Whether it’s a spot making an appearance on the ONE NIGHT you have a date lined up or a mascara wand to the eye, beauty emergencies are the absolute worst. There should really be a word invented to describe the utter frustration caused by finishing an amazing eyeliner flick and then ruining it when your hand randomly twitches. Make-up mistakes and beauty emergencies happen to the best of us, and they can really get on your nerves if you don’t know how to handle them. Luckily, we’ve put together a list of the most common ones, and what to do when they occur.

  • Mascara mess up

Ok, so you’re hand has randomly twitched right at the exact second you pulled your mascara wand away from your lashes and said mascara is now on your nose. Don’t panic. You might be tempted to start furiously scrubbing at the inky black patch, but rubbing it at this stage will only smudge it further. Your best option is to continue with the rest of your make-up, letting the mascara dry, and then return

3 Ways to Play with Color Mascara

 Just the tips

Grab your normal, everyday black mascara and sweep it on your top and bottom lashes. Next, try a crazy color! We went with Inglot Cosmetics Colour Play Mascara in 02 Green, which is a highly pigmented, almost electric green, and applied it just to the tips of the top and bottom lashes. Presto! A subtle-yet-still-visible color on the tips of your still-proper eyelashes. You can’t even see it unless you get pretty close, but when you do, it’s like your entire soul suddenly gets how awesome this is.


For a more obvious look that is still not in “Rainbow Brite” territory, try swiping your top lashes with black mascara and putting color mascara on just your bottom lashes. This can be fun to try with gently varying shades, say, black on top and navy on bottom, or add a cobalt on the bottom for a little more oomph. This works especially well with blue shades, because they’ll make the whites of your eyes look brighter, the same way blue-based red lipsticks will make your skin tone look cooler.

Acrylic Nail Art

 Unlike most nail salons, Adore Dolls Parlour in Varsity Lakes, on Australia’s Gold Coast, offers the niche service of acrylic nail art at an affordable rate. Owner Nicole Hague was always artistically inclined as a child. As a self-proclaimed terrible nail-biter, she began using stickers to cover them up. In high school she would get acrylics but she couldn’t find anyone to do the kind of “bling and diamonds” she wanted so she started decorating her own nails.

Then she encountered a few Japanese tourists in her hometown who had extremely embellished nails unlike anything she had seen before. That sparked an obsession that led Hague first to nail school in 2010, and then to her doing nails out of a small studio. In November 2013, Hague’s clientele had grown so much, she and her team moved into the salon they are in today.

Focusing on one specialty could be perceived as limiting, but with a four- to six-week backlog of appointments, Hague and her team have no shortage of demand for her salon’s services. Hague herself has even stopped


If you want flawless looking, healthy skin, just follow these ten simple tricks that will help you achieve the smoothest skin you have ever had.

1. Cleanse your skin twice a day

The first step to achieving smooth skin is simply to keep it clean and free from bacteria. All through the day, dirt, grime and germs build up on your skin, so it is essential that you remove all your makeup at night and clean your skin thoroughly before you go to bed. Sweat and grease can also build up while you sleep, so be sure to cleanse your face thoroughly in the mornings too.

2. Exfoliate regularly

Another tip on how to get smooth skin is to exfoliate regularly. Your skin cells are dying and new ones are forming all the time. If you don’t remove the dead skin cells by exfoliating, they can build up on the skin making it look lifeless and dull. Dead skin cells can also accumulate in the pores, which will block them and cause pimples and acne.

3. Wear sunscreen every day

One of the most important things that you can do for the


You can make waxing less painful, so read on, and we will explain ten things you can do that will take some of the pain out of hair removal.

1. Exfoliate the day before

Exfoliating the area of skin that you intend to get waxed will remove the dead skin cells and clean out the pores and that will make it easier for the hairs to be removed. It will also lift the hairs, so that more of them will be removed first time and there won’t be any need for using tweezers. It’s also important to exfoliate after a wax, because it will help stop in growing hairs.

2. Take a pain killer half an hour before waxing

Taking an over the counter pain killer will help to numb the pain. Take a couple of Aspirins, ibuprofens, or whatever your preferred pain killer is, about half an hour before waxing and it will reduce the pain you feel quite a lot.

3. Avoid alcohol and caffeine

Don’t think that a couple of glasses of wine will numb the pain of waxing, because it will actually make it worse. Anything that is


Stretch marks can appear anywhere on the body, but they are usually more associated with the marks that can appear on the abdomen after childbirth. They are caused when the skin is stretched, relatively rapidly, and the collagen in the skin is weakened as a result. While pregnancy is the most common cause of stretch marks, they can also occur as a result of rapid growth in a child, or by dramatic weight gain or loss. Stretch marks are perfectly natural and they won’t cause you any health problems, but, if you want to reduce the appearance of stretch marks, here are ten natural ways to do it.

1. Lemon juice

Lemon juice is a really simple remedy for stretch marks and it will help to fade other types of scars and blemishes too. It is naturally acidic and it has a mild bleaching effect. Rub some fresh lemon juice into your stretch marks and leave the juice to sit for about ten minutes. With repeated application, you should start to see the stretch marks fade.

2. Egg whites

Another good tip on how to get rid of stretch marks is to use egg


For beauty purposes, white teeth are essential. They look awesome, feel awesome, and make us feel awesome about ourselves. Pearly whites gives us the confidence to shine, to smile, and to be at our best all the time.

Unlike other fashions that come and go, glistening white teeth will never go out of fashion. In fact, they are arguably the most essential accessory if you want to sparkle and sport a winning smile that lights up rooms all the time.

We’ve rounded up some ace teeth whitening tips from dental experts, which are super easy to implement. Let’s take a look!

  • Apply The Right Shade Of Lipstick

You don’t have to go to your dentist and spend a small fortune in a bid to get whiter than white teeth. As it turns out, there are many simple tricks you can apply that whiten your teeth as though by magic.

For example, getting whiter teeth is sometimes just as easy as applying the right shade of lipstick!

What you might not have realised is that there are some lip colours that darken your teeth and some that whiten them. Knowing what dulls and what glows is


We love coconut oil, and see it as the secret weapon in our beauty regimes. Like a magician, it can carry out all sorts of amazing tricks.

It’s not hard to imagine why when you consider all the good stuff that coconut oil is composed of: It’s rich in anti-fungal and antibacterial properties, which means it can do a lot of things that other oils can’t.

  • Soothe Your Dry Hands

Dry skin sucks. Not only can it itch and get red and blotchy, but it can cause our skin to crack, blister – and bleed. It doesn’t look good, and it also doesn’t feel good. But coconut oil can help.

  • Highlight Your Cheekbones

It might sound unorthodox, but coconut oil works as a really amazing highlighter for your cheekbones. All you need to do is take a dab and then sweep it on top of your makeup. Then, leave well alone. The oil will blend in with your skin seamlessly, so that it looks like your skin but with more of a glow. In fact, if you check the list of ingredients on practically any natural makeup branded formula, you’ll see coconut oil.

  • Wash Your Face


Beauty Tips

Actress Sandra Prinsloo is 68 and looking fantastic. Here are a few of her tips on how to age with grace and keep looking younger for longer:

  • Clean your skin twice a day, morning and night, and use thick moisturiser to keep it hydrated.
  • Use loads of sunscreen, and preferably a foundation with an SPF of about 15 to 20. Sun damage is irreversible, so be careful.
  • Go for products you trust. I’ve been using the same range of cleansers, day creams and serums from local company Cosmetique 2000 for over 24 years – they work for me. I love their Concepts Resurgence range with everything from face wash to eye cream.
  • Eat lots of raw food, like fruit and vegetables. I believe that what you put inside your body shows on the outside, too. I must admit, I’ve never eaten fast-food in my life, and I can’t imagine I’m missing out on much.
  • Try not to wear too much make-up. For every day, I go for a light foundation and a lick of mascara. If I wear lipstick, you know there’s something special happening. The purer you keep your skin, the better.

So would you say that’s your typical


Your skin is not only your biggest organ, it’s also your most visible one. In other words, everyone can see it. As such, when your skin has an amazing, healthy glow, you naturally feel confident enough to show it off to people. When it is peppered with blemishes, on the other hand, you feel a lot less confident.

Good skin, therefore, equals more confidence.

The good news is that you don’t have to spend lots of money to give your skin its radiant glow back. You certainly don’t need to have cosmetic surgery! Moreover, you don’t even need to spend lots of money on over-the-counter beauty products.

You really are what you eat. To treat acne, reduce the signs of ageing, ward off wrinkles and battle cellulite, you just need to eat better. Let’s take a look at 10 amazing foods for glowing skin.

  • Tomatoes

For Beauty and Tips, tomatoes are a super food and are definitely part of fabulous foods for glowing skin. We love this red fruit that’s as luscious as a pair of lips. Why? Because it does amazing things for your skin.


Taking the perfect picture depends on a multitude of things: lighting, the ingredients in your make-up and angle all affect the finished product. It can all be a bit much to think about when you’re just trying to get a nice candid pic for Instagram, but thankfully, we’ve done the hard work for you. Follow our tips to looking good in pictures below and you’ll look like the beauty queen you truly are in no time at all.

  • Lighting is a girl’s best friend

It may sound obvious, but when it comes to taking the perfect selfie, good lighting is key. That doesn’t mean shining a torch in your face is going to turn you into Karlie Kloss, but a good, clean light source can go a long way. Turn to face a window or lamp directly rather than side-on if you can, as that way the face looks luminous and even without the chance of shadows ruining your even complexion.

  • Beware the ‘ghostface’ effect

Ever wondered why you go from bronzed goddess to complete ghoust in photos taken with flash? A common myth is that you’re buying


Perhaps the worst thing about a birthday is that it means we look yet another year older. Some women are lucky not to have this problem. Indeed, some women seem to stay the same age for years, and actually look a lot younger than they are. For women who look the age they are or – gulp – older than the age they are, birthdays can be a terrifying event!

Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be this way. While there is nothing you can do to slow down time, you can put the brakes on the ageing process. In fact, you can put the brakes on them so hard that you can actually look ten years younger than you actually are.

  • Find Ways To De-Stress

A really easy way to age yourself quickly is to do the things that make you stressed. Stress catalyses physical changes in your body that promote ageing. Cortisol is pumped out in its droves, and it triggers all kinds of problems. Dark circles appear under your eyes, you break out in spots and wrinkles, and you generally look older than you are.

  • Perform A Few Hair Tricks

Remove Eye Makeup

  1. Always remove all your makeup before you wash your face.
  2. Take a cotton ball and wet it thoroughly with the remover.
  1. Start working on one eye at a time.
  1. Start with the upper lid and swipe the cotton ball a couple of times exerting minimum pressure.
  1. If maximum gunk has come off, use another cotton ball to remove the remains of the upper lid makeup.
  1. Repeat the same with the other eye.
  1. Use a fresh cotton ball soaked in eye makeup remover to give a final cleansing.
  1. Now move on to the lashes and kohl part.
  1. Be careful while doing this as too much of the makeup remover might burn your eyes.
  1. You can use a cotton swab/ear bud to reach the innermost corner of your eye.
  1. Use as much as the remover and cotton as required to thoroughly remove all the makeup from your eyes.
  1. Now remove the rest of the makeup from your face.
  1. Use a gentle cleanser to wash your face.
  1. Dab on some toner to close the pores.
  1. Use adequate moisturizer to pamper your skin.
  1. You can also dab on some under eye cream to provide some relief to your eyes.

How to Remove Eye Makeup Using Baby

Pro and Tips for Making Lipstick

You know when you’re out in public, feeling put-together because you’re fully done up and rocking a seriously bold lip? That bright color is really helping you feel good—you know it looks good. Then, after awhile, you forget you’re wearing lipstick, and you go to the bathroom. After glancing in the mirror, and…your lipstick looks fuzzy. And you realize that it’s happened: your color bled! Tiny little lines of color, subtly spreading from the top of your lip line to the skin under your nose. Suddenly, you look all smeary, like you don’t know how to apply makeup.

Both Lucero and Stambro agree: generally, it’s not you, darlin’, it’s your lipstick. Lipstick is, as Stambro puts it, “a creamy product on top of a moving surface.” Meaning, as we laugh, kiss, and eat, the emollient substance slips around a bit. Lucero echoes that, saying that color won’t necessarily stay firmly on the lips, especially if you’re using something with “a really creamy formulation, or if you’re wearing a balm underneath that’s too greasy.”

According to Stambro, the more shine or gloss a lip product has, the more likely it’ll bleed. And Lucero concurred, adding to the list any lippie that looks “frosted” or “containing a

Women and Their Eyebrows

1. The Ancient Egyptian Eyebrows of Horus
Both Egyptian men and women wore makeup for its supernatural powers. As an homage to the God Horus, heavily-lined eyes were the focal point of the face, which meant that eyebrows needed to be equally as prominent. They darkened, arched, and elongated brows by painting on carbon and black oxide substances.

2. The Pure Ancient Greek Brows
The Ancient Greeks put an emphasis on purity and it was reflected in women’s beauty rituals. Often times married women would sport a natural look, while those who were unwed would touch up their eyebrows with black incense. A uni-brow was recognized as a beautiful trait — not a reason to run to your salon for an urgent pre-date touch-me-up.

3. The Astute Ancient Roman Brows
Roman women had more freedom in their beauty practices than the Greeks, but the no-fuss uni-brow was still considered the most desirable characteristic. It was a sign of intelligence and worn by the most notoriously beautiful women of the time. Brow-wow-wow.

4. The Barely-There Middle Ages Brows
Medieval women pointed attention to their domed foreheads, a desirable trait of the time, by plucking their eyebrows heavily.

Essential Vitamin For Glowing Skin

Our skin is our body’s largest organ and can be affected by many factors including our environment, health, the food we eat and our skincare regime. It is common knowledge that we can improve our general health and our skin health by maintaining a healthy balanced diet and through exercising regularly. More recently there has been an emphasis on the topical application of products containing skin-loving vitamins to nourish our skin from the outside, helping us to achieve a healthy and glowing complexion.

  • Vitamin A

Skin can start to appear dry and flaky if vitamin A levels are even slightly below normal.  This is because vitamin A is essential for your skin’s health as it maintains and repairs skin tissue. Scientific studies have shown that products containing this nutrient can provide some relief to dry, flaky skin conditions, help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and prevent acne.

Retinol is the synthetic form of vitamin A, however, there are natural sources of vitamin A available. Rosehip seed oil, an abundant source of topical trans-retinoic acid (vitamin A) can have similar skin benefits as retinol. This makes Rosehip seed oil ideal for those with combination (oily and dehydrated) skin types.

  • Vitamin B

Vitamin B

How to Apply Eyeliner

Of all the beauty tips and tricks out there, eyeliner is one of those with the steepest learning curves.

Types Of Eyeliners

  • Gel Eyeliner: Although this may seem intimidating at first, this is probably going to become your best friend if you love those cat eyes. I, for one, swear by it. They usually come in pots, so you’ll need to use a brush for it. I highly recommend the Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner by Maybelline.
  • Liquid Eyeliner: A liquid eyeliner is best for precise application. These liners come in two types of packaging, a tiny vial-like bottle with an extremely fine and precise dipping brush, and a marker type pen with a felt tip. If you’re a beginner, then I suggest you go for the latter one. The Sketch Marker Liquid Art Liner by Too Faced is a good choice for the felt tip liner.
  • Pencil Eyeliner: This type of eyeliner is usually the first one we all started out with. It’s best used to line the water line and also to create a smokey look. The 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil is the no-brainer choice for the pencil eyeliner.

To help us achieve those enviable brush strokes ourselves, we asked her to share some helpful tips

Glitter Eye Shadow

omeone very wise once said, “You can never have too much glitter.” For the most part, we’re inclined to agree. Unfortunately, the glitzy, glittery eye shadow of our teen years came with a few drawbacks—namely, the tendency to leave a trail of shimmer everywhere, from our cheeks and our clothes to every surface we touched. After just one day of sparkly eye makeup, we’d be finding flecks of shimmer for weeks, and the experience left us more than a little glitter gun-shy.

Cue Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow, a cream eye shadow with super-shiny pearl and glitter pigments that glide over eyes with the flick of a wand. Unlike loose glitter, there’s no flaking or fallout—once it dries down, it locks into place until you take it off. To help you ease back into the world of glitter eye makeup, we put together a quick tutorial with this shimmery superhero and a few of our other Stila favorites.

What You’ll Need:

• Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow in Bronzed Bell

• Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow in Molten Midnight

• Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner in Intense Black

• Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Dolce


Beauty Glossary

  1. Acne conglobata: Type of acne in which interconnected nodules are located beneath the surface of the skin.
  2. Acne mechanica: Acne caused by exposure to heat, covered skin, pressure, or repetitive friction.
  3. Acne vulgaris: The most common type of acne, associated with blackheads, whiteheads, papules, and pustules, commonly referred to as pimples or zits.
  4. Actinic keratoses: Precancerous growths that can appear red, thick, and rough; usually found on sun-damaged skin.
  5. Antioxidants: Vitamins A (including beta carotene), C, and E, thought to repair and protect skin cells by neutralizing damaging free radicals.
  6. Atopic: When an antibody present in the skin makes someone more likely to experience allergic reactions.
  7. Basal cell carcinoma: Type of skin cancer that forms at the base of the epidermis of the skin and usually does not spread to other parts of the body; associated with long-term overexposure to the sun.
  8. Chemical peel: Chemical solution applied to the skin to remove damaged outer layers.
  9. Dermabrasion: Procedure in which a rotating brush is used to abrade, or remove, the outer surface of the skin.
  10. Dermatitis: Inflammation of the skin.
  11. Dermis: The middle layer of the skin.
  12. Epidermis: The outer layer of the skin.
  13. Exfoliate: To slough off the outer layer of skin cells.
  14. Follicle: A shaft in the skin through which hair grows.
  15. Isotretinoin (Accutane and other brand names): Oral vitamin A-based medication used to treat severe acne.
  16. Laser resurfacing: Laser procedure to remove signs

Best Makeup Brushes

Just like you’d never expect to recreate a salon-perfect blow dry with a beaten-up hairdryer and a comb, getting flawless make-up is all down to using the right kit: namely, finding the best make-up brushes for the job.

A good brush can elevate your makeup from stripey and patchy to seamless – which should be reason enough to dedicate time to finding the right ones. Brushes come in a mind-boggling variety of shapes, sizes, prices and fibres, so navigating the market can be quite treacherous.

A good brush will feel luxurious, have minimum shedding and last you a good long while – providing you take good care of them.

What’s the difference between synthetic bristles and natural bristles? How many do you need? How many is too many? To help your brush-buying that bit less stressful, we’ve put together a handy guide for you.

The best budget make-up brushes

Brushes are a very personal thing, and everyone’s different, but one thing that’s universal is that it’s worth investing in good ones. Note that we say good, and not expensive – while some of the best brushes come with a steeper price tag, some of the most reliable, tried-and-tested offerings come from more affordable budget