Blush vs. bronzer: which should you be wearing?

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You’re getting ready in the morning. You’ve applied your foundation and now you’re looking to add some colour to your complexion. But what do you reach for – your blush or your bronzer?

Tricky situation, right? You almost feel like it’s your own (very, very mild) version of Sophie’s Choice*, where only one will win the glory of enhancing your complexion. It’s also confusing trying to figure out which one you should use, and where.

So here’s a super-quick guide to work out the colour your cheeks should be sporting.

If you want to look sun-kissed:

Go for the bronzer. The brown pigments will give your skin that I’ve-just-spent-a-week-in-the-Caribbean glow and if you choose one with some shimmer in it, it will give your skin an instant hit of radiance.

Apply your bronzer under your cheekbones, around your jawline, by your hairline and on your nose and chin. Lightly dust some on your neck, chest and décolletage for good measure.
Try: Bobbi Brown Beige Shimmer Brick

If you want to contour:

Reach for the bronzer, but make sure the powder is free from any shimmer or glitter. The natural hue will help bring out your angles while adding warmth to your face.

Apply the powder in the hollows of your cheeks – starting at your temples by the top of your ears and blending the colour down to the corner of your lips. You can also apply the colour on either side of the bridge of your nose and at your temples.
Try: benefit Hoola

If you want your skin to look ‘awake’:

Hello, blush! Pink and peach blushes will help give your skin a wonderfully natural flush that almost looks like you’ve run up and down the stairs a few times (without, you know, actually having to do it).
The key to an effective blush application is to keep the colour light and not too pigmented, otherwise you’ll lose that whole ‘natural finish’ thing.

If your face is round or oval, apply your blush on your cheekbones up towards your ears as this will help lengthen your face and add definition. For longer faces, apply your blush on the apples of your cheeks and extend the colour horizontally towards your ears. There are other techniques if your face is square or heart-shaped, and you can read them here.
Try: MeMeMe Blush Me Blush Box in Rouge

If you want an overall, natural finish:

Use both. No one actually said you have to use one or the other – we all just seem to weirdly think that’s the case.

If you’re going to use both, just make sure you don’t go overboard with how much you apply and make sure you blend the colour in properly.
Try: Natio Sheer Delight Blush & Bronze Palette

*A novel where a woman has to choose between her two children.

Do you ever get confused about which to wear? Are you more likely to use blush or bronzer?

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Member Comments

Posted by: Pink Hornet (Australia)

I have always worn both. When I was younger I only wore bronzer because I had high face colour.
Great article and tips.

Posted on: July 23, 2014 (15 hours ago)

Posted by: Beckky (Australia)

Some great advise on what I should be doing :)

Posted on: July 23, 2014 (15 hours ago)

How to beat your body fears

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We all have a body part that we hate; no matter how many times our friends and partners tell us it looks fine. And as much as we try, this body part can have a serious effect on our self-esteem. 

But instead of standing in front of the mirror and feeling down about it, try out these tricks to conquer your most-feared body part and don’t avoid trips to the beach or that skimpy dress anymore.

 

ARMS 

Photos: stand with your hand on your hip and flex. This position makes your arm look as slim as possible, as opposed to when it’s pushed against your side.

Wear: a fitted black blazer: it will go with everything you want to wear (dress, jeans, skirt and top) and will keep all the attention on the rest of your outfit, while creating a slimmer visual. Long and flowing kimonos are also a very flattering to wear over your bathers in summer.

Top tip: Tan strategically. Hold your arm out straight and flex so you can see your muscles. Apply an extra layer of tan where the contours are for extra definition.

 

THIGHS

Photos:  sit with your ankles interlocked and you knees resting to one side. Kind of like the Queen. This will hide your thighs completely from view.

Wear: skirts that fall from the waist and flow outwards. Tight skirts will only emphasise the size of your thighs. If you have thin calves, favour midi skirts over a maxi to show them off.

Top tip: start incorporating plie squats into your exercise routine. They’re similar to regular squats, but your knees are facing outwards, targeting your inner thighs.

 

BUM 

Photos: always stand up straight. Bending your knees, crouching or arching your back can make your bum stick out further.

Wear: invest in a good pair of slimming underwear, and for trips to the beach stick to high-cut briefs. Don’t try to cover your bum with high waisted or boy legs bottoms as this will only make it look bigger. In this case less is more. 

Top tip: start dry brushing before your shower. It will help to prevent and reduce the appearance of cellulite. 

 

BELLY

Photos: pull you shoulders back and suck your stomach in slightly. Turn partially sideways to the camera, placing one foot in front of the other.

Wear: tops and dresses that are tight around the bust and then flow outwards are excellent for hiding a round stomach. Partner with a pair of skinny jeans or a tight skirt to draw attention to your more favoured body parts.

Top tip: add chilli to meals where possible. It helps to boost the metabolism for a flatter stomach. 

 

What is your best body confidence tip? Do you strategically choose clothes based on your body shape?


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Member Comments

Posted by: Neilrawson (Australia)

I definitely have to work on my belly, I have a little pot. My arms could do with a bit of toning also.

Posted on: July 23, 2014 (20 hours ago)

Posted by: Chickybabe1 (Australia)

Great tips!

Posted on: July 23, 2014 (20 hours ago)

The girl who’s going a year without make-up

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Photo credit: DEEPANJAN MUKHOPADHYAY from kentucky.com

 

An American college student, Annie Gauru, did, so she resolved to go make-up free for an entire year in an experiment many women wouldn’t dream of pursuing.

The 20-year-old hoped the experience would change her perspective on beauty and self-worth. Seven months in, she’s been barefaced for 200 days already.

In a candid article relaying her experience thus far, Annie says she’s often been “tempted to quit” and that contrary to the popular belief men prefer women with less make-up, her all-natural look has made it difficult to attract guys. “I found that most guys thought that they preferred women without make-up, but subconsciously, they were attracted to those who had used makeup in a subtle way,” she said.

Although the experience has been difficult at times, Annie says her attitude toward her appearance has definitely changed for the better. She said: “I still don’t exactly see myself as beautiful, but I care a whole lot less. I’ve started relying more on my other assets.”

While she still hasn’t decided yet whether or not she’ll return to using make-up next year, we think the girl deserves a huge round of applause just for making it to the 200-day mark!


Would you be able to go make-up free for a year?

 

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Member Comments

Posted by: Beautynutter (Australia)

All the earlier comments were deleted for some weird reason...so re-posting my comment again.

She looks gorgeous without make-up, I am surprised she has trouble attracting guys.

Posted on: July 23, 2014 (15 hours ago)

Posted by: Pink Hornet (Australia)

I used to wear makeup for work and special functions. Now I don't need to wear it, I miss it and am excited when the opportunity to wear it presents itself. Not quite at the wearing it for no reason ... yet.
Interesting article and experiment.

Posted on: July 23, 2014 (15 hours ago)

The member-rated five-star foundation

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Many women are hesitant to try a new foundation, even when they know the one they’re currently using isn’t quite perfect.

If ever there was a product to prompt the switch though, it may just be L’Óreal Paris Infallible Liquid Foundation. With hyper-glide oils to help it smooth over the skin, its long-lasting formula evens out skin tone and leaves skin looking flawless.

But don’t just take our word for it. Twenty of our members were lucky enough to trial it recently following our Beauty Degustation Event  – and they loved it…
 
“This gorgeous foundation gives you flawless, full coverage for hours - and this is coming from someone who's had it on for 10 hours of work, followed by three hours of exercise. Astounding!” – Temporary Princess

“I was really happy with the look of my skin after I applied this product. My skin was even and natural-looking, with a matte finish that didn’t look like a mask.” – HMad

Check out the rest of the glowing reviews here.


What features do you look for in a foundation? What other foundations can you personally recommend?  


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Member Comments

Posted by: Joole (Australia)

I'm not a fan of matte finishes but Loreal does make great foundations! :)

Posted on: July 22, 2014 (2 days ago)

Posted by: CherryBlossom (Australia)

Sounds good. Nice helpful reviews, thank you.

Posted on: July 22, 2014 (2 days ago)

Happy Birthday Prince George!

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It seems like only yesterday that the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton revealed baby Prince George to the public on the steps of St Mary’s hospital in London – and now he’s already celebrating his first birthday!

While the young tot’s expected to enjoy a low-key tea party at Kensington Palace, the Duke and Duchess have insisted they don’t want to him to be showered with presents. Understandable, given it’s been estimated the mini monarch has already received a whopping 4,000 gifts since he was born last July. The haul has included some more unusual official gifts including three toy meerkats, as well as a cuddly crocodile from his trip down under.

For a baby present that’s a bit more practical but just as entertaining, we can’t go past a bubble bath. With feel-good ingredients like soothing organic aloe vera and moisture-packed vitamin E, Yes To Baby Carrots Naturally Cleansing Bubble Bath would be sure to make Prince George’s bath time fun and tear-free. You listening, Wills?

 

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Member Comments

Posted by: Neilrawson (Australia)

By golly the year has gone quick, what a cuty pie he is. Happy 1st birthday baby George.

Posted on: July 22, 2014 (2 days ago)

Posted by: freaky (Member since 2007, Australia)

He is such a cutie and growing so fast!! The Johnson and Johnson no tears shampoo is always a cult favourite of mine. The smell brings back memories. Like the sound of the bubble bath too

Posted on: July 22, 2014 (2 days ago)