While false lashes might not be your everyday-in-the-office kind of beauty get-up, when you've got a big event on, a little extra oomph can make all the difference. The fast-track to a full and flirty flutter is individual lashes. Not as dramatic as a full faux lash line, they can be applied at the outer edge of your natural lash line to open the eyes or wherever you're a little sparse. Whilst most falsies are re-useable, that only applies if you avoid sleeping on them and look after them so if you're not ready to treat them with TLC, start off at the cheaper end of the shopping scale!
Makeup palettes are life-savers when it comes to Christmas shopping. If you're stuck for an idea, a makeup palette is always my suggestion. They don't narrow down your options. If you're not sure whether to go for say lipsticks or an eyeshadow, most of the time you don't have to pick because palettes come with both. Or if you're not sure what shades your mother-in-law prefers to wear, palettes are the playing-it-safe option as they feature pretty much everything. They're also a great way to try and get your BFF to experiment with brighter shades that you know she could totes pull off. And don't be put off by thinking the more product included, the higher the price. Palettes work out at ah-mazing value, just check out this Too Faced number that we're totally crushing on . . .
I always think those ol' blue-eyed, green-eyed to and brown-eyed girls have it easy. There are heaps of shadows and mascaras out there designed 'specially for them. But what about The Inbetweeners, huh? Those who have a combo of two or even all three of these shades. What are we meant to do, I ask? And I answer "chillax." For there are many-a-celeb just like you (and me) who face the same thing. And here are five of them that we're turning to for inspiration . . .
Lovely mother-to-be Lily Allen debuted a sophisticated vintage-inspired look last night in London and her shimmery charcoal eye makeup is simply too pretty not to try at home.
STEP 1: Begin by applying a black liquid eyeliner like Pop Beauty My One Liner Liquid Eyeliner ($33.95) along your upper lash lines, dragging a small "tail" out just beyond your lashes for a subtle cat eye.
STEP 2: Then, use a carbon black cream shadow like Topshop Cream Eyeshadow in Darkness (approx $11.45) on your lids from lash line to crease.
STEP 3: Blend in an aubergine shadow like Revlon Matte Eyeshadow in Aubergine ($19.95) starting from the inner corner of your eyes to right above your irises.
We've spoken before, at length, about my love for Alexa Chung and her eyeliner. As we're besties, she's let me into the *inner circle and told me how to do it, which I'm now going to tell you. Use it tonight and I guarantee the boys will come a-flockin'.
STEP 1: Coat the lids with i.d. bareMinerals Prime Time Eyelid Primer ($45) which will help any eye product stay strong. Now, because I find most liquid liners a pain in the ass to deal with, I'm going to suggest the insanely-easy-to-use Pop Beauty Cat Eyes Liner in Black Onyx ($35.95). It's creamy and emga easy to apply. Bloom does a similar one; both are slanted so they do the hard work for you. Starting in the centre of the lash line, above your pupil, draw outwards towards the end of our eye and stop at the corner of your lash line. DO NOT FLICK.
Amy, meet the readers of BellaSugar. Readers, meet Amy Daniel. She's Pop Beauty's International Makeup Artist and she's jetting into Australia to walk you through the latest releases from Pop Beauty and share with you some of her tips 'n tricks on creating the best winter looks. She's a NYFW regular and counts Kelly Osbourne, Katy Perry and Kim Kardashian as fully paid-up members of the Amy Daniel's Fan Club so we're in for a treat. Everyone who goes gets a sample of the awesome Eye Magnet Primer. Catch Ames at:
Kit at ENEX, WA: Monday, June 14, 6.30 - 8.30pm
Kit at Myer Perth, WA: Tuesday, June 15, 10am - 4pm
Kit at South Yarra, VIC: Wednesday, June 16, 6.30 - 8.30pm
Kit at Myer Chadstone, VIC: Thursday, June 17, 4 - 7pm
Kit at Myer Bourke Street, VIC: Friday, June 18, 12 - 3pm and 4 - 7pm
Kit at Westfield Doncaster, VIC: Saturday, June 19, 12 - 5pm
Bookings are $45, redeemable for product purchased on the night. Book by phoning your local kit store.
I used to have a bit of a thing about Winter makeup; I'd avoid it at all costs. I thought it was well, a little, boring. Plum seemed to sum it up. Not that I have a thing against plum but I do like a little variety, 'tis the spice of life after all. Luckily Pop Beauty thinks the same as me as it's introduced three new products that will help put a little Spring (read: colour) in your step this Winter. My favourite has to be the Sunny Day Bouquet ($58.95) which features four highlighters, eight eye shades, nine lip glosses and a bronzer. Nice one. Beaming Blink Eye Topper ($19.95) is also a worthy investment. All 12 of the eyeshadows are totally wearable but I'm particularly fond of the matte and sparkly fawns and coppers. Then there's the very clever and very handy Tan in a Pan ($49.95): waterproof bronzer with a little added highlighter that won't run down your face if it pours down. They think of everything, those Pop Beauty peeps.
Pop Beauty New Colour range will be available at Kit Cosmetics from 31 May.
In the shimmering apricot corner we have Blake Lively. Her contender? Leighton Meester with her rosy pink apples. It's a fierce fight for both are stellar shades, but in my opinion it's down to hair colour. Tell me if I'm wrong but, like Blair, I'm a brunette and as such, feel that we should stick to our pinks. Corals and apricots, shimmering or not—as much as I love them— just don't work on me. What about you? Which blush do you think is best?
FYI if you'd like to steal either girl's look try Pop Beauty Tan Popper ($89.95) for Blake's peachy-keen look. And chillax about the price tag, there are eyeliners, shadows and bronzers galore in there. For Leighton's look I'd recommend Benefit Posietint ($54); I know I say that all the time but it really is one of the best.
Granted Daniel Craig's shorts still top the list of our most-talked about Bond moments, but that doesn't mean that the gadgets are just boys' toys. We still want in on the action and these beauty palettes give a girl the best of both worlds: they're pretty, practical and come chock-full of hidden compartments, talking voices and Swiss Army style.
Stila Limited Edition Surprise and Shine Record a Message Palette ($85); Bloom Makeup Palette - Smokey Glamour ($39.95); JK Jemma Kidd Limited Edition Strike a Pose Swivel Palette ($62.95); Rouge G de Guerlain Rouge Lipstick Compact in Gems ($68) Pop Beauty Limited Edition Cabaret Bouquet Palette ($58.95); Bobbi Brown Chrome Palette ($160).
Stockists: Guerlain (02 9695 4800)