzer/blusher for some colour, a mascara and something on the brows if you like to define them. 4 simple products that you can’t go wrong with!
I’m currently LOVING the L’Oréal true match foundation which is £9.99 at Boots, it has loads of shades, is super lightweight and affordable!
2) Apply makeup to enhance what you already have
You should never feel like you need to change how you look. Makeup is there to enhance what you already have and as a general rule, when working on clients, I only conceal what isn’t permanently there (blemishes, pigmentation, redness etc). Everything else on the face, which is a permanent feature (freckles, beauty spots etc) should be either enhanced or left uncovered. Blusher and bronzer should also be used to add a healthy glow to the skin and not to reshape it completely!
Some great blushes to give a natural flush of colour are the Bare Minerals, Bounce and Blur blushes -£24.00. They are super blendable, can be applied with the fingers and have a bouncy, cream-to-powder texture, which is flawless on the skin!
3) Use makeup that suits your skin type
If you want your makeup to last all day then remember to choose makeup that suits your skin type. If you find your skin produces more oil throughout the day, then you might want to try setting your makeup with a little bit of powder. This will prevent shine and will stop the makeup slipping and separating on the skin.
A great setting powder to try is the Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder £4.49 at Boots or the Glossier Wowder (weightless finishing powder) £18.00 if you prefer a loose powder!
These are just a few handy tips that should help you feel a bit more confident in applying your makeup. Remember to be yourself and step out with confidence. Most importantly, enjoy yourself and have fun reconnecting with friends!
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” -Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV.