How To Mix Up Your Makeup


Have you ever dreamed of becoming a makeup artist? Now’s your chance! Simply follow our guide to mixing colours and textures to create new shades. Not only will you boost your shade range without spending a penny, you’ll also improve your application skills and enjoy the kudos that comes when someone asks ’what shade is your lipstick?’ and you reply, ‘my own custom-blend’.

How To Create a Bespoke Base

One of the many benefits of makeup mixology is enjoying the best features of two products in one go. When it comes to your base, you might be looking for a favoured foundation to last a little longer, go on a little lighter or bring more radiance to your skin. If you like a matte base, such as Cover FX Power Play Foundation, but occasionally need a radiant boost, then change the finish by mixing with a liquid highlighter – try Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops. Start by mixing two drops of both on the back of your hand and customise for your perfect level of radiance.

On those rare days when we wake up looking fresh, rested and blemish-free, it’s time to mix up a bespoke base that lightly unifies skin for a perfect finish. There’s no need to use foundation, just take a concealer – we recommend the versatile Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer and mix a few brush strokes with the Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Primer. Combining the two means you enjoy all the longevity and hydration of the primer with the lighter coverage of the concealer. You can also layer the concealer in problem areas such as dark circles for a flawless finish.

How To Do Liquid Metal Eyes

Upgrade your regular smoky eye with a painterly, high shine finish in your favourite shades. Glossy eyes look amazing but take a little getting used to just remember creases are part of the look, so embrace them or just pat away when they appear.

Choose a metallic eyeshadow such as Hourglass Scattered Light Glitter Eyeshadow and smooth over your lids with Space NK Brush 305 then using your fingers top with RMS Beauty Magic Luminizer for a shimmering, wet-look finish. Alternatively smudge a kohl pencil – we like the surprising shades of Tom Ford’s Eye Kohl Duo – along your lash line, then blend the gleaming Kevyn Aucoin The Exotique Diamond Eye Gloss over the top for a rock‘n’roll finish.

Personalise Your Lip Shades

It can take years to find the perfect shade and texture of lipstick, but you can skip all that by blending your own. Switch up textures for an entirely new look by mixing your favourite matte shade (we love Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil) on the back of your hand with a glossy lip balm like Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips – you’ll get a satin finish lip colour in a slightly toned-down shade. For more impact, just add more colour. If you’re on the go you can mix lip colours directly onto your lips – try a darker shade such as Lipstick Queen Sinner 90 Percent Pigment in Wine as a base coat and then layer a brighter pink like By Terry Rouge-Expert Click Stick in 23 Pink Pong on top and press your lips together for a layered effect.

Choose Tailor-Made Blusher

If your skin gets progressively dryer throughout the day, then a good trick is to keep a small pot of moisturiser to hand – Drunk Elephant Lala from the Littles collection is the perfect size. Of course, you can elevate your afternoon moisture boost by mixing in a little hit of illumination to bespoke your look. If skin looks dull, dab a little Nars Illuminator on the back of your hand and tone-down with your moisturiser, then apply to any dry, drab areas for a lit-within-glow alongside hydrated skin.

Alternatively, if you need a colour-boost mix your moisturiser – again on the back of your hand— with a little cream blush – try the water-based Chantecaille Cheek Gelée and smooth onto the apples of cheeks for a fresh, dewy flush.