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Get Sorted: Organising and Storing Your Makeup

Storing makeup can be a challenge, especially if you’re sharing space with other people. Given that it’s something most of us use every day, it’s worth getting organised so you can cut time from your morning routine and keep your products clean.
Follow these steps for the ultimate makeup spring clean:

1. Check for Expired Product
If you’re anything like us, you can tend to hoard products without even realizing it. Get everything you’ve got out and take a look at it. Is there anything that you can’t even remember purchasing? Read this story on expired products to determine whether or not they’re headed for the bin. If you find empty containers, throw them out. Broken makeup? Read this post as you might be able to salvage them.

2. Clean
Gather all your makeup brushes and give them the once-over. Any that are truly dismal looking should head to the bin and you can purchase fresh ones here.
Those that are still worth keeping probably need a good clean. Check out out guide to washing makeup brushes. Once they’re dry, you’ll want to find a way to store them. We found this image on Pinterest and love the idea of keeping things organised and looking gorgeous cute at the same time.

3. Sort 
Now that you’ve thrown out the expired products and products you haven’t touched in months and taken out your brushes, you’ll have a better idea of what you’ve got.
Organise everything into categories – base, eyes, lips and extras – and work out what you use every day, what you use every few days and what you only use for special occasions. If you’re the type to touch up on the go, you might also like to work out which products you need to carry with you.

4. Store
Whatever you use everyday should be on display and ready to grab. Check out The Makeup Box Shop. They have fabulous containers that allow you to see all your makeup so you can grab whatever you need. Fill the top drawers with your every day products and the next few with the things you only use every few days.
Invest in a few Makeup Bags and keep one with a few products that you can carry everywhere. Don’t let your makeup float around your bag, it will dirty your hand bag, leave germs on the product and it’s more likely you’ll lose things.
In another makeup bag, keep the products you only use for special occasions. This can be stored in a drawer or cupboard as you won’t need it as frequently.

5. Assess
After a week or so, assess how you think your newly organised makeup situation has been working for you. If there is anything stored that you’re using more often than you realized, get it out. Anything you didn’t touch can be stored.
You might also find that there are a few things your missing. If so, it’s time to hit the ELES Shop and get shopping!

How to Make Your Lashes Longer

Since 4000BC, when records show Ancient Egyptian women used kohl to darken their lashes, women all around the world have been going to great lengths (‘scuse the pun) to achieve long, luscious eyelashes.
We’ve gathered our best tips and tricks to achieving long lashes without having to resort to falsies!

Liner Love
Apply your eyeliner close to the lash line to create the illusion of more hair at the roots than there really is. Our Liquiliner has a easy-to-use slim, flexible brush made from natural hair, making precise application a breeze even for first-time liquid liner users. Even better, this liner contains a 100% natural algae Bio-Boost complex that uses natural phytohormones and bio transformed Ginger Root to stimulate the hair follicles and encourage growth.

Use a Curler
Invest in an eyelash curler to add extra volume to your lashes. Use it BEFORE you apply mascara and clamp your lashes as close to the roots as you can get to achieve maximum volume.
Don’t have a curler handy? Take a teaspoon and warm it up with hot water then dry it completely. Make sure it’s not too hot so you don’t burn your eyelid then hold it against your lashes with the concave part facing your eye. Finally, press the underneath of your eyelashes firmly with your thumb against the edge of the spoon and hold.
This isn’t as effective as having an eyelash curler but it will do in a pinch!

Long-term Love
Find a mascara that is not only designed to make your lashes look longer while you’re wearing it but helps them grow so you can maintain long lashes long term.
Our Lush Mascara has a protein-rich formula with nine botanicals and Vitamins A, C and E to condition and nourish your lashes.
If you have sensitive eyes or wear contact lenses, our Sensitive Mascara will help you achieve long lashes without having to endure itchy, irritated eyes all day.

Wiggle, Wiggle
When applying mascara, hold the wand at the base of the lashes and wiggle from side to side before brushing upwards to the end of the lashes. The wiggle will help evenly distribute mascara and create a base to make your lashes appear fuller.

Brush and Repeat
Apply one coat as above then and allow to dry while you do the other eye. Go back and brush the top quarter of your lashes with your Lash Comb to avoid clumping and create a natural, feathery look. If they’re not quite long enough yet, apply another coat of mascara using the technique above and repeat.

Rest and Repair
It’s important to properly remove all traces of eye makeup before you go to bed to give your lashes some time to breathe. NEVER pick your mascara off! We know it can be tempting but it will pull your lashes out and damage them.
We suggest Pevonia’s Eye Makeup Remover. It’s gentle, calming and decongesting, combining Lettuce, Cucumber, and Arnica to remove your eye make-up without pressure or friction.

For your chance to WIN one of three ELES Luscious Lashes packs each containing a Lush Mascara, Liquiliner in Anisette and Brow/Lash Groomer, head on over to Facebook, LIKE us and enter your details here

How to Apply Eyeshadow Using a Quad

The beauty of eyeshadow quads is that they not only offer you four colours in one handy compact but those colours are a match made in heaven. The colours in your quad can easily be used on their own to create a striking look or you can use them together to contour your eyes to create a flawless almond shape.
Contouring your eyes is easier than you might think and we’re here to show you how…

Our Signature Quad in Nakeds will be our model today.

1. Using your Eyeshadow Fluff Brush, apply shade 1 (the lightest shade) all over the eyelid all the way up to the brow bone. This will serve as both a base and to highlight.
2. Apply shade 2 to the Inner, Middle and Outer lid – so  from the lashline all the way up to the crease. Blend with your base.
3. Using an Angle Eyeshadow Brush, apply shade 3 on the crease to add dimension to the eyelid. Apply more on the outside corner, fading to the inside.
4. Using a Short Angle Eyeliner apply shade 4 (darkest shade) along the upper lash line as if you’re applying an eyeliner.
5. Add a coat of Lush Mascara to finish things off and get ready to impress.

Expert Tips:
– If you want to make your eyes appear larger, use a little highlighter on the inner lid
– Mineral shadows can be dampened to give the shades more depth. Read our ‘Just Add Water’ guide to find out more about how to achieve this look.
– If you want to create a subtle cat-eye, you can do so using your Short Angle Eyeliner brush and the darkest eyeshadow colour in your quad. Alternatively, create the cat-eye look with our Liqui Liner.

 

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!