Saturday, May 3, 2014

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Transform your look
You've got the look
Transform your look

Lipstick or lipgloss? Foundation or tint? Using the right make-up formula will transform your look, say beauty experts

Pencil eyeliner vs liquid eyeliner

Pencil eyeliner vs liquid eyeliner

Pencil eyeliner: Pencils are perfect for a soft, daytime definition, says Sydney-based make-up artist Janeen Brown, from the Fashion Pharmacy.

Best for? Darker pencils are best for building up to a smoky eye, or choose brown to create a softly, smudged look. 

Liquid eyeliner: Brown suggests liquid liner for a dramatic eye or when wearing false lashes. 

Best for? Liquid liner is perfect for evening when you want to elongate and flatter the shape of your eyes with winged liner. 

Cream blush vs powder blush

Cream blush vs powder blush

Cream Blush: Choose cream blush when you want to create a dewy, outdoorsy flush, says Corrigan. 

Best for? Normal to dry complexions. 

How? Use fingertips to dab it on to the apples of your cheeks and blend upwards along cheekbones. 

Powder blush: Use powder blush for a more finished look, says Corrigan, or for contouring cheekbones. 

Best for? Oily/combination skin types

How? Sweep large brush in circles over blush, tap to remove excess, and sweep across the apples of your cheeks.

Foundation vs sheer tints

Foundation vs sheer tints

Foundation: Foundation covers skin with a layer of colour, giving you a flawless finish, says Corrigan. 

Best for? Evening – or every day if you have an uneven complexion. 

How? Apply a dab of foundation onto the back of your hand and dip the foundation brush into it. Dab on, starting at the inner creases of your face around the nose and eyes, blending outwards. 

Foundation vs sheer tints

Foundation vs sheer tints

Sheer tints: Sheer tints like BB creams offer a veil of colour for a more translucent look, showing the texture of your skin. "The amount of colour pigments used in sheer tints are usually less than foundation, with higher levels of humectants. This creates more hydrated skin," says Corrigan. 

Best for? Summertime especially, but daytime all year round. 

How? Apply as you would moisturiser, using fingertips, and blend well under chin.

Traditional powder vs translucent powder

Traditional powder vs translucent powder

Traditional powder: Tinted, full-coverage powder should match your skin tone, says LA-based make-up artist Fiona Corrigan. 

Best for? A moisturised or primed face when you're only using concealer. "It's best to avoid applying over foundation as it can cause a cakey, blotchy complexion," says Corrigan. 

How? Use a large, fluffy brush in circular movements, starting at the outer edges. 

Traditional powder vs translucent powder

Traditional powder vs translucent powder

Translucent powder: "It's sheer, so it won't alter the colour of your skin or foundation," explains Corrigan. 

Best for? Setting foundation. 

How? Use a powder puff and start at the sides of the nose, dabbing lightly. Sweep off excess powder with a clean powder brush.

Natural mineral make-up

Natural mineral make-up

Use mineral makeup that is free from nano particles with botanical ingredients that are sensitive to skin to give the most flawless finish, although not all mineral makeup products are free from nasty fillers.

Byron Bay based ECO minerals (ecominerals.com.au) are 100 percent pure and do not use bismuth oxychloride, magnesium stearate or talc, and are certified Cruelty Free, Vegan and free from nano particles. They also have biodegradable eco refill sachets to minimize plastic waste.

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