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The Basic Makeup Products Every Woman Needs

Thu, 28 June 2012 9:00AM

I’m a makeup virgin and totally clueless when it comes to wearing the stuff. What are your top tips for a basic everyday look and the products that I could use?

Well, luckily, you’re in safe hands with us!

We’re going to take baby steps today, starting with the top hardworking products that we believe every girls needs at the ready.

The Base. Although we love foundation, most women tend to over apply the stuff. If you’ve got relatively good skin (meaning: naturally quite even and smooth with little to no blemishes or redness) then you can get away with wearing a tinted moisturiser throughout the day and then tackling problem areas, like dark circles or the odd spot, with a liquid concealer. Once you’ve got your base covered, you can go back and highlight the skin with a light dusting of a bronzing powder (we like: Rimmel Sunshimmer Maxi Bronzing Powder, $19.95, from pharmacies and supermarkets) focusing on the areas when the sun naturally kisses the skin, like the along the cheeks, the bridge of the nose and the temples.

If you’re new to tinted moisturiser, you can’t go wrong with Garnier BB Cream Miracle Skin Protector SPF 15, $13.95, from supermarkets and pharmacies.

Garnier bb cream miracle skin perfector

If you’re looking for a foundation, we swear by Mac Face and Body, $60, MAC Cosmetics, which boasts a water-based formula that blends into the skin in next to no time and feels totally weightless on.

MAC Face and Body Foundation

Now, let’s break for a brief moment to gaze at Ms Rosie Huntington Whitely who has the no-makeup-looking makeup look in the bag. 


Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

The Eyes: A black or brown eye liner is a must, followed by a lengthening or volumising mascara. The thing with mascara is that it doesn’t last long, so in my opinion, it’s best to opt for a relatively cheap formula (you’d be amazed at what you can bag for $15) that you can afford to update regularly. We love Maybelline New York Great Lash Lots Of Lashes Mascara, $15.95, from pharmacies and supermarkets.

The Lips and Cheeks: If there was an award for the world’s best multi-tasking product it would hands down go to lip and cheek tints. Unlike glosses that can be sticky, lip and cheek crèmes are brilliantly buildable and leave the skin with a subtle dewy-glow that’s perfect for all your round. My vote goes to Becca Lip & Cheek Crème in Rosebud, $45Becca Cosmetics.

Hot tip: for a foolproof application, try warming the product on the pad of your fingertips first, or mix it with a hint of tinted moisturiser to help it glide on faster.

Hope that helps!

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  • Posted by: adriennne Master Fan // Thu, 28 June 2012 01:04pm

    She has a huge neck.

  • Posted by: bluebird Master Fan // Thu, 28 June 2012 02:09pm

    LOL I was distracted by her neck too!

  • Posted by: adriennne Master Fan // Fri, 29 June 2012 08:40am

    It cannot be unseen.

  • Posted by: Colette Goodman // Fri, 29 June 2012 02:05pm

    Any hints for lashes that continually break ???? no matter what I do the next day eye lashes never go the same way with mascara, always broken with some going in weird directions….
    thank you

  • Posted by: jeanette layton // Sat, 30 June 2012 11:51pm

    i have acne scarring on both my cheeks and would like to know what to use in the way of foundation to get full coverage with a matte finish…also when i wear blusher it really makes my scarring more visible i have a medium to dark complexion

    thank you

  • Posted by: lovefashionangel Master Fan // Tue, 3 July 2012 11:51am

    Aiming for the rosie look is very high :) definitely like her neck…
    collette, just skip the mascara for a couple of days, give them poor hairs a break, or have you tried using a new mascara?

  • Posted by: Knyholm Master Fan // Thu, 5 July 2012 06:15pm

    Well, apart from the neck, she’s so pretty.

  • Posted by: Coconal Master Fan // Sun, 8 July 2012 01:14am

    LOL at Adrienne’s comments!

    I wish I could wear a BB cream but the Garnier one broke me out so badly! It took months for it to recover!

  • Posted by: Bantam Master Fan // Thu, 6 December 2012 12:58am

    She does have a rather thick neck…and small shoulders in comparison.

  • Posted by: alwooly Supporter // Fri, 11 January 2013 11:52am

    Thats a shame Coconal, I love the Ganier BB cream! I find though that it works best for really dry skin, as my skin just drinks it up during the day.

  • Posted by: catn2kittens Master Fan // Sun, 21 April 2013 03:33pm

    LOL yep that is a big strong neck alright! Bad camera angle?

  • Posted by: Erin-1312272625 Master Fan // Fri, 14 June 2013 09:08pm

    I really want mac face and body

  • Posted by: beautiful87 Master Fan // Sun, 30 June 2013 06:24pm

    Rosie looks so natural and fresh, i love her makeup :)

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Mon, 9 September 2013 03:20pm

    I have the Garnier BB Cream, it’s wonderful.

  • Posted by: diva89 Master Fan // Sun, 15 September 2013 07:22pm

    weird neck

  • Posted by: Elyssa Kildey // Sat, 21 December 2013 11:21pm

    @colette goodman you can use a product called
    palmers cocoa butter formula skin theropy oil

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Thu, 13 November 2014 09:06pm

    I love the eye makeup, it looks wonderful, very inspiring.

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