Make-up makeover
It's time to spring clean your make-up

Take a look inside any woman's make-up bag and there will no doubt be old products well past their prime, several brands of the same colour eye shadow or products bought on a whim and never used.

Start spring-cleaning and get rid of the junk and invest in the stuff you really need.


  • Must-have products *

Although we all require different products to play up or hide certain features, there are some products all women need.

According to make-up artist Yvette Gray, it all starts with something to even out the complexion and cover blemishes.

"My number one 'don't leave home without' product is a great concealer - for under the eyes, around the nose and anywhere that needs a little coverage," she said. "Sometimes this is all you need if you want to remain fresh-faced."

Her favourites are Lancome's Effacernes Longue Tenue concealer and Kryolan's Concealer Wheel, which she said was great for smoothing out any discolourations - especially dark circles.

Radiant skin is usually on the top of every woman's wish list when it comes to make-up and foundation is often the product thought of first. But Ms Gray said an illuminator pen was a must-have product because it would highlight and reflect light, making the skin glow. For this, she suggested the famed Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat illuminator or Perth's Alison Jade Mineral Illuminator.

Hair and make-up artist Nicole Forde said to beware of using illuminating concealers on blemishes.

To get the springtime glow, try a lip and cheek stain.

"A creamy liquid blush gives the cheeks a youthful natural flush and lips a just-bitten rosy shade. Blend the colour on to the apples of the cheek in a shade suitable to your skin tone. Try BECCA Beach Tint," Ms Forde said. Or for those who preferred a powdered blush, Nars' Orgasm was universally flattering.

And when it comes to mascara, expensive is not always best. Ms Gray recommends Maybelline Full and Soft and Maybelline Great Lash.

Also inexpensive, but top of her list, is Australia's own Lucas' Pawpaw Ointment, which can not only be used for nappy rash and splinters, but is also a celebrated lip conditioner.

"I can't stand having dry lips so I can't go past Lucas' Pawpaw Ointment. I also love the Christian Dior Colour Revive Lip Balm which conditions the lips at the same time as bringing the natural pink out of them, giving you a beautiful, natural colour. Love, love, love this," Ms Gray said.


  • What you need *

A great eyelash curler opened up the eye area and would make the most of what you had, Ms Gray said. For those not worried about price, she nominates the Shu Uemera curler; for those not inclined to spend as much, the Manicare brand also works well.

Also on the inexpensive side are latex wedges for applying foundation. You could find them at Priceline, Ms Gray said. "I love the finish that applying my foundation with a sponge gives. If you really press it into the skin, it looks like it is your skin and not sitting on top. It also helps to give you an even application and to blend into the jaw line."

Brushes are also must-haves and they need not cost half your pay packet. Ms Gray has many different types and brands in her kit and said for the budget conscious, the Artiste range of individual brushes, also at Priceline, was a great option. Ms Forde suggested a small and medium-size eyeshadow brush, plus one you could blend with. Also think of purchasing a powder brush, a blush brush and a lip brush, to apply colour perfectly.


  • How to wash your brushes *

Cleaning brushes was important because it removed old make-up, dirt, debris, dead skin cells, bacteria and oils, Ms Forde said.

Wash them in warm water once a week with regular shampoo, an antiseptic soap or a specific brush cleaner, but make sure only brush hairs got wet because water in the shaft or metal part might loosen hairs and swell the handle, she said.

Once washed, squeeze out the excess water, reshape the hairs and lay flat to dry, she said.

If done in the evening, they should be dry for use the next day but thicker brushes might take a little longer.

The West Australian

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