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Face getting organised

Written by Christie Lekner on July 31st, 2012.      1 comments

I'm one of the new girls here at Signature Style and I've got a fairly extensive background in make-up. After training as a make-up artist years ago, I then spent more than a few years on counter for Clinique, YSL and Chanel. Since joining Signature Style, I've kind of taken over the role of "Smashbox Girl" which basically has me doing all the ordering and stuff. When I first opened the drawers of smashbox I couldn't believe the mess they were in - well, I kind of could - after all, Stylists are by their very nature creative types and creativity and order don't always go together!

Anyway, for the last few weeks I have been sorting out the Signature Style Smashbox drawer…………it was a little bit of a disaster zone for someone who loves to have things organised. Much like your wardrobe, sorting out your make up drawer can be a daunting task, what to keep, what to throw away, how old is too old?! And if you love make up before you know it you could set up shop with all the products you own.

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When you have limited time it can be especially annoying when you have to rummage through piles of make up to find the lippie you want. Start by identifying the products you use every day, and keep these frequently used items in a separate container. Everyone’s essentials will vary, but there are a few pieces every woman should own.
  • Foundation Primer
  • Foundation
  • Concealer
  • Mascara
  • Black or brown eyeliner
  • A basic flattering eye shadow
  • The perfect shade of lipstick
  • Blush or bronzer
Once you have separated your day to day items, decide on what additional eye shadows and lipsticks you use to create more special occasion looks, and keep these together as your occasion make up.
Our Favourite Essentials
BBCREAM2 Camera Ready BB Cream

This is very new and already a firm favourite with all of us. This product does everything!! A light tinted formula that instantly evens the complexion, and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Perfect for someone who is time poor but wants a flawless finish.
Eyeliner Limitless Eye Pencil 

Waterproof and longwearing. Perfect for creating bold definition without ending up with smudges under your eyes – and it has a built in cap sharpener!!
OGloss O Gloss

This little gem I just can’t keep enough stock of!!
There is NO other product like it. O Gloss is an intuitive micro-circulating lip gloss. With a Goji Berry- C Complex that reacts to your personal skin chemistry you instantly create your own custom shade of pink.

How old is too old?

Keeping old makeup is not only not practical but also not hygienic. Old make up will dry out, become clumpy or split and can also cause breakouts or irritated skin. If you have had it for years please, please throw it away!! And while you are at it, check the condition of your make up sponges and brushes.
  • Mascara has a shorter life – after 3 months and it needs to go……….and please don’t share
  • Foundation and Concealer - Up to 12 months.
  • Powder 2 years.
  • Pencil eye liner and lip liner - Should be sharpened regularly and will last up to 3 years.
  • Eye shadow will also last up to 3 years.
  • Lipstick some experts say 1-2 years. Others say up to 4 years. What will let you know its past its use by date is by the smell. If it smells bad it has spoiled.
To avoid infection and bacterial growth, remember to wash your sponges once a week, and replace every couple of months. Wash you’re brushes at least once a week also with a gentle cleanser. Try using baby shampoo, otherwise most make up brands do sell brush cleaner.


Storage doesn’t have to be an expensive option. Places like the Plastic Box in Newmarket has so many amazing storage options (you can’t go in there without wanting to label and organise everything you own). Choose a couple of box sizes to create the set up that works best for you. Start with a box for your essentials, occasion make up, and tools like sponges, cotton pads etc. Tumblers or finished candle jars are the perfect option to fill in as a brush holder. I was lucky enough to be given a Cire Tredon candle as a gift, once finished the jar has become the perfect home for my brushes. If you do have the tools of the trade but don’t know how to use them, or would just like to get better and faster at applying your make up. Make up lessons are a great way to learn how to use your brushes and all the tricks to make up application.
Makeup Brushes

Are you warm? Cool? Or don’t have a clue...

The best way to find your perfect foundation match is to leave it to the professionals. Stop by and see us if you would like help finding foundation shade that works for you or any other little essentials you might not have. From my frenzy of sorting the makeup drawer there are some amazing Smashbox products currently on sale so make sure you pop in and grab some of these little gems to get your make up kit up to date and organised. If you need that extra bit of help a Colour Analysis will take all of the guess work out of choosing the shades that work best for you, it is amazing how using the right colours can make your eyes sparkle and your skin glow.




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