Twilight Teaser, Heather Shimmer, Iron Lady and Electric Blue – no not the latest music bands, but the make-up products behind the reasons of many hours spent in detention after school! Obsessed back then lessons were made less boring by painting Tippex on to my nails, morning breaks were held in the toilets as makeup tutorials took place and pencil cases were filled with products. When I look back at photos I smile at the Kylie flicks, frown at the intense Gothic liner and cringe at the orange tide marks. Make-up has since come a long way and with so many products on the market it’s a great time to experiment, however there are some rules every teen should abide too so they can look back on their photos with pride.
· Foundation must match your skin tone - test along your jawline then look in natural light and see which one disappears into your skin – this is the one for you.
· Have fun with all the glitters but keep it to one part of your face only – eyes or lips. This will stop you looking like a Disney cast-off.
· Apply eye shadow first then foundation so you can wipe away any spillages.
· Pinch your cheeks - the natural colour you flush is the one you should use. Apply blush to the apples of your cheeks and start lightly you can always build up colour.
· Pore minimisers are a staple if you suffer from large pores, as are matte foundations which are great for greasy skin.
· Smokey eyes give a rock chick vibe. Apply a mid-grey/taupe all over the eye followed by a darker colour in the socket and a highlighter under the brow, blend then apply black eyeliner tracing the outline of your eyes. Smudgy looks good, add a couple of layers of mascaras to give you an attitude your parents won’t thank me for!
· Bright lips are fun and teenagers can rival Jessie J with punchy brights and pop neons, however, if you’re wearing colour on your lips go easy on the eyes and vice versa.
· The world is your oyster with nails - glitters, nail art, blacks, neutrals anything goes just experiment!
Carolyn K Beauty Books £28 (www.carolynk.com) give step by step instructions on how to apply blusher, contour cheekbones and highlight. The Blush Book contains 5 blushers, a highlighter, translucent powder and a bronzer and is all you need to create a multitude of looks to suit every skin tone.
For false lashes to put TOWIE to shame, Benefit They’re Real Mascara £19.50 is No 1 on the market and ticks every box from lengthening to thickening. Benefits Creaseless Cream and Powder Shadows £15.50 last all night and contain tips of how to make the most of the products. Smell delicious of softly scented soap with Benefit Bathina £22.50 a tinned compact which contains a solid balm and body puff – glide on legs, décolletage to leave skin with a pearly sheen.
Www.narscosmetics.co.uk maybe pricey, however for investment pieces they’re a must and great for birthday presents! The Satin Lip Pencils £17.50 come in gorgeous neutral shades which are a doddle to apply, as are the Soft Touch Shadow Pencils £18.00 - Hollywoodland is a stunning oyster shade that can be used to highlight eyes, lips or cheeks! The dinky Mono Eyeshadows whilst £18.00 contain mirrors, blend like a dream and best of all are small enough to carry in a purse.
Urban Decay Ammo Palette £23 contains everything to transform you from day to night. Included are 10 shimmering eyeshadows, brush and an eyeshadow primer. The universal colours which suit all eye colours make this a fantastic first time kit.
Makeup novice? Try something more affordable such as Barry M which have some funky products to experiment with – the Trio Eyeshadow £5.99 in Smokey Greys contains the perfect combination for all eye colours to create a dramatic eye, whilst their Waterproof Gel Liner No 3 £5.49 give eyes a statement look with a metallic, light gold. Gosh’s Tempting Purple Eyeshadow Quad £7 is fun and fresh for summer and the lilac shades make brown eyes dazzle, whilst their Velvet Touch Liner £4.99 glides on so softly it rivals any expensive brand. Gosh nailvarnish £4.99 Girls on Film is multi-coloured dense glitter, apply to tips of nails or swipe Greed a chunky gold over black for an edgy look. Both these brands are great as the price doesn’t reflect on the quality, which are so good they’re often used on shoots by top make-up artists.
If you’re over 16 then have fun with MesmerEyez (www.MesmerEyez.com) coloured lenses. Easy to insert and with prices starting from just £4.99, these lenses are great fun to freak your friends out and look like a different person. I’ve tried all the colours and they’re easy to wear, don’t irritate and look so natural!
Finally I’d like to say a HUGE congratulations to Tia MacRae from Chelmsford, her poem (which will be printed on the feature day), was the winning entry to the Essex Prom Comp. Tia and her friend will be spoilt by Lucy’s Boutique and Lauren Goodgers Essex Angels on her Prom night, July 3rd with dresses, makeovers, hairdo’s and nails! I can’t wait to see their princess makeover!
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