Mascara

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Get The Most From Your Mascara

Mascara is one of the most useful beauty products because it can really transform your look, without feeling too over-the-top. Just one coat can instantly bring sad eyes back to life, and and have them feeling rejuvenated for the day ahead.

Read-up on how to get the most out of your mascara with our following beauty tips:

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Clogged applicator

If you feel like your mascara wand is filled with stray lashes, too much product, and just lots of gunk from your eyes, there is an easy way to make it look and feel brand new. Simply run it under hot water until it’s finally clean. Alternatively, you can also clean it up with a makeup wipe.

Brow tint

Use a clean mascara wand (otherwise known as a spoolie) to give your brows a subtle boost of colour. Dip the wand into a matte eyeshadow colour which is close to the shade of your natural brows, then lightly work the product on the centre of your brows then outwards. It’s best to use as little product as possible, since this will make your brows look natural.

Use the entire bottle

Do you ever feel like you’re throwing empty product away in the bin? Just fill a mug with warm water, then place the tube of mascara into it for 5-10 minutes. The heat will soften the mascara, and this will prevent the formula from drying up.

Large lashes

Don’t pay money for eyelash extensions when you can create the same effect with a tube of mascara. Pull the mascara back and forth over the roots of your lashes, and remember to move in slow strokes. Paint each individual lash by turning the applicator wand vertically so it can really give eyelashes a much-needed lift. Don’t forget to lightly coat the bottom lashes, too!

Layer it

Try using two mascaras to enjoy the benefits of each wand, and each formula. Use one mascara for lengthening, and the other for volumising to achieve that full-lash look! However don’t apply too much product, since this can really clump up your lashes, and have them feeling heavy on your eyes.

Avoid transfer

Does anyone else find it difficult to apply their mascara without getting an annoying residue on their eyelids? All you need to do is use a business card (or another small, flat piece of paper), to shield the lid. Now you can coat your lashes without fear of any transfer!

What are some of your favourite mascara tricks?

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October 15, 2014

5 Underrated Makeup Products

Every once in a while it’s great to switch up the products you use on your skin – especially if they are leading to problems such as breakouts, dry patches or just are no longer appropriate for the season. Discover the following makeup products to transform the look of your face, eyes, lips and cheeks which will make you look and feel brand new.

L’Oreal Paris Lumi Magique Light Infusing Foundation, $33.95

You may have heard of the spot corrector pen, dubbed as an affordable dupe of the iconic Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat – Radiant Touch. But the foundation is just as good; offering a natural coverage without blocking your pores. It is the perfect base if you want to create a glowing, natural makeup look.

New York Colour Smooth Skin Bronzing Face Powder, $2.99

This cheap and cheerful product provides a sheer bronze appearance, for any skin tone. Apply at the temples, cheekbones and chin for a subtle sunkissed glow. The compact size makes it easy to pop into your handbag for a sneaky touch-up.

e.l.f Studio Flawless Finish Foundation, $12

Don’t let the unusually low price deter you – this foundation is pretty heavy duty. Achieve medium to high coverage with the use of a stippling brush, and a formula which stays on all day long. Perfect for those who have oily skin, and boasts an added SPF 15+ if you’re heading out into the sun. Available in 7 unique shades.

L’Oreal Telescopic Explosion Mascara, $12.99

The micro bristles make it quick and easy to reach even the most stubborn of lashes, especially those pesky bottom lashes. Apply in small, fluid motions to avoid clumps, then wait and curl as usual.

Nyx Eyebrow Cake Powder, $12.95

Packed with all the tools you need to create those killer brows, this product is ideal for beginners and even experienced makeup artists. Comes with two shades for filling out your brows, a slanted brush, round wand and wax which will holds brows into place.

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August 25, 2014

Tried And Tested: Top 5 Lengthening Mascaras

Looking for a quick and easy way to make your eyes pop, without investing in a complete set of new makeup products, or even false lashes? Mascaras are often inexpensive but effective ways to update your look without burning a hole in your pocket. Look out for products which aim to lengthen, especially if your lashes are short and scarce.

Natio Super Long Lash Mascara, $16.95

An affordable mascara with an intense applicator brush filled with gentle mineral pigments designed to coat every single lash. The formula is also vegan friendly, and compact enough to fit in your makeup bag or purse.

Rimmel London Lash Accelerator Mascara, $16.95

Create long and enviable lashes in seconds with this one-of-a-kind brush which works wonders on everyone’s lashes. The formula contains breakthrough grow-lash complex to give eyelashes a strong and structured look.

ModelCo Lashxtend Lengthening Mascara, $20

With a brush that separates, lifts and builds on each individual lash, this is the perfect mascara at an affordable price. The long-lasting formula stays on all day, without smudging or causing terrible panda eyes.

Clarins Wonder Length Mascara, $38

Coats and separates lashes which makes them appear longer and fuller in no time. The fast drying formula makes it easy to apply on-the-go, and comes in brown and violet shades as well.

Benefit BADgal Waterproof Mascara, $38

This long-lasting mascara is equipped with a small applicator to carefully grasp at even the tiniest of lashes. Perfect for beginners or even professional makeup artists, the formula is also smudge-proof and waterproof.

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August 12, 2014

10 Tips To Avoid Clumpy Lashes

Mascara draws attention to your eyes by lifting and highlighting your lashes. While this is the ultimate goal, lacking the services of a professional, many women fall into the trap of the less-attractive clumpy lash. To avoid sticky, clotted lashes, follow these rules for mascara care and application.

  1. Don’t apply over old mascara.
  2. Clean your brush regularly – Not only is this hygienic, but it will also remove dry, clumpy bits and allow for smooth application.
  3. Air is the enemy of mascara. Make sure your bottle is done up tightly to avoid your mascara drying out.
  4. Don’t pump your brush into the bottle. Instead, swirl it around to get nice, even brush coverage.
  5. After removing the brush from the bottle, scrape on the side of the bottle to remove excess mascara.
  6. Apply one coat at a time. Brush on your first coat and leave to dry before doing your next. Use an eyelash comb between coats. to remove clumps.
  7. To apply, wiggle the brush at the base of the lashes, then sweep up.
  8. Keep it light. During business hours or for weekend brunch, choose colors that look natural and fresh. The darker and heavier your eye makeup, the smaller your eyes will appear.
  9. Most professionals would advise you steer clear of the bottom lashes, but if you must, keep it minimal.
  10. Always remove your mascara before going to bed. It can damage your lashes, or worse, your eyes.

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August 2, 2014

DIY Gel Eye Liner

Apart from being one of the makeup essentials you need in your kit, gel eye liner is a great way to take your makeup look from day to night. Rather than spending unless time online or in stores looking for the perfect match, why not create your own at home.

While a simple way to create your own gel eyeliner is by using Vaseline and a black liner pencil, this recipe is for those who want to avoid using petroleum jelly in their makeup. Follow these easy instructions for a personalised product which is also cost-effective and gentle on sensitive skin.

Ingredients

2 tsp coconut oil

4 tsp aloe vera gel

1 tsp cocoa powder (to make brown eyeliner)

Directions

  1. Add all of the ingredients into a small bowl, and mix well until you develop a soft paste.
  2. Then transfer the mixture into an air-tight container and store in a cool, dry place. The product will usually last a few weeks before it begins to harden.

Tips

  • Use a clean brush every time you dip into the mixture – this will avoid the spread of bacteria.
  • Dip a clean eyelash brush into the mixture and use on both top and bottom lashes for flawless mascara.
  • To achieve a dark black colour, simply substitute the cocoa powder and use a generic black eyeshadow which has been softened in the microwave. Then mix in with the coconut oil and aloe vera gel before applying onto the eyes.

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July 21, 2014

Luxe To Less: Best Mascaras

Mascara is a tricky beauty purchase for many reasons. It’s the one product that can dramatically change your eyes but, despite the extensive range, most are much the same. Plus, we basically all just wear black for fuller – and sometimes longer – lashes. The choice has increased so dramatically that you might be left wondering what’s the difference. Well, our beauty experts have looked far and wide and finally delivered the best mascaras at each price point.

Over $50

Dior Diorshow Buildable Volume Lash-Extension Effect, $52

Mascara, Australis, makeup, beauty products

This is runway-quality mascara with extreme volume and a lash-extension effect. Diorshow combines the power of its XXL brush with a buildable cream formula for adjustable professional volume and spectacular lashes.

Between $35 and $50

Benefit They’re Real! Mascara, $38

Mascara, Australis, makeup, beauty products

This formulation lengthens, curls, volumises, lifts and separates. The jet black, long-wearing formula won’t smudge or dry out. The exclusive brush is specially designed to maximise the performance of the long-wearing, glossy mascara. The precision bristles on the custom-domed tip lift, define and curl even your tiniest lashes.

Between $15 and $35 

Maybelline Volum’ Express Turbo Boost Waterproof Mascara, $19.25

Mascara, Australis, makeup, beauty products

This waterproof formula contains lash-building ingredients such as cohesion lipids to smooth the lashes, acacia gum to thicken and organic lipwaxes to evenly disperse colour.

Modelco VolumEyes Extreme Black Mascara, $20

Mascara, Australis, makeup, beauty products

This intensely black, volumising mascara separates, coats and curls each lash to voluptuous perfection. One coat and lashes are defined. Two coats and lashes are even more luscious, curled and dramatic. Your lashes will have dramatic impact with a coveted flirty curl.

Under $15

Australis Extender Lash Mascara, $10.95

Mascara, Australis, makeup, beauty products

Fibre-free, natural clays construct longer-looking lashes in an instant. The fast-drying formula is waterproof and clear for long-lasting wear. It’s also easy to use.

May 27, 2014