How many lipsticks do you have and actually use? Did you have to buy that mascara just because it said you'd have lashes like a camel? According to the Daily Mail women spend, on average, around £22,000 on makeup in their lifetime which is a few grand that could have been spent on holidays in the Maldives instead.
So the Daily Mail asked our Makeup and Hair artist, Oonagh Connor for her expert advice on cutting our beauty products down to just three essentials according to our age in Makeup Sudoku. Her top tips included 'highlighter to disguise dark circles and bronzer on cheek bones' for women in their 20s, 'open up eyes with eyeliner and a decent mascara that doesn't have to be expensive' in your 40s and using 'BB cream as a primer over which makeup duo foundation can be dabbed for extra coverage' for when you're in your 60s.
Conveniently Oonagh's mum Margaret is 66 and was the perfect model for the shoot (pictured with Oonagh, below). 'I used one of my favourite foundations on her,' Oonagh tell us, 'Lancôme Teint Visionnaire. I recommend this product to my clients regularly. It is beautiful for the maturer skin and you also get a concealer pot included.'
The shoot day was full of wonderful energy with eight models representing different decades from teens to 80s enjoying their pampering with makeup by Oonagh and hair styled by our Hair and Makeup artist, Amanda Clarke.
'By the end of the day we were exhausted,' says Oonagh. 'We didn't even stop for lunch. Sometimes you've just got to keep going. We shot at the stunning Worx studios in Parsons Green and were in good hands with our fave photographers, Lezli & Rose. It truly was like one big girls' coffee morning all day.'
We're truly inspired and off to buy Lancome Teint Visionnaire. But that means even more beauty products in our bulging makeup bag when we were cutting back to save for the Maldives. Doh!