We caught up with the gals from Little Mix for a good ol’ session of Would You Rather, to celebrate the launch of their false lashes. Yep, that’s right, Little Mix have launched their very own falsies – and we’re OBSESSED. These easy-to-apply strip lashes are giving us serious party vibes… the festive season can’t come quick enough! Speaking of which, you can watch below to find out whether the Little Mix girls would rather party all night or snuggle on the sofa with their pals, and which one of them HATES pizza. Oh yes, and you’ll get all the goss on their new lash launch, too…
On the hunt for a Halloween look that isn’t too out there? We may have just what you’re after. Not everyone’s willing to go all out on fright night, and some of us wanna stay glam no matter what the occasion is. That’s why we asked Carmi from @carmimua to show us how to achieve this gorgeous look inspired by the Revolution Beautiful Darkness Eyeshadow Palette – think smoky eye with a spooky twist…
We’re starting with the base and brows already done, so it’s straight to the eyes. First, apply the shade Nightmare from the Revolution Beautiful Darkness Eyeshadow Palette to your crease for a zombie-like transition shade. Then deepen your outer corners with the shade Possessed.
Blacker than black
This look is all about intensity, and we want there to be some major pigment at the lash line, then a fade-out to those ghoulish transition tones. To get that pow from the pigment, we’re going in with the black from the Revolution Pro SFX Face Paint Palette. Use a damp brush to pick up the colour and stamp it on your lid, focusing the shade near your lashes. Once you’re happy, set this with the shade Tainted from Beautiful Darkness.
Blend like a boss
Time to release your inner makeup artist and blend the black into the yellow-y transition tones. Go in with a fluffy brush from the Revolution Ultra Metals GoContour Eyeshadow Brush Set and use windscreen-wiper motions to blend the shades together. If it looks a little patchy, use more of Nightmare and Possessed to smooth out the finish.
Smoke it out
Now you need to balance everything out with a smoky lower lash line. Use the brush with short, dense bristles from the same brush set to apply Tainted along your lower lash line. Tie it all together by smoking out the intense black with the shade Nightmare on a fluffy brush.
Just because we’re going for the fear factor doesn’t mean we can’t get our highlighter on fleek. Apply Revolution Haunted Lights Highlighter to your inner corners for a gorgeous yet ghoulish glow. For your cheekbones, use Revolution Haunted Liquid Highlighter Drops in Lover’s Wrath, then set with the same powder highlight you used on your inner corners.
Now for lippy
With such intense eyes, we’re going for a nude lip. Apply Revolution Haunted Lipstick in Sinister Seduction for the perfect pout. Finish with lashes and liner – and you’re done!
Justine Skye always looks flawless. One look at her Insta and you’ll have serious makeup envy. She somehow manages to look fierce and effortless at the same time – who knew that was possible?! Luckily, for you, we’ve figured out how to get her trademark look.
What you’ll need:
Step 1: Create a flawless base
Miss Skye always has glowing skin. Get on her level by airbrushing your foundation using a blending sponge. Simply dab on your foundation using the sponge and twist slightly to blend. Once done, add an illuminating concealer to hide imperfection whilst giving you an effortless glow.
Step 2: Contour like a pro
To channel Justine’s fierceness, you’re gonna need fierce cheekbones. Using an angled contour brush, start by contouring from in line with your ears down to the middle of your cheeks (in line with your pupils). Blend it well. Next, switch to a powder brush so you can lightly define the rest of your features. Start by sweeping contour gently over your jawline, before dusting over your forehead. If you want a lighter look, swap out contour for a sweep of bronzer.
Step 3: Define your brows
Brush your brows, giving them shape. Then fill in using light strokes and build up strong brows. Define by blending an illuminating concealer under your brows. This will give your brows an extra edge.
Step 4: Apply pink eyeshadow
Start by dusting a nude shadow all over your eyelids before adding a slight shimmer (we prefer silver). Next up, it’s time to get bold with a pink eyeshadow – dust all over your lids. Oh, and we’re still not done! Take it to the next level with a pop of iridescent shadow.
Step 5: Lengthen the lashes
Thought we were done with eye makeup? Tut tut. We’re just getting started. This look is all about definition, so obvs you need to define your eyes! Start by lining your lashes with a liquid liner before coating your lashes in mascara. Then, line your waterlines using a kohl liner, smudging lightly (and we mean lightly – we want effortless cool, not crying panda). Blend a blue eyeshadow underneath. Finish your lashes with a set of falsies and another coat of mascara.
Step 6: Finishing touches
Once your eyes are done, it’s time to make sure you’re glowing efficiently. Dust highlight over your cheekbones before moving to the bridge of your nose and centre of your forehead. Blend it well – we’re going for a natural looking glow.
To finish this flawless look, apply a coat of brown lip gloss to your lips. Simple.
We’ve gotta secret, can you keep it? We heart Shay Mitchell’s beauty game. Whether the 'Pretty Little Liars' star is stepping on the red carpet in full-on glam mode (no doubt thanks to her fav MUA, Patrick Ta) or keeping it stripped back and flawless under the glare of the paps, she’s killing it.
Thanks to her new-found love of vlogging her beauty looks are becoming more achievable than ever – but should come with a disclaimer. That ‘stripped back’ look we mentioned needs a whopping 24 products to create! We thought we’d investigate a bit more and recreate one of her stunning award ceremony looks with far less products and in way less time!
What will I need to create this Shay Mitchell-inspired beauty look?
Step 1 – Start with concealer
A tip taken straight from Shay Mitchell’s routine, begin with concealer. Cover over any blemishes, under the eyes and any uneven skin tone. Blend it out using a blending sponge. Next, go over with your foundation, to create an even base.
Step 3 – Draw along the upper & lower lash line
Using brown eyeliner, draw along the upper lash line. You don’t need to be very precise with this, as you’re applying for the colour and not for a block line. Once you have built up enough colour, blend it out with a brush to create a gradient effect that gets softer towards the eyelid crease.
Take the same eyeliner and draw underneath the lower lash line. Blend it out to soften the lines and create a smokey effect.
Step 4 – Add eyeshadow & eyeliner
Take a flat eyeshadow brush and gently press a burgundy-hued, shimmer eyeshadow over the top of your base. This will amp up the drama and create that signature Shay Mitchell red carpet look. Blend the colour out towards the crease. Apply eyeshadow under the eye too and blend. Draw along the waterline using black pencil eyeliner to make the eyes pop.
Step 5 – Lengthen lashes
Use eyelash curlers to give your lashes a much-needed lift. Next, apply mascara using a zig-zag motion from the root to the tip. Get rid of any clumps and space out the product by going over with a clean spoolie or mascara wands. For a more dramatic party-ready finish, add some falsies into the mix.
Step 6 – Finishing touches
Apply bronzer to the apples of your cheeks to create a natural-looking glow. Switch to a shimmering highlighter and apply to the cheeks, under the arches and Cupid’s bow. To keep your striking eye makeup as the key focus of the look, we’ve finished up with a clear gloss on the lips.
The pop art movement has been making waves since the fifties and it shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Pay homage to the Andy Warhol’s of the world with a fancy dress idea that’s more creative than hauntingly terrifying.
We’ve taught you how to look like a walking Roy Lichtenstein painting with our Halloween tutorial, now get the talons to match the makeup…
Step 1 – Go bright on the base
Once you’ve filed your nails to the desired shape and applied a base coat, take a bold block colour and apply two coats to your nail. Allow the colour to dry before moving on to step 2.
Step 2 – Add a border
Coat the tip of a nail art/cuticle stick in black nail polish. Draw a thick border around the nail.
Step 3 – Highlight with white
Take a clean nail art/cuticle stick and coat in white nail polish. Draw a line offset to the left of the nail and finish with a small dot, similar to a curved ‘i’ letter.
Step 4 – Finish with a top coat
To prevent any chipping and add a high-shine gloss, finish with a transparent top coat. Repeat steps 1-4 on each nail using a contrasting bold colour as the base coat.
Ah, summer. A season that allows us to live our best lives – think socialising in the sunshine, exotic holidays and binge-watching our favourite shows (ahem, Love Island!). But, then those long, summer days start coming to an end and suddenly those positive vibes you enjoyed when the sun was beaming is now starting to fade – and fast. Don’t panic. There’s plenty of things to stop you from getting those pesky post-summer blues. Here’s how to keep riding that wave all the way through the year…
Set new goals
We’re very good at setting ourselves resolutions at the start of the year and then it’s never mentioned again past January 31st. Now you’ve just past the half-year mark, it’s a great time to reevaluate what you want to gain by the end of the year. This might give you that new leash of motivation to keep you upbeat. And while it’s tempting to reach for the stars with your goals (you know world domination, winning the lottery, getting a killer pay rise) try to be realistic and set yourself small but achievable objectives to keep the momentum going.
Who said having a massive clear-out was just for spring? Get yourself ready for whatever autumn has to offer by switching on ‘new start new me’ mode.
When it comes to a mass overhaul, don’t overwhelm yourself before you’ve even begun. Start with the small stuff, like that messy drawer that you hide all your unsightly clutter in. And then ease yourself into the rest of your wardrobe, accessories, beauty kit and odd knick-knacks. Tidier home = tidier mind.
If you think that the change in your mood is down to the change in the weather – namely lack of vitamin D from sun exposure – then you might want to try a vitamin supplement. Visit our in-store pharmacists for more advice.
Pencil in plans
Summer always leaves us on a high because of all the social activities in the calendar, so treat autumn/winter the same way. Pencil in meet-ups with friends and family gatherings from now, so you’re not tempted to go into hibernation solo. And meeting up doesn’t have to mean spending a lot of money or heading outside, you can get together on a budget and in the comfort of your own home with a little creativity. How about hosting a pamper night in your squad? Sheet masks at the ready!
Get excited for the new season
OK, so you might have to pack away your bikinis, festival flower crowns and flip-flops but think about all the stuff you’ll get to fall back in love with. Think cosy knitwear, cups of hot cocoa and using the weather as an excuse to never leave the sofa. Hello, autumn.
Want to snag that ‘best Halloween costume’ award this year? Be quietly confident with this mime makeup look. An adorable take on a classic fancy dress party character, you’ll be sure to steal the show with our super-easy, speedy tutorial. Better get practising those hand gestures…
What Will I Need to Create the Halloween Mime Makeup look?
Step 1 – Draw a heart shape on your face
Take white foundation (or you can also use face paint) and your trusty foundation brush and draw the outline of a heart on your face. The heart should go around all your features, starting above the eyebrows and reaching to a point at your chin.
Step 2 – Fill in heart by dabbing with sponge
Dab white foundation on to a makeup sponge and start applying it to the area inside your heart outline. Build on the coverage bit-by-bit to create an even, symmetrical finish. Once happy with the final shape, set it with powder for a matte finish.
Top Tip: Don’t worry too much about staying inside the lines, as once your heart is finished you can tidy up the edges by going over with a makeup wipe.
Step 3 – Apply pink eyeshadow to the crease
Using a hot pink eyeshadow, apply to the crease of the eyelids. The brighter the colour and coverage, the bolder the look!
Step 4 – Go feline with black liquid eyeliner
Define your eyes by drawing a cat eye-inspired flick with black liquid eyeliner. Apply in short strokes - for added ease - as close to the lash line as possible and finish with a subtle upwards flick.
Step 5 – Coat lashes with mascara
Apply mascara to your top and bottom eyelashes. Get the most from your mascara by moving the wand in a zigzag motion from root to tip as this will evenly distribute the product for a lengthening finish.
Step 6a – Add false eyelashes
Focusing on one eye at a time, coat your lashes in glue and secure as close to the lash line as possible. You can use tweezers to position them perfectly and you can always carry a little lash glue in your clutch bag if you’re worried about them lifting throughout the night.
Step 6b – Apply falsies to the bottom lashes
Halloween is all about going bold with makeup, so we’re going to add even more definition with some bottom false lashes.
Concentrating on one eye at a time, coat the lash in glue and then position. Apply these close to your lower lash line, going underneath your lashes and gently press to secure.
Step 7 – Define brows with black gel eyeliner
As we want this mime makeup look to stand out, your normal brow pencil simply won’t have the wow-factor. Switch to black gel eyeliner and brush through your brows for added contrast.
Step 8 – Add a slick of pink lippie
To pick up on the punchy pink hue used on the eyes, apply a slick of bright pink liquid lipstick.
Step 9 – Finish with pink blusher
Take a fan brush and pink blusher (or use the same pink eyeshadow you used earlier) and gently dust on to the apples of the cheeks. This will tie together all the pink elements and make for a striking finish!
Sifting through 100 highlighters is defs OTT – but we believe in the power of science, so how are you meant to really know which ones are blinders without a proper experiment? That’s why we asked glow king Gary Thompson (aka @theplasticboy) to test out 100 – yes you read that right, 100 – highlighters. We’re talkin’ powders, drops, creams sticks… the lot! Here are his five faves.
Revolution Face Quad in Ignite
As soon as you swatch this palette you’ll know that it’s time to get well and truly LIT. With four colours to choose from there will defs be one that suits your skin tone and with such a buttery texture expect that glow to be blinding baby.
Maybelline Face Studio Chrome Extreme Highlighter in Gold
For a reflective glow that’ll give your look some serious sparkle, this baked highlighter with a metallic finish is just the thing. Dust onto cheekbones for a glow that’s second to none.
Revolution Pro 4K Highlighter Palette in Gold
Now for another quad with an array of shades for you to choose from. This set will have you shimmering through the autumn and straight into party season.
L’Oreal Paris Glow Mon Amour Highlight Drops in Bellini
For those of you who prefer a liquid highlight, these drops are gonna be your glow-to. Dab onto cheekbones or buff onto shoulders and collarbones for that full-body highlight.
Rimmel Insta Strobing Highlighter in Bronze Glow
If you’re all about that luminous look, get your hands on this strobing cream that’ll leave you looking Insta ready. Apply under foundation to achieve that glow-from-within vibe that we’re all dying for.
Mermaids are famous for sitting on rocks, looking on fleek and brushing (and braiding) their long, luscious hair. And in case you hadn’t noticed, braiding is SO IN right now. And what better way to complement your merm-azing makeup look than with a pretty plait or two? Keep reading to discover how to live out your ocean-goddess dreams IRL…
Flick your tail (comb)
Braid it baby
Start with the middle section and weave a Dutch braid backwards to the crown of your head then secure with an elastic. Repeat this style on the other two sections so you’re left with three Dutch braids that go halfway back on your head.
No self-respecting mermaid should rock flat hair. So use your fingers to tease out the braids and unleash the siren.
Starting with the left side of your hair, spritz V05 Edit Fixing Spray for Glitter onto visible roots. Now for the arty bit – dip a brush into some V05 Style Edit Mermaid Green Hair Glitter and gently pat over the sprayed area. For a two-tone effect, apply more fixing spray over the roots and pat the V05 Style Edit Ocean Blue Hair Glitter over the top. Repeat on the other side.
Every beach babe needs big hair, so spray a load of the Toni & Guy Casual Sea Salt Texturising Spray all over your locks and tease out with your fingers. Get freestyling, for a fun, carefree look.
Want your mystical mane to last all night? Set the look with TRESemme Salon Finish Extra Hold Hairspray.
For a ‘do’ that’s just as fierce as our dragon makeup, it’s all about the braids and glitter. This works whatever your hair type, but looks especially great with wild, fluffy curls. So we’d defs recommend adding some texture to your hair before you start if you haven’t got it naturally. Now, if you’re ready to breathe some fire into this fright night look, read on…
Prep your hair
If you have naturally curly hair dampening it with a little water will make it easier to braid later. You can also apply the VO5 Frizz Free Cream all over to keep any fuzzy bits at bay.
Three’s the magic number
Use Superdrug Tail Comb a to section your hair into three pieces. Start at your hairline and go all the way back to the nape of your neck, keeping the sections as neat as possible. You want to end up with one on top and one on either side of your head. Keep your pieces separated with some Superdrug 6.3cm Hair Grips.
Braid it baby
Time to get to work! Start with the middle section of your hair and braid from the front to the back of your head. Secure with a Superdrug Poly Hair Band at the nape of your neck. Repeat on the other sections. You can opt for a Dutch braid finish (where the braids sit higher off the head and can be teased to add volume) or a cornrow braid (which sits tighter against the scalp, for a neater finish). In fact, there are so many different braid styles to try out.
Times it by two
Now that you’ve braided all of your hair back and secured it, you should be left with three little ponytails. Divide each of these into two and plait as normal about half way down, then secure with elastics. You should end up with three braids on your head and then six at the bottom.
Tame those flyaways
If you think the braids look a little messy you can use the VO5 Style Edit Flyaway Touch-Up Wand to comb back and secure any frizzy bits.
Grab your glitter
Now for the fun bit! Spray some VO5 Style Edit Fixing Spray for Glitter in the partings between your braids. Then, use a brush to apply VO5 Style Edit Cosmic Gold Biodegradable Hair Glitter over the top. And, coz we don’t believe you can ever have too much glitter, apply it to the ends of the braids too. Once happy with the look, spritz once more with the fixing spray.
Set it in place
To make sure your ‘do’ stays in place all night finish with a mist of TRESemme Freeze Hold Hairspray. And you’re all fired up and ready to go!