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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 Wash Makeup Brushes

There are three types of women in the world. Those who have a brush for pretty much every step of their makeup routine, those who use two or three brushes and those who have only ever found the use for a blush brush.



No matter which category you’re in, you need to know three things;
1) Better quality brushes are an investment. They last longer, create a more flawless finish and are better for your skin
2) You need to look after your brushes if you want them to last the distance
3) Cleaning brushes is not an option, it’s a necessity
Our makeup brushes have been designed by professional makeup artists and are made from the highest quality plush natural hair. If you treat them right, they will last you a long time and will be one of the best makeup investments you’ve ever made.

Top tips to washing your ELES Makeup Brushes:
Frequency – This is not an annual event, you should be washing your brushes every 2 – 4 weeks depending on how much you use them.

Save on Cleaner, Spend on Brushes – There are plenty of great products out there designed specifically for washing makeup brushes but baby shampoo or even a face cleanser will do the same thing!

Lather, Rinse and Repeat – Do NOT soak your brushes! Apply a small amount of soap to damp to the bristles and lather it up a little. Next, rinse the bristles underneath warm water until it runs clear. You might need to repeat these steps several times if it’s been a while since your last clean.
LONG-LIFE TIP: Wash the bristles of the brushes rather than the whole brush to avoid loosening the glue and sending the bristles shedding.

Dry Rules – Once you’ve finished washing, gently towel the brushes then lay them flat across a towel to air dry. If it’s particularly cold out, you might want to use a blow dryer on a low setting  to take out some of the dampness.
NEVER stand them up to dry, it will cause your brushes to shed.

Storage
Store your brushes in a dry environment to keep them in good condition. Try not to store them in the bathroom where steam from the shower can dampen them. Investing in a professional roll-up brush bag will keep them in top condition.

That’s it! Remember, try to clean your brushes every 2-4 weeks to keep them in tip-top condition and they could last up to three years depending on how often you use them.

Related ELES Stories…
1. Face First Makeup Brush Guide
2. Has Your Makeup Expired?  

Prime Time: How to Choose the Best Primer

There are still plenty of beauty-savvy women out there who don’t use a primer and it’s high time they started. Primer is about more than just getting a flawless base to apply makeup on, there are numerous other benefits including sun protection, oil control, hydration, anti-aging and illuminating. Choosing the right kind of primer is all about identifying your skin type and finding a formula that works for you.

We’re here to help with our guide to choosing the right ELES primer…

ALL SKIN TYPES
Retexturizing Face Primer
Whether you’re oily, dry or normal, this primer will work for you. With antioxidant vitamins A and E to seal in moisture, SPF 20 to protect you from the sun and a virtually weightless formula that works with opalescent light reflectors to diminish lines and leave a translucent effect on the skin, this is a wonder serum that creates the a flawless base for foundation on all skin types.
SPECIAL: During the month of July, if you purchase any ELES Foundation, you’ll receive this primer for FREE! This offer is only available while stocks last so get in asap!

NORMAL TO COMBINATION SKIN
Pore Perfecting Face Primer
Make enlarged pores a thing of the past with this revolutionary primer. Natural Dermat Complex absorbs oil and reduces pore size while Salicylic Acid levels out roughness and keeps foundation looking smooth, hour after hour. This one works double time, working to control oil breakthrough even after you take it off. A must-have for combination and oily skin types or anyone who hates their pores!

NORMAL TO DRY SKIN
Retexture Crème Face Primer
Applying foundation to dry skin can be a particularly tricky task. It just never seems to be as smooth as we’d like it! Our Retexture Creme Face Primer will solve that particular dilemma in one step. Deeply soothing, this liqui-cream leaves skin with the smoothest sensation, retexturizing and refining to perfection so foundation glides smoothly over the skin.

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.