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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!

How To Do Bridal Makeup

This week saw the very first Australian Vera Wang boutique open it’s doors and we’ve got wedding fever. Whether you’re the bride, a maid, the mother of the bride or a guest, you’re going to want a subtle but glamorous makeup look for the big day.

Although it is common for brides to hire a professional makeup artist for their big day, many women prefer to do their own makeup. In fact, it was rumored that the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton did her own makeup for her wedding day after taking professional courses! If you’re a bride who feels more comfortable being in control of the makeup brushes you should absolutely go for it.

We’ve put together a look that is simple, elegant and easy to achieve…

EYES
1. Apply a light layer of Mineral Eyeshadow in Opal over the entire eyelid to “open” and brighten the eyes, brush excess with a large fluff brush.
2. Apply several layers of Opal to the inside eye contour. For added intensity use a damp brush
3. Apply Mineral Eyeshadow in Bronzite to the outer corner of the eye working upwards and outwards and blending well.
4. Use a damp lip brush to apply a fine line of Bronzite beneath the lower lashes.
5. Apply a fine line of Powder Liner Pencil in Chocolate through the upper lashes and tapering out to a soft flick extending beyond the outer eye. Use the smudger to soften the line.
6. Take your Lush Mascara in Lush Black and apply a very light layer to upper and lower lashes using slow sweeping motions and fanning the lashes out.  Allow to dry and apply another light layer to the tips of the lashes. Comb the lashes to separate with a lash comb.

CHEEKS
Take your Mineral Finishing Powder in Sunsheen and swirl product onto a large fluff brush and shake away excess, gently press into the apples of the cheeks blending out towards the ear.  Apply the remaining product to the temples and below the jawline to define the contours.

LIPS
1. Using a Lip Brush apply an even layer of the Microbubble Lipstick Micro Teaberry to the lips and blot with a tissue.  Reapply and Blot again.
2. Apply a generous coating of Liptox in Princess to the centre of the lips.

Contouring For Dummies: How to Achieve Chiseled Cheeks

Contouring is a tricky technique that may take some time to master but, like most things that take a bit of time and patience, it is well worth learning. The right contouring can help you disguise flaws and emphasize your best features – think bringing out your cheek bones, shortening your nose, slimming your face and even ridding you of a double chin.



Sound good? Great. Let’s get started with a chiseled cheekbones tutorial…

1. To start, use a high-quality primer and foundation to even out your complexion and create a canvas for your contouring

2. Take a matte bronzer like our Pressed Powder Bronzer in BronzeBerry and begin building your cheek bones. Start by taking some bronzer on a brush like our Angled Blush Brush and tapping the excess off. Remember it is always easier to build on your look than have to remove makeup after it has been applied.
First find the hollows of your cheeks but sucking your cheeks in and looking for the area that sinks in below the bones. Apply bronzer here then sweep up towards the centre of your ear. Don’t angle too far or it will look unnatural. If the look is not defined enough, repeat these steps.

3. Take a highlighter with light-reflecting properties (this is important – contouring is all about working with light). Our Mineral Sheer Veil will do the trick. Apply right above the bronzer on top of the cheekbones to draw out the appearance of your upper bone while the bronzer helps pull the underneath section back – thus making the cheekbones more prominent.

4. Once you’re happy with your base, apply a soft blush to the apples of your cheeks and blend along the upper portion of the cheekbones. You’re aiming to blend the bronzer and highlighter together and create rosy cheeks.

CONTOUR TIP: Remember that any areas made darker will appear as though they’re receding, and anything made lighter appear as though it’s coming forward.