What shade are you?

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You were so sure the foundation was the right shade – but why does it still look off? The lighting in stores is very deceptive when trying to match foundation shades to our skin. It would be best to try foundations out in natural light but that's just not possible, is it? Here are some basic tips to help make sure you get the closest match possible…

Stick with the same tone: it's better to get a shade slightly too light/dark for you than one that is the wrong tone. If you're not sure what tone you are, the easiest way is to look at your veins on your wrist. If they're blue, then you are pink toned and if they're green, you are yellow toned.

Match it to your neck: we're commonly told to test it on our jawline so we can see how it looks against our face and neck. However the lighting in stores can cast unatural shadows. Also, if you find your foundation usually looks off, it could be because your face is actually different to your neck. Match it to your neck so that you are one uniform colour!

Use a reference: if you already know your perfect match in another foundation, compare the new one with it. Make use of the testers. You could swatch your favourite shades against others until you find the best match.

Do you have any tips on picking the right shade? Have you ever made a foundation-buying blunder?

More foundation advice on bh:
- Five common make-up mistakes (and how to fix them)
- Is this the product your face has been waiting for?

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Posted by: bluerose (Member since 2007, Australia)

Yes, my tip is to go the the cosmetics counter and ask for help! If you get a few samples then that can be great to try them at home, in normal light.

Posted on: August 14, 2012 (Aug 14, 2012 12:26pm)

Posted by: kireina (Australia)

Great tips, especially using a reference!
This is always a difficult thing, I also agree with bluerose to get samples as THE best way to find your shade..but this isn't always an option.
Perhaps take your old product as a reference as well.

Posted on: August 14, 2012 (Aug 14, 2012 12:33pm)

How-to: cover your greys

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Spotting a grey hair – whether it’s your very first or a repeat offender – can be a pretty shocking experience. Especially if you’re not quite ready to embrace the silver-haired look.

So here are some products you might want to keep on hand to quickly cover those greys so effectively you won’t even remember they’re there.

We’re not talking about the coloured hair mascaras that made the 90’s that little bit more cringe-worthy, but rather mascaras that have actually been designed to cover up any re-growth and stray grey hairs while leaving your hair with a natural finish. 1000 Hour Hair Color Mascaras can be applied quickly and easily and dry in no time at all (so they’re perfect for those just-about-to-leave-the-house moments). And with five shades to choose from, you can be certain you’ll find a hair colour match.

Yes, dry shampoo. Not only does it refresh your hair, and not only can it be used for styling, but it can also be used to cover those pesky greys. Using a dry shampoo designed for brunettes can work wonders on lighter areas of your hair. Batiste Coloured Dry Shampoo adds a burst of dark colour to your hair, temporarily covering those greys. It’s available in brunette and black, so we wouldn’t advise using this on blonde hair.


Okay, so technically, it’s not lipstick, but touch-up sticks for hair that look (and feel) a lot like lipsticks. Touch-up sticks are only meant for small areas of grey hair, not a full head of coverage, so they’re perfect for regrowth and that annoying single strand that won’t go away. 1000 Hour Touch Up Stick blends easily onto the hair to cover greys, leaving your hair with a natural finish.

If you’ve got a bit more time…
Use a hair dye that offers great grey coverage and can target regrowth and greys around your forehead, around your hair parting, and by your temples. L'Oreal Paris Sublime Mousse is perfect for keeping those greys out of sight (and out of mind!).

Top tips for DIY hair colouring…

Thinning hair? We may just have the solution you’re looking for…


What do you think about grey hair?

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Posted by: lynx (Member since 2008, Australia)

Thank you so much for this article. I really want to try the mascara and lipstick versions. I also use the trick that I found somewhere here on Beautyheaven where you apply hair spray and then dab some eye shadow on to the hair, I do this around the hair line and I use brown shadow because my hair is meant to be brown.

Posted on: August 14, 2012 (Aug 14, 2012 7:14am)

Posted by: katshepsutt (Australia)

I think grey hair really suits some older women and can look stunning, just not for me. I found my first grey hair the day before my 21st birthday (early greying runs in my family) and I've been covering it up ever since - too dreary for this colour-loving babe :-)

Posted on: August 14, 2012 (Aug 14, 2012 7:27am)

Top 10: most-reviewed mascaras

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When it comes to mascaras, we ladies are a wee bit fussy. But rightly so, I say. I mean, we don’t want clumpy, thin, stumpy lashes do we? Nope. We want fluttery, full, sexy eyelashes. Always. However, finding the product that gives us all those things and more is tough. Very tough.

That’s why we’ve pulled together the top 10 most-reviewed mascaras tested by our brilliant bh members. They’ve tried them – and then they’ve spilled the beans. So, read their literary works of genuis below, and we’re certain you’ll feel completely confident the next time you’re searching for a product that’s truly got the lash-enhancing goods…


 #10: Maybelline New York Full 'n Soft Mascara
Designed to add colour and volume to the lashes while also protecting them, this make-up must-have contains vitamin E for soft, fluttery lashes 24/7.

 Reviewers said…
The best mascara I've used! No clumpy lashes and no smudging through the day, I love it :) – Janeka
It's also great because your lashes actually do feel soft after the mascara dries, which is extremely rare – usually my lashes feel quite spiky with mascara on! – Summerstar77
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#9: Rimmel London 1-2-3 Looks Mascara  
With its nifty twistable packaging, this goodie lets you customise your lashes as you see fit – just turn the dial for your desired volume.

Reviewers said…
I've gone through two tubes of this now since I discovered it :) It's my everyday go-to mascara. – Vkan
Best invention. Customizable levels? GENIUS! why wasn't this thought of before? – susan8D
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#8: Maybelline New York Lash Stiletto Mascara  
This gem stretches lashes to extreme limits while providing volume, curl, definition and shine at the same time.

Reviewers said…
Maybelline are the queens of amazing mascaras and this is another great one. – Summerstar77
It separates the lashes perfectly and gives them a natural-looking curl. It doesn’t clump (thank god!) and did I mention it’s perfect? – makeupdiva23
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#7: Maybelline New York Define-A-Lash Mascara  

This flexible brush not only creates long, flawless lashes, but separates each lash from root to tip without leaving clumps, too. Win!

Reviewers said…
I don't know what I'd do without this mascara! Even at the end of the tube I still do not experience clumpiness. – ken8989
This mascara will do what it needs to do; give you elongated, black lashes without spider leg effect, without excessive smudging, without any problems. – NellAdams
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#6: COVERGIRL LashExact Mascara  
This wonder has a unique brush with evenly spaced bristles to help define and lengthen lashes while keeping them clump-free at the same time.

Reviewers said…
Even though it really only separates and lengthens (no volume) it looks so pretty and simple. It also lasts all day for me. – Jillian864
This is a great product. It doesn't smear, rub, or flake. I really liked the bristles on the brush. It separates the lashes nicely and evenly. – Amanda738
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#5: Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara  
Claiming to double your lash size with one application, this large mascara wand uses patented Liquid Lash™ technology to leave your lashes looking thicker.

Reviewers said…
I always, always come running back to this mascara. I love its large, rubber brush, which separates my lashes perfectly.  – Auralee
I LOVE this mascara. It's buildable, so multiple coats don't create clumps, and most importantly it doesn't smudge! – cliches
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#4: Maybelline New York Great Lash Mascara
Designed to condition as it thickens your lashes, this mascara is much-loved for being easy to remove, too.

Reviewers said…
I love the coverage it gives attention to every lash and is great for separating and getting into those small new lashes. – Booboobaby77
This does everything you want a mascara to do! It separates lashes, it’s clump-free, provides volume at the base of your lashes and even lengthens. – discomilk
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#3: Maybelline New York Volum’ Express FALSIES Mascara
Featuring unique fibres that lengthen, moisturise and give volume to eyelashes, it also comes with a convex-shaped brush for the perfect product application.

Reviewers said…
When I want something a step above natural for every day I love the Falsies mascara. It doesn't clump, never flakes or smudges and stays all day. – Popss
This is a great and affordable mascara. It adds volume to my lashes and lengthens them. – Kathryn729
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#2: COVERGIRL LashBlast Volume Mascara  
The brush wand in this volume-boosting formula contains a whole heap of tiny teeth to ensure instant volume and fullness. Added bonus: it’s smudge and smear-proof, too.

Reviewers said…
I love this stuff! My holy grail mascara. It adds a lot of volume and doesn't dry out too fast. – is2u
I just love how it doesn't clump my lashes whatsoever and doesn't flake or smudge. – Beautybyte
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#1: Maybelline New York Colossal Volum’Express Mascara
This lash-tastic gem delivers extreme volume thanks to its collagen formula and thickening agents. Hello, fat lashes.

Reviewers said…
I love the brush and the formula of this mascara. It really extends my lashes and makes them thick and full. I have bought this over and over again. - s2pring
I have tried probably 20 different mascaras trying to find the perfect one, and this is it. No clumping, and makes my lashes look fake yet still real. - Louisebaby8
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Have you tried any of these most-reviewed mascaras? Are you keen to try any now that you’ve read the stellar reviews? What’s your go-to mascara?

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Posted by: beautyqueen95♥ (Australia)

I've tried Rimmel 1-2-3 and maybelline falsies.... Loving the falsies, but they still don't look like false lashes using it!

Posted on: August 13, 2012 (Aug 13, 2012 5:43pm)

Posted by: AliceRoared (Australia)

I've only tried the Maybelline Colossal and Define-a-Lash and they were both awesome. :)

Posted on: August 13, 2012 (Aug 13, 2012 5:46pm)

Five common make-up blunders...

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Make-up isn’t always so easy to master. Often we find ourselves deep in a beauty dilemma and trying to fix it usually makes the problem worse. We've listed some of the most common beauty blunders and their quick-fix solutions – so you don't have to start all over again

1) You’re left with mascara on your eye lid/under your eye.
We’ve all been there – whether you’ve sneezed or accidently swiped your wand somewhere other than your lashes. Don’t panic – wiping it off right away will smudge it. Let the mascara dry, then carefully wipe the problem area using a small concealer brush dipped in make up remover. This will prevent you from disturbing the rest of your make-up.
Product pick: Manicare Concealer Brush

2) You used too much perfume
Many of us tend to go a little overboard with out favourite fragrance. It can result in not only a headache for you but also everyone around you. Luckily, there’s a simple solution to make sure you’re left smelling sweet. Use a cleansing wipe to soften the scent on the skin.  Remember: all you need is one to two sprays.
Product pick: Nivea’s Daily Essentials Fragrance Free Cleansing Wipes

3) You smudged your nail polish
Fresh manicures and smudged nails often go hand in hand and nothing is more frustrating, especially if you’ve been to a nail salon. Avoid adding another coat on top – it will just make your nail darker than the rest and look messy. Gently press the smudge with your thumb and massage the polish back into place, then apply a thick, glossy topcoat.
Product pick: Revitanail Top Coat

4) You used too much blush
Blush can give your face a natural flush and leave you looking radiant, but too much can look too forced and fake. Remove that big pink streak by applying face setting powder over the top with a large powder brush. It will remove the excess and even out the colour.
Product pick: Alexami Cosmetics Mineral Setting Powder

5) Your 'dewy' skin looks greasy
The dewy, fresh-faced look may be on trend but there’s a fine line between dewy and oily. Apply some translucent powder to your temples, around your nose, under your eyes and along the jaw line. This will even you out without adding any more colour.
Product pick: Essence Fix and Matte Translucent Loose Powder

What's the biggest make-up blunder you've ever made? What are your tips for quick touch-ups? 

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Posted by: MoonStone (Australia)

Great tips! I do the mascara one all the time.

Posted on: August 13, 2012 (Aug 13, 2012 12:09pm)

Posted by: Nda (Australia)

Great tips!! I always use a cotton bud with some olive oil to take off smudged mascaras :)

Posted on: August 13, 2012 (Aug 13, 2012 12:11pm)

How-to: your easiest on-the-go manicure

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Have you ever been off on holidays, far away from the safety of your nail polish collection and care kit, and looked down to see tattered nails with chipped-off colour staring back at you?

It's almost enough to put you off travelling altogether. But I’ve discovered that it is possible to travel light AND have amazing nails. Yes, really.

Did you know that there are only a few must-have items out there that you need to carry with you in order to ensure that you never suffer from a scary set of digits? Yep, I've got the four-piece formula to follow so you never feel self-conscious about your talons again.

ON-THE-GO MANICURE ITEM #1: Nail polish remover pads. With no chance of leakage like its bottled, liquid alternative, you can also be sure that nail polish remover pads are fine to carry on a plane, thanks to no worries over liquid limitations. These little pads are also nourishing for your nails and smell oh-so sweet.We like: Cutex Nail Polish Remover Wipes Sachets.

ON-THE-GO MANICURE ITEM #2: Nail bufferOnce you've removed your chipped polish, more often than not you'll be left with uneven, peeling nail beds in need of smoothing. Why not use a 4-way buffer to achieve a salon-quality smoothness? It takes next to no time and brushing the four edges over each nail will see them buffed, filed, polished and shiny! We like: Manicare 4 Way Buffer.

ON-THE-GO MANICURE ITEM #3: Top coat and base coat in one.Having this handy two-in-one with you for emergency manicures will ensure that your polish won't stain your nail beds (thank you base coat) and also maintains a show-stopping shine and long-lasting finish when applied on top of your nail colour (thank you top coat!). We like: Australis Top & Base Nail Coat.

ON-THE-GO MANICURE ITEM #4: Mini nail huesOdds are if you're off and traveling for a long while you're going to need more than one nail hue with you to keep you satisfied. Why not choose a couple of mini polishes to carry with you? Two or three of these shades equate to the same weight and size of one normal-sized bottle, so why not? We love: Mini Bourjois nail polishes - just 3mL each!

Do you have any quick beauty tips? What products can't you live without when you're travelling?

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Posted by: Sharrr (Australia)

This has happened to me too many times, it seems so obvious! Mini nail polishes, why didn't I think of that haha. Oh well at least I know now. Another great BH tip :) When I'm travelling or staying at a friends place for the weekend, I can't live without my travel sized cleanser, toner, and moisturiser... or my toothbrush. If I don't have a toothbrush with me I have to go buy one. I just can not do un-brushed teeth. I love the feel of a fresh clean mouth.

Posted on: August 13, 2012 (Aug 13, 2012 5:09am)

Posted by: katshepsutt (Australia)

I always take Neutrogena Make-up Remover Cleansing Towelettes when I travel - no problem with excess liquids and they remove even waterproof mascara and long-wear foundation. They're great for cleaning brushes too, and not just when I travel :-)

Posted on: August 13, 2012 (Aug 13, 2012 5:13am)