What beauty product do you have a love/hate relationship with?
My answer: liquid eyeliners with a brush applicator. Love the intense look they provide, but I just can’t draw a straight line with them. Also, Pupa limited edition palettes. The packaging is so cute and whimsical, but the shades inside get sheerer and sheerer every year.
What’s the first thing you do when you get a new makeup product?
My answer: as I am a beauty blogger, I usually take pictures of it. But there are some products that are so irresistible that, if I can’t take a photo straight away, I’ll lightly swatch and use. Just the once. That way, it’d still look intact when I photograph it.
Do you apply your makeup standing or sitting?
My answer: sitting at my desk, which doubles up as my makeshift vanity. I’m more comfortable that way.
How do you feel about private label cosmetics?
My answer: starting a cosmetics company can be very expensive, so I don’t mind much if someone chooses to sell private label makeup or skincare products, as long as they are honest about it and the prices are reasonable. But once the company starts making some money and becoming established, they people behind it should develop their own products. I don’t like it when private label stuff is all they ever sell. A business should be innovative and solve people’s problems, not just put a different marketing spin on an old product. Unfortunately, it’s often difficult to discover who sells private label cosmetics. *sighs*
What’s your favourite drugstore beauty brand?
My answer: Sleek Makeup. And Barry M. And Pupa. It’s so hard to choose one!
What do you use to apply bronzer?
My answer: Senna Powder Point 33 Brush. It has a pointed tip that picks up only a little bit of product at a time, allowing you to apply your bronzer in a more precise way. There’s no way you can overdo your bronzer with this brush!
What’s the best beauty tip you’ve learned from a blog?
My answer: the importance of using an eyeshadow primer. I had never seen any in the shops here before, and no magazine ever mentioned them. They only said to use concealer to prime your lids, but that never worked well for me and, within a few hours my makeup would horribly crease and fade. When I finally discovered Urban Decay Primer Potion (which I had to purchase online as primers hadn’t arrived here yet), I was so happy I could hear bells ringing in my head. Now, I’ve switched to Too Faced Shadow Insurance, but I could never imagine living without a primer again.
Do you contour your face regularly?
My answer: I used to, when I first learned this technique. Now, I’m too lazy to do it every day, so I reserve it for special occasions or for looks that need that sculpted appearance.