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The Ultimate Hair Brush & Comb Guide

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Whilst you may be using the same comb or brush you have had for years, you’ll be surprised to know that hair breakage and hair loss can be attributed to having bad brush and comb habits.  Learn which works best for you for soft, smooth hair that you can easily style.

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Hair Brush

Paddle Brush

A paddle brush has a flat surface, making it the ideal brush to use before straightening your hair. It is ideal for those with long hair as it can create volume at the crown, whilst sweeping down your hair to detangle and smooth. If you are prone to static hair, then opt for a wooden paddle brush as plastic brushes will static charges.

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Vent Brush

These brushes get their name from the vents in-between the bristles. This makes them the perfect brush to use when blow drying your hair as it allows more heat to get to the hair, improving drying time and ensuring waves. Boun ce and shine are created and kept in place. If you have a sensitive scalp, look for a vent brush with rounded bristles as it won’t be as harsh.

These brushes come in all different sizes and each serve a different purpose. The small ones are great for styling fine hair, especially fringes. The medium which are great for creating a wavy look, particularly to the ends of your hair, and the large size which is designed for those with thicker hair so you too can achieve the curled flick, or bouncy hair styles.

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Detangler Brush

A detangler brush is perfect for those with thick hair that is prone to knots and tangles.  It is designed to carefully undo any hair knots without tugging at the hair which can cause hair to fall out or create split ends. It is gentle on the hair with maximum effects and can even be used to keep hair extensions in good condition. Use on either wet or dry hair for tangle-free tresses.

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Massage Brush 

The bristles from this brush are soft, therefore they do not damage or pull hair out as traditional brushes have the tendency to do. The soft nature of these brushes make them perfect for evenly applying product to either wet or dry hair, ensuring your full head of hair is nourished. It also means the oils and bacteria from your hands are not in contact with your hair, which cause greasiness.

As the name suggests, these hairbrushes are gentle on the scalp, causing a massaging effect. As they are less aggressive on your hair it creates less of a chance that your hair will be pulled out or knotted when you brush it, preventing hair loss.

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Heated straightening Brush

This revolutionary brush is vented, allowing air to pass through and dry each of your strands as it does. The heated barrel will allow you to style your hair as you brush, neatening out any kinks whilst adding volume.

Cushion Brush

Cushioned brushes are great for thicker, coarser hair. These brushes mainly consist of boar bristles with nylon quills scattered amongst these to help detangle coarse hair. These brushes will smooth and straighten hair that is usually harder to manage.

 

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Combs

Pintail Comb

These combs come either wide or finely toothed and have a sharp tail that is ideal for sectioning hair. It allows you to be creative with your partings, whether it is straight down the middle or zigzag, whilst keeping it neat. These can be used on thick or fine hair and are ideal for teasing the hair, creating volume through backcombing at the roots.

Afro Comb

Specifically designed for curly hair, this comb helps to manage and style afro textured hair. The wide toothed comb will not clump together any of the hair, rather it will separate so that it is easier to section and style.

Wide/Fine Toothed Comb

Multi-purpose comb for all hair types of any length. Use after a hair wash to detangle or backcomb and lift your hair to create incredible volume before a night out!

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Benefits of Going without Makeup

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People wear makeup for different reasons: For some it gives them confidence, for others it is a passion they have embedded into their daily routine. Whatever your reason, going without makeup and embracing the bare-faced beauty look is beneficial to your skin and will result in a more supple, glowing complexion. 

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Steam out the dirt

Large pores are one of every skin conscious persons hates. They are the root cause of blemishes such as blackheads and spots - but they can be managed. 

Steaming your face opens and deep cleans your pores, which releases all dirt and debris that may have gotten trapped. If your pores are dirty then it will show on the rest of your face. As well as this, the deep opening of pores also means that other treatments you use on your face will have a better outcome, as they are nourishing further into your skins layers. 

Let your Skin Breathe

It may be part of your routine, but for the days where you are lounging around the house or doing a quick shop, why not go makeup free. It’s good to go bare-skinned as it gives your pores the chance to breathe. Clogged pores are the main cause of skin imperfections such as blemishes or spots; therefore it is important they are cleaned daily.

Wear a nourishing facemask at night: wash your face with hot water and then splash with cold water after. This will open the pores and expose them to the benefits of your facemask. The cold water will close your pores, locking in the benefits and leaving your skin deeply cleansed. Finally, on your squeaky clean skin, wear a moisturiser that will go deep into your skin layers and leave your skin hydrated and glowing the following morning.  

Face Mask

Facemasks are a great way of pulling out your skins impurities which can build up when makeup clogs your pores. Splash your face with hot water to open up your pores, apply your facemask and leave for roughly 10-15 minutes until it has hardened. 

It will soften, cleanse and soak up any excess oil you may have which will ultimately lead to a clearer complexion.

Pick the best facemask for you depending on your skin type. Clay masks are best for the above results but you will find that there are hydrating and softening masks which will also be beneficial to the condition of your skin.

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Tinted Moisturiser

Where you may usually add a bit of colour to your skin tone through products such as foundation, you may find that you are not as used to your natural complexion. If you still want to grab-that-glow without the use of makeup then it is time to invest in a tinted moisturiser. Not only will it be beneficial in nourishing your skin, it will add a natural glow.

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How to Get Hollywood Glam Hair

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Hollywood may be known for its glitz and glamour, but now you can bring this look to life in the comfort of your own home by recreating this red-carpet-worthy Hollywood hair look.

What Will I Need for Hollywood Hair?

  • Hairbrush
  • Hairspray
  • Big Clip
  • Curlers/Straightening iron
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Step 1: Side Parting

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Start by creating a side parting. You can use the arch of your eyebrow as positioning and the end of a pintail comb for accuracy.

Step 2: Section and Curl

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Next you need to section off the crown of your hair. You can now being to curl the remaining hair away from the face, leaving the ends. Hold the curlers in place for 10 seconds and release. Once you have curled the whole bottom section of hair, hold in place with hairspray.

Step 3: Middle Section

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You now need to repeat the previous step with the middle section of hair. This time ensure that the curls are bigger with bigger stands of hair used. This will create volume working up your head. Hold in place with hairspray.

Step 4: Top Section

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Now it is time to curl the top of your hair. First, ensure your side parting is still intact. Once it is, increase the strands of hair you curl and keep your iron flat. This will further add volume to your curls. Hold in place with hairspray once the whole top section has been curled.

Step 5: Cool the Curls

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Allow the curls to cool down so that they set into place. Once they have, run your fingers through your hair to loosen the curls and create a more natural, desired look.

Step 6: Brush

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Brush through your curls to create a sleek Hollywood look. Brush away from your face to add even more volume and bounce to the curls. Hold the finished look in place with hairspray.

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How to Hide your Fringe

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Your fringe may be your statement look but it’s time to be bold and mix up your hairstyles. It’s time to part ways with your fringe and temporarily rock the fringeless look with these easy to copy hairstyles.  

What Will I Need to Hide my Fringe?

  • Hairspray
  • Clips
  • Mousse
  • Pintail Comb
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Look 1 – Swept Back Look

Step 1 – Add volume

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Add some volume to your fringe using hairspray. Simply spray under the fringe and sweep back using your hands or a comb.

Step 2 - Hold in Place

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Hold your fringe into place using hairspray. If you have a short fringe and you find it sticking up, use extra hairspray or gel to hold down.

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Look 2 – Dutch Double Brain

Step 1 – Split your fringe

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Part your fringe in the centre using a comb for accuracy.  Next, clip one side back out of the way.

Step 2 – Begin Braiding

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Pull your fringe back intertwining it into your lengthened hair. Next, take three sections of hair and begin braiding by taking the right side over the centre section and then the left. Repeat until your braid has been formed. Keep it close to your scalp to prevent the braid loosening.

Step 3 – Secure in place

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Once you have braided the first side of your hair, hold into place using a thin hair tie.

Repeat this step on the other side and fix with hairspray to complete the look.

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Look 3 – Braided Topknot

Step 1 – Begin your Braid

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Sweep your fringe back over your head and section into 3. With these strands, begin braiding by taking the left side over the middle strand, then the right. Repeat to complete the braid along your crown.

Step 2 – Tie into Place

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Once you have braided your crown tightly to your scalp, secure the end with a thin hair tie, leaving enough hair to at the end to form the bun.

Step 3 – Backcomb

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Bring the remaining hair up and backcomb to create volume and thicken the bun.

Twist the hair around to form a bun and secure into place using clips. Those with thicker hair will need to use more clips to ensure the bun doesn’t fall out.

Step 4 – Tease the Bun

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Tease your bun, stretching your bun to widen and create a more voluminous look.

Hold into place with hairspray and your look is complete!

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Look 4 – Slick Back Hair Look

Step 1 – Slick your hair back

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You can complete this look with wet or dry hair.

Start by spraying your hair wet and slicking your fringe back using your fingers.

Step 2 – Repeat with mousse

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Repeat step 1 using mousse to secure into place and create the slick look.

Step 3 – Side Parting

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Using a pintail comb, create a side parting on your preferred side of your head.

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Brush through the mousse to complete the sleek look and hold into place with hairspray.

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How to Get the Natural Look with Makeup

How to get the natural look with makeup

The natural look is a tried and tested classic. It underlines your true beauty and gives you a glowing complexion. Keen on trying it out? Follow our steps to get the natural look with makeup.

What Will I Need To Get the Natural Look with Makeup

  • Foundation
  • Concealer
  • Beauty Blending Sponge
  • Translucent powder
  • Bronzer
  • Blusher
  • Eyebrow pencil
  • Light and natural eye shadow
  • Eyelash curler
  • Mascara
  • Nude lipstick
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Steps to Achieve the Natural Look with Makeup

How to get the natural look with makeup

Step 1: Apply Foundation

After you have moisturised your skin, go for a natural foundation tone. You can find out what foundation shade and finish to go for in our ultimate guide to foundation. Blend the foundation gently by dabbing it on your skin rather than rubbing then product in. This way you will achieve better coverage and an even tone.

How to get the natural look with makeup

Step 2: Conceal, conceal, conceal

Apply concealer either with your ring finger or with a concealer brush. Feel free to conceal areas that need an extra helping hand – be it under your eyes or on areas where you spot a blemish. Blend the concealer with a brush or a blending sponge.

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Step 3: Apply translucent powder

To make the look last longer, apply translucent powder, focusing on the T-zone, or areas that are prone to getting that unwanted glow.

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Step 4: Get that sunkissed glow

Apply bronzer to give your face a subtle contour. Imagine the outline of the number “3” and apply the product in that motion.

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Step 5: Add blusher

To apply blusher, simply smile and dust over the apples of your cheeks.

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Step 6: Define your brows

As this is a natural look, we will simply give our brows subtle definition rather than use the pencil to redefine them completely. Brush up first and then fill in your brows with a pencil. Remember, go for gentle strokes, not harsh strong lines.

How to get the natural look with makeup

Step 7: Apply light eye shadow

Apply a light, natural coloured eye shadow shade on to your lid up to the crease. This can be an off-white or beige shade. Simply dust it on, don’t intensify the colour.

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Step 8: Curl your eye lashes

Now it’s time to gently curl your eye lashes. Go for 5 pumps on each side. This will help to really open up your eye and enhance the natural look.

How to get the natural look with makeup

Step 9: Apply mascara

Apply mascara to the bottom lashes first as this will help prevent smudges appearing on your lids. Continue with your usual mascara application technique. As this is a natural look, go for a lengthening mascara rather than a volumising one.

How to get the natural look with makeup

Step 10: Go for a nude lip

To complete the look, apply nude lipstick.

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Hello stunner!

Enjoy your no makeup makeup! We hope you loved getting the natural look.

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How to: Hollywood Glam Makeup

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Achieving a classic look needn’t be a hassle. Elegant, timeless and easy to achieve, learn to master the Hollywood makeup look with your everyday makeup products.

What Will I Need to Achieve the Hollywood Glam Makeup Look?

  • Primer
  • Brown Eyeshadow Palette
  • Black Eyeliner
  • Bronzer
  • Blusher
  • Red Lipstick
  • Red Lipliner
  • Eyelashes (Optional)
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Hollywood Makeup – Stage 1

Step 1: Create your base

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First prime your eyes to create an even base for your eye products to be applied to. Next, using an off-white colour, cover your eyelid as the base colour. This will accentuate the darker colours that follow.

Step 2: Cover your Crease

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Using a light-medium brown eyeshadow, apply to the crease of your eye. This will add depth to your eye making them pop.

Step 3: Darker shades

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Go for a dark brown and blend in the outer corners of your eyes. This will add further depth to our eye as well as neatly framing the look. With the same colour, line your bottom lashline.

Step 4: Shimmer

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Add shimmer to the inner corner of your eyelid. This will create the glitzy, glamorous Hollywood look.

Step 5: Highlight the look

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Using your off-white eyeshadow tone, apply to the brow bone to highlight the Hollywood makeup look.

Step 6: Eyeliner

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Using a liquid eyeliner, line your eyes creating a subtle cat flick at the end.

Step 7: Eyelashes

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Curl your eyelashes using an eyelash curler. Next, apply a black mascara to your top and bottom eyelashes to frame the look.

The Look so Far

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Hollywood Makeup – Stage 2

Step 1: Contour cheeks

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Using a brown bronzer/contour palette, contour your cheekbones to make them more prominent. You can identify your cheekbones by sucking your cheeks in and blending along the line.

Step 2: Blusher

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Apply your preferred colour blusher. Slightly smile on each side of your face to reveal your apples.  Brush your blusher here to make your cheeks pop.

Step 3: Highlight

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Using a shimmery highlighter, dust over the top of your cheekbones and up towards the top of your brow bone. Think of it as a “C” shape.

Step 4: Line your Lips

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Using a lip liner or lip brush, apply a cross along your cupids bow. This will ensure accuracy and neatness. Continue to fill the rest of your lips with a lip brush, adding some lip balm to gloss.

Optional

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You can add some eyelashes to give an ultra glamorous finish to your look.

Final Look

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How to: 90s Grunge Makeup

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The grunge look is the epitome of 90s makeup. With strong eyes and lips, it was a bold statement that is now back and hotter than ever. Get the best sort of attention wherever you go by replicating this grunge-yet-glam look.

What will I Need to Achieve the Grunge 90s Makeup Look?

  • Smokey Eyeshadow palette
  • Eyeliner
  • Lipstick
  • Foundation
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Step 1: Apply Foundation

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Apply foundation with a brush. For this look, you can be bold and go for a tone a few shades later to really enhance the 90s grunge look

Step 2: Eyeshadow

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Prime your eyes lids to ensure your grunge look lasts all day. After, take a dark bronze eyeshadow and apply all over your eyelid. Thoroughly blend, evenly spreading around your eyelid.

Step 3: Under the Eye

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Using the same eyeshadow tone, apply under your eye to your waterline to really frame the eye.

Step 4: Smokey Eyes

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Add a slightly lighter brown tone to the mix and apply above the eyelid, blending outwards. This will create a smokey look.

Step 5: Pencil your Eyes

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Using a black/dark kohl pencil, apply the liner to your top and bottom waterlines.

Step 6: Bold the Look

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With the same pencil, boldly line the top and bottom lashes. Remember you can be messier with this look so generously.

Step 7: Mascara

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Apply mascara to the top and bottom lashes. You can do 2 or 3 layers of mascara to achieve the 90’s makeup grunge look.

Step 8: Eyebrows

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Keep the eyebrows natural so that the grunge eyes are the main focus. Brush through your eyebrows and then subtly fill out with an eyebrow pencil.

Step 9: Concealer

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Use your concealer to blend under the eyes, neatening up any smudges and blending the look together.

Step 10: Contour

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Next, lightly contour the face using a soft “3” motion. A typically desirable grunge look is pale, so contour sparingly.

Step 11: Lips

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Choose a punchy colour to make your lips stand out. Line your lips for precision, before covering fully.   

Final Look

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How to do a Faux Fringe

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If you’ve ever had the urge to cut a fringe into your locks, but you haven’t quite felt ready to take the plunge then now you can fake it. Create a faux fringe in a matter of minutes without cutting your hair with our easy step-by-step tutorial.

What will I need to Create a Faux Fringe

  • Hair clips
  • Hairband
  • Hairspray
  • Curling Iron
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How to Create a Faux Fringe

Step 1: Tie your hair in a high ponytail

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Brush your hair and then pull back into a ponytail. The longer your hair the lower the ponytail can fall but it must be able to cover your forehead when pulled over your head without covering your eyes.

Step 2: Split your ponytail into two

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Depending on how thick you would like your fringe, split the ponytail into two, pinning the bottom half with clips to keep it out of the way.

Next, take the top half over your head and position on your forehead, depending on where you would like your fringe to sit.

Step 3: Pin your Fringe

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Clip your faux fringe into place using strong clips on either side to secure it into place. If you have thicker hair then use more clips.

Step 4: Split and Tease

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Split the second half of your hair into two and backcomb. This will add volume to your bun.

Step 5: Wrap the hair

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Wrap one half of your teased hair around to form your bun. Pin this into place with a clip to secure. Repeat this step on the other side.

Step 6: Hairspray

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Spray your bun into place with some hairspray. This will flatten any tearaway hairs and create a polished finish.

Step 7: Style the fringe

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Curl the ends of your fringe to create volume. Ensure the curls are facing in the same direction for a more natural style.

Next, using your fingers sweep the fringe out of your eyes and style. Fix in place with hairspray to create the final faux fringe look.

Final Look

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The Ultimate Guide to Colour Correcting Concealers

From pink and green to yellow and orange, each colour correcting concealer works in a slightly different way to provide your skin with the coverage it needs. Read our ultimate guide below to discover more about the various colour correcting concealers that are available and how you should apply them to give you that flawless finish.

Green

As green is the opposite of red on the colour wheel, using this type of concealer over troublesome areas will help to neutralise any spots or discolouration. Green hues can range from light mint right through to darker green. The intensity of the green that is right for you will depend on your skin shade and tone - whether it is warm or cold. 

Use a green concealer sparingly and don’t cake it on – only apply it to the areas that need it most. For best results, take care to blend the concealer well and then add a layer of natural coloured foundation over the top.

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Purple

Purple concealer is another great item you might want to add to your makeup kit to brighten a dull complexion. As purple is the opposite of yellow on the colour chart, it’s fabulous at cancelling out any unwanted yellow undertones.

Purple hues range from lilac to mauve – each working their magic to give your skin that sought-after healthy appearance. As with green concealers, the paler variety tends to be a better match for fair skin, while richer purples suit dark skin.

To apply, use a small amount as and when it’s needed before setting with a natural coloured foundation or powder.

Orange

The citrus member of the colour correcting family, orange concealers are your go-to if you want to add warm hues and a healthy glow to dull skin with naturally cooler tones.

They’re also great for covering up under-eye circles or age spots on olive and darker skin tones, providing a more natural finish than say a white or light concealer.

Don’t panic about wearing orange concealer though – far from being a bright orange tanning disaster, when it comes to concealer, you can find subtle shades of peach and salmon. And what’s more, if you mix a small amount of green concealer with orange, it helps to fade out blue-green veins and even tattoos.

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Pink

Consider investing in a pink concealer if you’re looking to combat dark circles under your eyes or cancel out dark shadows around your mouth.

The opposite of green on the colour wheel, it makes perfect sense to use pink makeup on areas of the skin with greeny-looking blemishes or veins. However, if your dark shadows appear blue or purple in colour, it might be best to steer clear of pink concealer to avoid accentuating them further. If you still want to experiment, you could opt for a natural shade of concealer with subtle hints of pink instead – the last thing you want is a makeup disaster!

White and Neutral

Many of you will already be familiar with white concealers as they double up as highlighters. Although they can still hide the odd blemish and brighten dark circles, we recommend using these mainly as a highlighter.

Neutral concealers are an essential item in your beauty kit as not only do they work well on their own to combat blemishes and red patches, they’re also great for mixing with brightly-coloured correctors such as purple and green to blend them in and give you a more natural finish.

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Yellow

Feeling tired all the time and want to hide the evidence? Yellow concealer could be just the thing you need. A popular choice with the stars, this complexion-brightening corrector adds warmth to your skin and helps you achieve a natural, healthy glow.

As yellow concealer includes red and orange hues – the complementary colours of purple and green on the colour wheel – it not only provides good general coverage, it’s also a great way of hiding blue bruises or dark under-eye circles.

Unlike other coloured concealers, you don’t necessarily need to go for a lighter shade of yellow just because you have fair skin. Many makeup experts buy yellow concealers as a palette, which gives you a wider range of hues to mix and experiment with.

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What Skin Toner Works Best For You?

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Choosing the right products and understanding the benefits a good daily routine can have on the appearance of your skin is crucial. Whether it is ingrained into your daily routine or not, the right skin toner will transform your skin - keeping the pH levels balanced and leaving you with softer, more supple skin.

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Different Types of Skin Toner

Skin Fresheners

These are the mildest form of skin toners as they do not contain much alcohol (0-10%). The purpose of these are to refresh the skin and gently remove any remaining dirt or makeup. It is perfect for those with sensitive skin as it will remove impurities without drying the skin.  Your skin will appear suppler. 

Although skin refreshers are gentler on the skin, they will still aid in protecting the skin’s moisture barrier - preventing water from being lost and ensure your skin looks fresher. Although this skin toner is gentler on the skin, it will still work towards balancing the skin’s pH levels- a toner’s most important job.

Skin Tonics

Tonics are slightly stronger than a refresher. They contain hydrating ingredients as well as roughly 20% alcohol. This makes them gentle enough to use on sensitive skin whilst helping to cover acne prone skin.

The nourishment from these toners comes from ingredients such as plant extracts and antioxidants which will help to smooth and refresh skin. These mixed with the alcohol content will minimise the appearance of pores, help acne prone skin and balance your skin's pH levels. 

Astringents

These skin toners will have a high volume of alcohol (20-60%) and antiseptic ingredients. The purpose of these skin toners is to help acne prone skin by drying it out. It is important not to use these too often if your skin is oily as it can make the condition worse.  Instead it is recommended to use these over problematic areas only, and to use water based toners elsewhere.

The Best Toner for my Skin Type

For Oily Skin

If you have oily skin that is prone to acne then the best toner to combat these problematic areas is an astringent. These contain ingredients such as alcohol or salicylic acid which are crucial for drying out acne whilst calming ingredients such as witch hazel are necessary to restore your skin's moisture and control the oil production.Try to not opt for toners with large amounts of alcohol in as it is very drying. 

Skin toners for oily skin work by preventing the overproduction of sebum. This is done by thoroughly cleaning and tightening pores, whilst preventing debris and dirt from penetrating into your skin. Oil-free toners are perfect for this skin type.

For Dry/Sensitive Skin

Avoid toners that have drying ingredients such as alcohol, retinols or benzoyl peroxide in them as these ingredients are harsh and used to dry out skin conditions such as acne. Instead, opt for water based skin toners or refreshers with calming ingredients such as rose water or chamomile. These will give you the right amount of moisture without feeling heavy or uncomfortable on your skin throughout the day.

As toners for dry/sensitive skin are heavily water based, you can spritz these on your face throughout the day when you feel your skin needs a moisture boost.

Combination Skin

Combination skin can be the toughest skin type to cater for when it comes to skincare. Combination skin will have areas of oiliness (usually the t-zone: nose, forehead and chin) and patches of dried skin (usually cheeks and side of the face). To transform your skin to a normal state you would need to target the dried areas with a water-based, calming toner and the oily areas with toners including tea tree oil.

Tip: Put your skin toner in the fridge every night for an extra cooling feel when you use in the morning.

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