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10 makeup mistakes you could well be making

We are forever on the quest to achieving that perfect makeup look and hey experimenting on the way can be fun, but with the many tips and techniques being sold to us on the daily it’s hard to know if you’re acing your makeup or simply making mistakes. Well, we are here to help! Below are 10 of the most common makeup mistakes being made every day and how to well simply get it right!

  1. Pulling the area around your eye to make the perfect wing

Yes yes, even I used to do this and then I learnt how BAD it was for my eyes, think skin ageing and fine lines due to the breakdown of elasticity! And let’s not forget you can easily end up with a horribly uneven line. And so now this; I use a post-it note! Yes, you heard that right, however you could, in theory, use any piece of folded paper, card or similar to achieve the same effect. Now no more cotton buds and re-application, I nail the perfect winged eye every single day (love me a winged eye!)

  1. Applying your lippie to dry lips

This is a definite no no, as your lipstick won’t apply evenly, it’ll seep into your lip lines making your lips appear VERY dry and in some cases, they’ll even look a little on the crusty side, attractive right?! Instead, be sure to ‘prep’ your lips. Some people love to apply a little foundation to the lips as they believe it helps hold the lipstick in place for longer (much like the effect of a lip primer) but I personally think this dries out your lips even more! Instead, use a chapstick or lip balm and let it soak in. After a few minutes blot any excess and apply your favourite lipstick colour. See how it glides on effortlessly and evenly, will last longer and there won’t be a crusty lip in sight!

  1. Testing foundation shades on the back of your hand

Yes, many do this but are they walking away with the correct shade for their complexion? The back of your hands tends to be darker than the skin on your face so it’s best to trial a few shades on both your jawline and neck. Just remember though your face tends to get much more sun exposure than your neck so you really want to find a foundation shade that matches both areas when blended into the skin.

  1. Applying your makeup with the wrong tools

The key to natural-looking makeup lies in mastering the art of blending. Makeup that isn’t blended well can look heavy and imperfect. Get yourself armed with a few good brushes and a BeautyBlender, these tools will stand you in good stead and the beauty blender will enable you to reach every contour of your face. It is meant to be used damp, allowing for a flawless application and ensuring that makeup never looks heavy!

  1. Applying the wrong shade of eyeliner to your lower lash line

Let’s face it black is the most popular eyeliner shade on the market but is it a one size fits all? No! If like me, you have a light complexion and blonde hair it’s actually advisable to use a brown liner, at least on the bottom lash line. Black can end up looking quite harsh and instead of opening up your eyes (after all who doesn’t want large doll-like eyes!) it can make them look smaller. It’s also a great idea to follow with a nude pencil or what’s known as a Waterline Liner. This will help open up your eyes and make them look wider!

  1. Incorrect lip liner application

We all want to achieve bigger, luscious lips, but the worst thing you can do is draw a sharp line around your lips with lip liner to outline them. A lip liner is meant to define your lips, not just create a border around them! Instead, simply draw a soft outline and then use the lip liner to blend and fill in your lips, this will also act as an adhesive to help your lipstick stay in place for longer!

  1. Overloading on foundation powder 

Face powder, when used correctly and frugally can be a fantastic makeup staple (I have been I’m in love with the ELES Mineral Powder Foundation for years!) however, no matter your skin type, too much face powder can actually age you! That’s right, it can highlight fine lines and wrinkles instead of helping to conceal them! It’s best to use it sparingly – on your t-zone, or for quick touch-up’s, just make sure you opt for a lightweight powder!

  1. Sporting statement lips and dramatic eyeshadow together

Who doesn’t love a beautiful bold lip? But if you are sporting dramatic eyes keep your lips nude or neutral to balance things out. And if you’re feeling the statement lips vibe, keep your eye makeup natural. Experimenting with makeup colours can be so much fun but remember the “less is more” rule to avoid looking overdone!

  1. Applying your blush incorrectly

A blush applied correctly will help elongate your face, give you high cheekbones and make your face appear slimmer. However, apply it incorrectly and you could either wind up looking like a clown or someone suffering from rosacea. To nail it, using an angled blush brush, lightly apply a complementary shade of blush to the apples of your cheeks then sweep upwards towards your temples and ears.

  1. Forgetting a vital step – prepping your skin

If you haven’t prepped your skin with your faithful moisturiser before applying your foundation, chances are your skin will look and feel dry. Plus makeup tends to stick to dry areas on the skin making it appear patchy. It’ll even seep into fine lines and wrinkles accentuating them! For best results apply your moisturiser, wait five minutes for it so properly absorb and then move onto your foundation.

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Celebrity Makeup Artists reveal their best beauty hacks

beauty collective kate lee makeup artist hacks

Celebrity makeup artist Kate Lee

Here at Beauty Collective, we are always bursting with great skincare tips and makeup tricks, but just like you, we love learning (and trailing) the beauty hacks from some of the world’s most renowned makeup artists. Curious to find out what our top 9 favourites are? Read on and use as you will!

  1. For flawless foundation coverage 

Oh, hail the BeautyBlender! “If you look in any makeup artist’s kit, it’s almost guaranteed you will find a BeautyBlender. This revolutionary makeup sponge’s shape allows you to reach every contour of your face. It is meant to be used damp, allowing for a flawless application and ensuring that makeup never looks heavy.” Liane Scior, Creator ELES Cosmetics 

  1. Mastering the under-eye concealer application

Warm your concealer on your hand before applying. “I swipe concealer onto the back of my hand first, then tap it on under the eyes,” Sir John says. “This thins out the consistency a little so it looks more lived-in, more like a second skin.” Sir John, Celebrity Makeup Artist to Beyoncé

  1. To perfect the natural looking glow

“Dip your make-up brush into a little bit of water before you apply highlighter to your face. The smooth, creamy formula glides across the skin like a liquid highlight but sets like a powder and captures the light beautifully. A gorgeous highlight can instantly lift dull looking skin for a natural looking glow!” Charlotte Tilbury, Celebrity Makeup Artist

What’s more, a damp brush ensures you won’t pick up too much product, it’ll simply create an effortless touch of shimmer, we know as we’ve given this a go!

  1. For natural looking brows

“Instead of brushing your brows up and away before you start filling them in, brush them down. When you fill in your brows this way, you’re able to clearly see the maximum shape of your eyebrow and the highest point of your arch. Try it this way and you’ll avoid the overdrawn, pencilled-in look”. Kate Lee, Celebrity Makeup Artist

  1. Achieving longer lasting mascara

“If your mascara is dried out, but not yet expired, add a few eye or saline drops into the tube and it’s ready to go again”. Rae Morris, World Renowned Makeup Artist and Author 

  1. No more under-eye mascara smudging

To clean up shadow fall out and mascara smudge under the eyes, “Use a plain sponge and makeup primer instead of makeup remover. This picks up the shadow and leaves the concealer.” Monika Blunder, Celebrity Makeup Artist 

  1. For the perfect lip application every time

“Apply a lip balm on while doing the rest of your make up, and when it comes time to do your lips, wipe it off and apply your lipstick as normal. It’s also not good to apply a layer of foundation on your lips before applying lipstick, or you’ll end up with a big ugly white crust around your mouth.” Rae Morris, World Renowned Makeup Artist and Author 

  1. For stand out lips

 “Any time I’m putting a bright lip on anyone, I always buff a little concealer around the mouth with a loose shadow brush, by doing this, the area around the mouth acts like a frame for your lipstick—really showcasing that colour and not letting it feather.” Kirin Bhatty, Celebrity Makeup Artist

  1. To settle and set your makeup

“To keep your skin looking like skin and not like makeup, finish with a mist. I always use a mist because it helps settle the makeup, making your skin look less makeupy.” Afton Williams, Film Makeup Artist

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The dos and don’ts of cleansing your skin: 10 things you need to know now

It’s the first step to your skincare routine and the step which creates the foundation for all other skincare products that follow so nailing it is imperative! But many are under the false impression that cleansing involves a little soap, water, a 10-second lather and voila, all the days’ makeup and remnants are removed and your face is thoroughly cleansed and good to go. Oh, how wrong they are! Below we have outlined ten things you need to know about cleansing, follow these and you’re on the path to healthy, clear and radiant skin in next to no time!

DO work out what the right cleanser is for your skin type and stick to it

Finding a cleanser to target your particular skin concern is a game-changer, whether you have sensitive skin, dry skin, aging skin or something in between there is a cleanser out there for everyone. But understanding the difference between cream and foaming gel cleansers will also stand you in good stead. Cream cleansers are typically gentle on the skin and more moisturising. Gel cleansers tend to provide a much deeper cleanse however as they foam they draw out oil, reduce excess oil production and as a result can be a little on the drying side so tend to work better for those with oily or combination skin types.

DON’T wash your face with hot water

No sireee, hot water can cause skin inflammation and irritation by upsetting the skin barrier function, stick to lukewarm water for best results.

DO cleanse your face both morning and night

A lot of us tend to skimp on the morning cleanse, after all, we removed the previous day’s makeup and grime the night before and all we’ve done is sleep, right? Correct! Alas what many don’t know is that while we sleep we still release impurities which wind up sitting on the surface of our skin, plus if you’re like me you would have layered your skin with goodies the night before so it’s important that any remnants are removed in the morning especially is you’ve applied potent ingredients like retinol or glycolic acid which can cause sun sensitivity.

DON’T forget to cleanse your chin and neck too!

Often forgotten (guilty as charged!) our jawline and neck are just as prone to dirt and grime as your face so make sure you pay them some cleansing attention too!

DO double cleanse

We’ve all heard of the saying “double cleanse” but is it really necessary? The simple answer is yes! But only in the evening as over-cleansing in the morning can result in the destruction of the skin’s barrier function. One cleanse at night will indeed remove the day’s makeup and grime but adding a second cleanse into your routine will work deeper, thoroughly cleansing pore and removing dead skin cells.

DON’T use a generic bar soap

These soaps can dramatically alter the natural pH balance of your skin which can send your skin into overdrive – think blemish breakout!

DO deep cleanse weekly

Introducing a deep exfoliating cleanse once a week can work wonders for your skin as it encourages cell turnover, ultimately resulting in brighter, more radiant skin.

DON’T use a flannel

Daily use of flannels or face cloths as many might call them, although popular can actually irritate the skin if they are too harsh (scrubbing can strip the skin of its natural protective barrier) plus they can foster bacteria if not washed meticulously every day which can lead to pesky pimples! Best to stick to your loyal fingertips to cleanse effectively with no erm side effects!

DO pat dry with a soft towel

Drying your face correctly after cleansing is important! Be sure not to rub your face with a “crispy” towel (yup we’ve all had those from time to time!) rubbing can actually age skin, be sure you just gently pat dry, pay particular attention to the delicate eye area.

DON’T be lazy and use just face wipes

Yes they are quick, easy and can be effective for some plus let’s face (pardon the pun!) it after a big night out quick and easy is what we want and hey at least you aren’t going to bed with your makeup on right? But it’s important to know that many face wipes contain alcohol and other harsh ingredients that will strip your skin.

The current 5 best-selling cleansers on Beauty Collective;

Phytomer Perfect Visage Gentle Cleansing Milk

Phytomer Accept Neutralizing Cleanser

ELES Transformation Cleansing Oil

Medicalia Gentle Cleanser

Phytomer Souffle Marin Cleansing Foaming Cream

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The makeup product you should already be using

On the days I have little or next to no time to do my makeup (thank you kids!), or when I simply want less coverage than a foundation but need more skincare benefits than my tinted moisturiser offers, a BB Cream is my go-to!

BB Creams, Beauty Balms, Blemish Balms…whatever you might know them as, few products can nourish, protect, conceal and correct all in one go, than a single tube of BB Cream!

This versatile skincare and makeup hybrid is a lightweight moisturiser, foundation, sunscreen, primer and corrector in one, the ultimate multi-tasker! So you can literally condense your morning routine in to as little as a few minutes, and not only are they time savers but money savers too!

What’s more BB creams are great:
  • When you travel

No longer must you ram a million skincare and makeup items into your ever-so-small cosmetic bag, if you are armed with a BB cream you’ll have your moisturiser, primer, sunscreen, concealer and foundation covered!

  • When you don’t feel like wearing a lot of makeup

If you want to give your skin a break from a full face of makeup but still want some coverage and protection, BB cream is the way to go

  • When you’re suffering from a blemish breakout.

Let’s face it, some days our skin just doesn’t look its best and needs a little bit of makeup loving to conceal those blemishes, but we don’t want to further aggravate it with pore clogging products! Reach for the BB (also known as a Blemish Balm!)! It’ll actually help to strengthen and protect your skin!

  • When you’re in a rush

No time to apply your moisturiser, primer, concealer and foundation? But not a chance you are leaving the house with a ‘naked’ face? BB is your answer.

  • When you want to sport the no makeup, makeup look

Who doesn’t love the idea of a no makeup makeup look while actually wearing makeup for that flawless finish? A BB is the perfect way to get the look. Finish with a coat of mascara and a bit of cream blush and you’ll be good to go!

  • When you want to hit the beach

You are planning to hit the beach but need coverage that will not only conceal flaws, but also look totally natural while providing high factor SPF.

  1. Say no more.

Now you know the benefits of using a BB Cream, why not give it a try? I am personally in love with the ELES Age Defying BB Cream 30 it is jam packed with benefits and really does make my skin appear flawless and luminous, what more could a gal ask for!