Hands up if you haven’t overhauled your beauty routine in quite some time? If so, you’re not alone, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut of applying the same old tried and tested moisturisers and make-up, without stopping to think whether it still suits you, or whether your routine could do with a few changes. Clean beauty is everywhere this year, and with good reason; putting high quality, non toxic products on your skin makes sense because what goes on your body ends up in your body.
Marjorie Biagiani, who is a French make up artist that works on glossy Parisian magazine shoots, says that a beauty spring clean every year is essential:
“A great place to start is one rainy Sunday when you have an hour or so to spare,” she tells Lumity. “Open up your bathroom cabinet(s) and take every single item out and have a good look at them all.
“Be quite ruthless. You probably own quite a few make up items that you picked up in duty free years ago on a whim but have never really used. Or you might have a Chanel lipstick that has pretty packaging, but you don’t really like the colour.
“Throw all of these types of things away if you know in your heart that you’re never going to use them. The same goes for old nail varnishes, if they’re clogging up then throw them away, especially as a lot of nail varnishes have toxins in them.
“Don’t be sentimental, bin anything that you no longer use, as those items are cluttering up your space. Whittle what you keep down to what you actually use.”
Then, go through each item and decide whether it still looks fabulous when you wear it: “Do you really want to wear layers of thick, punky black eyeliner because you like it on Cara Delevingne, or would a navy or dark grey suit you better? Is sky blue mascara something you love, or did you buy it on a whim because you feel for YSL’s brilliant campaign this time last year? Is that pillar box red lipstick as vampish as you imagine or would a light pink, or clear gloss be more flattering?
“A rule of thumb is that make-up is better when it accentuates what you already have, rather than follows a trend. Big dark brows are a great example of this, they suit some women, but not others. Celebrate yourself and your own wonderfully unique features, and let your make up and skincare compliment that.”
The make-up artist says that the best beauty advice she ever received is nothing to do with plucking brows, or highlighting cheekbones: “The best beauty tip I ever had was that having gorgeous skin from the inside out and wanting to show that off with minimal make up is always better than having to use heavy make up to camouflage nutritional deficiencies and a sleep deficit,” she says.
“Take a quality supplement, stay hydrated and do whatever you can to stay happy and carefree. Inner happiness and glowing health is one of the most beautiful things to see as it radiates from the inside out. Embracing clean beauty makes me feel happy when I use products, I feel extra good knowing that they aren’t bad for me or the environment.”
With space in your beauty cabinets cleared, it’s time to look at the labels says our expert: “We’re all much more informed about things like parabens and how horrible animal testing is now. My advice is to throw away anything that has toxic ingredients on the label, or anything that is bad for the environment. Clean beauty is everywhere now, and with good reason, it’s skincare that’s good for your body.
“Natural, plant-based products, made with ingredients found in nature are the way forward.”
A lot of people have skin flare ups and spots or dry skin because the ingredients in their skincare products are causing mini patches of inflammation, so get back to nature and embrace all the new beauty companies out there. You don’t need to spend a fortune on designer skincare now:
“There are a lot of fabulous new brands now with products that are miraculous which have been started by passionate women, who know their stuff and make and package their products in studios which are based at their own homes,” Majorie reveals. “Jane Scrivener does a sample pack of her skincare range for just £20 and Clarity Cleanse and Romilly Wilde are two other organic brands worth taking a look at that get brilliant results and have garnered a cult-like following.”
Beauty can be one of those things that we all tend to get complacent about, but a few simple changes can work wonders to how you look and feel.