The best beauty tips to hit the internet...
1. How to choose the right nude nail vanish for you…
Clean, nude nails have been a fixture on the catwalk for as many seasons as we can remember. Elegant and minimalist, this fuss-free hue is often thought of as low maintenance. No so. Choosing the right nude nail polish can be like trying to find a needle in a haystack. With so many to choose from, picking the right shade for you can be a case of trial and error.
But it needn’t be. One quick way identify which nude will suit your digits has swept the internet.
It’s simple, look at the veins on your wrist. If they are blue and purple you have a cool skintone, if they are mostly green you have a warm skintone and if they are a mix of the two you have a neutral skintone.
Once you know which skintone category you fall into, the fun part starts and you can confidently pinpoint your shade.
Fair complexions with cool undertones should try a pink nude with a hint of blue to stop their skin from looking washed out.
If you have a warm skintone that tans easily, a nude with golden or peachy undertones will compliment you perfectly.
Darker skintones which have warm or neutral undertones such as East Asian skin should avoid anything with a grey tinge and instead seek out a peachy pink nude.
While black skin can carry off any shade imaginable. May we recommend a warm rosy beige, it looks simply stunning!
Who knew your trusty straighteners were just as efficent at curling your hair as they are at smoothing it polka straight? Next time you fancy bouncy curls or a loose wave but don't have a pair of tongs to hand, try this...
Section off an inch wide strand of hair. Starting from a third of the way down, clamp the straighteners shut and turn them back on themselves a half turn. Next run the iron slowly through to the end of the stand. The slower you move the iron, the tighter the curl. The faster you move the iron, the looser the wave.
If your hair is prone to dropping or you want a really tight curl, turn your straighteners back on themselves a full turn, this creates a more defined curl that lasts longer.
We all know a few clicks of concealer is the quickest route to bright wide-awake peepers. But, what we didn't realise, is that we've been applying it all wrong.
For years we've sought to banish dark circles by planting small blobs of concealer in a half moon under our eyes. In fact all this was doing was highlighting the problem and in some cases leaving us looking like a panda or as though we have recently returned from a ski trip.
We've found it's far better to position those little blobs into a triangle before blending. This eradicates darkness and draws the eye downwards, away from the area rather than highlighting it.
Expertly defined brows have the ability to roll back the years if done properly. Here's how to get them.
To establish the perfect shape for your face you'll need to take a brush and lay it flat across your face to take your measurements. Place the body of the brush inline with the side of your nose so that the bottom of the brush rests against the corner of your mouth. The area where the top of the brush sits is where your brows should begin.
Next moving swing the top end of the brush across to the highest point of your brow - this is your arch, then move the brush over further until it's inline with the outer corner of your eye - this is where your brow should stop. If your hairs fall short of these measurements, you can fill them in using a pencil or powder.
Top tip: Take a stubby angled brow brush and start fromt he middle of the brow where there are fewer hairs. Using light feathery strokes lightly fill in the areas from the middle to the end which look sparse. Then use the excess product remaining on the brush to fill in the area at the front. This will stop all of the product sitting at the front - the already fullest are of your brow.
Smashbox Brow Tech Trio, £17.50 come with complementary wax. To hold stray hairs in place and stop brow powder from falling, lightly dab your brush into the wax and sweep it across the whole brow from start to finish.
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There is something seductively glamourous about a swipe of jet black winged eyeliner. Originally channeled by 50's beauties Bridget Bardot, Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe, winged liner has made a comeback in recent years.
The trickiest part of pulling off this look is trying to make both flicks symmetrical. The easiest way we've found on the internet is to take a nude or white pencil and draw a little dot at the outer corner of eyes to where you want the flick to kick out. Then pick up your preferred black eyeliner and trace along your upper lashline in a strong swift movement, carefully connecting your line to the dot for a perfectly even wing.
Top tip: Make sure you rest your elbows on a flat steady surface so you get a clean even line every time!
Contouring, the art of slimming the appearance of your face with strategically placed light and dark shadows, ignited the internet several years ago.
Providing A-listers with chiselled cheekbones for decades, this method of applying make-up is fiddly but if applied well, completely face transforming!
Using two contrasting shades of base is the quickest way to streamline your features and can even dramatically change your face shape. To start apply your normal foundation (one that matches your skintone exactly) across the whole of your face as you usually would. Then select a second foundation which is at least two or three shades darker than your original one and apply it to the darkened sections outlined on the accompanying image. It might look a little strange at first, but trust us – once it has been blended, you’ll be amazing by definition of your features.
Top tip: Dusting a darker shade along the hairline can transform any face shape into a desirable oval or even shorten a long forehead. Or adding lighter shades to the centre of a small forehead will make it appear larger. A quick sweep of dark down the centre of your nose or across the underside of your jaw will slim a larger nose or double chin.
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Face chart courtesy of bareMinerals
Thinning lips are one of the first ageing giveaways for men and women. Luckily we can use lipstick to disguise ours.
'How to get fuller lips' is one of the most searched terms on google and the internet is full of great tips.
To start select a lip pencil in a matching shade to your preferred lipstick. Begin by tracing the out line of your lips from the centre, extending over the lip line in areas which are thinnest to balance volume.
Next fill the entire area with lip pencil, this creates a great foundation for lipstick making it longer lasting and preventing it from creeping into fine lines around the mouth.
The first time you apply lipstick always try and use a flat lip brush. This makes
for a more even and precise application. Reaching for the lipstick
bullet for touch ups is fine but initially a brush will
establish a clean line. Aim to blend from the middle outwards to ensure majority of the colour is deposited in the centre, this gives the illusion of a more voluminous pout.