From eyeshadow primers, to liquid vs solid concealer, foundation sponges or brushes — figuring out a failsafe beauty routine can be somewhat challenging and confusing with so many products on the market today. Which is why it's so helpful to hear what we should – and shouldn't – waste our money on from someone who really knows.
One such expert is make-up artist Saffron Hughes from FalseEyelashes.co.uk, who's used her years of experience on the job to discover the tips and tricks that make the most out of her make-up bag.
Here she reveals the 7 things she would never bother buying, along with the brilliant buys she can't live without...
7 things a makeup artist would never buy
'Traditional latex sponges are usually found in the £1 shop or provided with face paint kits. They’re not very durable and seem to absorb a lot more product, which can get costly. As well as this, latex can irritate sensitive skin as they tend to hold in bacteria.
'If you plan to reuse your makeup sponge, invest in a latex-free beauty sponge that is clean, dense and non-toxic. The smoother surface of latex-free sponges will result in an even blend of your foundation instead of cakey coverage.'
2.Matching foundation powder
'Whilst matching your foundation colour to your powder might seem like a good idea, it can add another layer of unnecessary coverage and look cakey. As well as this, your skin tone changes throughout the year – darker in the summer, lighter in the winter – so it can be difficult to get a true shade match.
'Unless you want to invest in multiple foundation powders a year, which can get expensive fast, I recommend using a translucent powder instead. Translucent powder works on every skin tone and provides a much more natural finish. Simply dust a little on your T-Zone to minimise shine and fix your make-up look in place.'
'This is controversial, but not everyone needs primer for the longevity of their eyeshadows. It’s not that eyeshadow primer doesn’t work as intended, it’s just that there are much cheaper alternatives that give you the same outcome.
'Concealer can have a double use in your makeup bag by being a long-lasting primer for your eyeshadows too. Simply dab a little on your eyelid and blend to neutralise the base. Set with translucent powder, and then apply your eyeshadow on top. Another suggestion is to use a white cream eyeshadow. The pigment will stick to the cream base and giving your eyeshadow the best ability to show off its colour.'
4. High-end mascara
'Expensive doesn’t always mean better, especially since mascara has a short shelf-life of just three months. The truth is that there are many affordable mascaras that give exactly the same results, without the fancy packaging.
'Brands such as Rimmel, Max Factor and Ardell Beauty have some of the best mascaras available for a reasonable price. If you’re looking for a dramatic difference, instead of purchasing high-end mascara, invest in a pair of glamorous false eyelashes which you can reuse.'
5.Individual eyeshadow pots
'Whilst individual eyeshadows can offer you the exact colour and shade you’re looking for, they can be incredibly expensive for a single eyeshadow and impractical. As a make-up artist, you need to have the most effective products on hand and don’t want to spend too long trying to find the eyeshadow you need for a client.
'Palettes are much more practical, cost-effective and offer a wide array of different colours, whilst also saving space in your makeup kit. With a huge selection range, the right palette can provide you with all the colours, pigment and finish you need. You can even purchase eyeshadow quads to find the perfect shade range you’re looking for in a tiny compact.'
'Finding the perfect tinted moisturiser is too much of a challenge. Either there is too little coverage or the coverage it provides is streaky. If you try and mix your normal moisturiser with your foundation, sometimes the formulas don’t work together, and you’re left with a gloopy mess.
'Save yourself the hassle and opt for a foundation and a glow serum instead. This way, you get the same tone and texture base you’re used to, but you can add extra dewiness to the skin. Mixing your glow serum with foundation will help you better manipulate how much product you use too and target certain areas on the skin that need more coverage.'
'After a long day, all you want to do is wash off your make-up effectively. Whilst it may seem as though a facial scrub will give you a deep cleanse, they are usually too harsh for the skin. Over-exfoliation can result in irritation, acne, and make you more susceptible to sunburn.
'Instead of using scrubs that are too abrasive for the skin, use a gentle cleanser to wash off your makeup. The right cleanser will remove excess oil, dirty and make-up whilst gently refreshing the skin.'
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