Makeup Inspired by the Medals

With a few more medals for the Aussies secured and the London Olympics Closing Ceremony just around the corner, we thought we’d pay a little tribute to the games with this medal-inspired makeup wrap up.

Gold is an incredibly versatile shade that can be played up or down for day to night looks. Golden shimmers bring a subtle warmth to the skin and help with contouring and highlighting.
If you have brown or green eyes with golden flecks, try a gold eyeshadow to play that aspect up a little.
Colour Tides Mineral Shimmer Powder in Peaches and Cream, Mineral Sheer Veil in Golden Veil, LipTox in Contessa, Mineral Eyeshadow in Limestone

A little white-silver in the inside corners of your eyes instantly opens up the eyes and gives you a bright, wide-awake look.
Grey-silver nail polish gives you an edgy look without being as over-bearing as black and seems to suit every skin tone imaginable.
Finish off your look with a subtle veil of shimmer to create next-level porcelain perfection.
Mineral Eyeshadow in Opal, Mineral Sheer Veil in Porcelain, Mineral Gemstone Powder in Corrector, Nail Polish in Shady Lady

Far from third place in the makeup stakes, bronze is a beauty staple that we can’t quite imagine life without!
Whether it’s summer or winter, we turn to bronzer to get a faux-glow worthy of a week in the Caribbean and love a slick of bronze-toned gloss.
Bronze eyeshadow is incredibly versatile and works wonders in bringing out blue eyes.
Mineral Eyeshadow in Moonstone, Mineral Eyeshadow in Topaz, Super Gloss in Super Raisin, Mineral Finishing Powder Bronzer Duo

Are you going for gold, silver or bronze in the makeup games? 

How to Fake a Healthy Glow

There’s a flu worthy of a Contagion-style film going around Sydney at the moment and we’re doing all we can not to catch it! But it has got us thinking, once you’re over that must-stay-in-bed phase of the winter flu and you’re heading back to work still feeling a little under the weather, you sort of have to fake it ’til you make it, right?
If you’re unlucky enough to have caught the super flu, or even when a mild cold comes knocking, this guide to faking the glowing health of goddesses like Miranda Kerr will have you ready for your close up and you won’t have to spend hours of precious sleep time to achieve it either!

Blush Rush
We all know rosy cheeks give the impression of health so don’t be afraid of your blusher! Go easy though, given that we’re often a little paler when we’re feeling under-the-weather, your usual dose of peachy pink could be a little over bearing if you’re unwell. Remember, makeup it’s always easier to add on than take off so apply a little blush to the apples of your cheeks, then add more if it’s not enough!
ELES RECOMMENDS: Our Mineral Matte Blush comes in two gorgeous shades and has jet-milled pigments to deliver a velvety finish.

Bronzed Beauty
Bronzer can take you from sick-bed to glamazon with the swoop of a brush. Well, at least looking that way! The humble bronzer does wonders for your healthy glow and takes no time at all. Try our Mineral Finish Bronzer Duos there are four shade combinations, each with one matte bronzer and one shimmering powder meaning you can create the look you want with one product. Each one is designed to minimize fine lines while maximizing a healthy glow.

Bright Eyes
Our eyes are not just the window to our soul, but to our health. Often when our body is battling illness, our eyes go slightly yellow or red. Counteract this with a little white shadow in the inner corner of your eye. Not only will this make your eyes look brighter but also larger so you can eliminate any signs of fatigue.
A good coating of Lush Mascara will help open up your eyes too!
ELES Recommends: Our Mineral Eyeshadow in Opal will do the trick! If you’re after a more subtle, matte look, our Mineral Matte Shadow in Antique White is a great option too.

Pink Lips
As much as we love bold, bright lipsticks, they can feel like a little too much work when we’re not feeling our best. But, like the rest of our face, our lips tend to lose colour when we’re unwell.
Luckily, there is a solution. Our Super Balm is easy to apply, packs a hydrating punch and leaves a subtle slick of colour. Try our Super Balm in Sweetie for healthy-looking pink lips!

EXPERT TIP: When you’re sick, your body is working harder than it normally does to try and get you better. This means sensitivities and allergies can flare up more than they otherwise would. Using mineral makeup ensures you’re able to fake a healthy glow without irritating the skin even more. Win win!

Best Makeup Tips for Looking Great in Photos

Do the words “________ tagged you in a photo” bring a sense of dread with them? Do you demand to check your friend’s digital camera every time she takes a picture in fear of a serious makeup mishap?
Fear no more; here’s our top tips to getting your makeup camera-ready.

1. Use Primer 
If you’re not using a primer under your makeup you’re either stuck in the past or you don’t want to look great, simple as that. Primer helps even out your skin which means makeup application is easier and you avoid uneven distribution. Our Retexturizing Face Primer contains opalescent light reflectors that diminish lines and leaves a translucent effect on the skin so the camera flash will leave a soft glow rather than a harsh shine. This one also contains antioxidant Vitamins A and E. Bonus!

2. Make it Matte
The camera flash can leave your face, especially the T-zone area, looking oily and shiny. To avoid all that, go for powder or matte finish products. Our Mineral Powder Foundation will do the job nicely and is easily buildable meaning you can opt for sheer to opaque coverage depending on the condition of your skin and your mood.

3. Camera Camouflage 
Dark under-eye circles and fine lines unfortunately have a nasty habit of making themselves known on film. Cover these and more with our Phototouch Concealer. This one was developed with the camera in mind, it contains luminescent particles which release and diffuse visible light, taking focus away from skin imperfections dramatically improving the appearance of the complexion. Remember to blend well or the flash will show off awkward lines.

4. Blush and Bronze
Without blush and bronzer the camera can wash you out completely. Use bronzer on your cheekbones and around the outside of your face; then apply blush just to the apples of your cheeks.

ELES Recommends:
Our Mineral Gemstone Finishing Powder in Bronzer is an all-in-one mosaic powder which contains the perfect combination of expertly coordinated colors to enhance skin tone, create a soft focus effect and minimize skin imperfections.

5. Eye Rules
The smokey eye look can be great on camera but If Taylor Momsen has taught us anything it’s that too much eyeliner can take once beautiful blue eyes into panda territory mighty fast. Avoid this on a night out by using a soft eyeliner with a powder finish.
Mascara, on the other hand, is your best friend in photos – big lashes open the eyes up.

6. Line Your Lips
Start your lip look with lip liner to keep the colour in place and avoid wonky application. This is especially crucial if you’re wearing a bright colour. Pick a shade that matches your lipstick and compliments your skin tone.

Happy snapping!

ELES Mineral Makeup April Gift With Purchase

Around this time of year, we’re busy doing anything we can to keep our summer glow in tact and that means finding the perfect bronzer. This month, we’re offering a FREE ELES Mineral Finishing Powder Bronzer in Sunsheen to every shopper who spends over $100.

This lighter-than-air powder infuses earthly minerals with naturally derived ingredients that work to cast off unflattering light and minimize imperfections. The formula is free of talc, oils, fragrance and other potential irritants and is rich in antioxidants so skin stays healthy. It delivers a subtle glow to even the most sensitive skin.

Not a confidant bronzer user? Click here to learn how to apply bronzer in three easy steps.

Shop ELES in April to score this one-of-a-kind bronzer*

*must spend over $100