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How to avoid a Summer makeup meltdown – Long-lasting makeup tips

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Long-lasting Summer Makeup When temperatures rise in the Summer months, you may think it’s pointless to even wear makeup. If your summer makeup is prone to sliding off your face by 2pm in the heat, we’ve got your back. We’ve rounded up a list of essential steps to ensuring your makeup remains locked in, even through the sweat. From primers, to blotting cushions, to lipstick layering, the beauty world has offered up some new products and techniques for you to try out this Summer.

A primer is the first step and an essential aspect of flawless summer makeup application. The purpose of a primer is to build an extra layer between your skin and your foundation, helping the product stick to the skin whilst brightening and smoothing the area. We know what you’re thinking… Why would I slather yet another layer of product onto my skin in the heat? If you have oily skin, an oil-free, mattifing primer can work wonders, especially around the t-zone area. If you’re not a fan of the fully matte look, concentrate an illuminating primer on your cheeks and temples to bring life back into skin. The combination of primers will instantly give you that much-needed radiance boost whilst eliminating any unwanted shine. You’ll be ready to take on the humidity all day long!

Summer Long-Wearing MakeupSay goodbye to pieces of greasy, scrunched up blotting papers taking refuge at the bottom of your bag, because a new blotting tool is taking the summer makeup world by storm: the game-changing miracle blotting cushions. Gently press the sponge across the problem areas on your face to smooth, absorb oils and keep your makeup fresh and shine-free all day long. 

If you’re someone who loves a statement lip, you’ve no doubt spent time pondering how to make it last the entire day. The first port of call for making your lipstick last the day is layering it up. Although liquid lipsticks promise longevity, they have a tendency of cracking and flaking by the time the day is up. If you want to make a normal bullet lipstick last, apply a layer, blot off the excess and repeat as many times as you deem necessary. A lip-brush is crucial to the application process as they are designed to apply products with precision and to prevent them from smudging, leaving you with a smudge-proof pout. 

Summer Makeup Lip BrushWe’ve been told time and again that setting spray is the hero product for shine control and smudge proof summer makeup. A setting spray should be the last step in your beauty regime to ensure that your makeup is locked in before you’re out the door. Keep your spray by your side while you’re out as just a few spritzes can instantly revive and refresh your makeup, giving the skin a well-needed pick-me-up during a humid day. Do you have any long-lasting makeup tips?

Festival Rainbow Brows

Festival makeup and hair trends 2019 – Get that look

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On-Trend Festival Makeup and Hair LooksOur excitement for festival season is already sky high, but creating a standout festival makeup look is an essential part of the experience. If you’re mid-prepping for festival season or you just want to break out of your everyday makeup routine and experiment with your look, the Vanity Van team have put together a select few of our favourite festival ready looksFrom loud rainbow brows, to understated hair accessories, there is something for everyone in this year’s crop of festival makeup and hair trends. 

Haven’t you heard? There’s no need to fear Summer showers during festival season, because the wet look is back in and better than ever before. Recently popularised by Kim Kardashian at the 2019 Met Gala, every makeup fanatic was swooning at her ‘fresh out of the ocean’ look. To achieve this glistening, wet-look effect, add a blinding highlight to the centre of the eyelid, blending it upwards towards the brow bone. Pack a chunky, silver glitter on top of the highlighter, decreasing the intensity as you reach the brow. Instead of applying it just across the lid, shake things up and apply it both above and below the eye, extending it towards the apples of your cheeks. This symmetrical, blinged-out eye look is sure to make a statement, and not to mention, it’s the perfect cover up for those pesky under-eye bags after a long night of singing and dancing to your favourite bands  

Festival Makeup Rainbow BrowsIf you’re looking to inject some subtle colour into your festival makeup, then look no further. Colour doesn’t just have to be limited to the eyelids, and thanks to Instagram’s latest rainbow brow craze, it no longer is. Thankfully, if you’re not fully committed to permanently dyeing your brows, there are a bunch of beauty brands releasing their very own rainbow eyebrow pomades, purely to make this trend completely achievable and mess-free. To achieve this beautifully bold look, begin by applying the darkest of your chosen shades to the arch of your brow and extend it to the tail with an angled brush. Continue the process, from darkest to lightest, until you reach the head of your brow. Finish the look off by combing your brows with a spoolie to create a seamless gradient of colours and apply a strong-hold clear brow gel. 

Festival Makeup and Hair Accessories While your makeup may be the main attraction in your festival ensemble this Summer, they key to nailing your look is balance. When packing your festi-hair kit essentials, it can be a great ordeal to find room for all of your go-to hair products. Luckily, we have a hairstyle that requires minimal product so you can look hot to trot without having to pack heavy… we introduce, the messy high ponytail. To achieve this effortlessly chic hairstyle, begin by applying dry shampoo throughout your roots and massaging it in to give your hair extra volume. Gather your hair into a high ponytail and secure it with hair tie, then pull out some hair from the front to give it messy look. Simple, right? But, do you still feel like your pony is missing something? Well, you’re in luck because the 80’s scrunchie has reemerged from the ashes of our childhood and is setting up shop on the SS19 runways, infiltrating high-street fashion and is set to be a must-have accessory for festival season. Whether you’re already obsessing over the scrunchie trend, or you’re yet to embrace its comeback, it’s time to accept it because it’s here to stay. 

Which of these statement looks will you be trying out this festival season?

Check out our last blog post on our skincare must-haves to beat the heat during festival season!

Summer Skincare Healthy Skin

Summer skincare our teams must-haves- beat the summer heat

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Summer Skincare Must-HavesWith summer officially upon us it’s the time to rethink your summer skincare routine. When the weather is hot and humid, your skin may experience more oil than usual and is more vulnerable to sun damage, so tweaking your usual regime can help you score clear, glowing skin this summer. Check out these summer skin care tips to keep your skin hydrated and protected in the heat. 

Sweat, bacteria, and heavy sun creams can cause our skin to break out if we don’t treat it right after a long day in the sun. When a sweat-induced breakout is on the horizon, reduce lumps and bumps with a glycolic mask once or twice a week. These exfoliating masks refine and smooth skin texture that’s irritated by sun and help to reduce the likelihood of blemishes and breakouts resurfacing. Body acne is also common during sweatier, humid months as your body produces more oil. Washing in the morning with an acne-fighting body wash and following up with anti-blemish pads can help to reduce inflammation of the skin and unclog pores. Goodbye acne, and welcome flawless, glowing Summer skin!   

Although we recommend wearing SPF all year round, it should definitely be an essential step in your Summer skincare routine. A lot of sun-creams can be heavy and greasy on your skin, which can contribute to breakouts and shine throughout the warmer months. Swap your SPF for a lightweight serum that will soak into skin underneath your makeup without leaving a casper white cast. Sun protection doesn’t just stop at the skin, but the sensitive skin along your hairline can get neglected when it comes to SPF application. Apply a scalp sunscreen over damp hair by working the product from the scalp through the layers after getting out of the shower. Scalp SPF is extremely lightweight and works to replenish any depleted moisture whilst protecting your hair from the harmful UV rays. 

Summer Skincare Healthy SkinAntioxidant-rich skincare products can offer massive benefits for the appearance of your skin by fighting visible signs of ageing and aiding the recovery of sun-damaged skin. If your skin is looking a little dull and lifeless in the morning opt for a cleanser with lycopene as it promotes collagen and protects against cell damage. For your daily moisturiser, bring out the big guns with an multi-purpose, antioxidant infused day cream. Long gone are the days of applying a multitude of products to achieve sun defence, moisture, and colour correction, because this hero product does it all. With all of these beneficial properties, it is impossible to deny the superiority of antioxidants in skincare. 

What are your Summer skincare must-haves?

Pre and post workout essentials- our best gym beauty tips

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Pre and Post Workout Gym BeautyWhile we’re all for getting our sweat on, we’re not ready to sacrifice our beauty regime. We’ve compiled the ultimate guide for gym beauty pre-workout preparation and post-workout pampering for gym bag heroes, so you can look and feel refreshed before, throughout and after your gym session.

While it may be tempting to head straight to the gym from work with your full face of make-up on, this can cause the products to mix with the build-up of sweat, resulting in clogged pores and an uneven skin texture. Thankfully, there is a new crop of gym beauty and skincare products on the market that are guaranteed to outlive a sweat session, without effecting your skin. If you feel that your skin is looking a little dull and lack-lustre, a glow enhancing face lotion can provide light coverage, while quickly perking up and injecting radiance into your complexion. A glowing lotion is also perfect for applying after your gym session to amplify and enhance your post-work out glow. 

After your workout, spritz on a cooling mist to replenish the moisture you lost while sweating. Opt for a cooling spray that contains cucumber extracts to cool and calm down your skin. A new gym beauty product that has taken the beauty sphere by storm is self-tanning water, the new revolutionary method of tanning at home. The transparent water hydrates the skin whilst it gradually tans, going on clear and transforming into a subtle glow. The lightweight feel of the water on the skin, along with the hydrating benefits and instant absorption, makes it a perfect product to use after working out, whilst making tanning feel like less of a chore. Who doesn’t love a multi-purpose product?

If your exercise shine wasn’t a burden enough, you may also get a severe case of post-workout red face. Created specifically for Gym Beauty Essentialsgym junkies, a yellow-toned primer will help to combat all redness before the problem even begins. It works as a quick fix before or after heading to the gym and can be used without the need for make-up on top, similar to a tinted moisturiser.

For when a primer isn’t enough to tackle that post-gym flush, game-changing colour-correcting loose powder has hit the shelves and will be your new best friend. A yellow toned powder will instantly calm redness, the yellow pigment and natural mineral working to neutralise redness and absorb excess oil and shine. Pop a light dusting over your problem areas before leaving the gym and everyone will be none the wiser!

Which of these essential gym beauty products will you be adding to your gym bag?  

Sustainable Makeup Shampoo Bar

Sustainable beauty – how to go green with your beauty routine

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Waste free sustainable beautyIt’s no secret that the beauty industry takes a toll on the environment, whether it’s non-recyclable packaging, unethical sources or water waste. Here at Vanity Van, we’ve decided to look at our entire product range this year to determine how we can adapt it to make it sustainable for the environment. Now we’re encouraging you to do the same! In the quest for sustainable beauty, we’ve compiled a list of products that will reduce your carbon footprint, without having to compromise on the luxuries. 

With a whole range of gel, foam and cream cleansers on the market, it’s difficult to pick the one that’s right for you. Welcome to our new summer skincare obsession: powdered cleansers. While definitely not new, powdered cleansers have recently been on our beauty radar, not only for their cleansing and exfoliation properties, but also for their sustainability. Simply place the product in the palm of your hands, add water and then mix until you’ve achieved your ideal texture and lather. Powdered cleansers don’t contain any water, so all active ingredients remain undiluted, and because they’re dry, which means they last longer. The majority are made from sustainably harvested essential oils, and are packaged in a recycled and recyclable refill package, meaning that your skin remains clean and nourished without impacting the environment. We couldn’t ask any more of a cleanser! 

Shampoo bars are a revolutionary product that will take you one step closer to establishing a sustainable beauty hair care routine. These bars are more concentrated than traditional shampoos so you can use less product per hair wash, saving you money and extra trips to the shop when your (sustainable) dry shampoo is no longer cutting it. If you need more convincing, there is no need for plastic packaging as most shampoo bars come wrapped in recycled paper or in paper boxes, occasionally needing no packaging at all. While many traditional shampoos are jam packed with with preservatives and chemicals that can strip hair of its natural oils, shampoo bars contain essential oils and natural ingredients so you can say goodbye to injecting harmful chemicals into your hair and the environment. 

Sustainable Beauty Shampoo BarOne major area of the beauty industry has been overlooked is water waste. Water-free skincare products are the eco-friendly step that your sustainable beauty regime is missing, one of our favourites being the game-changing dry sheet mask. A sheet mask is typically a thin sheet drenched with serum, but with a dry sheet mask, active ingredients are infused into the fabric, meaning there’s no need for water in the formulation. Without water, fewer preservatives are needed. While the concept may seem strange, these dry sheet masks will instantly amp up your skincare game, providing hydration for your skin without any water waste.

How are you planning on making your beauty routine more sustainable?  

Easter Nail Art Mini Egg Design

Eggstatic for nail art: Easter nails design inspiration 2019

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Easter Nails InspiriationThe arrival of Spring is a joyous time for us all: blooming flowers, heaps of sunshine and an overpowering compulsion to dig out all of the easter nails pastel nail polish we own. When Easter comes along, Pinterest and Instagram are booming with seasonal hints and tips from beauty and nail fanatics – from speckled mini eggs to eye-catching pastel gradient French tips, we’ve rounded up 2 of best, wearable easter nails manicure ideas from a select few of our favourite Instagram nail heroes.  

A firm chocolate favourite of ours, mini eggs, are replicated beautifully in this speckled nail art by @beautyworksbyamy. Mimicking the chocolate eggs and their pastel palette, this easter nails designs is perfect to rock throughout Easter, and after the chocolate craze is over. While these delicious nails aren’t edible, they will definitely have us dreaming about when we can finally get our hands on our easter eggs. If you want to amp up the glam this Easter, replace the brown specks for a metallic gold. Now that’s a boujee easter egg if we’ve ever seen one. 

  1. Easter Nail Art Mini Egg DesignBegin by painting each nail with a pastel nail polish.  
  2. Using a light brown nail polish, paint a light layer across a stippling brush and then lightly press the brush across the nails.  
  3. To clean everything up, use a Q-tip and nail polish remover to wipe off any excess polish on your skin. 
  4. Apply a coat of matte nail polish to create a dusty mini egg effect.  

Although baby chicks and cartoon bunnies may seem like the appropriate nail wear this holiday, they won’t be appropriate for running errands or going out on the town once Easter is over. If you want a long-wearing easter nails that you’ll be able to rock once the Easter festivities are over, this minimalist approach to Easter nail art is a great go-to. We’re taking it back to basics with this pastel gradient French tip nail design by @hannahroxit as it’s incredibly easy for beginners to perfect, yet it screams “I just left the nail salon”.  You can choose to go with a monochromatic gradient look, or you can create a swoon-worthy colour melt effect by incorporating different colours.  

  1. Using the a white nail polish, paint the tips of your nails and and form a draft for the french tip.
  2. Easter Nails Pastel Gradient French TipPlace a piece of scotch tape across the nail, as close to the white polish as possible. 
  3. Grab your sponge and paint three stripes of pastel colours in the order you desire onto the sponge. Let the polishes overlap a little to allow the colours to melt together.  
  4. Slowly roll the sponge over the tip of the nail to apply the colours. If you want your gradient look to be more intense, let your nails dry and apply a second coat to each nail. 
  5. Remove the tape and, using a fine nail art brush, carefully sculpt the french tip and clean up any excess polish on the skin.
  6. Apply a generous coat of top coat to your final look to protect your nails and give it a glossy, shiny finish. 

What design will you be gracing your nails with this Easter?

The ultimate Mother’s Day self-care guide

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Prioritising self-care is not always easy, especially as a working Mum, but it’s important to take the time you need for rest and self-restoration. This Mother’s Day, we encourage you to create space to take care of yourself, whether it’s just for an hour of relaxation or an extended pamper weekend.  

Mother's Day Manicure close upA simple way to infuse some self-love into your daily routine is by creating small luxuries that you can work into your everyday life. No time or money for a manicure? We get it. Thankfully, we have gotten our hands on a luxurious DIY hand lotion recipe that can serve as a low-maintenance care package for yourself, on Mother’s Day and all year round.  

Ingredients:

  • 120ml sweet almond oil
  • 60ml coconut oil 
  • 2tbsp shea butter 
  • 10-20 drops of essential oils  

Set up a bowl over a pot of gently simmering water and add the almond oil, coconut oil, and shea butter to the bowl. If you are adding essential oils, add them in at this point and give the ingredients a mix. Pour the mixture into any jar or container that you wish to store it in, and let it cool. This recipe is perfect for keeping your hard-working hands moisturised, and is a great option for a quick pick-me-up each day.  

Mother's Day foot care

As important as your feet are, they are usually only thought of when there is a problem with them. So, some tootsie TLC to treat tired, worn-out feet is the perfect treat to indulge in on Mother’s Day. Begin by soaking your feet in warm water for 5 minutes and scrub with a gentle exfoliator to remove the excess dead skin. For tough, stubborn areas, invest in a diamond crystal roller, or a pumice stone as a cheaper alternative, and apply gentle pressure to remove all hard skin and replenish the area. Push back the cuticles of your toenails with a metal cuticle pusher and rub cuticle oil in with your fingers. Slather on a generous layer of foot cream to your feet and heels and immediately chuck on the fluffiest pair of socks you can find to lock in the moisture. 

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Having a warm, fragrant salt bath is a wonderful way to relax and soothe sore, tired muscles, especially if you’re a busy, working Mum. The pre-game is very important here, so make sure to dial in to whatever self-care settings apply to you. While your bath is bubbling away, we suggest lighting candles and switching on an inspiring podcast to shift your mindset and mood. The key to the perfect bath is using a mixture of salts and oils which will give you the perfect balance of aromatics and hydration. For this, we have the perfect DIY bath salt recipe which will not only fill your bathroom with a heavenly scent, but will also rehydrate your skin with a burst of essential oils. 

Ingredients:  

 – 230ml rock salt or sea salt & 230ml epsom salts 

– 2 tablespoons bicarbonate of soda & 10- 15 drops of essential oil  

 

Simply mix together the salts in a glass mixing bowl and sift in the bi-carbonate of soda. Add your essential oil of choice, and mix the salts together thoroughly. When it comes to putting your creation to the test, dissolve a handful of bath salts under running water, and lay back and relax! 

Follow our hints and tips this Mother’s Day and your self-care barometer will be off the chart! Which of these will you be testing out?  

London Fashion Week: A rundown of the Spring/Summer 2019 beauty trends

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London Fashion Week has officially come to a close, and with it, a whole new set of hair, make-up and nail trends to set the tone for Spring/Summer. From how to elevate a tired hairstyle with staple hair accessories, to how to rock an electric, neon nail, this season’s backstage beauty offerings definitely didn’t fall short. Vanity Van is giving you the ultimate rundown on all of the best hair, makeup and nail moments from the runways, plus our personal favourite beauty looks from London Fashion Week. 

Hair 

In case you haven’t heard, hair accessories are the styling staple to watch out for this season. From puffy headbands, to head wraps, and jewelled hair slides, London Fashion Week was dotted with signature hair accessories, and Simone Rocha is the designer that we all need to thank. The accessorising trend has been gaining momentum over the past few seasons, with Rocha’s SS18 runway playing a huge role in making the effortlessly feminine hair clip coveted by all. With designers such as Michael Kors and Anna Sui taking Rocha’s lead and giving their runway a regal vibe, the hair clip is sure to be a party season staple for us all in the Spring/Summer season.  

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From fresh, glowy skin to nude lips, natural simplicity is usually the go-to at London Fashion Week, but this season, it looks as though the exaggerated look is reigning supreme. With bold shades taking the spotlight on the eyes, this season’s runway looks were nothing but simple. This look from the Colin Horgan On/Off X show during London Fashion week is proving that the bold, graphic eye trend that was all the rage last season is here to stay. Give your everyday eye look a splash of the 80’s whilst keeping the rest of the face natural to create the perfect balance of minimal and daring.

 

Nails

Nail art is always a runway staple, and London Fashion Week has served up a plethora of fresh nail inspiration to obsess over. Neon is always trending in fashion, and now, it’s extending to your manicure. Nail artist, Mei Kawajiri, worked her manicure magic to create this design for the Philipp Plein show. You can achieve this neon nail look with a simple coat of electric gel polish, or if you want to put your manicure skills to the test, try out a daring nail design. Whether you’re searching for something exaggerated, playful, or daring this Spring/Summer, this energising nail trend is perfect for everyone. 

If you’re still on the search for more of the latest trends over the past year, check out our blog post on the AW18 beauty trends. Which of these trends will you be trying out this season? 

Valentine’s day hair and make up get the look

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Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to step out of your usual make-up and hair comfort zone and crank up the romance. Whether you’re a hopeless romantic, or an anti-valentines villain, these looks are sure to be a head turner this Valentine’s Day.

Go sexy

A cat eye is a classic, sultry look that is perfect for a Valentine’s Day date night, or a night out on the town with your girl gang. Using a jet black liquid or gel eyeliner, follow along the edge of your eyeshadow to create an angle and drag it back to your lash-Valentine's Day Sexy Lookline to create the perfect wing. If winged eyeliner isn’t your forte, use a deep brown eyeshadow and repeat the same steps, but diffuse the colour by blending the wing into the outer corner and crease of your eye.

As a classic cat eye is the ultimate sexy makeup look, it is only fitting that we pair it with a tousled, sexy bed hair look. To achieve this effortless “I just got lucky” hair look, begin by adding a volumizing mousse to damp hair and blow dry using a round brush head. Taking big sections of your hair, curl with a 1.5″ curling iron before brushing out your work loosely. Polish off the look by backcombing at the crown of your head and seal the deal with a coating of extra hold hairspray. Although this hairstyle takes a while to perfect, it looks so effortless that your date will be none the wiser.

Go romantic 

This Valentine’s Day, if you wanna crank up the romance, why not go for the ‘no-makeup makeup’ look? Keep your eyes minimal by dusting a light wash of colour over your eyelids, such as a reflective gold or shimmery pink. For skin, begin by Valentine's Day Romantic Lookexfoliating and moisturising. Then, apply a glow-enhancing primer and follow up with an illuminating tinted moisturiser to give your date the illusion that you are glowing from within. If the ‘no-makeup’ look leaves you feeling a little too naked, pop on some individual lashes on the outer corner of your eye for a fluttery, flirty touch.

If you’re a fan of the classic romantic up-do, this is your chance to get creative with it by trying different techniques or by adding hair accessories for some extra glam. To create this simple, effortless look, begin by gathering your hair into a ponytail, making sure to leave a few strands of hair out. Make a bun out of your ponytail, either by using a hair doughnut, or if you’re lucky enough to have naturally thick locks, secure it with a hair elastic. Curl the strands at the front of your head loosely with a curling iron and secure a few of them towards the back of your head. This elegant bun is bursting with femininity and is sure to be a hit with your date.

Go vampy

If your look is more Dita Von Teese than Kate Winslet, the work is all in the prep. Are your lips ready to pucker up? Before applying your lipstick, use a gentle lip scrub to get rid of the dead skin cells and achieve the Valentine's Day Vampy Lookperfect pout. If you’re spending this Valentine’s day single, nothing quite says anti-valentine’s cheer like a dark, grunge lip, so whack on a lipstick as dark as your soul and show them what they’re missing. Team with a smoky dark eye to create a really vampy impact.

Kim Kardashian’s iconic sleek look is one of the most sought-after styles, making it perfect for Valentine’s Day. To achieve this look, start by running a small amount of serum through the ends of your hair. As you straighten your hair, the product will melt in, giving you the high-shine, poker-straight effect. Finally, polish off the look by spritzing some shine spray. Although this hairstyle may be the epitome of elegance and glamour, it can easily be vamped up with a dark lip and some staple pieces of jewellery for a date night look that’s out of the box.

What look will you be going for this Valentine’s Day?

Contouring Curve

To contour or not to contour – is the art of contouring dead?

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Popularised by A-listers, such as Kim Kardashian, and Instagram beauty influencers, contouring has quickly become one of the biggest beauty trends of the last few years. What was once a well-kept secret of celebrities and makeup artists has now become an everyday practice for the typical makeup obsessive. But like every trend that emerges from the beauty world, has contouring had its day?

Contouring naturalHere at VV we personally believe that it is here to stay, but in a much more subtle way. Say goodbye to the dramatic, ‘insta-famous’ way of face contouring and welcome a soft, bronzed contour that naturally shapes the face without it looking streaky or muddy. Pick a cool toned cream contour colour that compliments your skin-tone, making sure to steer clear of warm, orange tones to avoid the dreaded wotsit effect. Using a cream contour will allow the product to seamlessly blend into the skin, making it look natural and soft.

2019 is officially the year of the liquid highlighter. I’m sure we can all appreciate the difference a well-placed highlighter makes to our face shape. Opt for a high-shine version of your typical highlighter and strategically place it along the top of your cheekbone, temples and the bridge and tip of your nose. This will create the illusion of a slim, elongated face without having to cake your face with bronzer. When in doubt, turn to the glow.

One of the most common struggles when it comes to contouring is achieving professional results but in a way that is quick and Contouring Curveeasy. There are minimal tools available that offer a simple solution to creating the perfect contour, until the hero product of all beauty tools was born: Contour Curve. It is as simple as hooking the tool around your ear and pointing the tool towards your mouth which automatically lines it up with the hollows of your cheekbones. Then, apply your chosen contouring product, remove the tool and blend! We spoke to founder of Contour Curve, Michaela Chalk, who has worked with us in the past. “I want everyone to feel good with their makeup results whether it was a professional applying their makeup or they were doing it themselves.”

Contouring Beauty Tool

To achieve the ‘less is more’ look brands are shifting their focus towards skincare instead of cosmetics. A new skincare tool that has recently emerged on the beauty market is the infamous facial roller. One of the top brands on the market at the moment is Nurse Jaime pictured here. This beauty tool is said to give the skin an instant ‘uplift’, temporarily energising, enhancing and uplifting the skin. It was designed with the intention of mirroring the massage techniques used in a luxury facial, giving you glowy, plump, tightened skin while saving you time and money. To use simply follow your usual skincare routine and then use the ‘press and roll’ technique with the roller across your skin. This will also help the products you have applied to fully penetrate your skin and leave you with a freshly sculpted face, without the layers of product.

How do you feel about contouring? Do you think the beauty trend is here to stay?