New Year, New Make-up… that’s a resolution, right?! It should be.
“Out with the old, in with the new”
Make-up isn’t designed to last forever, so a new year is the perfect time to clear the olds and expireds out of your make-up bag, and add something new – not that my make-up ever lasts longer in mine than is the shelf life!
If you’re looking for a few key pieces to add to your make-up bag, these are my picks for a new beginning, together with the approximate times you should keep each type of product.
Before we begin… if you haven’t used it in six months, chances are you’re not going to, so start your overhaul with those. Be strong.
Keep it if… Foundations, concealers and primers have a shelf life of one to two years, so if you’re using something you bought in 2015, it’s time to look for something new.
Just in time for the New Year, Estee Lauder have revealed three new primers: The Smoother, The Illuminator and The Mattifier. While I’m reluctant to pass up anything that’s illuminating, for summer I’ve started with the latter, which perfectly primes and controls shine. I’m already a devotee of Estee Lauder’s Matte Daywear Moisturiser which similarly is amazing for reducing shine and the look of pores, but for days when I’m wearing make-up, I’ll use this primer instead.
The New Nude
While I’ve been using Double-Wear Cushion Stick for almost six months (and the original Double-Wear for a number of years, I’ve caught just enough sun to need a slightly darker shade of nude in this one, opting for Tawny (I was Fresco). I love using the cushion end (see my YouTube video to see just how much) and this is an easy handbag go-to.
However, for most days of summer, I’m opting instead to embrace my real nude – okay, okay, with just a touch of under-eye and blemish-covering concealer, in the form of my foundation’s sister product, Doublewear Concealer, and Bobbi Brown’s ridiculously good retouching face pencil.
Chuck it if… Contouring powders, like powder foundations, blush and bronzers last 2-3 years so long as you’re keeping your tools sanitary, and the products out of the sun. If the colour or texture changes, it’s likely expired, and the powder is cracked or breaking, save yourself the hassle of clearing it out of the bottom of your handbag (or worse, your carpet) and chuck it now.
While still using New Dimension Serum in pursuit of the hottest trend in beauty, I don’t do a lot of contouring make-up, so especially in summer when my make-up is minimal, it has to be super natural.
MAC Cosmetics’ Kabuki Collection launches on 20 February 2017, and after a preview, meet and masterclass with the man himself in January, I’m hooked on the taupe contour colour of Kabuki’s face duo. It’s a natural, very wearable light taupe, paired in the duo with a perfectly summery coral (worn today over just The Mattifier primer).
Incase you missed the stampede to MAC Counters nationwide on 5 January, Caitlyn Jenner’s 15 piece collection launched this month to rave reviews. Its gold packaging makes the products as luxe on the outside as they are in, and the blush duo is no exception. Yes, another duo, Buddy, pictured below in gold, is doing double-duty with two rouge blushes in shades of rosy plum (one with shimmer).
Multi-Tasker: Eyes & Highlight
Between Kabuki Magic‘s Contour duo and the dazzle shadow, his collection is a multi-taker’s dream, and as a highlighter and eyeshadow, dazzle shadow x 4 pictured above takes care of all a girl’s glow-goals in one.
When did you buy that…? Eye make-up products which actually have contact with your eyes last less time, due to the sensitivity of eyes and proclivity to infection. Your mascaras and liquid liners should last up to a year, provided that they don’t dry out or get clumpy before then, but if your mascara isn’t kept in a cool, dry place for storage, replace it every 3 to 6 months. Powder eye-shadow will last as long as other powders (2-3 years)
Estee Lauder’s Sumptuous Knockout is a great all-rounder Mascara if you’re looking to replace yours – it’s great for fanning out and adding volume to your lashes, while still looking separated, never clumpy. Last year I was devoted to MAC Haute & Naughty, but it’s a little too heavy for me for summer, and due to growing my lashes with Revitalash, I don’t need quite so much dramatic length.
It’s got to go if… Lipsticks have a shelf life of up to three years (thank goodness, as I have too many to replace every year!) while gloss has a lifespan of about a year. If it changes texture or smells different, don’t think twice.
Lipstick & Gloss
‘Call me Caitlyn’ Jenner’s MAC Collection delivered the perfect nudes to begin the year with – “I like a little color on my lips, not a lot during the day,” said Jenner.
The Rockit! mid-tone beige lipstick and Beautifully Bare lipgloss are my go-to’s – partly because I just can’t go past that packaging…
Of course, these are just estimates, your make-up will last less time if you share it with others, if it’s a cheap (or God forbid, fake) product, or if you don’t follow good sanitary measures like cleaning your brushes (and using clean fingers!).