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9 New Beauty Trends We Already Regret

There’s a time and a place for everything – except unicorn hair.

February 23, 2016

This Is This Season’s Hottest New Makeup Look

It’s time to get fresh. Faced, that is.

February 4, 2016

5 Lipstick Shades For Fall Weather

In preparation for fall, it’s time to embrace darker shades and lipstick is the best place to start. Put away those sheer lipsticks and swap them for matte formulas which stay on longer and are extremely pigmented. Shop from a few of our favourite brands below, and don’t forget to comment with some of your must-have’s in the comment section!

RELATED: The Lowdown on Liquid Lipstick

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Stalker, $18

If you’re looking for something a little different and long-lasting, try this opaque lip colour which lasts for hours without transferring.

5 Lipstick Shades For Fall Weather

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Bahau5, $21

Coat your lips with this pigmented lip shade which is perfect for the winter weather. Use a lip liner for a precise line, then fill in the rest with a brush pencil.

5 Lipstick Shades For Fall Weather

Yves Saint Laurent Baby Doll Kiss & Blush Lips & Cheeks in Nude Insolent, $40

Try this lightweight mousse formula which glides on easily and keeps lips moisturised for hours. The applicator is easy to use, and the colour selection is ideal for all occasions.

5 Lipstick Shades For Fall Weather

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl, $26

A cult-favourite, the velvet matte lip pencil by Nars is the perfect product for beginners. It combines the convenience of a pencil and a lipstick to carefully line the lips and fill them using the same product!

5 Lipstick Shades For Fall Weather

Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural in N28 Purple, $20

N28 is the perfect shade of purple and glides effortlessly onto the lips for a perfect application each and every time.

5 Lipstick Shades For Fall Weather

Image via Brit.co

September 12, 2015

Makeup Trends And How They’re Affecting Your Skin

Ever find that your skin has reacted negatively after wearing a new product or makeup style? To avoid this, use products which work well with your skin type and always remove your makeup by double-cleansing before going to bed. In the meantime, below are a few makeup trends that could be destroying your skin.

RELATED:7 Waterproof Makeup Tips

Mascara

Other than the harmless panda eyes the next morning, sleeping with your mascara can actually cause lashes to become brittle and shed at a faster rate. To avoid this from happening, remove your makeup with a micellar water or cleanser and don’t rub your eyes.

Full coverage foundation

Using a full coverage foundation on a daily basis clogs pores and could only further aggravate existing acne spots and blemishes. Instead, use a lightweight BB cream to even out your skin tone and save the full coverage foundation for special events or nights out.

Matte lipstick

While matte lipstick might last longer without an occasional touch-up, the dryness could be destroying the moisture and natural oils in your lips. Before applying a matte lipstick, make sure to properly exfoliate and moisturise your lips so they don’t dry out.

Highlighters

Ever find that your highlighter leaves little red bumps under your skin after wearing it all day long? This usually happens with cream formulas which are layered over full coverage foundations for hours on end. Remember, less is more when it comes to shimmery skin!

Expired makeup

Who knew that most makeup actually comes with an expiration date. If your mascara has dried up, foundation is starting to separate, and your lipstick feels dry and stale, it’s time to get rid of them.

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September 10, 2015

Makeup Trend: What Is Colourless Contouring?

We’ve heard of clown contouring, plus those elusive Kim Kardashian-style techniques which are all over YouTube, but what exactly is colourless contouring? This new makeup technique can be described as strobing, which is all about achieving a fresh glow to the face.

RELATED: Crazy New Makeup Trend – Clown Contouring

Instructions

1. Start with a freshly moisturised base. Make sure your skin is free from dry patches since this can only highlight problem areas after applying foundation.

2. Apply a light foundation or tinted moisturiser onto the skin, starting from your cheeks, then extending outwards. Use a stippling brush to buff the colour onto your skin and neck, taking care around the eyes and acne spots.

3. Set your foundation if you have oily skin, or even around the t-zone to prevent excess oil.

4. To create the colourless contour, use a shimmery cream or powder and apply it onto the very top of your cheekbones. Blend it out with a damp cosmetic sponge so it melts seamlessly into the skin.

5. Apply the very same highlighting shade onto the tip of your nose, on the brow bones and over your cupid’s bow to emphasise the shape.

Image via Style.com

August 17, 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

Latest Beauty Trend: What Is Strobing?

While the rest of us have only just managed to properly contour, there’s a brand new beauty trend which is already making waves around the internet.

Strobing is all about bringing light to the cheekbones and illuminating the face using highlighters and other light-reflecting makeup products. Here’s everything you need to know about perfecting the glow without looking like a disco ball!

RELATED: The Best Highlighting Products For Every Skin Type

Moisturise

The best way to set your base for makeup is to moisturise. It helps to hydrate dry skin, and keeps oily spots away – especially if your skin is slightly on the greasy side.

Latest Beauty Trend - What Is Strobing?

Highlight

Use a highlighting shade on freshly moisturised skin to avoid the overly frosty look. If you have a lighter skin tone, then a champagne colour is best, and if your skin is darker, look for terracotta tones to bring out a warm base.

Apply the highlighter on places which would normally catch the light – cheekbones, brow-bones, forehead, and above the cupid’s bow. Blend out the makeup using your fingers, a stippling brush, or even a damp cosmetic sponge for a long-lasting finish.

Latest Beauty Trend - What Is Strobing?

Bronzer

Warm up the rest of your face as usual, but stick to a matte formula (especially if you have oily skin). Only use shimmer in your highlighter, and keep your other products looking matte for a consistent finish.

Latest Beauty Trend - What Is Strobing?

Translucent powder

Set your entire makeup look by lighting dusting a translucent powder over your t-zone, cheekbones, and chin. This will keep your makeup in place for longer, but a few blotting papers packed away in your clutch are always a good back-up to have!

Latest Beauty Trend - What Is Strobing?

Would you try strobing?

Image via Daily Makeover, Ania Milczarczyk, Buzzfeed

July 8, 2015

5 Makeup Trends That Need To Stop ASAP

Have you ever seen a makeup trend that you think needs to end? We’re counting down five of the most over-used trends which celebrities have tried, YouTube guru’s are overdoing, and those that should just never see the light of day.

RELATED: How New Beauty Trend Alert – Ombré Brows

Contouring

While contouring is wildly popular, it’s often quite difficult to get it right. We say you should leave that technique to the professional makeup artists who blend the colours seamlessly without resulting in a shade which is too dark (or too light for your natural skin tone).

5 Makeup Trends That Need To Stop ASAP

Kylie Jenner lips

The ‘big lip’ look had it’s moment, now lets never mention it again. Even Kylie Jenner herself admitted to injecting her lips, so isn’t it finally time to stop over-drawing our lips? Anyway, taking more than 1 hour to get ready is completely overrated.

5 Makeup Trends That Need To Stop ASAP

Bronzing

While we’re all guilty of this one, matching your foundation to your fake tan is never really a good option. Why? Most women actually forget to blend it into their neck, decolletage and even behind their ears!

This means that your makeup actually looks quite patch, and doesn’t look natural at all. Always get matched by a professional who can identify if your skin is warm or cool toned.

5 Makeup Trends That Need To Stop ASAP

False lashes

Now, we’re not talking about individual lashes or the natural kind which actually look quite nice! It’s time to retire those false lashes with diamonds, thick bands and colours which are too heavy for most of our eyelids. If you want the illusion of bigger lashes, use a few corner strips on the side of your eyes.

5 Makeup Trends That Need To Stop ASAP

Statement brows

Put down that pomade and embrace the natural look! While filling in our eyebrows has become second nature, this trend has clearly gone OTT over the last year. Some clear gel, an eyebrow pencil, and a brow brush is really the only thing you need to tame those brows on a daily basis.

5 Makeup Trends That Need To Stop ASAP

Images via Makeup by Ariel, Kim Kardashian, Cao Cosmetics USA, Beautylish

May 18, 2015

5 Makeup Bags Every Woman Needs

Whether you’re always on-the-go or simply require a pretty place to pack away all of your cosmetics, a makeup bag seems like a handbag essential.

RELATED: 20 Drugstore Cosmetics Under $20

Protect your belongings and look stylish at the same time with our edit of makeup bags, which can also be used as clutches – if need be!

Charlotte Tilbury Printed Cotton-Canvas Makeup Bag, $26.90

Shop one of our favourite makeup bags ever by Charlotte Tilbury, which is perfect for the friend who is always travelling. You can store your foundation, brushes, blush, bronzer – everything! Exclusive to Net-A-Porter and comes with free express shipping.

5 Makeup Bags Every Girl Needs

Breakups To Makeup Mascara Makeup Clutch, $35

This fashionable makeup pouch stores all the essentials without taking up all the room in your handbag. The print black material is easy to clean and won’t look a little too obvious if it gets a bit dirty.

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Cath Kidston PVC Make-up Case, $20

The perfect little makeup case featuring a glossy PVC fabric, which makes for easy cleaning and maintenance –  especially when dealing with foundation. The zip around opening fits brushes, liners and mirrors, all while keeping your cosmetics safe from water.

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Marc by Marc Jacobs Shell Cosmetics Case, $85

A cute little makeup case in bright yellow which is best for storing small compact mirrors and brushes. The black and white polyester lining is easy to clean and is the perfect size for a tote bag.

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Stiks Cosmetiks Stik Kit, $10

How’s this for a modern take on a makeup case? Neatly store your products in this sturdy case, which features a mirror on the front for those regular touch-ups throughout the day.

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Image via Urban Outfitters

April 22, 2015

The Dark Brow Beauty Trend

Dark brows aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, especially since celebrities such as Cara Delevingne and Lily Collins have added their own personal twist to the trend.

RELATED: Cara Delevingne Is The New Face of John Hardy

Below are just a few wearable hair and makeup styles which work amazingly well with dark, structured eyebrows.

Top knot

The classic top knot is a perfect hairstyle for dark, structured brows since it draws attention to them! Remember to fill in any gaps with a liner brush and lashings of mascara are an absolute must.

The Dark Brow Beauty Trend

Dark lips

A dark lip is an essential part of your makeup kit since it really pulls an entire look together – especially during the autumn/winter months. Pair with carefully groomed brows for the ultimate statement look.

The Dark Brow Beauty Trend

Statement accessories

If you have a special event coming up, why not match your accessories to your hair and makeup. In this case, we’re loving the models dark brows with a beautiful red lip and huge statement earrings. Hair is best tied back to focus on the makeup look.

The Dark Brow Beauty Trend

Shimmery eyeshadow

Any type of shimmery eyeshadow is perfect for those who want to add a little sparkle into their look. Combine with groomed brows and lots of mascara for your go-to makeup look.

The Dark Brow Beauty Trend

Dewy skin

Don’t forget to moisturise your skin well before prepping it for a dewy, translucent moisturiser or BB cream. It adds the finishing touches to a ‘just rolled out of bed’ look which is perfect for those drowsy mornings!

The Dark Brow Beauty Trend

Highlight the inner corner

If your eyes are hooded, it’s a great idea to use a white eyeliner pencil to make them look bigger. An inner corner highlight is a must to bring attention to the higher parts of the face, and don’t forget that brow gel to tame those stray hairs!

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Lip liner

For instant night-time glam, start with a neutral makeup base and focus your attention on your brows and lips. For the lips, line them with a pale pink shade for longevity before adding a lipstick shade over the top.

The Dark Brow Beauty Trend

Side bun

A wispy side bun is another great way to add a little dimension to your face without spending hours in front of the mirror. Fill in your brows as usual, then dab some lipstick onto your lips with your finger before heading out the door.

The Dark Brow Beauty Trend

Images via Le Fashion Image, Bloom, Nasty Gal, Linda Steph, Beauty Editor, Latest Hair, Lovelyish

April 2, 2015

Must-Try Korean Makeup Trends

South Korean makeup trends have been making waves recently and are renowned for their cute and quirky approach to women’s makeup. If you’ve ever wanted to try these looks before, then our easy guide will show you how to look like you’ve stepped out of a K-pop music video!

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Ombré lips

Gradient lips, otherwise known as ombré lips, are a subtle way to bring some colour to your entire face. The aim is to use 2 shades lighter than each other and carefully fill in those lines in your lips. Make sure to blend well with your finger or a cotton tip before attempting to use the next colour. What you should be left with is a look which is subtle and is perfect for those lazy makeup days.

5 Must-Try Korean Makeup Trends

Straight brows

Rather than elongating the natural shape and size of your brows, the makeup trend is usually reversed! In favour of shorter, more structured brow, concealer is placed over the tip and the rest of the brow is coloured with a thick pencil. Make sure to fill in any visible gaps with a brow pencil and set in place with a translucent gel.

5 Must-Try Korean Makeup Trends

Pink blush

Along with a porcelain base, most Korean women love to finish this look with a perfect pink blush. Choose an opaque shade, and build-up the look by starting small and focusing the product on the entire cheek. Keep blending until there are no lines of contour, or until you’ve reached your desired amount of blush!

5 Must-Try Korean Makeup Trends

Aegyo sal

One of the biggest beauty trends to come out of Korea definitely has to be aegyo sal. These are the little pockets of fat found under each eye, which are then heavily highlighted with shimmery or glitter powder. It helps to bring a visibly brighter, more youthful appearance to the face.

5 Must-Try Korean Makeup Trends

Dewy skin

There’s no denying that most eastern makeup trends prefer a dewy finish as opposed to something more matte. To achieve this look, use a light reflecting primer which will enhance your makeup (especially if you suffer from dry skin). No blotting papers or powders necessary!

5 Must-Try Korean Makeup Trends

Which makeup trend would you try?

Images via Fanny Fitty, Beauty High, All K-Pop, Madokeki, 3 Concepts Eyes

March 28, 2015

6 Beauty Trends From Milan Fashion Week

Since we’re finally in the last leg of fashion week, what better time to talk about the beauty trends from the Milanese catwalks.

Showcasing a stark difference to London and New York, Milan actually embraced more colour, bronzed skin, and wearable fashion trends than the other fashion weeks.

RELATED: Makeup Trend – Sheer Lipstick

Statement eyes

Where: Versace

Models at the house of Versace were treated to a smouldering statement eye which is sure to make your entire outfit pop.

While the rest of the face makeup was relatively toned down, black kohl was used to line the top and bottom waterline, not to mention the numerous lashings of mascara for a truly sultry look.

Beauty Trends From Milan Fashion Week

Strong brows

Where: Missoni

Don’t forget your brows, ladies! The look at Missoni was definitely all about the eyebrows, making them look full and sculpted with a bit of power.

Use a fine angled brush to create subtle hairlines, and brush upwards with a clear gel.

Beauty Trends From Milan Fashion Week

Matte lips

Where: Emilio Pucci

Matte lips were definitely trending this season, with models at Pucci sporting soft pink and corals.

Not only are they easy to apply (just dab onto your lips and you’re done), but they won’t leave an harsh lines after a long night of dinner and drinks.

Beauty Trends From Milan Fashion Week

Graphic liner

Where: Fendi

Never too scared to shy away from making a statement, the models at Fendi were given a cat eye with a twist.

The wing was linked into an outline of a smokey eye, which took the place of a standard eyeshadow. Definitely a trend we’ll be trying once the colder weather hits – or simply if we don’t have an eyeshadow palette at hand!

Beauty Trends From Milan Fashion Week

Dewy skin

Where: Gucci

Wow. If there is ever a time and place for dewy skin, then Gucci definitely nailed this look for their autumn/winter show.

Apply a sheer, lightweight tinted moisturiser, and allow your natural oils to shine through.

Beauty Trends From Milan Fashion Week

Red lips

Where: Dolce and Gabbana

It’s become tradition that Dolce and Gabbana are known for their wine-stained lips, and this season didn’t disappoint. Apply your lip stain with a pencil, then dab off any excess with a tissue, no need to set with a gloss!

Beauty Trends From Milan Fashion Week

Images via style.com

March 13, 2015

90’s Makeup Trends Making A Comeback

This autumn/winter season designers were taking inspiration from the nineties to create those bold, sultry looks which pop on the catwalk.

Big brows, kohl-rimmed eyes and lined lips were just some of the trends making it big in 2015. What are the rest? Find out below!

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Dark eyeshadow

Where: Christian Dior

Blending out the eyeshadow at Christian Dior was overrated this season, with makeup artists choosing to create a dark, statement eye.

Start with a beige shade to cover the entire lid, then layer on each shadow before finishing up with a shimmery metallic (best for photos).

90's Makeup Trends Making A Comeback

Lip liner

Where: Saint Laurent

Hedi Slimane didn’t disappoint this season in the makeup department by pairing a bold eye and a dark lip. Use a lip liner to carefully highlight the shape and size of your lips, then colour the rest in with a glossy formula. Re-apply as needed.

90's Makeup Trends Making A Comeback

Grunge eyes

Where: Diane von Furstenberg

The grunge look was back better than ever at DVF with models sporting one earring to match.

A blending brush will be your best friend for this look, to perfectly create a subtle smudge on the inner corner of your eyes. Use with cream eyeshadow since it’s so easy to blend and creates a lived-in look à la Kate Moss!

90's Makeup Trends Making A Comeback

Purple lips

Where: Marc Jacobs

Create the perfect lip stain by applying just one coat of your lipstick, then blotting it with a tissue. Not only does it help the colour settle into your lip lines, but it also enables it to last longer without a touch-up.

90's Makeup Trends Making A Comeback

Dark brows

Where: Isabel Marant

Keeping with the 90’s theme, brows where filled in at Isabel Marant this season. The natural look was embraced with hardly any maintenance, and who really cares if they don’t match your hair colour, right?

90's Makeup Trends Making A Comeback

Glitter

Where: Rodarte

Remember those old glitter stick-on’s you would place strategically around the eye and lash-line? Rodarte created a similar look this season to really make the entire look sparkle on the catwalk.

90's Makeup Trends Making A ComebackImages via style.com

March 12, 2015

Recreate Cara Delevingne’s Brit Awards Smokey Eye

Cara Delevingne is best known for her statement brows, but she was spotted rocking another big beauty trend at the annual Brit Awards: a smokey eye.

While it can look rather complex, this trend is actually really simple to replicate, especially if you’re using cream products which are easy to blend.

RELATED: Jessica Szohr’s Sexy Smokey Eye Makeup

Instructions

1. Even if you don’t suffer from oily eyelids, it’s always a good idea to apply a primer. Not only will it keep your lids from producing too much oil, but it will help to keep your makeup in place for hours.

Recreate Cara Delevinge's Brit Awards Smokey Eye

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion, $17.90

2. Next, use a matte, neutral colour for the base of your eyelid. This will help to hide any prominent dark circles or veins. Use a cream eyeshadow and gently buff it in with your fingers in a patting motion across the lid.

Recreate Cara Delevinge's Brit Awards Smokey Eye

Nars Cream Eyeshadow in Galapagos, $34

3. To create the smokey eye, use another cream eyeshadow in charcoal and concentrate it mostly on the centre of your eyelid. Blend out with an eyeshadow brush to create a seamless look.

For more of an impact, carefully draw a thin line on your bottom lash-line and blend with the same eyeshadow brush.

Recreate Cara Delevinge's Brit Awards Smokey Eye

By Terry Ombre Blackstar Cream Eyeshadow in Misty Rock, $56

4. Use a highlight shade on the inner corner of your eye and gently pat it with your fingers.

Recreate Cara Delevinge's Brit Awards Smokey Eye

Too Faced Candlelight Glow Highlighting Powder Duo, $39

5. Since the look is quite dramatic, make sure to plump those lashes! Curl, then coat with a waterproof mascara. It stays in place all day!

Recreate Cara Delevinge's Brit Awards Smokey Eye

Lancome Hypnose Waterproof Mascara, $54

Image via The Fashion Spot

March 4, 2015

Top 5 Makeup Trends From Paris Fashion Week

As Paris Haute Couture Week comes to a finish, not all of our attention was just on the exquisite clothes, accessories, and shoes.

Fashion houses such as Chanel, Versace, and Christian Dior displayed a few different looks for spring, which you can try yourself at home. We have picked our top five makeup trends which are sure to look amazing on any complexion!

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Glossy lips

Where: Christian Dior

The girls at Christian Dior let the clothes do the talking, by keeping the rest of their makeup relatively natural. Use a powder to lightly dust through your brows and create the illusion of body and shape with a slight arch. One of our favourite trends included a glossy lip which is super-easy to apply, and is very much low maintenance.

Top 5 Makeup Trends From Paris Fashion Week

Coloured eyeliner

Where: Armani Privé

Following a previous piece we did which was all about coloured makeup, this trend was definitely a stand-out here at SHE SAID. Models were sent down the runway with subtle gold eyeliner which complimented glowing skin and untamed brows. Finish off the look with a pop of colour to the lips, and lashings of mascara.

Top 5 Makeup Trends From Paris Fashion Week

Smokey eye

Where: Atelier Versace

You can always count on Donatella Versace to create a sexy, sensual look without going too over-the-top. The figure-hugging dresses looked amazing when paired with a classic smokey eye, and glossy lips. Don’t forget to add a pair of false lashes to make the look so much more dramatic for pictures.

Top 5 Makeup Trends From Paris Fashion Week

Bright lip

Where: Chanel

A pop of colour is the best way to embrace the spring, and this season Chanel didn’t disappoint. Keep it simple on the eyes, and use a neutral shade to cover-up any dark circles. As for the lips, a blue-toned red is best since it makes your teeth appear white and shiny!

Top 5 Makeup Trends From Paris Fashion Week

Contoured cheeks

Where: Valentino

Lastly at Valentino, models were prepped with chiseled cheekbones, and a bronzed complexion (looking like they just spent the day in St Tropez!). Use a thin contour brush to carve out those cheekbones, and use a matte bronzer since it will make the entire look feel natural and sun-kissed.

Top 5 Makeup Trends From Paris Fashion Week

What was your favourite makeup trend from Paris Haute Couture?

Images via Style

February 9, 2015

Get The Look: Miranda Kerr’s Luscious Berry Lips

Supermodel Miranda Kerr has the perfect base for almost any makeup look, with just one of our favourites including a deep-red lip stain. This trend is really easy to master (even for beginners), and lasts for hours even if you’re eating and drinking.

We share some of the best ways to apply your lip stain, and how to get Miranda’s trendy look this season.

RELATED: How To Apply Lip Stain

Liquid

Most lip stains are quite opaque, meaning they are packed with colour and rarely give you a natural, glossy look. Use a liquid lip stain to create a subtle pop of colour on both your cheeks and lips. The best way to apply this is with your fingers, and pat gently onto moisturised lips.

Get The Look: Miranda Kerr's Luscious Berry Lips

ModelCo Cheek and Lip Tint, $26

Crayon

Just like liquid lip stains, crayons are easy to apply and give you a lot of control. Start by lining the lips, then colour the inside. Fix up any errors by dipping an cotton bud into a micellar water, and dabbing the surrounding area.

Get The Look: Miranda Kerr's Luscious Berry Lips

Tarte LipSurgence Matte Lip Tint in Lively, $30

Stick

If you want your lip stain to stay on for hours, then a stick is your best option. Use a lip brush to carefully fill in any gaps, and reach those difficult places. Make sure to moisturise and exfoliate your lips before using a dark shade, since these colours have the tendency to emphasise cracks and dry patches.

Get The Look: Miranda Kerr's Luscious Berry Lips

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella, $36

Marker

While the thought of applying a marker onto to your lips may feel rather unsettling at first, it’s one of the best ways to maintain a bright colour. Make sure to firstly line your lips, then dab the product from top to bottom. It will take just a few minutes for the first layer to dry, before applying a second for a deep glow.

Get The Look: Miranda Kerr's Luscious Berry Lips

3CE Lip Marker, $31

Moisturise

Keep your lips feeling hydrated by moisturising well before applying a lip stain. These formulas are known to be a little more harsh, and can disrupt the delicate nature of your skin. Add one coat, and wait for it to completely absorb before applying a lip stain over the top.

Get The Look: Miranda Kerr's Luscious Berry Lips

Nuxe Reve de Miel Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm, $19.95

Gloss

If you’re not a fan of the matte look, use a clear gloss over the lip stain. Not only does this help to lock-in the colour, but will also create the illusion of luscious lips – just like Miranda!

Image via Allure Magazine

January 29, 2015

Make Your Own Eyeshadow At Home

Personalise your makeup collection by creating a series of unique eyeshadows at home. Not only is this easier than it looks, you also have complete control over the ingredients which are added, and what ultimately ends up on your face and on your skin.

Follow our quick and easy tutorial to create your own unique eyeshadow shades at home.

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Ingredients

1/2 teaspoon arrowroot powder

Refined shea butter

Cocoa powder

Turmeric

Dried beet powder (depending on what colour you want)

Instructions

1. Combine the arrowroot powder in a small bowl, then mix through your preferred colouring agent.

2. Add the shea butter (start with 1/4 teaspoon), to the back of a spoon and mix until the formula is light and creamy. Add more if you want the eyeshadow to have the consistency of a creamy formula, or less if you prefer the matte look.

3. Transfer the mixture into a clean, sterile, container and tightly add the lid. Store in the fridge to keep it fresh, and you can it use it for up to 2 weeks.

4. To create your own personalised colour combinations, mix cocoa powder and dried beet powder for a soft shade of pink. Turmeric and cocoa powder makes a unique shade of copper, and a pinch of nutmeg creates earthy tones for neutral lids.

Image via Express

January 18, 2015

5 No-Fuss Bold Lipsticks

Step out of your comfort zone and embrace eclectic, bold lipstick which is one of the biggest trend this season.

There are a variety of colours, shades, and finishes for every skin tone which don’t require much maintenance at all. All you really need is a good lip liner, a lip gloss, and a bit of patience for amazing looking lips!

Rimmel Provocalips Lip Colour, $17.95

This 2-in-1 lip product comes with a dual-ended applicator which easily combines both a liquid lipstick and lip gloss. Apply the product onto clean, dry lips and then use the gloss for a flawless shine which last for up to 16 hours. The formula promises transfer-proof lipstick which certainly doesn’t disappoint.

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Barry M Lip Stain, $9

British makeup brand, Barry M has created the perfect long-lasting lipstick formula for girls who are on a budget. The highly pigmented shades can be used as both a lip stain or glossy lipstick, equipped with a velvety texture which doesn’t dry-out.

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Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick, $29

A luxuriously long-wearing formula perfect for delivering a matte finish with minimal effort. Stila’s collection of lipsticks are highly pigmented and come in 10 different shades which are sure to be perfect for any occasion. If you’re using one of the darker shades, lightly line your lips to keep the colour from bleeding.

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Becca Beach Tint, $42

If your skin is on the oily side, try waterproof makeup to keep your cosmetics lasting longer and without any touchup’s. Beach Tint by Becca can be used on both the cheeks and lips, and brings an instant pop of colour for a healthy looking visage.

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Hourglass Aura Sheer Lip Stain, $35

Looking for a  natural-looking semi matte lip stain which won’t make your lips feel dry, and cling to rough patches? The formula is perfect since it is extremely non-drying, but instead hydrates your lips every time you put it on. Fix up any mistakes by taking a cotton bud and tipping the end in makeup remover.

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January 15, 2015

5 Spring Makeup Trends

Ever wanted to be ahead of the curb and incorporate some new makeup trends into your usual routine? Even though we’re still in the midst of winter, we have compiled a list of makeup looks which are sure to be huge, during the spring and summer months ahead.

Lip stains

Pretty-in-pink lip stains are a fun trend throughout the entire year, since they include a pop of colour into a mundane makeup look. Achieve this look by gently dabbing your favourite lipstick onto clean lips. Then simply add a touch of pressed powder over the top for the much-coveted stain effect.

We recommend: Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Vernis Glossy Stain, $50

Voluminous lashes

Rather than getting eye-lash extensions, save yourself a bit of cash and work on volumising those natural lashes. Many lash serums help to strengthen eye-lashes and prepare them for mascara. Don’t forget to curl your lashes before carefully applying mascara to both the top and bottom!

We recommend: Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes, $40

Dewy skin

Forget about that matte finish – spring is all about achieving a dewy look to your foundation. Swap those full coverage foundations for a much lighter application, so your skin can also breathe and catch a break. Tinted moisturisers and BB creams offer light coverage and work with the skins natural texture.

We recommend: BECCA Luminous Skin Colour, $68

Coloured liner

Sometimes black eyeliner can prove to be too harsh – especially for girls with light blonde or strawberry blonde hair and a pale complexion. Opt for navy, purple or brown liners which bring a pop of colour to tired eyes, and will cheer up your entire look; minimal effort required.

We recommend: Revlon ColorStay Creme Gel Eye Liner, $24.95

Luminous cheekbones

A clever highlight and illuminating combination is often the secret to luminous and glowing cheekbones. A little goes a long way, so don’t try and pack it all on at the same time. Gently work the product into the skin with a damp beauty blender, or your ring finger since heat will allow it to set into a natural finish.

We recommend: Nars Illuminator in Copacabana, $48

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July 29, 2014

Napoleon Perdis Talks New Season Makeup Trends

Australian cosmetics king Napoleon Perdis appeared on US program The Broadcast to discuss the makeup trends fresh from the catwalks and how anyone can recreate those runway looks.

His top trends to recreate this season are: a softer, smoky eye, modern matte skin and a hint of tint on the lips.

What are Napoleon’s tips for gorgeous matte skin? “A golden tan has been a sign of luxury and leisure since Coco Chanel returned from a trip to the French Riviera with sun kissed skin in the 1920s. While today’s sun goddesses protect skin with SPF, an enviable glow remains in demand, especially going into the warmer months.

“Update the look for 2014 by choosing matte textures that create a believable kiss of color. These products can also double as contouring tools for defined cheekbones. I’m all about an expensive looking complexion and a matte finish keeps the look sophisticated and chic.”

April 15, 2014