I often wonder how other modern-day women keep themselves looking “flirty and fresh” and will always jump at the chance to swap beauty secrets. . . or even take a peek in their makeup bags!
In the spirit of sharing, here’s a glance at mine:
Sparse, right? Well, for someone who claims to love cosmetics and makeup trends as I do, I like to keep it simple –particularly as the weather gets warm.
Just like a closet, it’s important to clean up our makeup bags and change as the seasons do. For two reasons: first, who wants to be lugging around last season’s colours? Secondly, makeup expires and collects bacteria! Ditch the old and while you are at it, clean those makeup brushes! Not sure how long to keep your makeup? Check out makeup expiration dates here.
So, perhaps the best kept secret is to maintain a tidy makeup bag; ensuring you are only keeping the essentials handy, all the while lightening your load. I like to choose one or two hot seasonal looks and go with it.
My inspiration this spring is a natural, almost bare, makeup look with bold lips and a dewy finish.
(Top left going counter clockwise)
Pure and Simple All Natural Sunscreen, SPF 30 for sensitive skin– A great micronized mineral sun block with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide that act as a physical barrier to the sun’s rays. It dries matte, does not leave a white residue (thanks to the micronization of minerals), and can be worn easily under makeup. This formula also contains chamomile to soothe any skin irritations.
Eminence Tinted Moisturizer, Vanilla Latte– This tinted moisturizer gives a great dewy look with just a hint of colour, which works well to even out the complexion. This formula contains SPF 25 which I wear in addition to my SPF 30. It might sound like overkill, but the actual amount of suncreen, or a product with an SPF, that we apply onto our skin is not usually the recommended amount which was used when the manufacturer was calculating the SPF factor. The amount of tinted moisturizer I actually wear (which is one or two pumps) gives me sun coverage for a lot less time than what is expected out of an SPF 25.
100% Pure Fruit pigmented mascara, Black Tea-Lately I have been all about bare eyes with just a coat of mascara. This one is great for just that, and is ultra lengthening.
RMS Un-Cover Up, #11-This product has been all the rage lately and Rose- Marie Swift, its founder, has gained quite the following. All with good reason. The creamy texture, made with coconut oil is perfect to hide dark circles or blemishes without a chalky or dry look. It covers well, blends beautifully, and moisturizes- all without covering up the skin’s natural appearance.
RMS Lip2Cheek, ‘Smile’– I love any product that lets me multitask. I pat this lovely pink/coral colour on my cheeks (with my fingers!) and dab it on my lips at the same time. Like the Un-Cover Up, it is made with coconut oil and is ultra moisturizing. Since it is so creamy, the pigment is quite subtle but still leaves a rosy glow.
Bite Beauty Luminous Cream Lipstick, custom colour– Bite is a fantastic Toronto company and is sold exclusively at Sephora. It makes highly pigmented lipsticks (and glosses!) that are so creamy and moisturizing. . . see the theme here? This colour is ‘White Zinfandel’, a bold pink/magenta, which was custom blended by Bite at its Sephora launch.
Eco Tools makeup brushes- I regularly use the concealer and foundation brushes to blend in my ‘Un-Cover Up’. The bristles are made of synthetic taklon and have handles made of bamboo and recycled aluminum ferrules. They are high performing and super soft!
Ilia Illuminator, Polka Dot & Moonbeams (Not pictured here)– This easy- to- apply stick is great for a quick luminous glow. I swipe this over my cheek bones, dab a little on my brow bones, and a bit in the corners of my eyes.
As you can see, it’s no secret – I keep my makeup bag trim by using multi-purpose products. I love anything that saves time and space. I also love products that are ultra moisturizing and give me a radiant glow, with a bold pop of colour on my lips!
Happy Spring Cleaning!