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From creating a lipstick wardrobe to updating your foundation as your skin changes, leading beauty blogger Nikki Parkinson shares her 10 essential beauty tips and tricks.

1. Convenience wins

You
don’t
have
to
buy
all
beauty
or
makeup
products
from
the
one
brand
but
buying
them
from
the
one
place
makes
it
more
convenient
to
create
a
total
makeup
look
or
skincare
regime.

2. Never
underestimate
the
power
of lipstick

Lipstick is an instant
pick-­-me-­-up.
Consider
creating
a
lipstick
“wardrobe”
with
at
least
five
shades
that
give
you
a
pop
of
colour
that
is
mood
shifting.

3. A
high
price
tag
does
not
necessarily
equal
a
better
makeup
or
skincare
product

Collectively
the
more
affordable
brands
spend
big
every
year
on
research
and
development
of
products.
The
upshot?
We
can
enjoy
the
benefits
without
the
huge
price
tag.

4. A
great
makeup
look
starts
with
a
great
blank
canvas

Having
a
consistent,
easy-­-to-­-
stick-­-to
skincare
regime
is
a
must.
Create
the
habit
and
buy
products
that
easily
fit
within
your
budget
so
you
can
keep
up
the
habit.

5. Do
a
stocktake
of
what’s
in
your
makeup
kit
every
six
months

Just
like
food
products,
once
opened
makeup
products
have
a
limited
shelf
life.
Pay
particular
attention
to
products
such
as
mascara
and
eye
liner
(and
replace
more
often)
so
as
to
avoid
possible
infection.

6. Avoid
the
makeup
look
rut

Do
you
wear
the
same
eye
colours
and
lipstick,
day
in,
day
out?
Experimenting
with
different
colour
palettes
(even
if
just
slightly
different)
can
freshen
your
entire
look
and
give
you
a
lift.

7. As
your
skin
changes
so
should
your
choice
of
foundation

Foundations
have
come
a
long
way
and
can
contain
all
manner
of
skin
“helpers”,
creating
a
flawless
canvas
without
feeling
like
you’ve
plastered
a
“face”
on.

8. A
day-­-to-­-day
makeup
routine
does
not
have
to
be
complicated

It
can
be
as
much
as
you
want
(or
have
time
for).
It
can
also
be
streamlined
to
include
key
products
that
work
for
you.
For
example,
a
foundation,
cheek
colour,
eye
colour,
mascara
and
lip
colour
or
gloss
form
a
basic
makeup
kit.
What
you
add
from
there
is
up
to
you.

9. Create an essential makeup kit

If
pressed
for
time,
create
two
kits,
which
contain
your
day-­-to-­-day
basics.
Keep
one
kit
in
your
bathroom,
the
other
in
your
handbag.
You
can
finish
off
your
makeup
look
on
the
way
to
work
or
as
soon
as
you
get
there.
Buying
affordable
products
from
the
start
makes
this
possible
without
busting
the
budget.

10. Practice
special
occasion
looks in advance

…So that
when
you
are
going
out
your
makeup
look
differs
from
what
you
wear
every
day.
Master
the
smokey
eye
or
a
classic
red
lip.
YouTube
tutorials
are
great
for
this,
as
is
makeup
counter
advice.

Nikki Parkinson is celebrating the opening of the new Woolworths beauty bar at Sydney’s Town Hall. In an Australian supermarket first, the in-store beauty bar will offer free treatments including makeovers, skin
consultations and mini manicures conducted by professional beauty consultants, while beauty fanatics can shop for popular brands including Essie, Model Co. and St. Tropez. Treatments will run daily from 12pm to 8pm and customers can view the treatment schedule and make appointments in-store.

Online? In-store? Where do you buy your makeup?