OK so you’ve just splashed out on a fancy facial moisturiser, but the tube is tiny, so it probably won’t be long before you’ll need to stock up again. Right?
The saying, “a little goes a long way” is exactly the mindset you need to get your head around to ensure you get the most out of your (sometimes very small, but very pricey) beauty products.
Below we have a little guide to some of life’s beauty essentials, and how to make them last for ages – saving you valuable pennies.
How much? Three teaspoons.
Yes, suncream is an essential, ladies! Rather than slathering on several palm-sized portions, make your skin protector last ages by dividing your body into three sections (feet and legs – torso and back – arms, neck and face) and use one blob for each.
For a beauty-friendly, lightweight suncream that is easy to apply and absorbs quickly, we recommend Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunblock (£8.49).
How much? 20p piece for fine hair. 50p piece for thick hair.
Own up, who is guilty of applying a huge hand-sized lump of mousse to their locks before blow-drying? You are using far too much, and technique is more important than the amount of product you use. Starting two inches below your roots, use your hands to blend the product through wet hair. Finish by pulling the hair back into a ponytail and working through to the ends.
Try TRESemme Volume & Lift Extra Body Mousse (£5.25) for the best blow-dry.
How much? Three peanuts.
There’s no need to go nutty with your moisturiser – you only need a few blobs to provide excellent coverage. Try using two peanut-sized portions for massaging into your face and one for your neck. Make sure you use gentle upward strokes and do not drag the skin. For extra moisturisation, choose a facial moisturiser with glycerine and apply to damp skin. We love Yu-Be Moisturising Skin Cream (£19.50).
How much? The size of an extra strong mint for long hair. A chocolate button for short hair.
It’s easy to overdo it with shampoo – we can probably all recall times when we’ve shaken the bottle and a huge gloop has burst out. The important thing to remember is that it is only the roots that get oily, so you don’t need a lot of product on your more fragile ends. Plus, when you wash the shampoo away, it will run down your lengths of your hair.
Choose a fruity fresh scent for summer. We love Herbal Essences Fresh Balance Clarifying Shampoo Citrus Blossom (£8.99)
How much? A bottle cap.
Applying too much foundation is a big beauty sin – especially if your skin really doesn’t need a lot of coverage. Apply a small, bottle-cap sized portion to the back of your hand and use a finger to blend it across your forehead and nose. Next apply to your cheeks and chin, smoothing around the edges of your jaw, taking care to blend. Although many may choose to use a foundation brush, using your fingers means a smoother application thanks to the heat from your hands.
For a professional even coverage and enhanced blendability, try Maybelline New York Dream Satin Liquid Air-whipped Foundation (£7.99).
Do you have a big event coming up and fancy getting your make-up done professionally? We have all you need to know on professional make-up, including wedding ideas and special beauty courses on our professional make-up page.
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