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Give your make-up bag a summer makeover

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When did you last experiment with new colours or styles with your make-up? It’s easy to fall into a routine, but you could be missing out on eye-catching new trends, and styles that compliment your seasonal wardrobe. Here are some tips to updating your look:

Clearout

Throw out old eye-pencils, clogged-up mascara wands, greasy powder puffs and that lipstick last seen when you went to a wedding five years ago. Aside from whether these items are out of style, you run the risk of bacterial infections, conjunctivitis and sties if you use old make-up well past its sell-by-date on your face. The College of Optometrists recommends using mascara and liquid eyeliner within six months of opening it, for example, and discarding cream or water-based eye shadows by eighteen months.

Try something new

Take a look at some of the key trends for summer 2012, decide which ones you’d like to try amd stock up on the toold you need to achieve it. Investing in a new armoury cosmetics isn’t cheap, so choose carefully and test products wherever possible to make sure that they’ll suit your skin tone. You could also use a credit card to help you spread the cost, especially if you have a 0% APR credit card or one which rewards your spending.

Be bold

A bold, Cleopatra-like sweep of black eyeliner is a classic look which is back yet again this summer, and a small uptick at the outer corner of each eye gives a failsafe retro effect. Smudged and smoky eyes – eye shadow tones of dark gold, taupe or soft brown are more forgiving than silvers or harsh greys – have also been a strong theme in on the catwalk shows, reflecting the nostalgia for early ’90s grunge style.

Keep it natural

If the dark and dramatic isn’t your style, stick with pale pastels: pretty, lower-key effects are an alternative story this summer for English roses. Think flushed pink cheeks and porcelain skin, says Vogue, and keep it minimal – just pay attention to your skincare so you have a natural glow, and get a good concealer and tinted moisturiser to help you out. For a night out, add a burst of colour with a block of brightly-coloured or neon eye shadow.

Lip statement

When experimenting with bold colour around your eyes, it’s best to leave your lips neutral – but invest in a decent-quality gloss and balm, perhaps with just a hint of a tint to it. For more of a statement and with more understated eyes, try hot pink, fuchsia or dark damson as an alternative to the usual scarlet or vermillion reds.

Issued by Sainsbury’s Bank

All information correct at time of publication, but may be subject to change. Any views or opinions expressed in this article are the responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of any part of the Sainsbury’s Group of companies.

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