Got a glitzy evening planned? We have the knowledge to help you glow in the dark.
There are spots and then there are spots. If yours are of the adult-acne kind, unfortunately there's no such thing as a quick-fix. No case of acne should be taken lightly, so do seek professional help if you feel your breakouts are getting out of control.
If, however, you're booked for a big event and want to disguise the rogue blemish that's appeared on your chin, concealer can help. First, apply your usual foundation. Then, using a brush, administer light layers of a (preferably
medicated) stick concealer (not your under-eye one, which is too light in both formula and shade). Finish off by dabbing the spot with a tiny bit of translucent face powder.
The process calms and camouflages the blemish, minimising redness and covering it up enough so that you don't feel like you have a glowing blemish beacon on your face.
Try Clinique's Anti-Blemish Solutions Clearing Concealer, $41, and Bobbi Brown's Concealer Brush, $57.
Heard of radiant orchid yet? Colour-swatch expert Pantone has been naming a Colour of the Year since 2000, polling designers from all creative industries, as well as manufacturers and retailers, about the colours they plan to
use in the coming seasons.
This year's "it" shade is radiant orchid, described as "an enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones". Beyonce's makeup artist, the aristocratically monikered Sir John, isn't totally convinced. Radiant orchid is a cool colour, and warm tones are usually more flattering on women, he told Elle.
But that didn't stop him using a matt radiant orchid-like lipstick on Queen Bey in her No Angel video. He also recommends using creamy versions of the shade on the cheeks.
Still unsure about the fuchsia-purple-pink mix? Wear it on the fingers and toes - it's a great nail colour.
Puffy eyes are a common problem. Usually caused by water retention or poor circulation, they give you a "day after" look before the party actually starts. If the skin around your eyes feels squishy and looks bloated, opt for gel-
based rather than cream-based eye products. For a good, old-fashioned remedy, lie back with a couple of cold
teabags placed on your eyes. The caffeine will help reduce the puffiness.
Tip: Don't lie completely flat. Propping your head up with a pillow will help drain fluid. Back up the results with
a specialist product like Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Eye, $61, an essential-oil-rich prep that contains butcher's broom,
a shrub used for centuries by natural pharmacists to combat fluid retention.
Glossy lids are gorgeous and glamorous. But they are high-maintenance.
The key is in eye shape - if your eyes are small, shadow creasing is far more likely. This doesn't mean you need to avoid the look, but it does mean you'll spend a bit more time in the bathroom touching it up. One trick is to team your favourite long-wearing waterproof cream shadow with a tiny bit of Elizabeth Arden's Eight-Hour Cream, $35. Apply the shadow and then dab the smallest amount of gloss to the lid - you're after sheen rather than high gloss. If that sounds like too much trouble, treat yourself to one of Chanel's amazing Illusion d'Ombre CrèmeEyeshadows, $79, which will add a sophisticated glow to the lids.
When you don't have time, or can't be fagged, a bold lip is a great way to make a statement, especially on a night out.
Orange - daring, zingy and opaque - is the freshest way to go, but keep in mind that hot, high-octane matt shades like the zesty MAC's Dangerous, $40, can leave you looking a little wan. Combat any paleness with a light dusting of bronzer or fake tan.
Makeup maestro Sir John also recommends applying orange as a stain, using your fingertips to pat opaque colour into your lips. And we like the idea of using Estée Lauder's new nude Double-Wear Stay-in-Place Lip Liner, $46 (available early April), which will define the lips without leaving a harsh line.
- Sunday Magazine