Many moons ago I took my Makeup Artistry exams. Too many being ten.
For one exam I had to take a model (my best friend) with me and execute a look on her. Only when starting my exam did I realise I had left my whole bag of lipsticks at home, on the end of my bed, waiting patiently for me to pick them up.
All the blood went straight to my head.
Panic erupted, and if I didn’t think on my feet quickly before my tutor realised, then it was going to also be erupting from elsewhere (soz for TMI).
Luckily for me, I had my good ole faithful Illamasqua cream blushers on me, that I used not only as a blush but as a lipstick.
Crisis averted and I passed my exams.
So this got me thinking recently, that as a makeup artist I have to think on my feet and be creative, as you can be a hundred percent sure, at some point in your career, the photographer who wanted “natural makeup darling!” has a change of heart and decides “Glitter darling, think disco ball!” is actually what his camera shaped heart desires, and you just have to quietly cry inside while you smash an iridescent limited edition MAC eyeshadow into smithereens, because when packing for a natural makeup, glitter didn’t pass across your mind as a necessity…..
True story *Sob*
I have to think this way, but what about the girl who just likes to play with makeup?
Brands will have us believe we need approx 100,000 products to create our everyday faces. But the reality is, you really don’t.
So here are some of my tips and tricks that hopefully you may find useful too.
1 – Mix Lipsticks.
I should really take my own advice with this one, I currently have a rather large stash of lipsticks that am pretty sure will never see the light of day or a lip. You really don’t need XXX amounts of lipsticks to have an extensive collection of colours. Pop one colour on your lip, then another and rub. Using basic colour knowledge will help you get some great custom made colours here, ie red + blue = purple etc.
2 Waste Not Want Not –
When you get to the end of your lipstick tube, scrape out the rest and pop it in a little cosmetic jar like these from Amazon. You get ten and they only cost £2.59. There’s always loads of product left at the bottom of a lipstick, so this is a great cost-effective way to use it all up, and get all the bang for your buck.
3 – Blushing Lips
Using a cream blusher on the lips is nothing new, but not something I see as much anymore. I personally love a matching lip and blush combo, It’s very swarve.
4 – Ditto Cheeks
Lipstick on the apples of your cheeks is another great way of making the most of your products. Just pop some on your fingertips and then dab , dab, dab. Just maybe not that beige lipstick… But each to their own!
5 – Mascara Brushes
When your mascaras hit the dust, simply give the brush a very (very) good wash and ta-da, you’ve got yourself a spooly for keeping them eyebrows under control!
6 – Pinky it
Tape is great for creating a great sharp crisp wing, but when you haven’t got time for that or just don’t want to ruin your foundation. Create a slight wing and using your little fingers nail, gently pull your nail along the liner. Super simple and quick.
7 – Everything Everywhere
Use bronzer as an eyeshadow, use eyeshadow (think pink) as blusher, Use (clean) lip pencils as eyeliner and eyeliner as a lip liner. Makeup really is about having fun and being creative, not just about looking hawt as shit, even though I’m sure you do that pretty well!
Look at your makeup bag in a whole different light (kinky!) and you could well have found yourself a whole lot more products to play with.