Beauty Insider: Make Up Hack - get a little lift
Though contouring was just for your cheekbones? Think again.
If you've ever wondered how the cleavage of most A lister's defies gravity or how Scherzy gets that glow while sitting on a chat show sofa, then listen up.
Simply put, contouring is just clever trickery with light.
For arms and legs, highlight the centre with a shimmery product like Benefit Watt's Up, €35 creating the appearance of a slimmer silhouette.
For a perkier bust, especially in the summer's strapless bras, use a matte bronzer such as Seventeen Instant Glow Tan Cream Bronzer (€6.29, boots.ie) in a curved V-shape at the top of your cleavage. The shape appears more round on camera giving the illusion of a fuller chest!
To further enhance your décolletage, sweep the limited edition Elizabeth Arden Pure Finish Summer Escape Bronzing Powder (€36) over your chest, leaving a bronzed healthy looking glow with a trace of gold shimmer. Highlighting shoulders and collar bones will make them 'pop'.
Eyeliner Face Off
A feline flick is the classic trend that never goes out of fashion. These two innovative new black eyeliners have taken over in the race to help perfect that wing. Both offer fool-proof designs, meaning you don't need to be a pro.
Benefit They're Real Push Up Gel Liner, €25 (available from June 27). A waterproof matte gel formula, with 'AccuFlex' angled tip that hugs the lash line.
NYX Curve Eyeliner, €15.99. The ergonomic shape fits perfectly into the palm of your hand for precise application, without fear of slipping. Available in pharmacies nationwide.
Good weather shouldn't mean having to compromise your look, but your regular make-up bag staples might not be doing the trick at home or away once the temperature rises. Strong brows and dark lashes will allow you to wear less on your skin while still looking groomed and pulled together.
These sweat-proof, smudge-free beauties will keep you looking cool and collected all summer long.
Billion Dollar Brows Hint of a Tint, €25.95, billiondollarbrows.comMake Up Forever Aqua Brow, €20, mufe.ie; MAC Prolongwear Waterproof Brow Set, €17.50 and Fluidline Brow Gelcreme, €18.50; Clinique High Impact Waterproof Mascara, €20; Maybelline Go Extreme! Waterproof Mascara, €10.80; Le Volume de Chanel Waterproof Mascara, €30.
Moment of clarity
Ok, own up – when was the last time you actually cleaned your make-up brushes? You wouldn't put your face cream on without washing your hands, so your brushes shouldn't be treated any differently. Aim to give them a good once over each week (or fortnight max) to keep harmful bacteria at bay and prolong the life of your brushes.
The Cinema Secrets Professional Brush Cleanser is an INSIDER fave for it's industrial strength power at removing even waterproof products like those featured on this page, the bristles dry in super fast time and we love the smell! €18.50 lovelacreative.com
First published in INSIDER Magazine, exclusive to Thursday's Irish Independent