SPRING clean your makeup bag for healthier-looking skin

by Adriana Donnola, expert beauty stylist

It’s all about striking eyes, glossy skin and bright, cheery lips for Spring Summer 2020, with current trends being shaped by our newfound confidence in a “less-is-more” approach to makeup. 
The matte look - not that flattering on anyone over the age 21 - has pivoted into a more luminous, glass-looking glow dubbed ‘dolphin skin’, and eyeshadow mastery has thankfully made way for fool-proof lids - no brush required, just a dab of your finger.  

But before you head to the shops, take the time to go through your beauty bag (wash it too!) and make the often-hard decision on what to keep and what to toss. And don’t forget that includes the beauty draw.  

If you’re like me, there are probably several items that you’re not going to use again (hello bright orange lipstick!)  but you are holding onto ‘just in case’. I’m guessing most are past their use-by-date and therefore run the risk of spreading infection, particularly in the eye area.  Don’t put it off any longer, here’s a quick checklist on how long your favourite products keeps:


  • Foundation (liquid):  1 year (and update the formula as your skin changes)  
  • Powder Blush, eyeshadow: can keep for up to 2 years, especially if you wash your brushes weekly.  
  • Lipstick - 1 year 
  • Mascara and eyeliner - a maximum of 4 months (Tip: When a mascara starts to flake, it’s dry and time to toss).   


  • Cleansers - 1 year 
  • Serums - 6 months 
  • Moisturisers - 6 months (but could stretch a year if it’s a pump) 
  • Body lotion - 2 years 




For Nails:

Think brighter pops of happy colour but nudes are always a good choice too as they elongate your fingers. 

I love:
  • Tom Ford Nail Lacquer, Indian Pink, Toasted Sugar $52 each, David Jones. Renowned for exceptional shine and a high-performance formula. 
  • Chanel  Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour 7456 Cruise, $41, Chanel Beaute. This is the perfect bold pop of bright and juicy L’Orange for summer toes. 


For Your Base:

Fresh and dewy all the way! Foundation has become more wearable this year, so a light base that’s hydrating, but still buildable in areas that you need, is key. 

I love:
  • Covergirl Clean Fresh Nourishing Foundation $19.95, Priceline Pharmacy.  It’s free from formaldehyde, phthalates, parabens, sulphates and talc and gives a soft finish for skin at any age - from teens to grandmas.
  • Becca Cosmetics Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation, $75, Sephora. This glow-getter takes your skin up a notch, so it’s still your skin but with a better finish. 


For Eyes:

Palettes of shimmering and always-flattering bronzes and nudes work well on all skin tones but if you dare, bold pops of colour in emeralds and blues are trending too. Apply a wash over the entire lid on younger eyes, or as an eyeliner at any age. 

I love:
  • M.A.C Art Library: Nude Model, $89, M.A.C Cosmetics. A good palette -  where you use each and every shade -  is often hard to find but this one is full of flattering neutrals, taking you from day to night with ease.
  • NARS Cool Crush Eyeshadow Palette, $90, Mecca Maxima. This has all the beautiful nudes you need but also a richer teal and stunning metallic turquoise just perfect for hot summer nights. 


For Lips:

A bright lip is the ultimate pick-me-up! Look for formulas that provide maximum shine with loads of hydration to keep lips soft.

I love:
  • Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Shine, Make it Burn, Corail Orient, $59 each, Mecca Maxima. A smoothing formula that glides effortlessly onto lips and housed in the prettiest packaging.  
  • MCoBeauty Cheek & Lip Tint, $10 each, Woolworths. This dewy multi-tasker delivers glossy pigment for both lips and cheeks. 

Adriana Donnola has been writing about all things lifestyle for over 25 years on magazines including New Idea, Who, InStyle, TV Week and New Weekly. She has interviewed the world’s top celebrity makeup artists, skincare specialists and hairstylists loves to help women become a more beautiful version of themselves. For more information, please click here to visit her website 'Shop With A Beauty Editor'.