How To Apply Makeup

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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Instructions

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.

Tips

  • 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 colours lighter than your natural skin tone for this juxtaposition.

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August 29, 2015

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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August 12, 2015

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.

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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.

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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

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July 31, 2015

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Essence Lash and Brow Gel, $4.10

Images via Kathleen Lights

July 23, 2015

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 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.

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How does it work?

The best way to let your make ‘cook’ 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 colour as the makeup oxidises. 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 emphasise 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?

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July 22, 2015

8 Makeup Mistakes You’re Making (And You Don’t Even Know It!)

It’s hard to believe, but perfecting makeup is a lifelong skill. Just think about it, really knowing your angles, colouring, and learning those valuable techniques can take a while to master, especially if you don’t have the time to take a makeup course.

To avoid these common makeup mistakes, invest in a few quality products and brushes to perfect your look and voila, makeup can be your best friend!

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Blending

Whether it’s your eyes, foundation, or even a self-tan, never forget to blend your makeup after applying! Those lines of contour should never be too visible, so remember to blend it out as you go.

A thick kabuki brush is the perfect way to achieve a flawless look without removing all of the product from your face.

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Colour match

It might feel a little tempting to buy new foundation online (especially when you haven’t tried it before and there’s a sale), but try and get your colour matched. Not only will it save you the time and money of returning a product which doesn’t suit your skin, but it’s free to do so!

There is also a handy website called Findation, which allows you to enter your current shade and it will generate other popular brands which are in the same tone. Easy!

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Blush

The secret to applying a subtle blush is to layer on the product as you go. Dipping your blush brush into the pan and applying it directly onto your face is never a wise option. Tap it lightly into the pan, dust off any excess, then blend it out of your cheekbones.

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Lip liner

In an effort to look like the next Kylie Jenner, it is a little tempting to over draw your lips. To make them appear larger, use a darker shade on the outside, then colour the inside of your lips with a light shade down the middle.

Use a white liner or highlighting shade on the cupids bow (just about your lips), to make it appear larger.

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Dry, flakey skin

Many women will suffer from dry skin during the colder months since there is a lack of moisture in the air. To keep skin looking glowing and fresh, use a foundation with a hint of SPF.

While it does contain a little more oil, it will help to smooth over any of those dry patches, and leave your skin looking slightly sun-kissed.

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Contouring

Sculpting your face is actually a little more difficult than it seems. Los Angeles based makeup artist Lilit Caradanian let us in on her insider trick for a flawless contour – a transitional shade: “You actually need a transitional colour because the dark colour needs a medium shade in order to blend into the skin. If you’re using contour powder, you also need to use a bronzer along with it.”

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Overdrawn brows

While we all might like to fill in our brows, it is a little easy to go overboard. Use a darker shade on the tail, and work with a brow brush in slow, fluid motions to create the illusion of thicker hair. Dust off any of the colour and work it into the centre of your brows – never close up the front!

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Winged liner

Probably one of the trickiest looks to create is the winged liner. There are many ways to create it with a felt-tip, gel, eyebrow brush, or even with a stick-on stencil.

For beginners, we recommend using a thin piece of tape extending upwards from the lower lash line. Then all you need to do is trace a line over the tape, and remove it once it’s dry!

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April 16, 2015

Quick Tips For Bigger-Looking Eyes

Make your eyes pop by incorporating a few simple techniques into your next makeup look. Strictly avoid using heavy black liner on the inner corner of your eyes, but rather choose shades which are shimmery and light instead.

Keep reading below to make your eyes look big and beautiful with these simple makeup techniques.

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Concealer

Use a concealer 2-3 shades lighter than your natural skin colour to draw emphasis to the higher dimensions of your face.

A liquid concealer is best for the under-eye area, since it’s easy to blend out. Use the applicator and draw an upside-down triangle under the perimeters of your eyes. Then blend with a damp cosmetic sponge, your fingers, or even a concealer brush.

Shimmery shadow

Apply a shimmery shadow on the inner corner of your eye – this opens up the entire face, and gives the illusion of big eyes! Cream sticks are the best since they melt seamlessly into the skin, and don’t look too artificial sitting on the surface.

Lashes

Whether you like to keep it natural with some mascara, or even apply a pair of falsies on a special occasion, they always work a treat. Make sure to curl your lashes for best results, and wiggle the mascara from side to side (it gets all the lashes this way!).

Quick Tips For Bigger Looking Eyes

If you are using falsies, don’t go for a pair which are too thick and heavy – this could only weigh down your eyes. Individual lashes are best for creating a natural look, since you can apply as little or as many as you want! Apply a thin layer of mascara to your bottom lashes as well – this helps to easily elongate the eyes.

Tightline

This is a handy makeup trick which creates the illusion of thicker lashes directly from the roots. Take a black eyeliner pencil, and lightly shade your upper water-line. For the bottom waterline, use a white eyeliner and do the same. This helps to open up the eyes, and is perfect if you’re wearing a heavy eyeshadow look.

Eyeshadow

Neutral tones such as nude, brown, and copper are best if you want to give your eyes a pop of colour without going overboard. If you have slightly hooded eyes, stay away from a winger-liner since this could only make your eyes appear smaller than they are.

Eyebrows

Don’t forget the brows! Use a brow pencil and fill in the arch, since this is perfect for creating symmetry in the face. Apply some gel to set it all in place, and don’t forget to choose a shade which looks natural and compliments your skin.

What are some of your tips for bigger looking eyes?

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December 15, 2014

Get The Look: Kylie Jenner’s Lips

The world hasn’t stopped talking about Kylie Jenner’s new lips, and almost every beauty guru is trying to recreate this elusive look by the young star. If you want to create the illusion of bigger lips (sans) surgery, follow our how-to on how to get Kylie Jenner’s pouty look.

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Instructions

1. This look is perfect if you want to accentuate your upper lip which (like Kylie’s) is thin and undefined. Exaggerate the angle of the upper lip by extending the outer sides of the cupid’s bow.

Get The Look: Kylie Jenner's Lips

2. Line the natural curve of your cupid’s bow, then slowly drag the lip liner outwards until you reach your bottom lip. This may take a while to master, so you want the look to feel nature. Use a lip liner which is the colour of your natural lips, and fill in any gaps.

Get The Look: Kylie Jenner's Lips

Bobbi Brown Lip Liner in Pink Mauve, $38

3. To make this step a little bit easier, smile and drag the lip liner down the sides of your lips. Use your finger to blend in the colour with your natural lips.

4. Take a white eyeliner pencil then carefully concentrate the product in the middle of your lips (below the cupid’s bow). Blend well with your finger, then apply a flesh-toned lipstick over the top.

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Mac Cosmetics Lipstick in Whirl, $36

5. Lightly gloss your lips, and dab dry with a tissue for a more natural look. Use a plumping lip gloss to accentuate your lips and bring them extra body and fullness.

Get The Look: Kylie Jenner's Lips

Dior Addict Lip Maximizer Collagen Active Lip-Gloss, $48

Images via The Beauty Department, Stay Glam

November 11, 2014

How To Master Winged Eyeliner

Makeup artist extraordinaire Tobi Henney shows us how to recreate a natural look with a glowing complexion and the perfect winged eye look. She uses OFRA Cosmetic Laboratories professional range of makeup and skincare.

Start by massaging Oil Free Moisturizer onto the face. Apply the Silicon Based Primer to the entire face. This will ensure that your foundation looks dewy and lasts longer.

Starting from the centre of you face, buff the Silk Peptide Foundation into your skin making sure that it is blended. Use the Concealer Wheel to hide darkness under the eyes and any problem areas. The beauty of this product is that it also has green, yellow and purple options to help cover up redness and puffiness. Use loose powder on the T-Zone to eliminate shine down the centre of the face.

Apply the Diamonds Are Forever eye shadow in a shade which suits your eye colour to the entire lid. Use a matte brow eye shadow to swoop across the crease line of your eye and blend the edges.

Use the Fixline Gel Eyeliner to enhance the upper lash line and apply from the inner to outer eye. Draw the liner back to the centre of the eyelid and ensure that you keep the line thin on the inner eye section. Curl the lashes and coat the lashes with mascara to add definition.

Apply blush to the apples of the cheek and contour and highlight using the powder palette. Brush on a bright red lip to finish the look.

Complete your look by applying RCK (Red Carpet Kolour) to your body. This product is a body glow and after 5 minutes it will set and won’t rub off on your clothes.

April 2, 2014

Makeup Tips: The Perfect Red Lipstick for You

There’s no easier way to make your makeup look striking than with a slick of red lipstick. It can instantly make you look brighter, sexier and give you whiter teeth. But finding the perfect red lipstick is sadly not as easy – with hundreds of reds on the market and new ones being released every week – and wearing the wrong shade can completely ruin your look.

Follow our makeup tips and production recommendations to find the perfect shade of red for you.

Even though all reds are red, not all reds are created equal. Most people associate the colour red with warmth, but it actually comes in three different undertones: warm reds, cool reds, and true reds.

Warm reds
Warm reds are reds that have a yellow or orange base. If you look best in warm colours or gold jewelry, or the veins under your skin have a purplish hue, look for a warm red lipstick. Dark, medium, and olive complexions tend to be warm.
We loveBite Beauty’s Luminous Crème Lipstick in Apricot (a gorgeous warm red with no nasty chemicals!).

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Cool reds
Cool reds are reds that have a blue or purple base. If you look best in cool colours or silver jewelry, or the veins under your skin have a blue or green hue, you will most likely look best wearing a cool red. Light, bisque, and pale complexions tend to be cool.

We loveMAC Russian Red Matte Lipstick – a cult favourite that looks amazing on cool-toned skin.

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True reds
True reds don’t have any noticeable base other than red, and they can be worn by just about anybody.  Since it doesn’t have a subtle base colour to it, they are universally flattering and a good choice to start when shopping for red lipstick.
We lovetarte’s glamazon™ pure performance 12-hour lipstick in Fierce

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How to wear red lipstick
Picking the right red for you is just the first step. Next is figuring out how to wear it. A red lip is a pretty high maintenance look, so follow these application techniques.

To keep your colour locked down, you need to prime the lips with a product that both softens and smooths the lips and seals in the colour.
We love: MAC Prep + Prime Lip.

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Next, carefully outline your lips with a lip liner, filling in an uneven area or gaps. Don’t go too over your natural lip line to avoid looking like a clown. Lightly fill in the lip area to give the lipstick a base to adhere to. Don’t be too heavy, just smudge over the lips.

Finish by applying your lipstick over the liner. You can do this from the tube, or use a brush. Once it’s applied, gently blot the excess using a tissue, and reapply. Now pop the lipstick into your purse for top-ups throughout the day and night.

One last essential makeup tip: when wearing red lipstick, keep your eye makeup subtle. If your eyes are too dark, your face will look too dramatic.

What’s your favourite red lipstick?

February 17, 2014

Get The Look: Katie Holmes’ Everyday Beautiful Makeup

Sometimes we all need a little inspiration for our everyday makeup routine. Katie Holmes looks naturally beautiful with a flawless base (yes, it’s a BB cream), glowing cheeks and subtly defined eyes with a nude lip. Here’s how to get the look using Bobbi Brown Cosmetics.

Face

Medium BB Cream

Corrector in Bisque

Natural Creamy Concealer Kit

Warm Natural Sheer Finish Loose Powder

Medium Bronzing Powder

Nude Brightening Finishing Powder

Cheeks

Pale Pink and Desert Pink Blush

Eyes

Ivory, Cement and Slate Eye Shadows

Black Ink Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner

Intensifying Long-Wear Mascara

Brows

Mahogany Eye Shadow

Lips

Pink Mauve Lip Liner

Soft Rose Lip Color

Pink Sugar Lip Gloss

What do you think of Katie Holmes’ everyday makeup look?

July 11, 2013