A beauty bible for all you 80s and 90s babies…
1 Applying makeup with fingertips
A skill mastered by women on the go. Once you reach your late 20s you’ll most likely have a little more stability in your life – a stable job or a consistent daily regimen – which means early mornings and accidental late wake-ups will become common occurrences. As a result, doing your makeup in your car, in front of the elevator mirror, or in the ladies bathroom will also become routine. And when there’s no countertop or vanity table on which to place your makeup brushes and tools, applying and blending out your foundation with your fingertips will be your only option. So you might as well begin perfecting this skill now.
2 Using eye cream
The thought of adulting is exhausting enough, so just imagine living it. Bills, expenses and f**kboys will contribute to your already high levels of stress, so expect those bags underneath your eyes to get a lot heavier. Our pro tip? Get your hands on a really good eye cream while wrinkles haven’t yet become a major issue for you. An eye cream will hydrate and brighten the skin underneath your eyes, making any fine lines appear less obvious.
3 Always have a sunscreen in your bag
Dark spots are so problematic, and they often get worse as we get older because our skin’s strength deteriorates with age. Start getting yourself into the habit of applying sunscreen to your face daily, even underneath your makeup. The sun plays a huge role in the appearance of dark marks and pigmentation, and some people tend to forget this.
4 Find your signature red, purple and nude lipstick
Finding the perfect lip shade can be a tedious process. I’m 23 and I still haven’t found an ideal nude lipstick for my skin tone. If you feel like you’ve tried every shade of red, purple and nude, maybe try out different lipstick textures – it might end up being the finish of the lipstick that you dislike.
5 Toss out old makeup and skincare products
Hoarding makeup will do no good. You’ll end up having an huge stash of unused cosmetics (which will probably accumulate to thousands of rands) and you’ll probably lose track of how ancient these products are. Imagine applying a cream concealer to your face that’s literally years old and has possibly gathered a sh*t ton of harmful bacteria during that period…breakouts for days!
6 Wash your makeup tools regularly
Especially beauty blenders or foundation, concealer and eye brushes – any brush that applies cream or liquid makeup products should be cleansed thoroughly at least once a week (that’s if you only use these on yourself). Moist or damp areas are the perfect environments for bacteria growth, so wash your tools frequently with baby shampoo and then lightly spritz them with alcohol to prevent any bacteria from growing in-between the bristles.