Makeup Looks

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Smokey

Always wanted to experiment with your makeup, but never been sure how to create a certain look? Well, here are some top tips for a selection of trends that work all year round:

Rock Chick

A look that will never go out of fashion, create the edgy rock vibe with sleek eyeliner and smokey shadows.

The best advice to give here is to start with a silver base, as this acts as a great highlighter. Make sure that you add colour to the inner corner of the eyes to make your eyes dazzle. Then with a corner eye brush, use a smokey grey (metallic or matte, whatever you prefer!) and brush across to the outer part of your eyelid, ensuring you avoid the inner part of the eye. The idea here is to add a bold imagecontrast and give your eyes an electrifying appearance.

imageTo finish off the look, use black eyeliner to add the all important smoulder effect. Depending on what effect you want to create, you can use pencil, liquid or gel liner. Pencil will blend in with the smokey shadows, where as gel and liquid will allow you to made sharp, sleeker shapes.

To achieve a cutting edge rock look try:
Barry M Dazzle Dust in Grey (inner eye)
Barry M Dazzle Dust in Charcoal (outer eye)
MAC Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Engraveimage
Maybelline The Colossal Volum’ Express mascara

Naturally Nude

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It has been channelled across the catwalks and it requires little effort, so it is no wonder why this look has become a top trend. Along with this, it is requires little effort. To create smooth, radiant skin, apply tinted moisturiser as this will even own the skin tone but also give your face a healthy glow - a key aspect of the nude look. To add to this, you may also want to add a highlighter around the cheek bone area to emphasise this feature.

 

imageTo maintain flawless appeal, apply a nudish, brown eyeshadow, preferably one with a slight hint of shimmer. This adds subtle detail without having to drown out the natural features. To finish, add imagelengthening mascara and a nude coloured lipstick. You might also want to find a lip colour that adds shine, however sticking to matte colours works well too.

To get this look try:

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser

Rimmel Glam Eyes Quad in Smokey Brown

No7 Moisture Drench Lipstick in Bare

The 60’s Vibe

imageReturning as popular trend, this look is all about pop colour and fun. To maintain a balance of jazzy brights with current glam, greens and blues are the way forward with this look.

To start with, cover the entire lid with a dazzling shade of aquatic green. For added effect, you might want to then add a darker shade of green to the outer part of the eye, like the procedure for the rock chick look. Also adding highlighter to the inner corner of your eye adds definition and glam.  Next, using a black eyeliner, or pewter grey, apply eyeliner right along the inner part of the eye. This defines the appearance of the green and really makes your eyes dazzle. Then all you need to do is get those all important 60’s lashes. For this, you may want to opt for false lashes however mascara’s that inject volume work wonderfully also.

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To go back in time and bring back the fun, try:

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Shadow Pencil in Clinic
Barry M Dazzle Dust in Emerald (for the outer part of the eyelid)
MAC Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Engrave
MAC 7 Lash (False Eyelashes)

Bright Eyed

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The best way to embrace the Summer is to add a splash of colour. Be daring with ultra brights and don’t avoid colours that you might not necessarily wear for this is the season to take advantage of super hot colours. Being enthusiastic with brights is great, however you don’t want to clash colours, so if you are going to attempt this look, stick to either bright eye shadow or lipstick. With the eyes, it is wise to wear a lid primer as bold colours are more noticeable when they are wearing off.

imageHere are a few hot picks to try out:

Illamasqua Lipstick in Flare (an addictive shade of orange - a top colour this year by far)
Smashbox Photo Finish Lipstick in Pout (a pop colour pink with party girl written all over it)
imageNARS Soft Touch Shadow Pencil in Celebrate (this neon green is perfect for day or night and contrasts brilliantly with dark hair)
Stargazer Eyeshadow in Fuchsia (this shade has the perfect balance of bright colour and femininity)
MAC Eyeshadow in Electric Eel (the best blue shadow in town with adds a silky, satin touch)