Just as K-Middy loves to re-wear her fave outfits, you can follow her lead and give the much-loved items in your make-up kit a style-over. Whether your usual look is smoky siren, ’60s retro or Hollywood glamour, we show you how to rework everything you already own to create next season’s looks before summer’s even out. Freestyle!
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Smoky siren into golden goddess
Your make-up bag
Tinted moisturiser + Vaseline + bronzer compact + smoky eye duo + mascara
Your go-to look: smoky siren
You love the smouldering rock ’n’ roll vibe, with lots of dark eyeshadow and lashings of mascara à la Kristen Stewart.
Your new look: golden goddess
Swap the smoky eyes for a golden glow. Apply your tinted moisturiser, then buff the bronzer into your cheeks. Next, apply the bronzer over the eye socket and the brow bone, then mix a little with the smoky eyeshadow and apply under your bottom lashes. Finally, blend the bronzer with Vaseline to create a golden gloss for your lips and apply a coat of mascara.
’60s retro into pretty in pink
Your make-up bag Foundation + nude lipstick + pink lipstick + black eyeliner + mascara
Your go-to look: ’60s retro
You’re all about sexy cat-eyes – we’re talking Amy Winehouse-style eyeliner, nude lips and heaps of attitude.
Your new look: pretty in pink
Soften your style by first applying a lighter layer of foundation so that your skin shines through. Use a smear of nude lipstick across the eye socket and dot the eyeliner close to the lash line and in-between lashes (no flick required) – it’ll make them look fuller when you apply your mascara. Add a coat of pink lipstick to your pout, then finish by dabbing it on to your cheeks for a natural flush.
Hollywood glamour into English rose
Your make-up bag Red lipstick + clear gloss + brown eyeshadow + mascara
Your go-to look: Hollywood glamour
You give Scarlett Johansson a run for her money with shimmering eyeshadow and bold, red-carpet-ready lips.
Your new look: English rose
Fashion-forward your face with more natural make-up. Use the eyeshadow to define your brows then lightly press gloss on to your fingertips, before dabbing over the eye socket for a subtle sheen and slicking on some mascara. Dab red lipstick on to your cheeks, smudge, then add to your lips.
Make do and mend
There’s no need to bin broken make-up – here’s how to bring it back to life.
You’re getting ready to go out and then you drop your favourite eyeshadow on the floor, cracking it into a million pieces. Make-up ’mare! But don’t have a beauty breakdown: just gather up the crumbs, put them in small pot, add a bit of lip balm, mix, et voila! Your brand-new lip colour is good to go.
There’s no need to send your dried-up mascara to make-up heaven just yet. It can be used as an eyebrow shaper, plus the drier consistency means it’s perfect for helping brunettes disguise the odd grey hair!
- Brush up for free Nothing says summer like bronzed skin and if you head to Tesco to snap up the Diego Della Palma Tanning Cake SPF15, £22, you’ll get a Kabuki brush to apply it with, for nada.
Five no-salon needed style-overs
Celeb hairstylist Andrew Barton tells us how to make our locks look lush every day of the working week – without splashing out on new kit.
1. The top knot
Tie your hair into a high ponytail with a hairband. Backcomb it and wrap it around its base, securing with kirby grips.
2. The French pleat
Backcomb your hair and sweep it over to one side. Place a line of grips from the base of the neck up to the crown. Take the loose hair and roll it back on itself, forming a small pleat. Secure with grips, placing them into the ones underneath.
Finish with hairspray.
3. The boho twist
Take an inch-thick section of hair from both sides of the head at the front. Add hairspray and twist to the back. Secure with kirby grips.
4. The fishtail plait
Create a side parting and tie your hair into a side ponytail. Divide it in half. Take a few strands from the left section and add to the right, then a few from the right over to the left. Repeat all the way down the pony and tie with a hairband. Remove the top hairband and massage the plait so it doesn’t look too neat.
5. The any-length pony
Backcomb the top section of your hair to create volume. Sweep all the hair into a mid-ponytail and secure with a hairband. Take a strand from the ponytail and wrap it around the band. Secure with a kirby grip and backcomb the pony to add volume.