Make-up bag reboot: Binky Felstead on how to revamp your evening look (without going totally OTT)
- Binky says it’s really important to regularly refresh your cosmetics
- This week she is giving her evening make-up an overhaul
Less is more is a wise mantra, especially when it comes to make-up products.
As a beauty blogger, I am lucky enough to try out all sorts of amazing goodies, and I’m always on the look out for innovative new purchases.
However, rather than stuffing my make-up bag with tons and tons of items, I regularly edit my kit to ensure I only carry what I need.
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This week Binky shows you how to achieve a great evening look without looking too over-done
Old make-up does go off and not only loses its effectiveness, but can end up tasting and smelling less than perfect. A few weeks ago I gave my daytime cosmetics a summer refresh, and it felt great to dump all the dried-out mascaras and curdled lip glosses.
So this week I’m rebooting my nighttime beauty bag – chucking away tired items and investing in some new kit.
When it came to picking the perfect evening products, I took my inspiration from the sultry look I was given on a recent photo shoot for Rimmel. Smokey eyes and nude lips are true beauty classics, and easy to achieve using the following buys:
BINKY’S EVENING KIT
This is a very nifty all-in-one face palette that ensures you can create a flawless base whether you’re at home or on the go. Cover blemishes with the Ready Foundation and the Correcting Concealer, sculpt and highlight with the Bronzer and the Luminizer, and then finish with a flourish of the Touch Up Veil to set it all in place. Clever!
It goes without saying that my evening kit contains a bronzer as I love to give my skin a warm, sexy glow. Guerlain bronzers are the original and the best, and this is my current fave. As the name suggests, it has four different shades so you can adapt the finish according to your skin tone and the lighting.
An eye palette is an evening must-have as you don’t want to be lugging around endless pots and powders. This little gem from Clarins contains exactly the shimmering shades you need to create the perfect smokey eye.
The soft pink is a great base tone, the rich grey and navy add depth and detail, while a dot of the glistening silver in the inner corners of your eyes adds a luxe finishing touch and really makes your eyes sparkle.
Dior Diorshow Art Pen Felt-Tip Eyeliner
An eyeliner is another important buy – whether you’re going for a subtle streak during the day or an intense swoosh for evening, liner adds instant glamour.
If you’re after a smudgy finish then a soft eye pencil will work, but I prefer a strong clean cat’s-eye flick that you get with a liner pen. This one has a felt-tip applicator, which delivers a clean, precise and intense line.
Binky says it is important to regularly refresh your make-up bag as cosmetics can go off
A great mascara is a no-brainer – a few extra coats will boost your lashes from daytime pretty to nighttime gorgeous.
It’s vital that you regularly refresh your mascara as it will dry out and lose its effectiveness, try not to pump the brush and let air into the tube.
This one is amazing – it’s by Daniel Sandler, a celebrity make-up artist who really knows what makes a great product – and it creates lush evening lashes without clumping or spiking.
Stila Lip Glaze in Lemongrass
This look would work well with a traditional lipstick, but I’m a total lip-gloss girl so this Stila product is a dream find for me. It has the easy application and texture of a gloss, but with the pigmentation level of a lipstick.
It comes in a fabulous range of shades, and this nude works a treat when you’re rocking a smokey eye. Sheer brilliance!
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So it’s out with the old and in with the new! Each one of these fantastic products is available at my favourite online beauty boutique, escentual.com.
However, I do know that refreshing your make-up bag with new buys can really add up, so I’ve come up with a list of budget alternatives to keep you gorgeous without breaking the bank.
BINKY’S BUDGET BUYS
L’Oreal Paris True Match Foundation
Sleek Make Up Corrector and Concealer Palette
No7 Perfect Light Pressed Powder
Rimmel Sunshimmer Natural Bronzer
17 Smokey Eye Trio Eyeshadow
Soap & Glory Supercat Eyeliner Pen
MaxFactor False Lash Effect Mascara
Maybeline Color Sensational High Shine Lip Gloss
I’m heading out for the night to show off my sultry look. See you on the dancefloor!
Love Binky xx