We’re all guilty of getting into a bit of a rut with our make up, are we not? I’ve been using the same eyeliner since I was 13. It’s fine if something really is the perfect product for you, but if there are aspects that could really be improved – my eyeliner likes to smudge, and make me look a bit like this – why not give something else a go? Make up’s fun, and it’s fun to try new things sometimes! The beauty of it is that it’s not permanent (unless you have an accident with the eyebrow dye), and if it looks crap you can just remove it there and then – you may however be left with something you love!
- Try a whole new product. I’m assuming everyone’s given the basics a go, but what about primer, bronzer, or highlighter? And I know many people have never worn eyeliner, blusher or lipstick either. Adding a new make up product can change your whole look so much. When I get something new I actually get excited to do my make up the next day – issues.
- Switch up your tool of application. You might find there’s a much better way of applying it! Prime example is foundation – if you currently use your fingers, try a brush. If you already use a brush, try a blending sponge.
- Try a different colour. If you’re brave, you could go for a different colour of mascara – matching your mascara with your eyeshadow is supposedly a big trend right now. For something a bit more accessible, how about a new lipstick in a colour you haven’t tried before? The other day I tried my first orange toned shade – I’ve previously avoided them, thinking I’d look rubbish, but I was actually pleasantly surprised. Blusher makes a massive difference too, step out of your comfort zone and try a slightly different shade – pinker, peachier, bronzer?
- Give a different form a go. If you usually use pencil eyeliner try gel, powder, liquid or felt tip – they all gives different looks. If you usually use powder blusher, invest in a cream formula, they’re better for summer anyway. If you use liquid foundation, give powder or cream a go. If you use eyebrow powder, try a pencil or wax. There are so many different alternatives to try out – next on my list is finding a liquid foundation I actually get on with.
- Change the way you apply something. I like doing this with blusher. Sometimes I apply it on the apples of my cheeks, sometimes I prefer a sweep across my (completely invisible) cheekbones, and occasionally a little bit applied on my temple is good if I really want to push the boat out. Eyeliner’s an obvious one too, there are so many ways you can change how eyeliner looks – thicker, thinner, a bigger flick, more on the waterline, etc.
And if you’re wondering what’s in the image above, here you go!
1) Barry M Wink eyeliner pen – £4.59.
2) Bobbi Brown Gel eyeliner – £17.
3) Rimmel Exaggerate liquid eyeliner – £5.29.
4) ELF Eyebrow Kit – £3.75.
5) NARS eyebrow pencil – £16.50.
6) Topshop lipstick in Macaroon – £8.
7) MAC lipstick in Lady Danger – £14.
8) YSL Rouge Volupte in 15 – £24.
9) NARS blusher in Orgasm – £21.50.
10) Topshop blusher in Flush – £6.
11) BareMinerals foundation – £25.
12) Benefit High Beam – £19.50.
13) Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing base – £30.
14) YSL Touche Eclat foundation – £29.
15) Chanel Le Blanc de Chanel illuminating base – £30.
I especially recommend the ELF eyebrow kit, the YSL lipstick, the bareminerals foundation and both of the Chanel products, expensive but soooo good.
Give it a go guys. Let me know what you decide to try next!