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From The Experts | Beauty Dos and Don’ts

Author: Lauren Coleman

Every day is a school day and I have to tell you I’ve learned a few things this week from the beauty experts, especially about mascara and eyeliner. We asked those in the know, the Make-up Artists over on Rock My Wedding’s hand picked directory, The Love Lust List to tell us the beauty dos and don’ts they share with their clients.

Do

  • Do apply mascara to bottom eyelashes and always do so before the top lashes.  If you apply mascara to the top lashes first then look up to do the bottom lashes you risk peppering your eyelids or worse still the perfectly blended eyeshadow you just spent ages doing with tiny dots of mascara!{Niki Lawrence from Niki Make-up}
  • Exfoliate your face very gently once a week and hydrate your skin day and night with a good quality moisturiser, especially if it tends to be either very oily or very dry – if you don’t, your skin will suck up any make-up that you apply to it, and it will also cling to any dry patches on your face. {Catherine Bailey}
  • Concealer is crucial, and you should have at least two concealers in your make-up bag – a creamy one for covering any discolouration under your eyes and any redness such as around your nose, and a thicker, more opaque one for covering spots (if needed). Go easy with concealer under your eyes, especially if you’re over 30 – if you apply too much, it will just sit in any fine lines. My favourite concealer for the under eye area is Clarins ‘Instant Concealer’ – the shade range is rubbish, but it gives great coverage, has a light and creamy texture and never looks cakey under the eyes. I really like the new NARS ‘Soft Matte Complete Concealer‘ for covering spots as it glides on, has good coverage and has a matte finish. {Catherine Bailey}
  • When contouring do think about the brushes you use to apply, the more compact the brush is the stronger the contour will be, the less compact the brush is the softer and more natural the application will be. {Charlene Williams}
  • There are no rules when it comes to makeup so don’t feel like to need to conform to trends but do be careful to choose your foundation colour wisely, a base that is too dark or light will instantly stand out no matter how beautiful your eye makeup is.{Elle Hitchens}
  • Treat your skin gently. Use skincare products that are suitable for sensitive skin, even if your skin isn’t sensitive, and it will stay
    looking even, radiant and hydrated. One of my favourite cleansers is Miracle Cleanser by Aurelia – it’s gentle yet very effective and smells divine too! {Kristina Gasperas}

Don’t

  • Don’t share makeup or makeup tools with anyone else ever,  it is not worth the risk of an eye infection, cold sore or much worse. {Niki Lawrence from Niki Make-up}
  • Don’t overcontour! While the Kardashian look can be beautiful, if done incorrectly it can be terrifying and you can look like you’ve fallen into a pile of mud! Unless you know face shapes well contour doesn’t work for everyone. Keep it simple and subtle, think flawless not scary! Think soft bronzes(generally two shades darker) and highlighters that will add a dewy glow and radiance rather that leaving you looking overdone and oily. {Kate Smith from KS Make-up}
  • You don’t need to go crazy with your brows and re-draw them – it looks really fake and dated in my opinion. I just brush Anastasia’s ‘Brow Powder Duo’ through my own with an angled brush to fill any gaps, and then set them with a clear brow gel such as Benefit’s ‘Ready, Set, Brow’. {Catherine Bailey}
  • Don’t draw eyeliner just on the lower lash-line, especially if it’s black. Always balance the lower lash-line with the top one otherwise your eyes will look heavier (unless you’re blessed with naturally cat-shaped eyes). Your liner should never stop abruptly, make sure it blends into the lash-line without an obvious stopping point. A great waterproof eyeliner is Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof. {Kristina Gasperas}
  • Never use a baby wipe or face wipe to take off your make-up. The ingredients are not only harmful to your skin in the long run, but they honestly do a terrible job of removing makeup and are not as cost effective as you might think! {Evie Smith}

My top tip is one I pinched from Lorna and that’s to apply your bronzer in a figure of eight motion. This adds colour to the areas that would usually catch the sun. Clever, yes? What’s your best beauty tip?

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19 thoughts on “From The Experts | Beauty Dos and Don’ts

  1. I think my top beauty tip is: wear SPF! I’m still looking for the absolute best SPF to wear every day so if anyone has to recommend, would love to hear it. 🙂 I hate, hate, hate the ones that have that SPF smell and are too gloopy. But the damage the sun does to your face is scary so I really want to be more diligent about wearing it.

    …right, off to buy everything on this post!

      1. The one I’m liking at the mo is the Estee Lauder EEE Corrector with SPF30 – it’s useful as I don’t wear foundation so this does the job of making my skin look a bit more even and also giving me SPF. BUT it’s got a leeeetle bit of an SPF smell. I think I’m hypersensitive though.

    1. Kate, I think you should check this out:
      http://www.superdrug.com/La-Roche-Posay/La-Roche-Posay-AntheliosXL-Dry-Touch-Gel-Cream-SPF50-50ml/p/714768?gclid=CM393_nA09MCFUEz0wodTGIOTg&gclsrc=aw.ds

      I got it for holiday last year and it is fab. It’s absolutely non greasy and works like a primer. I’ve tried a few facial sunscreens and this one is by far the best – all the others make me too shiny and irritate my eyes. Hopefully it would work for you too! x

      1. Thanks for this Tracy. I’m sure I’ve seen this recommended before by our lovely readers. Love that it’s like a primer too x

      2. Ooh thanks Tracy, I do love the Roche Posay stuff so will def check this out! Do you put this on after your moisturiser?

      3. I second La Roche Posay – it’s ace.

        Another one I tried in sample was Kiehls SPF 50 for face but it’s spendy.

    2. Charlotte recommended yonks ago the Bare Minerals powder puff SPF which I use & is great for hols so you don’t get a greasy suncreamy face!

      1. I have just purchased this and am loving it! Feels so velvety on application and my make up sits well on top. I have also tried the Clinique City Block but this definitely has a SPF smell about it.

    3. I’m using a Simple moisturiser with spf 30 which is a bargainous £7 for a bottle (and often in offers) and it’s lovely.
      Will have to upgrade to a proper spf 50 very soon to cope with actual sunshine so keen to hear recommendations….could be worth a whole post??😉

      1. Hi Sarah, yes I was just thinking that! Sun care in general would be a great topic of conversation.

    4. soap and Glory sun shield is lovely and linen get and SPF50. Nars do a primer that is SOF 50 that I want to try too.

    5. I’ve recently tried the Body Shop Skin Defence SPF 50 – I was very reluctant as I’m hyper sensitive and usually favour what I consider to be bigger and better brands BUT it’s fab it’s so lightweight and I’ve had no reaction whatsoever. In fact it’s so good I’ve skipped an additional moisturiser all week and worn it under my foundation and the best part is it’s only £18 and usually body shop have offers on meaning up to 40% off.

  2. Great tips, off to spend lots of cash now.
    Any recommendations on highlighters? The nearly vintage one I’m using leaves me sparkly like a fairy!

    1. I really love MAC’s soft and gentle highlighter Victoria, really subtle but gives you a lovely glow. For something more budget I have heard the MUA range is good 🙂

  3. I have just been re-reading skin guru Caroline Hiron’s website http://www.carolinehirons.com/ and love her tip about not spending any money on expensive moisturisers that “contain SPF”, as often SPF ingredients counteract or effect other targeted e.g. anti ageing ingredients! So very keen to see stand alone SPF recommendations as per Kate’s comment above.
    Definitely worth having a read of Caroline’s website if you haven’t already seen it, then go forth and buy some flannels! 🙂

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