Makeup Tips

All-Natural Cosmetics Put To The Test

Women love cosmetics, that’s a fact. It is just so much fun to try out different looks. Want to be glamourous? Red lippie will help! Want to look sexy? Get out that smokey eye kit!

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There are endless possibilities, which is why our bathroom vanities are often packed with products (something men will never understand). Recently, the trend of all-natural cosmetics has taken the beauty world by storm.

The health-conscious beauty lover not only cares about what a beauty product can do, but also about what’s in it. It makes sense; if you eat and drink healthy and avoid processed foods, why would you put chemicals on your skin?

You’d be mistaken if you think that all-natural cosmetics are beige, bland and smell like chamomile. The hippie days are over and organic, natural make up has become fun and flirty. Bellabox have released an all-natural beauty box for this month, containing six products with natural ingredients only. I have put them to the test and am more than impressed:

Organic Coffee Scrub:

This scrub is made from a mix of Australian roasted organic coffee grounds and recycled organic pod coffee, naturally evaporated organic sea salt, cold pressed organic virgin coconut oil and steam distilled organic peppermint essential oil. As a coffee lover, I can’t help but adore this product. There is nothing better than the smell of coffee and if I can use coffee to get rid of dry skin and promote skin renewal, that’s just a bonus!

Allurin Minerals Illuminiser:

If you love sparkly, glowing skin, you’ll love this Australian mineral illuminating powder. Its nude colour makes it perfect to use on your entire body; I prefer it on my legs rather than my face.

Jurlique Purely Age Defying Treatment Mask:

When it comes to face masks, I love the idea of all-natural ingredients as you never know what chemicals might do to your skin. This mask is a multi-benefit anti-ageing treatment with concentrated botanicals to help reduce the visible appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Well, I don’t have any wrinkles yet, but it sure felt good and left my skin smooth.

Milk Hand Quench:

I have tried many different hand creams throughout the years and I find that there are great differences between products. What I hate most about some hand creams is that they feel greasy – not the case with this natural one containing cocoa butter and sesame oil. Bergamot fruit oil soothes the senses with aromas of mint and citrus, whilst aiding in healing eczema and cracked skin. What an all-rounder!

Jane Iredale Lip and Cheek Stain:

This is my favourite product! The little orange lipstick feels like a light lip balm and at first seems transparent, but after a few minutes on your lips, it adapts to your lip colour and brings out the most natural looking pink-orange hue you can imagine. Perfect for the I-woke-up-like-this-look.

Natural Cycles:

A thermometer? Oh I see, it’s a fertility app! While this might not exactly be a beauty product, it sure is all-natural! The app lets you manage your fertility and is a great alternative for women who are sick of the side effects of the pill or similar contraceptives.

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I loved this month’s bellabox and couldn’t resist to ask beauty director Samantha Taylor a thing or two about the all-natural cosmetics trend.

Natural and organic products are very popular at the moment. What are the benefits of natural cosmetics?  

If you have allergies or sensitive skin, explore natural brands as they can help soothe the skin and prevent further irritation.

This is the second natural bellabox and the first one was quite the success; have you noticed that women are starting to care about what’s in their cosmetics more?  

We tend to do a natural box at least once a year as we know our members are keen to discover more natural brands. Consumers are becoming more aware of what they put on their face and body, so the demand for natural brands is increasing.

What is your favourite natural product and why?

I love a good facial oil, as they are packed with nourishing ingredients and are wonderful for keeping the skin hydrated.

It’s finally spring in Australia, what are the biggest make up trends of the season?  

A pop of colour on the lips, pastel eye shadow and graphic eyeliner.

Masterclass Mondays: How To Conceal Acne And Scars

Wondering how to make that pimple disappear? Bobbi Brown gives us her best tips for concealing acne and scars – with a few simple makeup tricks you’ll have clear, radiant skin all day!

For acne

1. Apply a lightweight moisturiser to smooth your skin and prime it for perfect makeup application.

2. Using a concealer brush, apply a stick foundation or cover-up stick onto the blemish, making sure that the shade matches your skin exactly. Don’t use your under eye concealer on a blemish. Because concealer is designed to be one shade lighter than the skin on the rest of your face, a bright, light spot of concealer on a blemish will look awkward and out of place against your complexion.

3. Finish by using a powder puff to apply a small amount of face powder onto the blemish. This locks your cover-up in place.

For scars

1. First, you have to understand that it may not be entirely possible to cover up the scar 100 per cent. But, you can make it less noticeable with makeup.

2. Apply a lightweight moisturiser to smooth your skin and prime it for perfect makeup application. Next, apply concealer or a creamy foundation directly onto the scar using a concealer brush or your fingers, and set with your skin-tone correct foundation.

3. Finish by using a powder puff to apply powder, locking the foundation in place.

What’s your favourite makeup product for concealing blemishes?

Common Eyeshadow Mistakes And How To Fix Them

While we’ve all made a makeup mistake at one point in our lives, there are simple ways to fix them. Eyeshadow can be a tricky technique to master, especially a classic smokey eye which requires lots of practice! We show you just how to fix those common mistakes without removing your entire makeup.

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Blending

Too often eyeshadows are not actually blended enough, and can leave a visible line on your eyelid. To correct this error, use a clean, fluffy brush to create a smooth transition between the eyeshadow and your eyelid. A transitional shade is also a great way to create a neutral base for your lid.

Primer

We’re all guilty of forgetting to prime before applying eyeshadow. This is an essential part of making any look last, especially during the warmer and more humid weather. Apply a cream primer to your lid, let it set for a few minutes, then apply your eyeshadow as usual.

Flimsy eyeliner

Eyeliner is a sensitive issue for most women because it’s almost impossible to match both eyes. Look down into a mirror and carefully draw a flick starting from the beginner of your lower lash-line. Extend it outwards then slowly fill in any gaps with a liquid liner.

Excess eyeshadow

Creating a smokey can feel a little tricky, especially since the fall-out goes everywhere. To keep this from happening, there are are shadow shields which pick up excess fall-out and keep your makeup looking flawless.

Foundation as primer

Many women make the mistake of using their foundation as an eye primer. Not only is this not good for your eyes (especially in regards to foundation with added SPF), but it also doesn’t do much in terms of priming. If you can, use a cream eyeshadow which will stay on for longer in comparison to powder.

What are some of your makeup mistakes?

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Get The Look: Gwyneth Paltrow’s Summer-Ready Makeup

Get ready for summer with one of our favourite trends of the season: red lipstick. This simple makeup product is ideal in transforming your look from day to night and looks flattering on everyone!

RELATED: 5 Lipstick Shades For Summer

Instructions

1. Embrace your healthy summer glow by emphasising your freckles with a light, tinted moisturiser. Apply it only over your problem areas (such as pimples and spots) and by using a damp cosmetic sponge.

Get The Look: Gwyneth Paltrow's Summer-Ready Makeup

Eve Lom Radiance Perfected Tinted Moisturiser, $81

2. Lightly dust a shimmery eyeshadow over your lids to makeup your eyes pop. Use a blending brush to smooth-out any harsh lines.

Get The Look: Gwyneth Paltrow's Summer-Ready Makeup

STILA Eyes Are The Window Eyeshadow Palette, $72

3. Dust a matte bronzer over your forehead, chin and cheeks to even-out that summer glow. Matte formulas are best since they make your tan look natural!

Get The Look: Gwyneth Paltrow's Summer-Ready Makeup

Too Faced Sunny Bunny Bronzer, $39

4. Finish off your look with a thin layer of mascara and top it with a matte lip. Pencils are great since they can define the lips without taking too long to apply. If the shade is too pigmented, rub-off the excess with your finger. Easy!

Get The Look: Gwyneth Paltrow's Summer-Ready Makeup

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Red Square, $39

Image via Zimbio

How To Get Runway Lashes

Ever wanted to get long, luscious runway lashes at home? SHESAID has enlisted the help of makeup artist, Helen Dowsley, who has created beauty looks for celebrities and reality shows around the world. Some key faces Helen has worked on include Jennifer Hawkins, Ruby Rose, Michael Buble, Jackie O, Kate Ritchie and even Ed Sheeran.

Most recently, Helen Dowsley is the chief makeup artist for The Bachelorette and Celebrity Apprentice Australia.

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How can women get runway-ready lashes at home? 

False lashes are key here! I would apply the Helen Dowsley Lashes ‘Natural’ Lash. Cut it to the eye to fit, and then cut it in half to make application easier.

My hot tip? If you apply under your natural lash, it saves time and gives a nice natural lift to your own lash. This ultimately thickens and lengthens your lashes in quick, easy steps.

How To Get Runway Lashes

How do women choose the right lashes for them off the shelf? 

The first thing to ask yourself is whether you would like a natural look or do you want to make a statement? For a day look, choose something simpler that thickens your natural lashes such as my ‘New Loves’ lashes, which open your eyes when applied. For evening, or to make a more almond-shaped eye, try the Helen Dowsley ‘Favourites’, which have a built-in eyeliner and will hide a hooded eye in seconds.

What is the benefit of ethically sourced lashes over non-ethically sourced ones? 

I didn’t originally go looking for ‘ethical products’ when travelling to find my lashes and I didn’t like some of the things I saw. Being a woman and an animal lover, I want to protect and empower rather than take advantage and I believe everyone should be more mindful about where our beauty products – and all things we consumer – come from.

How To Get Runway Lashes

What lashes do the contestants on Celebrity Apprentice love? 

It depends on the day, however the ‘New Loves’ are always the go to lash. Teagan Martin (Miss Universe Australia) wears anything from a ‘Natural’ lash to a ‘Funtimes’ lash. Sophie Monk looks great with my ‘Favourites’ and ‘Flirt’ underneath. If I’m really smoking the eye up, I’ll apply ‘Smokey’ and to give a more separated look, I’ll layer ‘Fablash’ over the top.

What is the trick to making blue eyes pop? 

Think of the colour wheel when you did art at school. To make blue eyes pop, oranges and browns in warm tones are best. Opposites attract!

What is the trick to making brown eyes pop? 

As above, purples and pinks make brown eyes really pop!

How can women make their lipstick last? 

The stronger the pigment, the better lasting on the lips but the more drying it can be. Prep your lips prior – when brushing your teeth in the morning, lightly brush your lips to take away dead cells. Apply a lip balm (Perry’s Lemon Myrtle is the best) and then apply lip liner all over your lip. Apply your lipstick, tear tissue in half and lay over the lips, before applying translucent powder over this with a brush. Removing the tissue, this will make colour really last all night.

How To Get Runway Lashes

What is The Bachelorette Sam Frost’s favourite makeup look and how can we copy it? 

I love Sammi and it is an absolute delight to have her in my chair! Sammi does the natural look really well and the ‘Rose Ceremony’ look even better! Sammi loves my ‘In Love’ lash and I always apply these daily, for both day and evening. In the evening, I would also apply ‘Flirt’ under the lash. Let’s face it, every girl loves a bit of drama and so Sammi’s evening look is always a hit.

To copy it, apply your foundation as you would normally apply your base. Highlight under your eyes and down your T-zone. Use blush to contour your cheeks and then apply a black gel inner-eye liner on the top and bottom lash lines. Colour in your brow using a similar colour-way to your natural brow, and apply your lipstick in a natural colour (the same colour as your mouth, not always ‘nude’) in the method explained above. Voila! Simple, sexy Sammi beauty.

Through her work as a makeup artist, Helen Dowsley saw a niche for an ethically-sourced faux lash product and created the incomparable Helen Dowsley Lashes. Easy to apply and created with light-weight, hand-made synthetic fibre, Helen Dowsley Lashes are available in 14 styles, while individual lashes are also available in short, medium or long lengths.

How To Modernise 1970s Beauty Trends

There’s no denying that 70s beauty and fashion is back and bigger than ever. We’re passing on the fashion this time, and focusing on beauty and makeup trends which are so easy to adapt into your usual routine. Think of icons such as Lauren Hutton and Farrah Fawcett who reigned in the makeup department, and are still giving us major makeup inspiration.

RELATED: How To Wear Coloured Makeup

Coloured eyeshadow

Where: Atelier Versace

Coloured eyeshadow was trending at Atelier Versace, where the 70s trend was reflected in both fashion and makeup. Make sure to blend-out coloured shadows well – especially since they can look muddy.

How To Modernise 1970s Beauty Trends

Orange lips

Where: Chanel

Make like Farrah Fawcett and try this popular seventies trend which suits all skin tones. Use a lip liner to define the sides, then colour in the rest of your lips with a matte lip colour. To make them shine, apply a clear gloss over the top.

How To Modernise 1970s Beauty Trends

Winged liner

Where: Elie Saab

Try a standard winged liner, with a twist. Use coloured liner pencil to make blue and green eyes pop, and make sure your lashes are big with lots of mascara. Feel free to apply a strip of false lashes for extra drama.

How To Modernise 1970s Beauty Trends

Coral lips

Where: Vena Cava

Coral lips are one of the biggest makeup trends to come from the 70s. Simply apply a thin layer onto both your top and bottom lips, and you’re done!

How To Modernise 1970s Beauty Trends

Images via Style.com, Style Bistro, Tumblr

Napoleon Perdis ‘Next Gen’ Makeup Masterclass

Want to know the difference between your highlighter from your illuminator? Australia’s makeup maestro Napoleon Perdis is running his very first set of exclusive ‘Next Gen’ Makeup Masterclasses at MYER this weekend. Napoleon will be accompanied by the next generation of his empire which includes his wife Soula-Marie and daughters Lianna, Athina, Alexi, and Angelene.

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SHESAID was lucky enough to chat with Napoleon Perdis about his favourite products from the collection, his ultimate makeup faux-pas and the skills guests would learn from the masterclass.

What type of skills will guests have the opportunity to learn at the masterclass? 

My customers will learn a full everyday makeup routine, plus two trending colour stories. I’ll take my guests through cleansing, priming, brows, reflective contouring and base, plus an easy every day eye, a smoky eye, blush and a bold lip.

How important is it to possess some basic makeup skills? 

For a woman in control, it’s a must. From a tinted moisturiser, brow and gloss to a full routine, makeup will allow you to look polished and perfected however you choose to take on the day.

Do you have any favourite makeup looks at the moment? 

I’m loving a natural contour (no more chocolate bar contours!), a strong blush to awaken the complexion and nude in all its extremes.  Nude doesn’t have to mean naked, it’s just all about neutral tones.

Could you name the number one product from Napoleon Perdis which every girl should have in her kit? 

Remember, ‘Not to Prime is a Crime!’ My Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Skin Primer makes your foundation last longer, look smoother and help you to achieve that fresh foundation finish.

Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Primer, $59.90
Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Primer, $59.90

What are some makeup mistakes you see other women make? 

Mask-like foundation! Your foundation should accentuate your complexion, not hide it. Blocky brows are another mistake I see so often – it doesn’t flatter the face or create a natural finish. Instead keep the perimeter of the brow soft and natural for a more modern, feminine finish.

Are there any ways to take your makeup look from day to night? 

So many ways! First touch up your base, brows and mascara. From here, sweep a warm, medium shade shadow or contour colour through the socket of the eye and lower lash line and press a neutral metallic shadow onto the centre of the lid. If your eye requires more definition, run a black liner along the upper and lower water lines and gently squint your eyes together to blend. Next, touch up your blush and highlighter and finish with a lipstick or gloss to suit your colour story. It’s all about adding a little more intensity to your look.

What is your favourite part about running the masterclass with Myer?

This is my first workshop with MYER, so I’m excited to meet my customers and discover more about her. I’m also excited that my family will be joining me and I want my consumer to feel a part of it all. It’s the next generation of Napoleon Perdis and I can’t wait!

To secure your position at the ‘Next Gen’ Makeup Masterclass, purchase the tickets online at MYER or at the counter on the day. Tickets are $149 and redeemable on Napoleon Perdis products on the day.

Melbourne

Date: Friday, 7th August

Location: MYER Melbourne City

Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Sydney

Date: Saturday 8th August

Location: MYER Liverpoool

Time: 1pm – 3pm

How To Wear The ‘No-Makeup’ Look

Who wants to look like they’ve piled on layers of makeup to go to the supermarket? Keep your makeup looking natural with just a few of our favourite techniques below which will highlight your natural features instead of concealing them.

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Tinted moisturiser

Don’t opt for full coverage foundations which can often look thick and cakey during the summer. The secret to a no-makeup look is with light, translucent products that match your skin tone. Use your hands to distribute the tinted moisturiser onto problem areas (mainly the t-zone, cheeks, and chin), then blend it out with a cosmetic sponge.

How To Wear The 'No-Makeup' Look

Tip: Damp cosmetic sponges such as the BeautyBlender help to create an even base by working with the skins natural oils. They set the product a lot smoother into the skin, even though they might take longer to apply.

Bronzer

Apply a touch of bronzer where the sun would naturally hit your face; forehead, nose and cheeks. A little goes a long way, so make sure to tap the excess off your brush before applying.

How To Wear The 'No-Makeup' Look

Highlight

For a healthy glow, apply a concentrated amount of highlighter onto the tops of your cheekbones. This gives a healthy, sun-kissed look that won’t make you look shiny.

How To Wear The 'No-Makeup' Look

Tip: Use a liquid highlight as it applies very smoothly onto the skin and won’t disrupt oily skin.

Eyeshadow

You could leave it with just a coat of mascara, but eyeshadow is an easy choice if you have a little extra time. Use cream shadows which apply quick and easy, then simply blend out with your fingers!

How To Wear The 'No-Makeup' Look

Blush

For blush, use a 2-in-1 cheek and lip tint in a soft shade of pink. It’s difficult to go wrong with liquid blush since it absorbs easily into the skin and is easy enough to fix if you’ve applied too much.

How To Wear The 'No-Makeup' Look

Images via All Women Stalk, Sortra, Lady Lux, 

The Lowdown On Liquid Lipstick

For super bright lipstick that blots down into the prettiest stains, liquid lipstick could be perfect for you. Liquid lipstick can rightfully lay claim to colour with high pigmentation and long wear, in a liquid form with a brush or doe-foot applicator.

Some things to look for:

  • Pigmentation
  • Longevity
  • Moisturising
  • Bleeding/transfer
  • Build-ability
  • Value for money

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In particular, when choosing a liquid lipstick you’ll want one that epitomises everything the product stands for – a formulation offering an intense, long-lasting colour with a matte (non-shiny) finish. However, despite it’s advantages it can be difficult to work with and patchy colour and flaky lips looks bad on just about everyone. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give this miracle product a try, with the right application tips you can wear a fun, bold colour and not have to worry about touch ups during the day.

Because liquid lipstick is more densely pigmented, harder to spread, and thicker, it stains quickly. For easier application lined and hydrated lips is best and will ensure the lipstick lasts for longer durations.

Maximise hydration

Exfoliate your lips prior to application to ensure proper penetration. Blending sugar with either coconut or olive oil and massaging the mixture onto your lips in circles for 30 seconds will prepare your lips for a bright and bold lip colour.

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Make use of a lip pencil

Line and fill in your lips with a lip pencil to prevent the product from settling into the lines. Choose a lip pencil that closely matches the colour of your liquid lipstick so it won’t show through the product.

Use you magic wand

Liquid lipstick will usually come with a doe-foot wand – make sure you use it. The wand is there to offer seamless application – so you can apply it like a gloss. The easiest way to do this is to start at the middle of your lip and spread the colour outwards in both directions. Alternatively, if you want a sharp outline around your lips, you can dab a lip brush on the wand and follow the natural movement of your lips. This will create a more defined line.

By prepping your lips before you apply your colour you’ll be maximising the product and ensuring you give your lips a defined colour that will last all day.

Image via beautezine.com

How To Make Your Face Look Thinner With Makeup

Want to make your face look thinner without embarking on a crazy diet? Makeup has been used for centuries to cover imperfections, but also to sculpt the face in unimaginable ways. Try the following makeup tips which can make your face and body look slimmer!

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Dark contour

A simple fact about makeup is that darker colours can be used to create shadows and create the appearance of a slimmer face and body. Use a foundation shade 1-2 shades darker than your natural colour to sculpt the face and chisel out those cheekbones.

Makeup tips: How To Make Your Face Look Thinner With Makeup

Body shimmer

Ever noticed why your favourite celebrities pack on the shimmer while they’re walking the red carpet? The glittery shadows give the appearance of a more toned and angular physique.

Makeup tips: How To Make Your Face Look Thinner With Makeup

Highlighting

Bring out those cheekbones (or create them) by using a sultry, shimmery shade on the high angles of your face. Liquid formulas look most natural since they melt seamlessly into the skin. Dab it on with your fingers or a damp cosmetic sponge for a flawless complexion.

Makeup tips: How To Make Your Face Look Thinner With Makeup

Bronzer

An essential in any makeup kit, bronzer can be used on almost every part of the face and body. Apply it to the sides of your nose to make it look thinner, onto the decolletage, just under the cheekbones, or lightly all-over your face for a subtle pop of colour. Just remember to blend!

Makeup tips: How To Make Your Face Look Thinner With Makeup

Full lips

For the illusion of Kylie Jenner lips (sans the injections), use a white eyeliner and draw lightly in the centre of your lips. Smooth it out with your fingers, then apply a lip gloss over the top. Dab some highlighter over the cupids bow to draw attention to this area – the highlighter makes it look plump and juicy.

Makeup tips: How To Make Your Face Look Thinner With Makeup

Natural brows

If your brows over-plucked, don’t be afraid to draw them in with a pencil or pomade. Dip the brush into the pomade to create light, fluttery hairs starting from the very end of your eyebrow. Dab a bit of highlighter onto the brow bone to emphasise your arch.

Makeup tips: How To Make Your Face Look Thinner With Makeup

What are some of your favourite makeup tips?

Images via Max Made, People, Blogspot, Bronzer, Good Housekeeping

Makeup Trend: Feathery Brow Tutorial

Natural-looking brows is something that all women aim to achieve and the feathering technique is just one way to get the look at home.

RELATED: Hot Beauty Trend Alert – Ombré Eyebrows

So if you’re lacking a few stray hairs, or require a little more texture in your brows, follow our easy tutorial below to achieve natural-looking eyebrows.

Instructions

1. Wash your face with a mild cleanser, then lock-in moisture with a hydrating cream. If your brows have the tendency to feel a little dry (especially in winter), run the cream lightly through your brows.

Makeup Trend: Feathery Brow Tutorial

Coast to Coast Skin Illuminating Cleansing Water, $24.95

2. Use a thin brow pencil and place it on the side of your nose. This is where your brows should begin to curve outwards. Extend the same brush outwards onto the very corner of your eyes; this is where your brows should end (at the very tip). Keep the guide below in a handy place if you every need to remember these tips for the future.

Makeup Trend: Feathery Brow Tutorial

3. Pomades are ideal for creating natural, wispy-looking brows and they come in a variety of colours. Use an angled brow brush, and lightly dip it into the pomade. Less is more, and you can always layer on the product if it’s too light for your brows.

Makeup Trend: Feathery Brow Tutorial

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade, $26.70

4. Use short, fluid motions to feign the look of real brows. Start by filling in any gaps (this could be at the very tip of your brow) and work your way inwards making sure to use less product as you go.

Makeup Trend: Feathery Brow Tutorial

Sigma e75 Angled Brow Pencil, $16

5. Carefully press the brush onto your skin and release so it won’t make a harsh mark on your skin. Brush through your brows to make them look more natural and don’t forget to set them with a clear brow gel. This will keep them in place all day and is also sweat-proof.

Makeup Trend: Feathery Brow Tutorial

Essence Lash and Brow Gel, $4.10

Images via Kathleen Lights

How To Bake Your Makeup

Move over clown contouring, a new makeup technique has been spotted all over the internet which is set to give your skin the glow it really needs. Baking makeup is a popular technique primarily used in drag makeup which is all about letting the makeup sit on the skin, and really melt into the skin.

RELATED: Crazy New Makeup Trend – Clown Contouring

How does it work?

The best way to let your make ‘bake’ is to apply foundation as usual, then use a lighter concealer under the eyes. Let it sit on your face for 10-15 minutes until it begins to change texture and color as the makeup oxidizes. This way, your makeup will actually become more high-coverage and pigmented before blending it all out with a cosmetic sponge.

Who can bake their makeup?

Anyone! Celebrity fans such as Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner and Karreuche Tran love this look as it gives the skin a flawless sheen, rather than a cakey finish which can emphasize acne or open pores.

What Is The Baking Makeup Technique?

This makeup technique works on all skin types, just make sure to use a hydrating primer or serum if your skin is on the dry side. Don’t be too liberal with the concealer (less is more), and make sure to use a setting spray instead of a translucent powder which can cling to dry patches.

What do I need to bake my own makeup?

Make sure you’re using a foundation which matches your skin tone, then a lighter concealer which will give your under-eye area that subtle contrast. Stick to liquid concealers since they are easy to apply, and melt seamlessly into the skin. Don’t forget to set it all with a powder so the makeup doesn’t move around your face.

What Is The Baking Makeup Technique?

Can I let my foundation cook?

If you want a flawless finish, let your foundation ‘bake’ instead of your concealer. Use a formula which isn’t fast-drying (something nourishing is best for baking), and apply it over your t-zone, cheeks, forehead, chin and neck, then wait for it to settle. A damp cosmetic sponge is the best way to blend-out the foundation without over-drying the skin.

Would you bake your makeup?

Images via Heidi Hamoud, Arabia Style, Kim Kardashian

5 Makeup Trends From Haute Couture Fashion Week

If haute couture fashion can teach us one thing, it’s that the clothes might be out of reach, but the makeup looks are easy for everyone to recreate.

We countdown our favourites from Paris, which are perfect for long summer days and heat-filled nights. What are you favourite makeup looks? Tell us int the comments below!

RELATED: Makeup Trend – Sheer Lipstick

Glowing skin

Where: Valentino

Youthful, vibrant skin is easy enough to achieve with a good foundation, and an even better illuminator. Apply a small, pea-sized amount over your nose, cheekbones, and chin to reflect the light.

Summer Makeup Trends From Haute Couture Fashion Week

Coloured eyeshadow

Where: Versace

Where: Embrace some colour this summer with shimmery eyeshadows which  can really make your eyes pop! Look for opposite shades on the colour-wheel for best results. Keep the rest of your makeup relatively toned-down, with just mascara and blush.

Summer Makeup Trends From Haute Couture Fashion Week

Bold lips

Where: Armani Privé

If you can only carry one item in your makeup bah this summer, make sure it’s a bold lipstick. It is the best way to update your look without looking OTT.

Summer Makeup Trends From Haute Couture Fashion Week

Natural brows

Where: Christian Dior

Put away those tweezers and stop threading your eyebrows to achieve one of the biggest makeup trends at Christian Dior, the natural brow. Simply use some clear gel to keep them all in place!

Summer Makeup Trends From Haute Couture Fashion Week

Rosy cheeks

Where: Schiaparelli

To get that natural glow, apply blush to the apples of your cheeks and build-up the colour. If your skin is on the pale side, use pink-based shades to bring out those softer tones. Peach or nude colours work best on darker skin tones, and complement a summer tan.

Summer Makeup Trends From Haute Couture Fashion Week

Images via Style.com

Crazy New Makeup Trend: Clown Contouring

Another new makeup trend has been spotted on YouTube over the month of July, and it’s called clown contouring. It incorporates the main techniques of contouring and highlighting to cover-up dark circles, correct hyperpigmentation, create razor-sharp cheekbones, and give the illusion of colour and light on a bare face.

RELATED: How To Contour Your Face in 3 Easy Steps

One of the first YouTubers to come out with a tutorial was BellaDeLune also known as Esther Isabel Amado Romo who shows just how effective this technique can be. What makes it stand out from other makeup trends are the pink and red shades around the eyes and mouth.

Crazy New Makeup Trend - Clown Contouring

These lighter shades are actually used to colour correct dark patches of skin (such as chronic under-eye circles), and create a consistent colour around the mouth and eyes. If you’re daring enough to try this yourself at home, take a picture and tag your before and after shots @shesaid on Instagram!

We’ll just stick to the remarkable video below which already has more than 1.2 million views:

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7 Travel Makeup Kit Essentials

Planning your first big trip of the summer and scared to leave anything behind? Make sure to pack these 7 travel makeup essentials which can easily create a plethora of looks without going over the baggage limit.

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Eyeshadow palette

Choose an eyeshadow palette with a few different shades that you usually wear. This can be anything from mattes, nudes or shimmers, which can be worn alone or blended together to create a few different looks.

7 Travel Makeup Kit Essentials

Urban Decay Naked Basics Eyeshadow Palette, $42

Mini makeup brushes

Who wants the hassle of carrying full-size makeup brushes on their trip abroad? Instead, carry a mini-sized foundation, contour and blush brush (which are usually half the size of your standard brush). They fit into any makeup kit and won’t hog too much room, either!

7 Travel Makeup Kit Essentials

EcoTools Mini Brush Set, $7.67

Mascara and eyeliner duo

Make the most of your makeup kit and carry products which act as a 2-in-1. One of our favourites is a mascara and eyeliner duo which is an amazing product to have!

7 Travel Makeup Kit Essentials

ModelCo Lash and Line Superlash Mascara and Liquid Liner, $24

Foundation (tinted moisturiser) with sunscreen

You might want to bring one to two foundations on your trip, but make sure they are packed with sunscreen. Not only will it protect your skin during the day, but it can also be applied anywhere else on the body for additional coverage. Packing a slighter darker shade is a good idea if your tan is too dark for your foundation.

7 Travel Makeup Kit Essentials

Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser, $62

Blotting papers

If you’re going on a summer holiday, blotting papers are a must-have in lieu of a translucent powder. Even if your skin isn’t on the oily side, they help to remove shine on the chin, t-zone and forehead.

7 Travel Makeup Kit Essentials

Tatcha Aburatorigami Blotting Papers, $16

Concealer

Cover any existing pimples or imperfections with the help of a creamy cleanser. Use one with a dofer applicator which is quick and easy to use if you’re constantly on-the-go.

7 Travel Makeup Kit Essentials

Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation and Concealer, $40

Cheek and lip tint

Don’t waste space in your makeup kit by carrying both a blush and lip products. Where possible, try to double it up and carry a 2-in-1 to save yourself time and space.

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ModelCo Cheek and Lips, $26

What are some of your travel makeup kit essentials?

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5 First-Date Makeup Looks

Looking to impress on your first date? With the outfit sorted, it’s time to focus on hair and makeup (which can take a few hours to prep until you’re ready to head out the door!). Try the following 5 makeup looks, which suit every single date option and are ideal for even beginners – you don’t need to be a makeup artist for this!

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Voluminous lashes

Up the ante by wearing some individual false lashes to create the illusion of volume on your lashes. Use an eyelash curler to prep your lashes, follow up with layers of mascara, then apply some individual false lashes on the corners of your eyes for extra volume. Don’t forget to tight-line your eyes to give a boost of colour to the eyes!

5 First-Date Makeup Looks

Highlighter

Give your skin a boost of dimension by highlighting the cheekbones, brow bone and cupids bow. Choose a shimmery highlighting duo and blend it over (or under) your foundation for more effect.

5 First-Date Makeup Looks

Smokey eye

Choose a classic smokey eye if you want to stick to something you know for a first date. It’s almost impossible to ruin this look (even for beginners) – it’s all about blending, blending, blending! Make sure to use a clean, fluffy brush for each shade so it doesn’t look muddy.

5 First-Date Makeup Looks

Winged liner

If you’re feeling rather confident, why not try a cat-eye flick? This stunning makeup look can be easily created using tape for a flawless flick. Simply apply one strip on the bottom waterline and another on the top, then fill in the gaps with a felt-tip liner.

5 First-Date Makeup Looks

Bold lips

Skip the contouring and highlighting in favour of a bold lip for a first date. Choose a matte lip stain if you want something which requires little to no maintenance and remember to use a lip liner to guide the colour.

5 First-Date Makeup Looks

Images via Top Inspired, The Love of Collage, My Hijab, Westfield

Australian Matte Lipstick Picks For All Occasions

With the arrival of the cooler weather over the next three months, it’s time to embrace matte lip colours and pack away those glossy sheens. At SHESAID we love anything which is dark, vampy and lasts for hours without a single touch-up! So, below are some of our favourite shades that are easy to apply and which won’t break the bank.

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ModelCo Party Proof Lipstick Matte in Panama Purple, $18

Make a statement this winter with a dark look and minimal eye makeup. This shade is a true dark purple and can be dabbed onto the lips as a lip stain for the daytime. The non-drying formula is perfect since it doesn’t gather up on dehydrated patches of skin.

Australian Matte Lipstick Picks For All Occasions 

Shanghai Suzy Gothic Chic Set, $29.95

If you really love your darker lip colours for winter, try this set by Shanghai Suzy which features Midnight, Emerald, Goldie and Dove shades. They are all made from a non-drying formula with added Jojoba oil for seriously smooth lips.

Australian Matte Lipstick Picks For All Occasions 

Red Earth Pure Pigment Rich Lipstick in Citrus Crush, $24

For a vampy red which suits all skin tones, you can’t go past Red Earth. These gorgeously smooth formulas melt onto the lips and can be used as a stain for a pop of colour, or applied in conjunction with a lip liner for luscious lips.

Australian Matte Lipstick Picks For All Occasions 

Becca Cosmetics Matte Lip Colour in Antoinette, $24

To make a statement with your everyday makeup, why not try a bold lip and lots of lashes? This high impact lipstick by Becca Cosmetics has a creamy formula which glides on effortlessly and sets to an ultra-matte finish.

Australian Matte Lipstick Picks For All Occasions 

What are some of your favourite Australian makeup brands?

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Heat-Proof Summer Makeup Tips

While we all want our makeup to last the distance, sometimes the heat and humidity can cause creasing, oily patches and even shiny skin. This summer, prep your face with a few of our beauty-bag essentials for heat-proof summer makeup.

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Prime

Before applying your foundation, it’s important to use a primer on freshly cleansed skin. Not only will it make your foundation last longer, but it creates a barrier between your skin and the makeup itself so it won’t clog your pores! Wait 1-2 minutes until the primer has completely set into the skin, then apply your foundation as usual.

Makeup tips: Heat-Proof Summer Makeup Tips

Modelco Face Base Skin Primer, $39

Blotting sheets

If you suffer from particularly oily skin, you might know that patches are a fact of life. Carry a few blotting sheets in your handbag to soak up the excess oil, and keep your skin matte for longer.

Makeup tips: Heat-Proof Summer Makeup Tips

The Body Shop Tea Tree Blotting Tissues, $10

Setting spray

Before leaving the house, set your makeup with a translucent spray to control oily patches and mattify your makeup. Spray it generously over your face and neck, then wipe off the excess with a tissue or cotton pad.

Makeup tips: Heat-Proof Summer Makeup Tips

Make Up Forever Mist and Fix Setting Spray, $30

Cream products

Using cream products is the best way to make the most of your natural oils during the summer. A cream highlighter, illuminator, bronzer and blush can be easily applied with just the fingertips, and is ideal if you’re creating a natural makeup look.

Makeup tips: Heat-Proof Summer Makeup Tips

Nars The Multiple in South Beach, $56

Oil-free moisturiser

Before prepping your skin for foundation, it’s important to lock-in hydration with an oil-free moisturiser. These formulas are great for summer since they won’t clog your skin with additional oils, and will keep it looking matte for longer.

Makeup tips: Heat-Proof Summer Makeup Tips

Kate Somerville Oil Free Moisturiser, $86

What are some of your summer beauty tips?

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Try Before You Buy: The Virtual Makeup Kit

Wouldn’t you love to try your makeup on from home before actually buying it? YouCam is a fantastic new app that acts like a virtual makeup kit and allows users to test out new types of products. All you have to do is hold the phone up to your face – selfie style – and you can click through a bunch of different types of makeup to see how they would look on you… Genius, right!?

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Inspired by international makeup trends from Chanel, M.A.C, Covergirl, and more, it can be used to test out various makeup looks from the comfort of your own home.

Try Before You Buy: The Virtual Makeup Kit by YouCam Makeup

Whether you want a pouty lip like Kylie Jenner, a signature smokey eye like Kristen Stewart, or simply want to try black lipstick without actually trying it, hating it, and going through the pain and heartbreak of removing it!

Try Before You Buy: The Virtual Makeup Kit by YouCam Makeup

YouCam Makeup automatically saves your final makeup styles and offers a variety of sharing options – including sending to your favourite social networks, online galleries, cloud storage and more.

Share with your friends or keep it for a laugh in your own personal records – the choice is yours!

Available now from Google Play and iTunes

Contour Your Eye Makeup Like A Pro

We’re all familiar with contouring our cheekbones, legs, and even arms but is it actually possible to contour your eyes? We show you just a few simple techniques which could revolutionise the way you apply your makeup forever!

RELATED: How To Contour Your Face in 3 Easy Steps

Highlight

Bring some extra attention to the inner corner of your eyes by contouring with a highlight in this area. Any light white or yellow shade is ideal since it illuminates the area without closing up the eye. Dab it with a small eyeliner brush, or with your fingers.

How To Contour Your Eye Makeup

White eyeliner

Everyone must be familiar with this simple trick to make your eyes bigger – using white eyeliner. Simply line both your top and bottom waterline with a white pencil to open up the area, and give the illusion of bigger eyes.

How To Contour Your Eye Makeup

Define the eye

Use a shade which is slightly darker than your skin tone, and with a tapered brush, focus the product in out the outer corner of your eyes. Just think of it like contouring your face! Make sure to blend it out properly with a clean tapered brush before applying the rest of your eyeshadow.

How To Contour Your Eye Makeup

Extra tips

DON’T: Black eyeliner

Sometimes this could actually be making your eyes look small and tired. Don’t link it to your inner corner, and make sure to blend it out when perfecting a smokey eye.

DO: Curl your lashes

It’s the little things which make the biggest amount of difference, and one of them is curling your lashes. Although these tools can look a little scary at first, you’ll find a technique which works for you! Curl them before and after applying mascara – but only once it’s dry, otherwise you’ll get some transfer on the curler.

Images via Beautylish, Mario Bross

How To Wear Pastel Makeup For Summer

There’s no denying that summer is all about embracing lighter, brighter makeup for both day and night. Use this to your advantage and master the pastel trend for eyes, lips, cheeks and nails with our easy tips below.

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Eyeshadow

If you suffer from extremely oily eyelids or simply want your makeup to stay put for hours on end, use a cream shadow. They are so quick and easy to apply if you’re on-the-go and require no touch-ups. Look at the colour wheel and choose opposing shades which will pop on your eyes.

How To Wear Pastel Makeup

Mascara

Put away that black mascara in favour of something a little more festive! If your lashes are naturally light brown or blonde, use a blue or brown mascara to make your eyes stand out. Just remember to curl them for best results!

How To Wear Pastel Makeup

Lips

We’re all about those light pink lips, and a subtle lip liner is the best way to make this happen. Carefully line your lips emphasising the cupids bow in the centre, then fill in any gaps with a lipstick of similar colour.

How To Wear Pastel Makeup

Cheeks

To achieve those rosy cheeks, use a cream or tint on the inside of your face. This brings a healthy, youthful glow and blends in beautifully for all skin tones – even those which are more dry and dehydrated!

How To Wear Pastel Makeup

Nails

Finish off this look with a vibrant manicure which will be your go-to all summer long. For best results, soak your nails in a bowl of lukewarm water, push back the cuticle and file your nails. Wait until each layer of nail polish has dried completely before securing it all with a top coat.

How To Wear Pastel Makeup

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7 Quick Lip Gloss Hacks

Who hasn’t owned a lip gloss in their life? From your first Lip Smackers to the elusive Dior Plumpling gloss… they come in so many shapes and sizes. Bet you didn’t know it could be used as a moisturising treatment? Who knew!

Keep reading for more of our exclusive hacks, as well as our favourite lip gloss at the moment!

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Hair gel

Do you have trouble taming those little baby hairs which never seem to go away? Take a swab of some lip gloss with a cotton bud and carefully push it back into your hair-line.

Cuticle butter

This one is for those girls who suffer from tough cuticles, especially during the wintery months. Simply apply a small drop of lip gloss onto your cuticles to smooth them out, and they’ll look better in no-time.

Dry heels

Who else suffers from dry heels? Rather than waiting for your next pedicure (or avoiding sandals forever), apply some gloss onto your heels for a quick fix. They won’t stick to your shoes, but will appear soft and smooth.

Eyeshadow

Yeah, we’re going there! This is ideal for girls who suffer from extremely oily eyelids, and find it difficult to make their makeup last the distance. The result is a mostly sheer look which won’t fade… especially during the warmer weather.

Split ends

Tired of those split ends ruining your look? Apply a tiny drop of lip gloss onto your ends for to easily manage split ends. Don’t apply too much since it can completely ruin your clean hair!

Dry nose

Who hasn’t cried for hours on end after their favourite television show was cancelled? To combat a dry nose, apply some lip gloss on the outside to stop the skin from flaking.

Highlighter

For a truly sun-kissed and youthful glow, apply some gloss onto the outer edges of your brow and cheekbones. It will give your face a pop of colour without the use of the sun! Layer it with matte products to achieve a natural look.

Want to try these tips and more? Our favourite lip gloss at the moment is:

7 Quick Lip Gloss Hacks

Rimmel Oh My Gloss, $6.98

Image via The Hunt

Bring Back The Glow: 5 Shimmery Bronzers You Need Now

Does your skin need an extra bit of glow before the summer rolls around? Bronzers are some of the easiest ways to sculpt, contour and refine any part of the body in need of a little bit of warmth. Shop some of our favourite shimmery bronzers below, or give them a swatch the next time you’re in store.

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Too Faced Sun Bunny Bronzer, $39

Not only is this creamy bronzer an absolute dream to apply, but it suits all skin tones! The cult favourite is dual toned, so it provides a medium-deep tan or shimmery highlight for the cheekbones, brow bone and even above the cupids bow.

Bring Back The Glow: 5 Shimmery Bronzers You Need Now

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer, $65

One of the newest products from Hourglass is their Ambient Lighting Bronzer which creates a soft subtle glow for all skin tones. The subtle shimmer is easily buildable for a subtle contour, or a deep bronze glow.

Bring Back The Glow: 5 Shimmery Bronzers You Need Now

Stila Set and Bronze Baked Powder, $46

Try this lightweight powder the next time you want a bit of glow to the cheeks without going completely OTT. Layer it over your highlight, illuminator and blush for a sun-kissed glow all year round.

Bring Back The Glow: 5 Shimmery Bronzers You Need Now

Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer, $74

Switching it up to a liquid bronzer for dry skin, this is the perfect formula to combat any dry patches. Mix it into your foundation and apply over the cheekbones, or use it to contour with a cosmetic sponge.

Bring Back The Glow: 5 Shimmery Bronzers You Need Now

RMS Beauty, $38

Build your own bespoke glow with this versatile bronzer, which can be used as an eyeshadow, blush, or even a highlight. Apply with the warmth of your fingers and pat it gently into the skin for best results.

Bring Back The Glow: 5 Shimmery Bronzers You Need Now

What are some of your favourite summer bronzers?

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8 Wedding Makeup Mistakes To Avoid

Are you planning to do your own makeup for your wedding? Bridal makeup should look natural and never too heavy – especially for those crucial wedding photos! So, to ensure you achieve a flawless base on your big day, here is a list of common makeup mistakes to avoid:

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1. DO: Prime

Always use a primer to create a flawless base for your makeup. This is crucial if you have dry or oily skin which is hard to manage at the best of times.

2. DON’T: Try something new

Your wedding day isn’t the best time to try a new product which might react badly to your skin. Stick to what you know and use products which will complement your skin type and texture.

3. DO: Book a trial

If you’re getting your makeup done by a professional, book in a trial a few weeks before your wedding. This is crucial since the makeup artist will try a few different looks on your skin, and also so you can determine which one is best for your wedding day.

4. DON’T: Contour

Self-contouring is never really a great option, especially if you don’t have the correct tools or techniques. If you are going to contour, use a light hand and carefully accentuate the cheekbones with a slightly dark, matte bronzer. Leave the concealing and highlighting to the professionals for this one.

5. DO: Wear lipgloss

Lipgloss is typically easier to maintain since it’s so quick and easy to apply – even without a mirror! Matte, shimmery, or even long-lasting lip colours can bleed on the lips and need to be re-applied with care every few hours.

6. DON’T: Wear SPF

Any type of foundation with SPF is going to create a white caste in your wedding photos – this is just a fact of life. To avoid this, use a blotting powder to decrease the shine, or simply take your wedding photos at the beginning of the day.

7. DO: Stay natural

A natural makeup look is a safe option since you know it will suit your skin tone. Anything too dramatic will look rather out of place in your wedding photos and might not match the look of the bridesmaids.

8. DON’T: Fake tan

While it might seem tempting, you should skip the fake tan on your wedding day. Not only can it stain your dress, but it isn’t a good combination for the warmer weather. If you do want a natural glow, use a body shimmer on your decolletage, arms and legs.

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5 Makeup Trends That Need To Stop ASAP

Have you ever seen a makeup trend that you think needs to end? We’re counting down five of the most over-used trends which celebrities have tried, YouTube guru’s are overdoing, and those that should just never see the light of day.

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Contouring

While contouring is wildly popular, it’s often quite difficult to get it right. We say you should leave that technique to the professional makeup artists who blend the colours seamlessly without resulting in a shade which is too dark (or too light for your natural skin tone).

5 Makeup Trends That Need To Stop ASAP

Kylie Jenner lips

The ‘big lip’ look had it’s moment, now lets never mention it again. Even Kylie Jenner herself admitted to injecting her lips, so isn’t it finally time to stop over-drawing our lips? Anyway, taking more than 1 hour to get ready is completely overrated.

5 Makeup Trends That Need To Stop ASAP

Bronzing

While we’re all guilty of this one, matching your foundation to your fake tan is never really a good option. Why? Most women actually forget to blend it into their neck, decolletage and even behind their ears!

This means that your makeup actually looks quite patch, and doesn’t look natural at all. Always get matched by a professional who can identify if your skin is warm or cool toned.

5 Makeup Trends That Need To Stop ASAP

False lashes

Now, we’re not talking about individual lashes or the natural kind which actually look quite nice! It’s time to retire those false lashes with diamonds, thick bands and colours which are too heavy for most of our eyelids. If you want the illusion of bigger lashes, use a few corner strips on the side of your eyes.

5 Makeup Trends That Need To Stop ASAP

Statement brows

Put down that pomade and embrace the natural look! While filling in our eyebrows has become second nature, this trend has clearly gone OTT over the last year. Some clear gel, an eyebrow pencil, and a brow brush is really the only thing you need to tame those brows on a daily basis.

5 Makeup Trends That Need To Stop ASAP

Images via Makeup by Ariel, Kim Kardashian, Cao Cosmetics USA, Beautylish

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