Whether you love to paint your own nails at home, or prefer to have them handled by the professionals, it’s important to understand which colours are in this season. Pack away all those corals, glitters and neon shades in favour of a mature colour palette which will suit all skin tones. We’ve also added a fun little instructional video at the end, just to give you some extra tips for that at-home mani-pedi.
The colour, not the drink! A deep red is perfect all year-round, although it’s most prominent during the colder seasons. Just one coat is enough to give you great coverage, but if you apply another and add a top coat soon afterwards, your nails will shine.
Option 1: ModelCo Nail Polish in Wine and Dine, $15
Option 2: Zoya Nail Polish in Pepper, $9
If you’re too scared to make the transition to a darker shade, dry a deep emerald green instead. It will still give your nails a subtle pop of colour without being too inappropriate for all events.
Option 1: Butter London British Racing Green Nail Lacquer, $15
Option 2: ModelCo Nail Polish in Envy, $15
A beautiful shade of plum is also in the same category as green, it looks darker during the night and picks up more light during the day. Have fun with this shade and pair it with fun nail art to give your look a bit of extra character.
Option 1: ModelCo Nail Polish in Midnight Affair, $15
Option 2: Nars Iconic Colour Nail Polish in Endless Night, $30
Pass on that traditional French manicure and give your nails a splash of colour with a nude shade. Not only is it appropriate for the office, but it’s discreet if the colour starts to chip after one week of wear.
Option 1: OPI Samoan Sand, $19.95
Option 2: ModelCo Nail Polish in Nude Attitude, $15
Some might say this is similar to purple, but we love these colours so much that we couldn’t leave it out! This is a perfect option if you want a pop of colour with just one coat. Apply a glossy or matte top coat before leaving the house for extra drama.
Option 1: ModelCo Nail Polish in Nude Attitude, $15
Option 2: Essie Bahama Mama, $16.95
If you’re finding it hard to start with your own manicure or pedicure, watch the video below for insider tips.
Being a stunning siren like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is only a few beauty tips away… Okay, maybe you won’t look exactly like RHW but you can recreate this gorgeous look with a few simple steps and the right tools.
Rosie’s skin was prepped with ModelCo Face Base Skin Primer to create a flawless, no-budge canvas. After waiting 30 seconds for it to set, Fluid Splash 3 in 1 Foundation (No. 6) was blended all over for a dewy, even coverage.
ModelCo’s Bronze Pressed Powder (Matte) was used under her cheekbones and along the top of her forehead. The matte formula worked to create shadow and accentuate Rosie’s angles, as well as give her a flawless glow.
For a smokey eye, ModelCo’s Eye Shadow Trio (Moroccan Spice) was applied. We layered Maldives and St Barts shades, before applying the chocolate brown Jamaica shade both on the lids and under the eyes, concentrating on sweeping the colour outwards for a more dramatic, feline look. The look was finished by brightening her eyes with a hint of gold Maldives in the inner corners.
ModelCo’s Gel Eyeliner is a must applied to the upper lash line to give the smokey eye definition and we used ModelCo Colourbox Eye Pencil (Black) along the lower lashes to balance the look.
Rosie’s lashes were curled using ModelCo’s Turbo Lashwand Heated Eyelash Curler followed with many coats of Huntington-Whiteley’s favourite ModelCo Fat Lash Volumising Mascara, a buildable formula that creates thick, luscious lashes.
“I am a huge fan of ModelCo Fat Lash. It’s great for thickening the lashes and adding lots of volume” – Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
To create a glamorous, lacquered pout first use ModelCo Party Proof Lipstick (Red Velvet) and then layer with ModelCo Shine Ultra Lip Gloss (Showgirl Red).
“My all-time favourite lipstick colour – red. I feel sexy and empowered when I’m wearing red. ModelCo’s Red Velvet is a great choice”– Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
Image credit: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley for ModelCo Cosmetics
To protect your skin from the icy weather this winter, it’s important to keep it hydrated and regularly exfoliate at least once a week. Make sure your skincare routine includes the following products, which will leave all skin types feeling nourished all winter-long.
Start by using a gentle, purifying cleanser to remove makeup and impurities that have built-up on your face during the day. Use a small, pea-sized amount and carefully massage it over your entire face and neck (taking care around the eyes). Keep working it into the skin until you have a lather, then rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.
Coast to Coast Pore Purifying Foaming Cleanser Lilly Pilly and Eucalyptus, $19.95
Follow-up with a hydrating moisturiser that will keep your skin from drying-out. Apply directly onto freshly cleansed skin, remembering to swipe it in an upwards motion for both the face and neck.
ModelCo Soothing Day and Night Moisturiser, $25
If your skin is particularly feeling dry and lacklustre, treat it to a nourishing sheet mask. Make sure your skin is freshly cleansed, then sit back and let the mask do its work. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes, then apply any excess moisturiser to your neck and decolletage.
Indeed Laboratories Hydraluron Moisture Boosting Mask, $29.99
To give your skin an extra boost of hydration, follow-up the moisturiser with a serum. Apply it all over your face, or just to those troublesome areas such as the t-zone.
Philosophy ‘No Reason To Hide’ Multi-Imperfection Transforming Serum, $75
Finish off your skincare routine by applying a heavy duty lip balm to combat dry, chapped lips. One of our favourites for winter is Cicaplast since it helps to repair lips without leaving a sticky residue.
La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Levres, $14
What are some of your winter essentials?
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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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Since we’re in the midst of summer, it’s time to pack away those layers of makeup in favour of a summer-friendly approach. It’s all about making the most of your beauty products and embracing the natural glow which comes with the warmer weather.
Below are five of our essentials, which are sure to make your face glow all summer-long. Don’t forget to check back on the second part which is focused on summer skincare!
Nars The Multiple, $56
Give your face an instant glow with this iconic cream, available in over ten different shades. Apply it to your cheekbones for a pop of colour, or use it on your brow bone and blend it into your foundation to achieve a beautiful bronze glow.
Josie Maran Argan Illuminiser, $35
While we’re on the topic of a bronzed summer glow, an illuminiser is a must-have for any summer trip. Use it on your cheeks, decolletag, or even your arms and legs to fake that perfect glow.
Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Dry Oil, $39.95
A cult-favourite, no makeup bag is complete without a bottle of dry oil. Use as a primer for glowing skin, on the body before bed as a moisturiser, or even in your hair for an extra glossy finish. A little goes a long way and it will surely become a huge part of your beauty routine.
By Terry Baume De Rose Lip Care Wand SPF 15, $72
If you suffer from particularly dry or chapped lips, then your makeup kit won’t be complete without this. It’s just like the original, although it’s been transformed into a travel-friendly form for instant hydration.
Modelco Highlighting Trio, $22
Give your face a vibrant, youthful glow with this multi-functioning palette to give the skin beautiful luminosity. The three shades can be worn separately or combined to create any look in seconds – and without makeup brushes!
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With the arrival of the cooler weather over the next three months, it’s time to embrace matte lip colours and pack away those glossy sheens. At SHESAID we love anything which is dark, vampy and lasts for hours without a single touch-up! So, below are some of our favourite shades that are easy to apply and which won’t break the bank.
ModelCo Party Proof Lipstick Matte in Panama Purple, $18
Make a statement this winter with a dark look and minimal eye makeup. This shade is a true dark purple and can be dabbed onto the lips as a lip stain for the daytime. The non-drying formula is perfect since it doesn’t gather up on dehydrated patches of skin.
Shanghai Suzy Gothic Chic Set, $29.95
If you really love your darker lip colours for winter, try this set by Shanghai Suzy which features Midnight, Emerald, Goldie and Dove shades. They are all made from a non-drying formula with added Jojoba oil for seriously smooth lips.
Red Earth Pure Pigment Rich Lipstick in Citrus Crush, $24
For a vampy red which suits all skin tones, you can’t go past Red Earth. These gorgeously smooth formulas melt onto the lips and can be used as a stain for a pop of colour, or applied in conjunction with a lip liner for luscious lips.
Becca Cosmetics Matte Lip Colour in Antoinette, $24
To make a statement with your everyday makeup, why not try a bold lip and lots of lashes? This high impact lipstick by Becca Cosmetics has a creamy formula which glides on effortlessly and sets to an ultra-matte finish.
What are some of your favourite Australian makeup brands?
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Each week SHESAID features an inspiring woman who has been kind enough to share her story with our readers. She might be a leader in her chosen field, someone still on their own path striving to make a difference or simply someone with a remarkable story to tell. But these women will contribute their own knowledge, expertise and life lessons in order to truly inspire others.
Name and role:
Shelley Barrett, CEO and founder of ModelCo Cosmetics
Tell us about your role? What is it? What do you do on a day-to-day basis?
I am the CEO and Founder of ModelCo. I’m still actively involved in all facets of the business so what I do depends on what day it is. One day might involve me working alongside the Research and Development team on new beauty innovations, planning an event with my PR department, designing packaging with Graphics, or working together with the Retail and Distribution team.
How/when did you know this what you wanted to do as a career?
I have always had a strong desire to create my own business and loved that drive to see a project through from start to finish, no matter how big or small. After owning and running my own modelling agency for 10 years, I saw a niche in the market for innovative, quick-fix and multi-purpose beauty solutions and from here, ModelCo was born and the world’s first ever TAN Airbrush in a Can was launched.
Where do you find your inspiration?
I’m inspired everyday by the women I come into contact with whether it is my team at ModelCo HQ, friends, family and of course our customers. I am constantly thinking about our consumer and trying to understand what she wants and how to make her beauty regime easier. I am also fortunate enough incorporate travel into my work life and draw inspiration from the different cultures and beauty regimes across the world.
Did you have a mentor? Who/what helped you to get your career off the ground?
My mother has been my most supportive influence and who I would class as my mentor. When ModelCo initially began she worked with me running the accounts side of the business and today my mother Kerrie still works in our accounts department!
What were the stumbling blocks, initially getting started on your career path, and since then?
When I first started ModelCo there were only two products, LASHWAND Heated Eyelash Curler and then TAN Airbrush in a Can, I certainly didn’t realise at the time that I was starting my own beauty company. What started as a pet project turned into a global brand before I knew it and I had to be on top of and in control of all facets of the business.
How did you overcome these?
By trusting my own instinct! When you’re brand is doing well, endless opportunities are available so it is important to manage growth carefully and execute each idea properly and confidently.
What are your goals for the future?
ModelCo is now 13 years old and has a successful range of cosmetics, self-tanning, suncare and recently launched natural skincare products. This year I am committed to expanding the range to other key global markets such as Asia and growing our current distribution in Europe and the USA. Whatever the future holds for ModelCo, the brand will stay true to its mantra of creating innovative beauty solutions for women on-the-go.
What advice would you give to someone wanting to follow the same path as you?
Understand the business that you are going into. Surround yourself with people who have more knowledge than you and who can guide you through the process. Work out the funds you need to start up and then double them!
Bright, glowing skin is all about maximising your skincare regime and using products which help to highlight your natural features.
Use the following products in conjunction with your daily routine to restore the look of tired, dry skin and make it shine from the inside out. For extra radiance, use before applying your moisturiser or makeup for an instant glow.
Kickstart your skincare every morning and evening with this miracle product by Indeed Laboratories. The super-light formula melts seamlessly into the skin and helps to reduce the intensity of dark spots for a radiant, even complexion.
Indeed Laboratories Pepta-Bright Fade to Bright Intense Brightening Treatment, $34.99
Part of the age defence series bringing women natural skincare at all ages, this unique eye gel rejuvenates and lightens the appearance of dark circles and puffiness. Use morning and night or under your makeup for best results.
La Mav Organic Anti Dark-Circl and Ultra-Firm Eye Gel, $32.95
For the serum, we headed to the drugstore to find a much-loved product by the French pharmacy. Packed with pure thermal spring water, the Hydrance Optimale Rehydrating Serum unloads mega hydration for the entire face and takes away any puffiness from the eyes.
Avene Hydrance Optimale Rehydrating Serum, $59.99
If you suffer from dry, tired eyes each morning, then a heavy-duty eye cream is exactly what you need. Apply after cleansing to dry skin and dab around the delicate eye area. You will immediately notice a much brighter visage, especially under makeup.
Tarte Maracuja C-Brighter Eye Treatment, $38
Finally, we’re wrapping up with an all-over hydrating cream, which has been formulated to boost radiance and promote healthy looking skin. Use each morning after cleansing and toning for best results.
ModelCo Instant Miracle Booster Hydrate and Rejuvenate, $34.99
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If you’re not a big fan of fake tanning, then investing in a good body shimmer is a must-have for the summer season.
Rather than risking it all for a mostly orange-based colour (which by the way is a nightmare to remove), shimmers are lightweight and emphasise your own natural glow.
We have found just a few options which will leave your skin looking perfectly toned, especially for a special event or a night out!
Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi Purpose Dry Golden Oil, $29.95
After the success of their dry body oil, Nuxe created a revolutionary new formula with tiny shimmering mineral particles. Apply just a few drops to your skin to achieve an instant glow, with a delicious honey scent! It helps to soften and illuminate the skin without the use of any harmful chemicals.
Charlotte Tilbury Supermodel Body, $88.28
Loved by Kim Kardashian, this shimmery, paraben-free formula creates the illusion of longer, toned legs in no-time. With a cooling, menthol fragrance, it helps to stimulate the circulation in your legs, and is also quick and easy to apply.
The Base Skin Illuminator Shimmer, $24
Create a natural glow by applying just a pea-sized amount into your moisturiser and applying directly onto the skin. Since the formula is highly pigmented, you only need a tiny amount to transform your entire face and body. Apply as a shimmery contour onto the cheekbones, decolletage, and of course, on the legs.
Red Carpet Kolour Luminous Body Glow, $49.95
A shimmery formula which adapts your skin tone and creates a subtle glow. The formula is quick-drying and won’t leave an unpleasant stain on your clothes. It truly is the perfect product to apply just before you’re heading out the door! Available in three unique colours to suit your own skin tone.
ModelCo Shimmer Airbrush Illuminiser, $24
One of the only products you can actually use on hair, face, and body which is good for your skin! Packed with natural ingredients such as chamomile and Vitamin E to nourish all skin types.
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Who doesn’t love to pamper themselves every now and then to a safe, sun-free summer glow?
Here at SHESAID, we love nothing more than a safe tan, free from harmful chemicals or other nasty preservatives lurking in the formula. If you’re new to the self-tanning game, here are just a few of our favourite all-natural tans for you to try at home.
Naked Tan Goddess Bronzing Mousse, $36
With a sweet-smelling scent which dries almost instantly, this tan is well-loved by celebrities all over the world. Although we have only used the cream formula, there is also a mousse which is perfect for achieving a sun-less tan. Simply wash-off with warm water, and your skin is left with a warm, bronze glow for days.
ModelCo Natural Tan Self-Tan Mousse, $20
One of our favourite Australian brands, ModelCo have released a collection of natural tans which are made from natural ingredients. Available in two different shades, simply apply all over the body (be careful around fingers, knees, and elbows), and wash-off after 8 hours. For best results, sleep in loose clothing, and remove with soapy, lukewarm water the next morning.
TanOrganic Self-Tan, $34
As one of the worlds first and only eco-certified tanning products, TanOrganic is perfect for those suffering from skin allergies, and even for expecting mothers who want a sun-less tan. Not only is the formula scent-free, but it dries almost immediately and doesn’t leave any residue on clothes or sheets!
Vani-T Bronzing Custard, $33.08
A holy-grail product by celebrities such as Kylie Minogue, Vani-T offers a streak-less tanning experience with a formula which is packed with vitamins and botanicals for your skin. Featuring unique technology to disguise cellulite, stretch marks, and discolouration.
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With the warmer weather fast approaching, this gives us the best excuse to stock-up on some of the best products for a natural looking tan. Whether you prefer a cream, spray, mousse or even a shimmer, below are just some of the easiest (and best products) to give you an amazing fake tan.
If you want an easy, hassle-free tan that dries in just minutes, then mousse is probably the best option for you. Moisturise your ankles, knees, neck, and elbows before applying any tanning product onto your skin. These place are most likely to attract all the colour, so keep them well hydrated to avoid this common mistake.
As a general rule, use two pumps on each leg, one pump on each arm, two pumps on your torso, and one on the back. Buff in the product with a tanning mitt, and instead of using circular motions, simply wipe the product downwards. This will create the most natural application, and won’t cause any streaks either. Pat well into your arms and legs to avoid white spots.
Sunescape Hydrating Self Tan Mousse, $39.95
For a quick sun-kissed glow, use an instant tanning lotion on your arms and legs. This will create the most natural looking tan on your skin without looking too artificial or over the top. The quick-drying formula is infused with shea butter and aloe vera extract to keep skin feeling nourished, and won’t cause it to dry-out. To avoid orange hands, use a wipe to quickly clean-off any of the residue from your palms.
ModelCo Instant Tan Self-Tan Lotion, $15
This is a little trick if you are absolutely terrible at tanning your hands and feet. Use a instant spray and mix together with a small (pea-sized) amount of moisturiser. Mix well, and let the formula dry on your skin for 3-5 minutes. Wash your hands with some soap and cold water, then pat-dry. Done!
Bondi Sands Summer Bronze Instant Tan, $17.99
To finish your entire look, achieve an all-body glow with a slight shimmer. The quick drying formula doesn’t settle into your pores, but instead gives skin an air-brushed look. One pump is enough for each leg, and make sure to apply in circular motions for a natural finish.
Red Carpet Kolour Body Glow, $49.95
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Blush is the makeup miracle that, in a single swipe, can bring your skin from dull and dreary to alive and healthy. Wearing blush can be traced back to ancient Egypt where it was also used as a lip color, so if it’s been used for thousands of years then we must be onto a good thing, right? Not only does blush give your face a bit of color, it can also be used to highlight your cheek bones thus appearing younger and everyone loves a little rosy glow!
BY Terry Cellularose Blush Glacé, $58
Described on the website as a “radiance veil”, BY Terry’s cellularose blush glacé is worth every penny. The delicate gel in ‘rose melba’ shade, is fluorescent in the pot, but when applied to the skin offers a subtle, pink glow. Applying with your fingers enables you to easily contour and control where you want to look flushed. The compact size makes it easy to throw in your handbag.
Napoleon Perdis Mosaic Powder Blushing, $45
This compact blush has a mirror to help you apply on the run. The checkered color palette allows you to customize your best look – whether that’s bronzing, blushing or flushing!
Bloom Cosmetics Cream Blush Duo, $38
The cream blush duo has a soft pink blush and an illuminator, allowing you to blend the two together in order to find your perfect shade. Infused with lavender, primrose and jojoba essential oils, this blush will leave your face smelling like a garden.
ModelCo Cheek Powder, $18
The Peach Bellini Cheek Powder by ModelCo is bright orange in color – luckily, orange is one of the season’s hottest shades! ModelCo is great value and offers a lot of bang for your buck. It’s blush is an oil-controlled powder and suits all skin types.
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Choosing a foundation for oily skin can often be a gruelling task of trial and error, with various powders, foundations and even BB creams on the market, to find the perfect amount of coverage, sans shine.
Oily/combination skin can be difficult to tame if your skin routine isn’t on point, or you aren’t using the correct tools to apply the make up. We have tried and tested three great foundations that are sure to work wonders on your skin, and keep it looking matte throughout the day or night.
1. ModelCo BB Plus Cream $19.95
This multipurpose BB Cream is lighter on the skin, and but still includes many benefits packed into one amazing product. It combines a serum, sunscreen, moisturiser, primer and foundation into one easy to apply formula to erase dulness, red spots and keeps the skin looking rejuvenated. Apply with a foundation brush to achieve a flawless glow, or also set with powder to achieve a matte finish.
2. Revlon ColourStay MakeUp for Combination to Oily Skin $34.95
A long-wearing foundation available in many different shades to suit your skin tone, Revlon ColourStay sets onto the skin immediately when used with a stippling brush. The formula is a medium to high coverage foundation, which will hide any imperfections or problem areas, without clogging your pores. Available in a pump to use with ease, a worthy addition to your makeup routine.
3. Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Makeup SPF10 $50
The perfect buildable foundation to combat any problem areas including redness and scarring, while lasting all day long minus a touch up. Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation isn’t drying on the skin, doesn’t clog pores or interfere with your skincare routine, but rather sets into the skin nicely without looking cakey. Use in conjunction with a primer to create a flawless base with a semi matte glow.
What are your favourite foundations for combination or oily skin?