Which Foundation is Right or You?

Picking the perfect foundation makeup for your skin can be daunting if you don’t know what your doing.

The Best Coloured Foundation Will Disappear on Your Face

If you take anything at all away from this blog, remember this: the right foundation shade will disappear onto your skin. It won’t settle into fine lines or wrinkles or highlight large pores. It will lightly cover up any redness or unevenness but it will do so without being obvious. It will look like your natural skin tone. Don’t use darker foundations than your skin colour to get that tan, nothing looks worse EVER than the obvious foundation line. Use bronzer on top to bronze yourself up. Check out one of my other blog on Bronzer.

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Test before you buy.
You should do this to see what looks best on your skin. Most colours actually look different out of the bottle so test test test!
Not only the colour but the thickness/lightness of it. Also whether you want a liquid, cream or powder.

Testing Out Different Shades

When testing out shades, it’s best to do this at the makeup counter or in the right light with a clean, fresh face.

The best shade for you is one that disappears on your face. To test, apply a stroke of up to three colors on your jawline (the inner wrist or hand aren’t the best spots, contrary to popular belief) try it on your face as you will be wearing it there! :)

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The second shade from the left is the right one.. You can hardly see it!
Once you find that perfect fit, check it out in natural light. Ask to borrow a hand mirror and stand near a doorway, or step outside, to see which foundation looks best in the natural light.

What’s the Right Formula for Your Skin?

When choosing a foundation it’s best to try and know your skin type. Foundations are formulated for oily, dry, mature, normal, sensitive skin. Keep in mind that most your skin type changes with the weather. In winter, you might be dry, while in summer you might be oily. Also, lots of women actually have combination skin, which means they are oily in the T-zone and dry everywhere else.

If your skin is oily, look for words like “oil-free,” “oil-control” or “mattifying” on the bottle.

Women with dry skin should look for moisturizing foundations with “hydrating” or “moisture-rich” wording on the bottle. Foundations containing glycerin glide on easily.

For combination skin, determine if you’re more oily or dry and go from there. Cream-to-powder bases work great for combination skin. Mineral foundations work well on all skin types, especially sensitive skin.

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Coverage: Do You Want Light, Medium or Heavy?

When choosing a foundation figure out the what coverage you want. This may also be seasonal. You may choose lighter coverage in summer and a heavier, creamier coverage in colder months. A SPF foundation would be great for summer too!

If you have good skin, but want to even out a few ruddy areas, consider a light coverage, tinted moisturizers or light powders. If your skin tone is uneven and you have blemishes, consider a medium-coverage foundation. Most medium-coverage foundations a liquid or a creme and can be built upon to create a heavier coverage.

Yellow Vs. Pink Shades?

If you read about foundations in any beauty book or magazine, you will likely read about yellow- and pink-based shades. Women with olive skin should use yellow-based foundations, which look most natural on all skin tones. Pink shades can be better for women with very fair skin.

Last of all if you are still baffled.  Why not pop in and see me and we could do a private makeup tutorial!  Give me a call.

Jax xx

 

 

New York Fashion week.. Beauty

The beauty of New York fashion week.  Well our favorites anyway!!

Nicolas K
Heavy black liner under the eyes.
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Honor
Blue eyes and nails w/pearls!
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Ann Yee

Blue and white nail wraps.  Red lips and low ponies!
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Peter Som
Red liner.
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Jason Wu
Side parted low ponies and beautiful natural makeup.
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Actually there was low ponies everywhere!!
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And some with wet fringes and zagged parts.

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There was heaps of inspiration… And some yes strange that I wouldn’t be so inclined to try!!  Stay tune for London!!

 

I’m excited to try some of the cute nails @ esstudio!

Jax xx

Spring is here… F@%K YEH!!!! Hairstyles of Spring 2014.

Feathered headdresses, Spray painted ponytails, and Gold flecked up do’s.  If you’re the type that yearns for the artistic and the bold this season has delivered!  But if you look to the runway for real life inspiration, there were plenty of chic ideas too!  Romantically rumbled braids to delightfully mussed chignons.  Here the seasons most relevant hair trends edited for us all!

 

WIND SWEPT UPDOS
Disheveled updo’s with lots of lose bit around the face… Literally just through it up! :)
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MIXED TEXTURES
Not sure about this one.  Slicked down center parted styles.  And straight parts to create a clean, flat crisp look on top making sure you eliminate any fly-aways.

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OLD WORLD BRAIDS
Beautiful messy romantic braids which represent the style of a peasant girl.  SO PRETTY!!

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ORNATE PONY TAILS
Last season ponies were hiding in the paddocks! This season they are out and about and looking fabulous! Try a few different styles. Leave your fringe out.. Quiff it up!

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ACCESSORIZE
Dress your hair up!  Grab a bandana a random clip.  Gold is hot this season!

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SIDE BANGS

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MESSY WET LOOK
Easy to do.. just loads of product!! Salt water spray is great.

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BEACH WAVES
ok so this maybe a little bit harder to acheive that the messy wet look.  Recomened to come in for a blowdry at Esstudio for this one :)

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CHOPPY BOBS
Yep bobs are still in.. Some are a little messy and choppy.  Some are longer than the regular on the should bob too!

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Blush or Bronzer??? What do you use?

Let’s get ready!
First apply some primer then your regular foundation.  Now use a foundation colour to totally match your natural skin colour.. If you want a bit of the sun-kissed look or some colour to your cheeks.  This is where we would use blush or bronzer.
But which do you grab????  Your blush or your bronzer?

Tricky situation, right? You almost feel like you should use one or the other?  Or do you even own both?  Wowzez!! Break them rules!

But guess what! You can actually use both :)  But it must be down right.  Who likes that look of a orange face when used too much bronzer???  Not me!

Bad bronzing!
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Here’s a super-quick guide to work out the colour your cheeks should be sporting.

If you want to look like you have been to Hawaii.

Go for a little bronzer. The brown pigments will give your skin that I’ve-just-spent-a-week-in-the-Caribbean glow and if you choose one with some shimmer in it, it will give your skin an instant hit of radiance.

Apply your bronzer under your cheekbones, around your jawline, by your hairline and on your nose and chin. Lightly dust some on your neck, chest and décolletage for good measure and to make it all look natural.   Do not over do this step… sometimes bronzer can go terribly wrong!

Good bronzing.

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If you want to contour:

Reach for the bronzer or a darker foundation.  Powder or creme, but make sure its free from any shimmer or glitter. The natural hue will help bring out your angles while adding warmth to your face.

Starting at your temples by the top of your ears and draw a three and coming down just under the chin line. Apply the bronzer or creme in the hollows of your cheeks.  Blend blend blend into your foundation so there is no harsh lines.  You can also apply the colour on either side of the bridge of your nose and at your temples. Your skin will look fabulous after this!

The three rule.. (done in blue here.. just so you can see) :) This is where you should contour.

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If you want your skin to look ‘awake’:

Blush time! Pink and peach blushes will help give your skin a wonderfully natural flush that almost looks like you’ve run all the way to work.  (without doing it) hehe

The key to a great blush application is to keep the colour light and not too brightly pigmented, otherwise you’ll lose that natural look.  And it will turn clown like!

If your face is round or oval, apply your blush on your cheekbones up towards your ears as this will help lengthen your face and add definition. For longer faces, apply your blush on the apples of your cheeks and extend the colour horizontally towards your ears.

Great Blushing!

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If you want an overall natural finish:

Use both!!  Wowzez… Who would have known. :)

Just make sure you don’t go overboard with how much you apply and make sure you blend the colour in properly.

Queen of Contouring

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There you go!!  Viola!
And if you are still unsure why not come in for a little makeup course and I can give you a few tips and tricks!

Email for enquires to admin@esstudio.com.au

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Jax xox

Pump those brows.

Bold fuller brows are so 2014!

Blame it on Cara Delevingne who I loveeeeee!

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But what are you supposed to do if you aren’t blessed in the brow department or you tweezed them all out in the ’90s because you loved Pamela Anderson or are you simply scared of augmenting your assets with a little pencil and powder action?

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I’m here to help and give you a few pointers. As I’ve had experience.. I tweezed way to much in the 90’s and therefore have to tend to my brows every day with love and care.  I’ve tried to grow them back over the last couple of years but it’s just not happening! :(

Tweezing

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The first step to your brows is tweezing and knowing where to tweeze.  Using your eyeball as a guide, line up the handle of the makeup brush on the outer edge of or your iris. Wherever it hits—that’s your arch. You should have a natural arch in your brows that you should follow. This is where you’ll take the most hair. But keep in mind that may only be a few hairs or a lot of blondies.. Depending on how hairy those brows are :) Remember to also hold your skin tight with the other hand while tweezing.  This will help with the pain and also prevent the hair from breaking.

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Use this diagram as a guide.  But be careful not to take to much from the top and ends of your brows.  The ends are always the hardest to grow back.

Filling your brows in

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You can fill in your brows with a pencil or powder and an angled brush—use whichever one you’re most comfortable with. If your brows are particularly sparse, I suggest a two-step approach. First use a pencil painting wispy light feathery strokes to create the illusion of real hairs and create the shape then  a powder to soften the pencil with a small angled brush.  I also like to brush the hairs with a clean mascara wand during this whole process to smooth it all out even more.

Natural brow look but still drawn in.  Follow the instructions above.

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Heavy Brows…  Yes these are the fashion right now.
There is nothing natural about this look.. Be heavy handed.  Draw a square lines with that pencil or gel liner an accentuate the points.   Then fill it in with a shadow of a touch lighter shade.

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Don’t do this!
Do not in any way do something like this!!!

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Last of all if your having trouble shaping your own brows why not come into Esstudio and see me.  I can also give you tips on how to shape and draw them in!

 

Good luck!

Jax xx