All About That Base

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All About That Base

Nailing your base is the crucial first step in applying your make up (after having moisturised and primed – more on this later!). Gone are the days of the pancake face; a foundation should be like a second skin, airbrushing away any blemishes or pigmentation to create a flawless complexion.

Laying down the canvas in 5 easy steps:

 1. Match your foundation to your skin colour, doing a swatch test along your jaw line. You might find you’ll need different shades for Summer and Winter. When picking a concealer, go one shade lighter than your skin-tone.

2. Everyone has a preferred style of application, be it fingers, foundation brush or sponge. It really doesn’t matter so long as it gives you the right amount of coverage and minimal wastage.

3.  Apply the foundation starting in the middle of your face, on the areas that need it most and then blend and work your way outwards towards the hairline. Start with a small amount of foundation as you can always build if need be.
Hot Tip: Don’t apply your foundation around the eye area, as it dries the area out  – this is where your concealer stick comes into play.

4.  Apply your concealer from the inner corner of your eye down under your bottom lash line to cover dark circles. Blend and buff with a concealer brush. You can also apply your concealer, at this point, to cover any blemishes or redness around the nose, using a smaller concealer brush.

5. Once you’ve applied your foundation & concealer, using a powder brush, lightly dust on a translucent powder to your t-zone to help set the foundation and give your skin a natural glow, this also helps it to last throughout the day.

 

The Perfect Pairings

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1. Diorskin Nude Air Serum +  Diorskin Nude Skin Perfecting Hydrating Concealer
2. YSL Fusion Ink Foundaton + YSL Touche Eclat Radiant Touch Concealer
3. Chanel Perfection Lumiere Long Lasting Foundation  +  Chanel Correcteur Perfection Long Lasting Concealer

Also fabulous:
By Terry Cover Expert Perfecting Fluid Foundation + By Terry Touche Expert Concealer

*Images via Pinterest

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Winter Hats: Brim with Confidence

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Winter Hats: Brim with Confidence

Keep your winter wardrobe in check with a felt fedora perched stylishly atop your head.  Head wear accessories are a significant piece to accent your cool-girl chic, pared-back winter look. Be it for functional reasons (masking a bad hair day or to keep warm) or as a calculated style statement, the felt hat is a winter accessory must-have this season.

Embrace old style glamour and step out in a classic fedora, perfectly paired with menswear inspired separates or add some bohemian flair with a floppy felt hat and a breezy winter sundress.

Rejecting the designation of “hat people”, I say anyone one can wear a hat –  it is just about finding a style that suits you.  The trick is to opt for a classic style that isn’t over-worked. Hats are about adding that finishing touch to polish your look – so, wear it, own it, and you’ll work it.

Take cover this winter in these crowning glories:

Winter Hats

Fedora
Ace of Something
Aspen Fedora ($59.99)
Lack of Color The Midnight Muse ($45)
My Red Lippy Jersey Caramel Wool Fedora ($140)
Rag & Bone Navy Hat ($267)

Floppy
Kookai Olivia Hat ($70)
Topshop Felt Hat ($50)
Miss Selfridge Floppy Hat  ($54)
Ace of Something Idaho Wine ($59.95)

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Brow Business

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Brow Business

Brows command a lot of attention so you want to be sure you’ve got full, nicely shaped brows under control.

I can’t emphasize enough, the importance of strong defined brows. Eyebrows play a pivotal role in shaping and enhancing your face, so you want to make sure you are maintaining them as you would with a trip to the nail salon or hairdresser.
If you’ve never had your brows shaped, I’d highly recommend getting it done, as different shape brows will suit different face shapes – so leave the shaping to the hands of the professionals; you don’t want to end up plucking to oblivion and looking like a crazy woman.  I personally like visiting the Benefit Brow Bar for my monthly grooming and I’m always happy with the result, however, there are plenty of great brow salons you can visit.

Brow shaping is only the first part of the journey to great brows, so here are some at-home maintenance & grooming tips to add to your daily make up routine – none of this unruly brow business, thanks!

The Pencil

Pick a colour that is within 2 shades of your natural colour.
Ensure the pencil is sharpened before use and feather the pencil around the outer lines of your brow to define the overall shape (the tail should not extend past the outer edge of your eye).
Once you have the shape, in small feathered strokes, fill in the brow focusing on any sparse areas so that the brow looks full. Make sure you’re following the natural growth of your hair; essentially you’re drawing in new hair.
To finish, use a spooley brush to diffuse the pencil lines into a more natural look; brush the brow upwards and out to tidy them up.

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Hourglass Brow Pencil ($44) – (similar here and here)

The Brow Kit

Again, pick a palette that closely matches your eyebrow colour, or has various shades so that you can blend to your colour.
Much like with a brow pencil, use your angled brow brush to line the outer shape of your brow and then lightly fill in the colour to create a fuller look. Don’t get heavy-handed on the powder, tap any excess off when starting – you can always build on the colour until it’s the shade and definition you’re after. Remember, you are enhancing your existing brow shape, not drawing a new one.
Typically brow kits will come with at least two varying shades of compact powder, a mini spooley brush, a mini angled brow brush, and tweezers.

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Le Sourcil de Chanel Brow Kit ($105) (similar here and here)

The Gel Brush

If you already have rather full eyebrows that just need tidying, then a tinted brow gel will do the trick.
I like using Benefit’s Gimme brow as the brush is smaller and gives you more control, staying within the confines of the eyebrow.

A brow gel is also a great finish to any of the above steps, as it helps hold the hair in place for the day.

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Benefit‘s Gimme Brow ($35) –  (similar here and here)

The finishing touch: to highlight and define the finished brow, use a concealer pen to outline the eyebrow to further define its shape, this also helps to remove any smudge marks. Use a lighter shade eye shadow or illuminating powder on the inner arch of the brow bone to highlight this area.

*images via Pinterest

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The Bucket List: Mansur Gavriel

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The Bucket List

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The IT bag of the season which has garnered unparalleled desirability, with fashionistas clambering to get their names on the ever-growing wait list for the next drop of bags, cue eponymous label, Mansur Gavriel.

At the helm of the label are New York designers Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel, whose penchant for classic structured handbags have catapulted them into the realm of must-have designer handbags with a demand that has reached fever pitch.

If you’re jumping on the bandwagon now, you’ll be waiting a while…

 If you’re not so keen on the agonizing 6+month wait to only attempt to get your hands on the elusive vege-tan MG bucket bags, well, there are plenty of other stylish bags on offer, right now.

Bucket bags are this season’s biggest trend in handbag silhouette. Equal parts form and function,  the roomy carry all fits all your handbag essentials. Just sling over your shoulder and you’re ready to go.

The Bucket List

Tory Burch Toggle Drawstring Bucket Bag ($652)
Michael Kors Miranda Large Bucket Bag ($1100)
Sophie Hulme Drawstring Bucket Bag ($1300)
Kookai Krishna Bucket Bag ($180) 

*images via Pinteret

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The Camel Lot

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The Camel Lot

We’re seeing a fresh twist on neutrals coming to the fore as the weather turns. In lieu of the ever classic black, camel is staking ground amongst key fashion pieces this season.  Camel has always been a mainstay in the Winter colour palette for accessories, however this season we’re seeing this caramel hue cementing its place across all forms of apparel. My favourite silhouette this season is the camel coat; a perfect layering piece, combining effortlessly with my distinctly monochrome wardrobe. Slouched or structured, the camel coat adds an offhanded allure of sophistication and elegance.

 This luxurious colour is a classy extension of the seasonal monochrome colour palette, it’s highly versatile, playing well with black, grey and cream ensembles.

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Country Road Waterfall Long line Coat ($399)
Seed Heritage Roll Neck Raglan Sweater ($129.95)
Ace of Something Aspen Hat – Camel ($59.95)
Nine West Hollie Boot ($179.95)
Cameo Erase Me Skirt ($159.95)
Michael Kors Miranda Messenger ($1000)

* images via Pinterest

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