Become Your Own Makeup Artist: Tricks of the Trade
Posted 131 days ago by Zoe Williams
With the beginning of a brand new year comes the perfect time to create a new, more beautiful you. After the holidays, we all want to go back to work or school, showered with compliments rather than turning heads for all the wrong reasons. With top tips from professional makeup artists, you can leave the house every morning with flawless skin.
Look ten times more attractive with these tricks of the trade:
Before applying foundation, make sure that your skin is clean and moisturised. As the winter months tend to wreck havoc on our delicate skin, try a balm cleanser rather than a milk cleanser for extra penetration and nourishment. Allow time for your moisturizer to sink in properly, as applying foundation too soon can lead to an unappealingly shiny finish.
When swatching a foundation in store, make sure that it’s almost invisible against your skin. For a shameless way to match the right product to your face tone, large beauty stores often offer makeup counters where you can try out foundations free of charge.
Start by testing the foundation shade on to the back of your hand – this will warm up the product and make it much easier to work with. Apply from the center-outwards, as the center is usually where we need the most coverage. Use a foundation brush to get an even finish, and resist applying heavy coatings – your foundation should look natural, not like a mask. Spread just over your jawline, as you don’t want an obvious foundation edge along your chin.
Every girl needs two similar shades of foundation: one for summer and one for winter, as our tone changes with the seasons. Finish with a light application of translucent powder.
Blushes should make you look healthy and glowing. Either apply to the apples of your cheek, or for a more svelte look, in the crease of the cheekbones.
Exfoliate your lips before you apply anything. Why? Sloughing off the dead skin will give a smooth, even finish and make your pouters appear larger.
For a natural, daytime look, choose a pink balm or gloss for a healthy looking pout. With the vast array of beauty supplies in the UK, you won’t be stuck for choice.
Use your eye crease to your advantage. Begin by applying a light shade to your lid and use this as a highlight too, under the brow.
Take a darker shade and dab at the outer corner of your eyes before continuing in a ‘c’ shape, up into your crease. If you do this with your eyes open, you’ll be able to see better where this shade should fall. With the leftover shadow, line your lower lashes.
Using an eye-poppingly light shade (shimmery), just highlight the centre of your lash to bring your eyes forward and blend it out. Apply the same shade lightly to your tear duct area in the inner corner. This will make you appear much more awake and glowing – perfect if you didn’t get your full eight hours the night before!
Curl your eyelashes first. This will expose the white of the eyes, making them appear larger and younger. Pulse five times at the roots, center, and tips. Finally, rake mascara through your lashes to separate them through the spoolie, creating an awake and flirty appearance.
Before using your mascara, blot on a tissue to get rid of any excess that could clog up your lashes. If you’re doing more than one coat, allow to dry before the next application.
Take a glowing highlight and apply just under the eyebrows and down at the top of the cheekbones. With liquid crystals, create a dewy glow along your cheekbones.
This guest post has been composed and contributed by Zoe, a cosmetic-obsessed blogger from the UK. She has written this post in collaboration with Salons Direct.
Festival Footwear For The Fashion-Forward Girl
Posted 326 days ago by Zoe Williams
As another summer rolls around, so does a music-packed, mud-splattered season of festivals for us all to enjoy. British festivals are renowned for two things: Unpredictable weather and wellies!
Though the first does often add to the fun, it has an impact on the outfits that we had already planned for Leeds and Isle of Wight. Choosing the right footwear is always a hard decision, and many things need to be considered: comfort; practicality, and of course style.
For us girls, the last is definitely the most important, as festivals are a time for us to truly express our personal style without having to hold back. If you were too afraid to wear those neon sandals out of the door last week, now is the perfect time to step out onto the field with confidence and seriously cool steeze.
To help you decide which shoes to style the rest of your outfit with this summer, here’s a rundown of five on-trend footwear choices for the festival season.
Go Edgy With The Flatform
A new trend for 2012, the flatform keeps popping up everywhere, and for good reason! Without adding any extra discomfort, the flatform gives height and improves posture, and even better – they look so on-trend with almost everything!
The flatform is very much a statement shoe, especially if you go super high, but you can bring down their gregarious aesthetics by opting for a flatform or high-top sneakers.
High-top flatforms are getting snapped on a deluge of celebrities at the moment, so these are a great choice for comfort as well as style. Team your flatforms with a bright bodycon skirt and relaxed, grungy sweater. Pile on the accessories and you’re good to party throughout the night.
♥ $65.00 Nasty Gal
Go Boho With The Ankle Boot
This season, the ankle boot is still very much on trend. To bring it up to speed with 2012, opt for a flat, fringed style. Minnetonka do a great range of boho ankle boots and moccasins that are perfect for all festivals, especially Gottwood and Secret Garden Party which both have a slightly boho, hippy vibe.
Team your fringed ankle boots with a printed maxi dress for serious boho brownie points, or opt for a floral summer dress if you prefer your outfits to have a feminine, girly tone. Not so practical if the heavens decide to open thanks to their suede finish, but let’s just cross our fingers for a dry weekend!
♥ $155.00 Nasty Gal
Go Punk With Creepers
Creepers have become somewhat of a fashion statement this year. Once worn in the 70′s and 80′s by the likes of Bananarama, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley, now they are worn by the likes of Rita Ora, Rihanna and Fearne Cotton.
Their chunky sole likens them to the flatform trainers, but with a suede finish and often a print, they have been translated from the Blue Suede Shoes of the 50′s into an edgy choice with a punk twist for 2012. They are going to be a popular choice for this season’s festivals thanks to their height and versatility – creepers look great with jeans, skirts and shorts.
♥ $58.00 Asos
Go Girly With Sandals
Sandals are a great option for the European festivals like Benicassim, where sunshine is pretty much guaranteed! For the UK, sandals can sometimes feel like a regretted choice if the sky decided to pour down.
Choose sandals if you’re guaranteed dry weather, as they’re a practical choice if you prefer flat shoes. They’re a great choice to add femininity, especially if the rest of your outfit is on the more masculine side. Choose jeans, a pretty top and a leather jacket for a girly outfit with an edge, or go all out with floral prints and girly colours.
Go Traditional With Wellies
Wellies (rain boots) are synonymous with British festivals, and Hunter wellies are by far the most popular choice of brand when it comes to this practical choice of footwear. The only style you’ll need if the weather forecast looks wet and grey, you can truly make wellies a style statement of their own with the right outfit. Choose a pretty, fun playsuit to balance out the practicality factor.
♥ Hunter Wellies: $125
So there you go! Five different choices of footwear for your chosen festival this summer. Which ones are you going to choose?
About The Author: Zoe is a professional fashion blogger with a penchant for festival style. She is currently writing for heritage handbag and footwear brand Jane Shilton.