Try our step-by-step tutorial on how to enhance your cheeks, define your jawline, narrow your nose, and plump up your lips with contouring. With a little practice, these techniques will be a part of your daily routine.
We're delighted to bring you an exclusive, stop motion video from celebrity makeup artist Max May. He's known in the industry for creating really luminous, dewy, sexy makeup looks (see Lara Bingle), and in this video he shows us how. A cool, new take on the makeup tutorial, Max runs us through his homage to the loud, proud and colourful world of high-end cosmetics in the '80s, after the jump.
If Nars products are being used in any fashion week show, there's a good chance the skin will be radiant, luminescent and glossy. It really is no wonder Francois Nars created the Nars Skin range, a skincare line dedicated to lightening and brightening. But skin preparation aside, we have been staring longingly at Erdem's 2013 Autumn Winter London fashion week show and wondering, how do those modules look so damn fresh?
"There’s a touch of Wednesday Addams about her," makeup artist Hannah Murray told Style.com. "The collection is quite dark, so the girl we’re creating is a little ghostly." And by ghostly she also means "moonlit", which is exactly the shade of midnight-walk-on-the-beach we're craving.
To achieve the look, the team backstage used a highlighter called Nars Multiple in Luxor ($64), available in store at Mecca Cosmetica. Apply like you would any magic illuminating product — to all the high points of your face. Oh, and dab a touch on your cupids bow for an outstanding pout.
Bright lips! Highlighter! Shimmery shadows! There were so many lovely looks this week, it was hard to narrow down a Top 10, let alone zero in on one little beauty factor. From Jennifer Lopez and her gorgeous glow and deep pink lip, to Amber Heard and those eyes, we kind of had our hair and makeup socks knocked right off — repeatedly. One Aussie actress looked exactly like a doll, so perfect was her look — the big baby blues don't hurt! — and here, we'll show you how to recreate some of it. There were other Aussies, too, at yesterday's Derby Day, who'll inspire you to try something new. You'll read how to highlight them cheekbones of yours (à la Emily Blunt), how to widen and brighten your eyes, and a whole lot more! Click through to gallery to discover the latest in celebrity beauty.
The benefits of using a highlighter are seemingly endless. While you can apply highlighters all over your face to strategically brighten, it turns out that highlighters paired with blushes make for quite the dynamic combination. The key is to blend, blend, and then blend some more.
Transform powder blush: To create a cream blush in an instant, shave a bit of pressed powder blush with a highlighter, like Benefit High Beam ($45). Mix together and apply on the cheeks for a subtly shimmery complexion.
Make a cheek tint glow: For a lit-from-within effect, apply highlighter in a large dot on the apple of your cheek. Add a cheek tint in the middle and blend, adding more colour as desired.
Admittedly brow highlighting isn't something that's top of my list when it comes to getting ready. Which is bad. Because it's a simple, two-second trick that promises to create an eye-opening effect. Not to mention, amazing-looking brows. So when Benefit's new High Brow Glow ($39) landed on my desk, I thought I'd give it a whirl. Keen to see if it had an improvement on my arch, I wanted to check out its brow lifting qualities and its luminosity — the key point of difference between the already popular High Brow pencil, which is a soft pink shade. Read on to see what the product looks like on.
Benefit High Brow Glow will be available from June 18. Stockists: Adore Beauty.
Do you feel it in the air? It's PAR-TAY season! We're pumped but also a wee bit stressed. Our calendars are full-to-ze-brim and while we've got the perfect party combo sorted, the reality of having much time to apply said perfect party combo is slim-to-none. If you're anything like us, it's one soirée after another, and while we love being out and about, a girl needs to have some sorta plan in place to ensure she always looks her best. And this is it, peeps! A quick and easy multitasking guide for going from work to Christmas functions in a flash . . .
Base is ace: Start the day off by creating a solid base for your makeup to stay on. Read: primer. It's the tried-and-tested product that makeup artists, beauty eds and A-listers swear by. We love Hourglass Solar Tan Self-Tanning Primer ($89) because it helps build a subtle golden glow over five days. Buh-bye hangover skin.
Everyone who's anyone would've tried YSL Touche Éclat Radiant Touch ($55). And no doubt fallen in love with it. I swear by it. But I also have girlfriends who — as much as it pains them — can't afford to drop that much every few months. Not when there's rent to be paid. Sigh.
There are some great dupes out there, though. Like Maybelline New York Instant Age Rewind Double Face Perfector ($19.50), Revlon Age Defying Spa Concealer ($26.95) and the newly-released (it literally hit shelves yesterday) Napoleon Perdis Mighty Concealer Pen ($35).
But what are your feelings about beauty dupes: do you dig them or do you prefer to own the original?
It's no secret that I'm a mad Benefit fan. Mad I tells ya. Everything about the zippy little products I love, from the funk-a-licious names to the dreamy textures to the reading-my-mind-releases. But you know how you treat the ones you love. You always expect more. It's a little unfair but that's just the way it is. So when I find a Benefit product I think is the shiz, it means it really, really is. And its new, to-be-released next month illuminating wonder, Girl Meet Pearl, is the shiz. Fo' real. I've worn it every single day since it landed on my desk last week. I've even been able to forgo foundation and wear less other face makeup because it makes me look so darn good. (Even if I do say so myself.) Why I love it so: it soothes skin with its punchy blend of raspberry and chamomile, it smoothes skin thanks to its sweet almond oil infusion, but most of all its golden-pink pearly pigments light up your face. It's radiance in a bottle. But it's that little bit easier to apply than High Beam. And it lasts all day. Sigh. Add to your Wish Lists.
Benefit Girl Meets Pearl ($53) will be available from September 8. Stockists: 02 8353 5000.
It kinda sucks when you see "your hair" done better by someone so much younger and more successful than you. But such is life. I'm talking about ex Neighbours hottie Caitlin Stasey. The Aussie actress is all aboard the promo tour bus for Tomorrow When the War Began — which also stars Lincoln Lewis — and she's been flaunting her balayaged bob around Melbourne and Sydney for la premiere. I love it soft and flirty, paired with a sheer white polka dot dress, but I've gotta say that slicking one side back adds a sexy edge to the style, too. She wisely chose to mix up her makeup looks to match the hair, meaning a matte red lip and winged eye for Melbourne last night and a luminous pastel palette for the world premiere in Sydney on Sunday night. Both looks are fab-a-dabulicious. Struggling to pick a fave. Help.