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.


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.

10 Travel Makeup Kit Essentials

Planning the trip of your dreams is easy, but packing is another story! Don’t bring your entire makeup kit in your carry-on luggage, instead make sure to have these ten essentials which you’re sure to use every single day.

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A small eyeshadow palette with a few different options is a great way to switch-up your look on holiday. You can apply them with your fingers if they’re made from a cream formula.


If you love extra long lashes, don’t leave home without your trusty mascara. Just one coat is enough to transform your look on those days where a full-face of makeup just isn’t an option. Choose a waterproof formula that won’t transfer on your lids from the heat.


A shimmery cream blush is another essential which can be used in a few different ways. Apply it over your cheekbones as a highlighter or even as a lip gloss!

Matte lip pencil

Make sure to carry one bright lip pencil in your kit for evenings out or chilled drinks on holiday. Matte formulas last for hours without transferring and can be applied with your fingers.


Carry a bronzer in your kit to add some glow to your skin whilst on holiday. You can also use a bronzer in conjunction with your foundation to create a darker shade to match your sun tan.

Translucent powder

Help your makeup stay in place all day with a translucent setting powder. Apply it over your finished makeup and lightly over your t-zone, chin, and cheeks.


For those days when your face requires just a little bit of coverage, use a concealer to hide dark circles and blemishes. Make sure your concealer matches the colour of your skin and dab lightly onto the surface for best coverage.

Oil blotting sheets

Especially if you’re travelling during the summer, make sure you have a pack of oil blotting sheets in your makeup kit. They can absorb excess oil and will keep your makeup looking fresh all day.

Eyelash curlers

Give your lashes an extra boost with a pair of curlers. Just make sure to change the pads before you jet off!

Setting spray

A small bottle of setting spray is a must-have for oily skin types since it will keep your foundation looking matte from day to night. Simply mist your face, then let it dry naturally.

Did we miss any other travel essentials? Comment your favourites below!

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5 Lipstick Shades For Fall Weather

In preparation for fall, it’s time to embrace darker shades and lipstick is the best place to start. Put away those sheer lipsticks and swap them for matte formulas which stay on longer and are extremely pigmented. Shop from a few of our favourite brands below, and don’t forget to comment with some of your must-have’s in the comment section!

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Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Stalker, $18

If you’re looking for something a little different and long-lasting, try this opaque lip colour which lasts for hours without transferring.

5 Lipstick Shades For Fall Weather

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Bahau5, $21

Coat your lips with this pigmented lip shade which is perfect for the winter weather. Use a lip liner for a precise line, then fill in the rest with a brush pencil.

5 Lipstick Shades For Fall Weather

Yves Saint Laurent Baby Doll Kiss & Blush Lips & Cheeks in Nude Insolent, $40

Try this lightweight mousse formula which glides on easily and keeps lips moisturised for hours. The applicator is easy to use, and the colour selection is ideal for all occasions.

5 Lipstick Shades For Fall Weather

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl, $26

A cult-favourite, the velvet matte lip pencil by Nars is the perfect product for beginners. It combines the convenience of a pencil and a lipstick to carefully line the lips and fill them using the same product!

5 Lipstick Shades For Fall Weather

Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural in N28 Purple, $20

N28 is the perfect shade of purple and glides effortlessly onto the lips for a perfect application each and every time.

5 Lipstick Shades For Fall Weather

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Makeup Trends And How They’re Affecting Your Skin

Ever find that your skin has reacted negatively after wearing a new product or makeup style? To avoid this, use products which work well with your skin type and always remove your makeup by double-cleansing before going to bed. In the meantime, below are a few makeup trends that could be destroying your skin.

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Other than the harmless panda eyes the next morning, sleeping with your mascara can actually cause lashes to become brittle and shed at a faster rate. To avoid this from happening, remove your makeup with a micellar water or cleanser and don’t rub your eyes.

Full coverage foundation

Using a full coverage foundation on a daily basis clogs pores and could only further aggravate existing acne spots and blemishes. Instead, use a lightweight BB cream to even out your skin tone and save the full coverage foundation for special events or nights out.

Matte lipstick

While matte lipstick might last longer without an occasional touch-up, the dryness could be destroying the moisture and natural oils in your lips. Before applying a matte lipstick, make sure to properly exfoliate and moisturise your lips so they don’t dry out.


Ever find that your highlighter leaves little red bumps under your skin after wearing it all day long? This usually happens with cream formulas which are layered over full coverage foundations for hours on end. Remember, less is more when it comes to shimmery skin!

Expired makeup

Who knew that most makeup actually comes with an expiration date. If your mascara has dried up, foundation is starting to separate, and your lipstick feels dry and stale, it’s time to get rid of them.

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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?

5 Makeup Artists To Watch On YouTube

Who knew you could learn valuable makeup skills without even leaving the house?

Over the last 10 years, YouTube has proven to be a valuable platform for the makeup community, with thousands of tutorials, reviews and hauls being posted each day. We share just some of our favourite YouTube gurus who can teach us all a thing or two about makeup.

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Lisa Eldridge


Lets just face it… YouTube is nothing without makeup artist, Lisa Eldridge. With over 20 years of experience in the makeup industry including collaborations with Shiseido, creative director for boots, freelancing for various magazines, and now the newest creative director for Lancome – there’s nothing she hasn’t mastered in her career.

With a book on its way later this year, Lisa Eldridge should be in everyone’s subscription box – with good reason.

5 Makeup Artists To Watch on YouTube



The girls behind the successful YouTube channel, Pixiwoo have been around for perhaps the longest. Sisters Nic and Sam Chapman and UK based makeup artists with a knack for recreating celebrity looks which everyone is sure to enjoy.

Through their recent success, Real Techniques was released as an affordable way to apply your makeup. Available at Priceline, Ulta, Boots, and even online.

5 Makeup Artists To Watch on YouTube

Monika Blunder


Want to recreate those signature looks some of your favourite celebrities such as Rosie Huntington-Whitley have been sporting? Monika Blunder is a celebrity makeup artist who posts how-to videos to help you get that look for less.

5 Makeup Artists To Watch on YouTube

Michelle Phan


One of the most popular makeup demonstrators to come out of the United States has to be Michelle Phan. With over 7 million subscribers on her YouTube channel, she posts a variety of makeup, skincare, and beauty looks which are presented in a cute and fashionable way.

5 Makeup Artists To Watch on YouTube

Wayne Goss


Finally we’re finishing off this list with makeup artist, Wayne Goss. While it might seem a little odd taking makeup tips off a man – he really knows his stuff! From simple makeup to skincare hacks, Wayne tackles it all with humour, professionalism and a cheeky smile to boot.

5 Makeup Artists To Watch on YouTube

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The No-Fuss Guide To Nose Contouring

Okay, we admit, sometimes contouring in general is a bit of a hassle. The lines aren’t properly blended, the highlight looks more like the sheen of a disco ball, and when on earth do we stop?!

Rather than pausing that next YouTube video every few seconds, we will share a few simple tips if you’re looking to create the illusion of a smaller nose.

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Apply your foundation as usual, and set it with a light translucent powder.

  1. Use a small shadow brush dipped into bronzer to carefully draw two thin lines on either side of your nose. Then connect them in a semi-circle at the bottom of your nose.
  2. Blend with a fluffy brush to soften the edges. This might take a while, so keep blending until the lines are almost non-existent.
  3. Apply your concealer onto the middle of your brows in an upside down triangle leading up to your forehead. This creates the illusion of light, and will slim out your entire face.
  4. Blend well with a damp cosmetic sponge or the warmth of your fingers. Set it immediately with a powder.
  5. Take any leftover concealer that’s on your wand and lightly dab at the sides of your nose. It helps to brighten up the entire area, and really sculpts the face.


  • Use a light hand! Remember to dust off the bronzer onto your palette to remove any excess product from making its way onto your face.
  • Make sure to apply your products with a clean, dry brush. Any eyeshadow brushes which have already been used might compromise the perfect contour, and instead make your nose look dirty.
  • Contour with a matte bronzer. Anything with glitter won’t look natural when applied onto the main dimensions on your face.
  • Invest in a good concealer. This concealer isn’t designed to cover up your blemishes, it should be used primarily to contour the eye area. Pick a shade a few colors lighter than your natural skin tone for this juxtaposition.

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Get The Look – Kendall Jenner’s Glowing Skin

While everyone won’t stop talking about younger sister Kylie’s plump lips, it’s Kendall who really has the enviable glowing skin. Easily recreate this look with a few key products which are definitely our holy grail here at SHESAID.

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1. To create a flawless looking base for your makeup, make sure to moisturise your skin before applying any other product. Something light is best since it won’t clog your pores, and will hold the makeup for a very long time.

Get The Look - Kendall Jenner's Glowing Skin

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel, $49

2. Once your moisturiser has completely set into the skin, use a light-diffusing primer to create Kendall’s glow. A pea-sized amount is just enough for your entire face, and you should focus the product into your cheeks, forehead and chin for best results.

Get The Look - Kendall Jenner's Glowing Skin

Bourjois Happy Light Luminous Serum Primer, $21

3. Use a foundation which won’t give a ‘cakey’ look, but instead choose something that will work well with the primer. Dab the foundation on your forehead, cheeks and chin, then blend in with a stippling brush.

Get The Look - Kendall Jenner's Glowing Skin

Chanel Vitalumiere Moisture-Rich Radiance Sunscreen Fluid Makeup, $68

4. To mask any dark circles under your eyes, use a concealer and your fingers to get a natural look. Blend the product carefully around your eyes, and use a damp cosmetic sponge to remove any excess makeup.

Get The Look - Kendall Jenner's Glowing Skin

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, $35

5. Set your foundation with a translucent powder under the eyes, around the sides of the nose, and on the chin.

Get The Look - Kendall Jenner's Glowing Skin

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder, $10

6. For additional glow on the cheeks, use a touch of liquid highlighter and blend well with your fingers. Apply this directly on the tops of your cheek bones; it should mimic the areas where natural light will hit your face.

Get The Look - Kendall Jenner's Glowing Skin

Inika Light Reflecting Highlighting Cream, $39

7. Lastly to create those chiseled cheekbones, use a touch of bronzer and apply directly into the hollows of your cheeks. Blend out well with a thick powder brush to ensure there aren’t any harsh lines of contour.

Get The Look - Kendall Jenner's Glowing Skin

Becca Mineral Bronzing Powder, $65

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How To Take Your Makeup From Day To Night

Re-applying makeup is never anyone’s forte, especially after a long day at work or school. So instead, take your look from day to night with the following tips – they take about 5 minutes to create and won’t have you running late for that next appointment!

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Bold lip

A vibrant, bold lip is the perfect makeup tip if you want to update your look for the evening. Why? It adds a pop of colour to the face and takes about 2 minutes to prepare. All you need is a lip liner, lipstick and a few cotton tips to prevent any smudging.


The classic cat-eye flick is another great way to update your look without going over the top. Felt-liners are so quick and easy to use and fit discretely into your clutch or handbag. Start with a small flick, then extend it outwards by carefully pushing the side of the liner against your crease.

Cream eyeshadow

Rather than carrying around a huge compact in your handbag, use a cream eyeshadow pencil to easily update your eye makeup. All you need to do is smudge it over your eyes and blend it out with your fingers. For a lived-in look, use the colour in your waterline.

Setting powder

We all get oily throughout the day, so it’s important to use a setting powder to take away some of that extra shine. Focus the product on your t-zone, forehead and chin to create a matte base for your look.

Lip and cheek stain

If you’re working with a relatively minimal base, use a lip and cheek stain to bring some colour back into your face. Take the product onto your fingers, then dab it over your cheeks. It gives an instant glow without looking too artificial on the face.

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6 Essential Makeup Tips For Spring

With warmer weather set to hit in early September, it’s time to experiment with a few natural makeup looks. Pack away that winged-liner in favourite of shimmery shadows and glossy lips, perfect for the spring sunshine! Try a few of our spring makeup tips below and don’t forget to comment with some of your own.

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Use glitter eyeshadow

Choose light, translucent shades for eyes and lips, which are so easy to apply. Most eyeshadows have a tint of glitter which is ideal if you don’t want to spend hours trying to perfect your makeup. Simply apply with an eyeshadow brush, or even with your fingers – just don’t forget to blend!

6 Essential Makeup Tips For Spring

Try coloured mascara

Put away those falsies in favour of coloured mascara which can really make your eyes pop. Navy is a great alternative for girls with naturally light complexions, since black can often look a little harsh.

6 Essential Makeup Tips For Spring

Swap foundation for BB cream

Make sure your tinted moisturiser or BB cream is packed with SPF to protect your skin from the sun. Choose a shade which blends flawlessly into your neck and don’t forget to set it with translucent powder.

6 Essential Makeup Tips For Spring

Don’t underestimate a highlighter

Use a liquid highlighter on the very top of your cheekbones to create the illusion of a healthy glow. Powder highlights are better for women who have oily skin types since it works to mattify the skin at the same time.

6 Essential Makeup Tips For Spring

Use a bronzer

Apply your bronzer over the forehead, nose and cheekbones to give the skin a natural glow. Make sure to blend with a powder brush and lightly dust your decolletage.

6 Essential Makeup Tips For Spring

Try a natural blush

Avoid using blushes with glitter since they can make the skin look artificial. Lightly tap your brush into the blush, remove the excess onto the back of your hand, then apply directly onto the cheekbones for a youthful glow.

6 Essential Makeup Tips For Spring

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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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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.


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


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

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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

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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.


Date: Friday, 7th August

Location: MYER Melbourne City

Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm


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.

RELATED: 5 First Date Makeup Looks

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.


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


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.


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


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.

RELATED: Makeup Trend: Sheer Lipstick

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.

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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!

RELATED: Get The Look – Kylie Jenner’s Lips

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


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


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.


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

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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:

Image via YouTube

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.

RELATED: Makeup Trend – Sheer Lipstick

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


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!

RELATED: Makeup Trend – Sheer Lipstick

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


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.

RELATED: 5 No-Fuss Bold Lipsticks

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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