You know how Zoe Foster has joined Mamamia as our new contributing editor and she’ll be posting fresh, exclusive beauty content twice a week from October 25? Yes, that. While we’re drumming our fingers impatiently waiting for that happy day to arrive, I’ve been thinking about what she’s taught me.
Now that the dust (or loose powder) has settled and it’s a few months since I inhaled Zoe Foster’s Amazing Face book, I thought I’d tell you the 11 most saliant lessons that have stayed with me. The things I’ve stuck to that have made the most difference to my beauty routine.
1. Serums. I never understood serums. They sounded complicated and slightly medical and maybe requiring a syringe. But no! It turns out they were a crucial aspect of my skincare that was missing. A serum goes on under your moisturiser. I’ve tried a few different ones – and Zoe recommends a few in her book of varying prices – but the important thing is that you use one (if you want to, obviously). I thought piling on all those products on top of each other would make my skin too greasy but if you wait a minute between each layer, it doesn’t. As my skin ages, it turns out it needs more juice
2. Use an angled brush for eyeliner: I never knew about angled brushes! No wonder my dark eye shadows looked like big fuzzy textas when I tried to shade along my lashline! My brush was neither small enough nor angled! If I had to pick one brush in the world to take to a desert island (weird island, admittedly), it would be this one. And my toothbrush. Has totally transformed the way I do my eye make-up.
3. Triangles under your eyes: I’ve had those gold YSL pen thingies (their technical name is Touche Eclat) for years because everyone else did (baaaaa) but I never knew quite what to do with them. I kind of used them as a concealer. That’s what they are right? Wrong. Lots of companies make them now but if you have one, do not use it as a concealer. You’re meant to draw an upside down triangle under your eye (not too close to your lower lashline) and then dab to blend. It reflects light upwards apparently. Now you know.
4. Dab don’t rub: did you know you were meant to dab in your concealer (and illuminator) under and around your eyes. You are. Rubbing stretches the delicate skin which doesn’t spring back QUITE the way it used to….ahem. In this video, Zoe shows the kind of dabbing patting thing you do with your finger. It also sets it much better instead of rubbing which actually rubs it off and defeats the purpose. Duh.
5. A brilliant undereye concealer: this one from Covergirl & Olay. It’s called Simply Ageless. It’s not expensive (Priceline and supermarkets) and it goes on like a dream. Zoe swears by it. Me too now.