How to REALLY create perfect brows – top tips from the ELES experts

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Perfect, natural-looking eyebrows are one of the hottest beauty trends right now. Why? Because creating the perfect brows can completely transform your face and make you look 10 years younger! Seriously.

Yes, some people are born with genetically perfect brows (ergh) but believe it or not creating naturally looking ‘full’ brows is something we can all achieve! (yay!) You’ve just got to know how.

We asked Liane Scior, Creator of ELES Cosmetics for her guide on how to create perfect brows at home. Here are her top tips;

  1. Remember your eye brows are sisters not identical twins! They will never be exactly the same and in trying to make them perfectly matched you’ll likely to “over-tweeze”.
  2. Embrace your natural brow shape. Filling in your natural eye brow shape will help you find your perfect fullness.
  3. Don’t overfill the front part of your brow. This area should have soft hair that graduates into more density. If you overfill this area you can make your eye brows look too square and in turn harsh.
  4. The beginning of your brow should be in line with your nostril, not the outside of your nose. If you don’t follow this rule and you have a wide nose, it could mean the gap between your brows will be too large making your nose look wider!
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  5. Non-existent brows? You can try to grow thicker brows by applying and massaging oil (castor olive or almond oil best) into the hair follicles at night. Also including fatty fish, nuts, avocado, berries and green leafy vegetables in your diet can promote hair grown and strengthen hair follicles.
  6. Sparse spots in your brows? Use an eye brow pencil and pencil them in. Remember you can literally change your face by knowing how to correctly use an eye brow pencil to fill in your brows. Follow our tutorial below;
    Perfect Brows Brow TutorialMust try: NEW Precision Brow Pencil. It creates “hairlike” strokes for a more natural brow and comes in three shades to suite everyone!
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  7. A brow brush will also come in handy when you’ve used too much product and want to soften the look.
  8. Running your brow brush along a soap bar and brushing the brows helps to set them into place, particularly good if your brow hairs grow in every which way.
  9. As well as filling your eyebrows in using a pencil, you can also use an eyebrow powder or shadow. A pencil will help you create a more natural look and conceal sparse areas, while a brow powder or shadow will create the illusion of thicker brows.Try: Brow Sculpt. A two-in-one sculpting product. Long wearing powder helps to fill in, shape and thicken brows while the colour coordinated tinted wax tames and sets the brows.
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  10. Make sure you choose the right eye brow pencil or powder shade for you – the colour of your eyebrows should be very close to the tone of your hair. If you choose a colour that is a couple of tones darker than your hair, your eyebrows could look rather unnatural.
  11. Remember to apply your brow product before tweezing your brows, it helps the strays become more visible and will stop you over tweezing.
  12. Before tweezing gently massage facial oil on to the brow bone. This will help strengthen the hair follicles so they won’t easily snap, while also protecting the sensitive skin around the brows from plucking. You can also run an ice cube over your brows to reduce redness and swelling!
  13. Tweeze only every 5-6 weeks.
  14. If you’re not a fan of tweezing and having sensitive skin means waxing for you can equal breakouts or burns and redness, try threading?

Read, digest and go and get yourself your best brows yet!

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Add a little makeup loving to your mum’s cosmetics bag this Mother’s Day

It’s nearly upon us! That special day of the year, the day we outwardly thank our amazing mum’s for being well, simply amazing! Yes Mother’s day is fast approaching which means it’s time to think last minute gifts! Eek.

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Struggling to decide on what to buy? Keep it simple and special. While flowers are lovely and chocolates a cheeky little indulgence, this Mother’s Day why not add some makeup loving to your mum’s cosmetics bag too! For the mother that loves her beauty products it’s the perfect idea…that said what woman doesn’t love a little makeup in their life!

What makeup would be best though I hear you say? Stress no more, for we have taken a few of our favourite products and placed into one sleek, pretty palette, providing colour and instant radiance all day long.

This 4-in-1 face and eye palette combines beautiful and subdued shades of frappe and chocolate contrasted with cool feminine berry and soft pink highlights.

Containing a soft and subtle highlighter, a warm blush and two shimmer eye shades, all products are free of chemical ‘nasties’ and rich in skin nurturing ingredients including vitamins A, E & C to protect and condition the skin.

What more could you ask for mum or perhaps yourself even!

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Get the ELES HAZY DAZE Collection Palette (now at 20% off) and receive a Duo Fibre Face Brush (valued at RRP $19) for FREE! 

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Makeup tips you’ll want to know now

Achieving the perfect makeup doesn’t need to be a time consuming necessity or a complicated ritual! It should be simple and easy. We asked Owner and Creator of ELES Cosmetics, Liane Scior her handy makeup tips and tricks that’ll turn makeup application from frustrating to fun!

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Whether you’re wondering how to cover up those pesky pimples without further inflaming them or preventing your concealer accentuating your lines, Liane has the answer. And what’s better if the questions that have been playing on your mind aren’t answered below you can email the experts at ELES Cosmetics and they will personally get back to you with an answer.

MAKEUP TIPS

FACE

Eliminate dark circles

The best way to conceal dark circles is with an under eye corrector with a “peachy” tone to counteract the blueish tinge of the shadows.  By using a good corrector and a lightweight concealer you’ll have the cover you need without a thick mask that falls into fine lines and looks cakey. Try Dual Action Concealer

Conceal redness/broken capillaries

Green correctors used to be the best solution for concealing redness, however they can make the skin look flat and lifeless.  CC Creams (colour correction) with photo-optic filters will help reflect back light on the skin greatly reducing skin redness and the dark red of broken capillaries. Try Luminous CC Cream 20

Cover up pimples without irritation

For pimples, an antibacterial concealer followed by a mineral foundation powder is ideal. Oil free and non-comedogenic cover ups are best and many now have skin enhancing benefits to sooth inflammation.  Avoid mineral oil, lanolin and talc based products which tend to block the pores and exacerbate the acne. Try Photo Touch Concealer & Mineral Powder Foundation

Conceal not accentuate fine lines

There is a very fine line (pardon the pun) between over-preparing the skin and causing the product to slip off and under-preparing the skin and causing it to absorb into the skin.  The area should be well hydrated without being greasy so a good eye cream around the eyes and a hydrating concentrate will help prepare the skin for makeup.  Allow time for the product to absorb and settle. The key is not to apply too much product, keep every layer fine and light and you’ll have a more natural and lasting result to your makeup.

Create the perfect base

Foundation is what makes your skin appear flawless but it’s important to master not only the right shade, but the look you want (matte versus dewy) and the coverage. If you want lighter coverage then opt for a tinted moisturiser, but if it’s more coverage you’re after then liquid foundation is the answer. Try Mineral Sheer Tint or HD Luminous Foundation

Bonus tip: Use your fingers to apply your foundation if you want sheer coverage and a brush or sponge for medium to full coverage.

Fake your cheekbones

Sadly we aren’t all born with striking cheekbones but we can all fake it! All it takes is some simple sculpting. Start by puckering to find the hollows of your cheeks and apply a deep nude blush or contour powder in the sunken area under your cheekbones. Next, apply a peachy blush starting from the apples of your cheeks and moving outwards while lightly blending. Finish by applying illuminator along the top of your cheekbones and under your temples. Try Baked Blush & Liquid Illuminator

EYES

Brighten eyes

Make eyes brighter with white.  A small dot of white shadow on the inside of the eye near the tear duct will make eyes look brighter. Try Mineral Shadow in Opal

Define eyes

Eyeliner can make or break a perfect makeup.  Wearing eyeliner inside the eye rim can look striking and make the eyes stand out, but avoid this if you have small or very deep set eyes.

The role of eyeliner is to make the lashes look thicker so the line can be thicker on the top lash line, create a small “peak” in the outer corners of the eye to give the illusion of an almond shaped eye. Try Powderliner Pencil

Bonus tip: Plums and eggplant shades make the eye whites look whiter

Select the eye shadow shade for you

Choose shadows that make the colour of your eyes stand out. Blue and Grey tones enhance brown eyes, plums are great for green eyes and browns make blue eyes sparkle.  Don’t be afraid to try different colours but remember the eyeshades should enhance your eyes not take over completely. Try Mineral Matte Shadows

Transform eye lashes

Still searching for the perfect volumizing mascara? Don’t stress. Simply apply a layer of your mascara to your lashes then dust them with powder (loose powder, translucent or even baby!) before applying a final coat of mascara. The result? Thick, gorgeous lashes.

Bonus tip: Sweep the wand through the roots of your lashes and zigzag as you work your way up. This will create added length.

Simple Smokey Eye

Who doesn’t love a smokey eye? While a lot of smokey eye looks require several different shades of eyeshadow and a whole lot of blending, there is a fast and easy alternative. Simply use an eye pencil to draw a slanted hashtag above the outer corners of your eyes and blend with the smudger end of the pencil. The result: Instant smokey eye every time. Try Powderliner Pencil

LIPS

Soften “smoker’s lines” and prevent product seeping into the cracks

Apply a lip balm before applying the rest of your makeup, this will give the area time to absorb the moisture and plump out the fine lines around the lips, then, when it comes time to apply lipstick, blot the excess away.  Follow with a lip primer all over the lips and beyond the lip border.  Fill in the lips using a lip pencil in desired colour and apply lipstick to the centre of the lips only.

Lipstick shades for you

Lipstick should complement your skin tones, cool skin tones should wear cooler colours such as plum, rose and burgundy and warm skin tones look better in terracotta, orange and vibrant reds.  Remember, if your eye makeup is prominent, keep the lips soft and neutral, and if you want to wear strong lip colour, soften the eye makeup or opt for a simple liner/mascara look. Try Moisture Crème Lipstick

Bonus tip: You are never too old for wet lips!  A small amount gloss on the center of the lips makes them look plump and youthful.  Keep your Lip gloss with you to freshen up your makeup through the day.

Make lipstick last longer

Let’s face it lipstick never seems to last the distance. After applying your lippy, place a tissue over your lips and dust on some translucent powder. Doing so will help set your colour and make it instantly longer-lasting.

Bonus tip: For long-lasting vibrant colour from AM to PM try the NEW ELES Lip Stains. They will last through coffee, cakes and kisses. Seriously.

Fuller lips

Lipliner is used to define the look of your lips but it can also create the illusion of instantly bigger and plumper lips. Apply before lipstick or gloss and use either a neutral shade or match the shade of your lipstick. Therefore if the lipstick fades, you don’t walk around with only the outline showing.

Begin by applying a fine line just outside your natural lip line starting from the center of the lips and working out to the corners, keep it light and fine. Try Longwear Lipliner

Bonus tip: Powdering the line will make it last longer.

EYE BROWS

Shape your brows

Adding definition and shape to your eyebrows can completely transform your face. Shaping your brows needn’t be difficult. Start by brushing your eyebrows so the hairs are sitting naturally. Then, use a soft, waxy brow pencil to shape the outside of your brow. Fill in your brows using short, hair-like strokes. Finally, blend some highlighter just below your brow bone for lift. Try Brow blender Pencil

Bonus tip: Use a brow stencil to create perfectly even and arched brows every time!

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Sleeping in makeup – what it really does to our skin

What girl doesn’t love makeup! It can literally transform the way we look and feel! But sadly with every good, comes bad, and makeup is no exception to the rule!

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There is a downside to wearing makeup – the affect it can have on our skin if it’s not property removed at the end of the day. I’m pretty sure the majority of us could admit to sleeping with makeup on at some stage of our lives. I know I’m guilty of it, perhaps one time to many! But after learning these simple facts, like me, you might think twice about doing it again!

What makeup does to your skin while you are sleeping…

  1. Eye irritation and sensitivity

Neglecting to remove eye makeup whether it be the entire shebang or just a little layer of mascara, can cause dryness, irritation, redness and even infection! This is because the particles from mascara can harbour harmful pathogens and if it gets into the delicate eye area can cause havoc.

No thank you.

  1. Dry, dull complexion

Our skin is covered in pores which allow us to sweat and secrete sebum, a natural lubricant that moisturises skin and removes dead skin cells. Makeup can trap these dead skin cells, preventing them from shedding and leaving us with a dry, dull complexion. Just remember sleep is the body’s time to repair itself from the stress of the day. While you sleep, new healthy skin cells are created.

  1. Spots

Even if you’re not normally prone to spots, you’ll soon see that sleeping with a face full of makeup can and will result in breakouts. Eek! Makeup unfortunately clogs pores, and when your pores are blocked, your skin can’t breathe, and therefore it can’t regenerate. The oil in your pores builds-up and transform itself into spots. Fact.

  1. Premature aging

Sleeping in your makeup can trap dirt and pollutants inside the skin, therefore increasing your exposure to free radicals. This is turn can lead to collagen breakdown. If collagen can’t be produced properly, your skin will age faster.

Scary right? Fear not, if you have only been subject to sleeping with makeup on a few times there is no long term effect but it’s definitely not something you want to make a habit of. Yes sometimes it’s hard not to just want to climb into your comfy bed after a long day or a big night out even, but if that’s the case and your usual cleansing routine seems like way to much of an effort, opt for a quick, easy and effective cleanser that you can even use from the luxury of our bed!

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Try;

ELES Transformation Cleansing Oil. Packed full of anti-aging and nourishing ingredients, it literally melts away makeup and impurities without stripping skin’s natural moisture, all while helping it maintain a balanced and hydrated complexion.

Also ensure you use sensitivity tested or breathable makeup free of potential irritants such a fragrance, talc, oil, dyes and parabens.

Try;

ELES Liquid Powder Foundation. Its ‘non-occlusive’ long-lasting formula allows the foundation to enhance the complexion without covering up the skin, allowing it to “breathe” freely.

ELES Sensitive Eye Mascara. Hypoallergenic and sensitivity-tested, this fragrance-free water based mascara is perfect for the most sensitive of eyes. It lengthens, separates and darkens lashes without clumping. It dries quickly and resists smudging under eyes.

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