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Makeup Trend: Sheer Lipstick

Want your makeup to look polished without the constant upkeep of lip liner and stain throughout the evening?

Sheer lipsticks offer the best of both worlds since the colour is shiny and pigmented without requiring too many touch-ups throughout the day or night. If you want to start on your own collection, a blushing pink is a must-have since it’s interchangeable for every occasion, and will never go out of style.

RELATED: Get The Look – Kylie Jenner’s Lips

We have found four of the best sheer lipsticks on offer at the moment, and have listed them below from luxe to less.

Yves Saint Laurent Volupté Sheer Candy in #12, $52

No other brand does a signature lip shine such as Yves Saint Laurent, and this collection certainly won’t disappoint. Boasting 10 signature pink shades, the Volupté formula keeps lips hydrated for up to 8 hours, perfect!

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipshine in #54 Boy, $51.95

A luxurious product if you’re looking to splurge on something big, is definitely a lip colour by Chanel. The Rouge Coco Shine collection offers a water-light texture which hydrates the lips, and glides on effortlessly.

Nars Sheer Lipstick in Roman Holiday, $39

Packed with vitamin E for ultimate hydration, there’s no going past Nars for the ultimate lip colour. The translucent formula is perfect for creating a subtle glow without the need to re-apply every few hours.

Lipstick Queen Chinatown Glossy Pencil in Crime, $29

Don’t forget to pack this jumbo lip pencil in your makeup bag or clutch, since it’s such an essential for creating luscious, pink lips. Coming in at $29, the pencil also comes with a complimentary sharpener to always keep it in shape.


  • Before applying each lipstick, it is essential to prep your lips with an exfoliator. Gently rub a clean toothbrush over both top and bottom lips, then finish off with a nourishing balm.
  • Since these lipsticks are all sheer, they don’t require a lip liner. Simply apply a thin coat to top and bottom lips, and you’re ready-to-go!

Image via Style Bistro 

Nude Lipstick For Your Skintone

The problem with finding a nude lipstick is that everybody has a different definition of what ‘nude’ actually means. One shade which suits a dark skin tone, won’t necessarily suit someone who is pale with a pink undertone.

Whether you like a frosted, shimmery or matte lipstick, we have you covered with the best option for each skin tone.

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Pale skin

Choose a mostly sheer formula with a hint of shimmer to give lips a warm glow. Anything lighter than your natural skin colour has the ability to wash out your entire complexion. Sheer lipsticks are a fantastic option because they are cheaper, and hardly need a touch-up.

Nude Lipstick For Your Skin-Tone

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in #77 Ingenue, $46

Fair skin

For girls who have a yellow undertone to their skin, choose a lipstick which is warm-toned. The shade should look like your lips but better, and contain a semi-sheer glow which blends seamlessly into every kind of makeup look.

Nude Lipstick For Your Skin-Tone

Nars Lipstick in Blonde Venus, $35

Olive skin

Nude lips are a match made in heaven with olive skin since it creates the perfect sun-kissed look. Choose a shade which is both sheer and moisturising since it won’t highlight cracked or dry lips. Blend with your finger for a flawless look which lasts for hours.

Nude Lipstick For Your Skin-Tone

Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturising Lip Colour Balm in Heaping Hazelnut, $35

Medium skin

Women with medium toned skin usually have darker lips around the outside, so it’s important to choose an opaque formula to disguise this. Use a lip liner to carefully contour the lips, and distribute the bulk of the colour on the inside.

Nude Lipstick For Your Skin-Tone

Tom Ford Lip Colour in Pink Dusk, $68

Deep brown skin

Frosted shades work wonderfully with a darker complexion, since it draws all of the attention to those thick, luscious lips! Use a light formula which blends well into the lips, and is easy to touch-up during the day or night.

Nude Lipstick For Your Skin-Tone

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture in #11 Rose Carnation, $52

Image via Olsens Anonymous

DIY Ombré Lips

Ombré seems to be the latest trend which we all are dying to incorporate into our makeup, haircare and wardrobe looks of the season. To create a subtle ombré effect, simply use two different shades on your lips to create a gradient effect – and don’t forget to blend in well!

What you will need:

1 dark lipstick

1 dark lipliner

1 shimmery powder eyeshadow

1 small, flat brush to blend

Clean toothbrush


1. Give your lips a good scrub with a clean toothbrush, since this will remove any dry or dead skin cells.

2. Put on your darker lipstick as usual. If you find it particularly difficult, use a lip brush to carefully apply the colour to your top and bottom lips.

3. Line your lips with the dark lipliner, and pay special attention to the corners of your mouth. Blend the liner into the lips so there aren’t any visible, harsh lines.

4. Instead of using a lighter lipstick, apply a small amount of highlighting eyeshadow on the centre of your bottom lip. This will create the lighter, gradient effect without packing on too much product. Make sure to blend it in well into the middle of your lips.

5. Use a gloss on your lips for a pouty look!

Image via The Beauty Junkee

This Season’s Hottest Lipstick Shades

A great lipstick can spruce up even the most basic looks. If you’re a fan of a bold statement-lip, you’ll love this season’s trending colors. While it never hurts to consult the experts at your local cosmetics counter, we have some basic tips to help you pick the right shade for your skin tone.



Orange appears to be the pick of the season, featuring in several runway shows for Spring/Summer 2014. If your skin has pink undertones opt for coral shades. Yellow-based complexions will suit bright, neon oranges, while those with olive skin and dark hair, like Camilla Belle,  should go for a true orange. Similarly, dark-skinned beauties should stick to warm colors.


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The rest of your make-up should be minimal when donning a classic red lip. However, for a night on the town, you might want to pair with some dramatic eyes. For the best shades for pale skin, Jessica Chastain will show you how to wear pink and cranberry hues. True reds are better for medium-olive skin, while deep reds with blue undertones compliment dark hair and skin.



Natural make-up is back! To avoid looking washed out, a neutral lip colour should be slightly deeper or browner than your skin tone and worn with a gloss. Rihanna nails it every time.

Handy tip: Before applying, exfoliate and moisturize the lip. Then, outline the lip first using a lip pencil. For longer lasting lip color, use the pencil to fill in the lip, providing a base for the lipstick.

Images via Byrdie, Harper’s Bazaar, Huffington Post, LouLou magazine, Bellasugar

How To Apply Lip Stain

Looking for a quick and easy way to make your lips pop without using lipstick? Lip stains are a great way to draw attention to the lips, by using fun colours and finishes which are sure to spice up your usual makeup look. They are also extremely easy to apply and aren’t very daring if you’re worried about being too bold with your daily makeup.

Lip stains generally work in two different ways. Firstly, you could use a lip stain to enhance the natural colour of lips without using too much product. But they can also be used as a base to create a long-lasting makeup look when paired with gloss, which generally doesn’t require much re-application throughout the day or night.


  1. Before even applying a stain, make sure lips are smooth by exfoliating them. There are many lip-exfoliators out there on the market which work well to remove excess skin from the lips. Another inexpensive way is to take a dry toothbrush and rub it in circular motions over the top and bottom lip. This will lightly exfoliate the area and make it easier to apply a lip stain which will last even longer.
  2. Using your fingers, simply apply the product softly onto the lips, then pat into the skin. This will allow the product to stay on for longer, and especially moisturise and replenish dry or cracked lips.
  3. If you’re going for a more glamourous look, you can now apply a thin layer of gloss over the top and bottom lips to accentuate the area. Make sure to also highlight the Cupid ’s bow to complete the look, and draw attention to this area of the face.

Lip stains are fairly easy to apply, since they don’t require a particular technique to achieve a stunning look. Simply choose a colour which matches the rest of your makeup, and compliments your skin tone.

We recommend: Benefit ‘Benetint’ $55


  • Lipsticks can also work well as lip stains if you really like a particular colour and can’t find it in another form. Simply dab the colour onto the centre of your lips, then blend it out with a lip brush. This will make the colour look fresh and clean on your face.
  • Never apply a lip gloss before the lip stain. This will most likely ruin the entire makeup look, and won’t blend in with your lips very well. Always apply the lip stain first, since this will settle into your lips, then the lip gloss which locks it into place.
  • For beginners, use a lip stain which is close to your natural lip colour. Since lip stains aren’t easy to remove, it is best to start off with nude or pinkish hues since they are safe to work with and won’t necessarily stain the lips unlike other bright or darker colours.
  • Try and avoid using a lip stain on cracked lips. This will only cause more pain and could lead to tearing and make the entire area sore. Take care of your lips by regularly using a lip cream with a high SPF.

Image via The Huffington Post

How To Wear Dark Lipstick

Perfecting a dark lip can be a tricky one, especially if you are new to the look. The secret is to be bold and brave, don’t be afraid to refresh your look with dark plums and passionate reds that stand out on your face. Wear your strong, statement lip colour with confidence and enjoy the enviable stares your pout can create. Here’s some simple steps to help you perfect the dark lipstick look.

Keep it simple

If you are going for a bold lip, keep the rest of your makeup subtle and simple. For a fresh look that really makes your lips pop, pull hair back into an easy ponytail and keep your cheeks and eyes quite bare and minimal, let your makeup revolve around your lips. Think about your outfit choice as well, making sure it doesn’t clash with your lippie shade. Stick to neutral tones if you want to keep it safe, or go all out and match your outfit or accessories to you lips.

Line those lips

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Before you apply your gorgeous shade of dark lipstick, line your lips with a matching shade of lip liner, drawing around the shape of your lips to give them a natural border. Jane Iredale Lip Definers are soft enough to fill in your lips easily, but durable enough to provide a long-lasting base to the colour you layer over them. The great news is, they are gentle so can also be used on other areas of the face!

Colour match

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Sometimes it can be hard to find the confidence to try a new colour, so a little friendly advice from an expert might be just what you need. Jane Iredale stockists around Australia offer expert advice and will help you find the perfect shade to suit your skin tone and hair colour. Jane Iredale PureMoist Lipstick leaves a luxurious feel on your lips that is hydrating and soothing – the perfect addition to brighten any outfit!

Maintenance is key

Harsh winter winds can damage your lips and leave them feeling irritated and unhealthy. We exfoliate most other parts of our body in order to remove dry and dead skin cells, so why not apply this rule to your lips? Sugar&Butter Lip Exfoliator/Plumper is your new bestie for the winter months, restoring moisture to dry, chapped lips for a smooth and nourishing finish.

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What Beauty Products You Should Be Splurging On

For those of you who, like me, aren’t aspiring makeup artists with more eye shadow palettes and lipsticks than you know what to do with, the department store makeup counters can be overwhelming. Should you be coughing up for a fabulous red lippie and picking up a no-name foundation? Or is it the other way around? Follow these makeup tips to find out the top 5 products to invest in:


If your skin looks flawless, everything else becomes obsolete. As the product that covers the largest area and provides the base for all your other bits and pieces, foundation is the number one product to splurge on.

It’s vital to have a foundation that perfectly matches you skin tone, so have the department store makeup consultant test it on your face before you purchase. A foundation match made in heaven is worth its weight in gold.

Eyelash Curler

This one might seem like an odd inclusion, but a good eyelash curler will last you the better part of a decade! I’m all for the gimmicky drugstore mascaras that promise you (unattainably) thick and luscious lashes, because there is little difference between the cheap and high-end mascaras. Instead, purchasing a high-end curler that has a more ergonomic design and won’t pinch your eyelids like the cheaper ones do is a solid investment. A better curler will require fewer squeezes, which means less likelihood of breaking or pulling our your eyelashes. The humble eyelash curler is a beauty must-have and my personal secret weapon.

Favourite high-end red lipstick

Red lipstick is an addiction. If you’re a chronic wearer, a quality red lipstick can be your style trademark. Regardless, at least one high-end lipstick should be in every woman’s beauty box. For fleeting colour trends, always buy cheaper brands, or for lip colours you are unfamiliar with.

Hot tip: MAC has the most beautifully pigmented lipsticks in a wide range of colours, and their Russian Red lipstick is pure perfection.

Makeup Brushes

Makeup artists have been telling us for years that good and hardy makeup brushes are a must. To have your makeup look professionally applied, you need to use professional makeup tools! Effective use of a makeup brush can make a cheaper foundation look far more polished and presentable. Make sure to buy super soft brushes and to clean them—they can last a decade if you take care of them properly.

Eye Shadow Primer and Eyeliner

Forget paying $40 for a single eye shadow by an expensive brand. Eye shadow primer is the product to spend big on. Regardless of how pigmented, crumbly or long lasting your eye shadows are, using a great primer beneath them will ensure the colour stays just as you applied it.

For regular eyeliner users, a quality product will make all the difference. If you love the pencils, the cheaper ones tend to smudge easily or fade, and the colour is never as powerful. There is a smaller difference in quality with liquid liners, but the high-end liners don’t dry out as quickly, and the finely pointed ones are less likely to fray and give you an even control.

The trick is to spend more on products that you wear everyday, instead of the other way around. Don’t waste $50 on a spectacular waterproof eyeliner if you only indulge for weddings and high school reunions. The same goes for foundations—if you rarely wear it, it might be best to splurge on a great concealer instead.

What is the product you can’t help but splurge on?

Makeup Tips: Your New Trademark Lipstick Color

Red lipstick may be timeless and oh-so-sexy, but variety is the spice of lipstick life. Follow these makeup tips to match your personal skin tone with a bold shade that you never thought you could pull off!

Orange is a tricky color to master, but it has been growing in popularity on the runway in recent years.  Choose with care: a mismatched skin tone and lip shade can leave you looking like you just scoffed a packet of Doritos.

For light skin: some say true oranges are the way to go, but nothing looks lovelier on pale skin than a peachy pastel.
We love: Revlon Moon Drops Lipstick in Blasé Apricot

For medium skin: the orange-red looks perfect on olive and tanned skin types.
We love: Nars Lipstick in Heat Wave

For dark skin: luckily for those with darker skin, you can be courageous and pull off a much louder orange color.
We love: MAC Morange

A purple lip is edgy and most women probably don’t think they can wear it, but it is all about finding a shade that suits your skin. You can always opt for purple-reds or purple-pinks if straight purple is a little intense.

For light skin: unless you loved Lorde’s deep purple lip look at the 2014 Grammy Awards, avoid the gothic look by choosing a lighter shade with pinkish undertones.
We love: MAC Up the Amp

For medium skin: plum shades of lipsticks will accentuate your warm skin color.
We love: L’Oreal Paris Infallible Le Rouge Lipstick in Persistent Plum

For dark skin: once again, you can basically wear whichever shade tickles your fancy, from pastel lilac to hues of deep purple.
We love: ModelCo Party Proof Lipstick in Purple Sangria

Fuchsia lipstick is bold, beautiful, and surprisingly suits most (if not all) skin tones. Perfect for a night on the town or the absolute focal point of your daytime look, fuchsia lipsticks are severely underrated.

For light skin: a true fuchsia is definitely a bold choice, but eye-catching is what you are aiming for.
We love: MAC Girl About Town

For medium skin: a warmer toned fuchsia often complements an olive or tanned skin tone.
We love: Maybelline Color Sensational Lipcolor in Fifth Avenue Fuchsia

For dark skin: go bright or go home! Fuchsia isn’t for the lighthearted.
We love: Smashbox Fuchsia Flash

What’s your favourite bold lip color?

“I wore glittery blue eyeshadow!” (and other confessions)

Most women can recall their first flirtation with makeup. A sickly sweet lip gloss that you wore to death one summer? A very trendy (and expensive) bright green mascara – what was I thinking? Or perhaps call-girl red lipstick on a way to young face… We’ve all been there. So, tell us about the first item of makeup you ever bought…

Alex: “It was a duo eye shadow that was electric blue and bright pink!”

Dee: “A revolting candy pink lipstick that I thought was gorgeous at the time.”

Leanne: “Blue eyeshadow with glitter – it was a fashion disaster but at the time my friends and I thought we looked very cool.”

Kylie: “Opal coloured lipstick I totally loved it it was purple and shiny I was 16 and thought I was sooo cool…”

Loredana: “My grown-up cousin gave me mascara on my 13th birthday. I loved it and went overboard! I wore it to school and was given detention.”

Karen: “Red peel-off nail polish. Very sophisticated – aged 7.”

Zoe: “It was a Strawberry Shortcake set, with a cute little pink lipstick, which smelled divine, and lovely bubble bath. I was about 5 at the time!”

Jacqui: “Being a nail biter, I bought a packet of Krazy Nails in bright red and thought they looked so hot!”

Briellen: “A lip smackers lip balm in strawberry and i was in year five and I thought that I was the luckiest girl ever and I applied so much that it ran out within weeks!”

Cynthia: “Sparkly gold mascara – not a good look!”

Sarah: “It was a kiwi-fruit lip balm from The Body Shop, about 20 years ago! I still remember it. I loved it so much!! It was fruity and shiny and SO girlie!”

Kathryn: “I bought some eye shadow in a delightful shade of purple to go with my black nail polish and fluoro purple hair band. I thought I was SO cool and hip! – Got to love the Eighties!”

Luring the enemy

Not that men are the enemy, but you know what we mean. You?ve got to choose your weapons well to capture their attention and defeat the opposition – other girls. It?s like fishing, darts or bullfighting. Red is where it?s at and red will make him look twice. It?s the colour of passion, so if you want some, you better learn how to get it this month.The power of the product:

How many times has a man asked you ?What?s that scent?? That question can seal the deal. Here they are –

  • Clarins Eau Dynamisante ($55)
  • Hermes Rouge Hermes ($80)
  • Samsara by Guerlain ($76)Never skimp on nails – go for

    Mecca manicure in Desdemona ($20)

    Dirty Girl Gloss in Pomegranate ($20)

    Turn Heads in Red

    Nothing gets you noticed more quickly than a slinky red evening dress-a la Samantha in Sex in the City. Find our faves at:




    If you?re in Sydney head to Seduce

on Oxford Street, Paddington. You?ll find plenty of red.If the occasion is casual, match it with your footwear. In Melbourne, head to Prime, (227 Barkly Street, 03 95370344), for the latest in street wear. Our hot tip is the red Birkenstock.

Lingerie – yes sirrreeee. Give him what he wants and don?t disappoint when it comes to your under garments. Lingerie is the word and it?s also the weapon. Look out for the recently launched Zimmerman lingerie line. Think hot and red. For stockists contact 03 95371900.

Lay on the charm

With your accessorising you can weave magic. New line Tatty, started by Harriet Vine and Rosie Wolfenden, has the latest most eclectic mix. Men love a girl with her own style and these accessories pack a punch. They range from giant beads in ice-cream colours to kooky watches. We love the guitar plectrum charm bracelet. Available at Zimmerman, YPV and Empire.


If you don?t want to go red, go animal. Wear your animal instinct on your sleeve, in the form of Carla Zampatti?s latest leopard-print top. Exotic and powerful-this top answers the call of the wild. Around $300

Kiss kiss

Sometimes all the red you need is a slash of colour on your lips. It?s a strong look and requires very little other makeup. We love Shine Delice Sheer Shimmering Lipcolour in Cherry Cola by L?Oreal

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