Are you terrified at the thought of wearing lipstick? There are many things that one might find terrifying. The sound of wind chimes on a still night, because clearly that means there is someone sinister outside your window. Or perhaps swimming over seaweed because you don’t know what may be lurking underneath. Whatever the fear, Lipstick shouldn’t be one of them, It won’t bite!
When applying a bold lip, make sure you have a smooth hydrated base. You should treat your lips like you would the rest of your face. To make sure your lips are pout ready, here are a few of my lip product must haves.
First things first. Using a MAC Concealer Brush start at the cupid’s bow. Apply your lipstick using the rounded top of the brush. I find that the smaller the brush, the easier it is to make a mess. Allow the brush to follow the line of the lip, if the brush has a sharp enough edge, you shouldn’t need a lip liner.
When applying to the inner corner of the top lip, face the brush pointing down into the corner, then work your way up to join the cupid’s bow. If you paint the lip downwards, it is likely that the lip line will drag down with it.
On the bottom corner, start at the edge using the flat of the brush. Matching up the line of the brush with the line of the lip, and drag it to the centre. Don’t be shy with product, a bold lip should go on strong, so don’t be afraid to pack on the product.
Tidy up any lines using the rounded tip of the brush. Softly sharpening jagged edges. If you go astray don’t fret! You can also tidy up your line using a small amount of concealer with a square eyeliner brush.
Lipsticks By Shanghai Suzy! Cherry, Black Plum, Burnt Orange and Hot Pink
Skin should look like skin!!! Before you go dotting concealer all over your face like leopard print, start with your foundation. You’ll be surprised how much foundation covers without the extra help.
My foundation must have is MAC Face and Body. Face and Body has a satin finish, that gives a natural skin like glow. You can start off nice and sheer, or build it up for more coverage. Face and Body will feel light and breathable on the skin, while giving you a flawless dewy finish.
This little baby you will find tucked away in the kit’s of most Makeup Artists. YSL Touche Éclat. Touche Éclat - Radiant Touch is a luminizing pen that gives light and radiance to the skin. It will lift any signs of fatigue, leaving the skin luminous and will brighten the complexion.
Perfect for lifting under eye circles and is gorgeous as a soft highlight on the brow bone.
Bronzer should be used to define the face, not to darken the skin tone. If you want to look darker, get a spray tan…
This brings me to my next favourite. Laguna Bronzer by Nars. Laguna is a diffused powder with a soft golden shimmer.
Nars Laguna Bronzer is perfect for a soft contour that will bring a warm glow to the skin. Apply using an angled blush brush or a small kabuki brush, the softer the brush, the better.
My final skin Makeup Kit Must Have is MAC Mineralize Skinfinishin Softand Gentle. This luxurious velvet soft powder gives a high shine glow to the cheeks. Apply with a soft blush brush to highlight the cheek bones, and give an overall healthy glow to the face.
No stranger to the instagram ‘Selfie’ the question I get asked the most is… What do you use on your skin?
Now when it comes to my selfie’s I’m not going to lie, lighting and good skin genes can play a big part in the finished product. If I actually posted a real “I woke up like this” pic, my hair would be standing on end and my face would most likely be sporting a smeared cat eye and last nights false lashes.
But before we get carried away talking about all my favourite Makeup Techniques, let’s start with the basic’s!
Now I am trying really hard to break the habit of mascara stained pillow covers, so the best place to start is a fresh clean face. On the nights I just want to crawl into bed I will reach for my makeup wipes, but the answer to dirt free pores is a great cleanser.
La Roche-Posay Toleriane Dermo-Cleanser has a lush milk like texture, that gently removes makeup while hydrating the skin and minimises intolerance. This beautiful Cleanser is enriched with Glycerine, which works to attract moisture to the skin, leaving it soft and smooth.
It is so important to use the right skincare for your skin. One of the things I love most about French Skincare Brand La Roche-Posay is the section of their website “your skin” it’s a helpful guide for finding the right products depending on your needs.
My skin is prone to irritation and is often dehydrated. Toleriane SoothingProtective Skincare by La Roche-Posay relieves that tight pulling feeling found in intolerant skin, leaving it feeling soft and supple.
We are all about anti-oxidants for our body, but what about our skin… This bad boy is scientifically proven to sooth and soften the skin and is packed with anti-oxidants. Combining minerals and trace elements, like Selenium. It is ideal for skin that has undergone sun damage or dermatological treatments.
Speaking of sun damage….
Did you know that some sunscreen products only block out some harmful rays, but not all? Scary stuff! Anthelios SPF 50+ XL Sensitive Areas Stick blocks both UVA and UVB rays, so skin will be protected from sunburn, skin reactions and cell damage from UV rays. Sunscreen is the number one product for youthful skin and is way cheaper than Botox!
Like most Sex And The City devotees I have spent days glued to my television, dreaming of far away places, shoes and men…
Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine I would one day work with one of the worlds biggest Style icon’s of ALL time! Patricia Field!!!
It goes without saying that a huge part of what made the show unforgettable, was the amazing fashion.
In March I had the pleasure of working with Sex And The City Stylist, Patricia Field on an exclusive exhibition at Chadstone ‘The Fashion Capital’. Patricia, along with 20 iconic outfits from the much loved series, flew from New York to personally curate the exhibition.
So I had 2 weeks and 20 wigs to get through. Under the pump my lounge room turned into something that somewhat resembled Dolly Parton’s trailer…
2:30am in an empty shopping centre, much like a scene out of the film ‘mannequin’ Myself, Patricia and the girls from Magenta worked through the night to bring the girls to life!
There they stood… Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda
And let’s not forget all our favourites…. Manolo Blahnik, Zac Posen, Versace and Vivienne Westwood ♥
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Get the Gatsby Fever!
The roaring 20’s are back and I couldn’t be more excited!!! The 1920’s saw the birth of the smokey eye!
Smokey eyes can come in any colour and they don’t always have to be a matte texture either. The classic 1920’s smokey eye is more rounded in shape than the modern smokey look. This look is also known for it’s dramatic depth of colour.
And let us not forget the deep red, super fine, pursed lip!
"Generation Q - is generation YOU! It’s what they tell you not to do; it’s what you see your true self through. It’s what is old and what is new. What you know and what you knew. It’s what you feel and what is true” Alex Box, Illamasqua Creative Director
For the longest time we have been told that age is just a number and age has no limits! As the age old saying goes “you are only as young as you feel” so why not embrace your true age and flaunt it! For true makeup fans beauty has no limit, and neither should your age!
Illamasqua brings us real women with a passion for makeup and a sense of their own beauty with Generation Q. Dare to get in tune with your alter ego once and for all!
Illamasqua is standing up against the industry rule of “only wearing matt” products and concealing your real identity under a sea of “beige” after a certain age. Complementing and empowering your true beauty, shimmer is adorned to accent, highlight and lift features. Generation Q is a celebration of today, where beauty and creativity has no sell by date.
Spring has sprung on this gorgeous sunny melbourne day! And Spring is all about colour! It’s the one time of year that melbournites dare to put away their sleek black wardrobe and dawn a colourful print.
Jump on the spring train with the New Estée Lauder Pure Vivid Color range.
Dare to play in the world of bold with luminous, sparkling, chromatic colour. The range boasts Eye Shadow that can be worn wet or dry, Lipstick with lustrous shine and NailLacquer with bendable coating for the longest lasting, never seen before shine!
Nail polish is a must when showing off your jewellery! There is nothing worse than showing off a gorgeous ring, only to show chipped bitten nails along with it! So it’s no wonder that New Zealand born jewellery designer Anna Ross has her very own range of nail polishes.
Kester BlackNail Polish comes in gorgeous soft pastel’s, sparkly silver and pop punch brights. These delicious polishes also come with delicious names like Ice Cream Soda, Mai Tai, and my personal favourite Cherry Pie!
Sydney Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival has come to an end. I caught up with Maybelline New York Makeup Director Nigel Stanislaus to get all the latest trends, hot off the runway!
"The latest favourites this festival are Ultra dewy holiday skin & a Bright lip. We are bringing back the ‘holiday glow’ into our faces & putting our main focus into the mouth.
Everyone is always asking me what I used,
I recommend using Maybelline NY FitMe foundation mixed in with a little scent free moisturiser for that tropical finish.
Plus one Colour that was the hot favourite - Maybelline NY ColorSensational Lip Colour in Coral Crush.
Their lashes are all defined delicately with Maybelline Full&soft mascara.
As Maybelline is all about from the catwalk to the sidewalk.
This festival, all the looks are dedicated specially to real women, to serve as an aspiration. So every girl that walked down the runway looked more beautiful than eclectic .” - Nigel Stanislaus, Makeup Director for Maybelline New York
Illamasqua Nail Varnish
It is all about colour for nails at the moment! The brighter the better! Now is the time to get creative with your nails. Dare to be different. Experiment with nail art.
My two nail varnish MUST HAVES at the moment are Illamasqua ‘Obsess’ Nail Varnish and Illamasqua ‘Smash’ Nail Varnish. Follow with Illamasqua Top Coat for long lasting shine!