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Can you make your own gel eye liner?

Many beauty DIY tips circulate the web, from pimple cures to lip plumpers and now gel eyeliner.

Gel eyeliner is one of my favourite products and for good reason, it is smooth, creamy and can double up as not only an eyeliner, but an eyeshadow base too. However it’s best to give the the DIY option a miss.

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Does concealer work as an eye primer?

Using concealer as an eyelid primer seems relatively harmless, it really won’t cause you any harm, but will it actually work?

Concealers are great at covering dark circles, blemishes, acne, scars, broken capillaries and redness, heck they even do a fabulous job at covering visible veins and discolouration on the eyelids, but that doesn’t mean they make great eye primers … Concealers (especially those designed for under the eyes) often contain oils to help them blend over the skin easily and look natural so if you want your eye makeup to last they won’t help oily eyelids the slightest. Eye primers are designed to mattify the eyelids and “zap” any oils so that eye makeup doesn’t crease, smudge, run or fade and make colours appear brighter. Using a product that is creamy and oil based to prep the eyelids simply won’t work; and using a concealer as an eye primer can actually cause your eyeshadow to crease, not stay put.

Those who don’t have super oily eyelids and use a dry concealer may find this works but If you want your eye makeup to last and your eye shadow to appear more pigmented there are plenty of great budget friendly options, none of which include concealer. Try: ELF Essential Eyelid Primer.

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How to Waterline your Eyes

Waterlining is the technique of applying eyeliner to the waterline (or inner rim) of the eyes, this is the area of the eye that is lightly wet and right near the lashes.

"How do I make eyeliner last on my waterline?" is one of the most frequent questions I get asked. The cold hard truth is: no eyeliner will last for hours on end when it comes to the waterline because the area is constantly filled with moisture.

For the waterline I recommend pencil eyeliners (although some people prefer to use gel) kohl pencil eyeliners are much softer on the eyes and grip best, but some waterproof pencils are great as well. Eyeliners I recommend for waterlining are: Rimmel Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohl Pencil, Rimmel Soft Kohl Pencil and Too Faced Perfect Eyes Eyeliner.

I recommend using brown, grey or a dark navy blue instead of jet black which can often look harsh (although I did for the purpose of this tutorial) Bright, bold coloured eyeliners are great for adding a burst of colour to your eye makeup look whilst nude/white shades are great for making the eyes appear larger.

NOTE: I would not recommend this technique for a day to day basis and would not recommend it for anyone with very sensitive eyes or contact lens wearers. To prevent eye infection I would recommend sharpening the pencil after each use and replacing it every year.

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How to line your lower waterline

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10 different uses for shadow
1. Highlight: 
A light shimmery shade of shadow can be used to bring light to your best features. In other words, highlight them. This isn’t just for your brow bone, inner corner, outer corner and center of your lid. A light shimmery shade of shadow can also be used on your cheekbones, down the bridge of your nose, center of your forehead, on your Cupid’s bow and even down the center of your legs to make them look longer!
2. Contour: 
A matte brown shade of shadow that’s a few shades darker than your skin tone can be used as a contour powder and this isn’t just for defining the crease of your eyelid. Use it to add more dimension to your face under your cheekbones, around your temples and down the sides of your nose.
3. Brow enhancer:
A matte shade of shadow that matches your brow colour and used with an angled brow brush can be used to define your brows. Generally if you have dark hair you should opt for a shade that is one shade lighter than your hair colour and for light hair the opposite is true, meaning you should opt for a shade one shade darker than your hair colour.
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10 different uses for shadow

1. Highlight: 

A light shimmery shade of shadow can be used to bring light to your best features. In other words, highlight them. This isn’t just for your brow bone, inner corner, outer corner and center of your lid. A light shimmery shade of shadow can also be used on your cheekbones, down the bridge of your nose, center of your forehead, on your Cupid’s bow and even down the center of your legs to make them look longer!

2. Contour: 

A matte brown shade of shadow that’s a few shades darker than your skin tone can be used as a contour powder and this isn’t just for defining the crease of your eyelid. Use it to add more dimension to your face under your cheekbones, around your temples and down the sides of your nose.

3. Brow enhancer:

A matte shade of shadow that matches your brow colour and used with an angled brow brush can be used to define your brows. Generally if you have dark hair you should opt for a shade that is one shade lighter than your hair colour and for light hair the opposite is true, meaning you should opt for a shade one shade darker than your hair colour.

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Tightlining tutorial, how to make your lashes appear thicker with eyeliner.

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Makeup Products for Beginners

Drugstore Makeup Products for Newbies.The best basic drugstore products for beginners (and multi-tasking products)

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Evening Eye Makeup Tutorial for Hooded Eyes

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98 Makeup Tips & Tricks

98 Makeup Tips & Tricks


Whether you’re in the Southern or Northern Hemisphere you’re about to jump into a new season and it’s time to make some changes. It’s  important to make quite a few changes in your skincare to keep your skin in tip-top shape, but it’s also a good idea to swap a few things around in your makeup bag.
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Face
Winter: In winter skin tends to look drier and lack luster so a light to medium coverage foundation is generally best at hiding minor imperfections, for any other imperfections use a good concealer. For winter you may need to change your foundation & concealer to a lighter shade so that it perfectly matches your skintone. If you have oily skin ensure you set the oiliest areas of your face with some translucent powder on a powder puff. Try: Revlon Colorstay Foundation, Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer, Essence Translucent Mattifying Face Powder,  *Ultraceuticals Mattifying Daily Moisturiser SPF 30+ (sunscreen should be worn everyday in every season to prevent skin damage.
Summer: ‘Tis the season to ditch heavy, full coverage foundations and embrace your natural skin. Switch to a BB Cream or tinted moisturiser instead of foundation (if you have really great skin just stick to concealer) It’s also a good idea to use a foundation & concealer in a shade darker for Summer as skintones generally turn slightly darker.  Powders have a tendency to oxidize with oils on the skin and as skin tends to be oilier in the summer time it’s better to go for a setting spray instead of a powder. Try:  Missha Skin Perfect BB Cream, Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray, *Ultraceuticals Mattifying Daily Moisturiser SPF 30+ (sunscreen should be worn everyday in every season to prevent skin damage.
Cheeks
Winter: High pigment powder and cream blushes are fantastic for giving skin that real rosy glow in the winter time (try a cream blush in a berry shade applied with a stippling blush for winter-kissed cheeks) Swap a dark, shimmery bronzer for just a hint of contouring under the cheekbones and around the hairline. A pinky illuminator will help add a pick me up to dreary winter skin. Try: Bourjois Baked Blush, ELF Studio HD Cream Blushes, Revlon PhotoReady SkinLights Illuminator in Pink Light.
Summer: As the weather heats up and we become more active our makeup becomes very prone to fading so instead of high pigment blushes opt for a sheer cheek stain (which can also double up as a lip colour) Use a powder bronzer with minimal shimmer (or a gel bronzer, I like *Bobbi Brown All Over Bronzing Gel)  and apply in a “3” motion (around the hairline & temples, under the cheekbones and down near the jawline) for a sun-kissed glow (bonus points for adding a champagne toned illuminator on your cheekbones)  Try: Benefit Cheek & Lip Tints, Benefit Hoola, *Bobbi Brown All Over Bronzing Gel, Stila All Over Liquid Luminizer in Kitten

Eyes
Winter: It’s the perfect time to experiment with makeup. Loads of lashes, smoky eyes, winged eyeliner, cut creases and glitter, nothing is too much (except maybe a full eyelid of winged eyeliner or frosty blue eyeshadow)
Summer: Keep the eyes clean of jet black mascara and opt for a clear mascara which can be wiggled through the roots of curled lashes and brushed through the brows to give your makeup a fresher edge. If you insist on eyeliner and eyeshadow opt for either a hint of brown eyeliner smudged in between the lashes (or a nude shade on your waterline) and a dusting of bronze eyeshadow over the eyelids. Try: Maybelline Great Lash Clear Mascara, Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler

Lips
Winter: Dark berries, plums, reds, wines,  mahogany’s and burgundy’s with blue undertones in matte formulas get a big tick and are a definite must for winter. Either use a fantastic matte lipstick, a mattifying lipstick base or after applying lipstick place a tissue over your lips and dust a small amount of translucent powder over it  to achieve the matte look. Dark, matte shades tend to be quite high maintenance so having well hydrated lips and using a matching lip liner underneath are essential. If you want to amp it up a little more dab a blue toned illuminator onto the center of your lips to make lips look larger and add an unexpected twist. Try: MAC Cosmetics Matte Lipstick, *Australis Mattifying Lipstick Base
Summer: Dark, matte formulas may look luxurious, but in the summer time it’s better to go for something a little less high maintenance. Instead, opt for bright creamy lipsticks, sheer tinted lip balms and stains. Try:  Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters, Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balms, Benefit Cheek & Lip Tints.

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Whether you’re in the Southern or Northern Hemisphere you’re about to jump into a new season and it’s time to make some changes. It’s  important to make quite a few changes in your skincare to keep your skin in tip-top shape, but it’s also a good idea to swap a few things around in your makeup bag.

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