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10 Travel Makeup Kit Essentials

Planning the trip of your dreams is easy, but packing is another story! Don’t bring your entire makeup kit in your carry-on luggage, instead make sure to have these ten essentials which you’re sure to use every single day.

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Eyeshadow

A small eyeshadow palette with a few different options is a great way to switch-up your look on holiday. You can apply them with your fingers if they’re made from a cream formula.

Mascara

If you love extra long lashes, don’t leave home without your trusty mascara. Just one coat is enough to transform your look on those days where a full-face of makeup just isn’t an option. Choose a waterproof formula that won’t transfer on your lids from the heat.

Blush

A shimmery cream blush is another essential which can be used in a few different ways. Apply it over your cheekbones as a highlighter or even as a lip gloss!

Matte lip pencil

Make sure to carry one bright lip pencil in your kit for evenings out or chilled drinks on holiday. Matte formulas last for hours without transferring and can be applied with your fingers.

Bronzer

Carry a bronzer in your kit to add some glow to your skin whilst on holiday. You can also use a bronzer in conjunction with your foundation to create a darker shade to match your sun tan.

Translucent powder

Help your makeup stay in place all day with a translucent setting powder. Apply it over your finished makeup and lightly over your t-zone, chin, and cheeks.

Concealer

For those days when your face requires just a little bit of coverage, use a concealer to hide dark circles and blemishes. Make sure your concealer matches the colour of your skin and dab lightly onto the surface for best coverage.

Oil blotting sheets

Especially if you’re travelling during the summer, make sure you have a pack of oil blotting sheets in your makeup kit. They can absorb excess oil and will keep your makeup looking fresh all day.

Eyelash curlers

Give your lashes an extra boost with a pair of curlers. Just make sure to change the pads before you jet off!

Setting spray

A small bottle of setting spray is a must-have for oily skin types since it will keep your foundation looking matte from day to night. Simply mist your face, then let it dry naturally.

Did we miss any other travel essentials? Comment your favourites below!

Image via In The Frow

September 14, 2015

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 colours lighter than your natural skin tone for this juxtaposition.

Image via Pixozu

August 29, 2015

How To Take Your Makeup From Day To Night

Re-applying makeup is never anyone’s forte, especially after a long day at work or school. So instead, take your look from day to night with the following tips – they take about 5 minutes to create and won’t have you running late for that next appointment!

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Bold lip

A vibrant, bold lip is the perfect makeup tip if you want to update your look for the evening. Why? It adds a pop of colour to the face and takes about 2 minutes to prepare. All you need is a lip liner, lipstick and a few cotton tips to prevent any smudging.

Cat-eye

The classic cat-eye flick is another great way to update your look without going over the top. Felt-liners are so quick and easy to use and fit discretely into your clutch or handbag. Start with a small flick, then extend it outwards by carefully pushing the side of the liner against your crease.

Cream eyeshadow

Rather than carrying around a huge compact in your handbag, use a cream eyeshadow pencil to easily update your eye makeup. All you need to do is smudge it over your eyes and blend it out with your fingers. For a lived-in look, use the colour in your waterline.

Setting powder

We all get oily throughout the day, so it’s important to use a setting powder to take away some of that extra shine. Focus the product on your t-zone, forehead and chin to create a matte base for your look.

Lip and cheek stain

If you’re working with a relatively minimal base, use a lip and cheek stain to bring some colour back into your face. Take the product onto your fingers, then dab it over your cheeks. It gives an instant glow without looking too artificial on the face.

Image via Pinterest

August 27, 2015

6 Essential Makeup Tips For Spring

With warmer weather set to hit in early September, it’s time to experiment with a few natural makeup looks. Pack away that winged-liner in favourite of shimmery shadows and glossy lips, perfect for the spring sunshine! Try a few of our spring makeup tips below and don’t forget to comment with some of your own.

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Use glitter eyeshadow

Choose light, translucent shades for eyes and lips, which are so easy to apply. Most eyeshadows have a tint of glitter which is ideal if you don’t want to spend hours trying to perfect your makeup. Simply apply with an eyeshadow brush, or even with your fingers – just don’t forget to blend!

6 Essential Makeup Tips For Spring

Try coloured mascara

Put away those falsies in favour of coloured mascara which can really make your eyes pop. Navy is a great alternative for girls with naturally light complexions, since black can often look a little harsh.

6 Essential Makeup Tips For Spring

Swap foundation for BB cream

Make sure your tinted moisturiser or BB cream is packed with SPF to protect your skin from the sun. Choose a shade which blends flawlessly into your neck and don’t forget to set it with translucent powder.

6 Essential Makeup Tips For Spring

Don’t underestimate a highlighter

Use a liquid highlighter on the very top of your cheekbones to create the illusion of a healthy glow. Powder highlights are better for women who have oily skin types since it works to mattify the skin at the same time.

6 Essential Makeup Tips For Spring

Use a bronzer

Apply your bronzer over the forehead, nose and cheekbones to give the skin a natural glow. Make sure to blend with a powder brush and lightly dust your decolletage.

6 Essential Makeup Tips For Spring

Try a natural blush

Avoid using blushes with glitter since they can make the skin look artificial. Lightly tap your brush into the blush, remove the excess onto the back of your hand, then apply directly onto the cheekbones for a youthful glow.

6 Essential Makeup Tips For Spring

Images via Studded Hearts, Style.com, Ania Milczarczyk, Nicole Deanne, Shop Style, Slufoot

August 16, 2015

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?

Image via Heey Fashion

August 12, 2015

How To Get Runway Lashes

Ever wanted to get long, luscious runway lashes at home? SHESAID has enlisted the help of makeup artist, Helen Dowsley, who has created beauty looks for celebrities and reality shows around the world. Some key faces Helen has worked on include Jennifer Hawkins, Ruby Rose, Michael Buble, Jackie O, Kate Ritchie and even Ed Sheeran.

Most recently, Helen Dowsley is the chief makeup artist for The Bachelorette and Celebrity Apprentice Australia.

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How can women get runway-ready lashes at home? 

False lashes are key here! I would apply the Helen Dowsley Lashes ‘Natural’ Lash. Cut it to the eye to fit, and then cut it in half to make application easier.

My hot tip? If you apply under your natural lash, it saves time and gives a nice natural lift to your own lash. This ultimately thickens and lengthens your lashes in quick, easy steps.

How To Get Runway Lashes

How do women choose the right lashes for them off the shelf? 

The first thing to ask yourself is whether you would like a natural look or do you want to make a statement? For a day look, choose something simpler that thickens your natural lashes such as my ‘New Loves’ lashes, which open your eyes when applied. For evening, or to make a more almond-shaped eye, try the Helen Dowsley ‘Favourites’, which have a built-in eyeliner and will hide a hooded eye in seconds.

What is the benefit of ethically sourced lashes over non-ethically sourced ones? 

I didn’t originally go looking for ‘ethical products’ when travelling to find my lashes and I didn’t like some of the things I saw. Being a woman and an animal lover, I want to protect and empower rather than take advantage and I believe everyone should be more mindful about where our beauty products – and all things we consumer – come from.

How To Get Runway Lashes

What lashes do the contestants on Celebrity Apprentice love? 

It depends on the day, however the ‘New Loves’ are always the go to lash. Teagan Martin (Miss Universe Australia) wears anything from a ‘Natural’ lash to a ‘Funtimes’ lash. Sophie Monk looks great with my ‘Favourites’ and ‘Flirt’ underneath. If I’m really smoking the eye up, I’ll apply ‘Smokey’ and to give a more separated look, I’ll layer ‘Fablash’ over the top.

What is the trick to making blue eyes pop? 

Think of the colour wheel when you did art at school. To make blue eyes pop, oranges and browns in warm tones are best. Opposites attract!

What is the trick to making brown eyes pop? 

As above, purples and pinks make brown eyes really pop!

How can women make their lipstick last? 

The stronger the pigment, the better lasting on the lips but the more drying it can be. Prep your lips prior – when brushing your teeth in the morning, lightly brush your lips to take away dead cells. Apply a lip balm (Perry’s Lemon Myrtle is the best) and then apply lip liner all over your lip. Apply your lipstick, tear tissue in half and lay over the lips, before applying translucent powder over this with a brush. Removing the tissue, this will make colour really last all night.

How To Get Runway Lashes

What is The Bachelorette Sam Frost’s favourite makeup look and how can we copy it? 

I love Sammi and it is an absolute delight to have her in my chair! Sammi does the natural look really well and the ‘Rose Ceremony’ look even better! Sammi loves my ‘In Love’ lash and I always apply these daily, for both day and evening. In the evening, I would also apply ‘Flirt’ under the lash. Let’s face it, every girl loves a bit of drama and so Sammi’s evening look is always a hit.

To copy it, apply your foundation as you would normally apply your base. Highlight under your eyes and down your T-zone. Use blush to contour your cheeks and then apply a black gel inner-eye liner on the top and bottom lash lines. Colour in your brow using a similar colour-way to your natural brow, and apply your lipstick in a natural colour (the same colour as your mouth, not always ‘nude’) in the method explained above. Voila! Simple, sexy Sammi beauty.

Through her work as a makeup artist, Helen Dowsley saw a niche for an ethically-sourced faux lash product and created the incomparable Helen Dowsley Lashes. Easy to apply and created with light-weight, hand-made synthetic fibre, Helen Dowsley Lashes are available in 14 styles, while individual lashes are also available in short, medium or long lengths.

August 8, 2015

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

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

August 3, 2015

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.

How To Wear The 'No-Makeup' Look

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

Images via All Women Stalk, Sortra, Lady Lux, 

July 31, 2015

How To Make Your Face Look Thinner With Makeup

Want to make your face look thinner without embarking on a crazy diet? Makeup has been used for centuries to cover imperfections, but also to sculpt the face in unimaginable ways. Try the following makeup tips which can make your face and body look slimmer!

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Dark contour

A simple fact about makeup is that darker colours can be used to create shadows and create the appearance of a slimmer face and body. Use a foundation shade 1-2 shades darker than your natural colour to sculpt the face and chisel out those cheekbones.

Makeup tips: How To Make Your Face Look Thinner With Makeup

Body shimmer

Ever noticed why your favourite celebrities pack on the shimmer while they’re walking the red carpet? The glittery shadows give the appearance of a more toned and angular physique.

Makeup tips: How To Make Your Face Look Thinner With Makeup

Highlighting

Bring out those cheekbones (or create them) by using a sultry, shimmery shade on the high angles of your face. Liquid formulas look most natural since they melt seamlessly into the skin. Dab it on with your fingers or a damp cosmetic sponge for a flawless complexion.

Makeup tips: How To Make Your Face Look Thinner With Makeup

Bronzer

An essential in any makeup kit, bronzer can be used on almost every part of the face and body. Apply it to the sides of your nose to make it look thinner, onto the decolletage, just under the cheekbones, or lightly all-over your face for a subtle pop of colour. Just remember to blend!

Makeup tips: How To Make Your Face Look Thinner With Makeup

Full lips

For the illusion of Kylie Jenner lips (sans the injections), use a white eyeliner and draw lightly in the centre of your lips. Smooth it out with your fingers, then apply a lip gloss over the top. Dab some highlighter over the cupids bow to draw attention to this area – the highlighter makes it look plump and juicy.

Makeup tips: How To Make Your Face Look Thinner With Makeup

Natural brows

If your brows over-plucked, don’t be afraid to draw them in with a pencil or pomade. Dip the brush into the pomade to create light, fluttery hairs starting from the very end of your eyebrow. Dab a bit of highlighter onto the brow bone to emphasise your arch.

Makeup tips: How To Make Your Face Look Thinner With Makeup

What are some of your favourite makeup tips?

Images via Max Made, People, Blogspot, Bronzer, Good Housekeeping

July 28, 2015

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.

RELATED: Hot Beauty Trend Alert – Ombré Eyebrows

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.

Makeup Trend: Feathery Brow Tutorial

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.

Makeup Trend: Feathery Brow Tutorial

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.

Makeup Trend: Feathery Brow Tutorial

Essence Lash and Brow Gel, $4.10

Images via Kathleen Lights

July 23, 2015

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 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.

RELATED: Crazy New Makeup Trend – Clown Contouring

How does it work?

The best way to let your make ‘cook’ 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 colour as the makeup oxidises. 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 emphasise 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?

Images via Heidi Hamoud, Arabia Style, Kim Kardashian

July 22, 2015

Crazy New Makeup Trend: Clown Contouring

Another new makeup trend has been spotted on YouTube over the month of July, and it’s called clown contouring. It incorporates the main techniques of contouring and highlighting to cover-up dark circles, correct hyperpigmentation, create razor-sharp cheekbones, and give the illusion of colour and light on a bare face.

RELATED: How To Contour Your Face in 3 Easy Steps

One of the first YouTubers to come out with a tutorial was BellaDeLune also known as Esther Isabel Amado Romo who shows just how effective this technique can be. What makes it stand out from other makeup trends are the pink and red shades around the eyes and mouth.

Crazy New Makeup Trend - Clown Contouring

These lighter shades are actually used to colour correct dark patches of skin (such as chronic under-eye circles), and create a consistent colour around the mouth and eyes. If you’re daring enough to try this yourself at home, take a picture and tag your before and after shots @shesaid on Instagram!

We’ll just stick to the remarkable video below which already has more than 1.2 million views:

Image via YouTube

July 13, 2015

7 Travel Makeup Kit Essentials

Planning your first big trip of the summer and scared to leave anything behind? Make sure to pack these 7 travel makeup essentials which can easily create a plethora of looks without going over the baggage limit.

RELATED: Makeup Trend – Sheer Lipstick

Eyeshadow palette

Choose an eyeshadow palette with a few different shades that you usually wear. This can be anything from mattes, nudes or shimmers, which can be worn alone or blended together to create a few different looks.

7 Travel Makeup Kit Essentials

Urban Decay Naked Basics Eyeshadow Palette, $42

Mini makeup brushes

Who wants the hassle of carrying full-size makeup brushes on their trip abroad? Instead, carry a mini-sized foundation, contour and blush brush (which are usually half the size of your standard brush). They fit into any makeup kit and won’t hog too much room, either!

7 Travel Makeup Kit Essentials

EcoTools Mini Brush Set, $7.67

Mascara and eyeliner duo

Make the most of your makeup kit and carry products which act as a 2-in-1. One of our favourites is a mascara and eyeliner duo which is an amazing product to have!

7 Travel Makeup Kit Essentials

ModelCo Lash and Line Superlash Mascara and Liquid Liner, $24

Foundation (tinted moisturiser) with sunscreen

You might want to bring one to two foundations on your trip, but make sure they are packed with sunscreen. Not only will it protect your skin during the day, but it can also be applied anywhere else on the body for additional coverage. Packing a slighter darker shade is a good idea if your tan is too dark for your foundation.

7 Travel Makeup Kit Essentials

Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser, $62

Blotting papers

If you’re going on a summer holiday, blotting papers are a must-have in lieu of a translucent powder. Even if your skin isn’t on the oily side, they help to remove shine on the chin, t-zone and forehead.

7 Travel Makeup Kit Essentials

Tatcha Aburatorigami Blotting Papers, $16

Concealer

Cover any existing pimples or imperfections with the help of a creamy cleanser. Use one with a dofer applicator which is quick and easy to use if you’re constantly on-the-go.

7 Travel Makeup Kit Essentials

Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation and Concealer, $40

Cheek and lip tint

Don’t waste space in your makeup kit by carrying both a blush and lip products. Where possible, try to double it up and carry a 2-in-1 to save yourself time and space.

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ModelCo Cheek and Lips, $26

What are some of your travel makeup kit essentials?

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July 7, 2015

Heat-Proof Summer Makeup Tips

While we all want our makeup to last the distance, sometimes the heat and humidity can cause creasing, oily patches and even shiny skin. This summer, prep your face with a few of our beauty-bag essentials for heat-proof summer makeup.

RELATED: How To Wear Pastel Makeup For Summer

Prime

Before applying your foundation, it’s important to use a primer on freshly cleansed skin. Not only will it make your foundation last longer, but it creates a barrier between your skin and the makeup itself so it won’t clog your pores! Wait 1-2 minutes until the primer has completely set into the skin, then apply your foundation as usual.

Makeup tips: Heat-Proof Summer Makeup Tips

Modelco Face Base Skin Primer, $39

Blotting sheets

If you suffer from particularly oily skin, you might know that patches are a fact of life. Carry a few blotting sheets in your handbag to soak up the excess oil, and keep your skin matte for longer.

Makeup tips: Heat-Proof Summer Makeup Tips

The Body Shop Tea Tree Blotting Tissues, $10

Setting spray

Before leaving the house, set your makeup with a translucent spray to control oily patches and mattify your makeup. Spray it generously over your face and neck, then wipe off the excess with a tissue or cotton pad.

Makeup tips: Heat-Proof Summer Makeup Tips

Make Up Forever Mist and Fix Setting Spray, $30

Cream products

Using cream products is the best way to make the most of your natural oils during the summer. A cream highlighter, illuminator, bronzer and blush can be easily applied with just the fingertips, and is ideal if you’re creating a natural makeup look.

Makeup tips: Heat-Proof Summer Makeup Tips

Nars The Multiple in South Beach, $56

Oil-free moisturiser

Before prepping your skin for foundation, it’s important to lock-in hydration with an oil-free moisturiser. These formulas are great for summer since they won’t clog your skin with additional oils, and will keep it looking matte for longer.

Makeup tips: Heat-Proof Summer Makeup Tips

Kate Somerville Oil Free Moisturiser, $86

What are some of your summer beauty tips?

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June 17, 2015

Contour Your Eye Makeup Like A Pro

We’re all familiar with contouring our cheekbones, legs, and even arms but is it actually possible to contour your eyes? We show you just a few simple techniques which could revolutionise the way you apply your makeup forever!

RELATED: How To Contour Your Face in 3 Easy Steps

Highlight

Bring some extra attention to the inner corner of your eyes by contouring with a highlight in this area. Any light white or yellow shade is ideal since it illuminates the area without closing up the eye. Dab it with a small eyeliner brush, or with your fingers.

How To Contour Your Eye Makeup

White eyeliner

Everyone must be familiar with this simple trick to make your eyes bigger – using white eyeliner. Simply line both your top and bottom waterline with a white pencil to open up the area, and give the illusion of bigger eyes.

How To Contour Your Eye Makeup

Define the eye

Use a shade which is slightly darker than your skin tone, and with a tapered brush, focus the product in out the outer corner of your eyes. Just think of it like contouring your face! Make sure to blend it out properly with a clean tapered brush before applying the rest of your eyeshadow.

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Extra tips

DON’T: Black eyeliner

Sometimes this could actually be making your eyes look small and tired. Don’t link it to your inner corner, and make sure to blend it out when perfecting a smokey eye.

DO: Curl your lashes

It’s the little things which make the biggest amount of difference, and one of them is curling your lashes. Although these tools can look a little scary at first, you’ll find a technique which works for you! Curl them before and after applying mascara – but only once it’s dry, otherwise you’ll get some transfer on the curler.

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June 10, 2015

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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May 28, 2015

10 Crazy Beauty Tips Which Actually Work

Cotton tips, sanitary pads and sticky tape… Who knew that these products could also be used for your makeup? Make the most of your beauty routine and try the following 10 crazy tips and techniques today!

RELATED: Top 5 Winter Beauty Tips For Glowing Skin

1. Cotton tips

While this one is a little average, they’re extremely handy and really easy to get your hands on. Dip a cotton tip into micellar water to remove mascara stains, apply highlighter and even create a signature smokey eye.

2. Coffee grounds

Notice a little cellulite making an appearance on your thighs or stomach? Simply combine a handful of coffee grounds with some lukewarm water, then apply in circular motions over the area. With time, they should diminish completely.

3. Ice water

If you’ve given yourself an impromptu manicure and need it to dry ASAP, fill a bowl with icy water and submerge your hands in it every few seconds. It will help to set your nail polish without creasing it.

4. Sanitary pads

Do you ever notice fall-out from your eyeshadow after creating a smokey eye? Simply cut a panty liner in half, then stick it just under your lower lash line. It will catch all of the colour without ruining your makeup. This one can’t be too out-there, especially if Chloe Morello uses it!

5. Red patches

For nasty rashes or red patches which might occur as a sign of stress, simply cool two teaspoons in the freezer and place them over your face. Spoons help to cool down the area without causing additional distress to your face.

6. Face primer

Do you suffer from extremely oily skin? You should probably try Milk of Magnesia. Although this product is actually a laxative, if applied directly onto the skin it has a matte effect on any oily patches – trust us.

7. Broken nails

Fix those broken nails by cutting a tiny piece of fabric from a tea bag, then applying it directly over your nail. After you’ve done that all you need to do is paint over the patch to seal it in place.

8. Puffy eyes

Keep puffy eyes away by chopping raw potato and laying it directly on the most sensitive parts of your face. Potato is full of starch which helps to decrease any puffy or hyper-pigmented patches of skin.

9. Haemorrhoid cream

Did you know that haemorrhoid cream works perfectly to keep dry patches of skin away? The super-concentrated formula is gentle enough to use on sensitive skin, especially during the colder months of the year.

10. Sticky tape

Create that perfect winged liner by using some sticky tape as a general guide. Place it directly between your lash lines, draw it on, then carefully remove for a flawless cat-eye flick.

What are some of your crazy beauty tips? Share in the comments below!

Image via Chloe Morello

May 26, 2015

Bring Back The Glow: 5 Shimmery Bronzers You Need Now

Does your skin need an extra bit of glow before the summer rolls around? Bronzers are some of the easiest ways to sculpt, contour and refine any part of the body in need of a little bit of warmth. Shop some of our favourite shimmery bronzers below, or give them a swatch the next time you’re in store.

RELATED: Best Bronzers For All Skin Types

Too Faced Sun Bunny Bronzer, $39

Not only is this creamy bronzer an absolute dream to apply, but it suits all skin tones! The cult favourite is dual toned, so it provides a medium-deep tan or shimmery highlight for the cheekbones, brow bone and even above the cupids bow.

Bring Back The Glow: 5 Shimmery Bronzers You Need Now

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer, $65

One of the newest products from Hourglass is their Ambient Lighting Bronzer which creates a soft subtle glow for all skin tones. The subtle shimmer is easily buildable for a subtle contour, or a deep bronze glow.

Bring Back The Glow: 5 Shimmery Bronzers You Need Now

Stila Set and Bronze Baked Powder, $46

Try this lightweight powder the next time you want a bit of glow to the cheeks without going completely OTT. Layer it over your highlight, illuminator and blush for a sun-kissed glow all year round.

Bring Back The Glow: 5 Shimmery Bronzers You Need Now

Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer, $74

Switching it up to a liquid bronzer for dry skin, this is the perfect formula to combat any dry patches. Mix it into your foundation and apply over the cheekbones, or use it to contour with a cosmetic sponge.

Bring Back The Glow: 5 Shimmery Bronzers You Need Now

RMS Beauty, $38

Build your own bespoke glow with this versatile bronzer, which can be used as an eyeshadow, blush, or even a highlight. Apply with the warmth of your fingers and pat it gently into the skin for best results.

Bring Back The Glow: 5 Shimmery Bronzers You Need Now

What are some of your favourite summer bronzers?

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May 22, 2015

5 Makeup Tips For Sick Days

Just because you don’t feel good, doesn’t mean it should reflect on how you look!

To make the most of those sick days, use a few of these makeup tricks to de-puff those eyes, even out the skin tone, and even counteract those red eyes.

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1. Use a BB cream

Rather than applying layer after layer of foundation on your already delicate skin, give it a break and use a BB cream. The formulas are usually lighter and won’t clog your pores – it’ll feel like your second skin!

Apply with your fingers, and take care around a dry nose since the makeup can gather and accentuate these areas for the wrong reasons.

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Rimmel Radiance BB Cream, $12.95

2. Cream eyeshadow

Anyone with watery eyes will know that applying mascara is a no-go. Especially since it can smudge, transfer on the top eyelid, and create a mess with your entire makeup look.

To keep your eyes looking their best, use a cream shadow and lightly dab it over the top with your fingers. Stay away from dark shades which will only make your eyes look small and blood-shot.

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Maybelline Color Tattoo 24H Metal Eyeshadow, $11.95

3. Blush

Who knew that a bit of blush could transform an entire makeup look? A bit of rouge on the cheeks helps to bring some glow back into the skin, without applying layers of foundation or bronzer.

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Bourjois Blush, $20

4. Eyebrows

If you’re sick in bed, the last thing you’ll want to do is tame those eyebrows. To keep them looking their best, use a coloured, gel wand which is easy to apply and doesn’t take too long to set. So much easier than drawing your brows on with a pencil or gel formula.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Tinted Brow Gel, $25.52

5. Coloured lips

Rather than using a matte formula for your lips, choose a lightweight gloss or balm to keep them healthy and shiny. They require little to no maintenance, and look amazing if you’re heading out during the day or night.

Keep a few options in your handbag and switch them up during the day.

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Rimmel Lasting Finish Colour Rush Lip Balm, $9.06

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May 7, 2015

How To Achieve The ‘No-Makeup’ Look

The no-makeup look is one of the biggest beauty trends this season since it’s so quick and easy to achieve, especially if you don’t have time on your side. Regardless of your skin type, you will only need 5 essential products to transform your look for work, drinks, or even a first date.

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Foundation

A perfect base is a reflection of your skincare routine, so don’t ever miss out on cleansing, moisturising and exfoliating your skin on a daily basis. Before applying a foundation, use a moisturiser or primer to make it last the distance. This is an essential if your skin is dry, oily, or even combination, since it creates a barrier between your makeup and won’t clog your pores.

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Rimmel Radiance BB Cream, $12.95

For a truly natural foundation look, use something with a light coverage. This could be anything from a powder foundation, BB cream, or even a tinted moisturiser. To apply, use a damp cosmetic sponge such as the Beauty Blender to carefully work the product into your skin. It may require a little more patience, but it will truly look like your skin, but better. If you just don’t have the time, apply it with your fingers – it will melt easily into the skin.

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Beauty Blender Classic Sponge & Solid BlenderCleanser Kit, $42.20

Highlight

To give an extra bit of dimension to your face, a highlighter is a must-have. Powders, liquids and even balms are all great ways to give your face an extra glow for any occasion.

Dab it lightly over your cheekbone, above the cupids bow and on the brow bone to make your face glow instantly. Just remember that less is more and that it’s easier to build up your makeup rather than applying too much. Apply your makeup in natural light so you will know exactly what it looks like once you’ve left the house.

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Josie Maran Argan Illuminiser, $35

Blush

A bit of blush on the cheeks can completely transform your entire look – trust us! If you’re worried about distributing too much product over your face, use a liquid formula instead. It’s easier to control and won’t leave your cheeks looking too flushed. Liquid or cream blushes melt into the skin and give a rosy appearance to your face without looking too artificial.

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Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge, $44

Bronzer

There are a few different ways to make bronzer work for your skin tone, especially since it can create so much dimension in the face. Mix it into your foundation for a subtle hint of colour, use it to contour your cheekbones (just don’t forget to blend), or apply it all over for a sun-kissed glow.

If you’re worried about the bronzer looking a little too artificial, choose a formula which is matte rather than shimmery. This will only attract more light to your skin and will be a dead giveaway that the glow is in fact, fake.

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Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer, $30

Mascara

Finally, where would we be all be without mascara? It’s the best way to hide a late night, hangover, or even puffy eyes after an illness. Remember to curl your lashes and apply just a thin coat to emphasise your eyes. If your lashes are blonde, use a brown mascara instead of black, since it can look quite harsh on pale skin.

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Shu Uemura New Generation Eyelash Curler, $18

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May 3, 2015

Holy-Grail Makeup Tricks For Dry Skin

Applying makeup onto dry skin can often feel like you’re constantly losing a battle – with yourself. Foundation never sits the way it should, the dewy-skin look always turns into matte (by proxy), and don’t even start with cheek and eye makeup.

RELATED: 3 DIY Face Masks For Dry Skin

If you, or someone you know, suffers from dry skin, use these holy grail makeup tips which are sure to make your skin glow!

Moisturise

One of the most important tips for anyone suffering from dry skin is to keep it hydrated. Whether you’re lounging around the house on a no-makeup day, or heading out to a special event – moisturise! It will leave your skin smoother for longer and will make it so much easier to apply makeup.

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Bioderma Hydrabio Riche Cream, $39.99

Cream foundation

Rather than using a powder foundation, you’ll want to stick to creamy formulas. They sink into the skin much easier than anything else, and will last longer on your skin type. For a natural look without any dry patches, use a damp cosmetic sponge to buff the product into your skin.

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Nars Sheer Glow Foundation, $59

Cosmetic sponge

Brushes can often feel too harsh on dry skin types and actually create dry patches around the eye and cheek areas. Instead, bounce the cosmetic sponge over your skin for an airbrush look every single time.

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Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, $15.99

Cheek and lip stains

Rather than using the same-old pressed powder which doesn’t agree with your skin type, test out a few cheek stains instead. They are so quick and easy to apply with your fingers and blend seamlessly into dry skin. Maximise on your beauty products and use the stain as a 2-in-1 for both your cheeks and lips.

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Natio Cheek and Lip Tint, $10.46

Exfoliate

It might seem a little weird to regularly exfoliate dry skin, but it’s actually quite the opposite! Since your skin is prone to dryness, regular exfoliating will help to remove those dry skin cells and leave you with a flawless base. Use a charcoal scrub once a week to remove any excess skin and carefully pat down with a towel to avoid the build-up of additional dry patches.

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clariSEA Rapid Detox Charcoal Face Exfoliant, $18

Facial spray

Since dry skin can feel tight and itchy throughout the day, keep a facial spray in your handbag to hydrate it. Something like this will instantly bring back the glow to your face and will actually make your foundation last longer.

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Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater, $9

What are some of your makeup tips for dry skin?

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April 22, 2015

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!

RELATED: Makeup Tips For Hooded Eyes

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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Images via RC Cosmetics, IMG Buddy, Pop Sugar, Em Talks, Painting The Town Pretty, Kepari Makeup

April 16, 2015
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