Makeup Ideas

5 First-Date Makeup Looks

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

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Voluminous lashes

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

5 First-Date Makeup Looks


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

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Try Before You Buy: The Virtual Makeup Kit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Available now from Google Play and iTunes

How To Wear Pastel Makeup For Summer

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

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

How To Wear Pastel Makeup


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

How To Wear Pastel Makeup


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

How To Wear Pastel Makeup


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

How To Wear Pastel Makeup


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

How To Wear Pastel Makeup

Images via Fashion Freax, Vogue UK, Sicky Magazine, Makeup and Beauty Blog

Get The Look: Upside Down Cat Eye

Give a modern twist to the classic cat eye look by tweaking just one factor – turning it upside down!

This unique look is easy enough for both beginners and experienced makeup artists, and is perfect for almost any type of occasion you can think of. All you need is a black eyeliner (gel, cream, or felt-tip) to get started.

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What you need

  • Eyeliner (of course)
  • Mascara
  • Cotton tips
  • Micellar water (or makeup remover for smoothing out any lines)


  1. Prep your eyes with a primer to keep the colour lasting for longer, and also if you suffer from really oily eyelids.
  2. Line the bottom water line with a thin, black kohl pencil. This will create the very basis of your look.
  3. Use an angled brush, then dip it into the tip of the mascara. Carefully draw a line which extends from the lower lash line and outwards into the outer corner.
  4. To create the cat eye itself, place a sticky note extending from the outer corner, then simply use a felt-tip liner to draw the end. Draw it on as carefully as you can, then fill it in with the same angled brush.
  5. Simply remove the sticky note and use a cotton tip dipped in makeup remover to tidy up the flick.

Would you try this look at home?

Image via Byrdie

Kirsten Dunst’s No-Makeup Tutorial

If we could recreate just one makeup look every single day, it would have to be of actress Kirsten Dunst.

With skin that is always glowing, rosy cheeks, and glossy lips, this is definitely a quick and easy look which is perfect if you’re constantly on-the-go. Here are some quick tips on how to copy her (no-makeup) makeup look at home!

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To keep skin feeling hydrated all day long, use a rich moisturiser which won’t cause dry patches or irritate the skin. Apply a pea-sized amount all of the face and neck, then wait for it to dry completely. This particular product is ideal for women who suffer from extremely dehydrated and sensitive skin.

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Bioderma Hydrabio Rich Cream, $39.99


You can skip this step if your skin is mostly free from blemishes or simply doesn’t have a reddish undertone. If you have a few blemishes, use a lightweight powder foundation to even out your skin tone. Dust lightly with a powder brush over the face and neck, avoiding the eye area.

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Laura Mercier Mineral Powder SPF15, $65


Create a subtle hint of colour on your cheeks by using a liquid blush. This not only settles well into the skin, but keeps your face looking natural and radiant. Most cheek tints can also be used on the lips, so don’t be afraid to use this in the centre of your lips if you’re on-the-go!

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ModelCo Cheek & Lips, $24


For flirty lashes, skip the eye liner and use just a mascara to create the illusion of bigger eyes. Curl your lashes, then apply a thin coat of mascara onto both the top and bottom. Feel free to curl lashes once again once the mascara has dried.

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It Cosmetics Hello Lashes Clinically Proven 5-in-1 Mascara, $24


Kirsten never wears anything too harsh on her lips, so something like a glossy lip tint is perfect for finishing this look. Choose coral shades if you have an olive-dark complexion, or pink/purple shades for a fair complexion. Most of these chubby sticks can also be used as a blush and eyeshadow as well!

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Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturising Lip Colour Balm, $35

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Makeup Looks For Green Eyes

Do you have green eyes? Well you’re in luck! Not only do green eyes look amazing paired with almost any eyeshadow, they’re also really easy to pair with mascara, eyeliner and even brow-taming products.

Use the following ideas an inspiration if you’re finding it difficult to create a flattering makeup look for green eyes.

RELATED: Purple Smokey Eye Tutorial

Warm taupe

Any shade which is on the opposite side of the colour-wheel suits green eyes best. Taupe is a neutral which is flattering for all colours, but particularly suits green eyes because it brings out the brown undertones. Cream, liquid, and powder eyeshadows all compliment green eyes, and they’re super easy to apply! Use an eye primer to prep the skin, so it can hold onto the product and last for hours.


You can’t go past an eyeshadow palette without seeing some kind of purple shade. This is ideal for green eyes since it makes them look even lighter when paired with falsies and a prominent brow! Dab a bit of purple eyeshadow on the outer corner of your eyes, and blend out with an eyeshadow brush to create a twist on the classic smokey eye.

Dark green

Similarly, any dark shade of emerald green works beautifully on hazel or light-green eyes. It makes your eyes appear larger than they are, and is suitable for a day or night look. Use a cream eyeshadow pencil to easily apply product all over the lid, and blend with your fingers for a seamless look.


Any earth-toned shimmery eyeshadow suits blue or green eyes, and makes them look exotic and intense. Baked eyeshadows are perfect for this because they are used with a few drops of water to create a stay-all-day shade which doesn’t crease. Use on the inner corner to create the illusion of bigger eyes.

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Get The Look: Purple Smokey Eye Tutorial

Create a classic smokey-eye with a twist by using vibrant pops of colour to spice up your entire makeup look.

Not only do shades of purple suit every skin eye and colour, but they’re really versatile and can be adapted for both day and night. Follow our easy purple smokey-eye tutorial for a special night out.

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1. To allow your makeup to stay on flawlessly without creasing, use an eye primer and dab lightly onto the eyelid and surrounding area.

Get the look: Purple Smokey Eye Tutorial

Face of Australia Eye Primer, $7.95

2. Create the illusion of bigger, brighter eyes by using a highlighting shade on your inner corner. This is perfect for opening the eye, and creating a soft base for the rest of the makeup.

Get the look: Purple Smokey Eye Tutorial

Prestige Cosmetics My Brow Illuminating Jumbo Pencil, $15.95

3. Take a light purple shade and cover your entire eyelid. Buff it well into the skin by using an all-over eyeshadow brush for a flawless look.

Get the look: Purple Smokey Eye Tutorial

Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Painted Purple, $11.95

4. To contour the eye, take a slightly darker shimmery shade and concentrate it into your socket. Use a soft crease brush and easily swipe across the outer perimeters of your eyes. Keep blending until there are no harsh lines left on the surface, and it looks perfectly blended or gradient.

Get the look: Purple Smokey Eye Tutorial

Make Up Store Cybershadow in Bordeaux, $33

5. Add a winged liner if you want to create a stronger look; a felt-tip is perfect if you’re a beginner and don’t have quite a steady hand!

Get the look: Purple Smokey Eye Tutorial

Benefit They’re Real Liner, $35

6. Curl your lashes as usual, then apply a generous coat of mascara over the top. Don’t forget to take some extra product and highlight the brow bone area as well.

Get the look: Purple Smokey Eye Tutorial

L’Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes Mascara, $27.95

Would you wear this look? Comment below and share your thoughts on purple eyeshadow.

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Get The Look: Mary Kate Olsen’s Cat Eye

The Olsen twins are normally known for their quirky sense of style, and ability to wear almost anything and have it work for their tiny frames. This time, we’re looking towards Mary-Kate Olsen’s retro cat-eye which is a perfect makeup look for an evening out.

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1. Prep the skin by using a lightweight primer and foundation. If you’re heading out at night, skip the SPF since it will cause a white cast to appear on your face. Buff the foundation well into your skin by using a damp cosmetic sponge.

Get the look - Mary Kate Olsen's Cat Eye

Marc Jacobs Genius Gel Super-Charged Oil Free Foundation, $48

2. It’s time to conceal any blemishes and dark circles, so lightly dap the product with your fingers and blend it out. To contour under the eyes, use a concealer which is 1-2 shades lighter than your normal shade.

Get the look - Mary Kate Olsen's Cat Eye

Clinique All About Eyes Concealer, $36

3. Prime the eyes by using a lightweight eye primer. Anything that is too heavy will make it a nightmare to keep your makeup in place.

Get the look - Mary Kate Olsen's Cat Eye

Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, $34

4. Now it’s time to work on the eyeliner. Firstly, line the eye with a felt-tip liner since it’s the easiest tool for beginners.

For the flick, use an angled brush and dip lightly into a gel liner pot. Follow the line of of your bottom lashes, and carefully extend it outwards. Fix up any mistakes with a cotton tip dipped in makeup remover. It makes it so much easier to fix any un-even lines.

Get the look - Mary Kate Olsen's Cat Eye

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner, $18

5. Fill in any gaps with a liquid liner since this formula is unlikely to wear away. Carefully dab over any parts of the eyes that need a little extra maintenance. Carry this in your handbag if you ever need to fix up your makeup throughout the evening.

Get the look - Mary Kate Olsen's Cat Eye

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner, $26

6. Apply a thin coat of mascara onto your lashes, or even use a pair of falsies to make the look more dramatic.

Get the look - Mary Kate Olsen's Cat Eye

Kevyn Aucoin The Volume Mascara, $38

Image via Olsens Anonymous

The Look For Less: Best Makeup Dupes

Why spend more money on makeup when you just don’t need to! There are a variety of beauty and skincare related dupes out there, which will save you both time and money to track down.

Below are a few essential looks for less, which are just as good as the real thing (only kinder to your wallet).

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Splurge – Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, $92

Steal – L’Oreal Paris True Match Foundation, $29.95

The Look For Less: Best Makeup Dupes


Splurge – Nars Blush in Super Orgasm, $39

Steal – Face of Australia Blush in O-Peachy, $9.45

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Setting Spray 

Splurge – Mac Prep + Prime Fix + $27

Spend – Nyx Setting Spray, $14.95

The Look For Less: Best Makeup Dupes


Splurge – Benefit They’re Real! Mascara, $38

Spend – Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Mascara, $19.95

The Look For Less: Best Makeup Dupes


Splurge – Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel, $39

Spend – NYX Waterproof Eyebrow Gel, $14.95

The Look For Less: Best Makeup Dupes


Splurge – Yves Saint Laurent Touché Eclat Radiant Touch, $57

Spend – Essence Stay Natural Concealer, $3.50

The Look For Less: Best Makeup Dupes

Gel Eyeliner

Splurge – Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner, $35

Spend – Maybelline EyeStudio Lasting Drama Gel Pot Liner, $16.95

The Look For Less: Best Makeup Dupes

Translucent Loose Setting Powder

Splurge – Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder, $58

Spend – Face of Australia Translucent Loose Powder, $11.95

The Look For Less: Best Makeup Dupes

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Get The Look: Behati Prinsloo’s Fresh Makeup

Besides being one of the most successful Victoria’s Secret models, Behati Prinsloo is renowned for her funky and off-beat sense of style, and natural depiction of beauty. The Namibian supermodel has a signature fresh makeup look which includes glowing, radiant skin coupled with chiseled cheekbones and natural brows.

Recreate one of her signature makeup looks with just a few essential products which are all under $50!

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Start with the eyes if you’re using darker shades to avoid fall-out on the rest of the face. Carefully prime the eyes with a matte eye primer – this will allow your makeup to last the distance without rubbing off from sweat or natural oils.

Get The Look: Behati Prinsloo's Fresh Makeup

Models Prefer Eye Primer, $13.99

Then use a light nude and press it gently across the entire eye. Take a darker colour on a fluffy brush, and concentrate the product on the outer corner of the eyes. Make sure to blend this out seamlessly so you don’t see any harsh lines.

Get The Look: Behati Prinsloo's Fresh Makeup

Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 Palette, $45.60

To finish up the eyeshadow, use a metallic to cover the rest of the eye leading into the inner corner, this will really make your eyes pop!

Essence Mono Eyeshadow, $1.42

Essence Mono Eyeshadow, $1.42

Curl your lashes as usual, and apply a mascara from root to tip. This is essential in creating a natural makeup look and will avoid clumpy lashes.

Get The Look: Behati Prinsloo's Fresh Makeup

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler, $29

Get The Look: Behati Prinsloo's Fresh Makeup

Clinique High Impact Mascara, $38


Moisturise the skin and apply a tiny bit of foundation onto the forehead, cheeks, chin and nose. Blend with a stippling brush to achieve a flawless finish.Push the product into problem areas such as bumps or acne scarring to make skin look airbrushed.

Get The Look: Behati Prinsloo's Fresh Makeup

Burt’s Bees Radiance Day Creme with Royal Jelly, $39.95

Set your makeup with a translucent setting powder and dab softly under the eyes, on the chin, and also the sides of the nose. These places are notorious for producing a lot of oil, and a setting powder will let them remain matte for as long as possible.

Get The Look: Behati Prinsloo's Fresh Makeup

Jurlique Finishing Powder, $45


Bring some definition to the face by lightly contouring the cheekbones. Suck in your cheeks, and apply bronzer underneath the line of contour. Blend it out into the hairline until the contour looks seamless and natural.

Get The Look: Behati Prinsloo's Fresh Makeup

The Balm Bahama Mama Bronzer, $27.95

Apply a light blush over the top of your cheeks, and stick to a neutral pink which suits every skin tone. A liquid blush is also a good idea for the summer since it’s easy to apply, and will bring a subtle pink glow to any skin tone.Screen shot 2014-10-28 at 11.33.33 PM

Becca Beach Tint, $42

To finish the entire look, apply a highlighting creme over places where the sun would naturally hit your face: over the cheekbones, lightly on the brow bone, on the temples of your forehead, and on the cupid’s bow (just above your lips). Lightly dab with your finger or a small foundation brush for a flawless application.

Get The Look: Behati Prinsloo's Fresh Makeup

Revlon Highlight Palette, $26.95


For the lips you can keep the look neutral by applying a clear gloss, or staying within the shade of a nude or muted pink.

Get The Look: Behati Prinsloo's Fresh Makeup

Napoleon Perdis Lip Lacquer, $23

Use a lip liner if you have a little more time to be precise with your application, but a tinted gloss works just as well, and doesn’t require too much maintenance throughout the day.

Get The Look: Behati Prinsloo's Fresh Makeup

Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturising Lip Colour Balm, $35

Image via VS Pressroom

5 Lipstick Shades For Summer

Who doesn’t love the warmer weather? We bid adieu to winter coats, the days are longer and even the makeup we use also changes. Embracing a bolder lip colour all comes down to your own individual confidence, as well as your own skin tone. We share with you some of our favourite summer-inspired lip products which will surely ease you into the bright-lip trend!


Orange is definitely the new red! Not only are orange toned lipsticks easier to wear, but they suit almost every skin tone as well. Rather than their high maintenance counterpart, orange lipsticks generally don’t require a lip liner, and can be worn as a lip stain for a fun pop of colour.

We recommend: MAC Cosmetics Morange Lipstick, $36


Tone down your makeup look by applying a sheer, nude lipstick for a sultry disposition. There are many shades of nude lipsticks for fair, medium and darker skin which are really low maintenance and available almost anywhere.

We recommend: Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick in Nude Pink, $11.95


We cannot resist a pop of pink colour for the spring season, and this is certainly no exception! The best way to wear a baby pink lipstick is by applying the product with a lip-brush. This will ensure a perfection application every single time, and will buff the product flawlessly into your lips.

We recommend: ModelCo Party Proof Lipstick in Parisian Pink


Go for a neutral makeup look with a dash of colour with a classic coral shade on your lips. Coral tones suit every skin tone, but look amazing on medium and darker skin when paired with a winged liner.

We recommend: Nars Lipstick in Casablanca, $35


Who said that darker tones were only reserved for the colder months? Choose a plum or darker shade which is of a sheer formula, since this will give your lips a pop of colour without being too harsh.

We recommend: Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Shine, $55

Recreate Kim Kardashian’s Wedding Makeup

Fallen head over heels for Kim Kardashian’s latest makeup at her Italian summer-wedding with rapper Kanye West? You can recreate this look for a special occasion or even for your own wedding, using the exact products Kim used on her own big day. Now we just need a customised Givenchy wedding gown to match!

Kim’s makeup artist Mario Devivanovic recently shared all the products he used to create the natural makeup look with E! News.


Aim for a clean and simple makeup look which is long-lasting but won’t look too cakey on the skin.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Liquid Foundation, $39

Urban Decay Naked Flushed Highlighter, Bronzer and Blush, $30


Kim went for a simple smokey eye look which is timeless – especially for a wedding. Long lashes were achieved by applying individual falsies to both the top and bottom of her natural lash line, then blending them seamlessly into her own.

Urban Decay Ink for Eyes Waterproof Precision Eye Pen, $20

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Original, $8

Urban Decay Perversion Mascara (launching soon)

Kardashian Beauty Individual Lashes, $15.90

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Eyeshadow in Eternal Sunshine, $19.95

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade, $39


For an extra plump-lip, Kim’s lips were lined with a neutral product, then a long-lasting gloss was applied throughout the centre.

Kardashian Beauty Honey Stick Lipgloss in Natural Honey, $16

L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lipstick in Extraordinaire, $21.95

L’Oréal Paris Liquid Lipstick by Colour Riche in Nude Ballet (for reception), $21.95

Image via E! Online

DIY Ombré Lips

Ombré seems to be the latest trend which we all are dying to incorporate into our makeup, haircare and wardrobe looks of the season. To create a subtle ombré effect, simply use two different shades on your lips to create a gradient effect – and don’t forget to blend in well!

What you will need:

1 dark lipstick

1 dark lipliner

1 shimmery powder eyeshadow

1 small, flat brush to blend

Clean toothbrush


1. Give your lips a good scrub with a clean toothbrush, since this will remove any dry or dead skin cells.

2. Put on your darker lipstick as usual. If you find it particularly difficult, use a lip brush to carefully apply the colour to your top and bottom lips.

3. Line your lips with the dark lipliner, and pay special attention to the corners of your mouth. Blend the liner into the lips so there aren’t any visible, harsh lines.

4. Instead of using a lighter lipstick, apply a small amount of highlighting eyeshadow on the centre of your bottom lip. This will create the lighter, gradient effect without packing on too much product. Make sure to blend it in well into the middle of your lips.

5. Use a gloss on your lips for a pouty look!

Image via The Beauty Junkee

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?

Get The Look: Lea Michele’s Glowing Makeup

Lea Michele simply glowed at yesterday’s ELLE Women in Hollywood Celebration in Beverly Hills, pairing slicked back hair with radiant cheeks and a your-lips-but-better nude lip. Such a pretty look for summer parties and weddings. Here’s how celebrity makeup artist Melanie Inglessis created the look.

Melanie started with L’Oréal Paris Magic Nude Liquid Powder Makeup in Sun Beige. For Lea’s radiant cheeks, she applied L’Oréal Paris Visible Lift Color Lift Blush in Nude Lift.

Lea’s clean eye makeup only needed a slick of eyeliner and layers of L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Butterfly Mascara to elongate and curl Lea’s long lashes.

Melanie applied L’Oréal Paris Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain in Eternally Nude for Lea’s perfectly nude lips – the perfect lip stain for summer tan skin.

Are you a fan of Lea Michele’s glowing makeup?

More Fab Foundations

1. Bloom Compact & Liquid Foundation
In the past I have found most compact foundations too heavy on the skin and enhancing the appearance of fine lines. So it was with hesitation that I accepted the challenge to Bloom Compact Foundation. The good news: I now have a new favourite foundation! The coverage is light and provides a good base for makeup whilst retaining a natural appearance. There?s no need to touch up regularly as it holds its freshness for a good 12 hours without replying. Definitely worth the purchase! Bloom also had a liquid foundation which is a perfect light foundation. The best feature is that it contains Lavender Essential Oil. Not only do you look fabulous but it smells amazing too!
RRP $15 Bloom compact foundation, $30 for refil
RRP $35 Liquid Foundation Stockists: 03 9421 0200

2. Estee Lauder Aeromatte Ultralucent Pressed Powder
The Aeromatte Ultralucent Pressed Powder feels like heaven on your face and is perfect to keep in your handbag for that quick touch up at work or when you are out at night. Great if you don?t want to re-apply your foundation during the day but you like a little extra coverage. Also recommended from Estee Lauder is the Ideal Matte Refinishing Compact. It was launched last year as a natural looking alternative matte foundation. The benefits of flawless looking skin is now available in compact from with Ideal Matte Refinishing Compact Makeup. This compact is smooth and creamy in texture, glides easily onto the skin and blends fantastically with moisturisers or a tinted moisturiser, as was my preference. This product contains advanced pigments that ensures your makeup won?t streak or look cakey, which is certainly the case with this compact. Highly recommended!
RRP $68 AeroMatte Ultralucent Pressed Powder
RRP $66 Matte Refinishing Compact Makeup. Available at Est?e Lauder counters

3. Palladio Herbal Wet-Dry Foundation
The texture and application of this powder is fantastic. You can’t tell you are wearing it after you put it on as it blends well with skin rather than masking it. Apply wet for maximum all day coverage or dry for a natural smooth look. Good packaging and the application sponge is far superior to some provided by other cosmetic companies. Enriched with Ginseng, Green Tea, Gingko Biloba, Chamomile and Aloe Vera, the foundation powder feels soft on the skin and doesn?t clog pores.
RRP $32.95 Stockists: (03) 9557 5755

4. YSL Compact Foundation Matt Finish
This is one of the best foundation products on the market! Convenient, elegant and efficient the YSL compact is a must for anyone that likes constant coverage all day long without your makeup looking like it is ?caked on?. This compact gives a velvety texture to your skin and even has SPF 15 in it for sun protection as well as beautiful coverage to ensure a natural finish to you skin. No need to apply several times a day as this makeup seems to last and the fact it is refillable makes it all the better for your budget ? not cheap but definitely worth the extra dollars! Go on splurge on this one!
RRP $89.00 Stockists: (02) 9965 9722

5. Sax Moisturising Foundation
This foundation is not for those who prefer a light covering on their face but is perfect for chicks that like their foundation strong and long lasting. Not such a great product for those ?tinted moisturiser? fans as they will probably find this foundation too heavy. It?s long lasting, however, and goes on smooth and creamy.
RRP $19.95 Stockists: (03) 9568 5999

Look beautifully sunkissed all year round

Look beautifully sunkissed all year round

WIN 1 of 100 Max Factor Sheer Radiance foundation valued at $34.95 rrp
Click here to enter our online competition.

?This light foundation gives you a truly natural look with a healthy, radiant glow. You can use it on its own or as a finishing touch to Colour Adapt. So you can look beautifully sun kissed all year round.?
– Morag Ross, Chief Make-up Artist, “The Aviator”

Fresh, luminous skin is the new definition of beauty this season. Now is the time to boost your complexion and cultivate that healthy ?post-holiday? glow that makes us look and feel radiant.

Building on the success of Colour Adapt advanced formula, new Sheer Radiance by Colour Adapt has a lightweight formula that blends easily to give a sheer and dewy finish without masking natural skin tones.

For best results
1. Use Sheer Radiance by Colour Adapt alone for an all over summer glow.
2. Apply Sheer Radiance as a highlighter on your temples and cheekbones.
3. Sheer Radiance can also be applied on top of Colour Adapt foundation to add extra shimmer, focusing on cheekbones and temple.

Makeup Artist Tip
Add a little Sheer Radiance on your collarbone for added definition, or mix a small amount in with your body lotion to add shimmer and shine to your skin.

How to get the sun kissed look
What is he make-up artist?s secret to a sunkissed look all year round?
Sheer Radiance by Colour Adapt. Our Max Factor Make-up Artists make it easy to get a fresh summer glow.
? Mix a very small amount of Sheer Radiance by Colour Adapt into your foundation (Colour Adapt by Max Factor) and blend evenly over face.
? Or you can apply your foundation first and then use Sheer Radiance by Colour Adapt on top as a highlighter.
? For eyes, use Max Factor Earth Spirits in Almond. Wash colour over entire lid. Blend Inca Bronze into the center and outer corner of the eye.
Blending well, apply Burnt Bark into the crease line of the eye.
? For added definition, line top last line with Max Factor Kohl Pencil in Deep Brown. Finish with lashings of More Lashes Mascara to create the look of twice as many lashes.
? For lips, finish with Silk Gloss in Mellow Pink for that perfect pout.

WIN 1 of 100 Max Factor Sheer Radiance foundation valued at $34.95 rrp
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“I wore glittery blue eyeshadow!” (and other confessions)

Most women can recall their first flirtation with makeup. A sickly sweet lip gloss that you wore to death one summer? A very trendy (and expensive) bright green mascara – what was I thinking? Or perhaps call-girl red lipstick on a way to young face… We’ve all been there. So, tell us about the first item of makeup you ever bought…

Alex: “It was a duo eye shadow that was electric blue and bright pink!”

Dee: “A revolting candy pink lipstick that I thought was gorgeous at the time.”

Leanne: “Blue eyeshadow with glitter – it was a fashion disaster but at the time my friends and I thought we looked very cool.”

Kylie: “Opal coloured lipstick I totally loved it it was purple and shiny I was 16 and thought I was sooo cool…”

Loredana: “My grown-up cousin gave me mascara on my 13th birthday. I loved it and went overboard! I wore it to school and was given detention.”

Karen: “Red peel-off nail polish. Very sophisticated – aged 7.”

Zoe: “It was a Strawberry Shortcake set, with a cute little pink lipstick, which smelled divine, and lovely bubble bath. I was about 5 at the time!”

Jacqui: “Being a nail biter, I bought a packet of Krazy Nails in bright red and thought they looked so hot!”

Briellen: “A lip smackers lip balm in strawberry and i was in year five and I thought that I was the luckiest girl ever and I applied so much that it ran out within weeks!”

Cynthia: “Sparkly gold mascara – not a good look!”

Sarah: “It was a kiwi-fruit lip balm from The Body Shop, about 20 years ago! I still remember it. I loved it so much!! It was fruity and shiny and SO girlie!”

Kathryn: “I bought some eye shadow in a delightful shade of purple to go with my black nail polish and fluoro purple hair band. I thought I was SO cool and hip! – Got to love the Eighties!”

You little beauty

Eye know

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

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

Nailing it

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

Chanel silver flecked Le Vernis for around $36

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

Lady in red

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

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

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

The right chemistry

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When Black is Black and White is White

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

Our suggestions:

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

How to Make Your Pout Look Fabulous

Get fit on the Net

Can’t be bothered going to the gym? Then jump straight onto your computer and burn off post-holiday flab with just a click of the mouse:www.getfittraining.com

This site literally has everything to do with diets and nutrition plus 24 hour access to a personal trainer.


If you really want to burn some flab this is the site for you. It comes complete with images and exercises anywhere from belly dancing to hard-edge cardio.


This is the best site if you don’t really enjoy aerobic classes with an instructor. Here you can do a step class without the crowd or ‘painful’ instructor.


Perfect for the yoga addict. You can learn the dog pose or do the lotus. It has easy-to-follow pictures which make it fun and enjoyable while toning.

Perfect Pout

Whether you have thin lips, thick lips or ‘nothing’ lips, it is important to know how to make both your lips and lipsticks look fabulous.

Problem: Lips too thin

There are several ways to fix this problem. The first one is to give up matte lipsticks as they make your lips look smaller and smaller. The second is to wear lighter shades. If you do however want to wear a darker colour for night time make sure you spend a bit of time applying the pencil. Then apply a bit of gloss to the centre of your lips as this will definitely make them look bigger.

Problem: Lips to big

You have to give up glossy lipsticks as gloss immediately makes your mouth look bigger. Never wear a darker lip pencil with a light lipstick as it will draw attention to what you are trying to down play. To make your lips look smaller apply a lip pencil that is matching with your lipstick and draw it right on your natural lip line. Be careful not to be to extreme or you will be able to see the little ridge where the stain of your mouth is and it will look false.

Problem: ‘Nothing’ Lips

If you suffer from lips that are uneven then you have to balance them out by using a slightly deeper colour on the larger lip. You can also add a bit of gloss or shimmer to the smaller lip. If your lips are imbalanced from side to side, use the same method as enlarging finer lips.