Secret tricks for looking great
With all the hours they spend working behind the scenes, beauty professionals pick up some genius tips and tricks. While they may seem straightforward, they’re incredibly useful, and can make a big difference to your beauty routine. Megan Bedford asked local and international experts for their best hair, make-up and skin tips and shares some of her own. 1 Always cleanse out to the ears and up to the hairline and don’t forget to treat your neck and décolletage as part of the face. When using skincare you should apply from the forehead to the bust to ensure your décolletage stays youthful and healthy too. This is especially important with your daily SPF. 2
Treat your skin from the inside out. As well as skincare, essential fats are so important for a healthy skin! Try high-quality evening primrose such as Efamol. This helps with breakouts, dry, flaky skin and even ageing! Haley Tietjens, Business Performance Manager at About Face skin clinics. 3 If you’re going to be photographed, you need a matt foundation. You can’t do shiny skin for high-definition cameras without it looking awful. High definition shows off all your imperfections. Even selfies require a flawless finish. I always apply with a brush and then use my fingers to blend. Apply concealer afterwards, only to the areas that need it. Pat McGrath,international celebrity make-up artist. 4 Test lippy by swiping one stroke on the pad of your fingertip – it has the same blue-red undertones as your lips. Never apply more than one stroke as it won’t look the same when you apply it to your lips. 5
When trialling eyeshadow, take a clean finger and wipe it along the powder once, then wipe along the fleshy part of your palm before blowing on it. If you have to apply it three times for it to look like it does on the packaging, it’s no good – cheap pigment won’t adhere to
your skin. Rae Morris, celebrity make-up artist and author of six beauty books. 6 So often the thing that lets down the way a mascara performs is the application. For the best results, the trick is to get the mascara brush as close to the roots of your lashes as possible, then wiggle the wand side to side up to the tips for even product distribution and lash lift, followed by brushing lashes into a fan shape – inner lashes towards inner brow, middle lashes upwards and outer lashes to outer brow. Lisa Matson, L’Oréal Paris NZ Make-up Director.
7 Brows are still leading the trend right now to appear full, voluminous and strong. To assist this look, apply your creamy concealer smudged between your fingertips and blend backwards into the hair. This creates a “primed” layer to give brows a more 3D and fuller effect before the colour is added on top. Allow a minute for the concealer to set a bit to add even more dimension to the brow colour. Hayley Gardiner, Estée Lauder NZ Education Manager.