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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Freshen up! 10 tips to fool a hangover & fake a good night's sleep.

More tips here from Vogue Australia
When my daughter was a newborn, I constantly looked like I'd aged 10 years when facing my reflection in the morn. Some days after a sleepless or alcoholic soaked evening, you need to look your best the next day. Here are a few good tips to looking slightly less bedraggled and refreshed.

Top 5 Tips

1. Moisturize moisturize moisturize
Dehydration makes your skin look creasy & cracked, so first thing's first - Plump up your skin up with a good moisturizer. For every day, high end creams I like are Estee Lauder's Day Wear, Clarins Super Restorative Day cream or Clarins Multi Active Day cream. I also love Dr Hauschka's Rose Day Cream, it is quite oily but smells delish and feels rich & emollient on your skin. On days where my skin is looking especially parched or for super dry, I'll actually use a night cream during the day on problem patches, like Clarins Super Restorative Night cream. Lately I'm on a budget so using cheaper options and am quite into moisturizers with antioxidant-rich Rosehip oil right now. I just picked up an Essano one from the supermarket. *Day creams are typically to protect (SPF & barriers against air-con, wind etc), night creams are to nourish (loaded with vitamins & minerals to repair your skin while you sleep). 
2. Tinted BB Cream or Moisturizer
Another good tip for a fresh look is to use a BB Cream or tinted moisturizer, rather than blanket your skin in a foundation that is too thick or opaque. Matte & opaque foundations can be aging. If you don't have a good tinted moisturizer or BB cream, mix a little of your regular foundation with your day cream. The moisturizer will pump more glow into your foundation. Laura Mercier has a great tinted moisturizer. I use a Garnier BB Cream which is a great cheaper option, and there are also good reasonably priced versions from Maybelline, Covergirl and L'Oréal.
More tips here from Vogue Australia
3. Skin Brighteners & Highlighters
As most of us know, a good under eye highlighter is a life saver for tired or hungover days. YSL's Touche Éclat is the benchmark. Once available in 1 shade only and now available in 10, 1 Touche Éclat is sold around the world every 10 seconds! Skin brightening highlighters across the cheek bone will  give you a healthy glow. I also like MAC Strobe cream which has an iridescent glow and is loaded with vitamins and green tea to brighten you up. Clarins Beauty Flash Balm is an oldie but a goodie, a brightening balm which isn't a pigmented highlighter like Touche Eclat or Strobe, but it does give your skin a nice dewy glow.

4. Concealer
Concealers are a must for dark circles, spots, pigmentation & any other blotchy problems. I find Touche Éclat better as a highlighter rather than a concealer. If anything, to me it draws attention to spots. MAC Secret Cover Up and Benefit's Erase Paste are good, and for a more heavy duty cover, Estée Lauder's Disappear Smoothing Creme Concealer.

5. Eye Serum
Day eye serums are used to de-puff, reduce dark circles and/or as a protectant. They also work well as a smooth base for the concealer. When I worked at the YSL beauty counter at Harrods, we'd slather the latest day eye serums under our eyes then blend Touche Éclat on top. I do like Clarins products too, having also worked for them. I want to try Eye Revive Beauty Flash. Alternatively, you could just throw on a pair of nice dark sunnies and cover the offending area altogether, a la Kate at Glastonbury 2013.
*Now you can get many double-duty highlighters - under eye concealers with a built in eye cream or serums. Right now I'm using Benefit's Erase Paste over an Estee Lauder Advanced Eye Repair sample but I want to try Benefit's Fake Up - a concealer & hydrator in one. I had a sample of Lancôme Rénergie Yeux Multiple Lift which was brilliant too. 

More Tips, if you have time.

6. Colour
A natural tint will brighten up a pasty pallor  My number one is Benefit Benetint on the apples of your cheeks. A pop of colour will pick you up in an instant. Even a dab of lipstick blended into your cheeks will do. Alternately, a brush of bronzer will perk you up - nothing says health like a sun-tan! NARS Multiple sticks are brilliant for both blush colours and bronze. "My festival look is always natural, never too much make-up. I also carry a lip stain and eyeliner, you can always put a bit of the lip stain on the cheeks and you are ready" Kate Moss
Kate's natural look, Glastonbury 2005
7. Eye liner
A great trick that gives you a natural look but still picks up the eyes is to apply a tiny, very thin line of liquid eyeliner just above the lash line. It's a trick I read in Vogue from Linda Cantello called 'invisible eyeliner', used on many a celeb 'no make up' photo shoot. It's quite hard to do but looks fantastic. You need a really thin liquid liner for this, like Blinc by Sephora. "Just a millimetre-thin trail along the top lash line, drawn right down against the roots, frames the eyes and gives the illusion of lusher, more prolific lashes - without the need for multiple coats of mascara. If you're a dab hand at drawing in a thicker, more feline eyeliner, then simply keep the nib closer to lashes. If you're a novice, begin by stippling the eyeliner in between lashes to form a continuous line."
Joan Smalls' 'invisible eye-liner', Vogue 
8. Good lash
Long lashes will open up your eyes, so invest in a good old eyelash curler. I also love Covergirl & Maybelline lengthening mascaras like Define-a-lash.

9. Lips
A dab of tint or a nice clear gloss adds vitality to the face. I use Benetint for a natural colour, then slather something shiny and nourishing like Paw Paw Ointment or Blistex on top.

10. Hydrate
Drink water! Not only is it good for your skin & general well-being, but it will help with your fatigue - and any hungover headaches! I also find coconut water is a life-saver for tired or hungover days, plus is  it full of electrolytes. Straight from the nut is best. You could also do a Kate Moss - "If I wake up in the morning and look tired and puffy, I fill a sink with ice and cucumber and submerge my face. It instantly tightens everything making you feel and look instantly better."

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Smokey Eye & Nude Lip

Doetzen Kroes by Ellen von Unwerth for Style magazine
I've long been a fan of this look and never get sick of it - a smokey eye and nude lip. My Nude Dude & Smoke gets in your Eyes posts are among my most read. I saw this picture (below) on Charlotte Tilbury's website recently and was inspired to write a new blog with some new inspirations & product recommendations for this look. I'd love to try Charlotte's range - as Kate Moss's long time makeup artist, she is a maestro at the rock chick look. 
Charlotte Tilbury & Rock Chick look model
"As a Rock Chick...Your look is defined by a sexy Feline eye, smokiness, and lashings of mascara finished off with the perfect nude lip. Inspired by the sex kitten ways of Brigitte Bardot, the rock 'n' roll attitude of Debbie Harry and the style of Kate Moss, your irreverent attitude is all you need to accessorize your look." Charlotte Tilbury
The Rock Chick look by Charlotte Tilbury. Look includes:
Lip Lustre Gloss in Blondie, Lip Cheat Liner in Iconic Nude, Nude Kate K.I.S.S.I.N.G lipstick,
Full Fat Lashes mascara in glossy black, The Rock Chick Luxury Palette eye-shadow 
& The Feline Flick liquid liner in Panther
Loving this shoot by Ellen von Unwerth for The Daily Telegraph UK's Style magazine. “I love to do smoky eyes, and I think that works best without too much of a lip colour,” says Doutzen Kroes, a L’Oréal Paris spokesmodel and one of the faces of the Colour Riche Collection Privée lipstick range of nudes. “There’s still a bit of a pinkish tone in there,” she says of her own shade, Colour Riche Collection Privée lipstick in Doutzen Kroes: Barely Pink.

Doutzen Kroes, Bombshell by Ellen von Unwerth. 
Make up by Charlotte Willer for L'Oreal Paris. Look includes:
Eau de Teint Foundation, Color Riche Quad in Eau de Rose, 
Superliner Eye Liner in Black Buster, Colour Riche Collection Privée lipstick in Doutzen Kroes: Barely Pink


Below Charlotte has worked her magic on Suki Waterhouse, Cara Delevingne, Sienna Miller, Naomi Campbell & Kate Moss for Kate's Topshop 2014 range launch party, choosing a smokey eye and nude lip for all. 
Suki Waterhouse, Cara Delevingne, Sienna Miller, Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss 
at Kate's TopShop 2014 launch party. 
All make-up by Charlotte Tilbury, as below.
“I wanted to bring out Sienna’s beautiful blue eyes by using the golden bronze shades from The Golden Goddess eye-shadow palette, inspired by vintage icons like Raquel Welch and Bo Derek," said Tilbury, who blended the powder shadows in a soft haze all around Miller's eyes. "The tones also beautifully complemented her gorgeous beaded dress from Kate’s collection. Then we contoured the cheekbones for a fresh sun-kissed look and played down the lips with a creamy nude lipstick." From Allure.com
Sienna
Sienna and Kate
Charlotte and Kate
As for Cara, she wanted dramatic smoky eyes to give her look a glamorous, rocker-chic vibe," says Tilbury. In addition to layers and layers of black and charcoal shades from Tilbury's Rock Chic Palette, Delevingne's eyes were also lined with black pencil that was extended past the outer corners in a feline shape. A touch of silver shimmer at the inner corners (also from the Rock Chic Palette) made her eyes look truly mesmerizing." From Allure.com
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Cara
I must admit, Kim Kardashian's 'Glam Squad' are also adept at a fabulous smokey eye/nude lip look. Kim K has a covetable collection of nude lipstick shades.
Kim Kardashian in April 2014 with make-up artist Etienne Ortega.
Wedding nude lips - Kardashian Beauty Honey Stick Lipgloss in Natural Honey,
L'Oréal Paris Liquid Lipstick by Colour Riche in Nude Ballet 
 Eva Herzigiva in The Daily Telegraph UK's Style magazine, 2013
Kate, 2012
Cara Delevingne for British Vogue March 2013, 
makeup by Charlotte Tilbury
Eva Mendes, W magazine




Cara Delevingne and Sienna Miller all
went for this look for the Punk themed Met Ball in 2013
Miranda Kerr 2013 by Hung Vanngo
Kirsten Dunst for L'Oreal, 2014
The current products I'm using for this look are as follows. With a toddler and one on the way, I try to minimise prep time as much as possible so lately it's just a good lippie, eye liner & lashings of mascara. After trying many more expensive designer brands, I still swear by good old Maybelline mascaras, they really are top notch. However, I don't really rate Maybelline's Great Lash, I find it gives me quite a fine lash. I prefer thick and long Bambi-like lashes. Maybelline's The Falsies, Colossal and Mega Plush Volume ranges work well. If I'm in a rush out the door, it's just lashings of mascara, Paw Paw ointment on lips and a brow! Paw Paw ointment or Blistex blended with lipliner creates a great quick glossy lip.Combining the classic MAC spice lipliner with Blistex was my go-to in the 90's! Then I read Pat McGrath did the same for Gucci.
Living Nature Lipstick in Precious, a perfect shell-pink nude
MAC Spice lip liner - a classic warm nude
MAC Dervish lip liner - a dusty nudey pink
Paw Paw Ointment for a thick glossy conditioning shine on lips
Maybelline Mega Plush Volum Express mascara for super fat lashes
 MAC Teddy eye-liner - a warm slightly pearly dark brown with a soft silky consistency
MAC Smolder eye-liner - a perfect smokey smudgable black with a soft silky consistency
Benefit Badgal eye-liner - the perfect thick inky consistency that stays put
Benefit Instant Brow in Deep - a soft pencil that glides on and turns to powder

Here are some more top pics for rocking this look. 

Smokey Eyes & Nude Lip

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