Walking down a beauty aisle leaves you in a daze? Look for a face cream and chances that youll also stumble upon an overwhelming array of serums, face oils, balms, hydrating gels. Its that moment when youre either a sell-out or youve seen through the fetching deals (and bills). But on days you are stone broke (like the month of January thats touted to be the Monday of all months a la millennials), you ought to find a happy medium. And before the shopping spree, you better identify what you straight out dont need. All the stuff thats overrated, pointless and spend-thrifty.
Heres the lowdown on makeup essentials and the goods you can wave goodbye to.
- Brush Off: Toner
First comes skincare. Which is no longer a one-step regime. Just after moisturizing comes toning, and right before applying makeup comes priming. Confused? You arent the only one.
Instead: Excuse yourself from this step as its soul purpose is to rid you of excess grime and tighten pores. Nothing a face wash or primer doesnt do.
- Brush Off: BB & CC Creams
Dont you moisturize before concealing blemishes, anyway? And who indulges in a foundation that doesnt match their skin tone? Unless you tan easy, dont bother.
Instead: Foundation has smartened up over time and easily adapts, nourishes and even protects you from harsh sunlight.
- Brush Off: Illuminators
For that lit-from-within glow, whats stopping you from toning down your highlighter? Besides, with our humid climes, our skin gets oily and shiny in no time.
Instead: Glisten up with highlighters, bronzers or strobing creams by simply infusing some pigment in your cream or base formula.
- Brush Off: Night Cream
Blame it on marketers, for your skin cant tell a day cream from a night cream. Itll restore, repair and replenish so long as youre moisturized overnight.
Instead: If your face cream has all the goods (active ingredients, retinols, antioxidants, minerals, vitamins) youre on the right track.
- Brush Off: Mascara Primer
Uhm, have you tried swiping out all the pigment from your lashes? Then you feel the pain. A mascara is more than self-sufficient. Thank you very much.
Instead: If you still need some pacifying, opt for a waterproof mascara. With one of those on, you can weather a storm.
- Brush Off: Lip Plumpers
We hate to break it to you, but they rarely ever work. When they do, the tingling sensation lasts all of 10 minutes. And thats not the worst part. Imagine starting from scratch each time you need an augment.
Instead: Slightly overdraw your pout with a lip pencil. Even a thin lip brush does the deed. Old habits die hard.
- Brush Off: Eye Primer
Ask yourself this: what does an eye primer' do that a regular primer cant? If like us, your answer is nothing, then why contemplate indulging at all?
Instead: Your face primer smoothens, boosts and helps your makeup last longer even when used on your eyes and lips. And just as well.