Makeup

Beauty Standards

Why praising 'natural' beauty is a farce

Feminist superhero Amy Schumer highlights the hypocrisy in 'Girl, You Don't Need Makeup'.

Kathleen Lee Joe 12:15 AM   We're told to keep it 'natural' – but, of course, not at the expense of keeping it polished and beautiful.

Gloss Gaffe

Here’s everything wrong with naming a lipgloss ‘Underage’

"There is a lipgloss named ‘Underage’ and no one seems to have picked up on it – until now."

Kathleen Lee Joe   It's a term one usually associates with the charge of Statutory Rape, not the subtle pink-gold hue left by a swipe of tinted gloss.

Liner Looks

6 fresh takes on black eyeliner from NYFW

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Kathleen Lee-Joe   Though we adore the time-honoured winged tip – especially when it’s as precise and perfect as Alexa’s – sometimes it’s fun to try something new.

Pizza Nails

Pizza Hut just released their own nail polishes!

Tasty manicures for all.

Kathleen Lee-Joe   And there’s a smorgasbord of tasty shades.

Commuter beauty

Go ahead and apply your makeup on the train

"Of course, there are practical precautions one must always take, especially if you're catching a CountryLink train, which has a tendency to jerk and lurch forward without warning."

Kathleen Lee-Joe   Just as Germaine Greer questioned why we haul our whole handbags into the loo instead of pulling out the individual tampon we need, why isn’t it cool to be open about a routine that everyone knows about and that most women do every day of their lives?

Bright eyes

How to choose makeup according to your eye colour

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Kathleen Lee-Joe   Here’s an interesting eye-opener: The key to making your eyes brighter is choosing the right eye makeup, selecting tones that both contrast with and enhance the colour of your irises.

Beauty beat

Smoky eyes forever, and a hair treatment to combat chlorine damage

Smouldering: model Cara Delevingne knows how to rock the smoky eye.

Stephanie Darling   Stephanie Darling salutes the power of the smoky eye, tackles pool hair and test-drives a scalpel-free facelift.

Beauty beat

Lolly lips, SPF and the low down on the Babor Ultimate facial

Fruity: Keira Knightley at a Golden Globes after-party on January 11.

Stephanie Darling   Stephanie Darling tracks a red-carpet beauty trend, test-drives a clay face mask and checks her make-up's protection levels.

Please leave Kylie Jenner's lips alone

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Clem Bastow   Makeup is a form of self-fashioning through which we can become whoever (or whatever) we want.

Beauty hack

Red lipstick can really get rid of your dark circles

Yes, you'll look crazy in the process, but smearing lippie all over your face is a true buy-less-products beauty hack.

... the results are kind of amazing.

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Cosmetic comedy

The beauty industry has run out of makeup names

Oh dear. The puns and cheeky superlatives have run completely dry.

Kathleen Lee Joe   The 'Out of Makeup Names' video by The Punch sheds light on how beauty products get given such bizarre monikers.

Marilyn Monroe is the new face of Max Factor

The new face of Max Factor is Marilyn Monroe, 53 years deceased.

More than 50 years after her death, Hollywood's most famous blonde is still in demand.

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Beauty secrets

Make your makeup multi-task for you

"We often want more from our beauty products."

Tracey Strange   Beauty emergency? Cash crisis? Here's how to get more out of your beauty products.

Beauty history

Watch 100 years of beauty fly by in a minute

The one-minute-long video goes through a quick time lapse, tracking what was in vogue from 1910 to present day.

Kathleen Lee Joe   What is your favourite beauty decade? This video ought to give you an idea.

Winging it

How to perfect winged eyeliner

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Tracey Strange   Secrets to help make your feline eyes even more striking.

Mixed race skin

Thandie Newton tackles foundation for mixed race skin

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Kathleen Lee Joe   As a mixed-race teenager who searched in vain for make-up for her skin, Thandie Newton felt like 'the mistake that can't be provided for'. How far we've come, she says...

Redheads rejoice!

The best beauty products for redheads

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Kathleen Lee Joe   Just because redheads account for only one to two per cent of the world's population doesn't mean they should be neglected. Enter the How To Be A Redhead blog.

Survive Sephora

10 tips for shopping at Sephora

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Kathleen Lee Joe   Ten minutes in and you’ve already gone through an array of emotions – overwhelmed, scared, enraged, elated, broke. Don’t let this happen to you. Ahead of its December 5 opening, here are our tips for tackling the madness and coming out alive to tell the tale.

Storage hacks

Nifty makeup storage hacks for messy girls

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Kathleen Lee Joe   We may not ever be that impossibly organised person who stacks her shoeboxes and labels them with Polaroids, but these 20 hacks are one step closer …

Best match

The best makeup for darker skin tones

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Kathleen Lee Joe   ‘Mocha’ and ‘Cocoa’ should be more than just an afterthought.

Road test

We trial fake tan and mascaras so you don't have to

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Stephanie Darling   From luxe to less: Stephanie Darling waves magic mascara wands.

Cutest claws

5 Sanrio-inspired nail art tutorials

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Kathleen Lee Joe   Anyone obsessed with Hello Kitty as much as we are will flip when they see these super kawaii manicures by Masako Kojima.

Bollywood beauty

The ban on female makeup artists in India has finally been lifted

Indian Bollywood actress Gauri Singh is reflected in a mirror as she adjusts her makeup during filming on the set of the Punjabi film ?Bolo Tara Rara ? in Amritsar on November 16, 2012. The film is directed by Haresh Vyas. AFP PHOTO/NARINDER NANU        (Photo credit should read NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images)

Kathleen Lee Joe   Women in India are finally being allowed to work as makeup artists in the film industry after sixty years of being excluded.

Beauty beat

A trick for creating your own signature lipstick shade

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Stephanie Darling   Stephanie Darling gets creative with lipstick hues, revels in a relaxing bubble bath and has a stone facial with a difference.

Makeup tips

How to apply concealer like an expert

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Tracey Strange   Concealer commandments worth remembering next time you're feeling a little weary.

Thrifty beauty

This makeup tutorial only uses kitchen pantry products

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Kathleen Lee Joe   Delicious, natural and cheap, what more could you want?

Girl Online

A day in the life of YouTube superstar Zoella

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 25:  Zoe Sugg aka Zoella attends the launch of her debut beauty collection at 41 Portland Place on September 25, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for Zoella Beauty)

Alice Audley   With a Penguin book deal, a bespoke beauty range and two Teen choice awards under her belt, Zoe Sugg - aka Zoella - is a 21st century social media superstar.

Behind-the-scenes

The Downton Abbey makeup tutorial starring Lady Edith

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Kathleen Lee Joe   Lisa Eldridge, top makeup artist and YouTube star, teamed up with actress Laura Carmichael to create a makeup tutorial based on her Downton Abbey character.

Tilda x NARS

Tilda Swinton as the new face of NARS

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Kathleen Lee Joe   Why, we don’t think we’ve been this excited about a spokesmodel announcement since Jessica Lange for Marc Jacobs.

Summer glow

A three-step guide to illuminators

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Genevieve Rosen   Don’t hate, illuminate! A three-step guide to getting that summer glow.

Halloween how-tos

10 makeup tutorials that’ll have you winning Halloween

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Kathleen Lee Joe   ‘Tis the season to experiment with makeup and let your inner freak flag fly!

Pastel power

Spring racing beauty made easy

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Stephanie Darling   Stephanie Darling welcomes the latest pastel eye shadows, has a make-up lesson and gets a brow tip from the experts.

Elle magazine

Lorde gives Elle magazine a make-under by going natural on the cover

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Sarah Oakes   Lorde is no fan of Photoshop or pretending to be something she's not.

Beauty PSA

Stop everything and clean your makeup brushes now

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Kathleen Lee Joe   A ten-minute cleanup could save you from all sorts of unspeakable horrors.

Movie makeup

Movies that deserve their own makeup collections

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Kathleen Lee Joe   The possibilities are endless!

Beauty Q&A

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley spills her beauty secrets

RHW

Even RHW wasn't immune to 90s beauty mistakes.

Cartoon beauty

This skilled (crazy?) makeup artist turns her mouth into popular cartoon characters

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Sarah MacKenzie   And most of us struggle to apply bright lippy without veering into clown territiory.

Futuristic beauty

Could electronic make-up be the future of beauty?

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Rachel Clun   Virtual makeup and 3D printed eye-shadow. It has to be seen to be believed.

Must-watch beauty

The only beauty tutorials you need to watch on YouTube

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08:  A model get makeup applied backstage during the Harbison presentation during MADE Fashion Week Fall 2014 at Milk Studios on February 8, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Mireya Acierto/Getty Images)

Kathleen Lee Joe   Anyone with a laptop, internet connection and face can make a YouTube beauty tutorial, but these keen vloggers have well and truly earned their clicks.

Famous faces

Get excited about these celebrity makeup lines

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Kathleen Lee Joe   We’ve just caught word that two of our favourite beauty icons are making makeup now.

Sneak preview: check out the beauty products Sephora is bringing to Australia

Sephora Australia will open in December in Sydney's Pitt Street Mall.

Jenna Clarke   Sephora has given beauty fans a sneak preview of what to expect from its first Australian store.

Beauty horrors

When contouring goes horribly wrong

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Kathleen Lee Joe   The art of contouring is some complicated beauty business.

Beauty buzzwords

Your guide to reading beauty labels

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Kathleen Lee Joe   You try to avoid foods with preservatives, flavour enhancers and other nasty E-numbers, but how about your beauty products? When it comes to reading labels on eye creams and makeup, things get very complex indeed.

Online beauty

Why you shouldn't buy makeup on eBay

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Kathleen Lee Joe   Here's what you should know if you're searching the WWW for a beauty bargain.

Heel and toe

Christian Louboutin matches your nails to your shoe soles

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Kathleen Lee Joe   The standout shade is, of course, Rouge Louboutin.

Beauty beat

Get eye-bright with earthy new shadows and steady-handed eyeliner

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Stephanie Darling   Stephanie Darling becomes a fan of truffle-hued eye shadow and gets the lowdown on applying eyeliner.

90s throwback

Are you ready for the return of this beauty trend?

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Kathleen Lee Joe   It's about to hit the runway, red carpet, and your local supermarket aisle.

Beauty beat

Try winter-chic elfin nails and gold-toned highlighter

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Stephanie Darling   Stephanie Darling discovers a cult serum, indulges in a facial and shows it's easy to be green with the latest nail colours.

Beauty hacks

25 amazing beauty hacks for lazy-broke gals

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Kathleen Lee Joe   There are plenty of beauty tips that we care not to listen to. Who actually throws out their mascara after six months? We ain’t got time for that.

Beauty tips

You should really try this beauty trick

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Leonie Barlow   A misunderstood beauty product that might just solve your eye-makeup woes.

Marge Simpson x MAC

Check out 'The Simpson's' themed MAC collection

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Effie Mann   Marge Simpson branches out with a new makeup collaboration.

Tips for lips

How to maintain a perfect pout

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Leonie Barlow   Combat winter's drying chill with these simple tips for perfect lips.

Winter beauty

We try new Chanel brights, a Moisturise massage and source expert winter haircare tips

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Stephanie Darling   Stephanie Darling's weekly beauty round-up.

Beauty beat

The best new floral fragrances

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Stephanie Darling   Stephanie Darling gets a much-needed hair treat, sniff tests the latest floral fragrances and talks to Lancome's super scientist.

Beauty vloggers

The alternative beauty vloggers you should be following

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Kathleen Lee Joe   Though many would quickly brush off fashion and beauty vlogging as frivolous pastimes - what with so many "better things to do" - we plainly disagree.

Easy nail art

Finally, a nail art design you can actually achieve

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Melissa Williams-King   Here's a nail design you don't need three hands and an Archibald to create.

Beauty beat

We find the solution for tired eyes, a tonic for healthy skin and give facial threading a try

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Stephanie Darling   Stephanie Darling tries the ancient technique of threading and finds the best eye creams.

Vintage beauty

Great hair and makeup moments from 'Grace of Monaco'

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Effie Mann   Beautiful beauty inspired by the iconic Hollywood-actress-turned-princess Grace Kelly.