This is page 1 of 1 (This thread has 14 messages.)
Whether you’re a beauty novice or a confirmed fashionista, this topic is for consulting Mumsnetters on all things style-related. Plus, check out our Swears By page for the inside track on the next Mumsnet must-have.
Starting to look my age, need to update my make up - where to start?
My make up routine is not sophisticated - apply foundation and cream blush with fingertips, tidy brows with brow pencil, mascara and sometimes lipstick.
I've not really changed this routine since my teens although I no longer wear orange foundation however I am starting to look my age (mid 30s) and feel like I need to overhaul my make up routine and products.
I tend to buy Rimmel, Maybelline, L'Oreal (whatever is on offer in Boots really). I once bought an expensive product (an Estee Lauder lipstick) and was really unimpressed - much prefer my Rimmel ones. I guess this put me off expensive products.
I have read on here about things like primer and highlighter - I have no idea what these are or whether I need them? Also people seem to rave about Mac make up brushes - do they really make a difference? I just use my fingers at the moment.
I tried to watch a couple of make up videos on Youtube to get ideas but was amazed at the amount of products and tools the lady used!
So, what products should I buy that will make a noticeable difference? I want to avoid spending money on expensive new make up if it's not going to be any different from my current Rimmel stuff etc.
What is your skincare routine like? I would look at that first to be honest. I had a consultation with clarins a couple of months ago. I have always been pretty lucky with my skin and had a basic wash with whatever doesn't make me have dry skin and moisturize with a number 7 day cream sort of routine going on.
I bought facewash, toner and moisturiser and have found a big difference. I only ever use a bit of eyeshadow, mascara and bronzer though so I notice a big difference in skin tone and texture.
My make up is pretty similar to you OP but I use a primer. A spray on one by Smash Box. I spray it on after moisturising and then dust a little powder over the my face once it has dried. It keeps my make up fixed and in place for the whole day. Useful in summer. It also refreshes and brightens make up if sprayed on top of make up.
I'm 43 and did a similar switch some time ago. I need more glow these days, so I stopped using a matte full coverage foundation. I tend to go for a more natural look, but need to fill in my brows and hide age spots hyperpigmentation and dark circles. A good BB cream and Nip+Fab acid pads a few times per week have really helped with the glow. I own a highlighter but don't need it any more. I feel I'm fading a bit, so line my eyes with soft-toned eye shadow, and also use a natural-toned lip pencil.
Primer is good if your makeup tends to slide off. I have dry skin, and primer just felt suffocating and pore-clogging.
Rimmel products are really decent btw. You'll get nicer packaging if you buy more expensive items, but I feel that Rimmel and Kiko products are just as good as Chanel and Nars.
Agree with pp who recommend Bobbi Brown. Sales girls are always (IME) helpful but not pushy. Also they're not caked with orange make up and black caterpillar-like brows which I find off-putting. Quality of the products are great and not too £££.
Try and watch the you tube videos from Lisa Eldridge. She is in her mid forties and and absolutely gorgeous and probably the best make up artist in the business. Id start also by investing in good skin care and a great foundation. Treat yourself to an eyebrow treatment maybe a tidy up and or discreet tint. X
Agree with watching Lisa Eldridge videos - lots of common sense advice and she uses a mix of cheap and higher-end products.
I'm 43 and only use foundation for going out... I agree with a PP about switching to a more glowy foundation as you get older, and I've recently a started using a toner as part of my morning routine which has helped enormously.