When you grow up wearing makeup as an essential part of your job (for me is was performing in musicals) and reading fashion magazines, you pick up a lot of beauty knowledge that you tend to take for granted. If you had a mum or sister who was into makeup, you might have found the same thing.
But when I launched my free #READYINTEN course and had my first 50 students complete the challenge, I was really surprised to find out just how many of them had their minds blown by some of the products I mentioned that I’d (until then) thought were obvious.
And so, I’m going to stop assuming and instead spill the beans on some of these products that I can’t live without and yet so many other women don’t know about or simply don’t use. Here’s hoping you learn something new!
No it’s not technically makeup, but it can make a huge difference to your makeup routine. Sure, if you have perfectly balanced skin, soft as a baby’s bottom, you can probably get away with skipping it, but for the rest of us mere mortals, it’s like putting down a base coat of paint before we give our bedroom a makeover. It helps with the texture, colour AND longevity of your top coat.
There are an incredible amount of primers on the market and you’ll generally find they promise to do one (or a combination) of the following:
- Moisturise (ideal for dry or normal skin)
- Luminise (to add some lovely glow to your base)
- Mattify (to stop shine and help makeup stick to oily skin)
- Colour correct (to tone down redness, sallowness or dark circles)
If you have no idea which one you need, I highly recommend signing up to READYINTEN and popping over to the private Facebook group where I can answer your questions and even demonstrate some of my favourite primers.
Sure, blush got a bit of a bad rep after the “more is more” look of the
As far as picking the right colour goes, as long as you don’t stray too far from what could be considered a natural flush on your skin tone, you can basically choose what you like. As someone with a peaches and cream complexion (aka vampire skin), I use baby pinks, rosy pinks and light corals. With a tan, you can for richer pinks and corals. For even darker skin tones, you can pull in rich oranges, browns, fuchsias and even red.
You’ve probably heard of and even used some form of eyebrow pencil or powder if you’ve been a makeup wearer for awhile now, but Eyebrow Gel has only become widely popular in recent years — and has totally changed the game for natural looking eyebrows.
Where pencils & powders can make your brows look heavy and unnatural (if not applied with a light touch), eyebrow gels (sometimes called brow mascara) are foolproof and provide both
Almost every makeup brand sells a brow gel by now, so you won’t have trouble finding one to suit your budget. Just make sure you choose a colour as close as possible to your root colour (or the colour you dye your roots with).
Have you been ignoring these makeup miracles?
Let me know in the comments below if any of these products are new to you and whether you’re game to give them a try!
Kat is an actor, writer & the creator of GAMEFACE. She started her career off by playing Marilyn at Warner Bros Movie World, went on to perform in the original Australian casts of Jersey Boys & Hairspray. She now lives in Vancouver with her partner where she works as an actor, runs her self-titled YouTube channel, and attempts to learn how to snowboard.