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Little known makeup tricks you might not know

12th August, 2023

Over the years I would have spent numerous hours getting glammed up for shoots, getting ready for the races and prepping for events so I’ve managed to pick up some great tips from the professionals along the way. There’s nothing quite like watching a makeup artist at work, simply because they’ve got some amazing shortcuts and tricks that are definitely worth copying and pasting into my own beauty routine. Also they have an almost encyclopaedic knowledge of cosmetics so I inevitably end up with some great recommendations for everything from the best lipstick to foundation that achieves a flawless finish. Plus all the makeup tricks they’ve shared, I’ve tested in my day-to-day routine and they 100 per cent work.

Here are a few things that have definitely changed my makeup routine…

Freeze your eyeliner

This is one of the best eyeliner secrets that I have been told! If your eyeliner is getting crumbly pop it in the freezer. After just 15 minutes the eyeliner tip becomes firm which allows you to apply the liner smoothly.

Use concealer on and around your lips

Prepping lips is super important (especially during winter). Applying concealer to your lips will create a neutral and even template for your lipstick. Apply concealer around the border of your lips to prevent your bold lipstick from bleeding.

You can use illuminator on more than just your cheekbones

A touch of illuminator on your cheekbones will give you a healthy glow and is a quick pick-me-up for tired skin. However did you know it can also double as a shimmering eyeshadow when applied to the eyes? Try it the next time you want show-stopping eyes on a night out.

Dust out towards your hairline with blush

To perk up your skin brush blush out toward your hairline and create big strokes in an upward motion by following the natural lines of your face. The colour will give your skin a healthy glow. To spread the colour evenly be sure to use a soft blush brush.

Use white eyeliner pencil as an eye shadow primer

If your eyeshadow tends to vanish prime your lids with an eyeliner pencil first. The white eyeliner will create a contour for the eye shadow to stick to which will extend the wear of your eyeshadow. The eyeliner will also give you guidance as to where the eye shadow should go.


What’s on my shopping wish list this month

26th August, 2018

Another month means another wish list of things that have caught my eye. And there have been plenty. I think I sometimes just fall into the right mood to shop and all of a sudden start seeing so many things that I want. It’s also a bit tricky to shop at the moment because we’re still experiencing winter weather but spring is also almost upon us so I don’t want to buy too many things for the current season when I know we’ll have to make a transition very soon. So in trying to navigate trans-seasonal weather I’ve managed to compile a list comprising of a few dramatic accessories, bold, bright colour and textural pieces that are both playful and striking. Here’s what I’m currently wanting to snap up.

16Arlington patent leather pencil skirt

It’s a classic silhouette but the patent leather really makes this quite a striking skirt that would be perfect for a big event or function.

Isabel Marant high neck cotton top

I like the Victorian feel of this top. It’s understated, feminine and has quite a strong air about it.

Staud Moreau macrame and leather bucket bag

I’ve been seeing this bag style around a lot and it has really grown on me. I like it’s natural vibe and slightly quirky feel.

Vanda Jacintho beaded tassel earrings

I’m slowly building up quite an earring collection. I’m loving anything tasseled at the moment and the colour makes it a real standout piece.

Saint Lauren cat-eye sunglasses

A classic shape that’s given a little drama by the cherry red colour. The ideal eyewear to add a pop of colour to any look.

Attico Marabou feather mid-heel pumps

It’s always so much fun playing with texture when it comes to shoes and this pair with its feathered trim is all kinds of great.

Jackke cropped jacket in faux fur

I can imagine throwing this on over a pair of jeans for a look that’s casual yet elevated.

Y.A.S high neck lace detail dress

A black dress is always a welcome addition to my wardrobe, especially one with such great detailing.

16 Arlington cropped shearling jacket

Can you see a patter emerging here? I’m really loving the colour red at the moment. This is a true statement piece and would help glam up whatever I was pairing it with.

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What’s on my August shopping wishlist

9th August, 2017

With winter drawing to a close and spring almost upon us my wishlist this month is an amalgamation of both seasons. I’m embracing all things monochrome with touches of pink and interesting finishes such as lace-up details, ribbons and ruffles. It’s all about an ultra feminine vibe that’s thoroughly modern.

Gucci embellished leather gloves

These leather gloves add a ladylike touch to every look—and more importantly keep my hands nice and toasty.

Fendi broderie anglaise and organza top pink bell sleeve

With its bell sleeve and panelled broderie anglaise finish this top has a sweet, romantic feel to it that will be perfect right through spring.

Self Portrait off-shoulder mini dress

I’m still really loving anything off-the-shoulder and this cotton-canvas dress is elevated by the ruffles and corset-inspired belt.

Christian Louboutin pumps

I can’t resist anything with that signature red sole but when you add elegant ribbon ties into the mix I’m definitely sold.

Golden Goose deluxe brand fitted denim jacket

Trans-seasonal dressing is made a little easier with the right outerwear to deal with the unpredictable weather. A denim jacket is a must in my wardrobe is this is the ideal slimline fit to pop on over dresses and tees.

Chloe Carlina round-frame sunglasses

Statement sunglasses are a favourite of mine and this pair by Chloe with its round frame and tassel is hard to pass up.

Nicholas Kirkwood ‘Beya’ flat mules

A pair of white mules is perfect for transitioning into spring when the colour palette of my wardrobe tends to lighten up. This hue is especially versatile.

The Seafarer flared jeans

These black flared jeans with lace-up detail would work well with a simple tee and heels for a understated and chic ensemble.

Toga bi-colour velvet ankle boots

Ankle boots are constantly in high rotation on my wardrobe and I’m loving the cut-out feature on this pair.

Gucci medium Dionysus bamboo handle bag

Just take all my money, Gucci! This bag ticks all the right boxes—the bamboo top handle, the tiger head clasp, and the standout vibrant pink shade is what accessories dreams are made of.

Sonia Rykiel high-rise skirt

I can see this piece being a super versatile addition to my wardrobe. It would be easy to dress it up for the office or keep it casual for a weekend look.

Loewe faux pearl earrings

Knockout earrings can instantly elevate an outfit and this pair is a perfect example. I’d keep the rest of my accoutrements quite simple to let this Loewe piece take centre stage.

Rejina Pyo oversized coat

The sky blue colour of this coat adds a rich vibrancy to any look. This coat is oversized which makes it easy to pop on over any outfit when the weather is being temperamental.

Self Portrait lace trim mini dress

Pink and black are the perfect pairing and with its panels of intricate lace and ruffles this dress certainly makes a stylish statement.