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.
I went out last night for the first time in several millenia. For those of you who can't remember, that's when you put on nice clothes and impractical shoes and you spend time with people who don't want you to wipe their bottom or read Dig Dig Digging. Also there is alcohol.
I decided to wear something called 'make-up' which is like magic crayons for making your face less haggard.
Rummaged around under the sink and finally found my make-up box. It contained...
1 X green pearl eyeshadow. 1 X black mascara. 1 X Clarins Beauty Flash Balm (score!) 1 X bottle of elderly perfume. 1 X green eye-liner pencil (blunt) 1 X lip liner pencil (blunt) 0 X pencil sharpener.
I borrowed a My Little Lipgloss from dd (aged 3). It tasted of bubblegum.
Soooooo.... what should I buy? Has makeup changed much since I last bought some? People still use arsnic face whitening powder, right?
I like Benefit - or clinique - go into town and ask them. They'll try and sell you the lot - so get a couple of free makeup trials done - say you'll go back once you've tested and worn it (in case you are allergic) and then decide.
Depends on what sort of look you want. Clinique are excellent for 'natural' style make up so I tend to buy their brown eyeliners, plus their blusher and foundation.
Mac are the best (by far) if you want 'colour' as they have higher pigments in their eyeshadows/eyeliners. They do an eyeliner called powerpoint that didn't come off when I spent the day chasing after 11 7-11 year olds so if you want bold, I'd advise them.
Most do 'the hard sell' but if you explain you're unsure, they'll do a subtle look and then work it up if you want more.
Personally I'd buy (in which ever colour you choose):
Good mascara (Maxfactor do great ones and cheaply)
A 'neutral' eyeliner then a colour
1 natural eyeshadow and 2 colours
Blusher (not to dark as you can add more if you want more colour) that is cheap as they're pretty much the same whoever you buy from.
I bought my wedding 'basic' make up from Clinique and the colours from Mac-both lasted during a stressful day!
Beware of some 'powder' foundations as they often end up making your skin look blotchy (unless you're sickeningly lucky enough to have perfect skin already). Tinted moisturiser is lighter than normal foundation. Depends on how much coverage you need. Make up counter ladies can advise you.
A few key pieces is all you need. I splashed out and got some more expensive stuff for the first time, and I have to say, I think it's worth it, but once that's run out, I shall have to think more economically. I really rate the virgin vie range, not too expensive and very good. At the moment I'm using
Creme de la mer tinted moisturiser - this is a one off, at nearly £60 a tube, but it's marvellous. Laura Mercier or Virgin Vie tinted moisturisers also good though
Benefit Big Beautiful eyes kit, for shadow and eyeliner. Comes with instructions, really good!
Chantecaille, le stylo eyeliner pen.
Chantecaille lip gloss.
LOVE Chantecaille. Don't lie the foundations much, but the above three are the best I've ever tried. Expensive, but so good.
I also have Virgin Vie illuminating face powder, to brush over the tinted moisturiser. Very nice.