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Fashion & Beauty common-sense 101. Beauty tips.

We all want to look like fashion divas without all the hassle and expense of regular saloon and spa trips. The sad truth is you can’t, natural beauty is awesome but really, who is born with bright red lips, flawless skin, bright shiny eyes, luscious dark lashes and blushing cheeks? Add smoke, alcohol, fatigue, sleepless nights, stress, sickness and basically life and natural beauty fades into oblivion.
Check these gorgeous stars sans makeup…

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What about us lesser (only in the beauty department) mortals?

Enter the world of makeup, and fashion, yes the two are inseparable. We can airbrush those blemishes, conceal those dark circles and tint our lips any shade we want. Then to top it off we can drape our selves with the most amazing fabrics, flattering silhouettes, and look like a million dollars. I love being a woman!

Here is a few common sense tips….

1.Exfoliate your lips, nothing breaks down a look more than flaky lips. Use your toothbrush to gently scrub away any dead cells. Do it after you brush your teeth in the morning everyday.
2.Ever so often slough off dead cells by scrubbing your face gently with a mixture of honey and baking soda. You will notice the difference within a week.
3.Office wear tends to be usually pastel colours and quite dull. Liven up with bright makeup and a dark shade of lipstick. Stay away from party eyeshadows during office hours but feel free to indulge at happy hour.
4.Complement a brightly coloured outfit with subtle makeup and lip-gloss. Go for the natural look, else you might end up looking like a bird of paradise, too colourful.
5.Smokey eyes looks best with a subtle shade of lipstick, dull beige is what we think rocks. It really makes the eyes pop without looking too much like Dracula’s bride.

Stick to these simple tips and you will never make a makeup fashion faux pas again! If you have any more simple common sense tips to add to our list feel free to let us know. Lets share the love and knowledge.

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Australia Day Fashion Alert!

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Happy Australia Day!

With an ocean territory that is the third largest is it any wonder that half the population or a wee bit more will be at the gorgeous beaches doing what Australian’s do best, celebrating life! How better to show up on the beach than to don a pair of super hot designer bikinis!

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On 26th January, Australia day Australians world over celebrate being Australian, the spirit of mateship and Fair-go. Every state has it’s own line up of celebrations, with award ceremonies to citizenship ceremonies; all of Australia will be out and about. There are many Free events across the country and depending where you will be you can choose from a variety of events. Fire works, parades, BBQs, cricket, concerts, etc.

Here are a few look books to inspire your Australia day celebrations!

Bikinis galore

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Out and About

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It’s the season to dazzle! Christmas down under.

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Christmas in the southern hemisphere takes a little getting used to since we all have the notion of the perfect white Christmas. Fashion wise it’s the hottest season of the year, literally! Sexy bikinis, festive sequins, and a gorgeous tan; what more can a fashion diva possibly ask for? Christmas, Aussie style, is all about family, friends, good cheer & fun in the sun. For a healthy tan check out our post on transforming into a bronzed beauty !

Here are some Christmas fashion tips from Chelsea Potter, a fellow blogger from the UK who blogs for Sports direct.

What to wear to a Christmas day beach party…

Christmas on the beach is so much fun. You spend time with your loved ones, play beach games and have a massive BBQ where you eat enough to last until next year… or realistically until the Boxing Day festivities. Bu what do you wear? Here are some tips to help you out this Christmas.

For starters, let’s go back to the BBQ… you are guaranteed to eat quite a bit on this day so maybe think twice about the bodycon dress. You also need to consider you may be playing beach games during the day so you’re probably best wearing something that you can move freely in. At the same time, although it’s Christmas it is also summer so show off the latest trends while you’re partying at the beach. Confused about what to wear even more? Well let me help you out.

For the daytime…

Red Bikini from the bargain boutique!

Wear a red bikini – gets you in the Christmas spirit but you’ll still look red hot! Team the bikini with denim shorts and maybe a loose vest over the top. Failing this you could wear a loose dress but if you’re bouncing up and down later then you might prefer the first option.

For the evening…

This is your time to glam up and appreciate the party season. Wear sequins or metallics but wear them on a short dress or skirt. Again you might want to opt for a looser style if you still have your food baby.

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metallic dress from the bargain boutique

Christmas is a time for fun with your loved ones but as you party on the beach, it’s also a time to dress to impress.

“For hot looks at affordable prices, check out fashion outlet here: http://www.sportsdirect.com/fashion-outlet/ladies-fashion-outlet?utm_source=blog%20post&utm_medium=seo&utm_campaign=christmas%20beach%20party,” says Chelsea.


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Homemade facial & body scrubs- Exfoliates to help your skin wake up for spring!

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Spring is finally here and by here I mean Adelaide, Australia. As I put my knitwear away and unpack my shorts, I know I need a good exfoliation to be truly spring ready. Winter is awesome for bad skin as you can layer up and look chic. I treat my winters as therapy time for my skin where I massage them with warm almond oil and seal them in copious amounts of vitamin E moisturiser.

Spring ushers in shorts, sexy tops and flirty dresses, so no escape for dull, flaky skin. So what’s my secret to spring ready smooth skin? Exfoliation!

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Exfoliation has its roots in ancient history with women in Japan rubbing rice bran on their face to keep skin smooth and bright. The anti-inflammatory properties of rice seeds and bran made them an excellent cleanser and softener. The Ebers Papyrus mentions the use of powdered alabaster, sea salt and honey by early Egyptians to keep the skin perfect! The Greeks invented the first body scrub when they oiled and then scrubbed their skin with sand.

Exfoliation is the removal of dead skin cells on the skin’s surface making it an ideal solution for dry flaky skin conditions. It is a safe procedure as long as you remember to be gentle and not to use harsh abrasives that can injure your skin. Once a week is quite sufficient to achieve that smooth soft glowing skin you have been dreaming of.

There are two types of exfoliation manual (scrubs) and chemical (enzymes from fruit). Chemical scrubs use fruit enzymes along with moisturising emollients like honey and yoghurt.  These rely on the enzymes to slog off the dead cells instead of the abrasive action of scrubs, its gentler and ideal for sensitive skin. The only down side being their preparation time, storage (fridge), need to be left on for about 5 mins and that they need to be used up before they spoil. Personally, I prefer manual scrubs since I can have it ready in my bathroom and don’t have to worry about an expiry date.

health Homemade scrubs:

Honey has anti-bacterial and rehydrating properties so a dab of it in anything is a good thing.url

Olive oil is great both inside and out! Known to keep cancer and heart disease at bay by incorporating it in your cooking. It’s an excellent moisturiser and makes a good base for scrubs.

Baking Soda or sodium bicarbonate is a versatile product and completely harmless. Make it into a paste rub it in round circular motions and rinse off, its gentle enough for everyday use.

 Sugar & Olive Oil facial scrub

Mix normal white sugar with enough olive oil to make a paste. Add a dab of honey for extra moisturising effect.

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Two parts sea salt with one part olive oil, add a few drops of your favourite essence (tea tree oil, lavender oil, lemon oil or try vanilla) and your heavenly body scrub is ready.

If you’re heading out to the beach, rub a little sea sand over your feet and wash off with seawater. The most natural sea salt exfoliate available and it’s free.

In fact washed sea sand mixed with olive oil is an excellent body scrub.

 Anti-ageing tip:

You won’t be 21 forever, how you protect your skin today will define how you look tomorrow. Using sunscreen keeps the wrinkles at bay and when you’re 50 you will swear by those empty tubs of sunscreen!

Lastly, smile and unleash the inner diva within! 

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Aussie Spring Forecast 2013- Brighter & hotter than ever!

The best part about living down under is the fact that Fashion spring arrives a season late. We the privileged get to observe the trends that the design houses predicted and how it actually translated into everyday life. We get to learn from their mistakes, all the chic without any of the faux pas! It doesn’t get any better, fashionably speaking.

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Rag & Bones’s neon green created a splash when it hit the runway but did it thrive?  The best part about metallic, citron pop, cobalt blue and shocking pink overalls is that they make a bold statement, no need for any extras.

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Urban jungle looks; brightly colour shorts with exposed midriff seemed to dominate the runways. Sportswear theme was big in NY, London and Milan.

Suits:

Oversized coats, tux inspired suits in black to create the sophisticated and tough but sexy looks. Giorgio Armani offered his version that was shorter and more layered.

Isabel Marant

Isabel Marant’s Polynesian inspired line is definitely a winner.

Tomas Maier

There was a demure tone with Tomas Maier’s forties inspired floral cotton dresses.

Alberta Ferretti

Alberta Ferretti’s line-up of lace, fringe and frills was a big hit with the romantic hearted.

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Victoria Beckham failed to disappoint with her classy ensembles.


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Happy MakeupLicious- makeup removal tutorial

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Flawless, glowing skin is the hallmark of beauty and the first step to achieving it is to maintain a clean skin. Your skin needs to be completely free of makeup before you retire for the night. Even a smidge of makeup left overnight can result in blisters, breakouts and in some cases inflammation (eye makeup).  Aussie Fashion blog’s featured makeup writer, Muskaan Ahuja a Dubai based professional Make-up and Special effects Artist has come up with simple routine make up removal remedies for heavy to soft makeup. As she is often asked which products are best she has consolidated a list of products that she has personally used and is confidant of it’s quality.

To remove very heavy makeup and daily makeup.

 Heavy makeup:

Muskaan offers two solutions. One is a homemade oil mixture and the other is an easily available market product. Heavy makeup is usually designed to stay on for longer periods of time and tends to be waterproof, for example- stage or theatre makeup. It is difficult to remove this kind of makeup with simple surfactants, which are used in regular makeup removers. This type of makeup would require very harsh surfactant based makeup removers and loads of it for thorough cleansing. Muskaan offers two organic solutions, one is a home made, easy to make oil mixture and the other is an organic product readily available off the shelf.

How to make the oil mixture at home?

Ingredients:
Extra virgin olive oil- 5ml

Coconut oil- 3ml

Baby oil- 2ml

Mix it and store it in a clean container, use as often as required.

Here is a pic of the bottle that Muskaan has at home.

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To remove your makeup:
Step 1
Apply little bit of the homemade oil mixture on your fingertips and gently massage it in circular movements. Once the makeup has mixed well with the oil, softly wipe your face using a damp cotton pad. Repeat the process until your skin is completely free of makeup. Remember to be very gentle near the eyes as the skin in that region is very delicate. If it seeps into the eyes then rinse thoroughly with copious amounts of lukewarm water (shouldn’t be hot).

Alternatively you can use a market product.
Muskaan recommends Know-it-oil, which is readily available in the market. This is a VMV product, USDA certified (US department of agriculture) it is basically an organic virgin coconut oil that can effectively remove thick layers of make-up mainly stage or theatre makeup while providing intensive hydration.
Follow the directions given on how to use on the product.
This can be used as a daily make-up remover but she doesn’t recommend using it daily, only when you have heavy makeup on and don’t have time to whip up a homemade remedy.

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Step 2

Is very important and Muskaan recommends making it a daily mantra. CTM (clean/ tone / moisturize) using your regular or favourite brands for this step.

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Moisturising

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For Daily makeup.

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This kind of makeup does not need harsh surfactants so it can be removed using your regular makeup remover products by damping it over a cotton pad and wiping it gently over the face. And if you are a wipes person, apply a thin layer of your cleansing milk over the face before using the wipes as the cleansing milk will not only help to lift off more makeup but it will also prevent dryness. Muskaan doesn’t recommend using wipes as prolonged use of wipes daily can lead to dryness, soreness or sagging of skin at a later stage of life due to all that hard hand rubbing.
Muskaan uses and recommends dermalogica makeup removing products.

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She recommends Neutrogena wipes but advises the use of clarins cleansing milk under it before rubbing of the make up. Makes the rubbing less harsh on the skin.

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Step 2

CTM (cleansing / toning and moisturising) same as above.

Now, a common question Muskaan is asked is whether you need to use a separate makeup remover for the eyes.

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Answer to this is, ‘Yes of course!”
The skin around the eyes is highly sensitive. The reason being as we don’t have a bone structure underneath the eyes to support the skin and that is why it’s called an eye socket. The skin here is thin and very sensitive. This is worse for a person with bigger or inset eye sockets, which can result in visible dark circles. This area is prone to signs of early ageing like winkles and fine lines. Excessive rubbing while removing the makeup can lead to dry and puffy eyes. In the long run puffiness around the eyes is also caused due to accumulation of leftover eye makeup particles. Makeup left overnight on the eyes seeps through the tear duct and keeps getting accumulated under the eyes leading to heavy puffiness. Sometimes, at a later stage in life to cure this one would need proper medical attention or even undergo a surgery for worst-case scenarios. Thus it is very important to thoroughly remove any kind of makeup from the eyes every night or before sleeping anytime during the day. It is good to invest in a high quality eye make remover as these are usually very mild and these effectively remove makeup without drying the skin around the eyes. Have patience while removing makeup and cleaning the eyes, remembering to be gentle.
Do not dab or rub the product directly over your eyelids using fingers. Always damp the product over a cotton pad and gently swipe over the makeup. Use an ear bud dabbed in product to remove eyeliner that is stuck in-between the lashes and corners of eyes.

Products Muskaan recommends are Lancôme eye makeup remover or Sens’eye by Make Up For Ever and Camomile gentle eye makeup remover by Body Shop.

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In fact, there is this magical product by dermalogica called the PRECLENSE- it provides deep cleansing for every day use. It removes any left over makeup product on the skin. Do not use it if you are allergic to peanuts as it contains kukui nut oil.

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There are many products available in the market; in fact each and every brand has a range of makeup removers for different parts of the face and for every skin type. So explore, consult and use the one which suites your skin type best.

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Lastly, even after you have removed all that makeup don’t forget to Smile!

A Smile is still the best make-up you can wear every day.

Happy MakeupLicious!!

Tina

Muskaan Ahuja (AKA Tina)Dubai based MUA

Visit my page – https://www.facebook.com/MuskaanAhujaTinaMua

Professional Make-up and Special effects Artist.

Email add –  tin_195656@hotmail.com / TahujaMUA@gmail.com

Tel- +971 55 99585856

 


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Happy MakeupLicious- Be Beautiful in 5 simple steps!

Aussie Fashion blog’s featured makeup writer, Muskaan Ahuja a Dubai based professional Make-up and Special effects Artist has come up with a simple 5-step routine that can transform you into a glam diva. A must have guide for the ever busy woman of today, from office to the dance floor in minutes!

This 3rd series of ‘happy MakeupLicious’ brings to you the tutorial of how to transform your look from subtle to a glam diva by just building on to your existing make-up in just 5 simple steps.

Day to Night in 5 Steps

Step 1: SMOKEY EYES.

Use a soft kohl liner along your lash line, then smudge it upwards with your fingertips or a sponge. This would create a Smokey eye in a flash. Dab on an eye shadow in a frosty carbon shade and blend all using a good blender brush.

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Step 2 -  LUSH LASHES.

Forget mascara as adding more coats over dried mascara will only cause it to clump and crumble. Instead, invest in a pair of false lashes that you can whip on in a flash. Apply the lashes using a pair of tweezers for precision and gently squeeze them along with natural lases with mascara on. This will help in blending both together.

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Step 3 – SCULPTED GLOW.

Use concealer under your eye and to cover blemishes. Sweep matt bronzer or a blusher of your choice along the cheekbones towards temples, your forehead and chin. Use a lighter shade to highlight your cheeks, nose bridge, eye-brow line and inside your eye corners.

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Step 4 – PALE POUT

If you’re drawing attention to your eyes, play down your lips with pinkish coloured gloss. Alternatively , use a lip stain for lasting effect, or a long wearing lip colour in a nude or buff shade.

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Step 5- GLAM HAIR.

Pin your hair into a low bun or twist it round, pinning as you go to create a messier look with delicate wisps. Glam it up with a bejewelled hair accessory and you’re all set for a glam evening.

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Lastly don’t forget to Smile as it is the best make-up you can wear every day.

Happy makupLicious!!

Tina

Muskaan Ahuja (AKA Tina)Dubai based MUA

Visit my page - https://www.facebook.com/muskaan.ahuja.14

Professional Make-up and Special effects Artist.

Email add – tin_195656@hotmail.com / TahujaMUA@gmail.com

Tel- +971 55 99585856

 

 

 

 

 


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Happy MakeupLicious: The perfect bronzed beauty

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This is the second post in our ‘Happy MakeupLicious’ series, where we let you in the secrets on applying bronzer like a pro. Our featured cosmetic technician is Muskaan Ahuja, a gorgeous Certified Professional Make Up Artist and Special Effects from ESMOD University Dubai.

In this post she shares her trade secrets for the art of bronzing.  Many celebrities end up as front-page news for their bronzer disasters, the latest victim being Catherine Zeta Jones. Even a bronzer pro like Pippa Middleton, who has been dubbed by British media to have created the ‘middletan effect’, has had her share of  ‘too orange’ royal tan disasters.

So why does everyone still brave dangerous waters like bronzing? Simple, it’s the ultimate look for a fashion and style diva, a sun kissed glow. Summery bronze skin is sexy and sporting it all year round is the hallmark of a true style diva. However the aim is to be a golden beauty not orange faced!

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How to avoid the ‘FAKE TAN’ look?

Aim for one shade darker than your current skin tone, anything more and you are setting the stage for being labelled, ‘Fake Bake’. Also if you are pale skinned try investing in a body lotion that builds up a gradual tan, all over your body. Sporting a bronze face with a pale body is a fashion faux pas you really should avoid.

Wait approximately 10 mins after moisturising your face before you apply makeup, especially a bronzer, as it won’t blend evenly. A lot of bronzers tend to have orange undertones, try to go with a nude-brown undertone.

‘Happy MakeupLicious’: The perfect bronzed beauty tips.

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Our Dubai based expert, Muskaan Ahuja, a professional Makeup and Special effect Artist shows you how to become a woman that knows how to apply a bronzer and look good.  She lists out four simple rules that can turn you into a sun kissed goddess.

“When it comes to bronzing, you either know how to do it or you don’t, “ Muskaan says of the art of bronzing, “and when you don’t, it really looks bad!”

Her simple 4 rules step is as follows:

Rule 1 – Bronzer should look natural, so match it to your décolleté or upper arm. Which is a true match of your most tanned areas.

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Rule 2- Apply bronzer to your face in the same direction as the sun naturally hits it. Apply downward strokes, hitting your T-zone, cheekbones and chin.

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Rule 3 – Never use bronzer to contour your face. You may see this look in fashion shoots in magazines, but it doesn’t work in real life.

“Always accessorise with a smile,” says Muskaan. “A smile is the best make-up you can wear every day! ”

Happy MakeupLicious!!

Tina

Visit my page:  http://www.facebook.com/MuskaanAhujaTinaMua

Professional Make-up and Special effects Artist.

Email: tin_195656@hotmail.com / TahujaMUA@gmail.com

Tel: +971 55 99585856


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Happy MakeupLicious! Forever-Young makeup tutorial.

The art of applying makeup is one of the oldest traits of civilized groups of people and according to Dr. Richard Russell there is a science in the art of applying makeup.  An assistant professor of Psychology at Gettysburg College, he has deduced that a face appears female due to facial contrast and application of makeup enhances this contrast making one appear more attractive. Female skin tone is also lighter than male skin tone, which supports the use of foundation that evens out skin tone and in some case makes the skin appear lighter.

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Plucking of eyebrows, applying eye shadow, eyeliner and mascara darkens the eyes and lashes. Lipstick and lip liners darken the lips giving the face an immediate feminine appeal and thus making it more attractive. Rouge/blush applied artfully on the cheeks give a healthy rosy cheek look.

As part of our ‘Happy MakeupLicious’ series, we are starting a sequence of posts on the art of applying makeup like a pro. Our featured writer is Muskaan Ahuja, a gorgeous Certified Professional Make Up Artist and Special Effects from ESMOD University Dubai.

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Forever Young makeup tutorial.

You don’t need to undergo expensive and not to mention painful laser surgery to get a facelift or a youthful glow. A few clever makeup tricks will have you looking years younger and beautiful in 5 simple steps.

Muskaan has charted 5 simple steps to incorporate into your daily makeup routine that will have you glowing with confidence.

Step 1:  A good foundation.

Skin is the largest organ of your body and the one most prone to ageing as it is constantly battles harsh weather, chemicals and pollutants while it protecting your body. It deserves your care and respect. Fine lines, wrinkles, sagging, irregularity of pigmentation (age spots), and dryness are the tell tale signs of aging. Good genes are a major factor for youthful skin, however good lifestyle choices and makeup can help minimise the harsh effects of time.

Choosing a good foundation is the fundamental step in the art of makeup.

A good foundation has the following characteristics:

  • A light coverage formula: heavy foundations tend to make skin sag. A light formula spreads smoothly with out clumping and is gentle on the delicate facial skin.
  • Evens out your skin tone: Foundation should match your skin tone and mask age spots giving the appearance of youth.
  • Spreads smoothly instead of just filling up fine lines. If your foundation tends to fill up fine lines you will end up with skin that looks wrinkled. You need to experiment to find one that smoothens out your skin and tackles the appearance of wrinkles.
  • Addresses your skin’s specific needs. A dry skin looks aged and dull. A good foundation that moisturises without caking is what you should lookout for. If your skin is oily you need to find a foundation that isn’t oil based. If you have combination skin, oily T zone and dry rest of the area, you might need to experiment with perhaps two types of foundation. Needless to say money spent on good high quality foundation is worth it.
  • Ensuring that your foundation has a built in SPF of at least 15-20 will protect your skin from further harmful affects of the sun.

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Step 2- CONCEAL AND REVEAL

  • Pick a concealer two shades lighter than your foundation.
  • Place three dots under the eye where the shadows are.
  • Gently pat product into skin, working it into the inner corners, which tend to darken with age.
  • This will mask the dark circles and tell tale signs of a hectic life.

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Step 3 – OPEN YOUR EYES.

  •  Dust some shadow in a taupe or stone colour over the lid.
  • Apply a highlighting formula under the arch to give the appearance of a mini brow ‘lift’.
  • Finally apply two coats of mascara to top lashes.
  • If you use an eyelash curler you will want to curl your lashes before you apply your mascara.

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Step 4 – LET THE CHEEKS GLOW

  • Applying blusher to the apples of the cheeks gives skin a younger glow.
  • Cream formulas give skin a dewy look, but you’ll need to touch up throughout the day, as they aren’t very long lasting.
  • As most skin tends to dry out with age, cream blushers are a good choice and are best-applied using fingertips.

Step 4

Step 5 – PLUMP UP YOUR POUT

  • Unfortunately, lips tend to thin with age.
  • Counteract this with a lip-plumping formula.
  • They contain a special plant complex that boosts hyaluronic acid production, instantly restoring the plumpness.

Step 5

Lastly,

A Smile is the best make-up you can wear every day. :)

Happy MakeupLicious!!

Tina

Muskaan Ahuja (AKA Tina) Dubai based MUA

 

Visit my page:  http://www.facebook.com/MuskaanAhujaTinaMua

 

Professional Make-up and Special effects Artist.

 

Email: tin_195656@hotmail.com / TahujaMUA@gmail.com

Tel: +971 55 99585856

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Aussie style icon- Robyn Lawley

Robyn Lawley is an Aussie style icon!

Robyn Lawley is a Plus size fashion model and the first to appear in a campaign for Ralph Lauren. This gorgeous 6 ft 2 in size 12 model was Sydney Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential People of the year award for 2011.

A foodie she has her own food blog Robyn Lawley Eats (http://robynlawleyeats.tumblr.com/ ) and is slated to host a cooking TV show on Australian network Foxtel.

A healthy revolution for fashion and modelling! Bring it in Robyn!

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Robyn Lawley

Robyn Lawley

Robyn Lawley

Robyn Lawley is Aussie style icon

Robyn Lawley is Aussie style icon

Robyn Lawley is Aussie style icon

Robyn Lawley is Aussie style icon

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The 1 Rule for confidence is to be yourself!

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Young Bohémienne: Natalie Clifford Barney (1875-1972) at the age of 10 (painting by Carolus-Duran) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I meet so many women who are uncomfortable in their own skin; after all there is a fine line between demure and abashed. While one is a character trait the other is a result of one’s perception of self, usually a negative one. The last time I felt awkward and cringed in my own skin was in high school, in my attempt to be cool, I wore a tight-fitting cocktail dress. Black lace and a bright yellow bow was all it took to make me feel like a turkey on show! Thank God for my father, a man of principle and obviously taste, who forbade me to walk out of the house looking like the bride of Frankenstein. As any normal teenager, I rolled my eyes and protested, but secretly I was so happy that he made me change. My ego didn’t let me publicly admit my fashion faux pas but that day I learned a valuable lesson, never try to be someone else!

It’s one thing to be inspired and quite another to erase one’s own identity and absorb someone else’s persona. My inspiration by the likes of those gorgeous Bohemian style divas leads me to don flowing skirts, but it’s still me underneath the boho skirt. Just like my skin tone, which is brown, cream and uneven, my fashion sense isn’t defiantly anything but always comfortable.

Lace shirts with frayed denim shorts and gold jewellery – that’s me! Hair colour that changes more frequently than the weather courtesy global warming, fashion style that is constantly evolving, adapting, and always experimenting that’s who I am. What about you? Is your personality hiding in the closet or tucked away in the back of your wardrobe? Waiting in the sidelines for the approval of peers, fashion magazines, friends, family, the cat next door?

In one of my earlier posts I had written that the one must have accessory for a plus size woman is confidence, I reiterate: the number one rule for confidence is to be yourself!

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