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Over recent years we have seen the rise of social media makeup trends and the 'how-to' tutorials on YouTube in the thousands. We've witnessed contouring that got out of hand (there was a tutorial on how to contour using the side of a shoe!) and many beauty fanatics trying to conquer the 'strobing' effect. These trends are good fun, and if you're handy with a makeup brush, they really can transform an everyday makeup look into something head-turning. However, you don't often see the latest Instagram-worthy looks being taken on with a green beauty twist, so we thought we would have a look at some of the most recent trends from this year and last and add a little natural beauty touch to it! banner_08Mar17_7

Sun Stripping

This new way to bronze your face was all over social media feeds last summer, and there is no reason as to why you can't adopt the look again this year as we edge closer to the sunnier months of the year (yay). 'Sun stripping' is all about giving your skin a glowing, bronzed look which makes it appear like you've already had the chance to lay on a beach or head to the slopes this year. To master the look, follow these simple steps:
  • Complete your foundation and makeup as you usually would, but do not contour or highlight.
  • Sweep a compact brush into your matte bronzer and dust off any extra powder you may have picked up (this is important!) and draw a stripe from the centre of your nose to the top of your ear on either side of the face. (Don't freak out, bear with us!).
  • Buff it out with a blusher brush to blend the bronzer without fault into the skin, giving a sun-kissed look to the high planes of your face.
There you go! You have a ski-slope sun blushed look, without the cost of a holiday! Try the Alima Pure Satin Matte Bronzer or Ere Perez Pure Rice Powder Bronzer to achieve your desired look. banner_08Mar17_6

'Baked' Makeup

'Baking' your makeup made its way onto social media timelines last year after being heavily promoted by beauty bloggers on YouTube. It refers to setting your makeup with a translucent powder for a crease-free look all day. Applying a thick layer of concealer and translucent powder allows the heat from your face to set your base foundation and concealer leaving you with a flawless finish, all day and evening. Here's how to get picture-perfect skin, every time:
  • Hydrate the eye area with a plumping eye cream to minimise the appearance of any fine lines or creases - try the Antipodes Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream to relieve any dehydration around your eyes.
  • Apply a thick layer of concealer under your eyes, a little bit won't do as it won't set right, so layer it on. Conceal upwards from the apples of your cheek towards your temples and underneath your eye. Blend out the concealer with a damp makeup sponge. Try the RMS Beauty 'Un' Cover-Up or Juice Beauty Phyto Pigments Perfecting Concealer to get the right consistency.
  • Now, coat on more concealer. Yes, this seems like a lot of makeup, but this second layer will lock in the first formula. Apply a sheer coat of concealer and blend in again with a damp makeup sponge. Ensure you have blended all of the creases before moving on to the next step. Try a liquid concealer for the next layer such as the Inika Perfection Concealer or Ilia Vivid Concealer.
  • After you have blended the second layer of concealer, take a fluffy eye shadow brush, like the Lily Lolo Eye Shadow Blush, and apply translucent powder over the entire patch of concealer to set the base makeup. There are some high-quality natural powders you can try, including the Antipodes Skin Brightening Finishing Powder, RMS Beauty 'Un' Powder, Lily Lolo Mineral Correcting Powder or the Ilia Translucent Powder.
  • Now it's time to "bake" your makeup. Use a wedge makeup sponge and dampen it with the Lily Lolo Makeup Mist, then dip the sponge into the translucent powder to pack the loose powder in generously over the concealed area. Leave the powder on your skin for five to ten minutes.
  • Time to dust it off! Using the same eye shadow brush as before, swirl your brush over the powder on the concealed areas, buffing in any harsh edges as you go.
That's it! Your makeup is baked, and you should be left with glowing skin, without a crease in sight! banner_08Mar17_8

Eyebrow Mapping

Eyebrow mapping is a fool-proof way to ensure your eyebrows are looking spot on, everyday! If you can master this technique, your eyebrows will frame your face perfectly, and it's very simple to do.
  • Take your eyebrow pencil/ brush, such as the Borlind Natural Brow Pencil or Bellapierre Eye Liner & Brow Brush, and press it against your nostril, lining it up straight with the inner part of your eye. This is where your eyebrow should start, mark this point slightly with your eyebrow pencil.
  • Next, hold your eyebrow tool of choice horizontally, with the base at the outer part of your nose. The point should fall just past the middle of your pupil, mark this spot, this is the highest part of the arch.
  • Finish up by lining your pencil with the outer part of your nose with the outer part of your eye, and make this your last mark, this will determine the length of your brow. It will also show where to extend your brow to if it doesn't grow this far down.
There you have it! You've mapped the perfect line for your eyebrows, and you can go ahead and fill and shape them to complete your look.

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