Applying false lashes for New Years? Here’s how!

Firstly get a proper lash glue, the best I have used is DUO lash glue. This comes in the white (that turns clear) it also comes in a dark grey colour perfect for a smokey eye. The glue that comes in the packet is poor quality and will not last the whole night.

Once you have the right glue, next is choosing the right lashes. When choosing lashes for a DIY application it’s really important to get great quality lashes. The better the quality the easier to apply and longer they will stay on.

You can tell the quality of lashes by looking at the base of the false lashes. If the base is clear or thin that is what you want. This means the lashes are light and flexible not only will they look more natural but they won’t be heavy and stab the corners of your eyes when you blink (yay!).

If you are applying falsies for the first time I would recommend getting a full strip lash (rather than individual lashes, they are tricky to apply on your own) also I would practice applying them before the day so it’s not stressful.

The brands I would recommend are “Helen Dowsley lashes”, “Smoke and Mirrors lashes” if you can’t get these then M.A.C cosmetics and Katy Perry lashes in Priceline..although I would not recommend every type of the Katy lashes for your first application, I will put a picture of the ones that are most natural below. If you still don’t know what will suit you, Helen Dowsley lashes have an app! Yep! You can try before you buy (pictured below).

So! Now you have you lashes how the on earth do you apply them?!

1. Do your eye shadow and liner before application.

2. Curl your lashes then put a light application of mascara just to cover any eyeshadow fall out.

3. Before putting glue on the lashes gently remove them from their container and place them on your eye lid to measure if they are to long for the length of your eye. If they are longer than the length of your eye use nail scissors to make them shorter. This is referring to the strip of the lash not the actual lashes themselves. Trim the outer length of the lash, then measure the piece you cut off and do the same to the other lash.

4. Get your DUO lash glue and squeeze a little on the back of your hand, get the end of a make-up brush dip it into the glue and run the glue along the base of the false lash (don’t be heavy handed with glue). Dot a tiny bit more glue on either end of the lash this helps them to stay stuck even when you blink.

5. Wait for the glue to dry a tiny bit before applying the lash, you can tell because it starts to go from white to yellow before turning clear. When it starts getting a bit yellow you are ready to apply. Take your time, line it up and make sure it’s as close to your lash line as possible, use a cotton bud to push them right in close.

6. If something goes wrong, you may have to take them off and repeat the application again. Make sure you peel off any glue that is on the false lashes. Before trying again.

7. Once your lashes are on, it’s important to make sure they blend in with your eye makeup. I find the best way to do this is to use gel eyeliner and and angle brush apply eyeliner along your lash line.

And voila! Lashes! See it’s not to hard. New Years makeup in my opinion should be super fun party makeup, as well as long lasting and kiss proof ๐Ÿ˜‰ so finish off the New Years look with a kiss proof lip stain like Benetint, and their Moonbeam highlighter on your cheeks..gorg!

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Gone away for the holidays and forgot your makeup kit!? Solutions here.

You have gone away on holiday, you go to pretty yourself up only to realise you forgot your makeup ๐Ÿ˜ฆ noooo! Never fear..I took a trip to my local supermarket I will navigate you to the totally usable cosmetics.

The main problem with supermarket cosmetics are lack of shade choices and there are usually no testers. Here are some tips ๐Ÿ˜‰

Foundation: Mabellline Fit Me foundation. They won’t have your exact shade, I would buy a light shade and a dark shade, mix these to get a perfect tone for you. Put a tiny bit of your moisturiser to make the foundation a bit more sheer.

Lips and cheeks: Kate Moss developed a lipstick line with Rimmel London these come in great shades and have an awesome watermelon smell. As well as lip colour these make a fantastic cream blush.

Mascara: Rimmel Scandal Eyes, these have awesome brushes. They tend to dry out after a few weeks but perfect for a holiday mascara.

Eyeliner: Maybelline Eyestudio gel eyeliner, not only does this last the whole day but it comes with a brush. You can use it for a thin line or smudge and blend to give a softer effect.

If you don’t have makeup remover I would also recommend Huggies fragrance free baby wipes. Why not makeup remover wipes you ask? Because these can have irritating fragrance and leave an oily residue on the skin. As well as being over priced.

Another handy thing to have on holiday is Batisse dry shampoo, keeps your hair less oily between washes and smells nice (it’s a bit strong so make sure you like the smell before purchasing).

Happy Pretty Holidays xoxo

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Lanolips update! X

Christmas came early for me today! Lanolips sent me these beautiful gifts, when I did a post on their lip treatment I mentioned how I had not tried the Lemonaid lip aid. I finally got my hands on it. It’s sooo nice and totally yum, it’s made with natural lemon oil. It smells amaze! Not only this but it naturally exfoliates the lips ๐Ÿ™‚

They also sent me two gorgeous lip ointments with colour and SPF15 (I’m totally loving the mulberry ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) andddddd a 101 ointment multipurpose balm, (this product I have previously blogged about as my fav lip treatment) thank god! I was running low in my kit ๐Ÿ™‚

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Do’s and Don’ts Make-up Edition

Here are some quick make-up do’s and don’ts to avoid those make-up no no’s and to boost your everyday make-up routine ๐Ÿ™‚

-Do slightly wet your Eyeshadows to increase intensity of colour (experiment with this, as some shadows work better than others).

-Don’t keep make-up in hot areas, it will cause lipsticks to melt and foundations to change colour and separate.

-Do make sure you test make-up before purchasing.

-Don’t use eye drops that are whitening for more than one or two days, these drops have bleach in them. This whitens the eyes temporarily but causes them to be even more red once this wears off.

-Do check make-up expiry dates.

-Don’t share mascara with friends, it can spread infections such as conjunctivitis.

-Do use make-up brushes.

-Don’t buy make-up with out checking what it looks like in both natural and unnatural light.

-Do maintain eye brows, rather than waiting for them to grow back. Once you have your perfect shape, tweeze the stray hairs and keep them looking great all the time.

-Don’t over pluck eye brows, it’s better to have more. If in doubt see a professional (check their work first, brows are very subjective).

-Don’t experiment with your make-up before going to something important (aka a first date).

-Do experiment with make-up when you have nowhere important to be, perfect that look before rocking it.

-Don’t use foundation to create a tan.

-Do use a foundation that matches your skin tone and use a mineral powder one or two shades darker to contour and bronze the face. This adds warmth without causing that horrible foundation line.

-Do blend blend blend! This is the difference between a flawless look and an unnatural one.

-Don’t apply a liquid foundation then try and apply a powder blush.

-Do set liquids with translucent powders before trying to apply a powder brush, this will insure it doesn’t catch on the liquid and become patchy and uneven.

-Don’t get caught in a make-up rut, go check out what’s new at counters, read all the beauty trend sections and watch make-up tutorials online.

-Do have fun with make-up, relax and read my blog ๐Ÿ˜‰ xxx

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Keep your make-up amazing for the whole day.

Firstly it’s so important to set your foundation. Use a translucent powder (such as make-up for ever HD powder) after applying foundation, concentrating on areas that you become oily through the day.

People always ask me how to keep their make-up on? To be honest if you are a human, make-up will come off (if you’re an alien, I’m sure you have invented something amazing). Taking a few minutes after eating to touch up makes a whole world of difference!

This is what I have in my bag to keep fresh for the day..

Laura Mercier “Secret Camouflage” concealer (yes I am mentioning this product again) this is perfect for the bag because there is two shades to cover any redness or under eye darkness.

Essence “I love extreme” mascara. I love big lashes and I re apply this to keep them big throughout the day.

Lanolips “101 ointment” for a moisturising lip treatment and any other dry skin problems.

Ysl “glossy stain” in number 17. I keep this in my bag for when I want a colour pick me up.

Mac “so sweet, so easy” cremeblend blush. Because it’s a cream blush it can double as a pink matte lip colour.

Cortas “orange blossom water” I pour this into a small spray bottle, I use this instead of perfume and it’s also great to spritz on the face during the day to freshen up. (Bottle pictured below).

Palmers ” cocoa butter hand cream” to keep my hands soft, as well as protected from the sun whilst driving.

It also helps to keep a pressed powder with a bit of coverage in your bag, this will cover discolouration and absorb oil (Mac studio fix is good for this). If you don’t want to add coverage and don’t like powder, the smashbox antishine is a cream that takes away shine through the day. This product can also be used as a primer if you are extremely oily.

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The magic wand of makeup (it literally takes away wrinkles).

A common question I am asked by clients is “can you get rid of my wrinkles??) closely followed by a chuckle then a shocked face when I reply with an enthusiastic “yes!”.

Eyesentials under eye enhancer is a product that literally swipes away wrinkles like magic..I must admit whilst watching the ads for eyesentials on t.v I was a bit skeptical, but my god was I curious. Coincidentally I ended up doing makeup for two of their ads and it work before my eyes. I had to have it! ( link to view one of the ads below)

They were kind enough to send me a box and I have not stopped using it ever since. This product was invented in the 1950’s by a top Hollywood make-up artist to give screen sirens such as Ava Gardner, Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn a youthful look.

It’s a cosmetic so it’s last for the day (not forever unfortunately) I like to think of it like when Cinderella has her beautiful dress and coach till midnight, then she goes back to normal ๐Ÿ™‚
It gives an amazing youthful smoothness to the under eyes. My clients look fresh and I’ve had a lot of compliments on their looks especially when it’s used for t.v.

I have tested the effects on my mum and photographed them especially for you guys so you can see the results (picture below).

Celebrity fans include:

Sonia Kruger
David Wenham (who loved Eyesential for his flash back scenes in the hit series Killing Time)
Underbelly and City Homicide use it for their actors
Caroline Oโ€™Connor
Holly Valance
Gina Riley (for Kath and Kim)
Neighbourโ€™s stars and a whole range of news readers and morning show presenters loving Eyesential, and thatโ€™s just to name a few!

Channel Nine Ad (make-up and hair by me)

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