Se­cret tricks for look­ing great

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - BEAUTY -

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.

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