Mascara

5 Things Your Eyelash Technician NEEDS You To Know

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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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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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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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