Mel’s make-up shake-up

It’s January, Christmas is over and everyone’s talking about new years resolutions. Lose weight, stop smoking, move house, find a boyfriend and change your job NOW! If I’m honest, it’s getting a bit tiresome reading “New Year, New You” and feeling like who I was 2 weeks ago wasn’t okay.

I don’t tend to get the January Blues, I try and be positive throughout the new year and task myself with things I’d like to achieve, rather than things to change. Let’s not be so hard on ourselves!

For me, 2013 is the year to start using all these amazingly beautiful products that I’m surrounded by everyday and experiment more with my make-up on a daily basis. I have stacks of potential products to use, but as most of us do, I’m stuck in a ground-hog-routine of the same old make-up, day in day out. I begin with Skin Base, then Cream Pigment in Emerge under my eyes, Bronzer, Blusher, Sophie Pencil, plenty of Masquara and a classic red lip. It’s my comfort look; much more than most of my friends would wear for work but still, it’s quick to apply in the morning and, well, it works!

The first thing I did, was call upon a couple of colleagues to apply my make-up for me. Alex Box says a fresh approach is the best way to find new products and shades that you might never have tried before and who am I to turn down advice from one of the industries finest? From this mini experiment, I learned that I should use warm brown and red shades on my eyes to accentuate my green eyes, I shouldn’t be piling the blusher onto the apples of my cheeks as I have a round face shape and this is a big no-no, gentle sweeps up my cheekbones to the tops of my ears will be far more flattering, apply my base AFTER my eyes if I’m going all out with a night time look throwing on every loose pigment in my box and translucent Loose Powder should be every girls best friend. All that new knowledge just from allowing 2 other people to play with my face! (To book in with one of our Artists, please call – 08449 841700)

Each day I now try to do something slightly different. I’ve always been afraid of a liquid eye liner. I don’t know what it is, whether it’s my blonde almost – transparent lashes that get in the way, as I can’t see them and end up with more Precision Ink in my lashes than on my lid, or the fact I can never seem to apply it symmetrically and end up with one eye looking much more tired than the other. But whatever it is, totally ignoring the issue won’t help either. Practise makes perfect n’all that, so now at least once a week, I vow to wear a Precision Ink, liquid liner. In the last 2 weeks, I’ve used Pure Pigments, False Eye Lashes, Medium Pencils you name it, I’ve tried it. I would like to say of course, compared to some beauties, my make-up is by no means professional or avant-garde, but it’s different for me!

Being a single lady, living in London, you just never know who you’re going to bump into and my new enhanced make-up creations are certainly giving me a confidence boost. I believe that’s what new years resolutions should be about; being who you want to be, self expressing and highlighting your beauty to it’s maximum potential. Whether that’s weight loss, trying a new style or making this your year to shine at home and at work.

What are your new years resolutions? Why not book onto one of our counters and get a fresh make-up approach for 2013? (08449 841700)


Govinder Rayt

Govinder Rayt

Writer and expert