Glasses Wearing Girl’s Guide to Beauty

Calling all glasses wearing girls! You may not have been blessed with 20/20 vision but that certainly doesn’t mean your make-up routine has to be any less exciting than those of us who have no real need for spectacles.

 Here are a few rules of engagement:

1. Neutral is Nicer
Ever noticed when someone takes their glasses off their eyes seem smaller? Spectacles draw attention to your lovely peepers so it’s best to keep your eyeshadow a neutral shade with just a hint of a darker colour in the creases for definition. We love: Mineral Matte Shadow in Antique White and Cashmere.

2. Conceal, Correct and Conquer 
Concealer is always handy around the eye area but even more so if you’re wearing glasses as any imperfections will be magnified. We recommend: Phototouch Concealer

3. Don’t Skip the Mascara
Our Sensitive Eyes Mascara magnifies lashes without looking too-much or creating lashes so long they leave marks on your glasses. Plus the formula won’t irritate the eyes if you ever decide to wear contacts.

4. Brow Know-How
Your frames will draw attention to your brows so it’s important to shape and colour them. Try our Brow Blender Pencil and keep a Brow Groomer Brush handy for emergency use.

5. Let your Liner Match your Frames
Thick frames = thick liner. Thin frames = thin liner. The easiest equation we’ve ever seen!

6. Get Lippy
If you want to amp up the volume for a party-ready look, let your lips do the talking. It’s best to keep the eyes neutral and show your colours through the lips. We Love: Micro Bubble in Micro Melon

Tina Fey is a spectacled sister and she gets her makeup right everytime! Look to her for inspiration and don’t be afraid to experiment.

All that Glitters: The Why, When and How of Shimmer

We recently had a Facebook liker admit they, don’t know how to use shimmer. In our experience, where there’s one person who doesn’t know how to do something, there are many more who feel the same.
It’s easy to go over the top on the shimmer and we’ve seen it happen all too often. This is exactly why people think they don’t know how to use shimmer and why we want to teach you how to become Responsible Shimmer Users so you, too, can experience the glowing benefits.

Whitney Port Front Row at Mara Hoffman Fall 2012 NYFW. This girl knows how to work her highlighter!

We know how easy it is to get bogged down in the sheer volume of cosmetics avaliable these days but each and every one has a use. You don’t have to use everything everyday but having the option there makes all the difference.
Shimmer is used for highlighting, a makeup technique that can turn dull skin into fabulous skin, a basic look into a glamorous one.
Highlighting is all about emphasizing the places your face catches the light in a flattering way that makes your skin look radiant rather than lackluster.

It’s up to you! You can use shimmer on the middle of your eyelids, the bridge of your nose and the top of your cheekbones every day if you wish then amp it up at night by applying a touch on your cheekbones, nose, chin, brow bone and/or hairline after using foundation.
Oily skinned sisters, don’t be afraid of highlighting! The skin has places where it should and shouldn’t shine so using shimmer on the places it SHOULD shine will make oily skin less noticeable  not more.

1. Take a fluffy brush like ELES Tapered Powder Brush and swirl brush across your ELES Colour Tides Mineral Shimmering Powder, picking up all the shades
2. Tap off excess powder
3. Sweep the brush over the bridge of your nose and the top of your cheekbones and any other areas you wish to highlight, including the décolleté
4. Walk away from the mirror then come back and have another look, if you’re not glowing yet, repeat steps one through three but remember, when it comes to shimmer, LESS IS MORE!

ELES Colour Tides Peaches n Cream

The Six Commandments of Responsible Shimmer Users
Thou shalt not highlight heavily blemished areas
Thou shalt not highlight areas with lines and wrinkles
Thou shalt not highlight puffy eyes
Thou shalt not highlight excessively oily areas
Thou shalt not highlight under the eyes
Thou shalt not go overboard

Want more illumination?
Try ELES Mineral Illuminator to soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
And ELES Mineral Sheer Veil for incredible liquid light

Happy shimmering, ladies!

2012 Grammy Awards: Adele goes Retro Chic

Last week Adele made headlines not for her incredible talent but because king of fashion Karl Lagerfeld used the dreaded ‘f’ word in relation to the much-loved star, saying, “The thing at the moment is Adele. She is a little too fat, but she has a beautiful face and a divine voice.” Now, this certainly isn’t the worst thing Mr Lagerfeld has said but this backhand compliment just didn’t seem necessary and it certainly made Adele fans cranky.

It all came out in the wash when the classy 23-year-old not only came back at the taunt saying, “I’ve never wanted to look like models on the cover of magazines. I represent the majority of women and I’m very proud of that” but showed up to the Grammys looking nothing short of a confident, happy and incredibly beautiful woman…

Adele goes Retro Chic

The super star, who is performing at the awards ceremony tonight, is rocking a retro beauty look that brings 60’s glam, Mad Men and the golden ages of Hollywood to mind. We love the look so we thought we’d share some tips on how to achieve her winged eyeliner and perfect red pout.

Adele 2012 Grammy Awards

Winged Eyeliner:
This look is easier to achieve than it looks, we promise!
1. Take a light coloured eyeliner pencil like ELES Automatic Long Lasting Eyeliner in Bark to gently draw on your ‘wings’. Hold your eye lid with one corner and work gradually ffrom the inner corner to the middle. Start with a thin line, then work up to a thicker line towards the outer corner. Fix any mistakes with a Q-tip and step away from the mirror!
2. After a minute or two away from the mirror, come back and check to see if the lines are symmetrical. You’ll know at a glance!
3. Take your ELES Liqui Liner in Anisette and, again starting at the inner corner, trace over the line with a steady hand. It may help you to have your elbow on a table.
4. For the bottom line, we suggest you use ELES Powder Liner Pencil in Coal. Use a broad stroke running over into the inner eyelid. Use the sponge tip to softly blend.

Red Lips
For every da, it’s easy to just put your lippy on while you’re on the go. But for a special occasion like the Grammys (or a mate’s party) best you take some time to ensure your lipstick, well, sticks.
For long-term care, we suggest you buy a very soft toothbrush and use it to exfoliate your lips once or twice a week. We also love Pevonia’s Lip Range which will help you maintain youthful lips.
2. Apply a lip primer like ELES Pro Lip Primer SPF15
3. Pick your lipstick shade then choose the best fit ELES Automatic Longlasting Lip Liner. For a red like Adele’s, we suggest Earth Red.
4. Ensure your pencil is sharpened and your lips are moisturised but dry and carefully trace around your lips using the pencil at a slight angle. Fix any mistakes with a Q-tip
5. Once you’re happy with the line, take your ELES Contoured Lip Brush and the lipstick of your choice (we suggest ELES Micro Bubble in Micro Red). Work a generous amount lipstick onto your hand to slightly warm it then coat the lip brush both back and front.
6.  Start applying from the inside of your lips, moving upwards in small strokes until you reach the outer edges. Continue this way until you’re happy with your pout.
EXTRA: If you’re a girl who likes her gloss, we suggest you apply a small dollop of ELES Super Gloss in clear to the middle of your lips for a bit of shine.

This may seem like a lot of steps just for red lips but we guarantee you’ll be impressed with the results! It just takes the right tools, a little patience and a lot of love.

And here’s one more pic of the stunning Adele, just because we love her!

Adele 2012 Grammy Awards

How to: French Manicure and Pedicure

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Getting a professional French manicure and pedicure is always nice but if you want to save the pennies giving yourself a “salon perfect” at-home French mani/pedi is easier than you think…

Do you want to have that neat, classic look of French manicure or pedicure without breaking the budget? Try this step-by-step on how to create the perfect French manicure and pedicure yourself. It’s easy and if you follow these instructions you’ll be thrilled with the result!

What you need:

– Nail Polish Remover
– Nail file/buffer
– Toe dividers (for pedicure)
– Base Coat
– French Nude
– French White
– Top Coat
–  Nail Nourish

Step 1

Begin by removing any old nail polish with a cotton ball or pad saturated with nail polish remover.

Step 2

File your nails to the length and shape you are happy with.

Step 3

Buff the nails to remove any discoloration and to smooth the nail surface and wash and dry your hands to remove any residual oils from the skin and nails.

Step 4

Apply a base coat to the entire nail bed and allow to dry.

Step 5

For French tip, paint one steady stroke of French White across the top of the nail with a loaded brush. and allow to dry.  For best results keep the brush still and roll your nail instead.

Nb. Use a Q-tip dipped in nail polish remover to remove any excess polish and ensure the white tip smooth and neat.  Allow the tip to dry completely.

Step 6

Apply a fine and even layer of the French Nude over the entire nail to soften the effect and give a more natural look.  Allow to dry and apply a second coat.

Step 7

Apply a top coat for extra shine and added protection. Applying top coat every second day will keep your French Mani and Pedi looking fresh and glossy.

Step 8

Once the nail polish is dry apply a few drops of Nail Nourish around the cuticles.  This will penetrate into the matrix of the nail where it’s growth originates and encourage faster and stronger growing nails as well as help to “set” the polish.  Apply several times a day for gorgeous, long, healthy nails.

Voila! Wasn’t that easy?

Did you know?

The French Manicure originated during the 1800’s and became a hit in French nail salons. During the 1920’s and 1930’s, French fashion drew the interests of very influential US fashion designers and this helped spread its popularity.


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As seen in Cosmopolitan, December 1936


In the TV and movie industry, producers we’re always on the lookout for a singular style that actresses could use regardless of any wardrobe. Once French Manicure was applied on set, the celebrities loved it so much they had it done off the set. This trend of course popularized the French Manicure to the masses and this craze went on until the 1930’s and continues to this day.

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