When you think of doing your make-up, you most likely envision yourself applying colour to give you those rosy cheeks and knockout smoky eyes we all know and love. However, some of the best make-up products we own are the ones that have no colour at all!
Iâ€™m talking about clear products that work magic on every feature of your face, but go unnoticed to the common eye. Itâ€™s these beauty products that not only hold your look together and act as a base for endless color opportunities, but also pull double duty with uses beyond their intended purpose.
Below are five clear beauty products every woman should have in her stash â€“ for emergencies or day-to-day use, theyâ€™ll change your make-up game for the better.
There are plenty of tinted primers available, but a clear primer like Smashbox Photo Finish will leave you with a silky smooth base without causing the tint to affect your skin tone. Plus, you can use a primer to thin out cream foundations and change the coverage of the product. Itâ€™s a quick, one-step base application that is ideal for all of you busy girls.
Applying top coat to your manicure isnâ€™t always a priority when youâ€™re in a hurry, but it will save your manicure. A top coat strengthens your nails, helps lacquer dry faster (yes, with Seche Vite Top Coat) and it can give you long-lasting shine thatâ€™s a welcome distraction in class. It doesnâ€™t stop there â€“ top coat can revive a manicure that has lost its luster and seal the deal on these everyday uses.
Before wearing make-up was allowed, clear mascara found its way into many girlsâ€™ backpacks. Thatâ€™s because even with no color added, it will make your perfectly curled lashes stay put. But clear mascara can also be used as a base for mixing your own mascara shades (just add shadow or mica pigments) and for setting your bold brows.
Instead of buying a lip liner shade to match each of your lipsticks, reach for a clear one. A clear liner helps prevent against feathering and leaves you with an error-free, match-all pout. Whether trying to save a few dollars, downsizing your make-up collection or just looking for the most forgiving liner around, a clear liner like Milani Anti-Feathering Lip Liner is a must.
Products like Vaseline or Labello (the German brand I cover here) Lip Butter will nourish your lips, tame unruly eyebrows and help you customize your make-up. By adding mica pigments or crushed up eyeshadows to a dollop of salve, you can play beauty chemist for a day. If that shimmer pink on your eyes is too good to pass up, break some off and mix it with the balm â€“ instant matching lip colour. You can mix up a new cheek stain with this technique as well.MYNEWSHUB/michellephan.com