When I ran my first obstacle course race, I envisioned crossing the finish line triumphantly, a big smile on my face, glowing with the joy of achievement. In reality, it was a sweaty and humid unseasonably warm day, but in my race photos I look great. My secret? I ran in a full face of makeup.
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Most makeup products don't list an expiry date on the packaging -- but this doesn't mean they last forever. Quality degradation, flakes of dead skin and harmful bacteria are just a few of the reasons you might want to clear out your vanity. (Remember - you're putting this stuff on your face!)
If you're unsure when to replace old, half-used cosmetics, this handy cheat sheet lists the "best before" dates for 21 common products.
Thick, fluffy brows — you know, the ones you plucked into submission in the 90s that refuse to regrow — are making a serious comeback. For those of us with naturally "meh" brows, the deluge of readily available tinted eyebrow gels in recent years has been a godsend: a good gel emphasises the hairs you already have, making it that much easier to pretend your brows are naturally luscious.
If you're the type to use blotting paper to sop up the sweat or oil on your face, you've perhaps wondered which ones are best. Are the most expensive ones better? Should you get the sheets that smell like flowers? Or should you just pass on oil blotting sheets altogether, opting instead for a hanky or a perpetually dewy glow?
We know we probably shouldn't eat foods once they're a certain point past the suggested expiration date, but what about makeup? Using expired products may not be the best habit, but whether it's that bad for you really depends on the individual product.
If you want to offset dark circles, redness, or dark spots with makeup, you have to understand how using orange, green, yellow, and a few other colours can even out your skin tone -- called colour-correcting. The technique is popular, but really easy to mess up. This video helps clear up the confusion.
When you think of makeup, you think of lipstick -- lipstick and blush, probably. Lipstick is a cornerstone of everyone's beauty routine and an essential to every beauty bag. It's one of the few products that can finish a look, or be a look all on its own. With so many lip products available, finding the right product for you can be a challenge, but finding the perfect shade and formula is always, always worth the leg work. Let me help!
A good beauty writer isn't beholden to a single brand, but selects the best products to create the best possible look. Rather than giving a generic box set, buy your beautiful giftee a selection of expertly curated products from a tutorial, then take it a step further, wrapping these products in the tutorial itself.