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For anyone who has no idea what they’re doing with makeup.
Get one step closer to the skin of your dreams.
We know what’s stopping you from achieving flawless skin.
Do you find that your face often looks red, blotchy, and even itchy after a day out in the sun? This is probably because you’re not wearing enough SPF – even when the sun isn’t shining!
To protect your skin on a daily basis, use a foundation with at least 20+ SPF, or layer one of your favourites under your usual makeup for extra protection.
Dr Jart Gold Label Premium Beauty Balm, $58.41
Featuring medium coverage and an SPF of 45+, this is the perfect BB cream to use on a daily basis. The formula is lightweight, so it doesn’t feel like you’re wearing layers of makeup, and is ideal for all skin types.
If your face is on the oily side, remember to use a translucent setting powder before leaving the house.
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser SPF 20, $59
If you’re looking for something with a little less coverage for the office, then a tinted moisturiser is the best option. They come in many different colours to suit your skin tone (you can also blend them to create a bespoke shade).
Most tinted moisturisers can also be applied without brushes, so they’re easy to keep in your handbag if you’re on-the-go.
MAC MatchMaster SPF 15 Foundation, $59
For something a little more full coverage, try the reliable MatchMaster by MAC Cosmetics. This is the best product for an outdoor wedding, pool party, or even gathering during the warmer months.
The foundation might feel a little dehydrating for dry skin tones, so make sure to apply a nourishing serum underneath.
La Roche-Pose Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Extreme Fluid, $27.99
One of the best drugstore sunscreens without that terrible white caste has to be Anthelios by La Roche-Posay. Not only does it layer well under your makeup, but it provides your skin with an SPF of 50+ and protection against UVA and UVB rays.
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Whether you’re at work from 9-5 or simply need a long-lasting foundation for a special event such as a wedding, it seems like these products are usually few and far between.
Long-lasting foundations can often feel a little too-drying, or even just emphasise rough patches on the skin such as acne or breakouts.
Treat your skin to these refreshingly long-lasting formulas which work on all skin types, and are available in a number of shades and finishes to suit your skin tone.
Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation, $64
Pros: There are over 18 shades to choose from.
Cons: The price is a little steep for a foundation with no SPF.
A fairly new launch by Nars, but a great product nonetheless. The new foundation seems worlds away from the cult-favourite which is Sheer Glow, but instead, is made to last the distance.
You can set the foundation with powder for more of a matte look, but we would say that the finish is semi-matte, leaving the skin with a slight glow.
Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation SPF 20, $17.95
Pros: The formula is lightweight and doesn’t feel heavy on the skin, even after additional wear.
Cons: The colour range is quite limited.
Boasting more than 25 hours of heat and sweat-proof makeup is a big call for any foundation, but this product is great for keeping the skin matte, especially during the warmer months or in the humidity.
Buff the product into the skin with a stippling brush, then use a damp cosmetic sponge over your oily zones to leave the skin with a dewy finish. Overall a trustworthy product which comes in at a good price point for drugstore cosmetics.
Makeup Forever HD Foundation, $62
Pros: There are over 25 shades to choose from, which are both pink and yellow based.
Cons: You can essentially only purchase this product from Sephora.
Originally created specifically for actors on the big screen, this foundation has been dubbed as a cult-favourite by makeup artists around the world.
It applies very effortlessly on the skin, and doesn’t contain SPF, so you won’t get any white flashback from flash photography.
Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup, $50
Pros: The formula is non-transferrable, and truly will stay in place all day.
Cons: Not ideal for dry skin.
Another cult product has to be the Double Wear foundation which is more suited for girls with an oily complexion.
If your skin is slightly on the dry side, this foundation is definitely not for you. Double Wear says in place all day long (regardless of if you set it in place with a powder or not), and doesn’t feel like it’s weighing down your skin.
Bobbi Brown Skin Weightless Powder Foundation, $68
Pros: Wide selection of shades for all skin tones.
Cons: The packaging isn’t very hygienic.
Choose a powder foundation if you need the extra coverage, and your skin is slightly on the oiler side, or even combination. Powder foundation will stay in place all day long, and can be easily touched-up without creating additional creasing.
Yves Saint Laurent Teint Resist Long Wear Foundation, $78
Pros: Lasts for up to 14 hours on all skin types.
Cons: There are only 6 shades to choose from in the entire collection.
A long-wear foundation which stays in place all day, and is ideal for those long humid summer days. Set it with a powder to ensure it doesn’t transfer, especially if you summer from already oily skin.
- To ensure that your makeup stays on all day, make sure to properly cleanse and moisturise your face. If you suffer from dry patches around the t-zone, use a heavy duty moisturise for dehydrated skin, and wait for it to settle before apply any makeup.
- If your face does get oily throughout the day, use blotting paper to remove any excess oil from these areas. Rather than applying another layer of powder, a blotting sheet removes the shine without adding to your makeup.
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With summer fast-approaching, who wants to spend hours perfecting their makeup only for it to be ruined by sweat and sun? Tinted moisturisers are a fantastic alternative to heavy foundation because they are light on the skin, contain a high percentage of SPF, and don’t necessarily need to be applied using makeup brushes (saving you less time getting ready).
Here are just a few tinted moisturisers to suit dry, oily, and combination skin types which are also available in many different shades to suit your skin tone.
Dove Essential Nutrients Tinted Moisturiser, $9.99
Specifically formulated to make skin look and feel radiant through those warm summer days. The fragrance-free formula is perfect if you want a visibly brighter visage without breaking the bank on expensive products which may not offer broad spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays.
Natio Tinted Moisturiser, $18.95
Easily available at most pharmacies, this formula boasts the benefits of a moisturiser and lightweight foundation. Comes with a hint of colour to match most skin tones and an SPF of 20+ to create a fresh and barely-there look when applied carefully onto the skin.
Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser, $56
With a light formula which covers redness, and with over 11 shades to choose from you are bound to find a colour that’s right for you. Packed with an SPF of 15+ the formula is buildable, and ideal for any summer occasion such as going out to the beach or even a late dinner by the water.
Hourglass Illusion Tinted Moisturiser SPF 15, $74
The added SPF makes this tinted moisturiser ideal for everyday use in the hot sun. The many anti-ageing complexes are also best for older skin, since they work harmoniously to create a visibly younger visage. Available in six different shades.
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Have you ever wanted to master a matte, dewy or luminous skin finish but didn’t know where to begin? This is the definitive guide to creating the perfect base, without going overboard or spending far too much money.
Below are just three simple ways to easily recreate each look for any type of event. Remember to use the appropriate products and skin-finishes which flatter your own skin type!
Matte skin is one of the most popular foundation finishes since it lasts the distance, and works well with every skin type. This usually means that matte foundations set on the skin much slower, and take a little more TLC to maintain – especially if you’re on the oily side.
Works best for: oily and combination skin
Do it yourself
Most foundations are actually catered to creating matte skin, so you’re actually one step closer to achieving this look than you think! Use a primer, since this will work twice as well to create a flawless base for the foundation. Apply the product directly onto the skin with a stippling brush, swiping downwards for a perfect finish.
Wait a few moments for your foundation to completely set, before locking it in with a powder, or better yet – a setting spray if you suffer from really dry skin. Lightly dab your face brush into the powder, and apply onto common problem areas such as the forehead, t-zone, around the nose and on the chin.
Try: Revlon ColorStay Makeup, $34.95
Want to create a subtle glow which looks like your skin has been kissed by the sun? Look no further than dewy skin, which isn’t impossible to achieve if you have the correct tools.
Works best for: dry and combination skin
Do it yourself
The key to creating this base is by using a foundation which is not medium-high coverage. This is probably the biggest mistake that most women make when choosing a foundation, with intentions to create a dewy base. You’re better off using a tinted moisturiser or even BB cream, which is the exact same colour (or close enough) as your skin tone. Apply with your fingers, or even a damp Beauty Blender to achieve an airbrush finish. Then, lightly dust a highlighter over the cheekbones and cupids bow to give your complexion a dewy boost.
Try: L’Oreal Paris Lumi Magique Light Infusing Foundation, $33.95
Luminous skin is quite different from it’s dewy counterpart. Free from heavy contouring, this is a makeup look which is perfect if you want a hint of summer glow all year round.
Works best for: oily, dry and combination skin
Do it yourself
Use a powder or mineral foundation to create an even base on the skin. But the best way to achieve luminous skin is to take care of it every single day. Simple things such as staying out of the sun, avoiding second-hand smoke and even using sunscreen will help your long term goals of achieving skin which is even and pure.
Try: Becca Luminous Skin Colour, $68
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Every once in a while it’s great to switch up the products you use on your skin – especially if they are leading to problems such as breakouts, dry patches or just are no longer appropriate for the season. Discover the following makeup products to transform the look of your face, eyes, lips and cheeks which will make you look and feel brand new.
L’Oreal Paris Lumi Magique Light Infusing Foundation, $33.95
You may have heard of the spot corrector pen, dubbed as an affordable dupe of the iconic Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat – Radiant Touch. But the foundation is just as good; offering a natural coverage without blocking your pores. It is the perfect base if you want to create a glowing, natural makeup look.
New York Colour Smooth Skin Bronzing Face Powder, $2.99
This cheap and cheerful product provides a sheer bronze appearance, for any skin tone. Apply at the temples, cheekbones and chin for a subtle sunkissed glow. The compact size makes it easy to pop into your handbag for a sneaky touch-up.
e.l.f Studio Flawless Finish Foundation, $12
Don’t let the unusually low price deter you – this foundation is pretty heavy duty. Achieve medium to high coverage with the use of a stippling brush, and a formula which stays on all day long. Perfect for those who have oily skin, and boasts an added SPF 15+ if you’re heading out into the sun. Available in 7 unique shades.
L’Oreal Telescopic Explosion Mascara, $12.99
The micro bristles make it quick and easy to reach even the most stubborn of lashes, especially those pesky bottom lashes. Apply in small, fluid motions to avoid clumps, then wait and curl as usual.
Nyx Eyebrow Cake Powder, $12.95
Packed with all the tools you need to create those killer brows, this product is ideal for beginners and even experienced makeup artists. Comes with two shades for filling out your brows, a slanted brush, round wand and wax which will holds brows into place.
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Ever heard of a Beauty Blender before? These small, and often tear-shaped sponges are used to achieve a flawless foundation, and conceal problem areas without a hefty price-tag. Invented by Hollywood makeup artist Rea Ann Silva, the Beauty Blender will cut your time in half and leave your skin looking flawless every single time.
Rather than using your fingers to apply makeup, a Beauty Blender is a clean and sanitary way to create a natural makeup look. Simply wash the sponge with soapy water every time you use it, then remove all of the water and put out to dry. This will ensure that the sponge doesn’t contain any dry product for the next time you choose to use it. There is also a specialised cleanser available if you want to achieve a deep clean.
Beauty Blender’s ensure that makeup is applied evenly and flawlessly along the face. The trick is to soak the sponge in water first, and then ring some of the water out before using it. The soft, dense sponge is also rounded at one end to ensure that there are no harsh lines left on the face, and will buff makeup into the skin without any noticeable lines. At this stage, the sponge will expand to twice it’s size, then simply dab the Beauty Blender onto your face to achieve a high or medium coverage look. The sponge is designed to be used when it’s damp – otherwise application won’t look natural and the foundation will just cling to dry patches on the skin.
Perfect to bring along if you’re travelling or living out of a suit case, and don’t have enough space for a variety of makeup brushes, the Beauty Blender is easy to pack and doesn’t require any additional products. Simply dry properly before packing away to avoid a wet suitcase.
If you have sensitive skin, scarring, or embarrassing breakouts that you want to conceal with makeup, the Beauty Blender will help to achieve a high coverage finish. Every time you dab the sponge onto the skin, this will allow the foundation to buff smoothly into problem areas with a natural finish. The pointy end of the sponge is used to conceal tricky areas of the face, including small spots, around the eyes, and on the surface of the nose.
Use on other products
Did you know the Beauty Blender can also be used to apply other makeup products? Cream blush, highlight and illuminator can all be applied using the Beauty Blender, and will really limit the amount of brushes you require in your makeup kit. Simply smile and dab a small amount of product on the sponge, before buffing into the skin. The Beauty Blender is designed to limit the amount of product you put on your face, so it won’t leave your skin feeling over-clogged with unnecessary makeup after every application.
We recommend: Beauty Blender Single Sponge, $24.95
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Contouring is a secret weapon that makeup artists have been using for years to highlight certain features, and make the face slimmer and more angular. All you need is a few makeup products, brushes and the right technique to contour your face the right way.
Regardless of your face shape, the same three products can be used to achieve a stunning result – only the placement and technique changes. All you need is:
- Foundation, 1-2 shades lighter than your skin
- Foundation, 1-2 shades darker than your skin
- Real Techniques Your Finish Perfected Stippling Brush, $22.99
- Beauty Blender Single Sponge, $24.95 (damp)
Usually characterised by a circular face the entire way around, this shape is full and has a soft chin and full cheeks. Rounder faces usually require more definition around the forehead, cheekbones, under-eyes and chin.
- With broad strokes, apply the darker foundation around the forehead, under the cheekbones and on the bridge of the nose. Don’t forget to frame the jawline as well as the chin to achieve stronger structure in the face.
- Take the lighter foundation and apply onto the centre of the forehead, down the nose and the apples of the cheeks. It is best to apply the highlight with your fingers since this will blend naturally into the skin.
- Then with your damp Beauty Blender, carefully soften out the harsh lines across the face. A Beauty Blender takes a little more time, but will give you a flawless airbrush finish.
The heart-shaped face has a long and pointed chin, with higher cheekbones which curve into the jawline.
- Take the darker foundation and apply onto the temples of the forehead. This will soften up any harsh lines, and create a beautiful base. Then bring the brush down under the cheek line. Feel free to contour the brow-bone and bridge of the nose.
- With your fingers, highlight the centre of the forehead, apples of the cheeks, ball of the chin and also the centre of the nose.
- A concealer brush will give a precise highlight over the lash-line, on the smile lines and highlight the cupids bow. Then blend out carefully with a Beauty Blender before applying the finishing touches to your look.
A square face often has petite and angular features – especially around the jawline and forehead.
- Apply the darker contour around the perimeter of the face, focusing above the eyebrows. Drop down and follow the nature curve of the cheek line before emphasising the edges of the jawline.
- Add a highlight (lighter foundation shade) to the centre of the forehead, down the centre of the nose, above the cheek contour and the under-eye area.
- Your Beauty Blender will now create a soft definition throughout the entire face. If you don’t have a Beauty Blender, use a stippling brush instead.
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If you don’t really know where to start with doing your own makeup, follow these simple makeup tips and you’ll be on your way to a fresh, beautiful face for every occasion.
Start with a healthy foundation
The key to making your makeup look great is to start with a healthy foundation. Make sure your skin looks its best before applying cosmetics by washing it first. Follow with a pore refining toner, like the one by Neutrogena, and finish with a moisturiser. Use a moisturising cream with a broad spectrum SPF of at least 15 to ensure your skin will be protected from those harmful UV rays throughout the day.
One to try: Olay Complete All Day Moisturiser with Sunscreen for sensitive skin. Its light formula makes skin feel smooth without being oily or greasy.
Go for concealer
Using a concealer on certain places across your face will help provide the appearance of a more even skin tone. Dot concealer under your eyes, on your eyelids (to help your eye shadow last longer), beside your nose, and on your chin. Also use concealer on any blemishes or dark spots you’d like to minimize. Finish by blending well either with your fingertips or with a makeup sponge to make sure you eliminate any lines or thick areas. When choosing a concealer, it’s important to select one that’s a shade lighter than your natural skin tone.
One to try: CoverGirl Invisible Cream Concealer for a light but lasting product that comes in five different shades.
Set with powder
A great powder can provide further blending for your skin tone, add a touch of color, and lend a solid base for the rest of your makeup. Use either a loose powder and apply with a large powder brush or try a compact powder and apply with a makeup sponge. An important makeup tip for powders: remember to blend, blend, blend with a large, clean brush after application. There’s nothing worse than heading out the door with a thick makeup line along your jaw and hairline.
One to try: A great powder to use is Studio Fix powder by M.A.C. It wears well and blends evenly for a smooth complexion all day.
Get a cheeky glow
Add a pop of color to your cheeks with a bright blush. Powder blushes often work well for a lighter touch but the cream variety provides a rosy, dewy glow that can appear more natural. Experiment with both to see which works best for your skin type or layer a powder blush over a cream one for extra pop and long-lasting color. Use your fingers or a foundation brush to apply cream blushes and a blush brush to apply powder blushes. As always, make sure to blend thoroughly after application for a natural look.
One to try: Cremeblend Blush by M.A.C in Posey for a fresh color that compliments most skin tones.
Brighten your eyes
Finish off your simple makeup look by paying some special attention to your eyes. Use a neutral eye shadow to give your face a finished look while still keeping it understated and easy. Photo Op Eye Shadow Trio in Screen Shot by Smashbox is a fantastic blend of colors that can be used beneath the brows, along the crease, and on the eyelid. Add a quick coat or two of mascara to give your lashes extra length for a finishing touch.
One to try: Maybelline The Falsies Volum’ Express in Black Brown adds pop without looking too overdone.
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)