Prep is key
For more voluptuous lips use a subtle highlighter or Vaseline on the skin above your cupids bow. This gives the appearance of a fuller top lip.
To set foundation in place, especially if you have an oily skin use a translucent powder. Most people actually apply powder incorrectly. Have you ever found that you have spent time carefully applying foundation and concealer, evening out skin tone and hiding any rosacia or blemishes to ruin all your hard work by wiping this away when applying powder? That is all down to your technique! The best way to apply powder is to use a powder puff. Lightly cover the powder puff with powder and tap off any excess. Then with a rolling motion gently place and roll the puff over your T-zone or any other areas where you feel powder is needed. This rolling motion will set your foundation in place rather than wiping it off the skin. If you prefer to use a brush to apply powder this is completely fine just do not sweep! Use the brush in the same way you would a powder puff with a small rock and roll action.
Correcting wide and close set eyes
To create the illusion of wider or closer set eyes all you need to do is play with light and shadow. Light shades and reflective pigments create the illusion of space and distance. Darker shades and matt tones add depth and draws things closer.
For wide eyes apply a dark colour across the whole eyelid. Then work a medium colour into the crease of the eye all the way across from the outer corner to the inner corner. Apply the lightest shade to the brow bone, creating a highlight. The most important thing to remember is blend, blend blend!
To create the illusion of space, do a wash of a pale shimmery shade over the entire eyelid, up to the brow bone, and then take a deeper color and shade the outer two-thirds of the lid. When you get to the outer third, extend the color slightly above the crease, past your lid and bring it around under the eye, stopping at the midway point. This will elongate your eye. For added space and sparkle add a little shimmer to the inner corners.
All eyes on you. Well they do say opposites attract...
To make your eyes pop and sparkle use an eye shadow that is opposite on the colour wheel to your own eye colour. For example green/olive eyes look best against rich maroon and purple colours. Blue eyes look fab when gold and orange tones are applied whilst brown eyed girls can get away with pretty much any colour they fancy. So go and have fun with these colour wheel tips and see what looks you can create. Remember shine highlights and matt adds depth so if you have hooded eyes steer clear from anything too shimmery or you will only highlight this. Your eyeshadow needs to enhance YOUR natural eye colour not steal the limelight!
On trend colour popping liner
Another way to line your eyes rather than using a pencil or liquid liner is to dip your brush into a small amount of water and mix it into your chosen eyeshadow colour. If you use this tip after creating a bold colour popping eyeshadow using the same shadow to line the eyes as you have used over the lid, it will intensify your look adding depth and making your eyes pop even more. This is a much cleaner and sharper look than adding a further colour to the eye area with a black liner.
We all love to party, but we hate it when our skin suffers...
Mum really was right when she told us to eat our veg!
"As your liver metabolizes alcohol, it causes inflammation, in turn creating free radicals that lead to dryness and broken blood vessels," says Dr. Brandt. Staying out late also decreases the amount of time your body has to repair itself during sleep, says Dr. Alexiades.
Antioxidant RX: Sulforaphane
Found in broccoli, it boosts your body's natural antioxidant defenses and has anti-inflammatory and detoxifying properties. (The veg is a great hangover remedy too!)
SircuitSkin Cosmeceuticals Clarity Broccoli Sulfur Mask, $75, sircuitskin.com