cosmetic tips

Eyeshadow Brushes: When it comes to eye brushes the amount of different bristles, shapes, sizes and densities are endless. I love using different eyeshadow brushes to create different looks and above are the most common variations on the market and the most used ones. Not all of these are essential for beginners or everyday makeup wearers, you can still create gorgeous eyeshadow looks with just a standard “C” eyeshadow brush, a precision crease brush and fluffy blending eyeshadow brush.

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Face brushes: there are thousands of different brushes out there for use with powder, blushes, bronzers, contouring products and highlighters. Obviously you don’t need all of them but each one will produce different results. All the everyday gal really needs is a good powder brush and blush brush, you CAN just get away with a powder brush but a blush brush is great for a perfect application of blush, bronzer and contouring powder.

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Makeup Tips Blog - Best of 2012

With the new year rapidly approaching and hundreds of new products to hit the market I thought it was about time I tell you my best in beauty’s of 2012. As a beauty writer I am constantly trying out products some good and some bad but there are a few products that I always end up going back to.

Eye Makeup Remover

Winner: Bioderma Crealine H20

Runner Up: Maybelline Express Care Eye Makeup Remover.


Winner: Smashbox Photo Finish Oil Free Primer.

Runner Up: Revlon Beyond Natural Smoothing Primer.


Winner: Bobbi Brown Luminous Moisturising Foundation.

Runner Up: Bourjois 10 HR Sleep Effect foundation.


Winner: Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer.

Runner Up: Maybelline Fit Me concealer


Winner: Maybelline Shine Free Loose Powder

Runner up: Essence Mattifying Compact Powder.


Winner: Kit Cosmetics Cream Cheek/Lip Duo.

Runner Up: Bourjois Little Round Pot Blushes.


Winner: Benefit Hoola Bronzer

Runner Up: None! I am yet to find one that works as great as Hoola!


Winner: Benefit High Beam

Runner Up: Benefit watts up. (Yep two from Benefit, they make the best illuminators!)

Eye Primer:

Winner: Too Faced Shadow Insurance Glitter Glue

Runner Up: E.L.F Essentials Eye Lid Primer


Winner: Essence Gel Eyeliner

Runner Up: Stila Smudge Pots.


Winner: Smashbox Hyper Lash

Runner Up: Benefit They’re Real


Winner: Urban Decay Naked Palette.

Runner up: Loreal Infallible Eyeshadows.


Winner: Maybelline Define A Brow

Runner Up: Rimmel Eye Brow Pencil.

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Dark Dramatic Plum Lips, Soft Plum Eyes

Did this look last week using an expensive Dior palette but I decided to recreate a pictorial for it using something that’s a bit more accessible AND (more importantly) not limited edition, so more of you can try it!

Dark plum lips are actually flattering for most people and most skintones as long as you stick with the reddish/violet plums. Avoid the brown-plums because those are much trickier to pull off and can just make your face look dull and dirty.

For this soft silky eye look (which complements but won’t overpower that dark glossy lip) you just need the Urban Decay Shadow Box. I’ve marked out the shades used in the image above. 

An optional step is applying cluster lashes. I wanted fluttery fullness but not the darkness and harshness of black mascara and liner. But if you need, just skip it and apply regular mascara. 

For the cheeks, I used a discontinued mauve blush from YSL, but just use any neutral or cool-toned pink blush. Skip the super-shimmery ones. You want your cheeks to be very muted so that it’s not fighting for attention with your lips and eyes.

As for that dark glittery glossy lip, it’s all about layering. I used MAC Fashion Revival and coated it generously with Lime Crime’s Carousel Lip Gloss in Present.

Neither dark lipstick nor dark gloss will be as intense and dramatic on their own. But if you can layer, you get opaque color AND a lacquer like shine. (You can use a dark plum lip liner in place of lipstick too; that lasts longer. But it’s just easier to find a dark plum lipstick for most people. And I’d recommend looking for a matte texture so it doesn’t bleed the way a cream lipstick will once the gloss goes on.)

Just remember to apply concealer or foundation around the rim of your lips to even out the color, and make sure you also conceal any unevenness around your face because dark lipstick tends to emphasize those.

Seven Tips to make your Makeup Better

1.  Take Care of your Skin

Makeup only looks so good on top of rough, red, irritated skin… so soften and heal your skin every day!  Proper cleansing and moisturizing are key for a flawless face.  Apply moisturizer and eye cream immediately before makeup application for the best results!  -Skincare Tags- 

2. Groom your Brows

Eyebrows are the frames to your eyes - for an instant eye lift and to make your face look more polished, trim excess hair and fill wherever needed!  To find the perfect brow shape for your face, use a pencil or brush against your nose.  Vertically against the ball of your nose for the proper place to begin your brow, against your nostril through the pupil for the arch, and along the outer corner for the tail end.  - Eyebrow Tags -

3.  Line Your Lips

Kardashian-lips are only achieved with an impeccable lip line!  You can cheat fuller lips easily with the right lip lining techniques.  Pick a shade just slightly darker than your natural lips, and create your ideal shape before you put your lipstick on.  Even without lip color, a nude lip liner will make your lips look like you have done injections… even when you haven’t!  - Lip Liner Tags - 

4.  Blend your Shadow

There are only two rules to applying makeup, and those are 1) Layer   and 2) Blend   Blend that eyeshadow as if your life depends upon it!  Harsh lines and separation between colors signifies an amateur, and we all know you don’t want to look like an amateur.  Get a nice fluffy blending brush and soften that crease, soften that under eye, soften that transition… soften everything!  The better your blur, the more insta-famous you’ll look!  - Eyeshadow Tags - 

5.  Buff your Complexion

Flawless foundation is one of the most impotent factors to achieving a perfect makeup look.  How to we achieve a flawless complexion?  The tools you use have the biggest impact.  A large, dense buffing brush or a high quality makeup sponge are best for this step.  Once you’ve applied your foundation and concealer, go in with a great tool and buff away any streak, line, or layer you’ve created.  You’ll maintain the perfect coverage while creating a skin-like finish.  - Foundation Tags - 

6.  Set Everything

Nothing ruins a makeup look as quick as creasing does!  To prevent oily lines and smudges on your face, set your entire look from beginning to end.  Pick translucent powder for your undereye concealer and around your nostrils, and a setting spray for the rest of your skin.  Setting not only prevents extra moisture and migraine of makeup, but helps it to look more like skin.  - Setting Powder Tags -

7.  Take your Time

Rushing through makeup application will never get you a perfect result.  Take the extra ten minutes and blend, layer, and laquer your makeup to perfection.  A really beautiful look usually takes more than five minutes, so don’t get discouraged if you’re trying to rush and the end result isn’t what you want.  We all have a makeup artist inside us just waiting to come out!  

Eyeliner, Eyelash and Eyebrow Brushes: Eyeliner brushes come in all different shapes and sizes so you will always be able to find one that suits your fancy and gives you the look you want to achieve. Whether you want a super thin precise brush or a thick, dense brush chances are you’ll be able to find one. Brushes aren’t essential for the lashes, but having them on hand means you can do a few nifty little tips and tricks. The everyday girl or beginner doesn’t need every one of these brushes and can just stick to an angled brush and spoolie to get perfect eyeliner and well-groomed brows.

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Wantering’s Top Summer Skincare Picks 

Eyes, brows, lips…you name it, we list it 

Summer is here, and we LOVE it. With the warmer weather, hot sun and increased humidity your beauty routine should shift towards preventing sunburns, breakouts and, yes, dry skin. Lighter weight creams and makeup infused with SPF are must-haves, as is making sure that your skin stays healthy and hydrated with lots of water and good greens. 

Here are our editors’ picks on skincare and makeup for the summer!


All-In One B.B. Eye Brightener Broad Spectrum SPF 20

Renewed Hope In A Jar Eye

All About EyesTM Rich


Anastasia Beauty Express For Brows And Eyes

Tweezerman Neon is Spot On Mini Slant Tweezer


Sugar Lip Serum Advanced Therapy

Liplux SPF 30

Kiss My Face Sport Treat Lip Balm SPF 30 Mint

Face Masks

Little Barn Apothecary Simple Detox Face Mask

I’m Real - Aloe Face Mask Sheet - Moisturizing (2 pack)

The Face Shop Chia Seed Hydrating Mask Sheet

THIRSTYMUDTM Hydrating Treatment


Detox Dry Shampoo

Sunscreen Care Oil Spray SPF 30 for Skin & Hair

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How to Maintain Your Brow Shape

Whilst brows should be thick, there is no such thing as a universally flattering shape. This is merely a guide on how to reshape your brows, I highly recommend that everyone visit a brow specialist at least once in their life, you can keep them in shape yourself. A good brow stylist should be able to figure out your ideal shape just by looking at you. Make sure you do your research and ask a lot of questions before choosing a brow stylist.

Whether you choose to wax, tweeze or thread is entirely up to you. Waxing and threading are best for removing large amounts of hair where as in tweezing is best for precision and removing small amounts of hair.

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Electric: Duochrome Violet Eye Look

This is a quick look that you can put together with any deep duochrome shadow. I used a violet-blue, but you can do pink-blue, green-brown, blue-brown, etc. 

You will also need:

  1. Black cream base
  2. A pale shadow in a contrasting tone from the duochrome color
  3. Matte black shadow
  4. Black gel liner
  5. Mascara
  6. Rosy neutral blush (I used MISSHA Prism Dot Blush 01)
  7. Nude liner (I used Make Up Store Nude Beauty)
  8. Soft pink-based nude lipstick (Dior Rouge Dior Nude 263 Swan)

I Nuovi is no longer available in many countries, so similar colors are Inglot #439 (probably the closest alternative) and #UrbanDecay Omen which is a lighter, more girly version of the color. 

how to get into makeup

In the last few weeks, I’ve had a couple of different people tell me that they would love to start wearing makeup, but have no idea where to start. I’ve also had a lot of people ask me for product recommendations, tips for basic makeup application, ect. This post is for those people, and anyone else who wants to get into makeup. 

I’m writing this post as if I’m talking to someone who knows literally nothing about makeup, so I apologize if some of this seems obvious to you. I promise that someone out there really didn’t already know that, and I’m trying to make a post that literally anyone can understand. 

first of all, here are the products that you’ll need to buy for a basic makeup routine:

(I included links to the products I use – everything I use is cruelty-free, meaning it isn’t tested on animals, except for the mascara, bb cream, and blush)

  1. foundation or bb cream (These are both liquid products that go on your skin all over your face – the difference is that bb cream is more lightweight and foundation is heavier but has more coverage)
  2. concealer (This is another skin-colored liquid makeup, but is used to cover “troublesome spots” like pimples, scars, or the dark circles under your eyes)
  3. setting powder (This keeps your liquid makeup from sliding around on your face, and also cuts down on oil and shine)
  4. eyeliner – either a pencil or liquid formula (You use it to line your eyes – it’s in the name. Black is standard, but dark brown is great for a more natural look. I recommend the pencil kind for beginners, as it’s much easier to use. Work your way up to liquid.)
  5. mascara (Used to darken and lengthen your eyelashes. I promise it’s not as scary or difficult as it looks.)

Those five cover the basics, but if you wanna expand and experiment a little, you can buy some of these products:

  1. eyeshadow (Can change up your whole look by adding more color to your eyes. “Nude” colors are a good start, because they’re highly wearable.) 
  2. primer (Helps keep your skin healthy and your makeup application even by creating a smooth barrier between your skin and your makeup.)
  3. setting spray (Keeps your makeup in place and prevents it from fading, smearing, creasing, ect.) 
  4. blush (Adds a bit of rosy color to your cheeks. WARNING: A little goes a long way. Always use less blush than you think you need, especially if you have fair skin.) 
  5. lip colors (By far my favorite. Lip colors come in several formulas: matte, semi-matte, gloss, and tinted lip balms. They also come in literally every color under the rainbow, so it’s best to experiment and find the colors and textures that you like best.)

here are some tips for makeup shopping and application:

  1. When you’re buying foundation, try to match the color of the skin on your neck, rather than your hand or arm. You’ll end up getting a more natural-looking color.
  2. Your concealer should generally be slightly (but not a lot) lighter than your foundation.
  3. “Translucent” (aka “white” or “colorless”) setting powder works for most skin tones, and is easier than trying to find an exact match to your skin color.
  4. Waterproof mascara formulas don’t run and smear as much and when you use them your lashes hold their shape better.
  5. If you have acne-prone skin, a good primer might help prevent your makeup from breaking you out. It’s worth looking into.
  6. Always start off with less product than you think you’ll need. It’s easier to add more than to remove a ton of excess makeup.
  7. I highly recommend buying a set of professional makeup brushes, because the brushes/applicators that come with makeup products aren’t always good. (For example, the liquid eyeliner I use is a great product, but the applicator that comes with it is a nightmare, so I use my own eyeliner brush because it’s much easier and less frustrating.)
  8. If you’re going to go for dramatic eye makeup (like a smokey eye), stick with neutral colors (like nudes or soft pinks) for the lips. And if you’re going to wear a bold, statement-making lipstick (like a red lip or any “unusual” color, like blue, violet, black, or orange), go for a more natural eye look. Let either your eyes or lips take center stage – a dramatic eye paired with a bold lip DOES NOT work outside of fashion shows and magazine photo shoots, I promise.
  9. If you accidentally put too much setting powder on (which I still do sometimes – everyone slips up now and then), you can fix it by taking a clean, fluffy powder brush (which will look something like this) and buffing the powder into your skin in a circular motion. 
  10. DO NOT GO TO BED WITH MAKEUP ON. I DON’T CARE HOW TIRED YOU ARE. Sleeping in your makeup will clog your pores, break you out, and advance your skin’s natural aging process. Yikes. 
  11. Your eyebrows make way more of a difference than you think. You don’t have to fill them in with makeup (I don’t), but just brushing them a bit to neaten them up can make you look more put-together. 
  12. Some good cruelty-free drugstore brands are: NYX, Physician’s Formula, and e.l.f. Urban Decay is a really good cruelty-free brand as well, but they’re really expensive. Some good quality, cheap brands that unfortunately test on animals are: Maybelline, L’Oreal, and Revlon.

here are some easy tutorials to help you get started:

Easy, Very Natural, “No Makeup” Makeup: x

Quick, Professional Makeup: x

Basic Eye Makeup: x

I hope this post was helpful. You can also click here for a list of the skincare products I use and how I use them, and here for some hot-weather beauty tips (like how to sweatproof your makeup and keep your hair from frizzing up). I’ve also been getting more into countouring lately, and I’m planning to make a tutorial for how I do mine in the next couple of weeks, so look out for that. And of course, if you have any questions or requests, you are more than welcome to message me – I’ll try to help to the best of my ability. Good luck on your makeup journeys, babes. <3 


Tightlining tutorial, how to make your lashes appear thicker with eyeliner.

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