Minimalist Makeup Finds With bareMinerals

Minimalist Makeup Finds With bareMinerals

Minimalist makeup, natural beauty or “clean girl beauty” – whatever you call it, the pared-back aesthetic is here to stay. Less is officially more, so let your natural beauty shine and embrace a lighter touch.  

As you’ll be reducing the number of products you use, it’s more important than ever to focus on quality over quantity, investing in makeup that is fit for purpose. And when it comes to minimalist makeup, there’s only one obvious choice…

bareMinerals, Your Skincare Partner

bareMinerals are a leading name in the world of mineral cosmetics. Boasting a range that is infused with a host of beneficial ingredients, bareMinerals takes clean beauty to a whole new level.

Magnesium and potassium support the skin’s hydration, while silica blurs fine lines, wrinkles and pores. And it’s not just the inclusion of minerals that sets bareMinerals apart; it’s the nasties that you won’t find among the ingredients. Every product is free of parabens, formaldehyde, phthalates, mineral oils and more – clean without compromise. 

Here are the best minimalist makeup tools to add to your beauty kit, courtesy of bareMinerals. 

1. Tinted Gel Cream 

When it comes to coverage, summer is the season to ditch the heavy layers of foundation and opt for a sheer tint of colour instead. Minimalist makeup gives the go-ahead to embrace your freckles and natural complexion, so swap out your winter favourites for a tinted moisturiser. 

bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Gel Cream has a hydrating, oil-free formula that is particularly well-suited to dry skin. Available in a wide range of shades, the pigmented gel cream allows you to build just the right layer of coverage. And, with broad-spectrum SPF30 protection and 98% naturally derived ingredients, it’s kind to your skin and the planet.  

2. Blush

Rosy cheeks are a must for any minimalist makeup look, adding a touch of youthful radiance to your face. The key to achieving the look is to use a creamy blush that doesn’t cake or sit heavily on your face. Apply in a sweeping motion from the apples of your cheeks toward your temples for a natural flush with a little added lift. 

We love bareMinerals Bounce Blur Blush Coral Cloud for its luminous colour and soft-focus effect that hides fine lines. The weightless cream to powder blush is super blendable and can be built up, allowing you to tailor the pigment to suit your complexion. Choose from a range of stunning shades that have finishes ranging from satin to shimmer.

3. Highlighter

If ever there was a time of year to embrace highlighter, it’s now. Applied to the top of your cheekbones and any area where the sun hits, a light sheen of highlighter gives your skin a dose of radiance and a subtle glow.

Rich in luminous minerals and with no artificial glitter in sight, bareMinerals Endless Glow Pressed Highlighter is the summer glow-getter you’ve been waiting for. The talc-free formula has been designed not to crease, crack, or cake, with a pore-blurring action to create a smooth, photo-ready finish. Bring on the summer selfies. 

4. Mascara

Minimalist makeup is all about flaunting what you’ve got. So, play up your natural beauty with a mascara that coats, lengthens and plumps your lashes. Avoid clumpy, flaky spider lashes, and instead, opt for thin coats of mascara that look naturally thick and full. 

With over 600 soft bristles in its wand, the bareMinerals Lashtopia Mega Volume Mineral-Based Mascara perfectly covers every strand. Lifting and fanning your lashes for up to 10x more volume, this mascara offers serious oomph. With nourishing ingredients and a mousse-like formula, the weightless mascara looks as good as it feels. Wear day or night for doe-eyed, fluttery lashes. 

5. Brow Pencil

Full brows are the look du jour, so invest in a brow pencil to take yours from drab to fab. By choosing a shade that closely matches your natural brows, you can subtly add volume, shape and definition where you need it most.  

The bareMinerals Brow Master Sculpting Eyebrow Pencil is a cleverly designed all-in-one tool that allows you to fill and sculpt your brows in a flash. Water and smudge resistant, it includes a retractable, oval tipped pencil on one end and a spoolie for wayward hairs on the other.

In the spirit of minimal makeup, why not also use it as your eyeliner? Not only will the chestnut or coffee shade be a softer, more natural tone for your skin, but the budge-proof formulation locks it in place for longer.

With so many fantastic products that help your skin look and feel great, there’s never been a better time to create your capsule makeup collection. Embrace the minimalist look today.

Simple Date Night Makeup Looks

Simple Date Night Makeup Looks

It can be easy to get stuck in a rut when it comes to makeup, defaulting to a set few products for daywear or nights outs. But makeup should be about expressing yourself, getting creative and exploring new trends. 

If you’ve got a date night coming up, don’t throw on the same trusted lippy and liner combo – branch out and try a new look that makes you feel like the glamazon you are. Not feeling inspired? Browse a line-up of some of our favourite simple date night makeup looks.

#1. Sculpted Glow

This look is all about defining your face, accentuating your best features and adding a little bit of glow. Start by prepping your skin by double cleansing and moisturising; this will give you a fresh canvas to work with. Next, apply your favourite foundation or BB cream to even out your skin tone and give you a natural-looking base. Dot on a concealer to cover any blemishes or dark circles.

Once you’ve set your makeup with a light dusting of powder, it’s time to add some glow! Unlike contouring, which sculpts by creating shadow, you’ll use a liquid highlighter on the tops of your cheekbones, down the bridge of your nose, and in the inner corners of your eyes. This technique will give you a gorgeous, dewy finish and is such an easy look to achieve on a weekday date night. 

#2. Peach Punch

If you’re looking for a fresh and pretty date night look, this peachy keen look is perfect for you. This season, peach blush is a must-try look and adds a cute, flirty touch to a paired back makeup look. 

Use a peachy blush on the apples of your cheeks, then swipe the colour in a “C” shape up toward your temples. This application technique gives the impression of lift, elevating your blush to the next level. When choosing a lipstick,  opt for a similar shade, or keep it simple with a nude that complements your skin tone. Add some mascara to your top lashes, and you’re good to go!

#3. Smoky Eye

The smoky eye will always be a winner if you’re looking for a dramatic date night makeup look, but it’s not always easy to get right.

For flawless smoky eyes, start your shadow before the rest of your makeup to avoid the inevitable fallout of dark pigment on your cheeks. Apply the eyeshadow to your lids, working it into the crease of your eyelid and blending out, adding a lighter shade to the area under your brow to highlight and lift your eye. Next, use a black liner to create the perfect wing and finish with a generous coat of mascara

Is the smoky eye your go-to look? Want to try something a little different? Create the same look but use deep purple, bronze or grey tones for a new take on a classic.

#4. Metallic Accents

Who says metallic makeup is only for the festive season? Not the catwalks of 2022, that’s for sure. Metallic accents add a whole new dimension to any makeup look, giving you a glamorous, sexy look that will turn heads.

Whether you opt for full metallic eyeshadow to get the maximum impact or simply add a little metallic liner to your lower lash line, you’ll love how it elevates your date night look. 

#5. A Pop Of Colour

Add some fun to your next date night with a playful pop of colour, courtesy of a bold lip or eyeshadow. There’s no right or wrong when it comes to colour, so experiment with different options to find a combination that speaks to you. 

Bright, colourful shadow is the style du jour, thanks to the TV show, Euphoria, popularising a return to bold makeup. Or, if you prefer to keep your lids fairly simple, go wild with your lipstick – a pillar box red will never go out of style. 

The most beautiful thing a woman can wear is confidence, so express yourself as only you know how, using the hues and shades that bring a smile to your face. 

And remember, ladies, date night is about making yourself feel amazing. So worry less about looking good for him (or her) and more about feeling fabulous.

The Biggest Makeup Trends To Look Out For

The Biggest Makeup Trends To Look Out For

2022 is going to be a big year for beauty lovers, with tons of new and exciting trends to try out. While some you’ll have seen before (hello, nineties), others are very much unique takes on modern beauty. From colourful eye looks to the return of the gloss, there’s something for everyone in this line-up of makeup trends. 

#1. Tantouring

Tantouring is a new way to contour that is taking over the beauty world. A combination of tanning and contouring, tantouring uses self-tanner to create the illusion of sculpted cheekbones, a defined jawline, and a slimmer nose. This trend is perfect for those who want to achieve a natural-looking glow without the sun damage, not to mention those who want to wake up with flawless no-effort contour.

To get the perfect tantour, start by cleaning and priming your face with your favourite exfoliator to create a smooth canvas. Then, using a brush, apply your self-tanner in the same areas you would when contouring, along your jawline, under your cheekbones and to the sides of your nose. Blend out well, exactly as you would with contour products. Once the tanning solution has developed, enjoy your bronzed, defined look for up to a week.

#2. Statement Eyes

It’s all about statement eyes this season. Glitter and bright eye makeup are the looks du jour, spotted everywhere from Euphoria’s acclaimed show to the spring runway. What we love most about this trend is that you have full creative control over the final look – you can go as subtle or as bold as you want. 

For an easy look on your next evening out, try adding a rhinestone to the inner corners of your eyes to make them pop. This is a simple yet effective style you’ll be seeing everywhere over the coming months. Or, if you’re feeling daring, try out a bright, colourful eyeshadow look, complete with a vibrant liner

#3. Freckles

An extension of the no-makeup-makeup look that we’ve been loving over the last few years, faux freckles are a great way to add some playfulness and whimsy to your look. Adding freckles is also a great way to make full coverage foundation appear more natural, breaking up the solid wash of colour. 

The simplest way to create your own freckles is with a brown liner, dotting it lightly over the bridge of your nose and upper cheeks. However, 2022 is all about working smarter, not harder, so try combining two trends in one and adding freckles with self-tanner at the same time you do your tantouring. And, if you’re blessed with freckles naturally… embrace them. 

#4. High-Gloss Lips

Bye-bye matte-effect, this year we’re puckering up with luscious, glossy lips that look infinitely more fresh and youthful. Whether you’re going for a natural clear look or something brighter, the juicy, hydrated glass-looking lip is a must-wear trend for 2022.  

Invest in a quality lip gloss to wear on its own or layer it over your favourite lipstick for an added hint of colour. To achieve an even more high-gloss look, opt for a lip gloss with a glittery or metallic finish – va va voom! Enjoy the healthy, youthful appeal of a glossy, kissable pout regardless of which approach you choose.

#5. Bold Blush

Another hot makeup trend for 2022 is a pop of bold colour on your cheeks. Vibrant peach and pink shades are the go-to choices for the look; the bolder, the better. The key is that less is not more where this trend is concerned. Apply your blush generously to the cheeks, layering until you’re happy with the final effect.

For 2022, blush shouldn’t be applied to the apples of your cheeks, and instead, apply in a “C” shape from the highest point of your cheek to your eye crease. While you should concentrate the colour on the cheek, bringing a little of it up toward your temple lifts your face for a more youthful glow. 

#6. Bushy Brows

Thank you kindly, Miss Delevigne; the trend for full bushy brows is still going strong this year with no signs of stopping. This low-maintenance brow is ideal for a natural and effortless look, but you can still rock the trend even if you’re not blessed with dark, bushy brows. 

Brow lamination has become a common offering in salons throughout the UK, with one treatment giving you fuller brows for up to six weeks. For a simple solution at home, choose a brow mousse, powder, or pencil in a colour that matches your own, and experiment with using it to add shape and texture.

So there you have it, a collection of the biggest makeup trends to look out for in 2022. Give one a try today and find a new glam or everyday look you’re sure to love. 

Euphoria Inspired Makeup Looks We’re Obsessed With

Euphoria Inspired Makeup Looks We’re Obsessed With

A raw (often brutally so) portrayal of life as a teenager in the suburbs of Los Angeles, Euphoria is the gritty series winning both hearts and awards by the bucketful. Despite being set in another continent, the themes trigger something we can all identify with, the teenage experience of experimentation, love and heartbreak. 

Let’s Get Euphoric

Somehow, the cast of Euphoria, including the phenomenal Zendaya, manages to make even those of us who are *ahem* a decade or two out of our teen years reminisce about those wayward years where it was us vs the world. And while there are a lot of themes in the show we won’t be condoning, there is one aspect that has unexpectedly made fashionistas sit up and take notice – the phenomenal makeup looks. 

The cast of Euphoria sports some stunning palettes and quirky styles, in keeping with that period of experimentation your teen years are known for. So, jump on the trend, embrace the bold and try something new with one of our favourite Euphoria inspired makeup looks.  

Kat’s Green Lids

Bold, single-colour eye shadow looks are back in a big way, thanks to the show’s popularity. One of the most stunning examples is in Episode Four when Kat rocks a killer combination of edgy dog collar and bright green lids. 

To achieve this look at home, make sure to prime your eyelids first for even coverage. Next, follow with a base in a lighter shade, which will give the pigment in your green a better chance to shine. Apply your green shade liberally, pressing gently to help it stay in place. Make sure not to skimp on your mascara and liner for this look – balance is the key. 

Try a Max Factor Wild Shadow Pot for pigmented colour or the Technic 15 Pressed Pigment Eyeshadow in Vacay for a range of bold shades. 

Maddy’s Rhinestones

Another fab makeup style that’s gone straight from the screen to the streets is Maddy’s use of rhinestones to accentuate her eyes. A look usually reserved for festivals, we love that Euphoria is giving us the go-ahead to rock it any day of the week. 

Best of all, there’s no right or wrong here, so let your inner craftswoman take over and create a look that’s totally unique to you. If you’re feeling apprehensive, try simply placing three rhinestones under your lower lash line. Understated yet effective. 

Jules’ Bold Liner

Last but certainly not least among Euphorias head-turning makeup looks is Jules’ inventive use of eyeliner. If you thought a winged liner was daring, think again. From episode to episode, Jules takes everything you thought you knew about liner and turns it on its head. From triple-winged white liner to a bold pink sweep running parallel to the eye, Jules uses eyeliner as a tool to create a stunning range of artistic looks.   

The key to nailing Jules’ abstract liner without looking like you applied yours in a high-speed car chase is balance. Try to keep the final look symmetrical, and as always, if you have a lot happening around your eyes, keep your lips fairly neutral. You’ll be amazed at how many bright eyeliner shades are available right now, so grab a few exciting colours and start experimenting! 

Get started with Rimmel Wonder’Swipe in 012 Kha-Ching or 009 Mega Hottie.

Sketches: @donni.davy IG

Your Perfect Lipstick Based On Your Fave Christmas Film

Your Perfect Lipstick Based On Your Fave Christmas Film

Whether you’re a fan of the traditional Christmas movies you grew up on or prefer something a little more unconventional, everyone has that favourite festive film they return to year after year. What you watch says a lot about your personality, so we’ve taken five Christmas movies and used them as inspiration for finding the right lipstick for you.

Choose from the line-up below and discover the perfect shade of lipstick for you to wear this December 25th.

It’s a Wonderful Life 

Is there any film that is more quintessentially associated with Christmas? Based on The Greatest Gift, a self-published book by Philip Van Doren Stern dating back to 1943, It’s A Wonderful Life is also loosely based on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Needless to say, it’s a classic, much like yourself. 

You appreciate quality over quantity, timelessness over passing fads. You’d rather buy once and buy well than opt for poorly made, cheaper alternatives. Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Heather Shimmer was made for you. A cult beauty favourite since it was launched in the nineties, this shade is perfect in every way. Highly pigmented, just a few swipes will leave your lips the most beautiful shade that really can’t be put into words. 

Elf 

One of Will Ferrell’s most critically acclaimed films, Elf, hit the big screen in 2003 and has been a holiday staple ever since. Fun, bright and filled to the brim with Christmas cheer, this utterly joyful movie encompasses all the things we love about the festive season. 

L’Oreal Color Riche Made for Me Lipstick in Berry Blush is a sugarplum-sweet shade of satin pink with a glamorous pearl finish – ‘tis the season for a bit of sparkle, after all. The formula is ultra-creamy and includes hydrating ingredients such as Omega 3 and Vitamin E. So, your lips will look and feel fabulous when (Baby) It’s Cold Outside.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

A Tim Burton classic, The Nightmare Before Christmas is the perfect antidote to the sickly, syrupy sweetness of the holiday season. Atmospheric, haunting and with a range of musical numbers that give Christmas carols a run for their money, this stop-motion animation has earned its place among the nation’s favourite festive films. 

Dark, broody and not-so-sweet, MADARA Velvet Wear Matte Cream Lipstick in Cool Nude is the dramatic shade you’ve been looking for. Blue undertones give this colour a unique twist on a traditional nude and creates a shade we know that you (and Sally) will both love.

Home Alone

What says “holidays” more than little Kevin McAllister wreaking havoc on a pair of masked home invaders? This Christmas classic has been gracing our screens for over 30 years and has led to five sequels, the most recent of which, Home Sweet Home Alone, was released this year. 

For this pairing of film and cosmetics, we’re throwing it back to 1990, the year of Home Alone’s release. This was the decade that lip gloss was at the height of its popularity, and, as with all good things (and some bad), we’re now seeing the trend come full circle. The Organic Pharmacy Volumising Balm Gloss is a modern take on an old classic, featuring hyaluronic acid for ultimate hydration and an icy sparkle for that little something extra. 

Bad Santa

Starring Billy Bob Thornton as the miserable conman we all love to hate, Bad Santa is the perfect black comedy for those who don’t mind being put on the Naughty List. It’s not often a Christmas movie is released that isn’t aimed at families, but that’s precisely what makes this film so popular. 

If you’ve got a devilish streak about you, you’ll love Flormar Kiss Me More Lip Tattoo in Candy, which happens to be the perfect shade of candy-cane red. The smudge-proof formulation gives long-lasting matte colour and is ideal for kissing under the mistletoe.

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How To Give Your Makeup Brushes A Deep Clean

How To Give Your Makeup Brushes A Deep Clean

Any beauty expert will tell you that one of the cardinal sins committed across the country is a lack of beauty tool cleansing. But let’s face it, your brushes never feel completely clean anyway. You lather, rinse, repeat, spend an eternity waiting for them to dry, and they’re still not that clean. Well, help is at hand. 

We’ve gathered up the quickest, easiest and most efficient ways to deep clean your makeup brushes. With just a few minutes of effort, you can have sparkling clean beauty tools and get a smoother, more even application from your favourite makeup products. 

How Often Should You Clean Your Makeup Brushes?

If properly cared for, makeup brushes can last for many years, so invest in a set you love and make sure they’re well looked after. 

The experts tell us that brushes should ideally be cleaned after every use, but at least twice a week for powder brushes and daily for brushes or beauty blenders that are used with liquid foundations or cream cosmetics. While a deep cleanse can be done less regularly, those daily cleanses ensure your brushes don’t harbour bacteria.

Finally, if your brushes’ bristles start falling out or pointing at stray angles, even after cleaning, it’s time to replace your brush.

How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Before we look at the various methods for deep cleaning your makeup brushes, there are a few tips that apply across all methods.

  1. When running your brushes under the tap, always point the bristles down toward the plughole. If water flows into your brush it can weaken the glue that holds the bristles in place, shortening the life of your brushes.
  1. When drying your brushes, it’s best to lay them flat or upside down. Again, this is to keep water away from the glue at the base of the bristles. There are tools you can get to hang or hold your brushes as they dry, but laying them on a sheet of kitchen roll does the same trick.
  1. Don’t forget to give your handles a clean with disinfectant too.

Method 1. Soap And Water

This is the method most people use to clean their brushes. It’s labour intensive but all you’ll need is soap, water and patience. 

Run the bristles of your brushes under lukewarm water (hot water can loosen the glue), then add a few drops of soap to the palm of your hand. We use the term “soap” loosely here as dish detergent, hand soap, bar soap or baby shampoo all do a similar job. 

Taking one brush at a time, swirl the bristles into the soap, lathering it to help lift away oil and pigment. Then, rinse with clean water and repeat if necessary. Finally, squeeze the bristles gently to help remove water, mould the bristles back into place and leave to dry.   

Method 2. Brush Spinner

If you’ve been using Method 1 and feel like there has to be a simpler way, this might be the option for you. 

There are no end of beauty gadgets available online, and while brush cleaners can be a little hit or miss, there are definitely some great finds out there. Most brush spinners operate in a similar way, with your brushes pointing downward, a little soap and water added to the container and a spring-loaded or battery-operated base that swishes the liquid around the bristles. 

Is it entirely necessary? No. 

Is it more fun than doing it all by hand? Absolutely.

Method 3. The Dip And Dash

If you haven’t tried this method, do it today. Not only is it the easiest method on our list, but it can be done with household ingredients and only takes 20 minutes from start to finish. 

The main consideration with this method is finding the right container. It needs to be deep enough that all your brush bristles will be adequately covered, but not so narrow that the water is forced up into the handle of the brush. 

Combine 1 cup of warm water, 1 tablespoon of white vinegar and 1 tablespoon of dish soap in your container, then drop your brushes in and leave for 20 minutes. Rinse and dry to reveal beautifully clean brushes. Vinegar is a natural disinfectant, so this method gets bonus points for killing any nasties lurking in your brushes.

There you have it, three easy ways to give your makeup brushes a deep clean. Try them all and discover your favourite today.

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