Makeup Looks

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

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

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Instructions

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

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

Eve Lom Radiance Perfected Tinted Moisturiser, $81

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

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

STILA Eyes Are The Window Eyeshadow Palette, $72

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

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

Too Faced Sunny Bunny Bronzer, $39

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

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

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Red Square, $39

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August 12, 2015

Australian Matte Lipstick Picks For All Occasions

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

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ModelCo Party Proof Lipstick Matte in Panama Purple, $18

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

Australian Matte Lipstick Picks For All Occasions 

Shanghai Suzy Gothic Chic Set, $29.95

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

Australian Matte Lipstick Picks For All Occasions 

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

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

Australian Matte Lipstick Picks For All Occasions 

Becca Cosmetics Matte Lip Colour in Antoinette, $24

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

Australian Matte Lipstick Picks For All Occasions 

What are some of your favourite Australian makeup brands?

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June 19, 2015

8 Wedding Makeup Mistakes To Avoid

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

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1. DO: Prime

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

2. DON’T: Try something new

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

3. DO: Book a trial

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

4. DON’T: Contour

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

5. DO: Wear lipgloss

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

6. DON’T: Wear SPF

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

7. DO: Stay natural

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

8. DON’T: Fake tan

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

Image via Fashion Edits

May 19, 2015

How To Tastefully Use Shimmery Makeup

Who says you can’t wear glittery makeup in your twenties and thirties?

If you want to experiment with a few different looks this summer season, try some of these must-have products which will give your face an instant glow.

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Eyeshadow

Shimmery eyeshadow is a must-have in every single makeup bag. Not only is it quick and easy to apply, but it sets immediately and can be layered for a day to night look.

When searching for a shimmery eyeshadow, look for a pot or pen which can easily be applied and smoothed out with your fingers. This beats carrying around various makeup brushes in your handbag, and is ideal if you don’t have much time on your side.

How To Tastefully Use Glitter and Shimmery Makeup

Stila Eye Shadow Compact, $24

A palette is another great investment if you love a shimmery look for all occasions. Not only does this suit all skin tones, but the shades are easy to apply and complement each other. The compact mirror also comes in handy for touching-up your look on-the-go.

How To Tastefully Use Glitter and Shimmery Makeup

Urban Decay Naked2 Eyeshadow Palette, $78

Base

To create a dewy, translucent base what you really need is a good primer. Apply directly onto a freshly cleansed face, and dab the product well over the cheekbones, nose, chin and forehead for an extra glow. This easy will help your skin to look illuminated at all times, and in all the right places.

If you want a little extra glow, mix 1/2 pump of the serum directly into your foundation, and buff with a cosmetic sponge.

How To Tastefully Use Glitter and Shimmery Makeup

Bourjois Happy Light Luminous Serum Primer, $21

Bronzer

Want to add a little kick into your usual contour? A speckled bronzer is the perfect way to give your skin some extra glow without going over the top. Use a large powder brush to apply it onto the skin, and remember to blend, blend, blend!

How To Tastefully Use Glitter and Shimmery Makeup

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer, $65

Lips

Whether it’s day or night, upgrade your look with a little glam by using a shimmery lip gloss. One of our favourites is by Bobbi Brown, and comes in a variety of different shades to suit the natural colour of your lips.

Just one application will give you a flawless look all night long, and the gloss itself can fit in your purse for the rest of the evening.

How To Tastefully Use Glitter and Shimmery Makeup

Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss, $44

What are some of your favourite shimmery products?

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May 15, 2015

5 Versatile Makeup Looks For Brides

Deciding on that final makeup look for the big day doesn’t need to be difficult, especially if you the type of look you want.

Whether you’re interested in something classic, modern or even glam, we have five main looks below which are sure to suit all brides.

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Glam

A glam makeup look is characterised by a strong contour, pronounced brows, and lots of lashes. This is a fun makeup look especially if you want to play-up your features, and have some fun creating a look which translates to camera. Don’t forget to finish off with a nude lip before heading out the door.

5 Versatile Makeup Looks For Brides

Old Hollywood

Use colour to your advantage with a bright, matte lip for your wedding day. Since the lips are probably the main part of your makeup look, keep everything else muted down. A clean, fresh makeup base is a must-have so don’t forget to use a good primer to avoid an oily t-zone.

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Natural

Although most brides prefer layers of makeup on their wedding day, go for something a little less high-maintenance to show off your natural beauty.

A light, powder foundation is a great option since it still lets your freckles show through in the wedding photos. Finish off the look with a cute pink blush on the cheeks.

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Smokey eye

Who can resist a smokey eye at the best of times? This classic look was worn by Kim Kardashian on her wedding day, and is a classic look for brides.

Since the eye makeup can be quite heavy, keep everything else toned down and make sure to use liquid products. They melt seamlessly into the skin, and can be easily touched-up for photos.

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Metallics

For a natural look with a twist, why not try metallic eye makeup? It’s ideal for brides with green and blue eye colours, and is so quick and easy to achieve if you’re on a budget.

If you do suffer from oily eyelids, use a primer in conjunction with a cream eyeshadow, and remember to set your makeup with a translucent powder.

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May 11, 2015

How To Achieve The ‘No-Makeup’ Look

The no-makeup look is one of the biggest beauty trends this season since it’s so quick and easy to achieve, especially if you don’t have time on your side. Regardless of your skin type, you will only need 5 essential products to transform your look for work, drinks, or even a first date.

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Foundation

A perfect base is a reflection of your skincare routine, so don’t ever miss out on cleansing, moisturising and exfoliating your skin on a daily basis. Before applying a foundation, use a moisturiser or primer to make it last the distance. This is an essential if your skin is dry, oily, or even combination, since it creates a barrier between your makeup and won’t clog your pores.

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Rimmel Radiance BB Cream, $12.95

For a truly natural foundation look, use something with a light coverage. This could be anything from a powder foundation, BB cream, or even a tinted moisturiser. To apply, use a damp cosmetic sponge such as the Beauty Blender to carefully work the product into your skin. It may require a little more patience, but it will truly look like your skin, but better. If you just don’t have the time, apply it with your fingers – it will melt easily into the skin.

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Beauty Blender Classic Sponge & Solid BlenderCleanser Kit, $42.20

Highlight

To give an extra bit of dimension to your face, a highlighter is a must-have. Powders, liquids and even balms are all great ways to give your face an extra glow for any occasion.

Dab it lightly over your cheekbone, above the cupids bow and on the brow bone to make your face glow instantly. Just remember that less is more and that it’s easier to build up your makeup rather than applying too much. Apply your makeup in natural light so you will know exactly what it looks like once you’ve left the house.

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Josie Maran Argan Illuminiser, $35

Blush

A bit of blush on the cheeks can completely transform your entire look – trust us! If you’re worried about distributing too much product over your face, use a liquid formula instead. It’s easier to control and won’t leave your cheeks looking too flushed. Liquid or cream blushes melt into the skin and give a rosy appearance to your face without looking too artificial.

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Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge, $44

Bronzer

There are a few different ways to make bronzer work for your skin tone, especially since it can create so much dimension in the face. Mix it into your foundation for a subtle hint of colour, use it to contour your cheekbones (just don’t forget to blend), or apply it all over for a sun-kissed glow.

If you’re worried about the bronzer looking a little too artificial, choose a formula which is matte rather than shimmery. This will only attract more light to your skin and will be a dead giveaway that the glow is in fact, fake.

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Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer, $30

Mascara

Finally, where would we be all be without mascara? It’s the best way to hide a late night, hangover, or even puffy eyes after an illness. Remember to curl your lashes and apply just a thin coat to emphasise your eyes. If your lashes are blonde, use a brown mascara instead of black, since it can look quite harsh on pale skin.

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Shu Uemura New Generation Eyelash Curler, $18

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May 3, 2015

5 Trendy Summer Lip Colours For All Skin Tones

With the warmer weather just around the corner, it’s time to ditch those darker lip colours in favour of summer-ready shades. We’re not suggesting that you retire red, burgundy and purple colours altogether, but rather swap them for lighter shades that look perfect with a warm summer glow.

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Orange

Who doesn’t love a bright orange lip? Pack away that matte red shade in favour of a shimmery orange lipstick instead. Orange actually suits all skin tones and doesn’t create the illusion of yellow teeth (unlike a blue-toned red lipstick).

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Fair: Nars Lipstick in Casablanca, $35

Olive: Lancome Rouge in Love (146B), $47

Dark: Clinique Long Last Lipstick in Runway Coral, $36

Coral

A bright coral lip looks amazing on olive skin, especially if you’re going for a dewy, fresh look to the face. Use a glossy lip colour which stays on for hours without a need for a constant touch-up.

5 Trendy Summer Lip Colours For All Skin Tones

1. Fair: Lancome Rouge in Love (106m), $47

2. Olive: Josie Maran Cosmetics Argan Love Your Lips Hydrating Lipstick in Coral Delight, $27

3. Dark: Yves Saint Laurent Volupte Tint-In-Oil #6 (Papa Don’t Peach), $49

Nude

Give your lips a pop of sheen with a nude lipstick this summer season. The formula is rich, creamy and really easy to apply  even if you don’t have a mirror! Depending on your skin tone, go for a darker shade if you’re pale, and a lighter, glossier shade if you have darker skin.

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Fair: Urban Decay Sheer Revolution Lipstick in Sheer Walk of Shame, $32

Olive: Lipstick Queen Lipstick Sinner in Sinner Peachy Nude, $27

Dark: By Terry Rouge Terrybly in No.100 Terrybly Nude, $66

Fuchsia

Bring a vibrant pop of colour to your makeup with a bright lip in fuchsia. It works well for all skin tones and is suitable to wear both day and night. To create a subtle sheen, combine with a translucent lip cream for a bright lip during the day.

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Fair: Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Creme Lipstick in Fever, $39

Olive: Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Matte Fuchsia Flash, $27

Dark: Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Silky Lipstick in No. 8 Fetish Pink, $55

Peach

A stunning, peachy lipstick is a handbag essential during the warmer months, purely because it complements all skin tones! Apply it as a cheek stain for a subtle pop of colour, or over the cheekbone as a shimmery highlight.

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Fair: MAC Cosmetics Lipstick in Peachstock, $36

Olive: Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Creme Lipstick in Fawn, $39

Dark: BareMinerals Modern Pop Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Dream Big, $26

Image via Style Snooper Dan

April 20, 2015

10 Luxurious Makeup Must-Haves

High-end makeup might not be a reality for most of us on a daily basis, but sometimes it’s nice to splurge on a luxury product every now and then.

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Rather than taking a leap of faith and buying anything in sight, we have compiled our list of the top ten tried and tested luxury products which are worth every cent.

Lipstick

A creamy, pigmented lipstick is a must-have in every girl’s makeup collection, especially a bright red or burgundy shade for those special events. Givenchy has a large collection of matte lip colours which look and feel luxurious (with leather packaging) and will last you for years to come.

10 Luxurious Makeup Must-Haves

Givenchy Le Rouge Lipstick – 304 Mandarin Bolero, $63

Bronzer

Keep that skin looking sun-kissed all year round with a shimmering, lightweight bronzer. Rather than some drugstore formulas which are heavy and difficult to blend, Chanel have made the perfect cream bronzer which melts seamlessly into the skin.

10 Luxurious Makeup Must-Haves

Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel, $67

Eyeshadow quad

Every woman needs a luxury eyeshadow quad which boasts at least one shimmery shade for a special event, and Charlotte Tilbury certainly doesn’t disappoint. The Dolce Vita palette comes with 4 matte and 1 shimmery shades and shows you exactly how to use them.

10 Luxurious Makeup Must-Haves

Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette Colour Coded Eyeshadow The Dolce Vita, $74.48

Highlight

A good highlighting shade is a must-have since it creates a subtle glow without making your skin look too greasy. Hourglass are renowned for their collection of shimmery highlighters, which glide on easily and last for ages.

10 Luxurious Makeup Must-Haves

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette, $59

Sheer lipstick

If you’re not the type of girl who wants to splurge on a product to never use it, then a sheer, everyday lipstick is just for you. The sheer lip colours by Tom Ford are available in a multitude of colours and give a glow to your everyday appearance. The packaging is also super-luxurious and feels amazing!

10 Luxurious Makeup Must-Haves

Tom Ford Lip Color Sheer, $68

Foundation

A flawless foundation for those special events such as a wedding or graduation is a must-have, especially one which doesn’t leave a white caste. The Luminous Silk Foundation by Giorgio Armani comes in over 12 shades to suit your skin-tone, and is suitable for all skin types.

10 Luxurious Makeup Must-Haves

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, $92

Lip liner

The secret to larger, luscious lips all comes down to a killer lip liner, namely, one by Charlotte Tilbury. The creamy formula glides seamlessly and gives your lips a natural look for all occasions.

10 Luxurious Makeup Must-Haves

Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Lip Liner in Pillow Talk, $31.72

Mascara

Give your lashes a boost of volume with a concentrated formula by YSL. The mascara boasts a clump-free formula which lengthens your lashes without the use of falsies.

10 Luxurious Makeup Must-Haves

YSL Mascara Volume Effet Faux Clis Shocking, $55

Primer

Prep your base with a light-reflecting primer which offers maximum protection and also boasts some serious skin-loving benefits. The Veil Mineral Primer is oil-free and creates a porcelain-smooth complexion for all skin types.

10 Luxurious Makeup Must-Haves

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15, $96

Blush

A bronze and blush duo, which is just too cute to handle (see below), adds the finishing touches to any makeup look. Combine the colours for a sun-kissed glow, or just use the corner for more of a concentrated finish.

10 Luxurious Makeup Must-Haves

Too Faced Soul Mates Blushing Bronzer, $46

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March 24, 2015

Makeup For Girls Who Wear Glasses

Coming up with makeup for glasses can often prove to be difficult – since glasses already draw so much attention to the eyes already! Whether you want to create a natural look for the daytime, or a dramatic evening look for a night out, below are some ideas which will complement your glasses – whatever shape they may be!

Natural pink

This look is perfect if you want to create an artificial glow, with a splash of colour on the cheeks, eyes and lips.

  1. Create a soft, matte base using liquid foundation a sturdy stippling brush. Then apply powder onto the t-zone, or any area of the face which is oily.
  2. Curl your lashes, and apply a glittery shade using a fat makeup brush onto the entire lid.
  3. Tight-line the eye using an angled eye brush and black gel liner. Don’t extend the flick too much, as this look is fairly casual.
  4. Apply a thin coat of mascara on your lashes, taking care to avoid any clumps.
  5. Now apply a tiny amount of blush on the apples of your cheeks, and a cute pink gloss on your lips.

Bronzed cat eye

A versatile look which can be worn out to dinner, drinks and everything in between. The cat-eye should be subtle and not extended too far, since it might be covered by the glasses.

  1. Apply an eyelid primer on your eyes if you’re prone to oily lids, or to make your eyeshadow last all day long. Then apply a dark shade over the outer corner and blend out well.
  2. Use a fat eyeshadow brush and apply a lighter colour over rest of the lid. Then, take a blending brush and smooth out all the lines into the crease.
  3. Draw a tiny cat-eye extending from the outer corner of the eye, then curl lashes and apply mascara as usual.
  4. Fill in your brows, and apply a highlighting shade over the brow bone to give some definition.

Tips

  • Avoid using bright colours on your lids. The reason is that the glasses might actually block view of your eyelids throughout the day/night. Save the bright colours for your cheeks or lips. A lip gloss is a great alternative and is quick and easy to apply.
  • Don’t be scared to use false lashes. They will make your eyes pop and extend your lashes to almost twice their original size. Use a fibre lash mascara if the thought of falsies still makes you uneasy.

Image via The Sartorialist

August 5, 2014

Get the Look: Julia Roberts’ Flawless Oscars Makeup

Julia Roberts rocked one of the best Oscars makeup looks, pairing a subtle brown smoky eye with a gorgeous nude lip. It’s a fantastic look for nights out. Here’s how celebrity makeup artist Genevieve Herr created the look with the exact makeup products used.

Face
Genevieve started by applying Lancôme Visionnaire 1-Minute Blur, an oil-free primer that blurs imperfections.

Next, she used Lancôme Dual Finish Versatile Powder Makeup, a gorgeous powder that can be used wet or dry. For Julia’s naturally rosy cheeks, use Lancôme Blush Subtil Palette in #323 Rose Flush.

Eyes
Genevieve didn’t want to create a classic black smoky eye which would be too harsh against her blonde her, instead, she opted for a chocolate brown smoky eye, using Lancôme Color Design 5 Shadow & Liner Palette in Sienna Sultry.

She lined Julia’s eyes using Lancôme Le Crayon Khôl in Black Coffee, one of the most versatile eyeliners on the market.

Finally, Genevieve coated her lashes using Lancôme Hypnôse Drama Instant Full Body Volume Mascara.

Lips We loved Julia’s nude lips, and Lancôme Rouge in Love Lipcolor in #106M Jolis Matins is the perfect your-lips-but-better lip hue.

Did you love Julia Roberts’ Oscars makeup?

March 5, 2014

Get the Look: Amy Adams’ Oscars Makeup

Amy Adams’ Oscars makeup was flawless and pure sophistication, paired with gorgeous Hollywood curls, so we couldn’t wait to share how celebrity makeup artist Stephen Sollitto created the look and which makeup products he used.

Skin
Stephen started by applying RéVive Moisturizing Renewal Cream on Amy’s skin. “I always moisturise with this product. This is the line I use on myself every day. Prepping the skin is just as important as the makeup you use.”

Then, he used Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide (coming soon). “This foundation is simple to apply with a wet sponge or your fingers. It’s long wear, oil free and lightweight. In the end it gives you a matte finish so you don’t have to dust your face with loose powder, it’s built in.”

To create a “spring-like blush,” Stephen used Tom Ford Beauty Cheek Color in Ravish to the apples of Amy’s cheeks.

Eyes
For Amy’s pretty eyes, Stephen applied Laura Mercier Baked Eye Colour in Terracotta to Amy’s lids and Laura Mercier Baked Eye Colour in Black Karat under the bottom lashes.

Next, he applied Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Sugar Frost, a pretty Champagne hue, to the inner corners of her eyes.

He then applied NARS Eye Paint Liner in Tatar, one of the prettiest deep purple cream lines, to make Amy’s eyes “pop.”

He finished by applying Dior Black Out Mascara on Amy’s lashes.

Lips
Amy’s glossy, rosy lips are a result of two products: Laura Mercier Rouge Nouveau Weightless Lip Colour in Cozy, topped with Tom Ford Beauty Ultra Shine Lip Gloss in Rose Crush.

What do you think of Amy Adams’ Oscars makeup?

March 4, 2014

Get the Look: Gwyneth Paltrow’s 1970s Makeup

Inspired by Farrah Fawcett, celebrity makeup artist and Max Factor’s Global Creative Design Director Pat McGrath has transformed Gwyneth Paltrow into a 1970s disco queen to celebrate the beauty brand’s 100th birthday. Here’s how to get Gwyneth’s glam makeup:

Skin
For a fresh skin-finish that is smooth and matte but with a subtle radiance, apply Whipped Crème Foundation applying with either a brush or a sponge for a perfect demi-matte finish. The new whipped formula is the perfect balance between matte and radiant, and gives a full and even coverage for a smooth skin look reminiscent of the 1970s era.

Cheeks
The 70s Studio 64-inspired beauty look is all about the cheeks! Start by dusting Flawless Perfection Blush in Mulberry across the cheekbones using circular brush motions. For the added intensity, switch to Classic Pink, sweeping from the apples up to the temples for that dazzling disco look.

Eyes
In contrast to the cheeks, create a coppery colour explosion on the eyes for added drama. Start with Wild Shadow Pot in Feral Brown applied to the center lids, then continue by blending into Savage Rose at the inner corners, and end by sweeping strokes of Auburn Envy at the outer areas.

For extra glamour, really emphasise eyes using Colour X-pert Eyeliner in Black. Draw widening lines along both the upper and lower lid rims, tapering towards the outer corners for spellbinding intensity and drama.

Build up two or three layers of False Lase Effect Mascara in Black for lashes that are volumised to the max with intense length.

Lips
Follow the theme of beautiful vibrant warm tones by finishing with Colour Elixir Giant Pen Stick in Hot Chocolate. Use the pencil first to line the lips using the tapered end, then angle to fill with saturated colour.

What do you think of Gwyneth Paltrow’s 1970’s-inspired makeup?

February 26, 2014

Get the Look: Lupita Nyong’o’s Vibrant Makeup

We love how Lupita Nyong’o isn’t afraid to wear colour, like at the 2014 NAACP Image Awards when she took home Best Supporting Actress. Here’s how celebrity makeup artist Nick Barose created her vibrant, tropical makeup that  looks so pretty for late summer parties.

Eyes
“The  look was monochromatic with bronze, orangey tones to go with her dress. I filled in her brows, and for her eyes I wanted a slight disco feel, so I blended a few bronzy shades from the Dior 5 Colour Eyeshadow in Earth Reflection, using the pointy part of the sponge tip applicator to apply, and blended the coppery shade in the inner corners toward centre of the lids.

“I then smudged the black Dior Mono Eyeshadow in Khôl into the crease as well as the outer corners create a bit of a winged look.”

Lips
“On lips, to keep with the bronze theme I stained her mouth with the red Diorific Lipstick in Dolce Vita and then I added the shimmery bronze Dior Addict Gloss in Paradise on the centre of lips for added drama.”

Are you a fan of Lupita’s vibrant makeup?

February 26, 2014

Get the Look: Charlotte Ronson Makeup at NYFW

How pretty is the makeup look at the Charlotte Ronson A/W 2014 show at NYFW? Makeup artist Yadim created the natural, glowing look with just-bitten lips, saying the inspiration is “a cool downtown girl. An ode to romance.”

Skin
To prep the skin, Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels were placed under the models’ eyes. Then the skin was moisturised using Arctic Elixir, and Arctic Face Mist to set the makeup.

“I used Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24HR Cream Gel Shadow in Barely Branded as a highlighter on the inner corner on eyes, on the nose, cheekbones, chin and cupid’s bow,” said Yadim.

Cheeks and lips
“I used a bit of Berry Lipstick for the cheeks and Red Revival on the lip. I pressed it with my fingers for a wine stained look. It’s not super perfect — it’s ok to smear and wear away. It’s a whisper of a lip. No mascara, no liner.”

What do you think of the Charlotte Ronson makeup at NYFW?

February 12, 2014

Get the Look: Peter Som Makeup at NYFW

Every fashion week inspires new makeup trends, and the Peter Som A/W 2014 show at NYFW show is no different. Tom Pecheux for MAC created a chic, Parisian girl makeup with a smudgy, smoky eye and a natural lip that will look so good come wintertime.

To create the smoky eye, Tom brushed olive eyeshadow on the lids, then lined the upper and lower lash lines with dark green eye pencil, intensifying the look and creating a 3D effect by layering a black cream liner on top. Finally, he dotted the lids with lipgloss, for that sexy, rock-chick sheen.

Here are the exact makeup products used to create the look.

Face
MAC Mineralize Foundation
MAC Powder Blush in Poised or Taupe
MAC Cream Colour Base in Hush

Eyes
MAC Eye Shadow in Coquette, Espresso, Concrete or Era
MAC Pro Longwear Eyeliner in Black Ice Definitely Black mixed with Pro Longwear Eyeliner in Devotion

Lips
MAC Lipstick in Siss

 

February 11, 2014

Get the Look: Rebecca Minkoff Makeup at NYFW

Rebecca Minkoff’s A/W 2014 show at NYFW has us excited for autumn, with sultry eyes and vampy, dark lips (but not Lorde dark!). Here’s how celebrity makeup artist Sarah Lucero created the look with some makeup tips for wearing this look off the runway.

Face
It was all about “sexy, gorgeous, velvet skin; no imperfections showing” which Sarah achieved using Stila Stay All Day Foundation.

For the cheeks she created “contoured cheeks and a pop of iridescent pink,” using Stila Baked Cheek Duo – Pink Glow Blush.

Eyes
For the eyes, it was all “all about the bold brows” which she enriched with Stila Stay All Day Brow Color.

For those mesmerising, luminous eyes, Sarah used Stila In the Light Palette, and finished with Major Major Lash Mascara.

Lips
Sarah created “a really bold, matte lip. You can get that by layering it — almost like layering paint.” She used Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Amore, a rich russet red that is perfect for crisp autumn nights.

What do you think of the Rebecca Minkoff fashion week makeup?

February 11, 2014

Get the Look: Derek Lam Makeup at NYFW

New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014 is underway, and one of our favourite shows so far is Derek Lam with its strong, urban edge. Estée Lauder Creative Makeup Director, Tom Pecheux created the makeup, with dramatic smoky eye and rose lips. Here are the exact products used so you can recreate the look at home.

Skin
Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-Aging Creme
Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-Aging Eye Balm
Idealist Pore Minimizing Skin Refinisher

Face
Double Wear Light Stay-in-Place Makeup
Double Wear Stay-in-Place High Cover Concealer SPF 30+
Lucidity Translucent Loose Powder in Transparent

Eyes
Lucidity Translucent Loose Powder in Transparent
Pure Color Instant Intense EyeShadow Trio in Camo Chrome (Right/Darkest Shade)
Pure Color EyeShadow in Ivy Envy (not available in Australia)

Lips
Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in Insatiable Ivory and Intense Nude (launching March 2014)

What do you think of the Derek Lam makeup at NYFW?

February 10, 2014

Makeup Tips for Blue Eyes

Whether your eyes are pale blue, bright blue or blue-grey, your beautiful blue eyes are one of your most striking features. Make them pop with the right makeup tips and beauty products to make your blue eyes look their best.

Gorgeous greys
Reese Witherspoon’s subtle grey smokey eye is one of our favourite celebrity makeup looks. The shimmery grey brings out the sparkle in blue eyes. For night, add a little more liner and shadow to make the look more dramatic.

Our favourite products: Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow in Grege, a makeup artist must-have that is the number one product during awards season, is the perfect palette for blue eyes, with luxurious shades of grey and bronze.

Use copper tones
Eyeshadows in rust or copper tones are ideal for blue eyes, especially for a pretty, polished daytime look. The warm hue of the eyeshadow will make your eyes look even bluer, without being too overwhelming for the office. Finish the look with a few coats of black mascara to add more definition to your eyes.

Bronze liner
For blue eyes, there’s no better way to accent your eyes than with a bronze liner. Bronze makes your eyes look bigger and brighter. Apply a deep bronze liner along your top and bottom lash lines for a dramatic look that pairs well with rosy cheeks and a nude lip.

Our favourite products: Lancome Crayon Kohl in Bronze is the ultimate olive bronze that doubles as a soft eyeshadow by smudging across the lid.

Don’t forget beige liner
An eyeliner in a beige shade is always a great choice for blue eyes. The liner helps to wake up the eyes and makes the entire eye area appear more youthful. Always choose beige eyeliner instead of white if your eyes are blue, as white eyeliner tends to look “dirty” against blue eyes. Apply on the waterline, just under the lower lash line and on the inside of the eyes.

Our favourite products: Chanel Le Crayon Khol in Clair is a gorgeous shade of beige that brightens the eyes.

What are your favourite beauty products for blue eyes?

February 3, 2014

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!

Skin
“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.”

Eyes
“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.”

Cheeks
“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.”

Lips
“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?

January 28, 2014

Get the Look: Allison Williams’ Polished Makeup

Girls’ star Allison Williams looked so pretty and polished at the People’s Choice Awards 2014, and we couldn’t wait to see which makeup products her celebrity makeup artist Pati Dubroff used to create the look. Here’s how to recreate this pretty makeup, that’s perfect for day to night, with some easy makeup tips.

Face
Pati started using the Lancôme Teint Miracle Lit-From-Within Makeup. Then, she applied Lancôme Dual Finish All Day Wear Versatile Powder Makeup.

For Allison’s natural glow, she brushed Lancôme Blush Subtil in Shimmer Ménage a Trois Glow on the apples of her cheeks.

Eyes
For her subtle smokey eye, Pati used two shades of eyeliner: Lancôme Liner Design Gel EyeLiner in Black Fishnets and Indigo Darling to create dimension. On the lids, she applied the soon-t0-be-released Lancôme Color Design Eye Brightening All-in-One 5 Shadow & Liner Palette in Dancing Rose.

Finally, she topped the lashes with one of our favourite mascaras, Lancôme L’Extrême Mascara.

Lips
To complete the look, Pati applied Lancôme Gloss in Love in Rose Oscar for a pretty, soft pink gloss.

What do you think of Allison Williams’ pretty makeup?

January 22, 2014

Get the Look: Jennifer Lawrence’s SAG Awards Makeup

Jennifer Lawrence was the epitome of celebrity style at the SAG Awards 2014, pairing her glam Dior dress with sexy smoky eyes and a soft pink lip. Here are the exact makeup products used, with some easy makeup tips for recreating this stunning look at home.

Skin
Diorskin Nude Natural Glow Radiant Foundation in Light Beige (#020)
Diorblush Glowing Color Powder Blush in Amber Show (#556) – this luminous peach is one of our favourite blushes that suits all skin tones.

Eyes
Diorshow Mono Eyeshadow in Khôl (#096)
Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in Grège (#734) – this is a celebrity makeup artist favourite for creating a complex grey smoky eye instead of the usual black smoky eye.
Dior Crayon Khôl in Black (#099)
Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara in Over Black #090

Lips
Rouge Dior Contour LipLiner Pencil in Bois de Rose (#463) – we’ve been using this lip liner for years, a universally-flattering rose lip liner that works with nude, pink and darker lipsticks.
Rouge Dior Lipstick in Swan (#263) – the perfect pretty in pink lip colour.
Dior Addict Lip Maximizer Gloss

What did you think of Jennifer Lawrence’s SAG Awards makeup?

January 20, 2014

Get the Look: Keira Knightley’s Navy Smoky Eye Makeup

Keira Knightley wore a dramatic navy smoky eye to the L.A. premiere of her latest movie Jack Ryan. Here’s how celebrity makeup artist Kate Lee created the look, with some easy makeup tips for recreating the look at home.

Skin
Kate started by prepping Keira’s flawless skin with the soon-to-be-released CHANEL Hydra Beauty Crème. Then she applied CHANEL Vitalumière Aqua Ultra-Light Skin Perfecting Sunscreen Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 15 for a natural glow.

To accentuate Keira’s incredible cheekbones, she dusted Le Blush Crème de Chanel in Cheeky, a pretty nude blush (hitting stores in May) on the apples of her cheeks.

Eyes
This look is all about the eyes, and since Keira was wearing a CHANEL navy dress, Kate decided to play that up with a navy smoky eye.

She started by lining the inside of the eye, upper and lower lash line with CHANEL Le Crayon Khôl Intense Eye Pencil in Marine, gently blending on the lash line.

Then she applied one of our favourite liquid eyeshadows, CHANEL Limited Edition Illusion D’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in Apparition, a beautiful shimmering navy.

After curling the lashes, Kate applied one coat of CHANEL Inimitable Mascara in Noir.

Lips
This look only needs a very natural lip, so Kate used CHANEL Rouge Coco Hydrating Crème Lip Colour in Mademoiselle for a simple, just-bitten colour.

Are you a fan of Keira Knightley’s navy smoky eye?

 

January 17, 2014

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.

Skin
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.

Eyes
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.

Lips
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?

January 15, 2014

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.

Skin
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!).

Eyes
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.

Lips
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?

 

January 15, 2014

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!

Skin
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.

Eyes
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.

Lips
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?

January 14, 2014
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