Pro Makeup Tips

10 Pro Makeup Tips Straight From the Experts

All the tips you need for your best face ever.

TIP 1: Always use a primer

François Nars, the brains behind Nars Cosmetics, says, “Foundation should unify tone, but it shouldn’t take away the individuality of the skin.”


To get a natural-looking finish with bright and even skin tone, always apply a primer underneath your foundation. Primers not only help cover up the appearance of large pores but reduce shine and ensure your foundation doesn’t change tone throughout the day. Apply it with a makeup sponge instead of your fingers, which can cause a clumpy finish.

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Benefit That Gal Brightening Face Primer
J.One Jelly Pack Multi-Functional Gel Primer
NYX Professional Makeup Bare With Me Hydrating Jelly Primer

TIP 2: Always moisturise your lips

Gwyneth Paltrow says, “Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your skin. That or a kick-ass lipstick!”


For the perfect lips, to make sure they don’t look chalky, uneven and dry – scrub your lips with an exfoliator and apply a deeply moisturizing balm, oil or serum before applying lipstick.

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Lanolips Lemonaid Lip Treatment
Fresh Sugar Lip Serum Advanced Therapy

TIP 3: Follow the E & C rule for contouring

According to Chrissy Teigen, “You can have a nose job just with contouring.”


And she’s right – for the perfect balance of light and shade, use a darker shade to start. Apply the contour on both sides of your face in the shape of an upside down E, starting from your forehead down and then on either side of your face. Next, apply a highlighter in the form of the letter C, hugging your temples from your forehead to just below the eyes. Then blend with a sponge.

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Bellapierre Contour & Highlight Duo
Missha Contour Gradation Stick
By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Contouring Wrinkle Control Sculpting Duo Powder 
Missha Water-In-Sponge

TIP 4: Brighten up tired eyes with white eyeliner

If your eyes are looking tired, try adding a light shade of eyeshadow into the corner of your eyes, or white eyeliner in your lower lashline. Your eyes will immediately appear brighter and wider.

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Golden Rose Longstay Highlighter Shimmer Eyeshadow – Use codes RMZM or OU340 for upto 10% off
W7 Glowcomotion Shimmer Highlighter Eyeshadow
L’Oréal Superliner Le Khol in Immaculate Snow

TIP 5: Apply eye makeup before foundation

If you’re going for a bold look on the eyes, be sure to apply a primer beforehand and wait for it to dry to keep your makeup looking fresh throughout the day. If you’re fresh out of primer, concealer will also do the job. And for a final tip, do your eye makeup before applying foundation – this way you can easily clean up any smudges without ruining your base.

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Benefit Stay Don’t Stray 360 Degree Stay Put Eyeshadow Primer
Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Amplifying Eye Primer

TIP 6: Use adhesive tape for the easiest cateye

“That’s one of the things I love about makeup. You can change your whole attitude by just doing your eyeliner or lipstick differently,” says Beyoncé.


If you’re after a look with an attitude, why not go for black eyeliner à la Amy Winehouse? Try using adhesive tape! Apply at an angle, running from the outer edges of your eye to your brow, and apply liquid eyeliner. Remove the tape for a perfectly clean line.

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Rimmel London Exaggerate Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner, Black
Uoma Beauty Afro.dis.iac Liquid Eyeliner

TIP 7: Apply castor oil for perfect brows

If your eyebrows are patchy from over-plucking, try applying castor oil to promote regrowth. If you have the opposite problem and have full eyebrows, spritz hairspray on a mascara wand and use to shape. And finally, if you have no time to pluck your eyebrows into the perfect shape, apply a highlighter shade to your brow bone for extra definition.

Shop our favourites here:
Anastasia Beverly Hills Pro Pencil
Maybelline New York Brow Precise Eyebrow Highlighter 

TIP 8: Multi-use your makeup

“Don’t be afraid to experiment” are the words of advice from makeup artist Pat McGrath.


So if you have a beauty product in a favourite shade, such as a lipstick or a blush, go ahead and use it on your eyelids. Bronzers are also ideal for making eyes look bigger – apply in the crease of your eye and the lower lash line. Go ahead – mix and match!

Shop our favourites here:
Rimmel London, Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour in Blush
Nudestix Nudies Matte Blush & Bronze
Mineral Bronzer Highlighter – Peony

TIP 9: Fix bleeding lipstick with concealer

If you don’t have any lip liner on hand to match your shade of lipstick and you’re faced with a few smudges, fix bleeding lines with a touch of concealer.

Shop our favourites here:
Clinique Airbrush Concealer
Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Concealer
Shiseido Synchro Skin Self Refreshing Dual Tip Concealer

TIP 10: Use lip liner to fake fuller lips

“Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick and pull yourself together.” These were the words of Elizabeth Taylor, and she’s got a point.


If you want to create natural-looking full lips, apply lip liner before your lipstick. Draw it on just beyond your natural lip line. Then, fill in your entire lip with the liner before applying lipstick for a longer-lasting look.

Shop our favourites here:
Pudaier Lip Liners Set of 12
NYX Professional Makeup Slip Lip Pencil in Auburn
Yves Saint Laurent Lip Styler


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The Rise of Clean Beauty: Understanding Natural Skincare Products

A movement worth understanding.

The beauty industry is always coming up with new formulations, ingredients, and techniques to keep us looking youthful, glowing, and flawless. These days it’s common to see beauty brands market themselves as ‘clean’. Led by conscious consumerism, this once niche movement has become mainstream. But what exactly is clean beauty?

What Is Clean Beauty?

Clean beauty refers to beauty products that are made from natural and non-toxic ingredients. These ingredients are sourced from plants, minerals, and other naturally occurring substances, and are typically free from synthetic fragrances, parabens, sulfates, and other potentially harmful additives and harsh chemicals. Clean beauty products are typically also cruelty-free and environmentally sustainable.

Why the Shift to Clean Beauty?

For many women, the shift to clean beauty is driven by a desire for transparency and authenticity with regard to ingredients sourcing, quality, manufacturing practices, and environmental impact. With so many chemicals and synthetic ingredients being used in traditional beauty products, it’s hard to know exactly what we’re putting on our skin. Additionally, many people have become more aware of the impact that the beauty industry can have on the environment, and are seeking products that are eco-friendly and sustainable.

According to a study by Grand View Research, the global organic personal care market is expected to reach $25.1 billion by 2025, with consumers increasingly seeking out natural and organic products for their skincare needs. The trend is particularly popular in Australia, the UK, UAE, and the broader Middle East region, where consumers are rapidly embracing clean beauty as a better alternative to traditional beauty products.

Clean Beauty Principles

This trend is not just a passing fad, as more women are educating themselves and seeking a more sustainable way to achieve beautiful, radiant skin. Here are some principles that the clean beauty industry is following to address consumer needs.

Reduced Chemical Exposure

One of the most significant benefits of natural and organic skincare is that it reduces exposure to harmful chemicals. Researchers have found dangerous levels of mercury in traditional skin lightening and anti-aging creams. Formaldehyde is a strong-smelling chemical that is used to lengthen the shelf-life of some traditional cosmetics and has been found linked to nose and throat cancers. Compounds that have “paraben” in their name are used in face washes and other skincare products. Parabens have been linked to increased incidence of breast cancer.

Increased Antioxidants and Nutrients

Natural and organic skincare products are often enriched with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, which provide essential elements to safeguard against environmental stressors. Ingredients such as green tea, vitamin C, and hyaluronic acid are known for their ability to regenerate and protect the skin.

Preventing Premature Aging

Exposure to UV radiation, pollution, and blue light from electronic devices can lead to premature aging of the skin. However, natural and organic skincare products can help prevent this damage as they often have anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative properties that protect the skin from these harmful effects.

Environmental Sustainability

Natural and organic skincare products are often sourced from ethically derived and eco-friendly ingredients. They are made without the use of harmful pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, and other environmental pollutants. Choosing natural and organic products enables us to support sustainable farming practices that have a positive impact on the environment.

Key Natural and Organic Skincare Ingredients

If you’re new to the world of clean beauty, the sheer variety of natural and organic ingredients on offer can be overwhelming. Here are a few commonly used ingredients to get you started:

Aloe Vera: With its cooling and soothing properties, aloe vera is a popular ingredient in skincare products designed to reduce inflammation and redness.

Coconut Oil: Rich in fatty acids, coconut oil is a natural moisturizer that nourishes and hydrates the skin. It’s also packed with antioxidants, making it an excellent anti-aging ingredient.

Tea Tree Oil: Known for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, tea tree oil is a popular ingredient in skincare products that target acne-prone skin.

Rosehip Oil: Abundant in vitamins A and C, rosehip oil is a potent anti-aging ingredient that helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Tips to Switch to Natural and Organic Skincare

If you’re ready to make the switch to clean beauty, here are a few tips to help you get started:
1. Do your research: Look for brands that are transparent about their ingredients and production processes, and that prioritize sustainability and cruelty-free practices.

2. Start small: Incorporate natural and organic products into your skincare routine one at a time, so that you can test out what works best for your skin over 1-2 weeks.

3. Read the labels: Natural and organic skin care products can still contain synthetic fragrances or other additives, so make sure to read the labels carefully before purchasing.

4. Be patient: Transitioning to natural and organic skincare may take some time for your skin to adjust, so be patient.

The clean beauty movement is here to stay. With increasing concerns about the environment, our health, and the ethics of the beauty industry, it’s no wonder that more and more women are turning to natural and organic skincare products. By understanding the benefits of clean beauty, and incorporating natural and non-toxic ingredients into your daily routines, you can feel confident that you’re doing your part to take care of yourself and the planet. It’s a win-win.


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