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How to: Be a Beauty Mixologist
Wed, 9 January 2013 4:21PM
Hayden Panettiere, the night you stepped out with ethereally glowing cheeks and tropical-pink lips, you not only gave me makeup envy, you turned me into a beauty mixologist.
A mixologist – a swanky new title that I’ve proudly adopted – is traditionally someone who prepares cocktails. However, my kind of mixing involves the delights of my makeup trove (not drinks cabinet). With my hands going crazy, and my mind boggling over possible new cosmetics combinations, I’ve come up with recipes that reap delicious results (even if I do say so myself).
The following beauty cocktails are perfect to master on days when your skin tone wants to suddenly lighten up, or when your moisturiser needs to be more superhero then super-pretty. Or, when you don’t have that exact shade of tropical-pink lipstick that you suddenly find yourself lusting for.
Beauty Cocktail 1: Mix yourself an illuminating cheek tint
Surely it’s not just me swooning over Ms Panettiere’s glow? For anyone else out there with skin envy, take a small glob of Vaseline and place it on the top of your hand. Hunt down a matte lipstick in a hue that would work on your cheeks; say, a peachy pink like Revlon Matte Lipstick in Smoked Peach, $21.95, pharmacies. Draw a few strokes of the pigment next to where you placed the Vaseline; this will be enough to add a slight tint. Take an illuminating cream, powder or balm (I like Nude by Nature Soft Focus Illuminator, $22.95, pharmacies), and add a five-cent–sized piece to the Vaseline. Now blend all three together into an even formula. And now you have the most flattering rouge for your cheeks.
Beauty Cocktail 2: Concoct the perfect poppy pink
Hayden’s fruity shade of lippie is the perfect pout colour for high-summer. But getting that just-right pinky-orange can be a finicky task. What to do? Well, chances are you have a drawer full of barely-used pinks and oranges. So let’s unite them, shall we? Simply angle-cut a sliver of one pink and one orange lipstick (I prefer to use matte textures for a statement lip look) and use your index finger to mash them up in a small tub (an old lip balm or mint tin will do). Achieve the right colour for you by playing around with how much of each lipstick you use. PS – you can morph this matte lip colour into a glitzy affair by adding a sprinkle of shimmer dust.
Beauty Cocktail 3: Create a lighter foundation with extra hydration
In your palm, mix a 20-cent-sized dollop of your SPF daily moisturiser (like Neutrogena Oil Free Moisture SPF15, $13.99, pharmacies), with a smidgen of your foundation. Now add the teeniest drop of argan oil and use your index finger to thoroughly blend. Apply to primed skin, using either your fingers or a foundation brush.
Beauty Cocktail 4: Craft your own eye shadow gloss
You know how you have those old eyeshadow palettes with bits of powder clinging for dear life to the edges? Okay, now take the handle end of a makeup brush, and crumble the powder into a fine dust. Next dollop a thick lip balm on the back of your hand, and then sprinkle in the eyeshadow dust until you reach your ideal intensity of colour. End-note: I find that neutral shades work best, as dark shades tend to move around and wreak a little havoc.
Beauty Cocktail 5: Make an old nail polish new with a touch of sparkle
So you’re looking through your nail polish collection and stumble upon an old favourite, but upon opening you notice immediately the claggy consistency. Don’t sweat: you can easily breathe new life into this dried-out oldie. Take a nail polish remover (like Australis See Ya Later, $4.95, pharmacies) and carefully tip it into said nail polish; stir with the nail polish wand to mix. Note: you usually need about a teaspoon’s worth of remover, although it’s best to work with a couple of drops at time until you have success. Finally, to give your nail colour an instant update, just add a colourful glitter and stir well. So new! So fresh!
What do you think, Primpers? Is this something you’ll try at home?
Have you been a beauty mixologist in the past?
Do you have any other beauty cocktail recipes you can add?
– Sarah Sayers
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