This post was written by my gorgeous (and oh-so-talented) friend Katie Custard who is my go-to-lady for all things makeup and beauty. This lady really knows her stuff and has been kind enough to share some of her expert knowledge with The Worlds Wardrobe.
I’m sure most of us find ourselves changing our outfits with things such as the seasons, the latest trends, our age… and well, any excuse to buy new clothes really… but a lot of the time it seems makeup gets put on the back burner and we keep reaching for what is the quickest, easiest and within our comfort zone.
Dare I remind everyone of perms, blue eye shadow, kitten heels and shell suits? EXACTLY. Change is good!
With this in mind I have put together an overview of some ‘makeup must-haves’ – oh and a warning, we might be here for a while, so go grab a snack..
If you don’t already use brushes for makeup yo’ crazy! (and no, those little sponge applicators do.not.count!)
Two makeup brush ‘must-haves’ would be a foundation brush and an eyeshadow blending brush – these will make the world of difference to the finish of your makeup.
My favourite range of affordable brushes are by Real Techniques; they are cruelty free and available from Priceline. The ‘expert face brush’ might be a good one to start with if you haven’t used a brush for foundation before.
Priceline also have a decent brush range called ‘Models Prefer’ (do they though?!) I use their eye shadow blending brush and it works a treat!
“It’s all about the base, ‘bout the base, no treble”
If you have oily skin and like a full coverage I can definitely recommend the NYX Stay Matte but not Flat ($14.95) foundation. It’s certainly one of the better ones I’ve tried for us shiny gals. If you want something a little more sheer, the Rimmel Matt BB cream ($12.95) is fab! I sometimes pop a few dabs of this on for the gym. (don’t judge me)
If you have dry skin you might want to try one of the IlIamasqua foundations ($48) – I haven’t tried these myself but I hear that all of their foundations work really well on dry skin.
If you have eye bags bigger than my H&M shopping bag then check out this NYX orange based dark circle concealer ($6). Not only does it work a charm but it’s also a really light formula, which is great if you have fine lines.
To make this work even better you can set it with the Bare Minerals ‘well rested’ ($42) setting powder. If this combo doesn’t work, I suggest you do your best ‘I’m sick cough cough’ call and hop back into bedlingtons.
The trusty MAC Pro long wear concealer ($32) is a popular choice for all over application. A great dupe for this is ‘LA Girl’ Pro concealer (via eBay) – plus it’s only about $7! Score!
Contouring seemed to come out of nowhere for me. It’s like the makeup artists for the rich and famous kept it secret from us peasants until one day a Kardashian posted a photo mid contour and then the world found out. Well thank god because now I have cheekbones!
An easy set to start with is the Elf Bronzer and Brush Cream ($8). I have repurchased a couple of times now and for best results I just dab around my face with my finger and then blend it out with my foundation brush.
Anastasia Beverly Hills has just released a cream contour set, which has been placed straight on my wish list for when it arrives in Australia! I find cream contour is far easier to blend than powders and don’t look ashy on the skin at all.
Chi Chi palettes are awesome – such a great range of colours, very good pigment and decent price. My ultimate fav is the ‘sun kissed’ palette ($22.95). It has a great range of browns, bronzes and warm browny reds – perfect for the summer – autumn transition.
If you’re looking for single eye shadows to compliment your palettes, NYX have a great range at a really affordable price. The one I’m addicted to right now is ‘Heat’ – a gorgeous copper colour. At $6.95 you can’t go wrong.
If you want to treat your self then check out the old faithful Too Faced Chocolate Palette ($65). This will keep your eyes looking delicious for a long time.
Now, lets talk about glitter. This for me is pretty much the same debate as whether women over a certain age should wear skirts above the knee…. it depends on the occasion and the style.
During my teen years I wouldn’t think twice of dabbing a finger tip full of chunky glitter onto my eyelids (whilst at the same time ignoring the ‘avoid contact with eyes’ warning on the pot – pfft!). These days I’m obviously far more refined but we all need a little sparkle sometimes, don’t we? Yes! And the answer to our glitter prayers is…the Stila Magic Metal pots – the ultimate glitter for grown ups. The colours Kitten, Rose and Merlot are my favourites – but at $45 each I’m only currently in possession of Kitten. I do however always visit the other colours when I’m in Mecca to say a little hello. Yes, I am that crazy.
From being plucked within a millimeter of their lives in the 90’s, to now being considered a very important part of the face, there is a lot of choice on how to get your bad boys looking good!
If you’re starting out I can recommend the Chi Chi eye brow pencil ($9.95). It’s a regular in my makeup bag as its very quick and easy to use.
If you’re looking to really up your eyebrow game then you could buy the Anastasia Beverley Hills dip brow pomade ($15.80) Granted, it’s a tad expensive but with 11 shades to choose from you’re guaranteed to find your perfect match and the generous pot will last a very long time (FYI – you’ll need a proper brush to apply it)
Do I really need more lipsticks? The answer to this question is always yes, yes you do.
But with lipstick, lip stain, lip gloss, lip balms, lip crayons (the list goes on I’m sure) there is a lot to choose from! So to make those lips look luscious here is a quick run down of some top choices:
Kate Moss at Rimmel ($11.95)– for me this range works great. The colour 34 is a fabulous orange nude shade – great for every day use and lasts really well.
Revlon Colourburst Matte Balm ($17.95) – perfect for that quick ‘at my desk but handsome boss approaching’ application. ‘Sultry’ and ‘Mischievous’ are my favourites so far.
Want something bright and shiny – check out Rio Rush by Revlon ($25.95) This is perfect when paired with a simple black liquid liner cat eye. Meow! You can get these cheaper when old mate Chemist Warehouse has a sale.
Whether you’re in the mood for something natural or dramatic, Chi Chi’s Viva la Diva range ($18.95) will have you covered – you’ll be sure to find a couple of shades to fall in love with. Oh, and they last really well too.
Maybelline The Colossal Volum’ Express Mascara ($19.95) will have your lashes fluttering in no time! I find this is a great formula to work with. It’s not too wet and doesn’t clump at all. I pair this up with a bit of an indulgent product – the Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara ($28). With its teeny weeny brush it gets right to the base of the lash and is perfect for precision application to the lower lashes. A slightly cheaper alternative to this is the EyeKo Skinny Brush Mascara ($19) this also contains Pro Vitamin B to promote growth.
Speaking of eyelash growth – after an obsession with eyelash extensions I found myself left with very short and unhappy eyelashes. I went out on a limb and ordered Flash Eyelash Serum. I was quite prepared to be left feeling stupid after spending $60 on 3ml of serum but I am so pleased to say it has worked wonders! I now have longer eyelashes than I’ve ever had. It’s not a quick fix though – it wasn’t until my 4th week in that I noticed a difference and now in my 7th week I am amazed.
Well, that’s it for now! Hope you’ve enjoyed this run down of my makeup must-haves!
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