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How To: Ultra Matte Lips

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To get the most matte lips ever, start by using a lip scrub to remove any flaky skin and smooth the lip texture. Next apply a lip liner that isn’t overly creamy, over the entire lip surface. To intensify the lip colour and remove any sheen use a medium size firm brush, and apply matte loose pigment to set the lip liner and achieve the perfect no-shine mouth.

1. Lush Bubble Gum Lip Scrub 2. Giorgio Armani Smooth Silk Lip Liner no.11  3. Shu Uemura No. 10 Synthetic Brush 4. MAC PRO Pigment in Basic Red

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Makeup Tip of the Day: Glitter

For maximum glitter adhesion use a thin layer of eyelash glue or vaseline on bare lids and apply the glitter with a small stiff brush.

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My Top 3 False Lash Picks

When it comes to false lashes I’ve used many different brands and styles over the years, but these 3 are my main stays. Generally I opt for lashes that don’t wing out too much on the outer corner as I prefer a wide eyed look on myself. I also like a fluffier look rather than a very dense lash. When I’m applying lashes on other people it’s very dependant on the overall look of the makeup, as well as their eye shape as to which ones I will choose.

The most natural ones of the three are probably the MAC No. 35, although they don’t look it. I find these to be a unique shape as they aren’t a super curled lash so they tend to extend outwards giving lots of length. The Farfallina lash from Shu Uemura is the most dramatic out of the three, it’s basically two sets in one. What’s interesting is that despite being fuller they look soft at the same time because they’re brown instead of black. All of my Shu lashes are pretty much indestructible. I once wore the same pair twice a week for a year! My latest favourite is the Monroe lash from Love for Lashes. These are 100% siberian mink which makes them ultra lightweight and very comfortable to wear, yet they can be worn multiple times. I recently got a pair and I’ve worn them about four times and I can tell I will get at least another ten wears out of them.

Click the link for a short video on lash application

1. Shu Uemura Lash Applicator 2. Ardell Waterproof Lash Adhesive  3. Shu Uemura Farfallina Lashes 4.Love for Lashes – Monore  5. MAC No. 35 Lashes 

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3 Party Looks Straight From the Runway

 

These 3 party worthy runway looks will get you through the weekend in style.

1. Everyone’s favourite smoky eye with grey and black shadow, finished with a classic nude lip. Start at the lash line and blend up the eye ensuring the darkest part is closest to the lashes. Pile on the mascara to open up the eyes. Dab on a nude matte lip rather than swipe, for a neutral that looks less lipstick like, and more like your own lip colour.

2. The red lip or any version of a strong lip and neutral eye is my go-to night out look. Mostly because it makes the biggest statement in the least amount of time. Apply a beige eye pencil in the water line to brighten up your eyes and a set of whisky eye lashes always looks pretty.

3. Skip the usual winged eyeliner in favour of this unique shape from the Narisco Rodriguez runway show. Use a very rich black eye pencil outline the outer corners of the eyes both top and bottom. Then take the pencil through the outer crease of the eye lid for a semi 60’s feel.

1. Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara 2. Illamasqua Glamoure Lipstick in Naked 3. Burberry Complete Eye Palette in Smoky Grey 4. NARS Larger Than Life Pencil in Rue Bonaparte 5. Ardell Whispies Lashes 6. Shu Uemura LightBulb Foundation 7. MAC Russian Red Lipstick 8. Urban Decay 24/7 Black Velvet Pencil 9. Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Compact Foundation 10. YSL Sheer Candy in No.13

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Makeup Tip of the Day: Mascara Layering

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Use more than you type of mascara to achieve thicker, longer, curlier lashes. Apply a lengthening one first, starting at the root of the lashes and pull the brush to the very tip of the lashes. Then build on top of that with a volumizing mascara for extra thickness and drama.

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Makeup Tip of the Day: Peach Cheeks

Take a break from overly sculpted cheeks and opt for a peachy glow. Warm peach cheeks look beautiful on all skin tones.

1. NARS Multiple Maui 2. Giorgio Armani Cheek Fabric #305 3. Shu Uemura Glow On Blush in Tangerine Pearl 

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How to Make Small Lips Look Fuller

Here are 4 tips to plump your lips without injections:

1. Overdraw the lip edge. If your top lip is smaller then your bottom lip or vice versa, then balance them out. If both lips need a boost then overdraw the entire mouth.

2. For maximum effect choose a lipstick colour that’s light to medium in shade. Avoid anything too dark.

3. Anything with shine will reflect the light and enhance your lips, but overly glossy lips can be too much. For a more on trend look use a cream texture of lipstick and lip balm to add sheen.

4. Try Touche Eclat or touch of shimmery shadow to highlight the cupids bow.

1. MAC Lip Pencil 2. YSL Touche Eclat 3. NARS Precision Lip Brush 4. Marc Jacobs Lip Lock Moisture Balm

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Makeup Tip of the Day: Glitter Removal

Last week I was able to attend a makeup seminar at Blanche Macdonald by veteran makeup artist Ayami Nishimura. Above is one of the looks she created on her model. With a big glitter makeup like this effective removal is of paramount importance. Ayami shared with us the easiest way is with baby oil gel and a folded piece of card, about the same weight as a business card. Massage the baby oil into the skin allover the glitter, and then use a fluid scraping motion with the card. It worked amazingly well.

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Get the Look: Rochas Spring 2014

Make the most of the summer weather and recreate this pretty lavender eye makeup from the Rochas spring show. Simply wrap a purple shadow around the entire eye. Use a soft brush to achieve a well blended look making sure the edges are diffused. The rest of the look should feature a glowy complexion, minimal brows, and a pale lip.

1. Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation 2. NARS Eyeshadow in Melusine 3. MAC #217 Brush 4. MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof Brow Set  5. Illamasqua Lipstick in Tease

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Makeup Tip of the Day – Wide Set Eyes

 

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To make wide set eyes appear closer together, blend medium to dark coloured shadow in the inner corner of the eyes.

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