ON WEARING A RED LIP

ON WEARING A RED LIP

Being the 31st of August, today is officially the end of winter according to the calendar. And with winter being the ideal time to rug up and don a red lippy I’ve kind of missed the boat there having not even touched on how to wear a red lip. Bad form Hannah! However, I’ve decided to cover my backside by thinking that Christmas is not really that far away and with the holiday season comes parties, where a red lip is always in fashion. So reds. There are so very many options when it comes to red lips, and with the multitude of textures (full colour matte or satin finish lipsticks, sheers, shines, glosses, tinted balms, lip pencils) and tones (blue reds, orange reds, brick reds, raspberry reds, burgundies), there has to be one out there that suits you and which you enjoy wearing. Red lips always make me feel a tad more sexpot, a bit flirtier, and a ton more fun. However there are a couple of things to heed, red rules to live by if you will: 1. Wearing a red lip will draw attention to any redness or discolouration in the skin, but also adds extra drama to any look you have got going on already. And by extra drama I mean every bit of makeup you are wearing is going to be exaggerated, and look more ‘makeupy’. So don’t go thinking you need to apply all the extra foundation coverage everywhere to conceal redness and help your skin look flawless. Instead apply your lipstick as the first step in your makeup application after skin care and then have a look...
SKIN TRAVEL BLUES

SKIN TRAVEL BLUES

I’m spending a bit of time on planes over the next couple of months. Like I flew to Auckland on Saturday, and on to Adelaide on Sunday. I flew back to Welly via Sydney on Tuesday and then headed to Christchurch on Wednesday. I get back home on Saturday night. Not to be one of those people who is all “I’m such a global traveller and it’s so very horrible, FML” or anything. But. Work trips aren’t really all they’re cracked up to be. Especially for the skin. Spend a couple of hours on a plane and then a couple of nights in a beautifully cooled (by air conditioning) hotel room, add to that differences in each locations weather/humidity, and an unstable diet and my skin goes a bit bonkers. Dehydration bonkers. Dehydration is a skin condition which can hit anyone. If you don’t have enough water in the skin you’ll start to see some adverse effects. This can hit at the foundation level, where all looks amazing and glowy when you first apply but two hours later your skin is looking like an arid desert, or you have no foundation left on your skin, as it’s taken any water component in the foundation in an effort to rehydrate. The thing is, most foundations are targeted to skin types, the whole dry/combo/oily thing which is to do with the oil/sebum levels in the skin rather than hydration levels. You might be dry and so choose a foundation targeted at dry skin. So lack of oil. If you’re dehydrated too, unless you address that concern in your skin care the...
COUNTER INTELLIGENCE

COUNTER INTELLIGENCE

Following on from last weeks post about Kirkcaldies being bought out by David Jones, shall we have a chat about cosmetic floors and how terrifying they can be? I’ve spent a fair amount of the past decade working on the tiled territory of beauty counters. And they are such a different world from any other place I’ve worked. There is high emotion, drama, and a whole bunch of bright lipstick. I have been known to sigh about the drama quota and then be all “well what did I expect, choosing to work in an industry full of women and gay men” *no offense to the straight men and non dramatic others out there. The ladies and gents who toil at cosmetic counters are a diverse bunch. You get the fresh out of makeup school-green as anything-and a bit scared to come near you with a mascara wand beauty assistant through to the jaded- been in the cosmetic industry for far too long-and a bit cynical but highly knowledgeable about products beauty assistant. You get the beauty assistants who are tired of the retail portion of their jobs and just want to play with the pretty colours. You get the longstaying beauty assistants who love helping their customers sort out their skin/makeup and have built up loyal customer (fan) bases. All of that you can’t usually tell from their exteriors. You might think you can get a clue from how old they look, but you need to realise that these women/men have access to all the great skincare ingredients - retinols, vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, aha’s - things which can make...
CORRECT YOURSELF, BEFORE YOU WREAK YOURSELF

CORRECT YOURSELF, BEFORE YOU WREAK YOURSELF

I had a very fun wedding party the other Saturday… While I was midway through one of the bridesmaid’s makeup, she hit me up about something she’d seen on the Pinstagram where a woman had applied red lipstick all the way around her eyes to rid herself of dark circles. Yep I’ve seen pics of that one too. Yep it made it to Stuff.co.nz’s Beauty section. And then I was driving somewhere listening to a makeup artist on the radio be quizzed about her top tricks. And she goes and mentions that she has seen a trick lately where someone used red lipstick around their eyes and how it looked amazing. Instagram strikes again. Sigh. My take on this: Brilliant attempt at multi purposing a makeup product by that lady, all power to her. From what I’ve seen it’s a very red lipstick. And she looks to be of Indian origin, with quite a dark, yellow/olive toned skin. A skin tone where dark circles become a rather blackish purpley grey, rather than your stock standard bluey purple. The thing that works on her skin tone is not going to work on most other skin tones. Also - have you swatched lipstick on your hand and then rubbed it off? Depending on the pigment quality you’ll have that shit on your hand for a good few washes. Also – the texture of lipstick is made for the lips, it’s not really going to sit well under your eyes, the area that can be the driest on your face. It’ll either be too drying if you use a lippie of the long lasting variety, or too emollient if you use a...
MASCARA WITHOUT SMUDGES… IT IS POSSIBLE

MASCARA WITHOUT SMUDGES… IT IS POSSIBLE

Mascara. The product that helps frame your eyes and finish off a polished makeup look. Also the product that can make you look extra tired when it ends up smudged under your eyes. Even waterproof, super unbudgable mascaras can smudge if they mix with residual eye cream, oil from a concealer or oily eyelids, which makes sense when you think that you normally use an oil based makeup remover to remove that hard core waterproof gear. But once it’s smudged down under your eyes and you don’t have any remover on hand just try to clean it off. It’s damn near impossible. So for outings into muggy humid weather, occasions when there might be tears or eye rubbing, or pretty much anytime I’m using mascara, I love to use something called a tubular mascara. These beauties coat the lashes with a flexible polymer which is immune to oil, sweat and tears. But it can be removed at the end of the day super easily with your fingers and some warm water. After cleansing your face wet your thumb and index finger with warm water and gently pull through your lashes, the mascara will come off in wee plastic-like tubes. Easy. You’ll find that most brands nowadays do a tubular mascara. I’ve tried several but have yet to find a drugstore brand with a tubing mascara in stock when I’ve been shopping so still have a bit of experimentation to do to find a good cheapie version. The best tubing mascara I’ve found so far that I can highly recommend are: Clinique High Impact Curling Mascara I use this mascara and have been so...
NO ONE LIKES A PUFFY EYE

NO ONE LIKES A PUFFY EYE

So we’ve made it through Spring. A time for new life and unveiling a fresh layer after a winter hibernation. Lambs, blossoms, daffodils. But every year that sneaky little asshole that we call Spring gets me. I get old lady leaky eyes, they puff up, my nose runs (more than usual) and for me the first week of September usually rounds off with a sinus infection. For me Spring = the pain in the proverbial that is hayfever. Now, I do realise that we’re now just over a week into “summer” (ha!) but with Wellington’s windiness I still seem to be battling with the fever of the hay, as do a number of young ladies I’ve spoken with over the past week so this post still seems relevant*… Most of my symptoms can be dealt to with some nasal spray and hayfever meds. But those puffy eyes. Jeebus they’re a trial. I’m not a massive selfie taker, in fact if I’m totally honest I hate having my photo taken full stop. But as part of this blog I’m starting to take more photos of myself (until I can start pulling in you guys as models) and I’m finding these puffy eyes of mine quite unsightly. So if you too are suffering from the bane of Spring and have the puff, or if your eyes tend towards puffiness all the time stick around as I help you get rid of those puffy eyes. Eye cream placement and amount of product Somehow my mind always works on “the more the merrier” school of thought, I must have had a deprived childhood (joking mum!). I’m now trying to...