When you’re having one of those days, and you’re feeling tired, emotional and overwhelmed, it’s easy to push your beauty routine to the back of your mind. As superficial as you might initially find it, applying some makeup and ‘putting your face on’ can be almost therapeutic, and really lift the spirits too.
We’ve compiled a list of a few products that can bring the joy back to your day, and help you on the path to a brighter and more positive outlook.
The first mood-boosting beauty fix we recommend is a swipe or two of peachy-pink blusher. The YSL Blush Volupté in 06 Pasionnee is a beautiful shade that fakes a natural, sun-kissed glow, and the warm tones of coral and peach blushers are universally flattering. Try applying the blush to only the apples of your cheeks – this precise application of colour creates the illusion of healthy skin, meaning you look more awake, energised and alert, even if you’re running on fumes.
A waterproof mascara is a makeup must-have if you’re feeling weepy or are suffering from allergies. At Baby2Body HQ, we’re all currently obsessed with the Estee Lauder Sumptuous Waterproof Bold Mascara, for its thickening, volumizing and lengthening formula, and a fantastically thin and spiky brush that grabs onto lashes and gives them a serious lift. It’s a guaranteed no-smudge option and stays curled and uplifted throughout the day, withstanding bad weather, sweltering and crowded tubes, and the odd tear or two.
Along with a brightening peach blush, a surefire way to bring some sunshine to your makeup look is to rock a rosy-toned lipstick. We love Lipstick Queen for their smooth and pigmented formulations, and the Endless Summer Lipstick in Aloha is no exception. It’s formulated with soothing and smoothing Vitamin E, and provides a beautiful pop of colour without looking garish. Cool-toned rose shades make teeth look whiter, and they offer a subtle alternative to red, but more colour and vibrancy than a nude.
Having manicured hands just screams ‘put together’. No matter how shoddy you’re feeling, a flash of bright red or pastel mint is enough to make you feel poised and ready to go. The physical act of applying nail polish (or having it done for you) is in itself indulgent, and allows you to focus on the ‘now’, rather than worrying about what else you have to do that day. Along with a plethora of beautiful shades, one of the things we require from a nail polish range is to be five-free. This means that they can’t include DBP, toluene, formaldehyde, camphor and phthalic acid. Only Fingers + Toes is a luxury range that doesn’t compromise on quality, and their stunning collection of colours means it’s pretty hard to pick just one! For a classic summer mani, we love Rouge Noelle – a vibrant Hollywood red.
Our last mood-boosting recommendation is the gorgeous Roger & Gallet Gingembre Rouge Fresh Fragrant Water. The combination of ginger and lychee is uplifting and refreshing, and the inclusion of cedar and white musk help to add a lovely warmth that makes this scent incredibly easy to wear. Spritz onto pressure points and top up throughout the day for an immediate mood boost.
How do you boost your mood with makeup? Let us know in the comments below!