7 Things You Must Do Before You Put On Your Makeup

Like first dates and fancy meals, applying makeup requires preparation. Before you apply a single drop of foundation, concealer, or any other product, you need to make sure that your skin is clean and moisturized. However, you’d be surprised to know that a lot of people choose to skip that step because they aren’t aware of how important it is to prepare their skin beforehand.

NYFW Tip Alert: How to Create Sexy, Wet-Look Lashes

Mascara has been taking risks lately, from colorful shades to punk rock clumps, but now wet lashes may become the new trend. Why? As Maybelline global makeup artist Yadim explained backstage at Jason Wu, “it’s a simple, easy, beautiful look but there’s a little something to it.”

Jason Wu is known for his classic, sophisticated styles, but he wanted a modern edge for the makeup this season. “My initial thought was to do something with a crazy mascara or something, and I thought he would be a little afraid of it, but in the end when I brought the girls out he loved this — he’s obsessed with it,” said Yadim.

Wet looking lashes were a standout at Jason Wu. (Photo: Getty Images)

To get the look, he first used Maybelline Volum’Express Colossal Chaotic Effect Mascara ($5) to clump up the ends of the lashes. “We don’t go to the root of the lash — Just swish it back and forth using the tip of the mascara wand,” he says. “It kind of bunches the lashes together.” Next came the added wet effect. “We put lip gloss onto the end of the lashes so it almost ends up looking like vinyl-y lashes, like drippy shiny — to a fault.” Makeup artists used a long thin brush or makeup wand to apply Maybelline’s new Colorama gloss (it’s not out yet!) to the tips of lashes right before showtime.

A makeup artist clumps up lashes with Maybelline mascara backstage at Jason Wu. (Photo: Getty Images)

If this sounds a little goopy off the runway, fear not. “If you don’t want any wetness on your lashes at all but want to keep it looking semi-wet, there are some Maybelline mascaras that are purposely more shiny than others,” says Yadim, who suggests Great Lash ($4) Volum’Express Falsies Push Up Drama ($7) and Lash Sensational Lucious Mascara ($7) all in Blackest Black for a wet look. And the more clumps the better — “when you get out of the shower and look in the mirror they’re a little clumped together.” You can also try coating lashes with a lip balm, Vaseline, or a natural clear gloss to get the look at home.


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Best Product Discoveries of 2015

Each year I share with you my favourite products that I’ve continuously used throughout the year, but in all honesty not much has changed in the way of my go-to products since 2014. Rather than writing a long, repetitive list I’ve instead decided to share a combination of different products I’ve tried this year that I feel are incredible and worthy of being classed as some of the best products I’ve tried.

Trilogy Make-up Be Gone Cleansing Balm

Although I only started using this towards the end of 2015 it deserves a special place on this list. Easily one of the best skincare products/cleansers I’ve ever tried this natural  cleansing balm removes every trace of waterproof makeup, dirt and oil without stinging, irritation or excessive greasiness.

Go-To Face Hero

Although a relativity new skincare line, Go-To has been a staple in my beauty routine since it launched last year and I can’t see that changing any time soon. “Face Hero” is one of the best skincare serums/oils/super products my skin has ever been lucky enough to try. This product immediately hydrates, plumps and smooths the skin leaving it dewy and smooth.

MAC Pro-Longwear Concealer

This product has a lot of hype so I had my reservations when it came to trying it (so much that I only decided to give it a go early this year) but I don’t regret it. If you’re after incredible long wearing coverage then this is the product you need in your makeup bag. Full Review

Illamasqua Gel Sculpt - Silhouette

Another product that I only tried towards the middle/end of this year but, easily one of the best. Extremely under-hyped this sheer, gel-like contour stick gives the most natural looking, cool toned contour you’ll ever see. Full Review

Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Palette

A discovery that occurred early in 2015, I haven’t been able to put this product down all year. It’s simple and to the naked eye, doesn’t look like anything special (you won’t find any bright pearly shades or glitter in this palette)  However, this palette is practical, oh so practical. It doesn’t matter what look I’m doing, I always find a use for this palette in my routine. There’s so many different neutral looks you can create with this palette, and *gasp* I find myself using it more than the Urban Decay Naked Palettes.  Full Review

Stila Stay All Day Brow Gel

Que *my favourite eyebrow product ever* Some people hate this product and other people simply just don’t give it the time of day but this tinted brow cream is my all-time favourite brow product. The texture turns a little dry once you squeeze out the product which means you can create super natural, feather like brow strokes.  Full Review

Ciate Precious Metal Eyeshadows

Ciate are famous for their nail polishes, but very few people know of their makeup line. The Ciate Precious Metal Eyeshadows aren’t a very well known product but I love them either way. Used dry these loose, shimmering eyeshadows give a gorgeous sheer sheen to the eyelids but used wet they look like pure liquid gold/rose gold/bronze on the eyes.

Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Lacquer

Everyone has been into matte lips this year but I’m still a sucker for anything glossy. Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Lacquer’s are incredible long wearing, high pigment glosses that leave a stain on the lips and feel super comfortable. (I’ve never rubbed my lips together so much whilst wearing a product, and they don’t budge!)

Burt’s Bees Lip Crayons

This year, Burt’s Bees got nude. Well not technically but they did create the best nude lipstick I’ve ever found and one of the very few that works on my fair skintone. The semi-matte high pigment formula make them a winner in my book and the other shades in the range aren’t bad either. Full Review

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7 vintage beauty tips that you should try today

My mom used to try and pawn her old clothes off on me. My reply was always something in line with, “Mother, I wouldn’t wear that tunic from the ‘70s if Grace Coddington herself passed it down to me.”

That is, until mom’s entire wardrobe made an appearance in various updated incarnations at NYFW. Was I surprised? Not really. They say everything old is new again, right?

Mom tends to do that. She takes great pride in passing things down to me, whether it’s an old skirt or beauty tips she abided by in her youth. Despite the advances we’ve made in modern day beauty products, there’s something quaint about tying rags in your hair or using strawberry puree to give your skin new life. 

However, that doesn’t mean I’m willing to try everything or recommend you try it. Charcoal was commonly mixed with petroleum jelly and used as as eyeliner and brow filler, but how much sense does it make to track down charcoal and smear it on your eyes when $3 waterproof eyeliner exists? Nada. 

The upside of vintage beauty tips resides mainly in convenience and cost saving. If your wallet isn’t bursting with Creme de la Mer income, most of these tips are easily accessible and in many cases, already something you have at home. 

So if you’re in the mood to channel Rita Hayworth or you’re just flat broke and still want to look decent, here are some handy vintage beauty tips that still make sense to try today. 

Originally posted by notin-nottingham

Rag rolls

Create curls without heat damage or sleeping on big clunky rollers. Cut up an old piece of fabric so you have 10-15 long strips about 1.5″wide. When your hair is still a little damp, spritz on leave-in conditioner and divide your hair into small sections. Roll up each section using the fabric strips and tie up the ends. I realize how confusing this sounds so here’s an easy to follow Youtube tutorial that even the likes of me can follow.

Originally posted by gypsyastronaut

Beer hair rinse

Women in the pin-up era swore by rinsing their hair in warm, flat beer for extra volume and shine. Have I tried it? No, but I have one lonely bottle of Mill Street Organic I’m willing to donate to this beauty endeavour. Select a hoppier beer for the best results and rinse with cold water following your beer bath. 

Originally posted by uniquevintage1

Baking soda to whiten teeth

Long before Crest Whitestrips, you had good old baking soda to give you a mouthful of pearly whites. It makes sense since baking soda is a mildly abrasive, and is also used to get stains out of clothing. No complicated steps involved in this one, just combine baking soda with water and lemon juice to create a paste and rub or brush onto teeth. Rinse and admire.

Originally posted by nitratediva

Strawberries as a facial cleanser and tint

Marilyn Monroe and Grace Kelly were proponents of this beauty tip – and who are we to argue with these iconic beauties? Their rationale was that strawberries helped improve the skin’s complexion and luminosity. Smaller pores was also part of the deal. While this beauty tip seems more time consuming than simply purchasing a jug of drugstore facial cleanser and being done with it, it’s an all natural alternative for those who prefer little to no chemicals in their beauty routine. 

Originally posted by chungskings

Mint leaves/cucumber/rose water for dark undereye circles

Dark circles have plagued women for as long as we’ve been concerned with appearances. Women used to crush mint leaves and apply it to their eyes and watch dark circles disappear. Cucumber is another solution that’s well known to us. Rose water has many beneficial properties but its calming effect on skin is probably why most people use it. It’s been known to banish redness and puffiness and leaves a lovely scent behind. 

Originally posted by theglossdotcom

Cold cream

Cold cream still exists – but you’d never know it. It seemed to disappear into oblivion, replaced by a million different potions. Some promise to cure acne, dark circles and redness while others claim to turn back time. Cold cream was used for a variety of purposes back then and I’d be curious to see if it makes a comeback. Sometimes, paring things down, including your beauty routine is all your skin really needs. 

Originally posted by nitratediva

The benefits of a little ice water

If American actress, Joan Crawford was your grandmother, she’d probably tell you to splash ice water on your face every morning to maintain a perfect visage. Supposedly, a little facial ice bath will constrict the opening of pores and reduce any redness on your skin. 

How to achieve a natural glowing look

As some of you already know I am a huge fan of radiant, dewy skin. Not only does it look youthful but it truly accentuates your features. I may have said that before so forgive me lol. I used very few products for this look, sometimes less is more. I typically achieve a glow by using powder highlighters which are known to appear slightly heavier, but for this look I’m using a liquid highlighter. Reason why I chose this specific liquid highlighter is because it blends into the skin in a way thats not too noticeable. It still gets the job done without leaving a trail of makeup or looking cakey. I really love this Gerard Cosmetics BB plus illumination creme. I do suggest mixing it with your foundation or even just a moisturizer. If you mix it with your moisturizer it will give you a beautiful healthy glow, if you mix with a foundation it will offer coverage with the addition of the glow. Its totally your choice but I still wanted some coverage therefore I used my Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. Ok so first I applied my moisturizer, I didn’t include it in the photos but feel free to use your own daily moisturizer. Then I sprayed my face with Mac’s Fix+. I applied my foundation with a damp beauty blender as shown in the photo above. I then applied a fair amount of the BB plus illumination creme on my Morphe Brush M436, I started stippling the product onto my cheek bones, bridge of nose, cupid’s bow, brow bone, décolletage and a hint above the brow. Finished the look with another spray of Mac Fix+. Applied my favorite mascara, (Too Faced “Better Than Sex”) and a lip balm. And there is this! I actually really like this look because its so effortless and soft, let me know what you guys think!

Decanting & Melting Lipsticks

As a makeup artist, it can be a pain trolling through endless tubes of lipsticks to try and find the right colour.
And don’t get me started on organising your kit to travel with SO many lippies! You end up trying to choose your favourites just so you don’t have to pack all of them.

My go-to method for having them all in one place and preventing having to leave any behind when travelling is to decant and melt them down into 1 convenient palette. 
I am over the heartbreak of not wanting to demolish a perfectly moulded lipstick, the novelty wears off when you go through so many.
But no doubt many of you will watch my tutorial on this method and go into sheer panic! 
Fear not… It doesn’t ruin your lippy, or change the consistency. The lipstick was originally melted when poured into the mould, we are just re-melting it and setting it into a new shape. 

As a makeup artist, this is super convenient, sanitary and makes life so much easier as you can see all the colours through the clear plastic lid. 
PLUS… If you are decanting MAC lipsticks, you can take 6 empty tubes back to a MAC store and they will give you a free lipstick. 
You can also combine eyeshadow pots, foundation bottles, etc…

The tutorial on this method will follow this post later! 




Decanting & Melting Lipsticks - Ideal For MUA’s & MakeUp Hoarders

If you saw my last post then you’ll have been expecting this tutorial! 

Enjoy! x

How To Make Your Lips Look Fuller & Bigger

One of the coolest ways to make your lips more plump is to exfoliate them - you can either use a regular tooth brush or a lip scrub. It makes them really smooth and instantly bigger.

Here I will show you few of my favourite tricks and products that I use to make my lips look more plump and fuller.

I personally don’t use all of these techniques all at once, because that would be a bit too much for me! and then I really would look like I’ve had some work done to my lips! But I always use a lip liner which makes a huge difference.

Step 1: Exfoliate your lips with a lip scrub or tooth brush. I love using Lush lip scrubs. Also apply some lip balm. My favourite one is the Burt’s Bees lip balm.

Step 2: Outline your lips with a lip pencil that matches your natural lip colour. For me this step is the most important. It really makes a huge difference to your lips, it defines them and it makes them much bigger. If your lips are smaller you can always exaggerate them and outline slightly over your lip line. I’m using my go to lip liner from Rimmel in Addiction 018.

Step 3: Dab a bit of concealer on the middle of your lips, this will make them pop even more.

Step 4: Apply your favourite lipstick. I’m using Soap and Glory lipstick in Super Nude.

Step 5: If you want even bigger lips use lip plumper. I’m using Too Faced Lip injection colour bomb in Bee Sting. This product actually works! - it’s amazing! It can be a bit painful though, so I don’t really use it everyday, but it’s great for that extra fullness.

Step 6: To top everything off, use your favourite lip gloss. Lip glosses are amazing in making your lips nice and plump. I love Mac lip lustre in Love Nectar. It’s a perfect nude with some beautiful shimmer.

Step 7: To finish things off, apply some highlighter on your cupid’s bow. This will give your lips even better results.