About Elaine

Elaine is a lifestyle contributor. Extremely passionate about writing, she co-manages lifestyle blogs with friends. Topics include arts & crafts, beauty, skincare, music, and travel. A late bloomer, Elaine has just recently discovered her love for makeup, accessories, and anything vintage. When she’s not working on her DIY projects, playing the piano or studying strings, she’s out exploring the outdoors. Professionally, Elaine does marketing communications and manages social media accounts for several international luxury brands. Her ultimate dream is to write and publish her own book. She hopes to share her interesting finds and daily musings to ELES readers.

Undertone: Understanding your True Skin Colour

This word is frequently mentioned in the beauty industry but if we were to ask what your UNDERTONE is, would you know what to say? In this blog entry, ELES gives you tips on how to determine your undertone.

From the word itself, it is the colour underneath the surface of the skin. Knowing your undertone is the key to getting makeup products (and clothes) that look great on you.

ELES Cosmetics - Undertone

There are three main types of undertones:

Cool (pink, red or bluish undertones)
Warm (yellow, peachy, golden undertones)
Neutral (a combination of warm and cool undertones)

Makeup artists can spot your undertone effortlessly but in the absence of a glam squad, these tips will help you determine your true colour! If you’re an aspiring makeup artist, knowing how to determine an undertone will help you create a great makeup base for your cilents as well. Here are our tips:

  1. A white cloth can tell you what your undertone is!
    This technique is very similar to what videographers call a white balance. After washing your face, go near the window where you can have natural light and place a white cloth or white paper beside your face. Ask someone to check out the contrast of your skin. If the skin appears:

    • golden or yellow = WARM
    • pinkish or flushed = COOL
    • can’t tell? = NEUTRAL
  2. Gold or Silver?
    Try wearing your gold and silver necklace or bracelet and ask someone which one looks great on you. If you look radiant and glowing in:

    • Gold jewelry = WARM
    • Silver and platinum jewelry = COOL
  3. What clothes look great on you?
    When picking clothes, it’s easy to know what shades are warm and cool. For cool colours, think of water, sea, and sky. For warm coloured clothes, think of the sun, Autumn leaves, and earth colours. If you look good in clothes that are colour:

    • Orange, Yellow, Dark Green = WARM
    • White, black, blue, and gray = COOL
    • All colours. If you look fab like a supermodel in everything that you wear, you are blessed! = NEUTRAL 😉
  1. The Sun will also tell you your undertone!
    • Your skin turns golden brown when you lounge under the sun = WARM
    • Your skin burns when exposed under the sun = COOL
  1. Eye Colour
    This is not always accurate but it will help.

    • blue, gray, or green eyes = COOL
    • brown, amber, or hazel eyes = WARM
  1. Check your Veins!
    • Blue veins = COOL
    • Green veins = WARM
    • in between = NEUTRAL

Our recommendations:

Using a foundation that matches your undertone is the true secret to naturally flawless looking skin. It won’t look cakey or fake and it will blend well as you fade your foundation down your neck. Below is a list of ELES foundations you can choose from:Undertone_ELES HD Luminous Foundation

ELES HD Luminous Foundation

COOL – Ivory, Honey Beige
NEUTRAL – Buff, Almond, Tan
WARM – Linen, Cream Beige, SandUndertone_ELES Cosmetics Liquid Powder Mineral Foundation

ELES Liquid Powder Mineral Foundation

COOL – Linen, Vanilla Cream, Sandy Beige, Natural Beige, Espresso
NEUTRAL – Tender Beige, Porcelain, Cameo Beige, Almond,
WARM – Cream Beige, Pale Beige, Fawn

Undertone_ELES Cosmetics Mineral Powder Foundation

ELES Mineral Powder Foundation

COOL – Nude, Chestnut
NEUTRAL – Shell, Tender, Sunlit, Mocha
WARM – Blonde, Cream, Sand, Toast

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Applying a Bronzer According to Face Shape for a Natural Sunkissed Look

Do you sometimes wonder how some people always look fresh and sunkissed even during fall? It’s like their complexion is perfect all year round! A healthy-looking skin tone is always on trend and you need a bronzer to add that au naturale glow and warmth to your face.

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Applying bronzer is key to creating the perfect glow you want to achieve. It also enhances your complexion. Strategically applying it according to your face shape makes that glow look so natural. You’ll look like you’re not wearing makeup at all. Also remember that as you gain or lose weight, your face shape may change. Keeping these pointers handy will help you enhance your face shape and complexion. Are you ready? Grab your ELES Anti-Oxidant Bronzer and follow the steps below:

The General Rule in Bronzer Application

Our goal here is to add a “natural glow” to your everyday look. With contouring, you use a bronzer and a highlighter. This time, we will only use a matte bronzer. The general rule is to apply it on areas of the face on which the sun would naturally touch — forehead, bridge of the nose and cheekbones.

Oval Face Shape

Where to apply:

  • top of the forehead, along the hairline
  • apples of your cheeks (not the hollows like when you contour)
  • dust along bridge of the nose

Heart Face Shape

Where to apply:

  • forehead (apply more on hairline and temple for a more proportioned look)
  • cheekbones (heart-shaped face has prominent cheekbones so apply bronzer on the cheekbones and a little bit on the side)
  • dust bronzer on the center of the chin

Round Face Shape

Where to apply:

  • Slim the face by applying along the cheekbones downward towards the jaw. This will create a subtle rectangular effect that elongates the face a little bit.

ELES Bronzer - Face shape - miranda kerr rebel wilson margot robbie isla fisher liv tyler

Rectangular/Oblong Face Shape

Where to apply:

  • middle of the forehead to shorten the length of the face
  • middle of the cheeks (right between the hollows and the top of the cheekbones)

Square Face Shape

Where to apply:

  • a little on forehead, curving to the temples to soften the corners of the face
  • top of the cheekbones

ELES Anti-Oxidant Bronzer with FREE Kabuki Brush Flatlay

The ELES Anti-Oxidant Bronzer is ideal for achieving a sunkissed glow because it is matte. It has a very natural colour but you can always build it up if you have a darker skin tone. You can also use it as an eyeshadow or under your favourite lip gloss for a touch of earthy colour on your lips. Here are other benefits:

  • Hypoallergenic
  • Paraben-free
  • Vitamins C & E condition skin and help combat the damaging effects of free radical scavengers


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Getting Ready for the Holidays + Christmas Giveaway: Makeup Gift Sets

The holidays come with a long list of to-dos — decorating your home, organising parties, grocery shopping, gift shopping, dress and makeup shopping, the list is endless. Is “get myself ready” on your list too?

Here are some tips on how to have a truly happy holiday:

  1. Organize your to-do list. Group them in categories — home decor, groceries, gift shopping schedules, and the most important of all – ME.
  2. Make a list of the parties you’re attending so you can prepare your dress (especially if it’s a themed party), your makeup look, and your gift (you don’t want to come empty handed).
  3. Make a list of the gifts you want to buy and group them according to family, friends, godchildren.
  4. Get “generic” gifts. It’s hard to give gifts that you will have to return to to shop to be replaced for a bigger size. But oh, keep the receipts just in case!
  5. Personalize generic gifts with cute gift cards or include an item that you think they’ll love. For family and close friends, you might want to know their wishlist!

And the most important of all:

Give yourself a gift! You deserve to be pampered for working hard this year. Get a set of outfit or two, new makeup to welcome 2017, and a ticket to your favourite holiday destination. No, that’s not splurging. It’s called loving yourself a little bit more. Happy holiday!



GIFT IT! Check out our luxurious ELES gift sets that you and your friends will surely love!



GET A CHANCE TO WIN CHRISTMAS GIFT SETS FROM ELES COSMETICS! Click on the competition banner below, enter your information once, and earn points as you complete the form. SHARING & TAGGING ELES COSMETICS earns you more chances of winning. Go back to the competition page daily, copy&paste the status message on Facebook, and click it once you’ve completed this task. Share daily until the 23rd. Draws will be on December 15 and December 23.

How to tag: Type @ELEScosmetics and Facebook will auto suggest the official page. Click on the suggestion and post! 🙂 Don’t forget to set your post to public so we can validate your entry. Good luck everyone!

On December 15, we’ll raffle 3 x Gift Box 1: Age Defying BB Cream in Light, Medium or Deep, Matte Lipstick in any shade and corresponding nail polish

On December 23, we’ll raffle 3 x Gift Box 2: Transformation Cleansing Oil, Age Defying BB Cream in Light, Medium or Deep, Matte Lipstick in any shade and corresponding nail polish

ELES Cosmetics Makeup Christmas 2016 Giveaway

Win Skincare gift sets from our partner brand Pevonia Australia:

Pevonia Organic Skincare Australia - Christmas 2016 Giveaway

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Let’s face it… we all want it! perfect skin with little or no evidence of makeup, 

Here’s how you get it!

Loaded with Goji Berries, Minerals, Vitamins and Sun
Protection this wonder base is your skin care, primer
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it treats them too! Apply beneath the eyes and pat into
the skin to look as though you’ve just slept 10 hours.

A palette full of miracles! Sweep over the skin for a soft
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contours, hightlight tones softly strobe and reflect away
imperfections, sublime skin every time!

For a pop of colour that looks fresh, dewy and youthful,
six gorgeous shades that multi-task as blush,
eye shadow and when applied with a damp brush
can even work as a matte lipcolour!


Want to find out more, visit www.elescosmetics.com.au

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