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Liquid Liner Lowdown

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Liquid Liner Lowdown

Stars such as Lady Gaga love defying the odds and letting their individuality come forth in their hair and makeup applications. In her Judas music video (2011), she used double-lined liquid eyeliner to create an Eastern, ornamental look. Sarah Jessica Parker incorporated a similar style in Sex and the City 2 (set in Abu Dhabi) with the cat-eye smokey effect. In just a few step-by-step instructions, follow along with us to see how you can get an equally dramatic look that’s sure to get your eye candy locked in your gaze.

Materials Needed:

Angled brush, foundation, concealer, eye shadow brush, light eye pigment/paint (optional), light eye shadow, white eye pencil, dark eye shadow, thin brush, blending brush, mascara, false lashes (optional).

Directions:

Place a light layer of foundation on the eyelid, in order to create a base for the powder to set. Using a medium brush, apply a light power onto the lid. Allow for everything to set.

Next, apply your white eye pencil to the inner rim of the eye. This needs to be non-waterproof to ensure an intense colour. Extend the white line straight out past the outer corner of the eye and create a triangle towards the inner corner.

Using a stiff, angled brush, apply your liquid liner from the inner lash line towards (and even past) the edge of your socket. Eyeliner looks its best when the line thickens towards the edge, but see desired photos for inspiration.

Allow for your liner to dry before applying your darker shadow. Use a softer brush, and apply desired amount in the crease of your eye towards the brow. For the cat-eye look, clean up any smudging with some makeup remover on a cotton pad.

This is optional, but if you choose to apply lashes to the bottom lashes, use a clear glue. Then apply mascara. Place the set of lashes along the lines you have created under/over the eye, and glue them to the line you have already created with the eyeliner.

Clean up any fall out from the eye shadow with concealer and continue on with your regular foundation routine and finish by applying a top coat of mascara.

5 Fab Manicures

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5 Fab Manicures

Runways aren’t just about sweeping gowns and designer jeans anymore. Nowadays runways also act as showcases for the latest trends in nail art. Although they are simple enough to do on your own, your nails can be transformed into runway-inspired accessories that up your style like nothing else. So, dig out your polish collection and get ready lacquer, because we’ve got five fab nail looks you’re going to want try.

Shiny-Matte French Manicure

Fresh off the Angel Sanchez runway, this stunning look offers a fresh take on the classic French manicure. These nails are perfect for those who prefer a more natural look as a muted palette is used. To get this look, simply apply a base coat followed by two coats of polish in a glossy pink shade. Wait a full five minutes after each coat to ensure it is dry before adding another layer. Follow the edge of the nail in a slightly darker pink shade for a sweet and subtle effect that catches the eye. But you’re not done yet. Seal the polish off with a topcoat to extend the wear of your manicure.

Not-So-Perfect Half-Moon

Right on trend with the color-blocking phenomenon, this bold nail look is sure to win you a boatload of compliments. The fact that the half-moon is purposefully flawed should reduce any anxiety you may feel about creating perfectly crisp curvatures. To give your nails that “artsy” attitude, apply two layers of the polish of your choice and allow them to dry. Then, opt for a contrasting polish to really make your nails pop. Paint on the half-moon by starting from the middle of the nail, rather than from the cuticle. This way, you’ll end up with the fuzzy edges that make this style so unique.

Retro Colorblock

For those of you who go completely gaga for retro-inspired looks, this look’s for you. This trend was inspired by Mark Rothko’s paintings with a dash of 80′s aesthetics. Simply paint a glossy black stripe over the polish of your choice, starting from the center of the nail and seal with a topcoat. The retro color palette consists of muted brights, so go for a dull magenta, violet, or turquoise.

White-Out

White nails are trending on all the spring runways, and they’re also preppy, fresh and office-appropriate. To achieve this sleek look as seen at the Karen Walker show, two coats of milk-white polish are layered over a basecoat, and finished off with a matte topcoat. What you’re left with is a crisp clean look that will take you from day to night.

Diagonal Pop Color

With spring just around the corner, it’s time to pull those brights out from the back of your closet. A polish in any glossy bright hue will work to bring out the color accents in your outfit. To get the perfect diagonal, simply place a piece of tape diagonally across the nail-tip and paint in the area with your polish for a pop of color.

Eyes Like Lucy Lui

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Eyes Like Lucy Lui

Take a note from the always gorgeous, fresh-faced Lucy Liu and amp up your beauty repertoire with this easy-to-follow Lui-inspired makeup tutorial. With her knockout style and dazzling eyes, Lui is the ultimate muse for any beauty buff or fashion fanatic. If you’re looking to snag Lucy Lui’s enviable look, here are a few tips on how to emulate Lui’s famous peepers and make them work for you. Remember, Lui is the inspiration, but your makeup regime should highlight your own one-of-kind features, so be creative, play and figure out what suits you.

Materials Needed:

Lashes (individual or strip lashes)

Lash glue

Eye shadow

Eye Liner (waterproof optional) black, white or silver

Makeup Brushes

Eye shadow Primer

Eye Lash Curler

Mascara

1. Start with a fresh, moisturized face and apply concealer and foundation working from the T-zone outwards.

2. Before dipping into the eye shadow, apply loose powder directly under the eyes onto the cheekbones using a sponge. This I called a powder guard; it will help keep your base pristine while you apply shadow to your lids.

3. Apply eye shadow to your brows, using a flat-angle brush, until you achieve your desired shape. Be sure to select a shadow that matches your natural brow color; however, if you have very fair brows select a shadow that is a shade darker. Fill in brows until the desired shape is achieve.

4. Prep the eyes with eye shadow primer and powder as well.

5. Using a small brush, apply a metallic apricot color just above the eyelid fold.

6. Now, with a wider brush, apply a soft peachy copper shadow and blend above the lid in a circular motion.

7. Next, load the brush with a deep purple color. Keep the shape rounded and blend up to the eye fold.

8. Apply the same deep purple eye shadow color to the lower lash line; two-thirds of the way along the lower lid. Note you do not have to blend the edges as much; this will give you a wide-eyed look you’ll love. Tip It is important to enhance the middle of the eyes, to open them up and make them appear wider.

9. Apply black eyeliner to the waterline of the eye, extending it slightly from the lash line. As with any application to the inner rim, you will need to reapply throughout the day or evening.

10. Using a fine brush, apply silver eyeliner or white eyeliner to the inner eye, stopping one-third of the way along.

11. Clear up any shadow fallout by brushing away your powder guard with a large powder brush.

12. Apply short individual lashes or lash strips along the lash bed of your upper lids, wait for the glue to dry, then apply two coats of jet-black mascara to both the top and bottom lashes. If you’re feeling confident you can either apply individual lashes to the bottom lash line, or use lash strips.

13. Choose a blush color that looks natural to your skin complexion is recommended. Apply in a sweeping motion, blending from the hairline to the apples of the cheeks.

14. Prep your kisser with a lip conditioner and wait 10 minutes before applying your chosen pigment. Because the eyes are dramatic opt for a neutral lip color to complete your look.

How to Conceal Effectively

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 How to Conceal Effectively

The purpose of concealer is to cover blemishes, dark circles, redness, broken capillaries, and any other small imperfections that find their way onto your skin. Heavy camouflage concealer can also be used to cover scars and birthmarks. It is much better to use a lighter formula of foundation and apply coverage where required rather than covering the whole face in a heavy foundation. Concealer looks most natural when it is applied in sheer layers; building up gradually until you achieve the fresh face look you’re after. Ideally you should have two different shades of concealer: one that is one or two shades lighter than your skin tone and one that matches your skin. To find the perfect shade, test the foundation along the jaw line, it should disappear into your skin. Between the two shades you can flatten a raised blemish, cover all imperfections, and banish dark under eye circles and discoloration.

Concealer should have either a yellow (ideal for olive skin tones) or a soft pink undertone, the shade of which will depend on your skin tone; very pale ivory, caramel honey, very dark – cocoa. Avoid concealers that look too pink or white. Using a concealer that is too light under the eye will emphasize the dark area instead of concealing it. The best concealers should be enriched with vitamins and have a smooth, silky texture. There are many different formulas of concealer available that provide varying degrees of coverage. Your choice of a concealer will depend on your skin type and the area you want to conceal.

It is important to use the correct technique when applying concealer; otherwise, it will be visible and will highlight exactly what you are trying to conceal. For the skin under the eye apply a thinner layer of concealer than elsewhere on the face.

1. Use a cream concealer one or two shades lighter than the skin tone to cover dark circles. Apply the product from the inner corner of the eye along the orbital bone approximately a third of the way across the width of the socket. For precise application, apply with a concealer brush.

2. Apply eye-brightener on the inner bridge of the nose around the corner of the eye. If there is a visible crease or fold of skin, apply in the crease under the eye to lift and flatten. Also apply under the outer corner of the eye for an instant lift.

3. Use the pad of your middle finger to tap the concealer into the skin. Tap and lightly rub outward and back inward; don’t drag or pull the skin.

4. Use a loose translucent setting powder over the whole eye area to prevent creasing. Use a small dome brush (an eye shadow blending brush) for precise application

5. Conceal any redness around the edge of the nose using a fine-tipped concealer brush. This enables you to get right into the corners.

6. Conceal around the lip line to enhance the lip shape and stop your lipstick from bleeding. Using your eye-brightener under the outer two-thirds of the lower lips will give you an enviably pouty look.

There are many different forms of concealers that can be used, but based on what you are looking to achieve, it’s important to select the concealer that will suit your problem areas best.

Cream: Gives full coverage, is creamy and easy to blend so can be used under eyes, and is heavy enough to cover dark circles. You snag this concealer in a tube, compact, or pot. The creamiest versions are good for older skin as they are hydrating and are easy to apply without dragging the skin.

Highlighting Pens: Used on the inner corner of the eye to brighten dark circles and shadows. Can be used to flatten and even out wrinkles, around the edges of the mouth, and under the outer corner of the eye to lift.

Color Correctors: Used to cover discoloration. Use green to counteract redness, lilac for sallowness, yellow for purple or blue-tinged circles. Blue tones down orange, and orange-toned correctors are used to cover a bruise or tattoo.

Camouflage: This is the heaviest concealer and it can be used to cover birthmarks, sunspots, scars, and even tattoos.

Solid Stick: Perfect for blemishes and provides direct on-the-spot application. The consistency is thick but fairly dry, so it is not so easy to use under the eyes.

Mineral Powder: Easy application, good for sensitive skin and eyes. Gives light to medium coverage for dark circles and blemishes.

Liquid: Usually comes in a wand, pen or tube and gives the lightest coverage. It has a creamy formula and is easy to blend. This is a multi-use product that covers minor blemishes and slight shadows for picture perfect touch-ups.

Pencils: For medium coverage and to use on small imperfections; not suited for shadows and dark circles. Very portable and good for touch-ups.

Greek Yoghurt Mask

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When we think of face masks, we are often reminded of our high-school selves; caking on green goop at slumber parties, oblivious to the dyes and chemicals surrounding our cucumber eye pads. Today, we have a plethora of skincare brands such as Aveda, Kiehls, La Prairie, etc. who provide us with the appropriate nutrient-based facial care, but at a premium cost. Here’s where greek yoghurt comes in.

As a dairy product, it’s loaded with calcium, which is beneficial for bones and teeth, as well as heart and nerve function. It’s also got a significant amount of protein – almost enough to replace meat in your diet if consumed regularly (unlike other yoghurts, that often sub proteins for sugar/sweetener). Plus, its probiotics can not only improve your digestive health and keep the bacteria in your gut healthy, they can also boost your immune system.

Coincidentally, this Mediterranean gem is also good for your skin – so much so, that it’s the only ingredient for our DIY face mask. Greek yoghurt contains lactose enzymes, which dissolve dirt and help nourish your skin. Essentially, it works like a cleanser, while the probiotics invigorate your skin and leave it with a lovely glow. (For an extra punch, add a probiotic capsule to the mix. Lauren Conrad raves about it.)

To make it, simply scoop 3 or 4 tablespoons of Greek yoghurt into a small bowl or dish. Having been refrigerated, the coolness will reduce redness and rid any puffiness around the eyes. Then using a cotton ball (or your hand), apply the mixture to your face in an even layer. Let the mask set for 10 minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry with a towel. You’ll notice the effects immediately, and your skin will smell good enough to eat!

Ultimate Detox Bath

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Over 2,000 years ago, the Greek physcian Parmenides said, “Give me a chance to create fever and I will cure any disease.” Well, it goes without saying that Parmenides was on to something. Overheating therapies have been used and celebrated for much of human history. The Romans used baths, the Native Americans used sweat lodges and today, many people are willing to pay through the teeth to have access to a sauna or steamroom, and with good reason raising the body’s temperature slightly, speeding up the body’s metabolism, and inhibiting the growth of invading organisms. Once a fever is established, the body will literally burn viruses away with its heat. Sweating, a convenient byproduct of a fever, is also one of the most effective (and cheapest) ways to rid the body of toxins. Now, if you can’t abide sweating with strangers and a personal sauna isn’t something you have lying around, take heart, because with a few odds and ends from your kitchen and local health food store, you can indulge in a little overheating therapy in the comfort of your own home.

Detox baths are an easy and effective way to eliminate toxins from the liver, kidneys and thyroid. A basic detox bath consists of Epsom Salts, hot water (as hot as you can stand), baking soda and a few shavings of ginger. Epsom salts and baking soda are both sulfates. When sulfates are absorbed through the skin they go to work extracting toxins from the body’s cells through reverse osmosis. Ginger is a smart addition, because it is a natural decongestant (perfect for a mean case of the sniffles), anti-inflammatory and it encourages sweating.

To prep for a detox bath, brush your skin with a vegetable brush or a loofah. Work from the centre of your body, brushing away from the heart. After brushing, massage your body with sesame oil, or your favourite natural massage oil, for about 5 minutes. When it’s bath time, simply fill the tub with hot water. Once it’s halfway full, sprinkle your chosen ingredients (recipes below) in the water and give it a couple good swishes. When the tub is full, slip into the water and try immerse as much of your body as possible. Sit for at least 20 minutes or for as long as 45 minutes. If this is your first detox bath, a 20 minute soak should be plenty. Be warned, you will sweat A LOT! Once you’re done, towel off and slip into a fluffy, heavy housecoat. You want to keep your body temperature up to continue the detoxification process. You will likely sweat for a good hour or two after your bath.
Basic Detox Bath:
1 cup Epsom salts
1 cup baking soda
2 tbsp of ginger, shredded
Few drops of essential oil of your choice (optional)
Salt n’ Soda:
This detox bath helps neutralize the effects of radiation, making this bath ideal for anyone currently undergoing radiation treatment.
1 cup of baking soda
1 to 2 cups of coarse sea salt (such as himalayan pink salt)
2 tbsp of ginger, shredded
Few drops of essential oil of your choice (optional)
Vinegar Soak:
Tough workout? This is the bath for you. A vinegar bath is an excellent way to rid joints of excessive lactic and uric acid. This is also beneficial for people suffering from arthritis, bursitis, tendonitis and gout.
1 cup of apple cider vinegar
1 cup of Epsom salts
1 cup baking soda
2 tbsp of ginger, shredded
Few drops of essential oil of your choice (optional)
Tea Time:
Rich in antioxidants, this bath is loaded with minerals and is perfect for those battling dry skin or dandruff.
5-10 green tea bags
1 cup of Epsom salts
1 cup baking soda
2 tbsp of ginger, shredded
Few drops of essential oil of your choice (optional)
While the tub is running toss tea bags in and leave to steep. Once the bath is half full add epsom salts, ginger and oil (if using) and give it a good stir. Fill the tub the rest of the way up and fish out the tea bags.
Please consult your doctor before attempting a detox bath. Do not attempt a detox bath if you’re pregnant, have heart, blood pressure or kidney problems, or if you are diabetic.

Don’t scrub away acne

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Don’t scrub away acne

Most women tend to wash off the roughness caused by acne with an almond or apricot based scrubs. But the granules in these scrubs lacerate the skin and cause spread of acne bacteria. Simply clean the skin and apply an acne treatment to each spot. If your skin is in worse condition, consult a doctor for treatments.