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12 Makeup Hacks That Actually Make Your Face Look Thinner

Maybe she’s born with it, maybe she knows the right makeup hacks.

Throwback Thursday: Create A Killer Cleavage

 Feb 13, 2012Did you know you can use bronzer to create the illusion of super sexy cleavage? One of our favourite mineral makeup brands Nude by Nature shows us how to get the look in three easy steps.1. Apply Nude Mineral Bronzer down the middle of your chest between your breasts, blending upwards to create a V-shape along your natural curve.

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.

Makeup Mistakes You’re Making

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!

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Blush

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.

Concealer

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.

Highlighter

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.

Lip liner

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.

Bronzer

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

Luxe To Less: Best Subtle Fake Bakes (For A Hint Of Bronze)

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:

Under $60

Benefit Cosmetics Hoola, $55

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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.

Under $40

Bloom Bronzing Powder, $35

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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.

Under $30

La Mav Sunkissed Bronzer, $29.95

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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.

 

Under $15

ModelCo Natural Tan Self-Tan Lotion, $14.95

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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.

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