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The No-Fuss Guide To Nose Contouring

Okay, we admit, sometimes contouring in general is a bit of a hassle. The lines aren’t properly blended, the highlight looks more like the sheen of a disco ball, and when on earth do we stop?!

Rather than pausing that next YouTube video every few seconds, we will share a few simple tips if you’re looking to create the illusion of a smaller nose.

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Instructions

Apply your foundation as usual, and set it with a light translucent powder.

  1. Use a small shadow brush dipped into bronzer to carefully draw two thin lines on either side of your nose. Then connect them in a semi-circle at the bottom of your nose.
  2. Blend with a fluffy brush to soften the edges. This might take a while, so keep blending until the lines are almost non-existent.
  3. Apply your concealer onto the middle of your brows in an upside down triangle leading up to your forehead. This creates the illusion of light, and will slim out your entire face.
  4. Blend well with a damp cosmetic sponge or the warmth of your fingers. Set it immediately with a powder.
  5. Take any leftover concealer that’s on your wand and lightly dab at the sides of your nose. It helps to brighten up the entire area, and really sculpts the face.

Tips

  • Use a light hand! Remember to dust off the bronzer onto your palette to remove any excess product from making its way onto your face.
  • Make sure to apply your products with a clean, dry brush. Any eyeshadow brushes which have already been used might compromise the perfect contour, and instead make your nose look dirty.
  • Contour with a matte bronzer. Anything with glitter won’t look natural when applied onto the main dimensions on your face.
  • Invest in a good concealer. This concealer isn’t designed to cover up your blemishes, it should be used primarily to contour the eye area. Pick a shade a few colors lighter than your natural skin tone for this juxtaposition.

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Common Eyeshadow Mistakes And How To Fix Them

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.

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Blending

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.

Primer

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.

Flimsy eyeliner

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.

Excess eyeshadow

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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Napoleon Perdis ‘Next Gen’ Makeup Masterclass

Want to know the difference between your highlighter from your illuminator? Australia’s makeup maestro Napoleon Perdis is running his very first set of exclusive ‘Next Gen’ Makeup Masterclasses at MYER this weekend. Napoleon will be accompanied by the next generation of his empire which includes his wife Soula-Marie and daughters Lianna, Athina, Alexi, and Angelene.

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SHESAID was lucky enough to chat with Napoleon Perdis about his favourite products from the collection, his ultimate makeup faux-pas and the skills guests would learn from the masterclass.

What type of skills will guests have the opportunity to learn at the masterclass? 

My customers will learn a full everyday makeup routine, plus two trending colour stories. I’ll take my guests through cleansing, priming, brows, reflective contouring and base, plus an easy every day eye, a smoky eye, blush and a bold lip.

How important is it to possess some basic makeup skills? 

For a woman in control, it’s a must. From a tinted moisturiser, brow and gloss to a full routine, makeup will allow you to look polished and perfected however you choose to take on the day.

Do you have any favourite makeup looks at the moment? 

I’m loving a natural contour (no more chocolate bar contours!), a strong blush to awaken the complexion and nude in all its extremes.  Nude doesn’t have to mean naked, it’s just all about neutral tones.

Could you name the number one product from Napoleon Perdis which every girl should have in her kit? 

Remember, ‘Not to Prime is a Crime!’ My Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Skin Primer makes your foundation last longer, look smoother and help you to achieve that fresh foundation finish.

Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Primer, $59.90
Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Primer, $59.90

What are some makeup mistakes you see other women make? 

Mask-like foundation! Your foundation should accentuate your complexion, not hide it. Blocky brows are another mistake I see so often – it doesn’t flatter the face or create a natural finish. Instead keep the perimeter of the brow soft and natural for a more modern, feminine finish.

Are there any ways to take your makeup look from day to night? 

So many ways! First touch up your base, brows and mascara. From here, sweep a warm, medium shade shadow or contour colour through the socket of the eye and lower lash line and press a neutral metallic shadow onto the centre of the lid. If your eye requires more definition, run a black liner along the upper and lower water lines and gently squint your eyes together to blend. Next, touch up your blush and highlighter and finish with a lipstick or gloss to suit your colour story. It’s all about adding a little more intensity to your look.

What is your favourite part about running the masterclass with Myer?

This is my first workshop with MYER, so I’m excited to meet my customers and discover more about her. I’m also excited that my family will be joining me and I want my consumer to feel a part of it all. It’s the next generation of Napoleon Perdis and I can’t wait!

To secure your position at the ‘Next Gen’ Makeup Masterclass, purchase the tickets online at MYER or at the counter on the day. Tickets are $149 and redeemable on Napoleon Perdis products on the day.

Melbourne

Date: Friday, 7th August

Location: MYER Melbourne City

Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Sydney

Date: Saturday 8th August

Location: MYER Liverpoool

Time: 1pm – 3pm

How To Wear The ‘No-Makeup’ Look

Who wants to look like they’ve piled on layers of makeup to go to the supermarket? Keep your makeup looking natural with just a few of our favourite techniques below which will highlight your natural features instead of concealing them.

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Tinted moisturiser

Don’t opt for full coverage foundations which can often look thick and cakey during the summer. The secret to a no-makeup look is with light, translucent products that match your skin tone. Use your hands to distribute the tinted moisturiser onto problem areas (mainly the t-zone, cheeks, and chin), then blend it out with a cosmetic sponge.

How To Wear The 'No-Makeup' Look

Tip: Damp cosmetic sponges such as the BeautyBlender help to create an even base by working with the skins natural oils. They set the product a lot smoother into the skin, even though they might take longer to apply.

Bronzer

Apply a touch of bronzer where the sun would naturally hit your face; forehead, nose and cheeks. A little goes a long way, so make sure to tap the excess off your brush before applying.

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Highlight

For a healthy glow, apply a concentrated amount of highlighter onto the tops of your cheekbones. This gives a healthy, sun-kissed look that won’t make you look shiny.

How To Wear The 'No-Makeup' Look

Tip: Use a liquid highlight as it applies very smoothly onto the skin and won’t disrupt oily skin.

Eyeshadow

You could leave it with just a coat of mascara, but eyeshadow is an easy choice if you have a little extra time. Use cream shadows which apply quick and easy, then simply blend out with your fingers!

How To Wear The 'No-Makeup' Look

Blush

For blush, use a 2-in-1 cheek and lip tint in a soft shade of pink. It’s difficult to go wrong with liquid blush since it absorbs easily into the skin and is easy enough to fix if you’ve applied too much.

How To Wear The 'No-Makeup' Look

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Makeup Trend: Feathery Brow Tutorial

Natural-looking brows is something that all women aim to achieve and the feathering technique is just one way to get the look at home.

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So if you’re lacking a few stray hairs, or require a little more texture in your brows, follow our easy tutorial below to achieve natural-looking eyebrows.

Instructions

1. Wash your face with a mild cleanser, then lock-in moisture with a hydrating cream. If your brows have the tendency to feel a little dry (especially in winter), run the cream lightly through your brows.

Makeup Trend: Feathery Brow Tutorial

Coast to Coast Skin Illuminating Cleansing Water, $24.95

2. Use a thin brow pencil and place it on the side of your nose. This is where your brows should begin to curve outwards. Extend the same brush outwards onto the very corner of your eyes; this is where your brows should end (at the very tip). Keep the guide below in a handy place if you every need to remember these tips for the future.

Makeup Trend: Feathery Brow Tutorial

3. Pomades are ideal for creating natural, wispy-looking brows and they come in a variety of colours. Use an angled brow brush, and lightly dip it into the pomade. Less is more, and you can always layer on the product if it’s too light for your brows.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade, $26.70

4. Use short, fluid motions to feign the look of real brows. Start by filling in any gaps (this could be at the very tip of your brow) and work your way inwards making sure to use less product as you go.

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Sigma e75 Angled Brow Pencil, $16

5. Carefully press the brush onto your skin and release so it won’t make a harsh mark on your skin. Brush through your brows to make them look more natural and don’t forget to set them with a clear brow gel. This will keep them in place all day and is also sweat-proof.

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Essence Lash and Brow Gel, $4.10

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How To Bake Your Makeup

Move over clown contouring, a new makeup technique has been spotted all over the internet which is set to give your skin the glow it really needs. Baking makeup is a popular technique primarily used in drag makeup which is all about letting the makeup sit on the skin, and really melt into the skin.

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How does it work?

The best way to let your make ‘bake’ is to apply foundation as usual, then use a lighter concealer under the eyes. Let it sit on your face for 10-15 minutes until it begins to change texture and color as the makeup oxidizes. This way, your makeup will actually become more high-coverage and pigmented before blending it all out with a cosmetic sponge.

Who can bake their makeup?

Anyone! Celebrity fans such as Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner and Karreuche Tran love this look as it gives the skin a flawless sheen, rather than a cakey finish which can emphasize acne or open pores.

What Is The Baking Makeup Technique?

This makeup technique works on all skin types, just make sure to use a hydrating primer or serum if your skin is on the dry side. Don’t be too liberal with the concealer (less is more), and make sure to use a setting spray instead of a translucent powder which can cling to dry patches.

What do I need to bake my own makeup?

Make sure you’re using a foundation which matches your skin tone, then a lighter concealer which will give your under-eye area that subtle contrast. Stick to liquid concealers since they are easy to apply, and melt seamlessly into the skin. Don’t forget to set it all with a powder so the makeup doesn’t move around your face.

What Is The Baking Makeup Technique?

Can I let my foundation cook?

If you want a flawless finish, let your foundation ‘bake’ instead of your concealer. Use a formula which isn’t fast-drying (something nourishing is best for baking), and apply it over your t-zone, cheeks, forehead, chin and neck, then wait for it to settle. A damp cosmetic sponge is the best way to blend-out the foundation without over-drying the skin.

Would you bake your makeup?

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7 Quick Lip Gloss Hacks

Who hasn’t owned a lip gloss in their life? From your first Lip Smackers to the elusive Dior Plumpling gloss… they come in so many shapes and sizes. Bet you didn’t know it could be used as a moisturising treatment? Who knew!

Keep reading for more of our exclusive hacks, as well as our favourite lip gloss at the moment!

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Hair gel

Do you have trouble taming those little baby hairs which never seem to go away? Take a swab of some lip gloss with a cotton bud and carefully push it back into your hair-line.

Cuticle butter

This one is for those girls who suffer from tough cuticles, especially during the wintery months. Simply apply a small drop of lip gloss onto your cuticles to smooth them out, and they’ll look better in no-time.

Dry heels

Who else suffers from dry heels? Rather than waiting for your next pedicure (or avoiding sandals forever), apply some gloss onto your heels for a quick fix. They won’t stick to your shoes, but will appear soft and smooth.

Eyeshadow

Yeah, we’re going there! This is ideal for girls who suffer from extremely oily eyelids, and find it difficult to make their makeup last the distance. The result is a mostly sheer look which won’t fade… especially during the warmer weather.

Split ends

Tired of those split ends ruining your look? Apply a tiny drop of lip gloss onto your ends for to easily manage split ends. Don’t apply too much since it can completely ruin your clean hair!

Dry nose

Who hasn’t cried for hours on end after their favourite television show was cancelled? To combat a dry nose, apply some lip gloss on the outside to stop the skin from flaking.

Highlighter

For a truly sun-kissed and youthful glow, apply some gloss onto the outer edges of your brow and cheekbones. It will give your face a pop of colour without the use of the sun! Layer it with matte products to achieve a natural look.

Want to try these tips and more? Our favourite lip gloss at the moment is:

7 Quick Lip Gloss Hacks

Rimmel Oh My Gloss, $6.98

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8 Makeup Mistakes You’re Making (And You Don’t Even Know It!)

It’s hard to believe, but perfecting makeup is a lifelong skill. Just think about it, really knowing your angles, colouring, and learning those valuable techniques can take a while to master, especially if you don’t have the time to take a makeup course.

To avoid these common makeup mistakes, invest in a few quality products and brushes to perfect your look and voila, makeup can be your best friend!

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Blending

Whether it’s your eyes, foundation, or even a self-tan, never forget to blend your makeup after applying! Those lines of contour should never be too visible, so remember to blend it out as you go.

A thick kabuki brush is the perfect way to achieve a flawless look without removing all of the product from your face.

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Colour match

It might feel a little tempting to buy new foundation online (especially when you haven’t tried it before and there’s a sale), but try and get your colour matched. Not only will it save you the time and money of returning a product which doesn’t suit your skin, but it’s free to do so!

There is also a handy website called Findation, which allows you to enter your current shade and it will generate other popular brands which are in the same tone. Easy!

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Blush

The secret to applying a subtle blush is to layer on the product as you go. Dipping your blush brush into the pan and applying it directly onto your face is never a wise option. Tap it lightly into the pan, dust off any excess, then blend it out of your cheekbones.

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Lip liner

In an effort to look like the next Kylie Jenner, it is a little tempting to over draw your lips. To make them appear larger, use a darker shade on the outside, then colour the inside of your lips with a light shade down the middle.

Use a white liner or highlighting shade on the cupids bow (just about your lips), to make it appear larger.

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Dry, flakey skin

Many women will suffer from dry skin during the colder months since there is a lack of moisture in the air. To keep skin looking glowing and fresh, use a foundation with a hint of SPF.

While it does contain a little more oil, it will help to smooth over any of those dry patches, and leave your skin looking slightly sun-kissed.

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Contouring

Sculpting your face is actually a little more difficult than it seems. Los Angeles based makeup artist Lilit Caradanian let us in on her insider trick for a flawless contour – a transitional shade: “You actually need a transitional colour because the dark colour needs a medium shade in order to blend into the skin. If you’re using contour powder, you also need to use a bronzer along with it.”

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Overdrawn brows

While we all might like to fill in our brows, it is a little easy to go overboard. Use a darker shade on the tail, and work with a brow brush in slow, fluid motions to create the illusion of thicker hair. Dust off any of the colour and work it into the centre of your brows – never close up the front!

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Winged liner

Probably one of the trickiest looks to create is the winged liner. There are many ways to create it with a felt-tip, gel, eyebrow brush, or even with a stick-on stencil.

For beginners, we recommend using a thin piece of tape extending upwards from the lower lash line. Then all you need to do is trace a line over the tape, and remove it once it’s dry!

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Get The Look: Upside Down Cat Eye

Give a modern twist to the classic cat eye look by tweaking just one factor – turning it upside down!

This unique look is easy enough for both beginners and experienced makeup artists, and is perfect for almost any type of occasion you can think of. All you need is a black eyeliner (gel, cream, or felt-tip) to get started.

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What you need

  • Eyeliner (of course)
  • Mascara
  • Cotton tips
  • Micellar water (or makeup remover for smoothing out any lines)

Instructions

  1. Prep your eyes with a primer to keep the colour lasting for longer, and also if you suffer from really oily eyelids.
  2. Line the bottom water line with a thin, black kohl pencil. This will create the very basis of your look.
  3. Use an angled brush, then dip it into the tip of the mascara. Carefully draw a line which extends from the lower lash line and outwards into the outer corner.
  4. To create the cat eye itself, place a sticky note extending from the outer corner, then simply use a felt-tip liner to draw the end. Draw it on as carefully as you can, then fill it in with the same angled brush.
  5. Simply remove the sticky note and use a cotton tip dipped in makeup remover to tidy up the flick.

Would you try this look at home?

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How To Use An Illuminator 

Fake than instant summer glow with the use of a pigmented illuminator which is perfect for all skin types.

Not only are there a variety of products available for your budget, but they’re so quick and easy to apply! Follow our guide on how to use your illuminator for that youthful, summer glow.

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Forehead

Take a small swatch of your product and apply it into the centre of your forehead. We promise it won’t make you look like a disco ball! If you’re scared about this step, mix a drop of illuminator into your foundation for an instant glow.

Nose

Take your ring finger and lightly dab it down the bridge of your nose. This gives your entire face a subtle glow, and lightly contours the nose making it appear smaller. Use in conjunction with a matte bronzer to achieve a sun-kissed look.

Cheekbones

One of the best places to apply illuminator if you’re on-the-go are the cheekbones. Dab lightly on the higher angles of your cheekbones leading into the hairline.

If you feel like you’ve applied too much product, mix a drop of your foundation and it will conceal any mistakes. Imagine that you’re drawing a semi-circle, and keep the illuminator away from the inner corner of your eyes.

Eyebrows

More specifically, keep the product above your brows. This not only frames the face in a beautiful way, but creates an almost luminous finish to your makeup. Keep a powder handy in case your face gets oily throughout the day, and blot regularly.

Lip

Finish up the entire look by applying any leftover product on your cupids bow. This is the area just above your upper lip. It creates the illusion of full, enhanced lips without any surgery!

How To Use An Illuminator 

1. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector, $66

2. Tom Ford Skin Illuminator, $100

3. Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat, $57

4. Nars Illuminator in Copacobana, $39

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10 Timeless Beauty Tips For All Ages

Stay chic at any age with a few simple beauty tips which all women should abide by. Keep your skin looking glowing and radiant by investing in trustworthy products which are packed with vitamins and minerals for optimum results. The rest, as they say, is all history!

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Eye liner

To nail the perfect cat-eye liner, use a small piece of sticky tape to create the perfect curve. This is a great trick for women who want to try out this look, without fear of ruining the rest of their makeup. Gently pull off the tape after you’re done, and fill in any gaps with a liquid liner.

Bigger lips

Create the illusion of larger lips by carefully contouring with a lip liner. Choose a shade which is close to your natural shade, then lightly overdraw the corners. Next, take a white liner and fill in the middle of your lips (and the cupids bow). Blend this out, then apply a clear gloss over the top.

Glowing skin

For an instant pick-me-up, mix a little liquid highlighter into your usual foundation. Skin should appear glowing in all the right places, without looking like a disco ball! Use a powder over the t-zone and other oil-prone areas of the face.

Flattering brows

We’ve all done it before; over-plucked, used the wrong shade, and even forgot to fill them in at all! Brows are really easy to master, if you know what does and doesn’t flatter your face.

The inner corner of the iris is where your brow should start to curve, the end of the iris should be the arch of the brow, and the outer corner of the eye is where your brow should end.

Long lashes

Rather than investing in a variety of different mascaras, focus on curling your existing lashes. Many women lightly dry their eyelash curler for an extra-hold which lasts all day.

Remove your makeup

Even if you’ve had a big night, it’s important to always remove your makeup (especially around the eyes). If you’re on the lazy side, use a facial wipe or micellar water which doesn’t require water.

Flawless concealer

When applying concealer to the under-eye area, it is important to dab lightly with your ring finger. Sometimes using a brush can cause the makeup to flake, but fingers are warm and help the product to mesh together.

Long-lasting lipstick

Make your lips super-matte by setting them with a translucent powder. Simply cover lips with a tissue, then lightly brush the product over with a clean kabuki.

Makeup mistakes

Fix any impending makeup mistakes by spraying a brush with a setting formula, and gently dusting it over your face. This is particularly useful if you need to correct eyeshadow which has creased, or messy pigments.

Natural blush

For a natural pop of colour on the cheeks, use a wide blush brush and blend out the product on your face. Anything too harsh makes the look feel artificial, and won’t photograph very well.

Do you have any beauty tips passed down by your mother or grandmother?

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Common Makeup Mistakes To Avoid

We’ve all made the mistake of using a foundation with high SPF and jumping into flash photography with a glowing, white face.

But what other makeup mistakes should we be avoiding in the future? Use our simple makeup tips to save any look, and keep your skin looking perfect!

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Wrong foundation shade

Many of us are guilty of choosing a foundation which is too light, and often too dark for our natural skin tone. Rather than swatching the shade on your hand, make sure it matches your neck. This is the closest in colour to your face, and should blend in seamlessly. If all else fails, you can always have your foundation matched by a professional and it’s absolutely free.

Flaky skin

Women suffering from dry, flaky skin understand that applying foundation can be a nightmare. Make sure your skin is properly nourished by applying a hydrating moisturiser and primer before foundation. In addition, gently swipe your foundation brush rather than applying it in circular motions.

False lashes

If you find it difficult to apply false lashes, use individual ones instead. These create a natural, wispy look which is perfect for women who don’t want their makeup to look over the top. The trick is to look downwards into a mirror, and apply the falsie over your own natural lash.

Contouring

Creating the illusion of slimmer cheeks, nose, and jawline can often come at a price. The best way to do this is by blending until all the lines on your face are almost seamless. Use a foundation brush for best results, and buff gently into the skin.

Bronzer

For a subtle bronze glow, use a formula which is matte as opposed to shimmery. Glittery shades look more artificial and attract too might light, making them look quite unnatural on the skin. Don’t over-do it! Less is more, and you can always build-up the bronzer, rather than applying too much all over your face.

Tacky brushes

Clean your brushes once a week with a gentle cleanser to remove any build-up of product. Not only could dirty brushes compromise your makeup, but the bacteria can also contribute to acne and blocked pores.

Filling your brows

As a general rule with eyebrows, remember that less is more. Use a pencil which is in the same shade of your brows, and gently fill in any gaps. If you suffer from dry skin, don’t use a gel since it can leave your brows feeling dehydrated and tacky.

Under-eye concealer

A huge beauty trend at the moment is creating a soft highlight under the eyes with a concealer. If your eyes have the tendency to crease during the day, this look won’t work for you since the product will only settle into fine lines and wrinkles. Use a creamy concealer to cover up any dark circles, and blend with a damp cosmetic sponge or concealer brush to reach those difficult areas.

SPF in foundation

If you have a special event coming up, use a foundation, concealer, and powder which are free from SPF. Any type of flash photography picks up these undertones, and washes out your entire makeup look. Only powder on areas where your face has the tendency to get oily, and blot the rest.

Highlighter

While we all want a healthy, glowing complexion sometimes applying too many shimmery products on the face can create a different look entirely. Frosted highlighters should be applied in moderation, and if you think the formula is too pigmented, mix with your foundation to dilute it.

What are some of your makeup blunders?

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Become A Make-up Ninja With Glam Affair

When Brisbane’s Crystal Dawson, 33, had her first baby, she gained new insight into how and why motherhood and a busy lifestyle can cause many women to neglect their own self-care.

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Having studied make-up and personal styling  at the Australian Institute of Creative Design, Crystal (pictured below) achieved a long-held dream when she launched her professional make-up parties, workshops and tutorials business/etailer Glam Affair soon after in 2009.

As Creative Director of Glam Affair, via www.glamaffair.com.au, Crystal takes great pleasure in showing women how to skilfully apply and choose make-up correctly.

“At Glam Affair, we believe that by highlighting her best features, every woman can look and feel amazing,” she says. “Now, Glam Affair is a leader in pop-up make-up workshops for all ages across Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sydney.”

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Crystal relishes the freedom of running her own business, which allows her to care for her two children at home during the week. “I love teaching – it’s what I’m good at,” she says, “Glam Affair doesn’t feel like a job to me.

“You meet lots of interesting people, the classes are fun and we always have a giggle, and you even get a few men coming through.”

The workshops are aimed at busy people in need of a total makeover, beauty boost, or just a new style. “Glam Affair is on a mission to ensure all women (and men) feel glamorous and special by imparting professional knowledge of make-up application, colour analysis and image,” Crystal says.

Even better, the creative director believes you don’t have to spend a fortune to achieve a hot, new on-trend look. Her three-hour workshops, which attract women from varied backgrounds and ages, offer expert advice on topics such as make-up brushes and how to care for them; basic skin care and then step-by-step make-up application.

Participants come out with a full face of make-up, having learnt how to apply: primer, concealer, foundation, highlighter and contour, three-step eye technique, eyebrows, eyeliner, mascara and lips.

“There’s nothing like a little make-up wizardry to boost your confidence and lift your spirits,” she says.

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Crystal’s own professional mineral make-up range, which is suitable for any skin type – especially those with ultra-sensitive skin – is for sale at events and via her website.

In addition, given she believes “every woman loves a party”, Cystal offers people the chance to host their own make-up parties to experience her products in a fun, informal and relaxed setting.

For more information, visit www.glamaffair.com.au or phone 1300 033 635.

Get The Look: Purple Smokey Eye Tutorial

Create a classic smokey-eye with a twist by using vibrant pops of colour to spice up your entire makeup look.

Not only do shades of purple suit every skin eye and colour, but they’re really versatile and can be adapted for both day and night. Follow our easy purple smokey-eye tutorial for a special night out.

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1. To allow your makeup to stay on flawlessly without creasing, use an eye primer and dab lightly onto the eyelid and surrounding area.

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Face of Australia Eye Primer, $7.95

2. Create the illusion of bigger, brighter eyes by using a highlighting shade on your inner corner. This is perfect for opening the eye, and creating a soft base for the rest of the makeup.

Get the look: Purple Smokey Eye Tutorial

Prestige Cosmetics My Brow Illuminating Jumbo Pencil, $15.95

3. Take a light purple shade and cover your entire eyelid. Buff it well into the skin by using an all-over eyeshadow brush for a flawless look.

Get the look: Purple Smokey Eye Tutorial

Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Painted Purple, $11.95

4. To contour the eye, take a slightly darker shimmery shade and concentrate it into your socket. Use a soft crease brush and easily swipe across the outer perimeters of your eyes. Keep blending until there are no harsh lines left on the surface, and it looks perfectly blended or gradient.

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Make Up Store Cybershadow in Bordeaux, $33

5. Add a winged liner if you want to create a stronger look; a felt-tip is perfect if you’re a beginner and don’t have quite a steady hand!

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Benefit They’re Real Liner, $35

6. Curl your lashes as usual, then apply a generous coat of mascara over the top. Don’t forget to take some extra product and highlight the brow bone area as well.

Get the look: Purple Smokey Eye Tutorial

L’Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes Mascara, $27.95

Would you wear this look? Comment below and share your thoughts on purple eyeshadow.

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Quick Tips For Bigger-Looking Eyes

Make your eyes pop by incorporating a few simple techniques into your next makeup look. Strictly avoid using heavy black liner on the inner corner of your eyes, but rather choose shades which are shimmery and light instead.

Keep reading below to make your eyes look big and beautiful with these simple makeup techniques.

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Concealer

Use a concealer 2-3 shades lighter than your natural skin colour to draw emphasis to the higher dimensions of your face.

A liquid concealer is best for the under-eye area, since it’s easy to blend out. Use the applicator and draw an upside-down triangle under the perimeters of your eyes. Then blend with a damp cosmetic sponge, your fingers, or even a concealer brush.

Shimmery shadow

Apply a shimmery shadow on the inner corner of your eye – this opens up the entire face, and gives the illusion of big eyes! Cream sticks are the best since they melt seamlessly into the skin, and don’t look too artificial sitting on the surface.

Lashes

Whether you like to keep it natural with some mascara, or even apply a pair of falsies on a special occasion, they always work a treat. Make sure to curl your lashes for best results, and wiggle the mascara from side to side (it gets all the lashes this way!).

Quick Tips For Bigger Looking Eyes

If you are using falsies, don’t go for a pair which are too thick and heavy – this could only weigh down your eyes. Individual lashes are best for creating a natural look, since you can apply as little or as many as you want! Apply a thin layer of mascara to your bottom lashes as well – this helps to easily elongate the eyes.

Tightline

This is a handy makeup trick which creates the illusion of thicker lashes directly from the roots. Take a black eyeliner pencil, and lightly shade your upper water-line. For the bottom waterline, use a white eyeliner and do the same. This helps to open up the eyes, and is perfect if you’re wearing a heavy eyeshadow look.

Eyeshadow

Neutral tones such as nude, brown, and copper are best if you want to give your eyes a pop of colour without going overboard. If you have slightly hooded eyes, stay away from a winger-liner since this could only make your eyes appear smaller than they are.

Eyebrows

Don’t forget the brows! Use a brow pencil and fill in the arch, since this is perfect for creating symmetry in the face. Apply some gel to set it all in place, and don’t forget to choose a shade which looks natural and compliments your skin.

What are some of your tips for bigger looking eyes?

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Get The Look: Kylie Jenner’s Lips

The world hasn’t stopped talking about Kylie Jenner’s new lips, and almost every beauty guru is trying to recreate this elusive look by the young star. If you want to create the illusion of bigger lips (sans) surgery, follow our how-to on how to get Kylie Jenner’s pouty look.

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Instructions

1. This look is perfect if you want to accentuate your upper lip which (like Kylie’s) is thin and undefined. Exaggerate the angle of the upper lip by extending the outer sides of the cupid’s bow.

Get The Look: Kylie Jenner's Lips

2. Line the natural curve of your cupid’s bow, then slowly drag the lip liner outwards until you reach your bottom lip. This may take a while to master, so you want the look to feel nature. Use a lip liner which is the colour of your natural lips, and fill in any gaps.

Get The Look: Kylie Jenner's Lips

Bobbi Brown Lip Liner in Pink Mauve, $38

3. To make this step a little bit easier, smile and drag the lip liner down the sides of your lips. Use your finger to blend in the colour with your natural lips.

4. Take a white eyeliner pencil then carefully concentrate the product in the middle of your lips (below the cupid’s bow). Blend well with your finger, then apply a flesh-toned lipstick over the top.

Get The Look: Kylie Jenner's Lips

Mac Cosmetics Lipstick in Whirl, $36

5. Lightly gloss your lips, and dab dry with a tissue for a more natural look. Use a plumping lip gloss to accentuate your lips and bring them extra body and fullness.

Get The Look: Kylie Jenner's Lips

Dior Addict Lip Maximizer Collagen Active Lip-Gloss, $48

Images via The Beauty Department, Stay Glam

The Best Makeup Tips For Flawless Foundation

Creating a flawless foundation is often easier said than done, especially if you suffer from combination skin. Watching YouTube guru’s do their thing works to a certain extent, but most of it comes down to working with the skin you’ve got.

This might mean that touching up with a powder, using a setting spray, or simply staying away from a primer will apply for you – since there is no magic spell for flawless skin. Use the following fool-proof tips to help prep your skin for that fabulous base you’ve always wanted.

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Hydrate

Even if you suffer from extremely oily skin, it’s so important to keep your skin hydrated throughout the day and night. Neglecting a moisturiser is one of the biggest mistakes you will ever make for your skin, or maybe the one you’re currently using isn’t actually working at all?

Regardless of your skin type, stick to a moisturiser which is fragrance-free and won’t interfere with your skincare regime. This means that you won’t find your skin breaking out anytime soon, and you can benefit from a flawless base all day long. Look for a moisturiser with an added SPF, so your skin can feel amazing and be protected from the sun while you’re out and about.

The Best Makeup Tips For Flawless Foundation

La Roche-Posay Effaclar H Soothing Moisturiser, $30

Makeup brushes

I’ve recently found out that my skin doesn’t work too well with stippling brushes. Just imagine,  constantly rubbing the product can make it flake over dry spots and look like it’s peeling, eek! If you identify with any of these symptoms, then I highly recommend that you stay away from stippling brushes – at least until the colder weather is out the window.

Cosmetic sponges are much kinder to skin because they are used damp, and won’t have you spreading the same old product all over your face. Simply dot your preferred foundation on the forehead, cheeks, nose, and chin, then bounce the cosmetic sponge over your face.

Be careful when it comes to your eyes, since this is the number one place foundation is prone to crease. Dampen the sponge, then press over this area to avoid your foundation from cracking.

The Best Makeup Tips For Flawless Foundation

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, $11

Foundation

Now this can be tricky since there are a variety of foundations on the market which claim to revolutionise the look and feel of your skin. The best advice is to get your skin matched by a professional, and they will tell you the kind of foundation you should go for.

The most popular finishes are matte and dewy, and if you want to keep your skin from creasing and peeling throughout the day – then stick to dewy foundation instead. Apply foundation sparingly to areas such as the nose, around the mouth and over the pores, since it’s often difficult to achieve a flawless finish here. Use your finger and gently tap the product over these places to avoid the foundation from peeling and flaking. Gently spritz your face with a setting powder to keep it all intact.

The Best Makeup Tips For Flawless Foundation

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup, $56.30

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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.

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The Best Blush For Your Face Shape

Applying blush is just as difficult as liquid eyeliner – the possibilities are endless and you really only learn through trial and error! With a variety of shades readily available and a number of tutorials telling you best to apply your blush, but do they ever take into consideration your face shape?

If you talk to any makeup artist, they’ll tell you there isn’t a right or wrong way to apply a blusher. It’s all about studying your face, and applying it in a way which will contour your entire look.

RELATED: Check out Choosing The Best Blush For Your Skin Tone here

Long face

If you have a long face, the best place to apply the blush is on the apples of your cheeks. Concentrate the product in this area (with a gentle hand), and blend out towards the temples. Use a fluffy brush to achieve a flawless finish, and choose a colour which corresponds with the rest of your makeup.

Oval face

The oval face is slightly round and in good proportion when compared to a long face, so you can actually just apply the product straight onto the centre of your cheeks. Don’t blend upwards into the hairline, since this can sometimes look too harsh for an oval face.

Heart-shaped face

Contour your prominent cheekbones with a light pop of colour, and blend lightly with a stippling brush. This will help to balance out the rest of your face, and will take the focus off the pointy jawline.

Round face

A round face sometimes requires a little more contouring, so don’t make the mistake of applying blush directly onto the apples of your cheeks. Apply the blush into a triangle under the angles of your eyes, blending the product outwards into your hairline.

While a powder can often look harsh on a rounder face, you might want to try a cream blush which is also easier to apply for beginners.

Square face

A stronger jawline means that the blush doesn’t need to be applied in a circle on the cheekbones. Instead, concentrate the product in a light rectangular area under the eyes, and blend into both the hairline and sides of the nose.

Diamond-shaped face

Draw attention to the bottom hair of your face, which is often characterised by a strong jaw and slightly pointed chin. Apply the blush directly on the cheekbones, and sweep the product towards the ears for a natural look.

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What is Matte, Dewy and Luminous Skin?

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!

RELATED: Check out How To Achieve Brighter Skin here

Matte

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.

What is Matte, Dewy and Luminous Skin?

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

Dewy

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.

What is Matte, Dewy and Luminous Skin?

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

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.

What is Matte, Dewy and Luminous Skin?

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

Images via Total Beauty, Style.com

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