Beauty lab - Natio

Mineral eye shadow. Photo: supplied
Mineral eye shadow. Photo: supplied
Liquid eyeliner (left) and naturally nude lip colour. Photo: supplied
Liquid eyeliner (left) and naturally nude lip colour. Photo: supplied
The lip crayon. Photo: supplied
The lip crayon. Photo: supplied

This week, Lisa Scott tries new releases from Natio.

Lisa Scott
Lisa Scott

Being "a woman of a certain age'', as the French say (What is the cut-off point for this, I wonder? I can never find out exactly when you go from jeune fille to maven. The French are cagey), I realise the importance of choosing carefully when it comes to make-up.

I never actually do, of course, my motto for face paint being very similar to my rules for the use of the exclamation point: more glitter is always better.It can be scary to try new products on "mature skin'', but the reality is you have to. Left to my devices, I'd still have a spiral perm and frosted lipstick.

So, to Natio, Latin for "creation'', "birth'', and the ancient name for the goddess of nature. Natio has plant-based beauty-care products and have recently extended its range by 25 products.

The mineral eye shadow ($21. I tried the mocha palette, smoky copper, chestnut and charcoal shades) creates "a soft-focus definition'' and "individually awakens your eyes''.

Not sure about individually awakened, but it's good for what I will call the "not shouty face'', far from what I would have chosen myself but definitely what I should be using.

The soft quiet palette makes for a classy look, neutralising the scarier parts of your face where regret lives.

New naturally nude lip colour ($17.50) plumps without falling into the crevasses and the new intense-colour lip crayon ($13.50) is absolutely marvellous; once you get used to crayoning your lips.

The precision liquid eyeliner ($17.50) with a super-fine tip makes it ridiculously easy to achieve a perfectly discreet line, so much better than the "eyeliner put on with a Sharpie'' look I usually manage.

Not a pinch of glitter to be seen, but you have to lose the stripper eye sometime.

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