TRENDY 2017

Thinking back on 2016, it was very evident that the top fashion trend of the year was glitter. Glitter everywhere.

You did not have to look further than the runways of Burberry, GiambattistaValli and Opening Ceremony for proof of its dominance. To nail the coffin shut, the legend of makeup herself, Pat McGrath realeased her Lust 004 Kits to endorse this trend. It was designed to take your lips to new heights of attractive by adding layers of glitter.

It is exciting to think about the trends of 2017.According to evidence from Pinterest, beauty blogs and the spring/summer 2017 runways, there is much to desire.

Act fast and try out these trends until 2017 has something new to offerbecause these beauty trends are just amazing.

Glossy Eye Lids

They have been around for a long time, but 2017 adds a new twist. Usually, transparent lip gloss helpsattain the look,however the need for a homemade product will soon vanish. This spring Bobbi Brown will be releasing an eye gloss and that translates to quicker and cleaner glossy eye lids.

Easy On The Make-up

Literally No Makeup is the it thing after 2016’s No Makeup make-up. Accepting yourself and your natural outlook is in. The runways of Isabel Marant SS17 featured clean, radiant skin, and only enough makeup to cover up any red marks and blemishes. You would be surprised at how appealing it could look.

80’s Vibe

The 80’s may have represented a recession in fashion and beauty.But it is creeping back into out fashion runways and the beauty industry.

The idea of bright, colourful eye-lids and pink blush à la Jem and the Hologramshas somehow stuck with make-up artists. Hey, try it and then you can judge.

Parted Hair Do

A super deep side part is the easiest way to make your look stand out. Be it a ponytail or your hair down, the deep side part will work easily either way.

The best part of this look is it’s easy to achieve, someone who cannot style well can easily learn this technique.

Chromed Out Nails

Chrome nails managed to hold a place in 2016, But 2017 seems to be its year.

According to Pinterest, futuristic chrome nails are all set to takeover. The catch? You won’t manage to do a good finish by yourself. Only a professional will be able to give you that metallic touch to your nails.

Blonde & Silver Ombre

Thank you Pinterest, for telling us that chrome nails are not alone set to take 2017 by storm — ash blond and silver ombre was one of the most pinned beauty looks for 2017.

If colouring your hair a metallic hue worries you thenyou can easily change it to be extra subtle.

Braids With A Twist

The public does not want to let go of the top knot trend, so 2017 decided to give it a twist. Say hello to the “braided top knot”.

It will require extra hair coiffing time in the morning, but that will all seem meaningless when you get the result.

 

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STEP ONE – All about primers

What are primers?

Primer is cream that is usually (but not always) colourless, which is meant to bridge one’s makeup and skincare routine. Makeup primers will create a barrier between the skin and the makeup, create a smoother skin surface for a nicer makeup application, prolong the makeup’s wear, and improve its overall appearance.

One of the first brands to introduce skin type-specific primers was Laura Mercier with their foundation primers in hydrating and oil free.

If you find almost all foundations have a tendency to oxidise and change colour after coming into contact with your skin, you may find that primer creates that barrier that will prevent the foundation from coming into contact with your sebum and oxidising.

What’s extra cool is that different makeup primers have different functions, so no matter what you think the best effect would be, there’s a primer out there that can give you that effect. Some primers will brighten the skin and give a dewy effect, while others will matte it.

Some makeup primers can colour-correct, and others will blur imperfections. Primers often also have skincare benefits: they can moisturise, provide sun protection, or contain anti-ageing and anti-acne.

Types of primers

There are primers for everything you can practically think of. We have face primers for almost every skin type (which we will get into in a while). Lash primers, lip primer, eyelid/ eye shadow primer, body primers which are extremely hydrating.

A foundation primer may work like a moisturiser only different, or it may absorb oil with salicylic acid or aid in creating a less oily, more matte appearance. It improves the application of the foundation making it more even and smoother, and increases the longevity of the foundation. Some contain antioxidants, preventing the foundation from changing its colour while coming in contact with the skin.There are water-based and silicon-based foundation primers. Some primers do not contain preservative, oil or fragrance. Some may also have SPF. Some foundation primers are tinted to even out or improve skin tone or colour.

Eyelid or eye shadow primers are similar, but made specifically for use near the eyes. An eyelid primer may help even the colour of the lid and upper eye area, may reduce oiliness, may add shimmer, or may mattify. Eye primers participate in the smooth application of eye shadow, prevent it from creasing, and improve its longevity. The effect of eye shadow primers is not limited to eye shadows. They also work for eye liners.

Mascara primer is sometimes colourless. It usually thickens and/or lengthens the lashes before the application of mascara for a fuller finished look. It may also help keep mascara from smudging or flaking, and some claim to improve the health of the lashes.

Lip primers are intended to smooth the lips and help improve the application of lipstick or lip gloss, although exfoliating the lips is often recommended before applying the lipstick. They also are intended to increase the longevity of lip colour, and to prevent lipstick from “feathering”.

For now lets talk about  face primers and the right one for your skin type.

Makeup Primers for Normal Skin

If your skin is normal, which means that your pores are not too large or too small, and that your skin doesn’t get too oily or dry throughout the day, you have a few primer-options. You likely don’t want a primer that has a mattifying effect, but rather you just want a primer that’ll do an awesome job prolonging your makeup, and will have some additional benefits like SPF.

Since a dewy finish is really trendy right now (no surprise! It’s gorgeous!), you might really like an illuminating primer. Normal skin types often don’t have any problems like redness or blemishes, so a simple pore-blurring primer can even fully substitute foundation for you.

Makeup Primers for Oily Skin

If your skin is oily, it’s pretty obvious that you’ll need a mattifying primer. A mattifying primer will prevent your skin from becoming shiny and greasy throughout the day.

Since people with oily skin normally have larger pores, a primer for oily skin types will also have a pore-minimising effect. Lastly, since oily skin-types are more acne prone, there are some makeup primers out there with anti-acne ingredients that will help keep your breakouts at bay.

Makeup Primers for Dry Skin

Dry skin is a little complicated to prime. You want a primer that will moisturise your skin and give you a dewy finish. However, often the word “dewy” is just a substitute for shiny. Unfortunately, shimmer can emphasise flakiness.

Dry skin types have the hardest time finding a great makeup primer, so it’s really important to ask for a sample before purchasing a product. Your goal is to find something that is hydrating and creamy, but with a very light texture.

Makeup Primers for Combination Skin

Ahh, combination skin types! The worst of both worlds – I would know, this is my skin type. With combination skin types there are two options: either choose a neutral primer that won’t overly mattify, but won’t make you look shiny either. It’ll just make your foundation go on smoother and last longer.

Alternatively, you can choose a mattifying primer for the parts of your face where your skin gets oily, and use a different kind in the dryer areas of your face.

Makeup Primers for Mature Skin

Primers are excellent for mature skin types, because they can fill in and blur wrinkles. Look for a lightweight, moisturising primer without shimmer. A lot of makeup primers are made with sunscreen, which is the strongest anti-ageing product out there, as well as with antioxidants, so they can actually have a positive impact on the health of your skin. You can also use a firming makeup primer that will tighten your skin up a bit and create a face lift effect.

Makeup Primers for Sensitive Skin

Makeup primers are excellent for sensitive skin, because they give an extra layer of protection from the environment. Make sure your primer is low on fragrance, so it doesn’t cause any irritation.

If your sensitivity manifests itself as redness, you might prefer a green-based primer to neutralise the red tones in your skin. This way, you’ll find yourself needing to use less foundation. You can also look for soothing ingredients in your primer, like green tea extract.

How do I use them?

Think of these as the base for your base and apply it BEFORE you apply your makeup. After washing and moisturising your skin, apply your primer. Apply it on your fore head nose around your nose and your chin. A pea-sized blob should be ample for skin. Once it’s set meaning it no longer feels sticky, tacky or wet, apply your foundation/mascara/eye shadow/lip colour over-top.

Extra Primer Makeup Hacks

1) If you’re having a really good skin day, or accidentally bought a foundation that’s just too pigmented, your primer is here to help! Mix an equal amount of foundation and primer, for a more natural, sheer finish.

2) Is your lipstick having a hard time staying on? A primer can act like an invisible lip liner. Simply apply lip primer along the lip line to prevent feathering. For super long-lasting lipstick, apply primer all over the lips before putting on your lipstick.

3) It seems like too much of a hassle to apply primer everywhere? Well, you don’t have to. You can concentrate a mattifying primer on your oily T-zone, or keep your brightening primer on the high points of your face that you would normally strobe.

4) Are your brows super unruly, and you don’t have clear mascara sitting around? After filling in your brows, you can set your brow hairs in place with a dab of primer – just make sure it’s not one of those luminizing ones!

Best Primers you can find in Pakistan easily

ELF FACE PRIMER – HYDRATING CLEAR

http://www.elfcosmetics.pk/product/elf-face-primer-hydrating-clear/

Boosts your complexion with a drench of hydration, creating a perfect canvas for radiant, younger looking skin. Infused with Grape and Vitamins A, C, & E for nourishing and anti-ageing benefits. This multipurpose clear skin primer reduces the appearance of fine lines and transforms your face into a flawless and smooth canvas so makeup goes on evenly for a long-lasting finish

ELF AQUA BEAUTY PRIMER MIST

http://www.elfcosmetics.pk/product/elf-aqua-beauty-primer-mist/

A weightless makeup primer spray enriched with Purified Water that is free of silicone and alcohol to help prime, refresh, and set makeup in. This lightweight purified water spray is enriched with antioxidants and hydrating Cucumber, and Vitamin B & E to help soothe and hydrate the skin. Get all the benefits in one with this multitasking mist that hydrates and refreshes the skin, primes the skin, and sets makeup in for a rejuvenated feel. Perfect for using throughout the day for a little pick me up and to create a soft dewy effect

WHITENING BASE SPF 35

https://lusciouscosmetics.pk/collections/primer/products/whitening-base-spf-35

Save Your Skin! Sun damage has become a big part of our lives due to pollution and the environment. No matter what your age is, you are at risk of sun damage (dark patches and uneven skin tone) every time you step out without a good sunscreen. Here to the rescue is Luscious Whitening Base SPF 35.

All in One:

– Oil-free Moisturiser

– High performance Sun Protection

– Makeup Primer

The benefits: The list is endless. With continued use, you will see a visibly clearer and fairer complexion, as well as smoother skin texture

BABY SKIN® INSTANT PORE ERASER®

https://www.maybelline.com/face-makeup/primer/baby-skin-instant-pore-eraser-primer/clear

Instant Pore Eraser® leaves skin with a smooth matte finish and moisturises all day

Anti-Redness Primer

http://www.lorealparisusa.com/products/makeup/face/makeup-primer/studio-secrets-professional-color-correcting-primers-anti-redness-primer.aspx?shade=Anti-Redness-Primer

Colour Correcting Primer. Neutralises redness. Flawlessly even skin-tone.

Discover the secret to a flawlessly even skin tone—in an instant. Studio Secrets™ Professional Colour Correcting Primers glide on smoothly to immediately correct and improve the look of your complexion. Each of the three professional correctors is formulated to address your unique skin type:

Anti-Redness: neutralises redness
Anti-Dull Skin (light skin): illuminates and adds warmth to light complexions, and
Anti-Dull Skin (medium/deep skin): gives a radiant, healthy glow to medium/dark skin tones.

 

 

 

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Beauty Trends for 2017!

GLITTER LIPS

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Last year, Pat McGrath introduced the fashion industry and the masses alike to glitter-dusted lips—and the look will still be fresh as hell in 2017.

UNDERLINER

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Underliner is equal parts wearable and subversive AKA just the kind of beauty risk you want to aim for in the new year. Try slashes of bright liner under the lower lash line or an upside down cat eye painted on with glitter liner.

BLURRED LIPS

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Picture-perfect liquid matte lips had their moment, but now it’s time to give your hand-eye coordination a break. Enter: The blurred lip. You can embrace imperfection by diffusing edges and adding more color to the center of the lips with your fingertips. It’s very laissez-faire.

Microblading

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Perhaps the best thing to happen to brows since Cara Delevingne, the microblading technique uses a small hand tool with micro-needles to deposit pigment underneath the first layer of skin so your brows are filled in 24/7. Costing anywhere between $700 and $1,200 for a treatment, it’s not cheap, but lasts up to two years.

GLITTER STROBING

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Take your highlight to the next level with a shimmery strobe. MAC senior artist Regan Rabanal creates this look by applying a strobing cream, highlighting powder, and finally a few fine glitters for extra impact. We love it on the half-halo of the face.

LIP GLOSS

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Liquid matte lips dominated the last few years, but lip gloss is a refreshing change giving dimension, shine, and youth.

SKIN THAT BREATHES

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In 2017 is taking it back to the most important step: achieving healthy, radiant, conditioned skin. No more strobing, baking, or contour. Let your skin breathe.

Did you know?

The word cosmetics comes from the Greek word kosmos, which means “of this world, worldly.”

The Swiss food company Nestle owns 1/4 of the world’s largest cosmetic company – L’Oreal.

The ancient Romans detested wrinkles, freckles, sunspots, skin flakes and blemishes. To soften wrinkles, they used swans’ fat or asses’ milk. Sores and freckles were treated with the ashes of snails.

A popular therapy called ‘urine therapy’ is used by many celebrities and personalities to stay healthy and beautiful. This includes rubbing your first urine of the day on your face, and \ or drinking a few drops. Continue reading “Did you know?”

SHOCKING FACTS ABOUT MAKEUP!

1. The first nail polish was invented in China in 3000 B.C. Unlike the formula today, the original version was a mixture of beeswax, gum, egg whites and colored powder.

2. During Cleopatra’s reign, she would soak the sails of her ships in perfume so the scent would drift to Rome before her arrival. Between this and statement eyes, she truly represented Egyptian queen beauty.

3. In the 18th century, England almost passed a law that allowed men to divorce their wives if they caught them wearing makeup. Can you even imagine that today? Continue reading “SHOCKING FACTS ABOUT MAKEUP!”

7 MUST KNOW Facts about the history of Cosmetics!

1. Ancient Egyptians

There are many facts about cosmetics, but did you know that the ancient Egyptians and Cleopatra were believed to be some of the first to use cosmetics as far back as 4,000 B.C.?
Egyptians would fill in their brows and line their eyes with Kohl—a cream made from the fat of sheep mixed with powdered lead or antimony and soot.
Ancient Egyptians were also known to take baths in milk and honey to soften and beautify their skin from head to toe!

Continue reading “7 MUST KNOW Facts about the history of Cosmetics!”

How to Apply Highlighter

Applying highlighter can give your skin a beautiful color boost and enhance your bone structure as well. Highlighter only takes a few seconds to apply because you only apply it to a few small areas of your face. However, just a few dabs of highlighter can brighten up your entire face. Even if you are new to applying makeup, learning to apply highlighter is easy.

Method 1

Enhancing Your Cheeks, Nose, and Forehead

1. Start by applying foundation and concealer.

Applying foundation and concealer will help to ensure a more even canvas for your highlighter and other makeup. Concealer can help to hide minor imperfections and brighten your skin even more. Take the time to apply your usual foundation before you begin to apply any highlighter and apply concealer if desired.

  • Use a sponge or makeup brush to blend your foundation well all over your face.
  • If you have any dark circles or minor imperfections, use some concealer to add a little extra coverage to those areas. This will make it easier for you to draw attention to the highlighted areas as well.
  • You can also use concealer to map out the areas where you plan to apply highlighter. Try applying a few dots of concealer onto the bridge of your nose, on your cheekbones, down the center of your forehead, under your eyes, and in the crease on your chin. Make sure that you blend the concealer well.

2. Apply highlighter to the tops of your cheekbones.

Take a blush brush or a kabuki brush and use it to apply a bit of highlighter to the area just above your cheekbones. You can apply one layer for a subtle effect or apply multiple layers for more intense highlights.

3. Dab a little highlighter on the tip of your nose.

Get a bit of highlighter onto your fingertip and then dab it onto the tip of your nose. Move your finger back and forth to blend the highlighter. Remember that you do not need much highlighter, just a small dab.

4. Brush some highlighter down the center of your forehead

To accentuate the center of your forehead, you can sweep some highlighter down the center of your forehead towards the bridge of your nose. Start at the center of your hairline on your forehead and sweep straight downwards.

  • If you want a more dramatic highlighting effect, then you can sweep the highlighter all the way down the bridge of your nose, but this is optional.

Continue reading “How to Apply Highlighter”

Crazy Makeup Hacks

Achieve Perfect Winged Eyeliner With a Spoon

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To get that winged effect everyone loves so much, you only need one common household item: a spoon. Start your eyeliner as you would for a cat eye look, press the rounded side of the spoon against your eyelid, and move the spoon outwards to create the winged effect.

Winged Eyeliner With Just a Pencil

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Draw the cat eye with the eyeliner. Then, fill in the open space with the liner. You will have the perfect wing every time. Continue reading “Crazy Makeup Hacks”

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