So you know we're going a little loco on the Australiana theme this week — but what better time to celebrate all that is great about Aussie celebs and products made Down Under than the lead-up to Australia Day? We always look forward to events like the Logies and any Australian film premiere, because we get to see stars including Jodi Gordon, Lara Bingle and Rose Byrne flexing their makeup muscles. We asked the Sugar eds to pick their all-time favourite Australian beauty moment; plus the product they'll be purchasing to get thy look at home.
Emily Green is a Melbourne-based designer and artist who produces everything from cult, handmade beaded necklaces to digital prints and knitted scarves. We were delighted to find out she's followed in the footsteps of Sass and Bide and Yeojin Bae to create a seven shade polish collection for Bloom Cosmetics. You can buy the entire set for $99, or pick your favourite for $19.95.
"The seven colours are a mix of my favourite Summer brights — a pale mint, bright melon and ochre — as well as a pale grey, dark blue grey and navy to balance the palette," says Emily.
The collection has that real "pairs" feel, so you can choose one shade for your fingernails and one for your toes and know that you'll still match (it's the little things!). You can also go into the running to win one of three, limited edition Emily Green beaded necklaces made up of the same colours as her Bloom Cosmetics nail polish collection.
Pimples just tend to appear at the most inopportune times, don't they? And no matter what you try to do, sometimes concealer doesn't do a good enough job alone to cover it up. It's time to kiss those days goodbye. With the right army of products, you can mask those pimples in seconds flat, and they'll stay concealed all day.
- Leave it be: It's been said before, but it's still true: do not pop or pick at your pimple. Not only does it spread bacteria, but it makes it practically impossible to cover.
- Go green: After washing your hands, apply a green-tinted concealer, like the one in the Bloom Cosmetics Secret Weapon Concealer Kit ($20), to neutralise the red of the blemish. Pat it on with a clean makeup sponge, but do not rub.
- Conceal: Generously layer your regular concealer on top of the green with a clean sponge or brush, blending away any harsh edges left behind by the green.
- Powder: Dip a small brush into your regular powder and gently pat it on and around the blemish to set the concealers. Use a light, tapping motion to get full coverage from the powder.
- Finishing touch: If you still feel like you need some coverage, add a second layer of your flesh-toned concealer, but avoid another powder layer to avoid looking cakey.
As we walk bronzed pins first into Summer (we're using Alessandra Ambrosio's as our inspo — ha!), all things metallic come to mind. When it's warm out, we want to look shiny. And dewy. And glowy. Metallic makeup is universally flattering, just stick to the warm and cool skin rules and you really can't go wrong. Keep it simple, though, as metallic makeup catches the light (amazing) and you don't want to look too sparkly vampire. Save that for your dreams feat. Edward Cullen. You know the drill beauties, get clickin'.
Model-turned-snapper-turned-blogger, Zanita Morgan, is quite possibly one of the coolest girls we know. Just take her blog intro, for example. It reads: "I divide my time between snapping outfits and testing models, travelling overseas and collaborating with fellow bloggers to create personalised editorials. My blog is the story of my progression as a self-taught photographer." Um, can we please have her life?! Naturally, we wanted to know exactly how she keeps her skin so clear and what prods she likes to use daily, click through to find out.
Want more? Read our other Real Beauty interviews here.
So, how are you going on the Spring cleaning front? Started yet? If not, that changes today! Your makeup brushes, product bottles and styling tools all need to be cleaned regularly, but Spring is a great time to really give them a once over. After everything is looking shiny and new, you might like to consider housing your everyday products in a new makeup bag. Not quite that Mimco clutch you've been eyeing but just as fun and even more useful. We've got 10 for you to pick from, each coming in at under $20.
If you've nailed the right foundation consistency for your skin type and taken things like your lifestyle and the climate into consideration, then you're probably after a good foundation brush to kickstart your complexion perfection. Makeup brushes come in all shapes and sizes, but a foundation brush's sole purpose is to blend the product into your skin so it looks at one with your face. Sounds pretty dreamy, we know, but there's nothing worse than caked-on foundation and the only way to avoid that is using the correct application techniques along with a brush. We've rounded up our top five, trialled and tested foundation brushes, so whether you've got a spare 10, 50 or more — we've got the brush for you.
If you're anything like us, we love experimenting with different eye makeup looks. But what we also love is finding out what eye shadows, mascaras and eyeliners are on high rotation in other people's beauty cupboards. Snoopy snoop! And mascara especially, because everyone prefers a different consistency and brush thickness. And what about eyeshadow? Are you a powder girl or a cream girl? Smokey eye or cats-eye? We asked the Sugar editors to reveal their most cherished eye product, so click through to find out.
May is one of the quietest months (in terms of beauty launches) that we've seen in a long while. With most brands focusing on their Mother's Day launches, the quantity of products hitting counters may be lower but that doesn't mean to say the quality is. There are some great new releases from a fragrance-free version of a cult classic to a lightweight foundation that promises to offer a seamless finish to a nail polish that has the seal of approval from The Amazing Spider-Man. Also out this month: a luxurious face cream, a new Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick, a concealer kit that explains colour correctors, an affordable gel eyeliner and more. Take a look.
Bloom Cosmetics is offering customers a huge 25 percent off everything during its mid-season sale! We'll be making the most of the offer by snapping up some of our new favourite products and cult classics from the Aussie brand including Super Glossy Lips, Organic Rosehip Oil, Sheer Colour Cream Blush and Gold Sparkle Top Coat. But be sure to get in quick, prices will only be slashed online and in-store for a limited time. Check out the full details of the offer below.
Offer available online until April 17 using promotional code midseasonsale25; available in David Jones until April 22 and available in Myer April 5-29.