Eye know

When wearing black go the unpredictable and try gloss above the eyes in green or pastel pink. Sweep over the top of the lid and the lighter shade will lighten up the weight of black.

Stilla Eyeglosses are easy to use. Hot Pink and Cosmic Purple are our faves.Use a cream or white coloured eye-pencil on the inside of the bottom lid. It will make your eyes look bigger. We can all do with a bit of that!

Nailing it

Best to go exotic in the nail department. We like:

Chanel silver flecked Le Vernis for around $36

Lancome Vernis Instant Magnetic. No. 235. Around $29. L?Oreal Jet Set Quick Dry Nail Enamel in Luscious Lavender.

Lady in red

Clarins, Shiseido and Napoleon all do great reds to help you acquire the perfect pout. Drip gloss over the top and you have the look. Chanel?s Levres Scintillantes Glossimer for Lips in Pulsar we love.

Available for around $38? as long as they haven?t run out! Rock chick eyes

Try flicking a smoky eyeliner up and the ends of the eyes. Then smudge with a cotton bud. Grrr!

The right chemistry

It can be therapeutic going to the chemist up the road and stocking up on product. Here are some of the basics that can be mixed and matched with your premium products for custom skin care (without the budget blowout!).

Cetaphil At the bottom of any in-the-know make-up artist?s kit you?ll discover a little find called Cetaphil. Available in most chemists, this generic and reliable product is a cleanser and moisturiser all in one – perfect for the girl with extremely sensitive skin. All clean packaging in blue in white for as little as $10? you can?t get cheaper than this.

Nivea If it?s good enough for Dame Edna Everage then it?s good enough for us! No Australian girls beauty kit is complete without at least one item from this extensive range and Nivea just keeps getting better. The classic Nivea product to look out for is the Ultra Moisturising Body Lotion for dry skin. You?ll just keep going back to it, not only for price but also for its hydrating qualities. Available from selected pharmacies.

OlayWe can?t get enough of Olay?s Total Effects Intensive Restoration Treatment. This is a powerful anti-ageing product. It is also the ultimate over-the-counter Retinol product. Need we say more? Another hot Olay product is Total Effects with Vita Niacin. This is a product for under $30 that helps fight the war against ageing. Most users experience an immediate boost to skins texture and appearance. Vitamin B5, E and B3 moisturise and help to soften those ever impending fine lines.

Neutrogena With no detergents or colours is probably one of the first products mum handed you when you were a little girl. And not too bad now that you?re a grown up too! It?s definitely not drying and it leaves skin clean and fresh. Available at selected pharmacies.

Witch Hazel Toner Our tip? Don?t skimp on the super premium serum or moisturiser and save on the toner. This is a classic and it does what you want it to.

Simple Simplify your life with Simple skincare products that are designed for the sensitive types. Available at selected chemists.

Blistex The only lip balm, (besides our beloved eight hour cream, by Elizabeth Arden, of course) that protects against wind, water and sunshine.

When Black is Black and White is White

It?s easy. Black and white is back. (In that order.) Think slick and sassy. We don?t have to think about it too much when we wear them together. And when black and white are accessorised the right way it is a look that really works. Any colour will do as long as it?s black or white. They transfer well from day to night and they can make you look like you just stepped out of the pages of a Gucci advertisement – and that you?re majorly cashed up – even when you?re not.

Our suggestions:

  • Witchery is cool and cutting edge for variations on black and white.
  • Scanlon and Theodore: their black and white is classic and unforgettable buys.
  • Marcs: Chic, stylish and timeless black and white pieces.