It’s time to lay those old makeup brushes to rest.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Date: Friday, 7th August
Location: MYER Melbourne City
Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Date: Saturday 8th August
Location: MYER Liverpoool
Time: 1pm – 3pm
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tip: Use a liquid highlight as it applies very smoothly onto the skin and won’t disrupt oily skin.
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!
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.
Images via All Women Stalk, Sortra, Lady Lux,
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
What are some of your favourite makeup tips?
Images via Max Made, People, Blogspot, Bronzer, Good Housekeeping
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Essence Lash and Brow Gel, $4.10
Images via Kathleen Lights
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser, $62
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.
Tatcha Aburatorigami Blotting Papers, $16
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.
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.
ModelCo Cheek and Lips, $26
What are some of your travel makeup kit essentials?
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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.
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.
Modelco Face Base Skin Primer, $39
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.
The Body Shop Tea Tree Blotting Tissues, $10
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.
Make Up Forever Mist and Fix Setting Spray, $30
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.
Nars The Multiple in South Beach, $56
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.
Kate Somerville Oil Free Moisturiser, $86
What are some of your summer beauty tips?
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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Images via Beautylish, Mario Bross
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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:
Rimmel Oh My Gloss, $6.98
Image via The Hunt
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What are some of your favourite summer bronzers?
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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.
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.
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.
Maybelline Color Tattoo 24H Metal Eyeshadow, $11.95
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.
Bourjois Blush, $20
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.
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.
Rimmel Lasting Finish Colour Rush Lip Balm, $9.06
Image via Her Campus
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.
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.
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.
Beauty Blender Classic Sponge & Solid BlenderCleanser Kit, $42.20
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.
Josie Maran Argan Illuminiser, $35
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.
Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge, $44
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.
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer, $30
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.
Shu Uemura New Generation Eyelash Curler, $18
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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.
If you, or someone you know, suffers from dry skin, use these holy grail makeup tips which are sure to make your skin glow!
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.
Bioderma Hydrabio Riche Cream, $39.99
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.
Nars Sheer Glow Foundation, $59
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.
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.
Natio Cheek and Lip Tint, $10.46
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.
clariSEA Rapid Detox Charcoal Face Exfoliant, $18
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.
Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater, $9
What are some of your makeup tips for dry skin?
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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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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!
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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Do you have a nasty spot of acne or hyperpigmentation that just won’t go away? Concealer might help, but not your standard shade – it’s just not powerful enough!
To counteract the darker dimensions of your face, you require a shade which is on the opposite side of the colour wheel. In this instance, green concealer is the perfect makeup trick to cover-up all night, or simply give your face a glowing appearance.
Rule 1: Use in moderation
Don’t go too overboard with the colour! A little goes a long way. Especially if you want to keep your makeup looking as natural as possible, as opposed to drawing the wrong kinds of attention to the area. Apply the product first onto your fingertips, then directly onto your face and blend immediately.
Rule 2: Layer the product
Rather than applying the concealer directly onto your face, use it in layers for a more natural look. If you suffer from dry or combination skin, try using a damp cosmetic sponge to work the product into your face otherwise it will crease and won’t last very long.
Rule 3: Set with a powder
Even if you don’t have oily skin, it’s always a good idea to set your concealer with a powder. Not only does it keep the product on your face for longer, but you won’t get any crease lines – especially under your eyes!
Rule 4: It’s safe to use on rosacea
If you suffer from redness or rosacea on your face (or body), a green-based product is a temporary way to even out the colour of your skin.
Even though green concealers will initially feel a bit different on the face, they won’t interfere with the long-term state of your skin and are safe enough to use on a daily basis. Just remember to remove your makeup every night before going to bed!
Rule 5: Conceal, then apply foundation
To achieve a flawless finish, it is important to apply your green concealer before foundation. It creates the perfect base to the skin and the foundation won’t dry-up or draw attention to any of these areas. Use a stippling brush to push the product into your skin and set soon after with a translucent powder for a long-lasting look.
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Everybody loves a classic eyeliner look, but applying it flawlessly is an entirely different story.
Without giving up half of your precious makeup collection, get inspired by some of these eyeliner hacks to make a cat-eye so much easier than it seems.
Did you know that painting brushes are actually really good to use for applying gel eyeliner? From Essie Button to Chloe Morello, the best in the business swear by this handy tip to create a flawless flick at a fraction of the price.
If you have made a few mistakes when applying your eyeliner, use a cotton tip dipped in micellar water to remove any messy lines. There are also a number of angled cotton tips which are perfect if you’re on-the-go, and require a quick touch-up!
Next time you’re attempting a cat-eye, use some tape as a guide on where to draw the flick. Apply it stemming out of the lower water-line, and simply remove it when you’re done! It leaves you with a perfect flick every single time.
Pencil then liquid
If you suffer from chronic shaky hands (especially when doing your makeup), use a black eyeliner pencil as a guide before applying liquid. It creates a base for your entire eye makeup look, and creates the illusion of an easy smokey eye.
The only way to use a felt-tip liner is by pairing it with a mirror. Position the small mirror just under your nose, then follow the line stemming out from your eyes.
This might seem a little difficult at first, but trust us, it’s the only way to make felt-tip liners work!
Gel eyeliner is one of the best ways to make your makeup last the distance (especially in warm, humid weather), but sometimes the formula can dry out. You can two easy options here: put it in the fridge for 10 minutes, or into the microwave for 2.
How did we not know that there are specialised stencils for applying eyeliner? This super-simple hack sticks easily onto your lid, so you can colour in the the middle!
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Spring calls for fresh, dewy skin and bright, gorgeous hues. Try these easy makeup tips for spring that look great on everyone.
Keep your skin looking soft and dewy with BB cream
Part moisturizer and part foundation, BB cream also works overtime as a sunscreen and an anti-aging treatment, which makes it our number one spring beauty must-have.BB cream are so light it feels like you’re wearing nothing but lotion, perfect for anyone who wants flawless skin but hates wearing heavy foundation. We love how luminous our skin looks with Dr. Brandt Signature Flexitone BB Cream, and another favorite on our shelves is Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm.
Get bold with orange lipstick
A quick and easy way to brighten up your face is with a bright pop of lip color. If you’re feeling particularly bold and adventurous, give orange lipstick a try. True orange isn’t always the most flattering, but coral looks fantastic with pretty much all skin tones. After applying, blot your lips for a matte finish, then reapply. If you’re looking for a more subdued way to incorporate the trend, Tarte LipSurgence Lip Tint has a gorgeous orange stain called Spirited that is a makeup artist favorite.
Ramp up the drama with the eternally chic cat eyeliner
Cat eye makeup is always on trend, and it’s so pretty for spring, especially paired with floral fashions and feminine accessories. If you struggle with uneven or asymmetrical cat eye makeup, don’t worry, we’ve got your back. Draw the outline of each cat’s eye with a pencil, then fill them in with the liquid liner. Dip a thin Q-tip in makeup remover and carefully clean up your work. If you’re handy with a brush, we’ve stayed faithful to Urban Decay’s 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Liner for years now.
Get your feet in on the fun with some nail polish
Once it’s warm enough to dustoffyour beloved open-toed sandals, grab a bottle of nail polishand get to work on those toes! We love OPI’s Spring/Summer Brazil Collection, particularly Amazon…Amazoff and Live.Love.Carnaval, vibrant hues that will warm up any skin tones that haven’t seen the sun for months!
Use makeup to your advantage with a few different tips and techniques which can transform ageing skin and make you look 10 years younger. We’ve hand-picked a few tricks which help to create a flawless base, meaning you can make the most of the skin you’re in.
The secret to any flawless base is consistently moisturising both morning and night. To fight against any signs of hyperpigmentation, sun damage, or even the common dry patches, it’s important to use a hydrating serum before applying your base. Not only will your makeup last longer, but it will keep your skin from feeling too dry.
A liquid bronzer is essential since it warms up the face without any harsh lines. You can also double it up and use it to bring some life to your cheeks as a blush, or apply it as an eyeshadow base – so easy!
The secret to fuller looking lips is all about a lip liner and lip gloss. Use a rose or nude coloured liner to highlight the shape of your lips, and apply a gloss over the top to make them appear larger.
Rather than going for a dark smokey eye, which can actually make your eyes seem small and droopy, it is wise to opt for neutral or earthy tones for your shadows. Cream products are amazing since they can just be applied with your hands, and melt seamlessly into the skin.
Most mature skin seems to lack the moisture and collagen, so it’s important to always prime before applying your base. A dewy primer is best since it draws light to the face without making you look like a disco ball.
As with a primer, to draw attention to certain parts of your face, it’s important to highlight and illuminate with the correct tools. Add some dimension to your face by applying a cream highlight onto the top of your cheekbones before heading out. We promise it’ll make your entire face glow!
Curl your lashes
Draw the attention to your eyes by curling your lashes before applying mascara. This makes such a big difference, especially if your lashes are naturally quite straight.
Do you have any makeup tips for mature skin?
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