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The Rookie’s Guide To Contouring

Not all of us are blessed with high cheekbones, a stunning jawline, and a perfect nose. But there is a way that we can enhance our facial features without resorting to plastic surgery.

Contouring is the key, but how do you do it without hiring a makeup artist and spending hours in front of the mirror? Don’t worry, we have the ultimate rookie’s guide to contouring right here.

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I chatted with beauty director of bellabox, Samantha Taylor, who talked me through her contouring routine, which is super easy thanks to a fool-proof product she uses, the Chella Contouring Pencil.

Samantha also shared a few other tips and tricks and talked to me about the hype that contouring is experiencing at the moment. So here it is, the no-excuse-anybody-can-do-this guide to contouring:

Step one

Ensure that foundation is evenly blended on the face, especially around the hairline and jaw bone.

Step two

Apply Cinnamon highlighter along the bottom of the cheekbone. You should not extend any further into the face than the line down from the outer corner of your eye. Blend upwards using a sponge, brush or fingers. Ensure it is blended in to the hair line

Step three

If you wish to thin your nose, apply to the sides of your nose and blend completely.

Step four

You may apply to your temples if you wish to slim your face making sure you blend well.

Step five

Apply Lace highlighter to the cheekbones, along the ridge of the nose and the tip of the chin. Apply also to the brow bone and under the eyes if you wish.

Step six

Blend using a sponge, brush or fingers.

Chella pencil

Why do you think has contouring become so popular recently?

We can thank Kimmy K for this trend going mainstream. The contouring photo she posted literally blew up the internet! Makeup artists have used contour techniques for ages and it was very much a professional trick, however with all these great products that are easy to use, mere mortals can achieve fierce cheekbones too.

Should it be part of our everyday makeup routine or should we save it for special occasions?

That is totally up to the individual as it depends on your makeup style. I do some sort of contouring every day, though others might like to keep it for special occasions.

The right foundation is crucial before contouring, do you have any tips on how to find the perfect one?

Always ask for a sample of foundation to try at home before you commit to buying. Lighting in department stores can be misleading, so it is best to try it in the comfort of your home and always check how it looks in natural light.

What makes contouring with the Chella pencils better than contouring with a powder?

Using the Chella pencils makes contouring so easy to use it is practically fool proof. Simply draw onto the face and blend with your fingers. No need to invest in brushes as the creamy formulation blends beautifully and stays on the skin.

Can or should you use blusher on top of your contoured cheekbones? 

Absolutely. Apply blush to the apples of your cheeks. Not too much though and make sure you blend the blush in!

You can get the Chella Contouring Pencils from bellabox.com.au

Image via elle.fr and bellabox

Top 5 Luxury Winter Beauty Must-Haves

Put the pep back into your step this winter by pampering yourself, head-to-toe, with SHESAID’s pick of top luxe winter products new to counter. Go on, indulge yourself, you’re worth it…

Scent of a woman

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A glamorous fragrance can transform you from zero to hero this winter. You’ll smell divine and enjoy the feel-good factor with a spritz of Robert Piguet Rose Perfection Eau de Parfum (100ml), $239, an exquisite and feminine tribute to the world’s most prestigious flower. The romantic fragrance is the latest addition to the iconic French fashion and perfume house and the sensual touch of musk hugs the fragrant bouquet. Find it at Libertine Parfumerie, www.libertineparfumerie.com.au, and at select David Jones stores and niche perfumeries. For stockists, phone (02) 8002 4488 or visit www.agencedeparfum.com.

Paying lip service

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Need to pamper your pout? Revamp dry winter lips with an Issada Mineral Lip Gloss, $48 each, which has a blissful blend of botanicals, antioxidants and minerals. The super smooth, high-shine formula isn’t sticky or greasy and melts on your mouth, while the inviting, warm scent of vanilla lingers on your lips. This is one of my favourite lip glosses of all time. What’s more, the colours are glorious: choose from 12 shades. Find it at select salons, spas and Issada stores. For stockists, phone (07) 3904 2288 or visit www.issada.com for more information.

Body of evidence

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Inject some luxury and opulence into your day with the Amouage Dia Body Creme, (200ml), $169. What’s more, this divine, floral-scented cream contains active ingredients such as aloe vera, shea butter and cacao butter to restore the skin’s natural moisture and suppleness, leaving it fragrant, soft and velvety. Dia is an enigmatic, daytime-inspired fragrance, launched by Amouage in 2002 as a complement to Gold Woman. It has delectable notes of fig, bergamot, tarragon, violet leaves and peony, over a warming, exotic base of frankincense, heliotrope and cedarwood. Find it at Libertine Parfumerie, www.libertineparfumerie.com.au, and at select David Jones stores and niche perfumeries. For stockists, phone (02) 8002 4488 or visit www.agencedeparfum.com.

Banish bad hair

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If your hair seems to have a mind of its own this winter, check out the Pure Hair Sacred Mask Treatment, $32.95. This mask is aimed at restoring and hydrating all hair types. Infused with argan oil and shea butter, the mask has been developed with organic active ingredients, strengthening proteins and moisturizing vitamins. Non-greasy and light, it promises to smooth, condition and de-frizz hair. Like all Pure products, it is sulphate-free, paraben-free and allergen-free to reduce irritation and flakiness. For stockists, phone (07) 3267 5511 or visit www.hairjamm.com for more information.

The good oil

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Love your face oils? Check out RMS Beauty’s Beauty oil (30ml), $85, a luxurious, concentrated and lightweight product which contains organic ingredients for replenishing, rejuvenating and preserving skin. Formulated with antioxidant, vitamin-rich exotic oils such as jojoba, rosehip and tamanu, as well as herbal extracts, this oil promises to give you a more youthful and hydrated appearance. Sold! RMS Beauty products are available at Bathing Beauty Organic Apothecary. Visit www.bathingbeauty.com.au for more information.

By Nicole Carrington-Sima

5 Things To Consider Before Having A Facelift

A facelift, or rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that smoothes out some of the signs of ageing on the face and neck, including sagging, creases, loose skin, fatty deposits and slack muscle tone. This procedure is often combined with eyelid surgery and a brow lift.

Here are five things you need to know before committing to a facelift.

A facelift is major surgery

This procedure is done under general anaesthesia and takes several hours. In a traditional facelift, an incision is made inside the hairline allowing fat to be excised from the face, neck and jowls. Muscle and deeper layers are repositioned, then the skin is re-draped and the excess cut away.

A facelift requires after care

You don’t get to run into the doctor’s office, get a facelift and go home. Following a facelift, the patient needs to spend time in an aftercare facility where they can be monitored for complications and receive pain medications. The stitches must be removed and time is needed for the patient to resume normal activities.

It’s expensive

In Australia, the simplest procedure addresses only the layers of skin and is called endoscopic facelift. This lift ranges from $6,500 to $12,000. The standard lift, or SMAS (superficial musculo aponeurotic system ) facelift and neck lift generally costs $17,000–$25,000. The most complicated lift is the deep plane facelift, which is priced at $20,000–$30,000.

These costs include fees for the surgeon, assistant surgeon and anaesthetist, hospital costs and follow-up visits. Facelifts are usually considered to be cosmetic procedures and are not covered by insurance.

There are serious risks

Post-surgery problems can include numbness, excessive bleeding and infections. Unfortunately, there are even more serious problems that can be fatal, like respiratory failure due to toxic levels of anaesthetics.  Minimsze the chances of complications by choosing your plastic surgeon carefully and thoroughly investigating the risks before deciding to have a facelift.

There are less drastic solutions available

While a facelift is the best solution for major sagging, there are alternatives to a complete lift. One is a chemical peel that burns off the damaged outer layers of skin to reveal the baby-soft new skin underneath. Another is laser treatment that can remove outer layers of skin and tighten muscles.

Still another is Botox, which is popular in Hollywood for both men and women. Botox weakens or paralyses some muscles and nerves, making for fewer lines and wrinkles. Although there are non-medical sources offering Botox injections, these injections should really only be done by a doctor.

If you have small problem areas and don’t want to go for the complete facelift, there are minor surgeries available targeting certain conditions. Consider a cheek lift, upper brow lift or neck lift to refresh your appearance without resorting to a complete facelift.

What do you think of facelifts?