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…

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.

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.

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.

The Best Makeup for Acne Prone Skin

AnnaLynne McCord proved the power of makeup recently when she showed the world her make-up free face – blemishes and all.

Whether it’s the occasional blemish or serious acne, you’re faced with a bit of a catch 22 when it comes to makeup. When your skin is blemished you know it’s going to recover faster if you ditch the cosmetics but the idea of facing the world coverage-free is just too scary.

There is a solution to this problem and it’s called mineral. Mineral foundation allows the skin to breathe and contains ingredients such as titanium, zinc, magnesium and aluminum that naturally relax, refresh and rejuvenate the skin.

Try these products to build a flawless base and experience less frequent breakouts and all-round healthier skin.

ELES Pore Perfecting Primer
This wonder product works to combat shine in multiple ways: Immediately, our natural Dermat Complex absorbs oil and reduces pore size. While you wear it, Salicylic Acid levels out roughness and keeps foundation looking smooth, hour after hour. Over time, this revolutionary primer keeps on working to control oil breakthrough even after you take it off. The salicylic acid content and oil control properties help keep acne to a minimum.

Apply after cleansing and toning before, or even instead of, your moisturiser. Wait for the skin to absorb before applying foundation.
“If you add any product to your makeup bag make sure it is this one! It acts like a magnet to your mineral makeup holding it on all day long even a night on the town is no match. Love, Love, Love it!”

ELES Phototouch Concealer
This truly innovative mineral concealer has been carefully formulated with advanced Skin Optic Light technology to help diffuse and camouflage blemishes. Rich in Vitamins, A, C & E and Squalane, this concealer offers more than just coverage, it offers protection.
Use a lip brush (make sure you have one seperate lip brush to use on your actual lips and one to use for concealer if you’re going to do it this way) or your finger tip and put a spot of concealer on each of the blemishes you want to cover.
Don’t rub the concealer in, it will just move it around, instead pat it into the skin gently. If at first you feel like you can see the spots of concealer, leave it for a minute and see if the skin absorbs the product.
If you’re using a powder foundation, use your concealer before applying foundation. If liquid, do it after.

ELES Mineral Powder Foundation
Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide naturally shield skin against damaging ultraviolet light and help regulate oil glanes while Vitamins A, E and C condition the skin and provide anti-oxidant protection.
Natural, light reflective properties create a soft, diffused finish that camouflages redness, and scarring.
Use a Powder Brush or Kabuki Brush in circular motions to work powder into the skin. Keep building on the base until you are satisfied with the level of coverage. Don’t be shy with the brush either, most people tend to brush too lightly and never see just how much coverage they can really get out of their powder!
“Feels light as a feather. I sponge a little extra over my blemishes – covers redness and uneven skin tone without the caked on feeling of foundation…”

More ELES Blog Posts You Might Be Interested In…
1. The Five Concealer Tips You Need to Know
2. Your Foundation Situation: Our Findings
3. How to Create a Barely-There Base 

Your Foundation Situation – Our Findings

We recently held a promotion on our Facebook page asking people about what they were looking for in a foundation and we thought we’d share our findings with you.

What kind of foundation do you prefer?
58% of you love Liquid
26% prefer Powder
22% turn to Tinted Moisturiser
LOVE LIQUID? Try ELES Liquid Mineral Powder Foundation. It glides on velvety smooth and has a soft-powder finish.

Which foundation ‘look’ do you prefer?
56% of you are seeking medium coverage that looks natural
32% are after full coverage
27% like to go near-natural with a barely-there base
WANT COVERAGE OPTIONS? Mineral Powder Foundation is buildable so you can get sheer to full coverage with the one product. Apply the powder using a Powder Brush and buff it into the skin using small circular motions. This will help build the coverage and create a flawless finish.

Which is the most important feature of a good foundation?
51% of you think long-lasting coverage is the most crucial aspect of a good foundation
33% are seeking a barely-there feel
16% want a formula that is enriched with vitamins and minerals
LOOKING FOR LONG-LASTING? Make your foundation last the extra mile with Retexture Creme Face Primer. It retexturizes and refines, so foundation glides on smoothly and endures impeccably for hours longer.

On Trend: How to Create a Barely-There Base

From the runways of MBFWA to the recent red carpet arrivals, when it comes to building a make-up base, less seems to be more. Barely-there dewy skin is the way to ace your base right now. Plus, it’s easy to replicate and complements a myriad of beauty looks including our Autumn trend metallics.

We’ve already shown you how to nail metallic eyes so now we’re going to show you how to create the glowing, dewy skin of the moment…

Prime: Begin by applying Retexture Cream Face Primer to face and neck. This deeply soothing liqui-cream leaves the skin with the smoothest, hydrated base for foundation.

Conceal: Apply Mineral Illuminator Medium over imperfections and dark under eye circles using the warmth of your fingers to press and blend into the skin.

Base: Apply a small amount of Mineral Sheer Tint – Natural Glow to face and neck blending well to ensure a flawless finish.
When it comes to metallic moments, it’s all about subtlety. You want your skin to look like it’s been lit up from within and that can be very difficult to achieve if you’re using a thick, heavy foundation. Our Mineral Sheer Tint provides coverage to even out the skin tone but has a barely-there look that will perfectly complement your glow.

Balance and Highlight: Using a blush brush apply Mineral Blush – Rose Marble to the high points of the cheeks to create a beautiful flush and glow to the skin.

ELES EXTRA: Want more glow? Dab a little Mineral Sheer Veil to the high cheek bones and any other area you think needs a little highlight.