Maybe she’s born with it, maybe she knows the right makeup hacks.
With warmer weather set to hit in early September, it’s time to experiment with a few natural makeup looks. Pack away that winged-liner in favourite of shimmery shadows and glossy lips, perfect for the spring sunshine! Try a few of our spring makeup tips below and don’t forget to comment with some of your own.
Use glitter eyeshadow
Choose light, translucent shades for eyes and lips, which are so easy to apply. Most eyeshadows have a tint of glitter which is ideal if you don’t want to spend hours trying to perfect your makeup. Simply apply with an eyeshadow brush, or even with your fingers – just don’t forget to blend!
Try coloured mascara
Put away those falsies in favour of coloured mascara which can really make your eyes pop. Navy is a great alternative for girls with naturally light complexions, since black can often look a little harsh.
Swap foundation for BB cream
Make sure your tinted moisturiser or BB cream is packed with SPF to protect your skin from the sun. Choose a shade which blends flawlessly into your neck and don’t forget to set it with translucent powder.
Don’t underestimate a highlighter
Use a liquid highlighter on the very top of your cheekbones to create the illusion of a healthy glow. Powder highlights are better for women who have oily skin types since it works to mattify the skin at the same time.
Use a bronzer
Apply your bronzer over the forehead, nose and cheekbones to give the skin a natural glow. Make sure to blend with a powder brush and lightly dust your decolletage.
Try a natural blush
Avoid using blushes with glitter since they can make the skin look artificial. Lightly tap your brush into the blush, remove the excess onto the back of your hand, then apply directly onto the cheekbones for a youthful glow.
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2. Now brush a small quantity of the Nude luminous light-reflective Mineral Finishing Veil onto the top half of your breasts and blend. Blend thoroughly with your Kabuki brush.
3. Keep checking the mirror while you are applying to ensure even shading, add more to increase the contrast and definition to your ultimate cleavage. Make sure the colour is blended into your neck and shoulders so it looks natural.
Applying your makeup should be considered an art like no other – after years of trying to master a cat-eye flick, my eyes (unfortunately) never seem to match, let alone my technique.
Have you ever seen someone else apply their makeup and thought to yourself, have I been doing that wrong the entire time? Below is just a simple list of tips to make sure you’re left with a flawless application every single time… fingers crossed!
This is different depending on the shape of your face, but most women seem to apply way too much blush in the first place. If you just can’t seem to control your brush to blush ratio, use a cream product and blend it in with your fingers. The heat from your fingertips will gently push the product into the skin, making it look natural in no-time.
Under-concealer if you want to be really specific. Many women want to hide their bags and veins by packing on concealer (which is usually too dark or too light) all around their eyes. Take a step back and follow these two steps to achieve a perfect finish.
1. Go and get your concealer matched in person. We all know it’s mighty tempting to buy products online, sure they’re probably cheaper and it’s like getting a present delivered to yourself (who doesn’t love that?), but in matters of makeup, it’s best to get yourself matched.
2. Apply the product with your fingers or a damp Beauty Blender. It might take a little longer, but a Beauty Blender or any other cosmetic sponge will make the concealer look flawless on your skin – without clinging onto any dry patches.
A highlighter should come with a little disclaimer: do not use on all areas of your face. Although even I have fallen victim to this makeup faux pas, there really is no reason to apply a highlighting shade all over your face. Unless of course you want to look like a disco ball?
Concentrate the product on the very top of your cheekbones, and brushing it outwards into your hairline. This will give you the most natural, and sun-kissed look (trust us). Use a powder or cream if you find it hard to stick to this golden rule – pun intended.
Who doesn’t want larger looking lips? There is a way to make your lips plump and juicy without the need for cosmetic surgery, and a lip liner will discretely contribute to this cause – if you have a light hand.
Please avoid over-drawing your lips; not only is this painfully noticeable but your lip liner also runs a risk of rubbing off after extended periods of wear. Carefully line the corners of your lips with a sharp pencil (and a steady hand), then apply a light contouring shade over the perimeters of your mouth.
Do we even need to mention the dramatic over-use of bronzer? Try and choose a shade which will give your natural complexion a subtle glow, and apply carefully with a contour brush to give cheekbones a bit of life.
Less is always more, and you can always build-up the level of bronzer, rather than being stuck with an overly contoured face. Remember to blend the product well into your jawline, perimeters of your forehead and well into the hairline for a sun-kissed glow! Blend, blend, blend, don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time.
Have you fallen victim to any of these makeup faux pas? Let us know in the comments below.
Image via Daily Mirror
It may still be a little cold outside but spring will be in the air in no time. And with it will come parties, racedays, events and let’s not forget wedding/engagement party season. While you’d be forgiven for having skin so pale that it’s almost transparent, nothing sets off a gorgeous gown, festive frock or simple sundress like a hint of golden glowing skin. Here are some of our fave fake bakes and bronzing powders that won’t break the bank:
Benefit Cosmetics Hoola, $55
Benefit Hoola is a bronzing powder which gives a healthy, natural-looking tan to the complexion. It comes complete with a soft, natural-bristle cheek brush.
Bloom Bronzing Powder, $35
Bloom’s Bronzing Powder is the perfect shade for creating a radiant, sunkissed glow. Made from an exquisite blend of finely milled silk powder, purified talc and glistening mica. This oil-free, non-comodogenic formula is also infused with lavender essential oil.
La Mav Sunkissed Bronzer, $29.95
La Mav Sunkissed Bronzer provides a beautiful natural sun-kissed glow to your skin all year round. Perfect for contouring facial features especially cheekbones nose and chin. Simply buff the Bronzer with La Mav Vegan Kabuki Brush on a desired area.
ModelCo Natural Tan Self-Tan Lotion, $14.95
ModelCo Natural Tan Lotion is a self-tan lotion that leaves skin golden, bronzed and moisturised. The tanning lotion has been formulated with antioxidant-rich sweet almond oil, coconut oil, macadamia oil, cocoa butter, goji berries and aloe vera, along with sugar-based DHA to deliver a fast-acting golden colour that won’t dry out the skin.