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How to: Be a Beauty Mixologist

Wed, 9 January 2013 4:21PM

Hayden Panettiere, the night you stepped out with ethereally glowing cheeks and tropical-pink lips, you not only gave me makeup envy, you turned me into a beauty mixologist.

A mixologist – a swanky new title that I’ve proudly adopted – is traditionally someone who prepares cocktails. However, my kind of mixing involves the delights of my makeup trove (not drinks cabinet). With my hands going crazy, and my mind boggling over possible new cosmetics combinations, I’ve come up with recipes that reap delicious results (even if I do say so myself).

The following beauty cocktails are perfect to master on days when your skin tone wants to suddenly lighten up, or when your moisturiser needs to be more superhero then super-pretty. Or, when you don’t have that exact shade of tropical-pink lipstick that you suddenly find yourself lusting for.

Beauty Cocktail 1: Mix yourself an illuminating cheek tint

Surely it’s not just me swooning over Ms Panettiere’s glow? For anyone else out there with skin envy, take a small glob of Vaseline and place it on the top of your hand. Hunt down a matte lipstick in a hue that would work on your cheeks; say, a peachy pink like Revlon Matte Lipstick in Smoked Peach, $21.95, pharmacies. Draw a few strokes of the pigment next to where you placed the Vaseline; this will be enough to add a slight tint. Take an illuminating cream, powder or balm (I like Nude by Nature Soft Focus Illuminator, $22.95, pharmacies), and add a five-cent–sized piece to the Vaseline. Now blend all three together into an even formula. And now you have the most flattering rouge for your cheeks.

Beauty Cocktail 2: Concoct the perfect poppy pink

Hayden’s fruity shade of lippie is the perfect pout colour for high-summer. But getting that just-right pinky-orange can be a finicky task. What to do? Well, chances are you have a drawer full of barely-used pinks and oranges. So let’s unite them, shall we? Simply angle-cut a sliver of one pink and one orange lipstick (I prefer to use matte textures for a statement lip look) and use your index finger to mash them up in a small tub (an old lip balm or mint tin will do). Achieve the right colour for you by playing around with how much of each lipstick you use. PS – you can morph this matte lip colour into a glitzy affair by adding a sprinkle of shimmer dust.

Beauty Cocktail 3: Create a lighter foundation with extra hydration

In your palm, mix a 20-cent-sized dollop of your SPF daily moisturiser (like Neutrogena Oil Free Moisture SPF15, $13.99, pharmacies), with a smidgen of your foundation. Now add the teeniest drop of argan oil and use your index finger to thoroughly blend. Apply to primed skin, using either your fingers or a foundation brush.

Beauty Cocktail 4: Craft your own eye shadow gloss

You know how you have those old eyeshadow palettes with bits of powder clinging for dear life to the edges? Okay, now take the handle end of a makeup brush, and crumble the powder into a fine dust. Next dollop a thick lip balm on the back of your hand, and then sprinkle in the eyeshadow dust until you reach your ideal intensity of colour. End-note: I find that neutral shades work best, as dark shades tend to move around and wreak a little havoc.

Beauty Cocktail 5: Make an old nail polish new with a touch of sparkle

So you’re looking through your nail polish collection and stumble upon an old favourite, but upon opening you notice immediately the claggy consistency. Don’t sweat: you can easily breathe new life into this dried-out oldie. Take a nail polish remover (like Australis See Ya Later, $4.95, pharmacies) and carefully tip it into said nail polish; stir with the nail polish wand to mix. Note: you usually need about a teaspoon’s worth of remover, although it’s best to work with a couple of drops at time until you have success. Finally, to give your nail colour an instant update, just add a colourful glitter and stir well. So new! So fresh!


What do you think, Primpers? Is this something you’ll try at home?

Have you been a beauty mixologist in the past?

Do you have any other beauty cocktail recipes you can add?

– Sarah Sayers


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  • Posted by: bluebird Master Fan // Wed, 9 January 2013 05:03pm

    I love your creative approach to makeup! I too adore the poppy shade Hayden is sporting here and while orange isn’t the most flattering shade for me I will endeavour to use those coral lippies I’ve been neglecting with some pinks to create a nicer shade for me.
    As I’m approaching an age where shimmer eyeshadow is becoming less than flattering, I am always on the lookout for reasonably priced matte shadows. I’d love to know if it’s possible to make your own matte creations, as opposed to the glittery ones you’ve made, Sarah?
    You can buy Nail Polish thinner (I found some for a reasonable price by O.P.I at Price Attack which is a mixture of Butyl Acetate and Ethyl Acetate) which I have read is preferable to using polish remover to thin thickened polish….but then again that might just be a marketing ploy to make us believe we need to buy another product for thinning polish :)
    Thanks for an inspiring article!

  • Posted by: PrettyPrincess Master Fan // Wed, 9 January 2013 08:56pm

    I have mixed foundation and moisturiser a few times before.
    Have heard about some ladies making blushes from lipsticks.

  • Posted by: anitas.artistry Master Fan // Thu, 10 January 2013 01:46pm

    Some really great ides there!
    I mix loose shimmer powders to all sorts of stuff to make some great new products.
    Mix them with lip balm for new lip gloss colours.
    Or mix them with eyeliner sealer to make liquid eyeliners and coloured mascaras.

  • Posted by: SarahSayers2012 Supporter // Thu, 10 January 2013 04:11pm

    Hey Bluebird – I’m glad you enjoyed this read! I’ve only experimented with sheer eyeshadow, but the best way to try create a matte variation is probably by starting with a nude eyeshadow mouse, as this will adhere to the delicate skin on the eyelid best, you’re not after a sheer result so this is necessary. Mix in loose, matte eyeshadow pigments, of the colour you are after. The nude base colour will take on the pigment of the more colourful hue. Hope this helps! x

  • Posted by: lovefashionangel Master Fan // Thu, 10 January 2013 05:03pm

    I love all these tips! Especially the cheek and lip colours. I would have thought the nail polish remover would make the nail polish go funny or something.

  • Posted by: Sparkles17 Master Fan // Mon, 14 January 2013 11:32am

    Love Beauty cocktail no.3 always wish my foundation would not look so dryed out after a few hours, plus added SPF! All great ideas!

  • Posted by: lady Devotee // Tue, 15 January 2013 07:20pm

    I love these ideas!

    I too have a stash of rarely used orangey-pink lippies – looking forward to getting my mixologist on!

  • Posted by: Jessielyn Master Fan // Fri, 18 January 2013 06:54pm

    I love this idea!! I love mixing and matching colours for a truly individual look; even as a 15-year-old kid, I was using Nivea’s cherry lip balm as a creme blush, and then adding a shimmery powder over it for a custom look.

    Such great ideas, thank you! xxx

  • Posted by: GorgeousEmeralds Master Fan // Wed, 23 January 2013 09:17pm

    So many great ideas!
    I have used the nail polish remover trick for an old nail polish which I cannot consider chucking.
    and I have mixed lipstick with vaseline to make new lip balms and moisturiser with foudation to get lighter coverage. I will try some of the others you have listed!

  • Posted by: daylight dancer Master Fan // Wed, 13 February 2013 05:36pm

    Wow. I love this article. Every tip is so handy and very creative. These points are definitely something that ill use at home.
    I like to make my own tinted moisturiser by mixing foundation and a day cream together. Plus I create unique lip shades by mixing a balm with eyeshadow.
    I love your cheek tint idea sarah :)

  • Posted by: cookiesandcream Devotee // Fri, 22 February 2013 07:01pm

    diy makeup? I love this idea and can’t wait to try it out!

  • Posted by: Jaimee // Mon, 4 March 2013 06:50pm

    I love the idea of mixing lipsticks to create a new colour! I always mix my foundation with a highlighting primer to create a more natural look. Cheers for the tips!

  • Posted by: Erin-1312272625 Master Fan // Wed, 29 May 2013 12:54pm

    I like the blush idea. I tend to mix some illuminator with my cheek tint for a similar effect

  • Posted by: aliasam47 Master Fan // Thu, 8 August 2013 01:01pm

    Does Hayden ever look bad?? I think not.
    Great ideas :) I have mixed lip colour before, and my own tinted moisturiser with foundation and moisturiser. I really love that nail polish idea

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Mon, 14 July 2014 03:09pm

    Some excellent suggestions and ideas, thank you.

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