The teenage years is what I would consider the period in our lives where beauty becomes more thrilling and something we want to use to build our confidence in a time where so much is changing. It’s also a time where we’re not quite sure what to do as long as it covers up blemishes; gives a bit of colour and entices the opposite sex. It’s also a time where too much experimentation of skincare and makeup lands us in a place where we can damage our skin and end up looking like clowns in a circus. I remember going out with neon blue nails, pink lipstick and bright eye shadow; all the no’s in any beauty handbook! But it’s all about the learning curve and no one is perfect the first time. We use the process of trial and error in order to define our own comfortable look as well as looks that make us look fierce. In most situations, we tend to mimic our mum but my mum is naturally beautiful and to me this was so unattainable that I definitely needed makeup to get me to even a fraction of this beauty. But she always told me that I was beautiful and that beauty comes from within and if makeup is something you want to try go for the basics to enhance. Her two key products, blush and lipstick. She would never leave the home without these. As mums are always right, I took it on board to buy colours that complimented me and from then on I was hooked. Lipstick and blush is all I wanted to use. I slowly added to my repertoire to get a look I was most comfortable with. Out was the incessant need to slap on too much colour and, in came the more sophisticated age appropriate look: youthful and natural.
So how can I inspire my readers and support the beauty learning curve? First of all it’s a cliché to say but fundamentally true, everyone is beautiful. There is no standard in what beauty should be. Our unique looks and ways is what make our world so rich. Makeup products should enhance this already natural beauty. I have also put together a universal makeup basics kit that everyone can benefit from and start you on your love of beauty journey. Here’s what can get you started:
Makeup bag - something that when you first come to open it, it makes you feel positive and ready to start the day. My favourite is the Charlotte Tilbury Makeup Bag (£32.00) that quotes ‘give a woman the right makeup-up and she can conquer the world.’ So inspiring that it makes you feel ready for anything!
Base – a tinted moisturiser or medium coverage foundation (heavy enough to cover any blemishes but light enough to let your skin breathe). You want something easy to apply without a lot of faffing about of blending and buffing! We don’t always have the time! For tinted moisturiser I swear by the Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser SPF30 (£29.00); the range has a variety of colours and gives a wonderful glow. For a medium coverage foundation I love the Too Faced Born This Way Foundation (29.00), it’s a buildable foundation so you can apply layers to get a more full-coverage. All can be applied with your fingers for a more natural finish!
Eyeshadow – shadow sticks are a godsend! They’re portable and so easy to apply with your finger. Browns and Taupes are complimentary to any skin tone and I believe the best shadow sticks are from Bobbi Brown. The Long-wear Cream Shadow Stick (£21.00) is creamy and blendable and so easy to use.
Mascara – you want something that will give you false and full lashes without having to actually apply falsies or use a lash curler. My absolute favourite to give this effect is the L'Oreal False Lash Sculpt Mascara (£9.99). I’m elated every time I apply this because my lashes look so full and thick with a perfect curl!
Brow Gel – something cheap and cheerful, it’s a gel after all and it just needs to keep your brows in place!
Blush – it’s a matter of finding that one universal blush that fits all skin tones and includes a little highlight! There’s no need to look any further than the Nars Orgasm Blush (£23.00)! The pink tone is so flattering as it has speckles of bronze and highlight included which means a light application is perfect for fairer tones and a more layered approach is perfect for the more olive, tan or dark tones! It’s perfection in a palette!
Lip – now this is always subject to how the rest of your face is put together. The rule of thumb is, if you have gone simple on the eyes and face you can go for a bold lip otherwise it's vice versa. In the case of my basics kit it is safe to say the rest of the face is simple enough so you can go for a bold lip that makes you feel confident and empowered.