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.
Five ways to wear Lipstick
When it comes to makeup lips are the main category I’m addicted too. My lip collection is undeniably large and I’ve always got 500 new lip products to test out.I love experimenting with different formulas, finishes and looks.
Luxurious matte formulas are my weakness and even though they can be drying on my sensitive lips, I just can’t resist them. Rich berries and deep plums complement matte formulas but fun girly pinks shouldn’t be avoided either. To achieve the matte look, dab your lips with one ply of tissue and dust a little translucent powder over your lips. Use a mattifying lipstick such as Australis Matte Me Lipstick Mattifyng Base or opt for a great matte lipstick like MAC Cosmetics Lipstick Matte Formula.
How to Apply Red Lipstick
Red lipstick, it’s the most popular beauty look of all time and there is no surprise why; It can make you look & feel like a million bucks, it can give you so much confidence that you feel like you can rule the world so why wouldn’t you want to wear it? It’s an all-round colour and can be worn no matter what season, as a gorgeous poppy spring colour or a deep winter shade; In this how-to guide you’ll learn how to apply and rock a kick-ass red lipstick.
You will need: a lip balm (I like *Neutrogena Naturals Lip Balm) a lip liner that matches your lipstick (I used Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Liner in 50 Red) a red lipstick (my favourite is Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in 530 Fatal Red) a lip brush (I love Beau Make by Abbamart Synthetic Lip Brush) a concealer (I used Maybelline Fit Me Concealer) a flat liner brush (I like Beau Make by Abbamart Flat Eye Defining Brush)
When it comes to food, medicine and everything else in-between we take every measure to ensure we are hygienic, but we rarely do the same when it comes to makeup… Whilst it may not be food, it still expires. Using old, expired products are anything but pretty.
A: Never share your makeup. Whether it’s your best friend who needs a quick coat of gloss before she bumps into the guy who promised he’d call or your mother, sister, aunt grandma and anyone else in-between; sharing isn’t caring when it comes to makeup. Even if you’re blood related keep your makeup to yourself, the lending of a mascara, gloss or lipstick can result in eye infections or a nasty cold sore…
B: Clean your brushes. Yes your brushes do actually need to be cleaned so if you’ve been using the same grimy powder brush that’s been sitting on your bathroom counter for the past 5 years, it’s time you get a new one and some brush cleaner, stat. Brushes should be deep cleaned once a week with either a gentle shampoo or some good quality brush cleaner (avoid baby shampoo it contains mineral oil which can often leave a film over your brushes) After each use try to spot clean your brushes with some rubbing alcohol; it removes bacteria and leaves your brushes fresh and ready to use for the next morning!
How to Make Your Lipstick Last.
Lip colors are one of the key products to creating a stellar makeup look. Whether they are an accessory to your sultry eyes or a statement on their own, no one wants their lipstick disappearing by lunch time. Using these tips you are sure to maintain a longer lasting lip color.
Before applying any makeup, preparation is key, even for a small area of the face such as your lips.
Some people prefer to exfoliate their lips prior to lip-color application, but if you have sensitive lips try to stay clear of this or do it the evening before. Exfoliating will remove flaky skin from the lips and ensure a smoother application of lip color. You can either use a specialized lip scrub or use a wash cloth soaked in warm water. Remember to always rub in small, circular motions for the best results.
Makeup Tips Blog - Best of 2012
With the new year rapidly approaching and hundreds of new products to hit the market I thought it was about time I tell you my best in beauty’s of 2012. As a beauty writer I am constantly trying out products some good and some bad but there are a few products that I always end up going back to.
Eye Makeup Remover
Winner: Bioderma Crealine H20
Runner Up: Maybelline Express Care Eye Makeup Remover.
Winner: Smashbox Photo Finish Oil Free Primer.
Runner Up: Revlon Beyond Natural Smoothing Primer.
Winner: Bobbi Brown Luminous Moisturising Foundation.
Runner Up: Bourjois 10 HR Sleep Effect foundation.
Winner: Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer.
Runner Up: Maybelline Fit Me concealer
Winner: Maybelline Shine Free Loose Powder
Runner up: Essence Mattifying Compact Powder.
Winner: Kit Cosmetics Cream Cheek/Lip Duo.
Runner Up: Bourjois Little Round Pot Blushes.
Winner: Benefit Hoola Bronzer
Runner Up: None! I am yet to find one that works as great as Hoola!
Winner: Benefit High Beam
Runner Up: Benefit watts up. (Yep two from Benefit, they make the best illuminators!)
Winner: Too Faced Shadow Insurance Glitter Glue
Runner Up: E.L.F Essentials Eye Lid Primer
Winner: Essence Gel Eyeliner
Runner Up: Stila Smudge Pots.
Winner: Smashbox Hyper Lash
Runner Up: Benefit They’re Real
Winner: Urban Decay Naked Palette.
Runner up: Loreal Infallible Eyeshadows.
Winner: Maybelline Define A Brow
Runner Up: Rimmel Eye Brow Pencil.
How To Make Your Lips Look Larger.
If you have small lips, thin lips, almost invisible lips or just want to give them a little more oomph then there’s no reason you can’t use a few little tips to fool people into thinking you have Angelina Jolie-esque lips, and you don’t necessarily need to use a lip plumper to achieve them…
Highlight your lips:
Highlighting your lips can cause the lips to reflect light making them look larger, more plump and healthy, there are a number of different techniques you can use to highlight your lips.
Lip gloss: A gloss can add shine and dimension to your lips and help them to appear larger but there is a certain key on how to do this. Rather than applying gloss all over your lips (which can sometimes make it look like you’re drooling!) try applying it just to the center of your top and lower lip, this will reflect light and make your lips look larger.
Highlighter: Just like how you can highlight your cheekbones and numerous other parts of your face you can also make your lips look larger by applying a subtle highlight to the cupids bow of your lip, for the most precision use a clean small precision eyeliner brush or a concealer brush to apply it. You can also highlight underneath the edges of your bottom lip to give the lips a lift and make them appear fuller
Shimmer powder: If you’re feeling a little more adventurous you can also try using a little shimmery powder highlighter in the center of your top and bottom lips.
One of the best tips in the beauty industry to make your lips look a little larger and defined is to take a tiny amount of matte brown eye shadow or powder onto an angled liner brush and lightly shade just below the center of your bottom lip, this gives more dimension and makes the center of your lips more in focus.
We all know that colour on the lips is one of the best things we can do to warm up the face and make it look more lively. There are hundreds of different colours out there, some can make your lips look larger others can make them look smaller.
It’s best to use a creamy sheen formula of lipstick as this will reflect light better compared to other formulas. In order to make your lips appear larger you’ll want to stay away from any dark shades (such as plum, deep wines, etc) and instead opt for lighter tones (or brighter!) shades of lip colours like light pinks, brighter looking nudes and of course don’t ever go past fiery reds and hot fuchsias.
Focus on the lips:
In order to draw the most attention possible to the lips try to keep the eyes quite understated so forget the smokey eyes and instead just opt for a little liner, mascara and a deep brown matte shadow in the crease to add definition and dimension to the eyes without making them the stand out of your face.
These are also a great option for larger looking lips but should be saved as a last resort if possible. Lip plumpers work by containing ingredients which irritate the lips (such as the sting of a bee) and making them swell up, this can really cause the lips to become irritated and sore so use them as minimal as possible and if you have sensitive lips stay clear of them. Some lip plumpers which aren’t too irritating and work well are: Lip Fusion, Pixi By Petra Plumping Lip Gloss and Sally Hansen Lip Inflation Extreme. Be sure to get rid of your lip plumper after a year though as the plumping ingredients can turn bad and make the lipgloss very tacky.
If you’ve got one lip that’s bigger or slightly smaller than the other it can be challenging trying to figure out how to apply lip products in the most flattering way, so to make them appear more even use a slightly darker shade of lipstick on the bigger lip and a slighter lighter shade on the smaller lip, and unless you want to rock the ombre lip trend make sure they are almost the exact same shade or in a very similar color group!
Makeup For Photographs.
At one stage or another in our lives we’re going to be in front of the camera and whilst not all of us are photogenic we can at least fool people into thinking we are. Whether you’re taking some happy snaps with your friends or getting professional photos taken it’s best to pay a little more attention to your makeup! This guide will teach you how to do your makeup so it photographs best with or without flash photography.
- Prime. Patchy makeup never looks great on anyone and makeup which has half faded or isn’t on the skin smoothly isn’t flattering so it’s important to prime your skin using a primer. It’s best to use one with photo designed properties such as Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer.
- Coverage. Wear a little more makeup than you’re usual day to day makeup. This doesn’t mean dip your face in makeup; it simply means build up your foundation and concealer a little more or go for something with a higher coverage. Cameras tend to enhance flaws rather than our best assets. Remember to use layers and gradually work up as too much thick cakey makeup won’t look good on or off camera and for optimum coverage use a foundation and concealer brush to apply products.
- SPF FREE! This is something that many people are so gracefully unaware of but it’s something that should be noted on your list of priorities. Most makeup contains at least some SPF especially foundations and concealers generally this SPF is made up of Titanium Dioxide or Zinc Oxide particles, these are pure white and they certainly show up like that on camera. So at every opportunity opt for SPF free and if you’re thinking you’ll be able to get away with using your everyday moisturiser packed with SPF underneath your makeup without it showing through; think again.
- Warm not Cool! Generally speaking you shouldn’t be using a pink or cool based foundation unless you want to look like your old grandma! A warm, yellow toned foundation/concealer will help to make your skin look younger, radiant and less sallow so it’s best to opt for one of these but specially in photographs as cameras emphasizes the pink tones in the skin and using a cool based foundation can result in looking washed out and white.
- Matte! This is where a lot of people go wrong, when getting photographs taken most people cannot pull off the dewy or luminous look it often shows up as greasy and oily on camera so it’s best to opt for matte formulations, however if you have dry skin these products may be to drying so instead finish off your makeup with a dusting of slightly tinted setting powder (using completely white translucent powder will make you look white!)
- No Nude. When it comes to the lips; nude and natural looking colours can look great to the naked eye, but a camera flash?… Not so much! Cameras tend to wash out colour by a large percentage so by wearing a nude colour you’re just asking to look ghostly so instead opt for a colour that’s a little more brighter or intense than you’re everyday nude lippie, try a brighter pink or try a subtle red!
- Brows. Your brows are like a picture frame to your face so why wouldn’t you want them looking their best? It’s equally just important to have your brows filled in and well groomed every day as it is in photographs. Cameras wash out colour so you don’t want to look back at photos and ask yourself where did my brows go?
- Eyes. When it comes to photos it’s important that you have some form of definition to your eyes, so line them add a good mascara and a little depth with a dark brown shadow in the crease!
- Shape! Whilst our faces are three dimensional; on camera they can look a little… Flat. So ensure you use a powder a few shades darker than your skin tone underneath the cheekbones, down the sides of the nose and around the temples to add depth to your face. Also be sure to apply blush but don’t apply it to low or you’ll drag your features down just don’t go over the top as cameras will exaggerate the pinkness in the skin; you want to look gorgeous, fresh and naturally flushed not sun burnt!
- No shimmer. Wherever possible avoid shimmer; whilst it can look gorgeous and give you that sun kissed and healthy look in daylight you must remember that shimmer reflects light and if you’re using flash photography this isn’t something you’ll want as you’ll look white!
- Skip HD. Remember that HD (high definition) makeup doesn’t mean “I’ll photograph well” Some HD products photograph beautifully in flash photography but we must remember that HD makeup is designed for on film makeup (think TV Shows, Movies, Etc) not necessarily flash photography. Most HD makeup contains silica which can photograph white so it’s best to skip HD makeup just to be safe.
- Natural Light. Natural light is key when doing your makeup (Especially for photographs) it’s best to apply your makeup in natural light (go outside if you can!) because if it looks great in natural light it’ll look great almost anywhere!
Best Budget Buys
Sometimes it’s nice to treat yourself to a little beauty splurge but for some of us that may not always be an option or sometimes you might want to do one even better: Pick up a fabulous product that performs just as well for a much more reasonable price.
- Essence Gel Eyeliner
Essence Gel Eyeliner is my ultimate go to gel eyeliner, I’ve tried several high end brands but this one still beats them out. It’s got staying power, the perfect texture & formula, is super smooth, super pigmented and well it’s just amazing! If you like you can read all my thoughts on the Essence Gel Eyeliner!
- Essence Stay All Day Shadows
I can say with full confidence that these are the best cream eye shadows I’ve tried. Everyone’s been loosing there mind over cream shadows lately and these are the ones I’m going crazy over! I have super oily eyelids that even with Urban Decay’s Cult Primer Potion doesn’t make shadows last on me, but these cream shadows last for over 10 hours on me (through a busy day!!) even without a primer they also blend super easily with other cream shadow formulations and are so so so so so pigmented! I just wish there were more shades!
- ELF Eye Lid Primer
ELF’s eye lid primer is my go to. It performs better then some cult favourites and makes even the most crease prone shadows last for at least 8 hours! Super similar to Urban Decay’s Primer potion (although in my opinion a little better) I own them in all the different variations! Not only do they prevent creasing but they make shows appear much more vibrant and go on much more smoothly!
- ELF Studio HD Powder
This powder is one of my all time favourites for setting makeup! It may look pure white and very intimidating but don’t let that fool you; it goes on translucent and stops concealer and foundation from budging one bit! Also works well to set lip stick and give it a matte finish (take a sheet of tissue and then using a blending eye shadow brush to dust it over) or to set cream blush without altering the colour! I love a dewy finish on my skin and hate the full blown matte look and I find this powder sets everything without making me look dull. I just wouldn’t advise getting pictures taken with it or you’ll look super duper white!
- ELF Wet Look Brow & Lash Gel
This was one of my very first introductions to makeup, I used to wear this ever minute, every day, every week if you’d caught me without it you would of been god smacked! (Of course not knowing anything about makeup I used to accidentally use the brow side on my lashes and then question why it didn’t work…) It’s great for giving you that glossy “yes my lashes are naturally this long” look and taming unruly brows into place!
This Face Primer is such a budget friendly option and is my go to primer for lazy days when my skins not looking or feeling it’s best. It’s so hydrating (if you have oily skin you probably could skip moisturiser with this one!) smooths out the entire skin, feels super smoothing but most importantly it makes makeup last! Very similar to the much loved Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Primer!
They’re not a lip gloss, they’re not a balm, they’re not a lipstick they’re all of them! For the last three weeks I haven’t been able to put these down, they are moisturising, smell great, taste great, feel nice and smooth on the lips (not all sticky!) and have a good amount of pigmentation! Super similar to the chubby sticks offered by Clinique and similar to the newly loved Revlon Just Bitten Balm Stains these are a little more glossy but I love them to bits! Just wish there were more then the three shades Cupcake, Sundae and Macaroon!
- Wet N Wild Colour Icon Eye Shadows
As far as drugstore powder eye shadows go you can’t get much better than this. These are super pigmented, have an almost “butter” like texture and these last for quite a decent time without a primer; and without one? These aren’t going anywhere. There is some fall out with can be slightly irritating but it’s nothing that can’t be fixed if you do your eye shadow first, dust a heap of translucent powder underneath your eyes, wet the brush, or use some clear balm on a cotton tip to clean it up!
- NYX Eye Shadow (For Brows)
You’re probably thinking: another eye shadow? These came in pretty damn close to be the best budget eye shadow but I like to use them for a different reason!; Brows! I’ve always had a struggle with finding a brow powder that’s the perfect shade; not to warm, not to cool, not to pigmented and not to soft and I’ve found it, NYX single eye shadow in dark brown! It’s great for those days when I want a softer look that brow pencils just can’t quite give.
- Hard Candy Fox In A box Blushing Quad
These blushes are super similar to Benefit’s Much Loved Box O Powder Blushes! They have good pigmentation (the pinks are surprisingly really bright!), decent staying power and a good selection of colours! Aren’t to shimmery or to matte and aren’t chalky like many blushes I have tried in the past; just be sure not to use the little brush included that just calls for a bad application!
*This post contains a product/sample which was sent to me for consideration in accordance with our disclosure policy, however this does not alter the honesty of this review or the blog, all opinions stated are honest and my own.
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