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How to: Christmas Party Hair

Christmas Party Hair 9 - Set With Hairspray (Featured Image)
Christmas Party Hair 9 - Set With Hairspray (Featured Image)

The party season is now in full swing and no doubt your social calendar is booked out, but with all these events to go to how are you going to wear your hair? You don’t want to be spotted with the same look more than you have to. Well don’t worry as we’ve got you covered.

In nine easy steps we’ll show how to get your hair perfectly preened and party ready.

What Products Will I Need:

  • Hair clips
  • Hair grips
  • Curling Tongs
  • Hair Comb or Brush
  • Hair Band

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Step 1: Centre Parting

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Start by creating a centre parting.

Step 2: Section and Clip

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Section the hair across the middle from ear to ear, then take the back section and clip the hair in place with a hair clip.

Step 3: Curl the Bottom

Christmas Party Hair 3 - Curl the Bottom

Using a curling tong, start from the front and gently curl your hair. Wrap the hair around the curling tong and work your away around your head until all your hair has been curled.

Step 4: Backcomb

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To add more volume to your hair backcomb the top section.

Step 5: Tie With a Hair Band

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Tie the top section of hair with a hair band and gently tease out any tight curls, you want them to be loose and bouncy.

Step 6: Side Parting

Christmas Party Hair 6 - Add a Side Parting

Add a side parting to your hair and comb to the side, use the comb to help neaten the side parting and catch any stray hairs.

Step 7: Clip the Side Parting

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Clip the side parting with a hair grip to secure it in place.

Step 8: Accessorise

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To add extra glam to the look, add a hair accessory.

Step 9: Finished – (Optional - Set With Hairspray)

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Lastly, to make sure that your hair lasts all night set it with hairspray.

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How to Get the Christmas Glow With Strobing

The festive season is full of glitz and sparkle so why should your skin be any different? If you want gorgeously shimmering skin then strobing is the answer. If you’re not sure what strobing is, effectively it’s the use of highlighters to accentuate your features and give your skin a youthful glow.

Do it right and you’ll have a beautiful, radiant glow but done wrong strobing can make your skin look shiny and greasy. Read our simple tutorial and learn how to achieve strobing perfection.

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Skin Prep

Before applying any makeup make sure that your skin is prepped correctly. To get the perfect Christmas glow your skin should be moisturised to avoid it looking dull and dry, if you have naturally oily skin then an oil-free moisturiser will help prevent it getting too greasy.

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What Will I Need?

Step 1: Apply Your Base

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As always, it’s best to start with a good base to apply your makeup. Once your skin has been moisturised apply primer then foundation, these will not only help to give your finished look a flawless finish but will also help to increase its stay power.

Step 2: Eyeshadow

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Apply a nude eyeshadow to your eyebrow bone and eyelid.

Step 3: Mascara

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Add volume to your lashes with your favourite mascara. Don’t be afraid to apply a few coats to ensure you get full coverage.

Step 4: Emphasise With Highlighter

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This is where the fun begins, the key to strobing is to apply highlighter to areas that light would naturally hit. Start with your cheek and lightly dust highlighter over your cheekbones with a makeup brush.

Step 5: Highlighter or Strobing Stick

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For hard to reach areas, such as your brow bone, use a highlighter or strobing stick. These allow for more precise application.

Step 6: Highlight Your Nose

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The bridge of your nose is also a good spot to apply highlighter. Remember not to overdo it, use your finger to gently apply highlighter from the centre bridge of your nose down to the tip.

Step 7: Lip Gloss

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Your lips should also match the rest of your look. To give them a shimmery, soft look apply a natural or nude tone lipgloss.

Step 8: Cupids Bow

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To make your lips look even more voluptuous apply highlighter to your cupids bow.

Step 9: Décolleté

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To complete the look, dust highlighter over your décolleté focusing on your collarbone. Your skin will now be perfectly dewy, shimmery and party ready.

The Finished Look

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There you have it, your warm winter glow with strobing.

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Five Ways to Keep Safe During the Party Season

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The party season is a great time of year to let your hair down and indulge a little in the finer things in life. That being said it’s even more important at this time of year to take extra precautions while you’re out partying the night away with friends and family.

We don’t want to spoil your fun but our moto is always safety first. With this in mind here are five tips to make sure that you enjoy the celebrations while keeping safe.

1: Plan Your Journeys

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It’s likely that you’re going to be going to several events during the party season including the renowned office party! Just as you wouldn’t turn up to any event without having first given some thought to your outfit the same should go for your journey there and especially back.

Once you’ve partied late into the night and had a few drinks you may not have the best judgement.  Here are a few points that you should bear in mind:

Travel in Groups

Even if you have pre-booked your cab, arrange to travel with a group of your friends. Not only will this help reduce the cost but it will also mean that you won’t be left stranded alone and particularly vulnerable if you’ve been drinking.

Watch Your Valuables

Make sure that your valuables such as wallets, purses, keys etc. are secured and with you at all times, a night can quickly turn from fun into a nightmare if your valuables go missing. If you are worried that your wallet might go missing bring a smaller card holder with you, this will only have your essential cards and cash meaning that if anything does happen you’ve minimised your loss.

Pre-book Cabs

Try and pre-book cabs for the end of the night, this way you can guarantee that you have a way to get right back to your front door when the night ends.

Don't Drink and Drive

If you’re planning on drinking definitely don’t drive! Either arrange a designated driver or organise another method of transportation to get home.

2: Manage Your Drinking

It’s all too easy to get carried away with alcohol when you’re out celebrating the festive season. However, we need to remember that drinking in excess at any time of the year is never a good idea. We don’t want to stop you having the odd drink but it’s important to be more mindful of the amount that you’re consuming

The NHS recommends that both men and women should aim to drink no more than 14 units of alcohol per week, drinking more than this on a regular basis can cause serious health issues. If you’re not sure what counts as a unit or how much a typical drink contains, here’s a breakdown for you:

Glass of Red, White or Rose Wine

Depending on the size of the glass a small glass of wine starts from 1.6 units. A standard 175ml contains 2.3 units and a large glass is 3.3 units - keep this in mind when choosing to go large.

Bottle of Red, White or Rose Wine

A 750ml bottle of wine will contain 10 units of alcohol.

Beer, Lager or Cider

The size and strength of the alcohol you’re drinking will make a difference to the number of units it contains. A can will normally be around 500ml and range from a regular (4%) which is the equivalent of 1.8 units up to extra strong (8%) which will take your unit count up to 3.5. If you’re a pint drinker then the unit count will be higher, a regular pint of beer, lager or cider is approximately 2.3 units while an extra strong can reach up to 4.5 units.

We all want to have a festive and merry Christmas, that being said it’s important to be mindful of triggers that can encourage us to drink more than we should:

  • Rounds can be dangerous as well as expensive due to the fact that you have to keep pace with the fastest drinker. To ease the pressure it’s best to opt into smaller rounds with only a few friends or give it a miss altogether.
  • Rather than drinking an entire pint or a large glass of wine why not opt for a half pint or small glass - this will help keep your unit count down.
  • Keeping note of what you’re drinking can also be very useful, this way you can see when you’re approaching your limit and cut back. A good tip is to have a soft drink in between alcoholic drinks, this helps to space out your drinking throughout the night.

If you’d like more advice on alcohol then check out DrinkAware, the site run by an independent charity is full of information to help you make better drinking choices.

3: Party Safely

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We know that you’ve got some new moves that you’ve been waiting to unleash on the dance floor but always be mindful. Never get up and leave your drink unattended even if it’s only for a moment; if you want to hit the dance floor and bust a move either wait until you’ve finished your drink before you get up or bring it with you.

The high heels that you bought really do match your outfit, however, dancing on a slippery floor in six inch heels probably isn’t the best idea. If you really want to go all ‘night fever’ then bring a pair of flats that you can change into – your feet will thank you.

4: Wrap Up

During the party season people tend to throw caution to the wind and wear what looks good, rather than something which is functional. With the temperature cooling it’s a good idea to wrap up to protect yourself from the elements – the key is to wear layers. Layering up means that you’ll keep warm outside but once inside you can take the layers of to reveal your masterfully crafted outfit.

5: Safe Sex

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Make sure that you’re prepared this party season, no one wants to have to deal with an expected surprise. In a recent survey conducted by Superdrug a whomping 41% of party-goers are hoping for more sex this Christmas than at any other time of year - it really is the time to be jolly! However, only 30% of people actually plan to carry a condom which means that many may have unprotected sex.

Unprotected sex increases the risk of unwanted pregnancy and also leaves you vulnerable to picking up sexually transmitted diseases (STIs) which we’re sure isn’t the Christmas gift you were expecting. To help protect against both unwanted pregnancies and STIs contraceptives are the safest bet.

Whether you’re staying here or going abroad remember to pack contraceptives and in particular condoms, they are really important as they are the only form of contraception that helps protects against both pregnancy and STIs. If you run out you can get condoms from a range of places such as sexual health clinics and many young people’s services. If you’re one of the 41% of people who said they’d buy condoms if they had a fun, festive twist then why not vote for one of our festive condom prototypes.

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Most importantly have fun, as long as you’re staying safe there is no reason why you shouldn’t enjoy probably the best time of year!

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How to remove false eyelashes

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Ever stumbled in from a night out and pulled your false lashes off before heading to bed? We’ve all been there. While you may think this is the quickest way to deal with the situation and hey, no biggie, it isn’t the best way. So, we’ve put together a handy ‘how to’ video to show you exactly how you should be removing your falsies.

How do I remove false strip lashes?

Step 1 & 2 - Soak cotton bud and run along upper lash line

Soak a cotton bud (or pad) in an oil-based eye makeup remover. Close your eye and run the bud over your lash line. This will help loosen the eyelash glue. 

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Step 3 - Peel away eyelash

Starting from the outer corners of the eye and working inwards, gently lift the false eyelash. 

Step 4 - Remove excess makeup and glue

Once the lash is removed, soak a pad in eye makeup remover and wipe over your eyes to get rid of the rest of your eye makeup and any glue residue.  

How do I get the glue off my false eyelashes?

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If you’re extra careful throughout the removing process you may be able to squeeze out an extra use. Make sure to peel off any leftover glue residue and if you still have the packaging to hand then store in the box until your next night out.

Stubborn mascara stuck to the lashes? Saturate two cotton pads with eye makeup remover and sandwich the lash in between the pads. Leave for 5 minutes and then gently wipe the lashes to remove all traces of mascara. 

How do I remove individual lashes?

The glue for individual lashes tends to be stronger than the glue used for strip lashes because individual lashes are designed to stay on longer. Never pull out the individual lashes, as you’ll pull your real lashes out with them – eeeeek! Instead using a combination of steam and an oil-based remover will r. And unlike strip lashes they cannot be reused.

Step 1 – Remove eye makeup

Start by removing any mascara, eyeliner or other eye makeup you have on. While you’re doing that, boil the kettle (no you’re not about to make a cuppa!) and let it cool down. It needs to be hot enough to be steaming.

Step 2 – Add steam

Put the hot water from the kettle into a bowl, then hover your face over the bowl. You can put a towel over your head if you want to trap the steam. Stay there for about 10 minutes and let the steam work its magic to loosen up the glue.

Step 3 – Gently wipe lashes with makeup remover

Next soak a cotton wool pad in an oil-based eye makeup remover (or you can use baby oil) and gently wipe in a downward direction over your eye until the false lashes start to fall out.

Step 4 – Finishing touch

Once you’ve got the inserts out then rinse your face, including your natural lashes, with water to get rid of any oil residue.

How do I look after my natural lashes after falsies?

If you’re stuck in a cycle of falsies and lash inserts, then life after them may feel a little strange! [Insert mole eye joke here]

Investing in a little aftercare will help you embrace your natural lashes, once and for all. Try using eyelash serums and conditioners to encourage growth and definition. And never underestimate the power of a great lash-defining mascara!

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The dos and don’ts of wearing fragrance

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Think you know everything there is to know about fragrances? Ok, let’s play a game of two truths and a lie.

-        It has a shelf life and can change in scent as it expires.

-        It smells different on different skin types.

-        Your wrists are the only place worth spraying it.

We’re not surprised if you find it hard to spot a scent myth from a scent legend. Here to help you decipher the best ways to make the most of your favourite fragrances, we’ve put together a handy list of ‘do’s and don’ts’. Now let’s get spraying started…

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Fragrance Do's

Target pulse points

It might feel like second nature to grab your favourite scent and spritz it straight onto your wrists and chest. But, there are other target areas worth paying attention to.

Try spraying areas where blood vessels are closer to your ‘pulse points’ as this is where most heat will be given off. Good areas to focus on include your ankles, behind your knees, décolleté and near your elbows – yes, really.

Layer, layer, layer

Most fragrances have matching scented lotions and potions that have been designed to maximise the longevity of your chosen spritz. The typical layering combination would be starting with the scented shower gel, then adding a generous later of body cream before finishing with a mist of perfume.

Gift sets featuring matching body care and fragranced products are perfect for mastering the art of layering:

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Top tip: Be careful when layering up mismatched scented products as this could completely change your finishing scent! Unless, of course, that was the aim of the game.

Lightly spritz

If you want to apply perfume correctly, a little restraint goes a long way. While spraying fragrance into the air and walking into it may be the dramatic finishing touch to your night out ensemble – well, if it’s good enough for Elle Woods – it simply creates a mist and much of the scent goes to waste. It also may lead to stains on clothes and jewellery.

Instead, opt for a light spritz held at about 5-7 inches away from the targeted pulse points and pump between 2-3 times.

Spray at the right moment

The perfect time to spray aftershave or perfume is right after moisturising as moisturised skin holds fragrance better. Also, after a shower, your pores are open and able to soak up both moisture and scent really well.

Fragrance Don'ts

Store in extreme temperatures

The best place to store your perfume or aftershave is in a cool, dry area. Also, if you have a cupboard of scents that you’re not ready to use yet – think last year’s birthday gift list – then do not take it out of the packaging until you’re ready to spray away.

Got carried away with the #Shelfie hype? You may want to reconsider displaying your fragrances if your shelf/dressing table is near a bright window or in the bathroom – the conditions won’t do the perfumes any favours. Direct sunlight or other extreme elements can completely change a product’s composition, so your sweet-smelling scent may become something entirely different and often will have a vinegar-esque note.

Dab, roll or rub

Dabbing, rolling or rubbing your perfume or aftershave is a big no-no! Doing any of these things will damage or negatively affect your scent. Rather than releasing the scent, it actually bruises the notes and this will affect its overall smell and longevity.

Applying perfume behind the earlobes is also a common mistake. This can mix with substances that the skin releases and gives off an unpleasant odour.

Although rollerball applicators are great for topping up on the go, it’s worth knowing that every time you roll the perfume it starts to mix with your skins’ natural oils. This could gradually alter the scent – so no you’re not going crazy it’s likely to change over time!

Wear the same fragrance all year

Over time, you may get attached to a ‘signature’ spritz, but try not to get stuck in a rut. Instead switch up your scent according to the season or the occasion. In fact most fragrances have been formulated with this in mind.

By day opt for light a breezy fragrance with citrus top notes that are not too overpowering for an open plan office environment.

Day Scents:

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As the sun sets, stronger notes such as jasmine, musk and patchouli are a great choice. These branch into the woody Oriental realm, which is perfectly suited to evening events. Although they may be heavier, these scents will last throughout the night.

Evening Scents:

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Continuously spray

Most people comment that after an hour or so they can no longer smell their own fragrance, but this doesn’t mean it has evaporated – it’s actually the contrary! If you can sense your own spritz then eventually it can give you a headache and this generally means the scent does not suit your skin type. If however you can no longer smell it, it has settled well on your skin.

So there’s no need to keep spraying every hour, instead reapply every 3-4 hours to freshen up the scent.

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The best makeup primer for your skin type

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Want your makeup to last all night long? Want it to glide on easily? Want it to stay dewy as opposed to cakey? It’s all about that base, beauty baes. Because once you nail that first layer of primer, the rest will follow like a dream. But, there is no one-size-fits-all miracle cure – discover the best primer for your skin type with our help…

Primer for oily skin

One of the biggest pet peeves of having oily skin is the feeling of makeup melting down your face come lunchtime.

Using a mattifying, oil-free primer will instantly smooth your face, and work hard to control oil levels on your face throughout the day.

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Primer for combination skin

If you have an oily T-zone and dry cheeks, combine two different primers. Apply a mattifying, oil-free formula to the T-zone to keep excess oil in check, and use a lightweight, hydrating primer on your cheeks to nourish them.

Primer for enlarged pores

Choose a silicone-based primer, which works to smooth and refine the skin’s texture. Silicone helps to reduce the appearance of large pores and will help with the blurring of imperfections, without clogging the pores in the process.

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Primer for blemish-prone skin

You’ll need a lightweight primer that won’t block pores but will still provide hydration. Look for a multitasking product that treats the skin while providing a smooth makeup base – primers containing spot-fighting ingredients such as salicylic acid are a great solution for this skin type.

Primer for dry skin

Choose creamy, moisturising or gel-based primers that will offer all-day hydration, as well as creating an even, bright base. Look for products containing hydrating ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid and glycerine, and avoid mattifying primers, as these will only further dry skin out.

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Primer for uneven skin tone

Look for a colour-correcting product targeted at your particular problem. If you suffer from redness, for instance, a green-coloured primer will help minimise it. If you have sallow undertones, choose lavender, and peach-coloured primers will brighten skin and disguise any pigmentation.

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Primer for sensitive skin

The key to finding a primer that suits sensitive skin is to make sure that it is free of fragrances, oils and silicone but contains ingredients such as chamomile to help calm inflammation or aloe vera to soothe.

Primer for anti-ageing

If fine lines and crow’s feet are a primary concern, choose an anti-wrinkle formula. The active ingredients will help to improve the natural elasticity of the skin, tightening and smoothing it, while targeting wrinkles.

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Primer for dull, tired skin

Brightening or illuminating primers work in the same way as a highlighter but are subtler, so they’re suitable for use over the entire complexion. Typically containing pearl pigments, these primers will give skin a healthy, dewy glow: the perfect pick-me-up for those days where you’re feeling exhausted.

Eye primer

Dabbing a little eye primer onto the lid will prevent the eyeshadow from sinking into the creases, smudging or fading. It also helps you blend like there’s no tomorrow!

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Lip primer

Prepare lips with a little liquid concealer. This will create an even canvas to work with, as well as helping lipstick to last for longer.

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What hair colour suits me?

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Everyone and their grandmothers seem to be dyeing their hair. If you’ve been wanting to join them but don’t know where to start, we’ve got you. The first thing you need to know about switching up your hair colour: it’s gotta compliment your complexion. Lost? Dw, our handy guide will turn you into a colour chameleon in no time.

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Look into your eyes

The eyes are the window to the soul – and your hair colour.  Before we go any further, take a good look at your eyes. Got the colour? Good. Here’s what it means.

Brown/hazel/green: Darker hair colours will look the most natural on you. Deep brunettes are a sure-win, but you could take the plunge to black if you’re feeling brave.

Blue/grey: Lighter hair colours will compliment these lighter eye colours. Go for golden, ashy tones.

Green eyes: Green eyes look totally amazing with red hair. If you’re not feeling that bold, you can go for brunette tones.

Blonde ambition

Every girl wants to go blonde at least once, right? Apparently they have more fun, or something. If you’re a natural blonde – good news. Enhancing your hair colour is easy. However, if you have darker hair – be warned: it’s gonna be high maintenance. Going from dark brunette to blonde doesn’t happen overnight, people! Also, with a lot of bleach, your hair’s gonna require some serious TLC.

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Fair skin: Ashy and white blondes will wash you out, so go for golden or honey tones. If your skin is super pale, it may be better to add blonde highlights before you commit to a full colour.

Medium skin: Honey shades look amazing on medium skin tones. You can go a couple of shades lighter or darker – but stick near golden honey tones.

Olive skin: Caramel blonde shades work the best on olive skin. A couple of shades lighter works too, but don’t get too excited or it will wash you out.

Dark skin: Butter blonde shades look amazing on darker skin tones. So do dark butterscotch shades. And caramel. A lot of Blonde shades work well on darker skin tones (if you haven’t guessed). Avoid going too light, though or you’ll get washed out.

Brunette bae

Brunette is the person in the group project who does it all. Seriously. It’s not high maintenance, there’s a shade for almost everyone, and it involves no bleaching (hello healthier, less damaged hair). Result!

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Fair skin: If you go for a shade that’s too dark, you may start looking a bit like a ghost. Which is fine for Halloween, but not every other day. A shade with red tones will look amaze against pale skin.

Medium skin: Caramel and milk chocolate shades work well with medium skin. You can go darker of you wish, just don’t go lighter.

Olive skin: Rich chocolate and ash brown shades look amazing with olive skin. Avoid anything two shades lighter than your natural colour.

Dark skin: You can get away with just about any brunette shade. Rich, dark, brunettes are the classic choice for you. Avoid anything three shades lighter than your natural colour, though, and you’re good to experiment

Red hair, don’t care

Are you sitting down? Good – we’ve got some news for you. Red hair is actually the most versatile. It suits pretty much everyone. All you need to do is tailor the shade to your skin tone. Then you’ll be the subject of serious hair envy.

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Light skin: Avoid dark tones as they’ll leave you looking ghastly. Instead, opt for lighter shades such as strawberry blonde or a copper toned blond.

Medium skin: Bright shades are a great contrast to medium skin tones. Avoid purple undertones as they may make your skin look yellow.

Olive skin: Medium-toned reds are perfect for you. An auburn shade is perfect. Again, avoid purple undertones to avoid discolouring!

Dark skin: Dark reds with rich colour will totally compliment your skin. Avoid super bright colours – they might wash you out.

Bold black

Black hair might give you flashbacks to your 14-year-old emo phase, but it doesn’t have to be this way. When done properly, black hair is the definition of glamour – just think of the gloss! Before you get busy with the dye, just remember: Black hair can be difficult to lighten – you’ll have to be patient when it comes to removal.

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Light skin: Black hair can make those with light skin look unnaturally pale. For the same effect with left ghost-i-ness, try a dark brunette shade instead.

Medium skin: Again, a dark brunette might work better for you. If you’re determined to try black, avoid red undertones to avoid yellow-looking skin.

Olive skin: Black hair looks fab on those with olive skin. Switch it up with blue undertones if you’re feeling adventurous.

Dark skin: Jet-black hair looks incredible against dark skin tones. Avoid blue-undertones and you’re good to go.

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Makeup brush guide

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Is it just us, or is that makeup brush aisle getting a little crowded these days? First, we had the basics - foundation, eyes, lips. Then we had contouring . And now we have baking, strobing and strangely-shaped oval brushes to get to grips with. Oh my!

Cue our ultimate makeup brush guide - here to help you sort through your kit and separate the blenders from the blushers (and everything in between!)...

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Makeup brushes: For your face

Foundation brush

You have two choices here in terms of shape - tapered or rounded. 

Tapered: The gently tapered edges and flexible bristles make this the perfect brush for using with liquid and cream foundation/concealer. Work in downward strokes for the most natural-looking finish.

Rounded: Bristles are densely packed, so they pick up and distribute foundation evenly – whether it’s liquid, cream or powder – and the dome shape helps the bristles to blend in the product as it’s applied.

Kabuki brush

A small-but-mighty piece of kit, a Kubuki brush can be identified by its short stem and dense bristles. Taking its name from Japanese drama theatre makeup, it's designed to create a dramatic and bold look. 

GOSH Gosh Kabuki Brush £7.99 Buy Now

Stippling brush

Use this to apply liquid or cream blush or contour products. Its layered bristles give a soft, airbrushed effect, and are great for gradually building up colour.

B stippling brush

Flat concealer brush

The perfect brush to cover larger parts of your face, especially the under-eye area. Use one side to apply product, flip the brush over and use the other side to blend it in.

B. B. Curved Shaped Concealer Makeup Brush £6.49 Buy Now

Powder brush

Able to pick up both loose and compact powders thanks to its rounded shape and fluffy bristles, this brush is perfect for all all-over-face application. 

Finishing brush

Says what it does on the tin, this brush should be used as a final step in your routine. With its soft bristles and fanned shape, it's perfect for setting a loose with translucent powder as well as touch-ups of highlighter. 

Makeup brushes: For your eyes

All-over eyeshadow brush

This is usually the largest type of eyeshadow brush, with short, flat bristles that can be used to blend eyeshadow if you don’t have a blending brush, or apply base cream or powder eyeshadow.

Eyeliner brush/eyebrow brush

The bristles are short and tightly packed with an angled edge to help you draw a straight, precise line. This is the perfect brush for applying gel eyeliner, for doing a cat eye, for applying a darker shade of eyeshadow along upper and lower lash lines to add definition or to colour in short hair-like strokes for your eyebrows.

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Eye contour brush

Boasting an angled brush head, this is designed to be able to get into the eyelid crease with ease - perfect for blending out a layered eyeshadow look. 

 

Blending brush

The slightly longer, loosely packed bristles in this brush make it best for blending powder eyeshadow. Working it in circular motions over your entire eyelid will help to buff the product in and soften any harsh eyeshadow. This type of brush is also good for applying highlighter to your brow bone.

B. B. Cosmetics Eyeshadow Blending Makeup Brush £6.99 Buy Now

Smudge brush

This specialist brush tends to be small with short, tightly packed bristles. It’s the perfect tool for smudging out pencil eyeliner on both upper and lower lash lines, and can also be used to smudge cream or powder eyeshadows for creating a smokey eye. Some smudge brushes have a slight point, for adding definition to the creases of your eyes and for applying eyeshadow in the inner corner of your eye.

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Makeup brushes: For your eyebrows

Eyebrow spoolie

This is a spiral brush with stiff bristles that work to tame unruly brows. It also helps to disperse any pencil or powder product that’s been applied, which will give a more natural finish to your brows.

Eyebrow spoolie brush

Makeup brushes: For your lips

Lip brush

Bristles are short and firm to help keep application precise and controlled. Start by sketching the outline of your lips, then colour in the centre for a perfect pout.

Lip-defining brush

This is smaller than a regular lip brush, with fewer bristles and a tapered point. It softens lip pencil lines and allows for precise application of lipstick – making it brilliant for using around the Cupid’s bow area.

Studio London Superdrug Studio Lip & Eye Artist Brush Kits £7.49 Buy Now

Best makeup brushes

Still need a bit more advice? We've enlisted the help of one of our favourite MUA's to talks us through each tool with a fine toothcomb. 

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Father’s Day Gift Guide

Flat lay of Father's Day Gift Ideas

Yes, he might tell the same lame jokes and hold you back from living your best life (“Are you sure selling your worldly belongings and travelling to Timbuktu is going to work, hmmm?”) but that’s what dads are for, right? Whether he’s your go-to guru, shoulder to cry on or as reliable as your morning cup of caffeine, he deserves to be celebrated on Father’s Day – quirks and all! Discover a gift idea that’ll perfectly match his unique personality with our handy guide.

Flat lay of Father's Day Gift Ideas

Classic Dad

Dad washes his car on a Saturday never a Sunday. Classic dad. He has a signature dish that he loves rustling up on special occasions. Classic dad. And his boat shoe collection is unreal. Classic dad.

So, if he’s set in his ways then play it safe and refill his favourite aftershave. If he always goes for practical options over the most fashionable then choose a gift that will easily slot into his lifestyle. Or you could try encouraging him to try something new – but just remember, he will need baby steps. Maybe take him from a disposable 3-blade razor to an electronic 5-blade…

Philips Philips AquaTouch Wet and Dry Electric Shaver AT899/06 £109.99 Buy Now
Nivea NIVEA Sensitive Cool Shave Gel 200ml £2.10 Buy Now
Bulldog Bulldog Original 2in1 Beard Shampoo and Conditioner 200ml £5.99 Buy Now

Sporty Dad

When he’s not supporting his favourite team - code for, screaming at the telly - he’s outdoors on the field/pitch/court [insert his go-to sport here]. Because of his passion for fitness, he’s always full of beans and his perfect day out involves some sort of long and pacey hike.

Sound familiar? To match his active lifestyle, opt for a gift that’ll workout as hard as he does – like a zesty fragrance or a sweat-proof grooming set. And for extra brownie points, why not make him an IOU voucher (from you or from your kids, if your shopping on behalf of the little ones) for a group session of his favourite sport. The extra thoughtful touch is sure to go down a treat!

Lacoste Lacoste L'Eau Fraiche Him 50ml EDT £35.00 Buy Now
L'Oreal Paris Men Expert L'Oreal Men Expert Hydra Energetic Anti-Fatigue Moisturiser £10.59 Buy Now
Nivea NIVEA MEN Active Energy Skin Revitaliser Face Cream, 50ml £8.99 Buy Now

Dapper Dad

If suave and sophisticated are two words that come to mind when describing your Dad then he deserves the ‘dapper’ label. Maybe he spends all day in a suit or maybe his aura is just that of an old worldly gentleman – whatever the case he clearly appreciates the finer things in life.

Match his exquisite taste by gifting him a sartorial scent or a grooming gift that’ll help upkeep his pristine image. Think scented beard oils, decadent deodorants and hair trimmers.

Hugo Boss Boss Selection Eau de Toilette Spray 90ml £30.00 Buy Now
B. Men B. Men Firm Anti-Ageing Moisturiser £6.45 Buy Now
Babyliss BaByliss for Men 10 in 1 Titanium Groomer £29.99 Buy Now
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How to use a beauty blending sponge

Makeup blogger using a beauty blending sponge

Makeup trends and tools may come and go (clear mascara, anyone?) but sometimes a new invention crops up that revolutionises the game. Cue the beauty blending sponge. It might look like a humble piece of kit, similar to what you may have found in your old face painting set as a kid, but it’s actually perfect for priming, blending, contouring, baking, highlighting and concealing.

Gimme, gimme, gimme, we hear you shout. But, before you start using it like any other compact sponge, here’s a few do’s and don’ts.

Step-by-step guide to using a beauty blending sponge

Beauty blogger Anoushka talks us through everything you need to know about this wonder product.

Beauty blending sponge do's & don'ts 

Do wet the sponge before using

Never use the sponge dry – unless of course you want all of your lovely foundation disappearing into the sponge as opposed to your face. Instead, completely saturate the sponge in water (you can run under a tap or leave to soak in a glass of clean water), then squeeze out any excess water.

Don’t drag the sponge across your face

If you’re too heavy-handed with the sponge all you’ll end up doing is smearing product and creating noticeable lines. The aim is to blend, for always use a dab and twisting motion (stippling) to apply makeup evenly across the skin.

Do use different parts of the sponge for different things

Don’t just stick to blending with one side of the sponge, it’s shaped like that for a reason! Use the pointier edge for smaller areas that need precision (eg. sides of the nose) and the rounder edges for larger surface areas.

Don’t leave it to fester

After each use, clean your sponge using a pea-sized amount of baby shampoo and water. Rinse the sponge taking extra care as if you squeeze too hard it could cause the sponge to tear. And replace it every three months to stop any build-up of bacteria.  

Flat lay of beauty blending sponges

Different types of beauty blending sponges  

They come in all shapes and sizes, so make sure you’re using the right sponge for the job.

The OG – aka the Original

Defined by its tear-drop shape, this beauty blending sponge can be used with any product from primers to powders. The base is great for larger areas, while the tip is better for harder to reach areas like under the eyes.

B. B. Blending Makeup Sponge £4.99 Buy Now

The Hourglass

This works in exactly the same way as the OG by the curvaceous shape makes it easier to hold – perfect for blending beginners and precision pros alike.

e.l.f. e.l.f. Highlighting & Blending Sponge £7.50 Buy Now

The Sculptor

This typically has at least one flat edge, which makes it perfect for blending out a killer contour or glistening highlight, while the big base is great for the usual suspects (foundation, primer, etc).

e.l.f. e.l.f. Blending Sponge Baby Pink £6.00 Buy Now

The Mini

Think of this one as more of a targeted treatment, like blending out under-eye concealer or a harsh line. It can also be used dry to pick up any mascara or eyeshadow fallout.

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The Silicone

The newest addition to the blending game, this sponge is made out of silicone and has been designed to help you blend ‘til your hearts content without losing any product in the process.

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