Detox Your Makeup Bag

Is your makeup kit more mish-mash than solution savvy? Votary founder Arabella Preston shares her tips for cutting out the excess and making your beauty bag work harder.

Creating a perfect base doesn’t have to mean layer upon layer of product. Massage a Votary oil into your skin using your fingertips and upwards, circular motions (spend at least one minute doing this). Then apply a base that gives a good glow and allows your skin to breathe: I love NARS tinted moisturiser.

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Less is more with concealer – choose products that work in harmony to balance and flatter without caking. Using a peach-toned concealer on the inner corner of your eyes corrects grey tones and will banish dark circles, I use NARS Creamy Concealer. Then pat a yellow-toned concealer on top, around the nose and on any blemishes (I love Hourglass Hidden Concealer).

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Keep your blush action simple with clever application and you won’t feel the need to change up the colour so often. Use a duo fibre brush to apply cream blush in a flattering shade – Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder is an old favourite. Place it high on the cheekbones to allow the lovely dewy texture to catch the light.

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Fail-safe eyes are two steps away – get the basics right and you’ll be breezing through your morning routine. Apply a warm shimmer eyeshadow all over the eyelid and the inner corner of the eye (try Chantecaille Shine Eye Shade Refill in Marigold). Finish with lots and lots of mascara on the upper lashes, you can apply to the lower lashes too but keep a light touch.

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Lipstick is probably the hardest area in your makeup bag to downsize, but focusing on quality and purpose means you can build up a collection of your favourite colours without compromising on payoff (and using up all the space in your kit). Patting a creamy lipstick into your lips using your fingers gives a polished yet undone look – Hourglass do the best nudes in my book.

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