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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


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



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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Makeup Tip of the Day: Asian Eyes

When blending eyeshadow through the crease of a shallow eye lid, have the person look down rather than close so you can see the natural shadow of the socket line.

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Summer Wedding Makeup

There are as many different wedding makeup varieties as there are brides. In my experience most women want to look like an improved version of themselves, rather than someone their future husband can’t recognize.

Here are my top tips for a gorgeous bride:

1. Skincare is everything. A good skincare regime leading up to the day should include a weekly exfoliator, and daily serum that helps keep skin smooth, hydrated and glowing.

2. Foundation to even out skin tone and a good concealer to cover imperfections is of course a must-have. As with any makeup the perfect base lays the ground work for the entire look. Armani foundations look flawless and photograph beautifully.

3. Weddings are long days and makeup needs to stay put. A primer for under the foundation as well as under eyeshadow will keep the makeup looking fresh and flawless with minimal touch-ups. Waterproof products like mascara, and eyeliner are also essential.

YSL Top Secrets Natural Action Exfoliator/Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate/Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer/Giorgio Armani Lasting Silk Foundation/NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer/YSL Dessin Du Regard Waterproof Eyeowder  Pencil /Charlotte Tilbury The Golden Goddess Palette/Makeup Forever Aqua Smoky Lash Waterproof Mascara/Tom Ford Bronzing Powder/Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylo

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Makeup Tip of the Day: Concealer Palette

Any makeup artist will agree a good collection of concealer and colour correctors is an absolute must-have in your kit. A variety of warm and cool shades in a cream texture are incredibly versatile for use as foundation, concealer, and for contouring.

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