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fatitoismail said: Hello! So i wanted to ask you, when i put mascara on my eyelashes, my eyelashes always go back to their old place, and i get black smudges under my eyes. What should i do?

You are not alone; many other fed up individuals are suffering from the very same gut-wrenching conditions as yourself, the diagnosis? “Mascara Woes” of which symptoms include: smudged mascara and droopy lashes, the disease can be potentially fatal to your confidence, but don’t fret; I’ve got the cure.

Smudges:

how to prevent mascara smudging

Mascaras and eyeliners are often attracted to creamy concealers and eye creams so set your under eye concealer with a good setting powder and fluffy blending eyeshadow brush. Also, make sure you ditch the creamy eye creams in your morning makeup routine, they are great and make concealer glide on easily, but sadly they are often the course for smudged eye makeup.

I’d also recommend using a great waterproof mascara and eyeliner to help further prevent smudging.

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What is a face primer?

Face primers are fantastic, and even though I don’t wear one every time I do my makeup (if I’m wearing tinted moisturiser/bb cream I’ll usually skip it)if I need my makeup to look flawless I’ll usually use one. Don’t be fooled into thinking they are just another product to buy so brands can get more money, they are much more than that.

In short, primers are fantastic products that you apply after you’ve cleansed and moisturised your skin but before you apply any coverage products like foundation or concealer. Majority of primers are designed to help make your makeup last a lot longer and smooth over the surface of the skin so your makeup applies evenly. For tips on how to apply primer, check out my video below.


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Valentines Gift Ideas

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Treat your self, treat your best friend or treat the love of your life and don’t let them know you saved it to the last minute to buy them a valentine’s gift.

*Priceline Gift Card

Just for the Aussies: Priceline have just released these amazing new gift cards, (they’re pink and sparkly, must I say anymore?) perfect for any beauty lover that you don’t know what to buy.

Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush

Although these blushes are perhaps a little frosty for some, I love them. Instead of giving someone a box of chocolates shaped in a love heart, why not give them a box of blush shaped in a love heart? Love it.

*Dior J’adore Perfume

Buy a girl roses and she’ll love you, buy a girl Dior and she’ll love you forever. This perfume is beautiful, elegant, modern, fruity and in my top 3 fragrances.

Benefit The Perfect Pair

Just for the Aussies: Benefit have finally launched an affordable trial size pack of makeup products. Exclusive for Valentine’s day at Myers the Perfect Pair Flirts Duo contains a mini Posie Tint and High Beam.

YSL Love and Lacquer Reds Set

I LOVE my YSL Glossy Stains and hey the Effete Faux Coils Baby doll doesn’t do a bad job at giving you super long lashes.

Chloé Mini Duo

On a budget but still want to buy a classy gift? the Chloé Mini Duo is perfect and contains a mini perfume and body lotion.

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How to Contour your face. Contouring tutorial using cream and powder formulas.

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Makeup for Dry Skin

If you’re a dry skin sufferer make-up can be a challenge. It’s either too matte, not matte enough, cakey, flaky, drying, shimmery or it just doesn’t look natural. Don’t fret yet because I’m about to share with you my top tips for make-up application on dry skin.

Skin:

There’s only so much make-up can do, so having a good skin care routine is essential. To wake up with well moisturised and healthy skin, opt for creamy oil-based cleansers, rich treatment oils and antioxidant-packed moisturisers in the evening. You can also use a gentle exfoliant and a hydrating gel-based facial mask twice a week.

Base:
In my opinion primers are a must. They keep make-up staying for longer and ‘set the mood’ for the rest of your make-up. For dry skin, use a moisturising formula like Face of Australia Face Base Primer or an illuminating primer like Benefit That Gal. Apply primer with your fingers and allow it to absorb fully for two minutes so your make-up doesn’t end up patchy.If you are short on time, you can blot off excess primer with one ply of tissue.
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Makeup for Dry Skin

If you’re a dry skin sufferer make-up can be a challenge. It’s either too matte, not matte enough, cakey, flaky, drying, shimmery or it just doesn’t look natural. Don’t fret yet because I’m about to share with you my top tips for make-up application on dry skin.

Skin:

There’s only so much make-up can do, so having a good skin care routine is essential. To wake up with well moisturised and healthy skin, opt for creamy oil-based cleansers, rich treatment oils and antioxidant-packed moisturisers in the evening. You can also use a gentle exfoliant and a hydrating gel-based facial mask twice a week.

Base:

In my opinion primers are a must. They keep make-up staying for longer and ‘set the mood’ for the rest of your make-up. For dry skin, use a moisturising formula like Face of Australia Face Base Primer or an illuminating primer like Benefit That Gal. Apply primer with your fingers and allow it to absorb fully for two minutes so your make-up doesn’t end up patchy.If you are short on time, you can blot off excess primer with one ply of tissue.

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How to use Bronzer
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If you are coming into summer and wanting to enhance tanned skin and a gorgeous glow or wanting a pick me up for dreary winter skin then bronzing is the way to go.
Formula
There are more formulas out on the market nowadays than regular powder and they can create many different results and shade the face in a unique way.

Powder: The most traditional formula and generally the easiest to work with. Can have a tendency to appear muddy and uneven on the skin and can often oxidize on oily skin (changing it into an unsightly orange shade) I love Benefit Hoola Bronzer, NARS Laguna Bronzer, *Covergirl Clean Bronzing Powder, *Essence Sun Club Matte Bronzing Powder
Cream: Trickiest to apply as creams are usually high pigment formulas, if blended correctly they produce the most seamless result.
Gel: Better than cream for beginners and much easier to apply. Gel formulas are generally quite sheer so blend into the skin easily and make it easy to fix results. I love *Bobbi Brown All Over Bronzing Gel

Finish
As important as the formula of bronzer is, knowing which finish to use is also essential. As a general rule Matte bronzers are usually the way to go.
Matte: Perfect for bronzing the face without being overly obvious. The best finish to use and suitable for all skintones and types.
Shimmer: Can often appear unnatural on the skin and the shimmer reflects light so fails to make your face look slimmer. Medium to dark skintones can wear shimmer, but it is generally best to stick with matte finishes. 

Colour
When it comes to the shade of bronzer there is one universal rule: never use an orange based bronzer (they never look natura) Bronzers usually don’t come in shades for all skintones so a foundation/powder in two to three shades darker than your skintone is the best way to go. The two best bronzers I’ve found that suit most skintones are Benefit Hoola and NARS Laguna

Light Skintones: Stick with light bronzers with no shimmer. Ideally opt for a bronzer with neutral tones and a hint of red or pink. Try: Benefit Hoola, *Covergirl Clean Bronzer in Spices, Essence Sun Club Bronzing Powder for Blondes
Medium Skintones: A brown bronzer with a touch of red or pink in the base and no shimmer is ideal. Try: NARS Laguna, Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer, Hard Candy SO BAKED Bronzer in Hula Hula
Dark Skintones: A dark, red based bronzer is best, one with a hint of shimmer can be used. Try: ELF Studio Baked Bronzer in Los Cabos, Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder in Dark.
Very Dark Skintones: The darkest shade of bronzer available should be used, bronzer often doesn’t show up on very dark skin so opt for one with shimmer or just use highlighter instead. Try: Laura Mercier Shimmer Bloc Golden Mosaic, Covergirl Queen Natural HUE Bronzer in Ebony Bronze

Application
Application of bronzer can be a tricky thing, when using bronzer we are trying to create that sunkissed glow not trying to contour the face. With the right tools and the right application technique you can get yourself a holiday glow in no-time.
For Powder: Use an angled contour brush.
For Cream: Use a synthetic contour brush, a foundation brush or your fingers.
For Gel: Use a buffing brush or your fingers.
If you find bronzer just looks funny on your skin try using a bronzing primer, a bronzing BB Cream (try *Bourjois Bronzing BB Cream)  or mixing a pea sized amount of gel bronzer in with your foundation (I love mixing bronze illuminators in with my foundation as they make the skin look glowy and bronzed, I love *Benefit Sun Beam, NARS Laguna Illuminator and Stila All Over Liquid Luminizer in Bronze)


As a general rule the best way to apply bronzer is in a “3” shape, this way bronzer is applied where the sun naturally kisses your skin. Apply the bronzer around the hairline, the temples, under the cheekbones and around the jawline & chin. Always use the smallest strokes and use brushes gently to avoid applying too much product on the skin. If you go over the top with bronzer use a small amount of foundation that matches your skintone on a foundation or stippling brush to tone down the colour.


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How to use Bronzer

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Will a dark Foundation make you look bronzed?

I’m Judge Makeup Tips and  I’m about to bust you for believing one of the biggest beauty myth’s out; you now have the right to purchase a bronzer.

"Why is your foundation so light? Why don’t you go darker, it will make you look more bronzed" she said. There’s often a bit of confusion as to what foundation actually is. Foundation is designed to even out your skin tone, cover any minor imperfections and create a base for the rest of your makeup.

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How to apply False Eye Lashes

False lashes are my favourite way to glam up any look but they can be a little tricky to apply…

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Benefit Rockateur Blush Review + Swatches

Benefit Rockateur Blush is a product that as soon as I saw it I knew I wanted it. Benefit is one of my favourite brands, High Beam, Hoola and They’re Real are products I constantly find myself going back to time and time again so when I heard about the launch of Rockateur I wanted it straight away.

Benefit RockateurBlush

Benefit Rockateur Blush

Benefit Rockateur Blush is packaged in typical benefit box o’ powders style, a cute box with a flip up lid, a small brush and a mirror. Benefit blushes usually have a standard amount of 0.28 oz but Rockateur only has 0.17 oz which makes it smaller than most Benefit box o’ powders.

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