Sunday Star-Times - Sunday Magazine - - BEAUTY WITH HARRIET PUDNEY - JUST THE THING... To blend all those high­lights out

The idea that you can only wear a par­tic­u­lar makeup look at a set time of year is garbage – if you want to wear a gothy bur­gundy lip in mid-Jan­uary, you have my full sup­port – but there is a change of mood that comes as the tem­per­a­ture rises. I’m off smoky eyes and per­fected skin and into tinted mois­turiser and freck­les. Sum­mer is for messy hair at the bar and smelling like sun­screen and co­conut.

It’s also the ideal time of year to get among one of my favourite prod­ucts: liq­uid high­lighters. When the sun’s out, you might as well give it some­thing to shine on.

When a makeup artist first pressed a (now dis­con­tin­ued) MAC liq­uid high­lighter into my hand a few years ago, I was slightly ter­ri­fied. Pow­der prod­ucts go ex­actly where you put them and you can build up slowly. They’re fa­mil­iar, whereas liq­uids tend to spread more and be a lit­tle less pre­dictable.

The ef­fect, though, is more than worth tak­ing your time and fig­ur­ing it out. Liq­uids sink into your skin bet­ter and never look cakey. When you’re wear­ing very lit­tle in the way of base makeup, they’re the ab­so­lute way to go. Put a lit­tle on the back of your hand, tap onto your cheek­bone with a fin­ger, and blend out with a fluffy brush. Too easy.

Along with its eye­brow prod­ucts, this is one area where Ben­e­fit ex­cels. It has a few shades, but Sun Beam, $49, is the way to go if you’re af­ter a golden, bronze-y tone. Con­sid­er­ing that many high­lighters are pink-toned and not great on deeper skin, this is a win­ner. A lit­tle goes a long way.

Also worth con­sid­er­ing – es­pe­cially if you ask the whole in­ter­net – is Cover FX Cus­tom En­hancer Drops, $70. Hy­per-pig­mented and made to be used alone or mixed into your foun­da­tion/mois­turiser, th­ese will do what­ever you want them to. The brand makes eight shades, and while it’s not a cheap prod­uct, this will last you for­ever.

If liq­uids still seem a bit hard, but you like the vibe I’m de­scrib­ing, try RMS Beauty Cham­pagne Rosé Lu­mi­neser, $60. It’s a co­conut oil cream, and the rose-gold colour is hard to beat. Lovely.

Mecca Cos­met­ica’s Com­plex­ion Brush, $44, is just the right size and den­sity for the job. Plus, it works beau­ti­fully with liq­uid foun­da­tions. A clas­sic multi-tasker.

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Dur­ing the week I live off four to five hours of sleep a night. So on a per­fect Sun­day I’ll get a sleep-in. Once I’m up I’ll grab a cup of cof­fee then take a cou­ple of hours to an­swer emails and do bor­ing things like ex­penses. Later in the morn­ing I’ll have a big Turk­ish break­fast with my par­ents. In Turkey all meals are hu­mungous, but in par­tic­u­lar we spend a lot of time on break­fast. My mum makes a full spread of shak­shouka, fries, home­made jams, feta cheese, olives, toma­toes, cu­cum­ber and Turk­ish tea. You end up in a food coma.

From day one my par­ents in­stilled a strong work ethic in me. We ar­rived in New Zealand on a Fri­day and I was in kin­der­garten by the Mon­day. Mov­ing from Turkey to New Zealand was more dif­fi­cult than my par­ents an­tic­i­pated. We im­mi­grated in 1997, my aunty was al­ready liv­ing here and said it would be a great op­por­tu­nity for us. My par­ents both grad­u­ated with fi­nance de­grees in Turkey and my mum was sec­ond in her year out of thou­sands of stu­dents. They were told there was a skills short­age here and find­ing a job would

Sun­days see Ezel Kokcu catch­ing up on a bit of pa­per­work and then en­joy­ing a huge break­fast with her par­ents.

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