Guest Post | 5 Make-up Hacks That Will Make Your Life A Lot Easier!

22 October 2017

Being a make-up artist and stylist myself, I have done make-up on millions of faces in all the years I’ve spent in this industry, and I have experience of putting on make-up on all skin types and face shapes. In all these years, I’ve learned a few tips and tricks and I would love to share them with you guys!

A Bright And Glowing Complexion:
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The first step of your make-up routine would be achieving a radiant and glowing complexion, which is easily achieved by mixing your foundation with a moisturiser. This creates a satin-like finish over the skin when finally topped off with a highlighter. Another reason I opt for this hack is that diluted foundation has a lesser chance of becoming cakey and it melts very naturally into the skin. 

The Perfect Crease:

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I love how with little experiments, you find that some products can end up serving more than one purpose. If you use a bit of bronzer in the base of your eye shadow on top of primer, you give the eye a good base to put eye shadow on. Similarly, if your eye shadow has turned out a bit darker than usual, you do not need to completely wipe it all off. Just dab a clean eye shadow brush in a bronzer and with light strokes blend it into your eye shadow to lighten it by one or two tones. This tip works like magic!

Perfectly Curled Lashes:

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To get those amazing upward curled lashes, you must already be using a lash curler. What if I told you there’s a better way of using it? Grab your blow dryer and heat your lash curler with the hot air. Make sure it doesn’t get too hot, then curl your lashes and lock in mascara to get perfect and longer-lasting mascara. Lash curls stay in place for longer duration depending on what mascara you’re using, find yourself a mascara that's long-lasting with a great finish to pull off the perfectly curled lashes look. 

Matching Lip & Cheek:
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I’m going to give you a compound hack for this one; tinting your cheeks and lips in matching hues gives a very vibrant, natural look especially if you’re using the shades of pink. To get this look, keep a lip stain with you. It defines and colours the lips boldly and you can simply rub some on your cheeks to get a rosy shade. Or, grab your blush and mix some of it in a clear scented lip balm to give your lips some colour. 

Translucent Powder:
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This one product serves has a make-up setter, oil-control mechanism and a thickening agent. Once you’re done with your make-up, never forget to dust some translucent powder on your cheeks and the rest of face to set the make-up in. It gives a luxuriously matte texture to the skin. In between two coats of mascara, it serves as a lash thickener. If you apply a little translucent powder in between your layers of lipstick, it stays on for longer.

I hope these simple and universal make-up hacks will help you step up your make-up game. Stay beautiful!

Author Bio: Jane Auston is a make-up artist and stylist. She is obsessed with fashion, make-up and new makeovers. She regularly blogs at
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AW17 Fashion Forecast: The On-Trend Looks of the Season

04 September 2017

Autumn is on the way; in just a few short weeks it will officially be autumn, which means that autumn and winter fashion will soon come into play. Bearing that in mind, now is the ideal time to revamp your wardrobe and prepare it for the coming season.

Of course, knowing what looks are set to be hot will help with that, so below is a guide to the AW17 fashion forecast, detailing all of the most on-trend looks that are set to take the fashion industry by storm this autumn.

This coming season there will be plenty of similar trends to SS17, we will also see many trends from AW16 reappearing. Along with those old trends, there are also sure to be some new on-trend looks.

For your guide to what to wear this coming season to ensure that your look is always bang on trend, read on.

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Red is the colour of the season

Each season has a colour; last autumn that colour was pink - pastel pink to be exact. This season, the colour of the season is red. From pillar box red to deep maroon, red is set to be the colour of AW17. As for how red should be worn this season, it’s all about going big and bold. Red can be worn as an accompaniment to a plain outfit, but this season it’s best worn as the main part of a look. The fantastic thing about red is that it tends to flatter all skin tones, and so, can be easily pulled off by anyone.


Layering is right on trend

For the past few seasons, layering has been a big trend, and AW17 is no different. This autumn layering is set to be a big part of many looks. Whether it’s teaming a denim pinafore dress with a capped sleeved t-shirt or layering a flannel shirt over skinny jeans and a cami top, layering is set to be big this season.


Slogan tees are big business

For the past few seasons, slogan tees have been a fashion staple, and that isn’t about to change anytime soon. Slogan tees are set to be bigger than ever this season, with more and more brands launching their own chic designs and styles. When it comes to what to team these tees with, it’s all about simplicity: think mum jeans and trainers, skinny jeans and ballet flats, or tuck your slogan tee into a denim skirt and pair with a chunky knit cardigan. To add a little something extra to your look, incorporating a bold piece of jewellery, such as something from Jaubalet Paris bespoke jewellery, could work well. You don’t want to take precedence away from the slogan, but you do want to add glamour to the t-shirt.


Tights are a worthwhile investment

Tights have always been seen as an accessory to a look, but not this season. Oh no, tights are set to become the main part of many looks. Wondering why that is? Well, this coming season tights that are bright and bold are set to be huge. Outfit combinations like LBDs and bright, bold tights and denim skirts, plain tees, and patterned tights are set to be big.

There you have it, your guide to the trends that are set to be big this coming season.
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Guest Post | How to Achieve a Perfect "No-Makeup" Look

31 August 2017

There is no better time than summers to go for a no-makeup makeup look. Nobody likes to apply layers of products on their skin, especially when they are melting down with the heat. If you want to enhance the natural beauty without making things too cakey and visible, the no-makeup look is exactly what you need to learn to do.
Here are a few simple steps following which you can achieve a perfect no-makeup look while letting your natural beauty shine through:
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Step # 1: Exfoliate before You Begin Your Makeup
Never start with your makeup unless you have properly exfoliated your skin to make sure the foundation does not accumulate to places due to dead skin around the areas. Therefore, use a quality face mask for your skin and apply a toner after rinsing the mask off.

Step # 2: Apply a Sheer Coverage Foundation or BB/CC Cream
Take a small amount of any of your favourite sheer coverage foundation or BB cream and apply it evenly to your skin. Make sure you use a formula that has SPF in it so that you do not have to apply a sunscreen separately. Blend the cream with your fingers instead of any brush or blender to give it a natural finish.

Step # 3: Use a Concealer if you have Blemishes
If the scars and discolouration under your eyes are too visible, use a concealer with good coverage and tap it gently on those areas only. Do not rub it over the skin as the concealer would lose its purpose that way. Make sure the concealer you use for the blemishes is the same shade as your foundation.
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Step # 4: Apply Loose Powder for Flawless Finish
Instead of using pressed powder that feels heavy on the skin, take any loose powder and use a brush to tap under your eyes and on the blemishes so that the concealer settles down without getting rubbed off. Sweep it over your face gently to make your foundation last longer.

Step # 5: Peachy Cream Blush for Some Hue
Take a natural peachy cream blush to add a little colour to your cheeks, instead of using powder blush that looks too visible and cakey on the skin. Apply it to the apples of the cheeks with your fingers and blend it well. You can use the same blush to add a little hue to your eye lids as well.

Step # 6: Use a Mascara for Much Natural Long Lashes
To add just the right amount of drama to the eyes, apply long lash mascara in a way that there are no clumps left behind. After applying it, use a mascara comb to separate the lashes and to remove any excess from the lashes.

Step # 7: Don’t Miss the Brows
Use a brow gel to fill the empty spaces between the brows and define the shape a little. Make sure you do not overdo it. The purpose to make the brows is to give them just a little definition and a cleaner look.

Step # 8: Nude Lipstick or Babylips as a Cherry on Top
Take any matte nude lipstick that would go best with your skin tone and apply it to your lips without overdrawing them. If you want something moisturising and natural, babylips or any pink lip balm can also be a good choice. I usually prefer Charlotte Tilbury nude lipstick as it really pulls the look together like anything.

Now, tie your hair into a high ponytail or keep them open and let your inner charisma shine through!

Author bio:
Sania is a student of accounts and finance. She enjoys shopping, trying out skincare remedies and blogging about anything that is related to beauty and self-care. Her love for pets, tea and travelling is eternal. She ritually posts at The Smart Women Blog.

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