(Not So) Tricky Trend: Metallic Eyes

With the Sydney Mardi Gras fast approaching, we figured it was only appropriate to feature a something sparkly and it just so happens that our Autumn look, ‘Metallic Temptress’ is perfect for the occasion. After all, what better way to incorporate a bit of sparkle and shine into our lives than with metallic eyes, right?
We love the metallic look, it delivers insta-glam and a bit of sparkle without being OTT plus, when worn properly, it can seriously flatter your features. Today, we’re talking about metallic eyes and how to ensure your hard-metal look is subtle enough to show off your eyes but ‘enough’ to count.

Get the Metallic Temptress Eye Look:
1. Begin by applying a wash of Mineral Eye Shadow – Topaz over the entire lid up towards to brow.
2. Follow with Mineral Eye Shadow – Moonstone across the entire eye lid and slightly above, blending well in the crease to contour. This shade can also be used along the lower lash line.
3. Powder liner pencil – Chocolate is used to add depth and definition to the top eye lash line and outer third of the lower lash line.
4. Complete the eyes with two coats of Lush Black Mascara on the lashes.


The Oscars Beauty Trends

There were two major showdowns today; the political one between Gillard and Rudd right here in Australia and the style-stakes one on the red carpet in tinsel town. While the former is important, the later includes makeup and is, of course, far further up our alley.

Here’s a look at a few of the beauty looks we spied on the Academy Awards red carpet today…

Now, loyal readers, we’re not going to sugar coat it, the Oscars dresses this year were extremely disappointing and a total anti-climax. So, we’ve turned our eyes to the beauty department and although there is nothing ground-breaking to be found, we have found a couple of clear trends.

First off, the perfectly grommed brow proves to be a favourite. The days of plucking our brows into non-existence are SO over and the stars are sporting full, face-defining brows that we love. Good brows can seriously change your face and after getting a professional to shape your brows, the best thing you can do is keep them groomed and visible with our Brow Blender Pencil. It’s super easy to use and will keep help disguise any of those pesky areas you’ve over-plucked or that simply refuse to grow.

As for the lips, we’re noticing a few stars opting for a nude shade while others, like Rooney Mara and Mila Jovovich have chosen a pop of red to compliment their outfit. We love a good red lippie and can’t resist the pull of Micro Red.

RED CARPET TIP: Want your lippie to look perfect throughout the red carpet AND the ceremony? Make sure to use a lipliner and apply your lipstick with a lip brush for accuracy.

Cat-like liner took centre stage for crowd-pleaser Emma Stone’s look and Jessica Chastain followed suit with a well-winged line. To achieve liner that demands attention, seek liquid! It’s easier to use than you think (check out our tutorial) and achieves a look that screams Hollywood glam.

All in all the stars chose classic beauty looks this year, employing neutral shades and the time-tested red to bring out their best features and flatter those they’re a little less fond of. This is clever makeup, it’s makeup for the young, the old and everywhere in between. It’s the kind of look any of us can nail.

Want an ELES tutorial on any of the looks in particular? Leave us a comment on Facebook and we’ll help you out!

Glasses Wearing Girl’s Guide to Beauty

Calling all glasses wearing girls! You may not have been blessed with 20/20 vision but that certainly doesn’t mean your make-up routine has to be any less exciting than those of us who have no real need for spectacles.

 Here are a few rules of engagement:

1. Neutral is Nicer
Ever noticed when someone takes their glasses off their eyes seem smaller? Spectacles draw attention to your lovely peepers so it’s best to keep your eyeshadow a neutral shade with just a hint of a darker colour in the creases for definition. We love: Mineral Matte Shadow in Antique White and Cashmere.

2. Conceal, Correct and Conquer 
Concealer is always handy around the eye area but even more so if you’re wearing glasses as any imperfections will be magnified. We recommend: Phototouch Concealer

3. Don’t Skip the Mascara
Our Sensitive Eyes Mascara magnifies lashes without looking too-much or creating lashes so long they leave marks on your glasses. Plus the formula won’t irritate the eyes if you ever decide to wear contacts.

4. Brow Know-How
Your frames will draw attention to your brows so it’s important to shape and colour them. Try our Brow Blender Pencil and keep a Brow Groomer Brush handy for emergency use.

5. Let your Liner Match your Frames
Thick frames = thick liner. Thin frames = thin liner. The easiest equation we’ve ever seen!

6. Get Lippy
If you want to amp up the volume for a party-ready look, let your lips do the talking. It’s best to keep the eyes neutral and show your colours through the lips. We Love: Micro Bubble in Micro Melon

Tina Fey is a spectacled sister and she gets her makeup right everytime! Look to her for inspiration and don’t be afraid to experiment.

All that Glitters: The Why, When and How of Shimmer

We recently had a Facebook liker admit they, don’t know how to use shimmer. In our experience, where there’s one person who doesn’t know how to do something, there are many more who feel the same.
It’s easy to go over the top on the shimmer and we’ve seen it happen all too often. This is exactly why people think they don’t know how to use shimmer and why we want to teach you how to become Responsible Shimmer Users so you, too, can experience the glowing benefits.

Whitney Port Front Row at Mara Hoffman Fall 2012 NYFW. This girl knows how to work her highlighter!

We know how easy it is to get bogged down in the sheer volume of cosmetics avaliable these days but each and every one has a use. You don’t have to use everything everyday but having the option there makes all the difference.
Shimmer is used for highlighting, a makeup technique that can turn dull skin into fabulous skin, a basic look into a glamorous one.
Highlighting is all about emphasizing the places your face catches the light in a flattering way that makes your skin look radiant rather than lackluster.

It’s up to you! You can use shimmer on the middle of your eyelids, the bridge of your nose and the top of your cheekbones every day if you wish then amp it up at night by applying a touch on your cheekbones, nose, chin, brow bone and/or hairline after using foundation.
Oily skinned sisters, don’t be afraid of highlighting! The skin has places where it should and shouldn’t shine so using shimmer on the places it SHOULD shine will make oily skin less noticeable  not more.

1. Take a fluffy brush like ELES Tapered Powder Brush and swirl brush across your ELES Colour Tides Mineral Shimmering Powder, picking up all the shades
2. Tap off excess powder
3. Sweep the brush over the bridge of your nose and the top of your cheekbones and any other areas you wish to highlight, including the décolleté
4. Walk away from the mirror then come back and have another look, if you’re not glowing yet, repeat steps one through three but remember, when it comes to shimmer, LESS IS MORE!

ELES Colour Tides Peaches n Cream

The Six Commandments of Responsible Shimmer Users
Thou shalt not highlight heavily blemished areas
Thou shalt not highlight areas with lines and wrinkles
Thou shalt not highlight puffy eyes
Thou shalt not highlight excessively oily areas
Thou shalt not highlight under the eyes
Thou shalt not go overboard

Want more illumination?
Try ELES Mineral Illuminator to soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
And ELES Mineral Sheer Veil for incredible liquid light

Happy shimmering, ladies!