How To Get a Bronzed Glow (That's Perfect For Summer)

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Summer is finally here! If you haven't had the chance to soak up some sun or you're headed to one of many the many festivals this season; here is a dewy, golden look with a pop of colour to give you that bronzed summery vibe. 

To ensure your makeup stays on all day despite the heat, make sure to use a primer. To brighten and give your skin a healthy 'lit from within" look, try Graydon's Face Glow Tinted Primer + Illuminator.

graydon face glow

For added warmth and a natural looking flush, blend a cream blush like Smashbox L.A. Lights Blendable Lip & Cheek Color in Venice Beach Bronze to the apples of your cheeks with your finger or a dual fiber brush. 

smashbox LA lights lip and cheek

To make your eyes pop, use a volumizing mascara like CLINIQUE's High Impact Mascara applying to both top and bottom lashes for an extra bold effect. 

TIP: Try a nude eyeliner in the waterline to make eyes appear bigger and more awake!

CLINIQUE's High Impact Mascara

Now we have to give those brows some structure! In keeping with the subtle, effortless theme; lightly fill in your brows using a brow pencil like the Smashbox Brow Tech Gloss Stick

Smashbox Brow Tech Gloss Stick.

All that's left is the lips. Because the eye look is so simple, go for a bold lip colour. Line the lips with a waterproof lip liner similar to your natural lip colour for a long lasting "eat proof" base and then go in with a bright, matte lipstick like Bobbi Brown's Art Stick in Orange to contrast with your glowy skin. 

TIP: Apply a shimmery 'champagne' eye shadow or highlighter to the centre of the lips for a plumping effect. 

Bobbi Brown's Art Stick Orange

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Beauty Looks From NYFW!

NYFW is happening right now and we're compiling our favourite looks and trends that are coming down the catwalk! 

Marc Jacobs AW16

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Let's just get this one out of the way shall we because it's all everyone can talk about. Black lipstick was seen on numerous catwalks for AW2016. It was used because it complimented the collection that was being shown and I really hope this does't become 'a thing' because it doesn't really hard to pull off correctly and with good technique (unless you're a pro). If you are going to try it Kat Von D makes one called Slayer and Inglot has a matte black lipstick called 437.

Proenza Schouler AW16

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A gorgeous fresh face will never go out of style. I can be preppy, chic or glamourous. 
Start with a light coverage foundation like Clinique Even Better Foundation then illuminate your skin with a highlighter to create fresh and dewy skin. RMS Living Luminizer is a makeup artist favourite. Learn more about highlighting HERE. Finish off with your favourite mascara on your top lashes and a bit of sheer lip gloss like Bobbi Brown Sheer Color Gloss and your all set!

Sally Lapointe AW16

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This look is so simple but totally makes a statement with beautiful and pristine skin, natural eye, strong brow and brown mauve purple hybrid lip. What I took from this look was the key pieces that make it stand out. A defined brow is super modern and Anastasia Beverly Hills seems to have dominated the market for that. To make your eye appear more awake and youthful then use a flesh toned eye liner. MAC makes a range of colors that apply amazingly.  Run it along your lower lash line gently. It'll eliminate any redness near your eye. For the lips I thought NYX Mauve Slim Lip Pencil or Alima Pure's Blackberry Sheer Mauve Lip Tint. 

3.1 Phillip Lim AW16

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If sleek straight hair makes a come back I'd totally be on board. I'm slightly over the big bouncy Victoria Secret waves. The great thing is, since the 90s we are much more educated on how to protect hair from extreme heat (remember straightening irons that you had to fill up with water?!). To get silky smooth hair start with a great styling cream that helps control frizz and blocks nature's elements like humidty. Living Proof makes a nice one. Then you need a great tool to get long straight locks. Harry Josh is a pro hair artist and he makes a line of tools including a straightening iron. If it's good enough for his celeb clients then it's just fine for you too!