So THAT’S what you do with illuminator…
If this is what basic bitches wear, we’ll join the club.
All we want for Christmas is this.
These makeup looks are so good, it’s scary.
For anyone who has no idea what they’re doing with makeup.
*Sob* Be still, my beating heart…
While we’ve all made a makeup mistake at one point in our lives, there are simple ways to fix them. Eyeshadow can be a tricky technique to master, especially a classic smokey eye which requires lots of practice! We show you just how to fix those common mistakes without removing your entire makeup.
Too often eyeshadows are not actually blended enough, and can leave a visible line on your eyelid. To correct this error, use a clean, fluffy brush to create a smooth transition between the eyeshadow and your eyelid. A transitional shade is also a great way to create a neutral base for your lid.
We’re all guilty of forgetting to prime before applying eyeshadow. This is an essential part of making any look last, especially during the warmer and more humid weather. Apply a cream primer to your lid, let it set for a few minutes, then apply your eyeshadow as usual.
Eyeliner is a sensitive issue for most women because it’s almost impossible to match both eyes. Look down into a mirror and carefully draw a flick starting from the beginner of your lower lash-line. Extend it outwards then slowly fill in any gaps with a liquid liner.
Creating a smokey can feel a little tricky, especially since the fall-out goes everywhere. To keep this from happening, there are are shadow shields which pick up excess fall-out and keep your makeup looking flawless.
Foundation as primer
Many women make the mistake of using their foundation as an eye primer. Not only is this not good for your eyes (especially in regards to foundation with added SPF), but it also doesn’t do much in terms of priming. If you can, use a cream eyeshadow which will stay on for longer in comparison to powder.
What are some of your makeup mistakes?
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Rather than spending your money on every new eyeshadow that hits the market, it’s wise to invest in some quality palettes instead.
Not only are they easier on the credit card (in the longterm), they can create a number of different makeup looks for both day and night. Shop a few of our cult-favourites, especially now when there are so many sales!
Urban Decay Naked Palette, $84.60
With the release of the original Naked Palette in 2012, Urban Decay became a must-have for makeup enthusiasts around the world. Featuring a collection of gorgeous eyeshadows from matte to shimmery shades, including 7 best sellers and 5 brand new shades. While it’s difficult to get your hands on this palette in Australia, you can easily purchase it online with free shipping.
Chi Chi Glamourous Eyes Palette – Bronze, $16.06
A collection of pigmented shades which create the ultimate smokey eye for beginners at an affordable price. Chi Chi eyeshadows are easy to apply with both your fingers or an eyeshadow brush, and blend smoothly into the skin for a flawless finish.
Too Faced Natural Eyes Collection, $48
If you’re not one for a smokey eye, invest in a palette which offers neutral shades for everyday wear. The Natural Eyes Collection comes with nine pigmented shadows and a compact mirror for applying makeup on-the-go.
Kit Cosmetics Summer Soiree Eye Palette, $34.95
A highly pigmented collection of shimmery shades which are perfect for using alone or over a cream shadow. The five neutrals and five smokey shades can be used wet or dry to achieve any type of finish!
Stila In The Light Eye Shadow Palette, $52
For the girl who wants it all, this is the palette for you! Combining shimmery shades, nudes, and black to create a perfect cut-crease. The palette is also equipped with a helpful guide filled with tips and tricks, plus a waterproof liner.
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Want to make your eyes really pop? Using the right eyeshadow can turn your eyes from pretty to breathtaking – mixed in with the correct techniques and tools. Whether you’re looking to spend $5 or $50 on your next eyeshadow, below are just a few suggestions which are best suited to blue eyes.
Let’s start with the colour wheel – in order to find a shade which will make your eyes pop, it’s always best to choose opposing colours. In this case, orange is perfect for making blue eyes look breathtaking. Use a cool orange shade and apply it all over your eyelid with a flat eyeshadow brush.
Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint For Eyes, $35
If you like using shimmering eyeshadows, then copper is definitely another shade to add to your kit. Dip your finger into the eyeshadow, and apply it with your fingers in the inner-corner of your eyes.
This really accentuates blue eyes, and makes them even more noticeable! A cream eyeshadow is also great for girls who suffer from oily eyelids – it’ll help your colour to stay on longer and avoid dreaded creasing!
Nars Cream Eyeshadow in Corfu, $25
Dark brown colours are ideal for bringing out the blue in your eyes. After you’ve applied the bulk of the eyeshadow on your lids, carefully line your eyes, and blend it out. This creates the basis of a signature smokey-eye look.
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Gold, $4.50
Alternatively, you can use a mauve or shimmery purple shadow to further accentuate your blue eyes. These shades are amazing on blue eyes, and help to make them look larger as well!
Bobbi Brown Long Wear Eyeshadow in Cool Lilac, $42
Rather than choosing a baby pink shade, choose a colour which incorporates beige tones as well. Run the product all over your eyelid, and create a smokey-eye with dusty rose and brown shades instead! When you’re done, line the inner corner of your eyes with a highlighting shade to give the illusion of bigger eyes.
bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow 2.0, $26
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Finding the correct eyeshadow for your eyes can often be difficult to achieve, especially if you have deep-set or droopy eyes. The first step is to identify the type of eye shape you have, then work from there to find out which colours, techniques and styles suit you the best.
These are larger eyes which often appear to be set deeper into the skull. This mostly makes the brow-bone look more prominent than it actually is.
- Start by lightening the inner corner of your lid with some shimmering shadow. This will give the appearance of a more pronounced eyelid, rather than deep-set into the skull.
- Work a medium shadow above the crease of your eyes, then blend well into the brow bone.
- When applying liquid eyeliner, keep the line extremely thin. The bigger the liner, the smaller your eye will seem.
Often hereditary or with age, eyelids become heavy and droop over the rest of the eye socket.
- Use a primer before you apply your eyeshadow. This will keep your makeup looking fresh regardless of the weather or humidity.
- Apply a neutral shade over the entire lid, and blend well with a fluffy brush.
- Colour the outer corner of your eye with a darker shade, but remember to blend it well to avoid any harsh lines.
- Use a liner in your lower lash line, but stop before the corner of your eyes. This will only bring more focus to your eyelids.
Eyes which are extremely close together – usually less than one eyeball width apart.
- The key is to create the illusion of space between the eyes, so avoid using darker shadows which will only make your eyes look smaller.
- Apply a light and frosty shadow in the inner corner of your eyes, and this will easily make them look bigger.
- Keep the rest of your makeup clean and fresh, focus on extending those lashes by lifting and plumping them. Use a mascara, or even individual falsies which would make your eyes look enormous!
The complete opposite to close set eyes – they are usually more than one eyeball width apart.
- Apply darker shadows which will make your eyes seem closer together. Line your top and bottom lashes with a felt-tip or liquid eyeliner to close this large gap. Try and stay as close to the tear duct as possible.
- Extend your eyeshadow higher into the brow line – this will shift the focus from the large space between your eyes. Follow up with lots of mascara, and falsies if you want to go for a dramatic look.
- Don’t forget to groom your bottom lashes. Use a bottom lash mascara to lengthen and plump your lashes which will look amazing on wide set eyes.
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The crusty old mascara, that leaking lip-gloss and that ancient oxidised concealer that has been sitting in the bottom of your make-up bag now for three years – ringing any bells ladies? You’re not alone. Our make-up bags are part of who we are. There comes a time when they need a clean out too. The time is now. Spring in the air and love on the way, an organised kit is part of the package. Grab a wine, a plastic bag, some antiseptic wipes, (this is to clean your make-up and any leaking make-up) and pen and paper to finally get the make-up kit you always dreamt about.Also don’t forget to choose a make-up bag that is strong enough to withstand the sea, sand and travel, and fashionable enough to double as an evening bag for apres-beach cocktails. Our favourites are Bloom, Uchi, and for total deluxe chic, check out Christian Dior’s cosmetic bag.
Here’s the list of the top products you may just need in your make-up bag:
Clinique Superbalm Lip Treatment ($20)
Lancome Juicy Tube in Cerise ($35)
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream ($28)
Rimmel 60 Seconds Nail Polish in clear ($7.95)
Estee Lauder Nail Polish in Rosy Pink ($31)
Tony & Tina’s Millennium Key Nail Polish ($50). The best nail polish if you’re in a hurry. The clever bottle is designed so you hold it between two fingers. For stockists telephone George Giavis salon (02) 9328 6700.
Maybeline 8-Pan Designer Selections Shadows ($13.50)
Clinique High Impact Eye Shadow Trio in Walk in The Park ($43)
Prescriptives Luxe Soft Glow Moisture Makeup ($65)
Becca Luminous Skin Colour in Nude ($58) from Mecca Cosmetica
YSL Touche Eclat concealer pen ($70)
Avon Flawless Face Concealing stick ($14.95)
Orlane Blush in Orange Doree ($59)
Red Earth Duo Blush in C1001 ($16)
Avon Beyond Colour Nutralush in Uptown Pink ($24.95)
Maybelline Wet Shine Lipcolour in Nude Glow ($10.95)
No7 Colour Lock Lipcolour in Moulin Rouge ($17.95)
Guerlain Terracotta Moisturising Bronzing Powder in No 4 ($74)
Maybelline Eye Duets in Double Latte ($13.50)
Kiss NYC Eyeliner in Black ($7.95)
BeneFit Sketching Pencil in Sable ($28)
Maybelline Great Lash Mascara ($12.95)
CoverGirl Professional Mascara ($10.95)