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How To Modernise 1970s Beauty Trends

There’s no denying that 70s beauty and fashion is back and bigger than ever. We’re passing on the fashion this time, and focusing on beauty and makeup trends which are so easy to adapt into your usual routine. Think of icons such as Lauren Hutton and Farrah Fawcett who reigned in the makeup department, and are still giving us major makeup inspiration.

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Coloured eyeshadow

Where: Atelier Versace

Coloured eyeshadow was trending at Atelier Versace, where the 70s trend was reflected in both fashion and makeup. Make sure to blend-out coloured shadows well – especially since they can look muddy.

How To Modernise 1970s Beauty Trends

Orange lips

Where: Chanel

Make like Farrah Fawcett and try this popular seventies trend which suits all skin tones. Use a lip liner to define the sides, then colour in the rest of your lips with a matte lip colour. To make them shine, apply a clear gloss over the top.

How To Modernise 1970s Beauty Trends

Winged liner

Where: Elie Saab

Try a standard winged liner, with a twist. Use coloured liner pencil to make blue and green eyes pop, and make sure your lashes are big with lots of mascara. Feel free to apply a strip of false lashes for extra drama.

How To Modernise 1970s Beauty Trends

Coral lips

Where: Vena Cava

Coral lips are one of the biggest makeup trends to come from the 70s. Simply apply a thin layer onto both your top and bottom lips, and you’re done!

How To Modernise 1970s Beauty Trends

Images via Style.com, Style Bistro, Tumblr

August 5, 2015

5 First-Date Makeup Looks

Looking to impress on your first date? With the outfit sorted, it’s time to focus on hair and makeup (which can take a few hours to prep until you’re ready to head out the door!). Try the following 5 makeup looks, which suit every single date option and are ideal for even beginners – you don’t need to be a makeup artist for this!

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Voluminous lashes

Up the ante by wearing some individual false lashes to create the illusion of volume on your lashes. Use an eyelash curler to prep your lashes, follow up with layers of mascara, then apply some individual false lashes on the corners of your eyes for extra volume. Don’t forget to tight-line your eyes to give a boost of colour to the eyes!

5 First-Date Makeup Looks

Highlighter

Give your skin a boost of dimension by highlighting the cheekbones, brow bone and cupids bow. Choose a shimmery highlighting duo and blend it over (or under) your foundation for more effect.

5 First-Date Makeup Looks

Smokey eye

Choose a classic smokey eye if you want to stick to something you know for a first date. It’s almost impossible to ruin this look (even for beginners) – it’s all about blending, blending, blending! Make sure to use a clean, fluffy brush for each shade so it doesn’t look muddy.

5 First-Date Makeup Looks

Winged liner

If you’re feeling rather confident, why not try a cat-eye flick? This stunning makeup look can be easily created using tape for a flawless flick. Simply apply one strip on the bottom waterline and another on the top, then fill in the gaps with a felt-tip liner.

5 First-Date Makeup Looks

Bold lips

Skip the contouring and highlighting in favour of a bold lip for a first date. Choose a matte lip stain if you want something which requires little to no maintenance and remember to use a lip liner to guide the colour.

5 First-Date Makeup Looks

Images via Top Inspired, The Love of Collage, My Hijab, Westfield

July 3, 2015

Get The Look: Mary Kate Olsen’s Cat Eye

The Olsen twins are normally known for their quirky sense of style, and ability to wear almost anything and have it work for their tiny frames. This time, we’re looking towards Mary-Kate Olsen’s retro cat-eye which is a perfect makeup look for an evening out.

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1. Prep the skin by using a lightweight primer and foundation. If you’re heading out at night, skip the SPF since it will cause a white cast to appear on your face. Buff the foundation well into your skin by using a damp cosmetic sponge.

Get the look - Mary Kate Olsen's Cat Eye

Marc Jacobs Genius Gel Super-Charged Oil Free Foundation, $48

2. It’s time to conceal any blemishes and dark circles, so lightly dap the product with your fingers and blend it out. To contour under the eyes, use a concealer which is 1-2 shades lighter than your normal shade.

Get the look - Mary Kate Olsen's Cat Eye

Clinique All About Eyes Concealer, $36

3. Prime the eyes by using a lightweight eye primer. Anything that is too heavy will make it a nightmare to keep your makeup in place.

Get the look - Mary Kate Olsen's Cat Eye

Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, $34

4. Now it’s time to work on the eyeliner. Firstly, line the eye with a felt-tip liner since it’s the easiest tool for beginners.

For the flick, use an angled brush and dip lightly into a gel liner pot. Follow the line of of your bottom lashes, and carefully extend it outwards. Fix up any mistakes with a cotton tip dipped in makeup remover. It makes it so much easier to fix any un-even lines.

Get the look - Mary Kate Olsen's Cat Eye

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner, $18

5. Fill in any gaps with a liquid liner since this formula is unlikely to wear away. Carefully dab over any parts of the eyes that need a little extra maintenance. Carry this in your handbag if you ever need to fix up your makeup throughout the evening.

Get the look - Mary Kate Olsen's Cat Eye

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner, $26

6. Apply a thin coat of mascara onto your lashes, or even use a pair of falsies to make the look more dramatic.

Get the look - Mary Kate Olsen's Cat Eye

Kevyn Aucoin The Volume Mascara, $38

Image via Olsens Anonymous

December 5, 2014

Winter-Inspired Makeup Tutorial

Now is the best time to make the most of the winter weather and create and fun look using some frosted shades. Any baked eyeshadow palette works for this look, and don’t forget to mix with a splash of water to create a shade that says on and doesn’t budge!

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Instructions

1. Moisturise your skin with a light formula which comes with an added SPF. After the moisturiser has settled into your skin (this could take just a few minutes), it’s time to apply the foundation. Use a flat foundation brush to evenly distribute the product across your face.

Winter-Inspired Makeup Tutorial

Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman Core Collection, $17.99

2. Set any problem areas with a translucent powder – forehead, chin, and cheeks. Lightly dusk across the t-zone or any other place where your skin becomes oily.

Winter-Inspired Makeup Tutorial

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Silk HD Anti-Ageing Micro-Powder, $24

3. If your eyes are feeling puffy from a lack of sleep, apply some concealer and blend with your fingers. This creates a natural finish which won’t emphasise your pores.

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Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment Concealer, $8.99

4. Prime your eyes with a creamy primer, since this will allow the makeup to stay on for longer. Use either with a flat concealer brush, or for even better coverage, pat with your ring finger until it settles into the skin.

Winter-Inspired Makeup Tutorial

Nyx Cosmetics Eyeshadow Base in White, $6.99

5. Take a flat shading eyeshadow brush apply a neutral colour over your entire lid. To make the product last for longer, buff the product well into the lid.

6. Use a slightly darker shade, and apply this onto the hollows of your eyes. This colour should slightly create a contour on your eyes.

Winter-Inspired Makeup Tutorial

Urban Decay Naked Basics in Naked 2 and Faint, $29

7. For the rest of the lid, use a frosty shade which will make your eyes pop. Apply this with a damp brush, and blend out well.

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e.l.f Studio Baked Eyeshadow in Toasted, $3

8. To highlight the inner corner of your eyes, use a shimmery eyeshadow pencil on the tear duct. Blend with your ring finger to create a subtle shade.

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Rimmel London ScandalEyes Eyeshadow Stick in Bulletproof Beige, $4.49

9. To finish the eyes, curl your lashes and apply a lengthening mascara working from root to tip.

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Maybelline Define-A-Lash Lengthening Mascara, $7.99

5. Use a wet-look lip gloss to make the attention all about the eyes, or simply just line them with a soft pink colour for a ‘your lips but better’ look.

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Becca Ultimate Colour Gloss, $24

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Image via Wedding Dash

December 1, 2014

Your Guide To Classic Makeup Styles

Makeup styles might change, but some looks will always be universally popular. We break down classic makeup styles for ever occasion, from evening makeup to bridal makeup.

The natural look
This makeup style is perfect for women who just want to cover a few blemishes and lightly enhance their natural features. Natural is always beautiful, so why transform the way you look? Simple enhancements for that ‘just you but better’ look include a dab of concealer under the eyes, clear lip gloss, a sweep of rosy blush, or one coat of mascara.

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Evening makeup
If you’re going out to a bar, club or dinner you’ll likely want to glam yourself up a bit more than you do in the day time. Take the challenge and try a bold and sexy makeup style for nighttime. We love a smokey eye with cherry or deep red lipstick like on Milla Jovovich, or softer eyes paired with a  vibrant coral lipstick.

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Bridal makeup
Bridal makeup is often soft and natural to compliment the beauty and sophistication of a bridal gown. Popular bridal looks include soft eye makeup, nude lips and a pop of cheek colour, which looks good on everybody, or a soft smokey eyes with a light rose lipstick. If you’re considering a less traditional look, try a bold lip – it looks amazing in photos!

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Anti ageing makeup
You can actually use makeup as an anti ageing tool. There are lots of makeup products on the markets that contain anti ageing ingredients that not only enhance your features but reduce the appearance of wrinkles and create a more balanced skin tone. Look for products like BB and CC creams that hide imperfections, ad radiance and bring out your natural beauty. Our favourite anti ageing beauty tip? Use a lip gloss over your lipstick (or alone) to make your lips like fuller and soften the fine lines around your mouth. And remember less is more with mature skin, so apply makeup with a lighter hand.

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Celebrity makeup
Celebrities are always on the cutting edge of makeup styles, and the red carpet is a great source of inspiration for new makeup looks. Look to celebrities with similar skin tones, hair or face shapes.

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Glowing, tanned skin
Tanned skin looks good on most people, giving you a natural radiance, but you can always fake an afternoon in the sun by using a tinted moisturiser, bronzer or fake tan products. Finish with a hint of luminiser to get your glow on.

July 19, 2013