Make Up Tips

4 Easy Makeup Tips for Spring

Spring calls for fresh, dewy skin and bright, gorgeous hues. Try these easy makeup tips for spring that look great on everyone.

Keep your skin looking soft and dewy with BB cream

Part moisturizer and part foundation, BB cream also works overtime as a sunscreen and an anti-aging treatment, which makes it our number one spring beauty must-have.BB cream are so light it feels like you’re wearing nothing but lotion, perfect for anyone who wants flawless skin but hates wearing heavy foundation. We love how luminous our skin looks with Dr. Brandt Signature Flexitone BB Cream, and another favorite on our shelves is Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm.

Get bold with orange lipstick

A quick and easy way to brighten up your face is with a bright pop of lip color. If you’re feeling particularly bold and adventurous, give orange lipstick a try. True orange isn’t always the most flattering, but coral looks fantastic with pretty much all skin tones. After applying, blot your lips for a matte finish, then reapply. If you’re looking for a more subdued way to incorporate the trend, Tarte LipSurgence Lip Tint has a gorgeous orange stain called Spirited that is a makeup artist favorite.

Ramp up the drama with the eternally chic cat eyeliner

Cat eye makeup is always on trend, and it’s so pretty for spring, especially paired with floral fashions and feminine accessories. If you struggle with uneven or asymmetrical cat eye makeup, don’t worry, we’ve got your back. Draw the outline of each cat’s eye with a pencil, then fill them in with the liquid liner. Dip a thin Q-tip in makeup remover and carefully clean up your work. If you’re handy with a brush, we’ve stayed faithful to Urban Decay’s 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Liner for years now.

Get your feet in on the fun with some nail polish

Once it’s warm enough to dustoffyour beloved open-toed sandals, grab a bottle of nail polishand get to work on those toes! We love OPI’s Spring/Summer Brazil Collection, particularly Amazon…Amazoff and Live.Love.Carnaval, vibrant hues that will warm up any skin tones that haven’t seen the sun for months!

Top 5 New Summer Concealers

Want luminous, glowing skin this summer, with barely-there, understated make-up just like the latest runway beauty looks from New York Fashion Week? Honey, you’re going to need a good concealer. Being fair-skinned and prone to the dreaded dark circles, I can never leave the house without first applying concealer. Here are some of the latest and greatest ones to try, beauties. Shop to it!

Three times a lady: Brisbane-based natural cosmetics and mineral make-up brand, Bare Blossom, is a small but mighty one to watch. Formulated for use by most skin types (including allergy prone), this organic skincare and make-up range doesn’t contain any of the common “nasties” found in some big-name beauty brands. I’m a big fan of Bare Blossom’s Mineral Cream Concealers, $25 each, which you apply after foundation, to banish blemishes, spots and dark circles. Pictured here in natural beige, true tan and green, this hard-working trio will do the trick, trust me. I love the products’ creamy texture and good coverage. Natural beige is perfect for light skin tones, the darker true tan is good for covering pigmentation and the funky green one, believe it or not, corrects red blemishes including rosacea, pimples and acne (pictured below, left to right). Magic! To order, visit www.bareblossom.com.au.

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Animal instincts: Grrr like a tiger this spring/summer with this divine, new limited edition leopard-print Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Collector, $57. This baby also comes in a bejewelled version, just to liven up your make-up kit. The original, and still arguably one of the best, high-end, luxury pen concealers, this moisturising and ultra-fluid emulsion promises to eliminate shadows from the side of the nose, the corners of the mouth and the hollow of the chin and expression lines. In just one click, it embellishes the eye area, making you look bright-eyed and bushy-tailed even if you’ve been up all night, dancing on tables until 3am (half your luck). Find it at leading department stores such as David Jones, visit www.davidjones.com.au.

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Mineral magic: I’m a huge Issada fan and I adore the Brisbane beauty brand’s new Mineral Heal And Conceal Anti-Aging Skin Perfecting Concealer, $45. It’s a big product name with results to match – it’s like a secret weapon for a flawless complexion! This baby is the ultimate blemish-blitzing, scar-healing, redness-reducing, line-diffusing, eye-brightening skin treatment. It comes in a creamy, self-adjusting mineral pigment which easily melts into the skin. And there’s nothing better than a concealer that’s invisible. What’s more, it’s enriched with vitamin E, jojoba, rosemary, shea butter and more goodness. Use a lighter shade under eyes, a deeper shade for facial blemishes, and blend shades for in-between tans or on trans-seasonal skin tones. Find Issada at selected salons, spas and clinics and Issada Concept Stores. For stockists, phone (07) 3904 2288 or visit www.issada.com.

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Walk the line: If you’re looking for good bang for your buck, and don’t like spending a fortune on make-up basics, the Clinique Line Smoothing Concealer, $36, is a good mid-budget option. This concealer minimises the look of fine lines and wrinkles, brightening the eye area, and can be used anywhere on the face that needs concealing: eyes, your outer lip line and spot areas on the face. A liquid concealer with moderate coverage, it can be used over or under make-up. I find this one is very effective on my dark circles and a little goes a long way. Find it at leading department stores such as David Jones, visit www.davidjones.com.au.

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Make like a pro: The Lancome Le Eye Corrector Pro, $55, will conceal dark circles and dullness faster than the speed of light (OK, that’s a bit of an exaggeration). I like the professional feel of this concealer palette which brightens the eyes, leaving skin more supple and radiant. You can also use it to conceal all manner of skin imperfections such as my slight skin pigmentation which I’m still sporting thanks to my recent pregnancies (damn children). Find it at leading department stores such as David Jones, visit www.davidjones.com.au.

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Makeup Tips For Sensitive Eyes

Anyone with sensitive eyes knows that it’s difficult to apply makeup without resulting in tears. Switch up your technique to keep makeup looking fresh and youthful without the painful application included. Abide by the following makeup tips to achieve a flawless (and pain-free) look in seconds.

Mascara technique

When applying mascara, don’t hold the wand on a vertical angle. Anyone with sensitive eyes knows that this method only scrapes into the eye, causing a large volume of pain for the individual. Instead work the mascara on the horizontal and from root to tip to achieve a voluminous result. Avoid clumps by cleaning the wand when there is just too much product lurking around.


Don’t you hate when mascara or eyeliner leaks into your eye? What a pain it is to remove! You’ll want to avoid lining the waterline since this can cause infection if your eyes are supersensitive to the ingredients found in a product. Instead, use a blending brush and add some colour to the bottom lash line for a smokey look.

Au naturel

Similarly, leave the bottom lashes mascara-free. Unless you are using a bottom lash mascara, leave out this step since the brush can also rub against the delicate eye area. Avoid applying makeup onto areas which are extremely close to the inner corner of the eye – especially if your skin is prone to break out in rash or inflammation.

Under-eye concealer

To hide those nasty dark circles, use an under-eye concealer which cancels out these darker tones. Rather than using a foundation brush, take your ring finger and pat product into the skin. This is a gentle way to achieve a flawless finish after every application.

Avoid fibre-lash mascara

Fibre-lash mascara is amazing at lengthening those lashes, but can also get stuck in your eyes. Super-thin white fibres often get stuck on the wand, which makes it difficult to remove each time you apply the product. Stick to conventional mascara instead.

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Office-Friendly Makeup Tips

Why spend half of the morning perfecting your eyebrow-game if you just plan to sit in front of the computer for half of the day? Office makeup is often a difficult medium to achieve since you still want to look put-together but at the same time, not over-the-top. Save those falsies for a night out, embrace a bold lip and keep skin clean and fresh with the following makeup tips.

DO: Flawless skin

If you’re going to spend time on one thing, let it be your foundation. Whether you have oily, dry or combination skin – choose a foundation which is long-wear and won’t budge. Popular products include Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation ($50), which works for all the above skin types. Don’t forget to use a primer before applying any foundation, and lastly set with a finishing powder. This will help to keep makeup in place all day long.

DON’T: Contour

Feel free to contour your face – just don’t go over-the-top with bronzing powders and highlighters. Use a thin, clean brush when contouring your cheekbones to get a precise line, then blend out for a seamless finish. The Nars Contour Brush #21 ($62) is angled to give a flawless faux glow and definition to the face.

DO: Bold lip

Want to wear a bold lip to the office? Trade in the lipstick for a lip stain which is easier to maintain and won’t look too glamourous. Simply dab your lips with your foundation brush to neutralise the colour, then use your ring finger to apply colour such as Kit Cosmetics Tint Sheen ($16.95) onto the top and bottom lip.

DON’T: False lashes

Save those falsies for a night out, and instead work on your own natural lashes. Curl them for a few seconds on each side, then apply a volumising mascara like Maybelline Volum Express One By One ($19.95) – working in the product from root to tip. When lashes are completely dry, curl again so they can hold this shape.

DO: Neutral eyeshadow

Define your eyes by applying a neutral shadow on the base of the eye, then a shade slightly darker on the crease – Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette ($40.60) has 5 neutral shades which can be used to create a variety of makeup looks. Blend well, then define the inner corner of the eye with a highlighting colour. This will give the illusion of a bigger eye – regardless of your shape and colour.

DON’T: Over-do your brows

Remember to keep brows looking even and tamed by filling in any gaps with a pencil or powder. If they are still unruly, apply a thin coat of brow gel to keep them in place all day. The Anastasia Brow Wiz ($38) comes in a variety of colours, and defines the brow without looking too dolled-up.

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The Best Eyeshadows For Your Eye Colour

Ever wondered why certain eyeshadows work for you, and others just end up looking plain jane? A sure way to make your eyes pop is by using the best shadows to complement your eye colour. The trick that many makeup artists use is by choosing shades on the opposite part of the colour wheel – this will ensure that whatever you put on your eyelids looks fabulous!

Blue eyes

Blue eyes work best with earthy tones which help to bring out any soft blue hues. Metallics, brown and slate are a perfect match for more serious makeup looks, since they make a dramatic juxtaposition when paired with blue. Other colours which are also ideal include rose, taupe and other purple-based eyeshadows.

The Best Eyeshadows For Your Eye Colour

Brown eyes

The beauty of brown eyes is that they work with almost anything! Although, stay away from earthy or metallic brown-tones since this will only blend in with your eyes. Opt for colours such as peach, coral and pink which are perfect to highlight and define the shape of your eyes. Green and blue are also fun shades which help to create an exotic makeup look.

The Best Eyeshadows For Your Eye Colour

Green eyes

Green eyes follow the same colour palette as blue – stick to warm brown shades which will pick up any lighter tones in your eyes. Other shades which will make green eyes pop include gold, copper and baked-eyeshadows with orange undertones.

The Best Eyeshadows For Your Eye Colour

Grey eyes

Should be treated like pale blue or green eyes. Avoid slate or pink tones.

The Best Eyeshadows For Your Eye Colour

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Essential Makeup Tips For Beginners

If you don’t really know where to start with doing your own makeup, follow these simple makeup tips and you’ll be on your way to a fresh, beautiful face for every occasion.

Start with a healthy foundation

The key to making your makeup look great is to start with a healthy foundation. Make sure your skin looks its best before applying cosmetics by washing it first. Follow with a pore refining toner, like the one by Neutrogena, and finish with a moisturiser. Use a moisturising cream with a broad spectrum SPF of at least 15 to ensure your skin will be protected from those harmful UV rays throughout the day.

One to try: Olay Complete All Day Moisturiser with Sunscreen for sensitive skin. Its light formula makes skin feel smooth without being oily or greasy.

Go for concealer

Using a concealer on certain places across your face will help provide the appearance of a more even skin tone. Dot concealer under your eyes, on your eyelids (to help your eye shadow last longer), beside your nose, and on your chin. Also use concealer on any blemishes or dark spots you’d like to minimize. Finish by blending well either with your fingertips or with a makeup sponge to make sure you eliminate any lines or thick areas. When choosing a concealer, it’s important to select one that’s a shade lighter than your natural skin tone.

One to try: CoverGirl Invisible Cream Concealer for a light but lasting product that comes in five different shades.

Set with powder

A great powder can provide further blending for your skin tone, add a touch of color, and lend a solid base for the rest of your makeup. Use either a loose powder and apply with a large powder brush or try a compact powder and apply with a makeup sponge. An important makeup tip for powders: remember to blend, blend, blend with a large, clean brush after application. There’s nothing worse than heading out the door with a thick makeup line along your jaw and hairline.

One to try: A great powder to use is Studio Fix powder by M.A.C. It wears well and blends evenly for a smooth complexion all day.

Get a cheeky glow

Add a pop of color to your cheeks with a bright blush. Powder blushes often work well for a lighter touch but the cream variety provides a rosy, dewy glow that can appear more natural. Experiment with both to see which works best for your skin type or layer a powder blush over a cream one for extra pop and long-lasting color. Use your fingers or a foundation brush to apply cream blushes and a blush brush to apply powder blushes. As always, make sure to blend thoroughly after application for a natural look.

One to try: Cremeblend Blush by M.A.C in Posey for a fresh color that compliments most skin tones.

Brighten your eyes

Finish off your simple makeup look by paying some special attention to your eyes. Use a neutral eye shadow to give your face a finished look while still keeping it understated and easy. Photo Op Eye Shadow Trio in Screen Shot by Smashbox is a fantastic blend of colors that can be used beneath the brows, along the crease, and on the eyelid. Add a quick coat or two of mascara to give your lashes extra length for a finishing touch.

One to try: Maybelline The Falsies Volum’ Express in Black Brown adds pop without looking too overdone.

Drew Barrymore’s Wedding Makeup Tips

Confused about what kind of makeup look you should go with for your upcoming nuptials? Drew Barrymore has one fantastic makeup tip: don’t go crazy!

“That day is so surreal and important and long-lasting for people, I think the biggest mistake you can make is to overdo it,” she said at her Flower Beauty spring launch in New York this week.

“Look like yourself on your wedding day — don’t go with crazy spiral curls and some heavy foundation and look back at that picture and be like, ‘Whoa, that doesn’t look like me.’ It should be you but the most enhanced, beautiful natural version of yourself.”

And if you’re thinking of trying out a bold new look, the mom-to-be has a few words of caution. “I appreciate some women who are like, ‘I really want to change my hair color for that day,’ but it’s not the time to play around. If you are thinking of doing something bold like a nail, pick a shade that has powders and grays and neutrals in it so it tones down the ‘cuckoo factor.’ I think wedding days and ‘cuckoo factor’ are not a good combination.”

Wise words! The actress, who married Will Kopelman in 2012, chose a simple look for her wedding day.

“I tried to do a dark lip on my own wedding day, and I just wasn’t feeling it. I went very natural. It took me 10 minutes to do my hair and I wore very little makeup, and I’m glad I did. I’m all for bold, but I just find that’s not the day for it.”

5 Classic Makeup Mishaps (and How to Avoid Them)

We’ve all had that conversation where someone has lipstick all over their teeth and you don’t know whether to tell them or not. Or, their black mascara is speckled all over the top of their eyelids and their application of blush is more gauche than glamorous. These are the top 5 makeup mishaps (so make sure you aren’t guilty of any!):

Clumpy Mascara

It seems innocent enough, but clumpy mascara is oh so eye-catching and hard to ignore. Once you cross the line of too much mascara, it’s impossible to return. The lashes stick together in four or five main clusters so that it looks like you have, well, four or five individual (albeit very thick) eyelashes.

Buy an eyelash comb! They are cheap, effective, and should be in every woman’s makeup bag. Alternatively, switch to falsies and get the same look without the clumping woes.

Unsightly Eyebrows

Too thin, too dark, too arched, over plucked, uneven—eyebrows can be tricky business. They may be small, but they play a big role in shaping your face. Don’t draw on eyebrows that are far too dark for your complexion, or in an unnatural brow shape. You can groom your eyebrows, but it’s unwise to try and significantly alter them. After all, their natural shape is made specifically for your face! Often it’s best to leave the shaping to the professionals before trying anything drastic at home.

Foundation Troubles

Ah, foundation. No other product causes such makeup disasters! If there is a distinct line where your face ends and your neck begins, you are wearing the wrong shade of foundation. Go to the department store makeup counter and get matched with the right one!

If you tan easily in the warmer months, you will need to have a different foundation to the one you use in winter! An orange face does not give you a sun kissed glow—it sticks out like a sore thumb.

Another important lesson is that more is not more beautiful. Don’t slather yourself in foundation or it will become cakey. Modern foundations are highly pigmented so that you don’t have to apply much for an even coverage.

Lip Liner

In the 1990s there was a period of makeup history where it was trendy to apply dark lip liner and a lighter shade of lipstick. Let bygones be bygones, I say! And, always make sure to blend, blend, blend. This comes in handy in those annoying moments when your lipstick fades in the centre of your lips (from eating, drinking etc.) but the liner doesn’t, so you have a very noticeable outline around your mouth.

Instead, use a liner that is matched to your lip’s natural colour, or colour your lips entirely with liner before applying lipstick, to avoid the fade ring.

Similarly with eyebrows, don’t overdraw. Lips are often unsymmetrical; correct what needs to be corrected and don’t draw a whole new set of lips to compensate.

Blush and Bronzer

Less is more, ladies! Blush is supposed to accentuate the natural flush of your cheeks. Subtlety is key.

Avoid the tiger stripe look by sweeping bronzer underneath your cheekbones in order to accentuate your natural facial structure.

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What Beauty Products You Should Be Splurging On

For those of you who, like me, aren’t aspiring makeup artists with more eye shadow palettes and lipsticks than you know what to do with, the department store makeup counters can be overwhelming. Should you be coughing up for a fabulous red lippie and picking up a no-name foundation? Or is it the other way around? Follow these makeup tips to find out the top 5 products to invest in:


If your skin looks flawless, everything else becomes obsolete. As the product that covers the largest area and provides the base for all your other bits and pieces, foundation is the number one product to splurge on.

It’s vital to have a foundation that perfectly matches you skin tone, so have the department store makeup consultant test it on your face before you purchase. A foundation match made in heaven is worth its weight in gold.

Eyelash Curler

This one might seem like an odd inclusion, but a good eyelash curler will last you the better part of a decade! I’m all for the gimmicky drugstore mascaras that promise you (unattainably) thick and luscious lashes, because there is little difference between the cheap and high-end mascaras. Instead, purchasing a high-end curler that has a more ergonomic design and won’t pinch your eyelids like the cheaper ones do is a solid investment. A better curler will require fewer squeezes, which means less likelihood of breaking or pulling our your eyelashes. The humble eyelash curler is a beauty must-have and my personal secret weapon.

Favourite high-end red lipstick

Red lipstick is an addiction. If you’re a chronic wearer, a quality red lipstick can be your style trademark. Regardless, at least one high-end lipstick should be in every woman’s beauty box. For fleeting colour trends, always buy cheaper brands, or for lip colours you are unfamiliar with.

Hot tip: MAC has the most beautifully pigmented lipsticks in a wide range of colours, and their Russian Red lipstick is pure perfection.

Makeup Brushes

Makeup artists have been telling us for years that good and hardy makeup brushes are a must. To have your makeup look professionally applied, you need to use professional makeup tools! Effective use of a makeup brush can make a cheaper foundation look far more polished and presentable. Make sure to buy super soft brushes and to clean them—they can last a decade if you take care of them properly.

Eye Shadow Primer and Eyeliner

Forget paying $40 for a single eye shadow by an expensive brand. Eye shadow primer is the product to spend big on. Regardless of how pigmented, crumbly or long lasting your eye shadows are, using a great primer beneath them will ensure the colour stays just as you applied it.

For regular eyeliner users, a quality product will make all the difference. If you love the pencils, the cheaper ones tend to smudge easily or fade, and the colour is never as powerful. There is a smaller difference in quality with liquid liners, but the high-end liners don’t dry out as quickly, and the finely pointed ones are less likely to fray and give you an even control.

The trick is to spend more on products that you wear everyday, instead of the other way around. Don’t waste $50 on a spectacular waterproof eyeliner if you only indulge for weddings and high school reunions. The same goes for foundations—if you rarely wear it, it might be best to splurge on a great concealer instead.

What is the product you can’t help but splurge on?

Q&A with Actress Simone Kessell

Originally from New Zealand, but calling Bondi, home, Simone Kessell is an acclaimed actress, model and television presenter, who has also worked and lived in the USA. She will shortly be back on our screens in Channel Nine’s upcoming production ‘Fat Tony’ and in the feature film ‘Singularity’, starring Josh Hartnett and Neve Campbell.

Simone, who is known for her healthy lifestyle, is the new Natural Beauty Ambassador for Ere Perez Natural Cosmetics, and shares her skincare secrets and makeup tips.

What is your daily beauty regime?

I always cleanse morning and night. A light spritz of rose water and a light Summer Moisturizer followed with a tinted SPF 30. At night I use an oil (Rosehip)  or richer moisturizer. It just feels right. I only wear foundation if I am working or going out at night. I try to keep my skin clean when I can.

How do you keep fit and healthy?

I try to run 4-5 days a week. I find I have to exercise or I go a little crazy. It’s my time to calm my mind. I have a boxer dog who loves to run, so I have no choice. I gym it through Winter as I know I won’t go running because I’m not a fan of the cold! And I do pilates, and aerobic exercises (rowing machine, stepper and skipping). I think if you move your body for 20 minutes or more every day (or get your heart rate up) then your body and mind will work in harmony. it’s about keeping strong and feeling good about yourself.

You like to eat healthily. What foods do you love to eat?

I love all fruit and veg. I could happily eat them all day. Legumes as well super important. My favourite go-to healthy dish would be lentils, cherry tomatoes, greens – rocket, spinach, avocado and cucumber. All mixed together with flax seed oil, LSA (Linseed, Sunflower seeds, Almonds) and cracked pepper. It’s quick and easy and gets me through the day.

What would be a typical day in terms of what you eat?

I love Breakfast natural Organic oats with blueberries and acidophilus yoghurt. Lunch would be a salad or a wrap filled with quinoa and spinach or sushi. I try to eat smaller meals more often and always have snacks when I’m hungry. Banana, almonds, kiwi etc. I drink coffee once a day and always hydrate with many glasses of water at room temp. That’s not to say I am strict when it comes to chocolate, or an occasional ice cream at the movies with my son; a glass of red wine in the evenings or coconut yoghurt ‘love’. I think you need to eat well, but also to treat well!

How do you build healthiness into your busy day?

I think being aware of your body’s needs and knowing what fuels you will get you through the day, it is vital especially with young children.  Lots of sleep when you can and eating energising food, high in protein and carbs and lw in bad fats and sugar. Life is to short to waste on empty foods (high salt foods like chips, soda’s, deep fried etc) if you can take the time to nourish and eat well then health and happiness will follow…You will look better as well.

What are your top tips for maintaining a natural beauty?

Maintaining a natural beauty comes from inside as well as out. When I feel tired and grumpy I always need to check in with myself and ask why. I find that the reasons are simple such as sleep deprivation (baby) or red wine at night and not enough water or not exercising.

Once I reset my mind and go running or to the gym or even pushing the stroller up to school to pick up my son I start to feel and look better I’m sure.

Taking 15 mins away from the family to walk or sing or call a friend, read a book, walk in the rain, it doesn’t take much. To know you are loved and loving and to always be the best person you can be. I know sometimes that’s so hard to do and you have piles of washing in front of you and the baby wont sleep and the TV is blaring and life can become to much. That’s when you need to re set and check in with yourself.

I always remind myself what I have not what I don’t. I think of others around the world and know I am so blessed to have my family and friends, career and health. Most times that gets me through.

What is it you love about Ere Perez products and which are yourhandbag staples?

I started using Ere perez products four years ago. I love them. I have sensitive skin and all her products work on me. I like a natural look in the day and a splash of her Real Rosehip Oil Lipbar in LIFE, followed with lashings of her Natural Almond Oil mascara make me feel like I can face anyone I run into!

Ere has nailed the bronzers and highlighters. You always look sun kissed and natural. The pigments and colours she uses are so flattering to any complexion. I love the idea that what I am putting on my face is being absorbed by my body. I feel that if I can nourish and heal my skin with beautiful natural make up then I always want to wear it.

What makes Ere Perez makeup special?

I give it to my girlfriends and say: “Just wait, it does more than make you look good, it makes you feel good and you can eat it”, although I then quickly add ‘But don’t”! We are surrounded every day by all types of pollutions, free radicals and toxins. We don’t need to be putting more on our faces. And if we can get a little more than just colour from our cosmetics why wouldn’t we?  When you read what big cosmetic brands put into their lipsticks; then you apply that to your lips it doesn’t seem right. That’s why a splash of Rosehip Oil Lipbar and I know that I am not only healing my lips, but helping them too and I’m not putting animal fats or toxins into my body. Life is way to short for that! Visit www.ereperez.com.

Makeup Tips for Your Eye Shape

No matter how many YouTube makeup tutorials you watch, or how many times you attempt a look, sometimes you just can’t make it work. Understanding the shape of your eyes will transform the way you think about makeup, and will allow you to identify which trends and makeup styles will accentuate your features or detract from them. Find your eye shape and follow these makeup tips to look your very best with what you’ve got!

Wide Set

Wide set eyes are perhaps the most versatile in terms of applying makeup. By sculpting or filling in thicker eyebrows, your eyes will appear closer together. The general makeup rule is to use a darker lid colour on the inner corner of your eyes, and blend it outwards. This creates an emphasis on the inner corner and your eyes will look narrower.

Celebrities with wide set eyes: Kate Moss, Jessica Alba, Oprah Winfrey

Close Set

The close set eye requires the opposite to the wide set, in that the makeup aim is for them to appear slightly further apart. Sweep a light colour on the inner corner, and gradually get darker as you move outwards. Only apply liner to about two thirds of your lid, leaving the inner third bare. A winged eyeliner further elongates the illusion., as does filling out your eyebrows a little further than normal.

Celebrities with close set eyes: Jennifer Aniston, Sarah Jessica Parker, Rachel Bilson

Deep Set

For those of you with deep set eyes, your eyebrows often appear to make a hood over them. For this reason, the aim of the makeup game is to open your eyes up with light colours, as they bring the eyes forward and illuminate them. You are able to use eyeliner on both top and bottom, to accentuate the shape of the eye, and always curl your eyelashes and apply multiple coats of black mascara.

Celebrities with deep set eyes: Taylor Swift, Kim Kardashian, Miranda Kerr


Otherwise known as ‘bulging’ eyes, prominence can be diminished with a few makeup tricks. Luckily, a smokey eye look is one of the best ways for big eyes to appear smaller, so start with your darkest eyeshadow on your lash line and blend upwards with gradually lighter colours, finishing with highlighter on your brow bone. This brings the brow forward aesthetically, so your eye will look as though it has receded. False lashes are also recommended in place of liner, as they will also give the receding illusion.

Celebrities with prominent eyes: Nicole Richie, Mila Kunis, Katy Perry


Without much of an eyelid, hooded lid beauties have a slightly tougher time with eye makeup. The aim of the game is to have them appear more defined and feature more prominently on your face, so always use a neutral shade of eyeshadow to open them up. Apply it to the inside corner of your eye, and also to your brow bone. The thicker and darker your lashes are, the more pronounced your eyes will be, so curl and coat til you can curl and coat no more!

Celebrities with hooded eyes: Blake Lively, Nicole Kidman, Selena Gomez

Do you have a secret makeup tip you use for your eye shape?

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Day-to-Night Makeup Tips

If you’re rushing from day to night with evening work events, catch-up drinks with friends or date night with your man, you want to to update your makeup without lugging your entire makeup kit with you. Follow our makeup tips and product recommendations to transition your makeup from coffee to cocktails.

Perfect your skin
Does your skin get oily as the day goes on? Oil builds up on the surface of the skin, causing that perfect, even finish  you had in the morning to disappear by sunset. Blotting papers are your new best friend, restoring a matte complexion. Also check for smeared makeup around the eyes (carry a few cotton buds in your handbag to wipe away traces of raccoon eyes), and touch up any dark circles or blemishes with concealer if necessary.

Pucker up
Your lipstick wore off after that first latte, so touch up with a tinted lip balm throughout the day. When you’re ready to head out at night, top your lips with a brighter shade – it will really refresh your entire face. Look for multipurpose lip and cheek tints to save you carrying another lipstick in your handbag.

Evening eyes
Make your eyes pop at night by enhancing your day eye makeup. Simply use your favourite eyeliner to create a subtle smoky eye by lining the upper and lower lash line and smudge. If you wear mascara during the day, avoid adding another coat at night, as it will clump over the old, dry mascara.

Radiant evening skin
By the end of a long day, your face is usually flush with blood pumping through your body, but you can add dimension to your cheekbones with a swipe of bronzer or a dot of colour on the apples of the cheeks. Again, look for multipurpose lip and cheek tints, which often appear bright in the pot but apply sheer, so you can build up colour.

What are your favourite day-to-night makeup products?

Makeup Tips Direct from New York Fashion Week

From berry lips to sexy cat eyes, get inspired by the latest makeup trends as seen on the A/W 2014 shows at New York Fashion Week.

At Karen Walker, the look was all about sexy, exaggerated cat eyeliner, achieved using vegan-friendly OCC Tarred Cosmetic Color Pencil and Tarred Gel Liner, one of our favourite makeup lines. To get the look, be brave and really extend the cat eye, then fill it in with liquid eyeliner getting close to the lashes.


Another strong eye look over at Mara Hoffman, but much more wearable for day-to-day, with Maybelline lead makeup artist Alice applying black liner on the bottom waterline, a really striking look that will make the colours of your eyes pop.


Berry lips are always big for the autumn/winter collections, and our favourite has been the wine-stained lips at Rebecca Minkoff. Keep the rest of your makeup clean and simple so that the focus remains on the lips.


If dark lips are too dramatic for you, try a softer yet equally autumnal lip as seen at Carolina Herrera. Makeup artist Diane Kendal applied the soon-to-be-released MAC Boysenberry Lip Color, a gorgeous plum, to the models’  lips and then blotting away with a tissue for a just-bitten finish.

 Which are your favourite makeup looks from New York Fashion Week?

Makeup Tips for Brown Eyes

Of all the eye colours, brown eyes are the easiest to ‘dress up’ with a wide variety of makeup looks. Luckily for you, most shades of eye makeup compliment brown eyes, so you have a lot of options – from daytime subtle nudes to experimenting with crazy colours.

Follow our simple makeup tips and favourite products for brown-eyed babes.   


Bronze and olive
While many colours look extraordinary on brown eyes, bronze and olive hues are the most flattering. Natalie Portman almost always wears bronze and chocolate eyeshadows, and her brown eyes are absolutely mesmerising.

Try lining the eyes with a chocolate brown eyeliner, and sweet a little bronze shadow over the liner and into the crease. Blend the same bronze shadow on the lower lash line. The same goes for olive and khaki tones, especially flattering if you pop a little pink or peach blush on the apples of your cheeks and finish with a natural glossy lip colour.
Our favourite products: MAC Eye Shadow in Tempting, the prettiest shimmery golden-brown shadow that’s universally flattering.


Play up your lashes
Play up those beautiful lashes. Keep other eye makeup to a minimum and focus on giving your lashes that ‘wow’ factor. Invest in a quality eyelash curler and follow up with a mascara that thickens and lengthens.
Our favourite products: The Shu Uemura eyelash curler is a cult favourite of makeup artists for the va-va-voom curl it bestows on your lashes. It’s worth every penny over the cheaper brands.

Equally beloved is Diorshow Mascara for the way it dramatically plumps lashes.


The perfect 60-second eye makeup
Want to save time getting ready and still have show-stopping eyes? This simple routine will take you from day to night and takes no time at all.

First, brush a neutral colour all over the lid. Look for an eyeshadow with hints of gold that will play up any flecks of gold in your eyes.

Next, choose a darker colour for the crease. Try a dark grey shade and add a little more for an evening smoky eye.

Complete the look with a dab of highlighter under the brow bone and the inner eye. Finish with mascara and you’re set!
Our favourite products: All of the Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Eyeshadow range would work, but we especially love Candelight, a luminous golden taupe.


What are your favourite brown eye makeup products?

Makeup Tips: How to Contour Your Face

Always wondered how supermodels get those high, gorgeous cheekbones? And how to make your lips look fuller too? Forget Photoshop or surgery: you just need to learn how to contour your face, and a few everyday makeup products like bronzer, highlighter and lipgloss. Follow these makeup tips to learn how to contour your face just like the supermodels.

Contouring creates the cheekbones your always wanted, can slim down a wide nose, and give the illusion of fuller lips. The golden rule is that lighter shades like highlighters and lighter foundations will expose, enlarge and make features more visible, while darker shades like a bronzer will minimise and hide.

Also, avoid shimmery products when applying darker shades, as the shimmer will work as a highlighter, and enhance the features instead of minimising. Go matte for the darker shades, and use shimmer for the parts you want to stand out.

If you want higher cheekbones
Apply a matte bronzer just underneath your cheekbones. Blend well – you’re trying to achieve a soft effect rather than a harsh streak on your face. Also, don’t go too close to your nose and the centre of your face, as that will make you look tired.

To finish off, apply some highlighter on the top of your cheekbones.  Make sure to blend well again to avoid looking like an extra from Dynasty. You can also sweep a little blush on the apples of your cheeks for a pop of colour.

If you want fuller lips
Start with applying a dot of highlighter on the Cupid’s bow, and blend. Apply a light, natural pink lip liner, and finish it off with a lipgloss in light pink or your-lips-but-better nude colour. Shimmer will  enhance your lips and make them seem fuller. Make sure to avoid darker hues  as they will close the lips and make them appear smaller, as well as colours that are lighter than your skin tone, or your lips will disappear!

If you want a smaller nose
Apply a light contouring shade down the centre of your nose, and darker shades on the sides of your nose. It should start just where your eyebrows begin, and go all the way down the side. Take your time and brush straight lines in a downward stroke, or your nose might end up looking crooked. To shorten a longer nose, apply some of the darker shade on the tip of your nose. To finish, apply a little highlighter on the nose and blend, blend, blend! Avoid streaks in your face, remember it’s supposed to look soft and natural.

If you want to make your eyes pop
Apply a concealer or contouring cream one shade lighter than your skin tone under your eyes all the way to the side of your nose and blend outwards. Then apply some highlighter or light, shimmery eye shadow just underneath the arch of your brow. Apply eyeliner that is brown or taupe on the upper and lower eyelids, and apply a nude, matte eye shadow to the lids. If you you’re after a smoky eye, apply eye shadow one or two shades darker than the nude shadow to your crease, and blend well. Curl your lashes, and finish with two coats of mascara.

Have you tried contouring makeup?

Makeup Tips for Green Eyes

Whether you have light green eyes or hazel eyes, there are so many makeup options to make your eyes pop. You just have to know which colours to use, and which to avoid. Follow these makeup tips and product recommendations to enhance your beautiful green eyes.

Purples are best
Nothing brings out the beauty of green eyes like purple shades. The reason why purple compliments green so nicely is because it’s on the other side of the colour wheel from green, so look for shades of plum, violet and grape.

You don’t have to do an all-purple eye: replace your black eyeliner with a dark purple eyeliner, or look for a light grey-lavendar shadow for everyday makeup.

Our favourite productsClinique Quickliner for Eyes Intense in Intense Plum. We don’t leave home without it. To really make the eyes pop, line the waterline and upper lash line with this dramatic purple liner.



NARS Eye Paint in Tatar is an intense cream eyeshadow that every green-eyed girl should put on their wish list. With just the right amount of shimmer, use it to line the eyes (it makes an incredible cat eye) or blend over the lid for a sexy evening smoky eye.


Go for gold
Copper and gold tones are also perfect for highlighting green eyes. Also look for soft brown eyeshadows with flecks of gold. Choose a brown mascara instead of black to avoid a harsh contrast.

Our favourite products: Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics Pressed Eyeshadow Quads in Moulin Rouge. The copper Can-Can eyeshadow is perfect for making green eyes pop, while the chocolate brown Cabarets eyeshadow doubles as a perfect eyeliner.


Avoid blues, silvers and whites
Blues clash with green eyes, so try to avoid blue eyeshadow and eyeliner. And avoid silver if metallic tones are your thing – warmer metallics are your friend.

What are your favourite makeup products for green eyes?

Get the Look: Katy Perry’s Grammys Makeup

Celebrity makeup artist Jake Bailey created Katy Perry’s pretty, glowing Grammys makeup, and shares some easy makeup tips for recreating the look at home!

“I started by prepping her skin with Olay’s new Regenerist Luminous Tone Perfecting Cream.

Once the moisturiser had absorbed, I got to work on the skin. Since we were going for maximum “glow,” I mixed equal parts COVERGIRL BB cream and COVERGIRL TruBLEND Liquid Foundation on the back of my palm before buffing it all over her face and neck with a soft brush for sheer coverage and a polished glow.”

“I started the eye look by painting a delicate line onto her lashline and a subtle cat eye wing in the outer corners of her eyes using COVERGIRL Bombshell Liquid Liner.

I then coated her lashes with Bombshell Volume Mascara, top and bottom. I used the first coat to get that volumised look and then applied the second coat for the intense jet black wet lash look.

I then applied Bombshell Shine Shadow in Gold Goddess into the crease of her eyelid and highlighted her lids and browbones with Flamed Out Shadow in Blazing White.

I finished the eye look with a strong brow and a coat of clear mascara to hold them in place.”

“Once I finished with the eyes, I warmed and highlighted her complexion using COVERGIRL TruMAGIC Sunkisser and Luminizer. I blended the Sunkisser along the hairline and into the hollows of the cheeks to add warmth and dimension.

I then took the Luminizer and used it to add a golden glow to her cheekbones,  tip of her nose and just above the cupids bow of her lips.

Once I set the makeup with COVERGIRL + Olay Pressed Powder, I dusted a little bit of shimmery coral blush on the apples of her cheeks.”

“I finished the look with a fresh coral/pink shade called “Heavenly” from the COVERGIRL LipPerfection collection and tipped it with a touch of balm for extra shine.”

What do you think of Katy Perry’s Grammys makeup?

Your New Go-To 5-Minute Morning Makeup Routine

Getting ready for the day is never easy, so who has time for a complicated makeup routine? If you’re like me, you don’t. It’s wake-check emails-shower-grumble-throw something on-run out the door-get frustrated that you forgot breakfast again.

So how do you get yourself presentable in just a few precious morning minutes? Follow our 5-minute morning makeup routine and makeup tips and you’ll be surprised how polished, confident and fresh you’ll feel.

1. Splash your face with cold water
Get your day revved up with a clean start. After cleansing, splash your face with cold water to invigorate the skin and close the pores. Then use a gentle toner to sweep away any residual makeup or dirt. We love Adrien Arpel’s Lemon Lime Freshener or Dickinson’s Witch Hazel Toner (one of our favourite cheap and cheerful pharmacy buys). Now your face is clean and fresh as an empty canvas ready for a quick  makeup.


2. Skip the foundation – concealer is best
Most women cake their skin in foundation when they don’t even need it. Instead, just dot concealer over any blemishes, dark circles or scars and your face is done. We love Youngblood Ultimate Concealer – it comes in a stack of colours and is the perfect texture.


3. Eyes
No one has time for complicated eye makeup in the morning. Skip the eye shadow, and go for eyeliner and mascara. Line the upper lash line – we love MAC Eye Khol and Bobbi Brown Long-wear Gel Eyeliner. Extending the line out slightly, not quite a cat eye, will make your eyes pop. Finish with two coats of your favourite black mascara on your top lashes only. Brush your brows into place or fill in any gaps with Clinique Superfine Liner for Brows.

Leaving the shadow out and going with just eye liner and mascara leaves you looking fresh-faced and younger. You may never use shadow again!


4. Cheeks
A pop of colour on the cheeks instantly pulls your whole look together. Sweeping a soft rose blush or bronzer over the cheeks creates dimension to the face and adds a happy flush.. Our go-to blush for day is Youngblood Crushed Mineral Blush in Plumberry or Sherbet. A natural lip colour also doubles as a great creamy blush, just dot on the apples of your cheeks and blend.

youngbloodblush5. Lips
Finish your orange juice, kiss your baby/husband/dog and then set those lips! Fill in lips with your favourite natural lip colour – Bobbi Brown’s Creamy Matte Lip Color comes in a range of your-lips-but-better nudes, soft pinks and warm rose that is perfect for day. Don’t forget your lip balm for your handbag.


Now you’re looking even more gorgeous and ready to face the world!

What are your favourite morning makeup beauty products?

Get the Look: Jessica Chastain’s Golden Globes Makeup

Jessica Chastain looked radiant and glamourous at the Golden Globes 2014, with flawless skin, sexy eyes and rosy lips. Here’s how celebrity makeup artist Kristofer Buckle created the look, with some fabulous makeup tips for recreating the look at home.

Kristofer enhanced Jessica’s porcelain complexion using Le Teint Touche Éclat in B10, and the cult favourite touch éclat #1 pen to cover any little imperfections and to lighten up dark lines around the eyes. We’ve been using touch éclat for years – it really is that good!

Kristofer then applied Blush radiance #4 on her cheeks for a natural, rosy glow.

Jessica has beautiful green eyes, which Kristofer enhanced using eye shadows from the the Ombres 5 Lumières #3 Tawny palette to instantly lighten and widen her expression.

On Jessica’s lashes, Kristofer applied three coats of the Singulier Waterproof black Mascara. He applied it only on the top lashes to give her eyes a sultry doe-eyed look.

Kristofer used Rouge Pur Couture in Fuschia (#19) to achieve Jessica’s perfect pout. This is one of our favourite lipsticks – a vibrant fuchsia that is completely wearable whether you have pale, tan or dark skin.

What did you think of Jessica Chastain’s Golden Globes makeup?

Get the Look: Reese Witherspoon’s Golden Globes Makeup

Does Reese Witherspoon ever have a celebrity style misstep? Luckily we’ve got the exact beauty products and makeup tips used to create Reese’s glowing Golden Globes makeup, direct from her celebrity makeup artist Mai Quynh.

Mai started by hydrating the skin with La Praire Skin Caviar Luxe Cream, then creating a flawless base with Laura Mercier Foundation Primer.

She then applied the soon-to-be-released Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide Foundation with a sponge, concealing any blemishes and under eye circles with Laura Mercier Secret Concealer and Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage.

To get Reese’s natural glow, Mai layered two blushes on the apples of the cheeks: one cream, one powder. This creates a gorgeous glow-from-within and your blush lasts much longer. She started with Laura Mercier Crème Cheek Colour in Praline and then topped it with Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Colour in Peach Whisper.

When you’re doing makeup for weddings or events and using a lot of beauty products, you want to finish with a setting powder and a light dusting of bronzer to make it look natural and not too makeup-y. Mai set the look using Laura Mercier Pressed Setting Powder in Translucent, and swept Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil Powder Bronze over the forehead, cheeks and chin (this bronzer smells divine!).

Mai created a soft smokey eye by mixing Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colours in Sand Glow and Cocoa and applying the colour from the inside of the eyelid, blending it towards the outer lid.

Next, she applied Laura Mercier Illuminating Eye Colour in Fire Glow on the entire lid and blended. On the outer crease, she used Laura Mercier Illuminating Eye Colour in Earth Glow.

After that she lined Reese’s eyes with Laura Mercier Kohl Eye Pencil in Brown Copper – this colour really makes the eyes pop.

Finally, she coated the lashes in Laura Mercier Long Lash Mascara in Black.

We love Reese’s your-lips-but-better lip colour. Mai used Laura Mercier Rouge Nouveau Weightless Lip Colour in Play, topping it with Laura Mercier Lip Glacé in Bellini. This is a great all-day lip gloss that suits most skin tones.

What do you think of Reese Witherspoon’s Golden Globes makeup?


Get the Look: Sofia Vergara’s Golden Globes Makeup

Definitely one of our favourite Golden Globes makeup looks – Sofia Vergara was bombshell from head to high-heeled toe. If you have a tan or olive skin, you’ll want to save celebrity makeup artist Kayleen McAdams’ makeup tips to recreate this look at home – it’s the perfect makeup for summer parties and weddings!

Sofia has amazing skin, so Kayleen simply enhanced her glowing complexion with COVERGIRL truBLEND Foundation in M6.

When the focus is on the lips, you want a natural warmth on the cheeks, which Kayleen achieved using one of our favourite blushes, COVERGIRL Clean Glow Blush in Roses.

Sofia’s sexy cat eye is actually brown, not black, to look more natural against her golden skin. Kayleen used Bombshell Liner in Chocolate Kiss, then Bombshell Shine Shadow in Gold Goddess to give add sparkle to the eyes.

Complete the look with big lashes using Bombshell Volume Mascara.

We’re obsessed with Sofia’s tropical coral-red lip colour. Sofia chose LipPerfection Lip Color in Flame.

What did you think of Sofia Vergara’s Golden Globes makeup?

Get the Look: Jennifer Lawrence’s Golden Globes Makeup

Jennifer Lawrence rocked a seductive berry lip and glowing skin at the Golden Globes 2014. Here’s how celebrity makeup artist Ve Neill created the look, with some easy makeup tips for recreating the look at home.

Ve used one of our favourite foundations to create Jennifer’s flawless complexion, Dior Airflash Matte Touch Long-Lasting Airy Powder and Diorskin Nude BB Crème in Fair (#002). The Airflash is a light foundation mist that takes a little getting used to, but it creates an incredible airbrushed finish.

For Jennifer’s glow-from-within blush, Ve used Diorblush Glowing Color Powder Blush in My Rose (#943), a really pretty pink hue.

To play off those dark lips, a subtle smokey eye is all you need – any darker, and the look becomes too harsh. Ve used Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow in Gris-Gris (#034), a beautiful palate of greys, and lined the eyes using Dior Crayon Kohl in Black (#099).

Finally, lashing of Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara in Over Black #090.

This look is all about the lips, and Jennifer wore Rouge Dior Lipstick in Prune Daisy (#976).

What did you think of Jennifer Lawrence’s Golden Globes makeup?

Get The Look: Dianna Agron’s Retro Makeup

How pretty does Dianna Agron look at last week’s Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party in New York last week! Her inspiration? Vogue magazines from the early 1960’s, which you can see in the pastel blue eyeshadow, bubblegum pink lips and soft beehive.

Here are the makeup tips and exact products used direct from celebrity makeup artist Daniel Martin so you can recreate Dianna’s pretty retro makeup at home!

Daniel started by creating Dianna’s flawless base with Giorgio Armani Maestro Cream Compact Foundation in #5.5 and Maestro Eraser Concealer in #4.

To get Dianna’s gorgeous glow, he applied Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer in #2 on the cheeks and on the bridge of the nose to reflect the light.

Finally, Daniel set her makeup with Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Powder #5.

For Dianna’s rosy cheeks, Daniel used Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush in #2 on the cheeks, and #5 to sculpt and create definition.

For those pretty pastel eyes, Daniel used the Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Eyeshadow Quad in Pantelleria, setting the look with a thick line and flick using Maestro Liquid Eyeliner on the upper lash line, and finally Eyes To Kill Mascara on the lashes.

Dianna’s pretty-in-pink hue is simply a slick of Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy in #504 Flesh.

Are you a fan of Dianna Agron’s retro makeup?


Makeup Tips: Spring Racing Beauty

You’ve got the frock, you’ve got the fascinator – now complete your Spring Racing look with beautiful, natural makeup just like Jessica Alba’s using one of our favourite beauty brands Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics. Here are the products you need for classic Races makeup that suit all skin tones, types and ages – plus they last all day so you can focus on the Champers and not retouching your lippie!


Mineral Primer
Start by applying a small pump of this irritant-free primer to enhance the performance of your makeup – ideal for keeping your makeup fresh while you’re out all day.

Mineral Radiance Creme Powder Foundation
This cream powder foundation is light-as-air and gives you a natural look with a luminous finish. You don’t feel like you’re wearing makeup at all.

Mineral in the Mist in Recharge
This hydrating mist is ideal for popping in your handbag to refresh and brighten up the skin throughout the day (plus it smells divine).

Mineral Crushed Blush in Tropical Glow
I love blush, so choosing a favourite blush is like choosing a favourite child…but Youngblood’s Tropical Glow is definitely in my top three blushes. Pop on the apples of the cheek for instant glow.


Lip Liner in Au Naturel
This is the perfect your-lips-but-better lip liner that suits all lip shades, and simply enhances your natural lip line so you can pair with any lipstick of gloss.

Hydrating Lip Creme
Hydrate lips with this smoothing lip cream that is not glossy or sticky at all.


Pressed Eyeshadow in Gilded
This super fine bronze shadow makes all eye colours pop, and the shadow last all day.

Eye Gel Liner in Eclipse
Super smooth, even if you’ve never used gel eye liner you’ll love this liner for creating either a thin line on the upper lashes, a dramatic cat eye or even lining the water line for seriously sexy smokey eyes.

Mascara in Black
Complete your beautiful makeup look with two coats of mascara and you’re ready to go!

What are your favourite makeup products for the Races?

3 Korean Beauty Secrets and Makeup Tips For Youthful Skin

So many of the beauty and makeup trends we see today are coming out of South Korea. Just think BB creams: they’ve taken the West by storm and left us wanting in on more Korean beauty secrets and makeup tips.

Naturally, Eastern and Western women share one major beauty and skincare goal: we all want to look younger and more radiant.

While many of us in the West make the mistake of thinking more makeup will hide our age and skin-related sins, South Koreans often embrace a less is more mantra that works like a charm.

Want to rejuvenate your look? Let’s explore 3 Korean beauty trends that you need to try now!


1. CC cream

By the time the West embraced BB Cream, Korea had already moved onto CC cream. What is CC cream? We like to think of it as BB Cream’s trendy younger sister. If you haven’t met her yet, you’re missing out!

The ‘CC’ in CC cream usually stands for colour correction or colour control.  CC cream is a life-saver for the time poor, as it addresses multiple beauty concerns in a single application. Slept late and have to run out the door? Skip your primer and slap on some CC cream to correct and conceal redness and discolouration. Sunscreen? Many CC creams have got you covered and contain a generous amount of SPF.

What else is packed into this beauty super product? Oil control and brightening properties. Some CC creams even claim to address issues such as ageing over time.

CC cream isn’t just a great time-saver. It’s also an easy way to achieve a natural, youthful complexion. While heavy foundation may conceal the first signs of ageing, too much can lead to a cakey look and actually draw attention to fine lines. Meanwhile, CC creams’ weightless quality and bright finish blurs imperfections for a no-makeup finish.

Ready to try CC creams? We love Max Factor’s CC Colour Correcting Cream.


2. Aegyo Sal

Aegyo Sal, roughly translated, means “eye pouches” or “charming fat” (yes!). The expression refers to the pouch of fat beneath the eye. Aegyo sal is not to be confused with the eye bags you get after a couple of late nights and way too much sodium. Instead, think of the puffiness under the eyes that is common in children. That’s what the Korean trend seeks to emulate.

Some people are born with aegyo sal. For the rest of us, if you’re game to try, the look can be created with these easy makeup tips. Simply run a white or cream eye shadow just beneath your waterline to highlight your under-eye area. Then, using a matte brown shade, create a half-moon shape beneath your highlight colour to give the illusion of a shadow. Finally, blend away any harsh lines.

Confused? YouTube makeup guru Michelle Phan has a super easy aegyo sal tutorial.


3. Gradient lips

Ever take makeup tips from Olivia Wilde or hair inspiration from Lady Gaga? In South Korea, pop idol groups and K-drama stars inspire beauty trends. Right now, gradient lips are popping up everywhere.

As with CC cream and aegyo sal, gradient lips aim to make the wearer appear more youthful. Gradient lips do this by creating a flush of colour on the lips that radiates outwards and gives you a ‘I’ve just been eating a popsicle’ look. By focusing colour on the centre of the lips, they appear smaller. Big lips are sensuous. In turn, small lips are associated with youth and innocence. Playing down the lips also makes your eyes appear larger and more doe-like.

Beauty blogger Sparkle Apple has a cute and easy-to-follow tutorial on gradient lips for you to try out.

Would you try any of these Korean beauty secrets?

Bethany Tyndall writes about beauty on her blog Beauty Junkie.


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