We've all been guilty of obsessing over our favourite celebrity and even Googled them once or twice for beauty inspiration. Whether it be for their flawless skin, stellar makeup looks or effortlessly styled hair, it's the things they do with ease (all year long) that make it hard to resist replicating. So this week we asked the POPSUGAR Australia editors' to reveal their secret celebrity crush and the products they used to steal their looks.
While you don't need another reminder it's Spring, you might need one in the product department. It's officially time to put down those thick, super-moisturising products and start to lighten things up. Not completely (save that for Summer) but just a little bit. The consistency of your beauty products right now should be medium. The POPSUGAR Australia editors' still want dewy, hydrated looks, but they don't want to overload on warmer days. Curious as to how they'll do it? Get clickin', girl.
We've got one POPSUGAR Australia editor preparing for a trip to New York, another scrubbing her body with coffee, and a third using hair clips to solve a very ordinary hair problem. But it doesn't end there, beauty lovers. Our health and beauty editor has been trialling a new perfume that's bringing many boys to the yard, and a bronzing palette that will light up your life. Step this way.
1. Choose wisely. Bronzers come in a variety of formulas — cream, liquid, gel, mist, even bronzers built into foundation — but powder is easy for anyone to master. Monson raves over Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder ($79).
2. Brush up. For the most natural-looking application, use a soft, fluffy brush that isn't too dense. This way, you can distribute colour lightly and evenly.
3. Paint by numbers. "Most people just apply bronzer to the cheeks, but the sun doesn't just hit your cheeks," Monson says. "It hits you on the forehead, jaw, and nose, too." To get a sun-kissed hint of colour, imagine making a number three on your face. "Start above the brow, down the temple, over the cheek, down the jawline toward the chin," Monson says. Apply one or two coats for a subtle hint of sun so you appear radiant and glowing without going overboard.
For Fair Skin Tones
If you're on the paler side, bronzers can often overwhelm your complexion. Don't worry, though; you don't have to look like an Oompa Loompa to get a sun-kissed glow.
- Hue knew? Fair-complected women look lovely in sheer beige-browns or in honey-toned bronzers with hints of peach or shimmery pink. The point is to add a touch of golden warmth that seamlessly blends into your skin. Better yet? Use a mosaic-style bronzer that contains several light-reflecting pigments for a customised fit.
Get more tips for medium and dark skin tones when you keep reading.
Not to be confused with body gel bronzer, face gel bronzer is a must-use product in Winter. Too many overcast days takes that sun-kissed look out of our (SPF protected!) skin, so it's time to replicate it. Bronzing face gel isn't a gradual tanning product, it is an instant bronzer. Mix a small amount with your foundation or tinted moisturiser, and prepare to glow. You can use it like that, or just on top of your makeup as per a powder bronzer. Place a pea-sized amount on the back of your (clean) hand, and then use a stippling brush to buff gently in circular motions on the high points of the face. Luckily, we've got the perfect bronzing face gel on every budget. Just. . .
A bronzer is a must-have for your Winter beauty bag — it can give your skin a healthy sun-kissed glow without the harsh rays and is the perfect product to wake up tired and dull skin. When it comes to choosing the right bronzer there are a few options you can choose from that are suitable for different skin types. Want to know whether you should use a cream or a powder? Read on!
It's been a crazy week here at the POPSUGAR office. There's been battles with the rain, Jess had an unlpleasant trip to the dentist and we've gone in to a frenzy, in anticipation of next weeks busy fashion week schedule. So, in a bid to keep up appearances (hair, nails, teeth...), we've picked some of our favourite beauty must-haves for the whole top-to-toe body therapy experience.
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.
Dewy skin has been popular of late, but come the hottest days of Summer, sometimes you just want to go matte — right? Matte-look skin is one-dimensional in the sense that the skin doesn't necessarily "pop", but it's a clean makeup look and one that gives that faux contoured look when applied correctly. The key is to start very slow, and build. Dip your brush on the palette, tap excess, and lightly move in a circular motion around all the highest points of your face and along the jawline. We've got five, firm favourites (go on, say that five times fast), and there's one at every price point.