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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
Would you try strobing?
Image via Daily Makeover, Ania Milczarczyk, Buzzfeed
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Images via Makeup by Ariel, Kim Kardashian, Cao Cosmetics USA, Beautylish
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Image via Urban Outfitters
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.
Below are just a few wearable hair and makeup styles which work amazingly well with dark, structured eyebrows.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
Images via Le Fashion Image, Bloom, Nasty Gal, Linda Steph, Beauty Editor, Latest Hair, Lovelyish
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Which makeup trend would you try?
Images via Fanny Fitty, Beauty High, All K-Pop, Madokeki, 3 Concepts Eyes
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Images via style.com
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!
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).
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.
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!
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.
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?
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.
Images via style.com
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Lancome Hypnose Waterproof Mascara, $54
Image via The Fashion Spot
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
What was your favourite makeup trend from Paris Haute Couture?
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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.
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.
ModelCo Cheek and Lip Tint, $26
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.
Tarte LipSurgence Matte Lip Tint in Lively, $30
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.
Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella, $36
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.
3CE Lip Marker, $31
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.
Nuxe Reve de Miel Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm, $19.95
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
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.
1/2 teaspoon arrowroot powder
Refined shea butter
Dried beet powder (depending on what colour you want)
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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
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
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
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
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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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.”