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5 Essential Summer Beauty Products

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.

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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.

5 Essential Summer Beauty Products

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.

5 Essential Summer Beauty Products

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.

5 Essential Summer Beauty Products

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.

5 Essential Summer Beauty Products

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!

5 Essential Summer Beauty Products

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Makeup Trend: Sheer Lipstick

Want your makeup to look polished without the constant upkeep of lip liner and stain throughout the evening?

Sheer lipsticks offer the best of both worlds since the colour is shiny and pigmented without requiring too many touch-ups throughout the day or night. If you want to start on your own collection, a blushing pink is a must-have since it’s interchangeable for every occasion, and will never go out of style.

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We have found four of the best sheer lipsticks on offer at the moment, and have listed them below from luxe to less.

Yves Saint Laurent Volupté Sheer Candy in #12, $52

No other brand does a signature lip shine such as Yves Saint Laurent, and this collection certainly won’t disappoint. Boasting 10 signature pink shades, the Volupté formula keeps lips hydrated for up to 8 hours, perfect!

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipshine in #54 Boy, $51.95

A luxurious product if you’re looking to splurge on something big, is definitely a lip colour by Chanel. The Rouge Coco Shine collection offers a water-light texture which hydrates the lips, and glides on effortlessly.

Nars Sheer Lipstick in Roman Holiday, $39

Packed with vitamin E for ultimate hydration, there’s no going past Nars for the ultimate lip colour. The translucent formula is perfect for creating a subtle glow without the need to re-apply every few hours.

Lipstick Queen Chinatown Glossy Pencil in Crime, $29

Don’t forget to pack this jumbo lip pencil in your makeup bag or clutch, since it’s such an essential for creating luscious, pink lips. Coming in at $29, the pencil also comes with a complimentary sharpener to always keep it in shape.

Tips

  • Before applying each lipstick, it is essential to prep your lips with an exfoliator. Gently rub a clean toothbrush over both top and bottom lips, then finish off with a nourishing balm.
  • Since these lipsticks are all sheer, they don’t require a lip liner. Simply apply a thin coat to top and bottom lips, and you’re ready-to-go!

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Makeup Looks For Blue Eyes

Want to make your eyes really pop? Using the right eyeshadow can turn your eyes from pretty to breathtaking – mixed in with the correct techniques and tools. Whether you’re looking to spend $5 or $50 on your next eyeshadow, below are just a few suggestions which are best suited to blue eyes.

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Orange

Let’s start with the colour wheel – in order to find a shade which will make your eyes pop, it’s always best to choose opposing colours. In this case, orange is perfect for making blue eyes look breathtaking. Use a cool orange shade and apply it all over your eyelid with a flat eyeshadow brush.

Makeup Looks For Blue Eyes

Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint For Eyes, $35

Copper

If you like using shimmering eyeshadows, then copper is definitely another shade to add to your kit. Dip your finger into the eyeshadow, and apply it with your fingers in the inner-corner of your eyes.

This really accentuates blue eyes, and makes them even more noticeable! A cream eyeshadow is also great for girls who suffer from oily eyelids – it’ll help your colour to stay on longer and avoid dreaded creasing!

Makeup Looks For Blue Eyes

Nars Cream Eyeshadow in Corfu, $25

Rust

Dark brown colours are ideal for bringing out the blue in your eyes. After you’ve applied the bulk of the eyeshadow on your lids, carefully line your eyes, and blend it out. This creates the basis of a signature smokey-eye look.

Makeup Looks For Blue Eyes

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Gold, $4.50

Purple

Alternatively, you can use a mauve or shimmery purple shadow to further accentuate your blue eyes. These shades are amazing on blue eyes, and help to make them look larger as well!

Makeup Looks For Blue Eyes

Bobbi Brown Long Wear Eyeshadow in Cool Lilac, $42

Dusty rose

Rather than choosing a baby pink shade, choose a colour which incorporates beige tones as well. Run the product all over your eyelid, and create a smokey-eye with dusty rose and brown shades instead! When you’re done, line the inner corner of your eyes with a highlighting shade to give the illusion of bigger eyes.

Makeup Looks For Blue Eyes

bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow 2.0, $26

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Your Ultimate Makeup Routine For Summer

A change of seasons calls for a new a wardrobe, skincare and even a makeup routine. Although the warmer weather is all about keeping makeup and skin looking fresh and clear, sometimes this no-makeup look takes a bit of time to create – especially if you’re faking that summer glow!

Try these tips and products if you want to look glowing and radiant by the time summer comes knocking at your door.

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Foundation

A flawless makeup finish starts with a perfect base – and a foundation which is light and breathable is ideal for the summer. Who wants a formula that ends up creases or even transfers onto clothes? Nobody! Choose a foundation which suits your skin type, and most importantly won’t clog your pores in the warmer weather.

Apply the foundation with your fingers, then blend-out with a buffing brush for a flawless finish. If you only have a few minor imperfections, then pat the product onto the skin with clean fingers.

Your Ultimate Makeup Routine For SummerNars Sheer Glow Foundation, $59

Blush

The best product for creating that glow in your cheeks is a cream blush. But did you know that cream blushes can also be used as a lip-tint? These handy little products are quick and easy to apply – all you need to do is lightly draw a line over your cheek bones, and blend with your fingers.

Take any excess product and dab it lightly onto your lips for a subtle pop of colour. This will create a perfect finish that blends seamlessly into your skin.

Your Ultimate Makeup Routine For Summer

Modelco Cosmetics Cheek and Lips, $24

Bronzer

Who loves a little bronzed skin, especially during the summer? You’ve certainly come to the right place! Whether you choose to contour your face, highlight your cheekbones, or simply apply it all over – bronzer is a crucial part of any summer makeup routine.

Firstly, choose a product which is either matte or shimmery – this all comes down to your own personal preference. A matte formula makes the skin look like you’re rocking a real tan, whereas a shimmery formula is perfect for sculpting and adding a little definition to your face. Suck in your cheeks, then apply the bronzer directly into the hollow.

Make sure to blend it out really well if you want a natural glow. Then dab your fingers into the highlighter and carefully pat onto the tops of your cheekbones, over the brow bone, and on the cupids bow.

Your Ultimate Makeup Routine For SummerBecca Cosmetics Shadow and Light Perfector, $65

Highlighter

Give yourself a healthy, radiant glow with the help of a highlighting product. There are many different ways to apply this to get the best look possible, but if you’re new to the highlighting game, it’s best to stick with a liquid formula.

Carefully dab the product onto the cheeks for a healthy glow which is the epitome of summer makeup. You can also apply the product onto your brow bone and cupids bow for the illusion of a plumper lip.

Your Ultimate Makeup Routine For Summer

INIKA Light Reflect Highlighting Creme, $39

Eyeshadow

We definitely can’t forget the eyes, which are easily one of the best ways to transform your entire summer makeup look. Use shades which complement your eye colour – but you can always play it safe and use metallic or nude tones as well.

Blend over your eyelid to create definition and add so much more dimension to your entire look. Use a soft, tapered blending brush to soften those edges, and define the crease of your eyes with a slightly darker shade. Keep blending out the product until there are no harsh lines.

Your Ultimate Makeup Routine For SummerMAC Cosmetics Eye Shadow in Woodwinked, $33

What are some of your tips for a flawless summer makeup look?

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5 Lipstick Shades For Summer

Who doesn’t love the warmer weather? We bid adieu to winter coats, the days are longer and even the makeup we use also changes. Embracing a bolder lip colour all comes down to your own individual confidence, as well as your own skin tone. We share with you some of our favourite summer-inspired lip products which will surely ease you into the bright-lip trend!

Orange

Orange is definitely the new red! Not only are orange toned lipsticks easier to wear, but they suit almost every skin tone as well. Rather than their high maintenance counterpart, orange lipsticks generally don’t require a lip liner, and can be worn as a lip stain for a fun pop of colour.

We recommend: MAC Cosmetics Morange Lipstick, $36

Nude

Tone down your makeup look by applying a sheer, nude lipstick for a sultry disposition. There are many shades of nude lipsticks for fair, medium and darker skin which are really low maintenance and available almost anywhere.

We recommend: Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick in Nude Pink, $11.95

Pink

We cannot resist a pop of pink colour for the spring season, and this is certainly no exception! The best way to wear a baby pink lipstick is by applying the product with a lip-brush. This will ensure a perfection application every single time, and will buff the product flawlessly into your lips.

We recommend: ModelCo Party Proof Lipstick in Parisian Pink

Coral

Go for a neutral makeup look with a dash of colour with a classic coral shade on your lips. Coral tones suit every skin tone, but look amazing on medium and darker skin when paired with a winged liner.

We recommend: Nars Lipstick in Casablanca, $35

Plum

Who said that darker tones were only reserved for the colder months? Choose a plum or darker shade which is of a sheer formula, since this will give your lips a pop of colour without being too harsh.

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