Make-up bag classics for a night on the town

makeupIF YOU NEED some snazzy new make-up for your nights out in Aberystwyth but your bank balance is looking a bit miserable, never fear! You can spice up your make-up bag ready for a night on the town without spending a fortune.

For foundation, I wouldn’t suggest wearing a foundation with SPF in it as it can cause a dodgy ‘ghost face’ effect in flash photography. I would recommend the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation, £9.99, as it gives a nice dewy effect on the skin and good coverage.

As for concealer, I swear by Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer. It covers a multitude of sins and it’s only £4.19. Collection 2000 also do a neat concealer-highlighter hybrid, the Illuminating Touch Concealer, £4.99, which is great for adding radiance under the eyes.

For blush, I love a warm pink shade for nights out, and many brands have their own dupe for the famous NARS Orgasm blush, £21.The Sleek blush in Rose Gold is a gorgeous example, at only £4.49. Sweep it around your cheekbones in an upwards motion for a dramatic look, but avoid looking like a clown by only using a small amount of product with this technique!

My preferred brand for eye-shadow is MUA. Available in Superdrug, they do amazing quality palettes for only £4. ‘Undressed’ is a palette with great nude/brown shades and is a good dupe for the famous Urban Decay Naked Palette, and they’re great for creating a sultry smoky eye look.

In terms of mascara, anything that gives a bit more ‘oomph’ is great for nights out. If you want waterproof mascara, Boots’ Natural Collection Water Guard mascara delivers great length and volume and is only £1.99. Max Factor’s False Lash Effect mascara, £10.99, is also perfect for volumising your lashes. Although more expensive, it is well worth the money.

Tip: To make the effect last, try applying a coat of waterproof mascara over normal mascara.

For eyeliner, I love Boots’ 17 High Drama Intense Liquid Eyeliner – it’s easy to apply and stays on all night, and winged eyeliner looks great with a red or plum coloured lipstick. If you’re feeling a bit more daring, Rimmel do some fun colours in the Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal range, cheap and cheerful at £3.99.

I adore a bright, bold lip colour for a night out and Barry M do a pretty Barbie pink shade – 146 ‘Dolly Pink’, which is nice and girly and only £4.49. If you’re feeling brave, the shade 52 Shocking Pink is a vibrant fuchsia which will really stand out. If you want to ease yourself into a statement lip colour, try applying it as a stain with your fingertips or a lip brush, building the colour up to the strength you want it. However, if you’re wearing the lipstick full-on, keep the rest of your make-up simple – I am by no means suggesting you try all the aforementioned colours and looks at once, but have fun, both with your make-up and your nights out!