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beauty pick of the week

I love pink blush. For ages, I used MAC Powder Blush in Desert Rose – a beautiful pink that popped on my cheeks. Then I dropped it and it shattered into a million powdery pieces *sob*. I had another blush in my make-up bag, which was more of a natural shade, that I hadn’t even touched. So I started to use that because I felt I couldn’t waste what I had on hand. But I was never 100% happy with the look.

Now I’ve discovered this blush… Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Cream Blush in Pink (surprise!). It’s a beautiful, summery fresh pink and I love it!

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What’s your favourite blush colour? And what product do you use?

— Liza

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lashes, lips, luminosity…

These are the three words that Chris Williams swears by – he’s the regional make-up artist for Estèe Lauder so he knows a thing or two. I learnt this, and lots more, last Friday afternoon, when I rushed from the mad deadlines at Edgars Club Man to the calm, peaceful Garden Room at the Mount Nelson Hotel to attend a make-up workshop hosted by Estèe Lauder.

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The Garden Room was filled with beautiful lilies (my favourite)!

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estee lauder

Chris and his colleague dished out a ton of tips for us…

  • If you don’t wear lipstick but love gloss and want a lipstick finish, use your lip pencil to fill in your whole lip and add a touch of gloss over
  • Wash all your make-up brushes once a week! (I am so guilty of leaving my brushes for weeks without washing, guess what I did as soon as I got home?)
  • To ensure no shine throughout the day, use Double Wear Foundation and Double Wear Loose Powder
  • If you have dryer skin, add three drops of Advanced Night Repair to your foundation
  • If you don’t have a brow pencil, and feel like it’s too big an expense, just use your eyeshadow – it’s softer and less artificial
  • Always finish your face with a dusting of Double Wear Powder or Invisible Powder – especially if you know your photo will be taken – this ensures you avoid the ‘ghost’ look in pictures
  • Your brows are sisters, not twins.
  • Your basic products to achieve the lashes, lips and luminosity effect are BB Cream, Lip Lacquer, Lipgloss and Mascara.

Have a beautiful Friday!

— Liza

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the wonder of eyeliner

Eyeliner is the perfect way to subtly enhance your eye shape or give definition with dramatic effect.

There are so many different looks you can create that can completely change your appearance just by adjusting position and thickness.

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Find the style that suits you the most…

KOHL
A soft pencil that produces a sultry smoky look as it’s easy to smudge and work. It has a fat head and creates a thick line. Kohl is the perfect liner to instantly transform your look and take you from the office to drinks. It’s great to use in your water line because it glides on easily which is perfect for delicate areas. If you are nervous about liner this is the best to use, as a perfect line is not required. Once you have kohled eyes take an ear bud and gently blend the imperfections. Keep in a cool place as it tends to lose formation if it gets too hot. Also be careful when sharpening – do it gently so you don’t break the soft tip.

LIQUID / GEL LINER
These inky liners create precise and bold lines – the most popular look that women want to create. Using them is tricky, once drawn on the liner stays put so it’s best to first practise with a pencil and once you’re comfortable with the shape that suits you, advance to liquid. When using liquid liners, keep it on the top lash line to completely open up the eyes.

FELT TIP
A  fluid formulation in a pen which has a soft felt tip that produces the colour. If you have a steady hand, this is fantastic to use. When not in use, keep the lid on the pen as it tends to dry out.

POWDER
A caked powder that is easy to work with. When applying, use a slanted brush that is tiny and firm. It’s best used for the natural look as it’s light and tends to fade.

Different Tones:

Black contrasts with the whites of the eye creating a striking, intense look.
Dark brown is fantastic for brown and blue eyes, to make those colours pop.
Navy blue makes eyes sparkle like jewels.
Emerald green is great for hazel eyes but does nothing for blue eyes.
Purple in lighter shades like lilac works nicely with pale colour eyes; darker hues look better on darker eyes.
Cream makes eyes bigger and brighter.

Best Places to Shop:

  • MAC
  • BOBBI BROWN
  • ALMAY
  • CHANEL
  • CLINIQUE

Enjoy playing and picking whichever suits your mood.

— Liza

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