Recently, I’ve been enjoying closing the world out and diving into a good book and the latest addition to my collection is a far cry from my usual crime drama novels. Sally Hughes’ ‘Pretty Honest’ is the ‘straight talking beauty companion’ for everyone whether you’re completely obsessed with all things beauty or are just starting out with make up. It covers every beauty scenario imaginable while completely debunking all the common make up myths out there. Now that I’ve discovered my new beauty bible, let me share some of the wisdom I’ve gained from the incredible make up artist turned beauty journalist, Sally Hughes.
Embrace the red lip. I’ve spoken about my love of a good ole’ fashioned red lip in a previous post when I discovered that red lips rock and I should sport them a little more often. I stand by this statement, however, I’ve never been completely sure what sort of red tone suits my pale skin best and this is where Sally steps in to save the day. Pretty Honest takes you through a step by step guide on how to choose your perfect red for all skin types so that you can be confidently bold with your sexy pout.
Make up has power in the workplace. My work make up routine has always been centred around getting me out the door as fast as possible – That extra 10 minute snooze seems totally worth it at the time… Well, not tomorrow morning! Sally takes you through certain looks for different work place situations and actually makes me feel a whole lot better about wearing make up to make an impression. I have to admit that I really don’t think my bosses would give a toss if I turned up to the office bare faced but I now don’t need to feel guilty about the fact that make up makes me feel confident which in turn helps me to perform better. I’m not entirely sure I’ll be in this mind set though when my alarm goes off at 6am tomorrow morning.
You are in control at the make up counter. Thank God it’s not just me that get’s intimidated at make up counters to the point where I make the majority of my make up purchases online not really knowing if the colour is right for me or not! I breathed a huge sigh of relief after reading that such a self assured woman like Sally has also experienced the condescending attitude of a beauty hall consultant. Don’t get me wrong, like Sally, I have had great experiences with consultants who have been extremely kind and couldn’t help me enough – I’m looking at you girls at the Armani counter in Frasers – but 9 times out of 10 they either try to sell me something that’s completely unsuitable for me or just ignore me entirely as though I’m not worthy of their assistance. Sally’s chapter on ‘Managing Counter Staff’ will completely change your outlook if you’ve ever come across a snobby sales woman and will help you to enjoy the shopping experience in the fun, care free manner it should be.
It’s okay to enjoy beauty. So what, you enjoy beauty and like to put a little effort in to make yourself feel better… Hey, that’s great! And people really need to build a bridge and get over it! Just because I enjoy experimenting with make up and taking care of my skin, doesn’t mean I’m shallow and self centred – It means I enjoy to be creative and to feel good and if you don’t like it, I’m certainly not going to waste a perfectly fresh face of make up crying over it.