Regatta is a strong nautical blue that is summery and chic. This colour is perfect for transitioning from day to night. Stock up on regatta coloured accessories to make this colour a statement of your spring outfit!
For me, wearing eyeliner is almost like wearing clothes. Whether it be pencil, powder, liquid or gel – I feel incomplete without that smudge above my lashline. Now, most eyeliners come in the usual blacks, browns and greys. While these should be staples for every busy student, sometimes a gal needs to bring a little colour into a dreary day, and she needs it fast! Hence my never-fail beauty pick-me-up: coloured eyeliner.
Now you might be thinking ‘coloured eyeliner is not appropriate for me!’. The trick to pulling off this pop of colour is making sure that the rest of your face is neutral and natural looking.
Also, try to keep the coloured liner fairly thin and restrict it to either the top lid or bottom lid. Personally I prefer using the top lid. That’s because when I apply colour to the bottom lashline, I usually need to apply a black/brown liner to the top lashline as well to keep my eyes from looking oddly unbalanced. However, when I apply the colour to the top lashline, I usually don’t need anything except a swipe of mascara to complete the bottom lashes.
To make sure this look is long wearing, pick a waterproof liner like Stila’s Sparkle Waterproof Liquid Eye Liners. Unfortunately, stocking up on coloured eyeliners can be a little cost prohibitive, but you can get around this by using your coloured eyeshadow as liner. To do this, use an angled brush and press (not pull!) the eyeshadow powder onto the skin just above your lashline. Flick the brush out at the ends to create a becoming winged look. To make the powder stick in place even longer, use eyeshadow primer or a neutral eyeliner (or even a lipliner!) as a base.
Some colours to try include violet, forest green, teal, copper/burnt orange, navy blue, steel blue, and lilac.
Hopefully using a pop of coloured eyeliner will lift your mid-week spirits and make getting reading for the long day ahead a little bit more fun!
- Stila Sparkle Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner – AUD 48.00
- Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner – AUD 42.00
- MAC Eye Kohl – AUD 32.00
- MAC Fluidline – AUD 32.00
- Prestige Kohl Blend Eye Pencil – AUD 14.95
- MAC Small Angle Brush 266 – AUD 39.00
- EcoTools Bamboo Eyeliner Brush – AUD 9.96
Some people are born with a perfect set of lashes, but for the rest of us mere mortals there is mascara! Mascara has been around since Ancient Egypt. For the modern student, the ideal mascara should be dark, lengthening, separating and long-wearing. But honestly, finding the perfect mascara is kind of like finding parking at UWA on a Monday – you keep looking and hoping until you get lucky. To make things worse, mascaras can be notoriously inconsistent from person to person. The only way to find your holy grail is through a lot of experimentation (although reviews help! Check out my post on the value of reviews here).
When you have a mascara you love, you can apply a few tricks to get the most out of it. Firstly and most importantly, invest in a good lash curler. The undeniable worldwide favourite is the Shu Uemura lash curler (currently available in David Jones). Good quality curlers are also made by MAC, Shiseido and Tweezerman (all available at Myer).
Curl lashes starting at the base (that is as close to your lid as you can get without pinching the skin!) and moving up towards the tip with each pump. This creates a nice ‘C’ shaped curl that opens up the eyes without giving you that Betty Boop look. Once you’ve curled, quickly comb through the lashes with a spoolie to separate and shape them. Then apply your mascara, starting as close to the lashline as possible.
Finally, to create the illusion of added thickness, gently pat black eyeshadow into your upper lashline using an angled eyeliner brush. You can also get this effect by tightlining (applying eyeliner to the upper waterline). Make sure you pre-apply an eyeshadow base to prevent smudging throughout the day.
- Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler – AUD 45.00
- Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Mascara – AUD 50.00
- Shiseido Perfect Mascara – AUD 50.00
- Maybelline Full N’ Soft Mascara – AUD 19.25
- Laura Mercier Caviar Eyeliner in Black – AUD 45.00
- Inglot AMC Pure Pigment in #87 Matte Black – AUD 26.00
Have you ever heard of Comic-Con? It’s that super geek-fest that takes place in San Diego every year, where you can see beloved characters like Batman and Spock come to life (and yes, it’s my dream to go there one day). Anyway, the amazing makeup artists that bring those characters to life have their own convention and it’s called IMATS: International Makeup Artist Trade Show.
Each year IMATS comes to Sydney and brings with it talented makeup artists from Australia and all around the world. It isn’t just for the industry pros though – anyone with an interest in makeup is welcome to attend (one day ticket – $40, two day tickets – $75). IMATS 2011 is right around the corner, so if you happen to be in Sydney at the time – lucky you!
IMATS carries some amazing makeup lines that sadly aren’t available in normal Australian shops. Just to name a few…
They also carry well known lines like MAC, Inglot and Napoleon Perdis. As if you needed more incentive, they have classes, lectures, demonstrations and free sample giveaways going on all weekend and they offer a discount on makeup!
For more information, check out the IMATS Sydney website!
Students often take their stress out on their lips – biting, chewing, rubbing, etc. Flaky lips become even more obvious when covered by lipstick. Keeping your lips smooth and supple is really easy, and it feels great! Once you’ve experienced soft, flake-free lips, you won’t want to go back!
There are lip scrubs out there that you can use to exfoliate, but to be honest its easier (and cheaper) to make your own at home. Here’s what to do:
Mix 1 teaspoon of granulated sugar, 1 teaspoon of honey, and 1.5 teaspoons of olive oil in a small dish until they reach a paste-like consistency. Add more olive oil if the mixture is too dry. Then apply this paste to your lips (using a finger or an old clean toothbrush) and rub gently in a circular motion. Wipe off with a damp towel and apply lip balm to moisturise. For some extra antioxidant action, break open a gel capsule of Vitamin E and add it to your paste.
Exfoliating up to three times a week will keep your lips in great condition. To get a natural, long lasting and flattering look for everyday, try filling in your lips with a lip liner that matches the natural pigmentation of your lips. Lip liner evens out your lip colour in the same way foundation evens out your face. It also lasts longer than lipstick, so it’s a great option for the busy student. After that, apply some high shine lipgloss with a touch of sparkle, and you’re good for the rest of the day!
- LUSH Lip Polish in Sweet Lips – AUD 9.95
- Lucas’ Pawpaw Ointment – AUD 7.95
- MAC Lip Pencil – AUD 30.00
- Too Faced Perfect Lips Lip Liner – AUD 32.95
- Philosophy Kiss Me Lip Gloss – AUD 24.00
- Lancôme Juicy Tube in Marshmallow Electro – AUD 39.95
MAC has just realised a great new collection that is perfect for anyone wanting to expand their makeup stash, or total newbies who are just starting out! According to MAC, this collection gives you ‘all of the glitz & glamour synonymous with your favourite Dressing Room divas is now available in a series of shades for Eyes & Lips (along with the BRUSH MUSTS essential to any leading lady).’
The collection includes 24 eyeshadow refill pans with a mix of colours, finishes, and limited and permanent collection shades available. There are also 3 lip sets (co-ordinating lipstick, liner and gloss), 2 smokey eye sets (3 co-ordinating eyeshadows, eyeliner, mascara and 2 eye brushes), and best of all – 2 limited edition mini-brush sets! MAC brushes are notoriously awesome, but unfortunately they are very expensive too! Great brushes give you noticeably better results for both eye and face makeup, but it can be painful to shell out a minimum of $40 per brush! So these brush sets ($115 for 5 brushes) are pretty good value for good quality tools.
Go to the MAC website for all the info, including prices, on this great collection! Happy shopping!
PS. This collection has already begun selling out online so hurry! Otherwise, check out the products in Myer and David Jones in the city, or Myer Garden City.