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POP Tip: Fake Awake

18 Oct

Want to look like Sleeping Beauty circa when-she-just-woke-up? Then listen up! If your week has been anything like mine, you’ll probably have averaged about 5 hours of sleep and begrudgingly become frenemies with your dark circles which are now the colour of the black sea.

Your complexion is the number one factor in creating a just-had-8-hours sleep face. Make sure you either use a tinted moisturiser or a light foundation with lots of illuminating properties in it. The subtle shimmer will make you glow and glide over a multitude of fine lines amassed from squinting at your laptop at 4am.

Next up is to cover up those dark circles, man! Again, choose a brightening concealer and pat it lightly under your eyes, around the sides of your nose and on your chin in that hollow bit. By doing so, the brightening concealer will help to open up the whole face and give you a bit of a much-needed lift.

Mascara is next up on the hit list. Curl your lashes like there’s no tomorrow, then drop the black and reach for a navy or blue mascara. Blue brightens up the whites of your eyes making them seem whiter and brighter whilst (hopefully) camouflaging the redness. Then line the bottom of your eyes with either a navy or charcoal grey eyeliner 3/4 way in. The point is to open up and brighten up the eyes so no black cos it’ll only make you appear even more squinty and draw attention to the dark circles (which by now are hopefully gone). Pop a flesh toned eyeliner on your waterline. Instant awakeness!

Last but not least, dust either an illuminator or coral blush onto your cheeks. This’ll add some colour to your face and make you ‘pop’. Dab a little illuminator into the inner “V” of your eyes, brow bone and cupid’s bow. Trust me.

Oh and if you’ve used an illuminator and not blush, have some fun and add a dash of bright pink or orange lippie! Hey, it’s distracting and who’ll be staring at your half closed eyes when your lips are so awesomely distracting?!


POP TIP: How to get J.Lo lashes

11 Oct

Want naturally lush lashes?  (Who doesn’t?) Here’s the thing. I am pretty much obsessed with trying to get perfect Bambi-esque eyelashes. However, being blessed with more Thumper than Bambi lashes, I’ve had to perfect a way to make it seem like I have these lashes on the left. Here’s a few tips on how to get natural yet gorgeous and long lashes.

The first tip? Curl your lashes. That is a. Must. Then coat both sides of your top lashes. Before making that funny “O” shape with your mouth (you know you do it) and applying your mascara to just the bottom of your top lashes, coat the top first. By popping some mascara on the top it will help to coat every lash and give you more volume.

The second tip is to use two mascaras. A lengthening one first, then a volumising. By using a lengthening one first, it’ll help to not only provide a base but also draw out those peepers making them seem longer and more defined. Try something with a brush comb like the L’oreal Telescopic and apply one coat.

Last but not least, go over your first coat with a thickening or volumising mascara like the Benefit BAD Gal. Viola! Perfect flutter worthy eyelashes. Worried about clumping? Don’t be. If you use a lengthening mascara with a brush comb it should have separated and defined your lashes.

Have you tried coating both top and bottom before? What are your favourite mascaras? I’d love to know 🙂