Kids’ Choice Awards: our favourite fresh-faced looks

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I don’t know if you’ve had the pleasure of clapping your eyes on the snaps from the red carpet of the 2013 Kids’ Choice Awards yet – but if you have, no doubt you’ll have been bowled over by the supremely spectacular array of fresh faces and clean, minimal make-up looks that were on offer.

Hollywood A-listers like Katy Perry, Selena Gomez and Victoria Justice can all be seen rocking seriously beautiful make-up looks that succeed in making each of them look as though they’ve just been dancing in a sun-filled meadow, munching on berries. The culprit behind this marvellous make-up news is clear. They must have been reading beautyheaven, because we’ve just been talking about how important age-appropriate make-up is – and how awesomely fresh and beautiful it can make you look. Check out how you can get the look all for yourself with our tips below, and then take a peek at the gallery for our favourite fresh-faced looks from the red carpet …

Perfect make-up begins with a perfect canvas. Opt for a primer and foundation that are nourishing and work together to provide a creamy, dreamy, totally silky smooth finish to your skin. We love L’Oreal Paris Base Magique Transforming Smoothing Primer and Prestige Skin Nude Foundation for their ability to provide a smooth complexion that looks fresh and radiant.

Nothing succeeds in making you look more radiant than skin-brightening highlights that make your whole face seem fresh and luminous. The only trick is to apply them to the highest points of your face; like the bridge of your nose, your cheekbones and across your forehead. To achieve a flattering finish, we love a touch of ck one color Skin Illuminator, as it provides a fresh, dewy sheen to your skin.

The trick to looking sweet as sugar is to ensure you’re not heavy-handed with your make-up – especially not your blush and bronzer. Choosing a product with illuminating properties will ensure your cheeks are ‘lifted’ instead of being weighed down with heavy colour. A subtle flush can make your skin look ‘lit from within’ and oh-so healthy. We love Mirenesse Airbrush Minerals Soft Focus Blush Highlighter for its powder puff applicator and health-inducing glow.

The easiest way to look youthful is with full, prominent brows. Thicker, groomed brows are definitely bang on trend and provide a pretty frame for your peepers, as well as an eye-catching edition to your make-up look. We love Benefit Instant Brow Pencil for its ability to leave deliver a natural, powder-like finish, instantly.

Red lips are no longer reserved for super-sexy celebrities like Marilyn Monroe and Sophia Loren – or for when you want to play dress-ups – oh, no. It seems even the Hollywood young guns aren’t afraid to rock a bold lip with their fresh, dewy make-up. A hint of colour can really help to add an interesting element to your make-up look. Stick to creamy shades that look hydrating and luscious to get the look for yourself. We love Chi Chi Viva La Diva Lipsticks for their nourishing blend of beeswax, calendula, vitamin E, evening primrose, and jojoba oils.

Top tip: while we’ll never get over our love of a smoky eye, we’re seeing a heavy decrease in their presence on the red carpet. Fresh make-up is all about keeping it minimal and radiant, so for your peepers, it’s best to stick to a few lashings of mascara and a touch of subtle liner on bare lids.

Which celebrity do you think looks the most fresh-faced? Which make-up look are you most likely to copy?


Member Comments

Posted by: Snazzie (Member since 2008, Australia)

I haven't heard of most of these young girls but I think that Bella Thorne and Debby Ryan look just tops!

Posted on: March 26, 2013 (Mar 26, 2013 8:25am)

Posted by: stackcats (Australia)

Bella Thorne looks fab!

Posted on: March 26, 2013 (Mar 26, 2013 8:47am)

Is your skin crying out for attention?

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Today I had one of those mornings where I looked at my freshly-washed face and thought, "Skin, what are you doing to me? Why do you have to be so red and blotchy in the cheek area? Eyelids, why are you so dry when I've been looking after you so well? What. Is. Going. On?!” The change of season is already wreaking havoc on me, and if you're experiencing the same thing, then you can share in my frustration. But I don't want you to. I'd rather you spent your mornings pleased as punch with your complexion. Which is why I've got a nourishing, autumn-and-winter-friendly skin care pack valued at $200 to give away. All you have to do is hover over each star to reveal the question, fill in the form below with your answers, and your entry is complete! Too easy! So let's get cracking...

  1. Clarisonic Mia

    In the video review, what results did von-nation see in terms of her pore size and skin tone?

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  2. NIVEA Pure &Natural

    Name three members who appeared in the video review wrap-up.

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  3. L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Laser X3 Day Cream

    Which video reviewer found that the cream gave her skin more density?

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  4. L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Laser X3 Day Cream

    Which video reviewer found that the cream gave her skin more density?

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(Please note: prize pack may not contain products above)

• Avoid having super-hot showers. As good as they feel when it’s a little chilly out, hot water can actually dry out skin.
• If your skin tends to become drier in the colder months, switch to a cream cleanser as this will give your skin extra hydration.
• Oil-based moisturisers will help keep your skin soft and supple during winter and autumn as they help retain moisture.

Competition closes AEST midnight April 1 2013.

NSW Permit Number: LTPM/11/00694
ACT Permit Number: ACT LP 11/03451

What’s your biggest skin concern? Do you switch skin care products when the season changes?

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Member Comments

Posted by: Ljene (Australia)

Great comp! So want to try the Clarisonic Mia. I'm sure it would clean where other exfoliators can't. For winter, I tend to use "thicker" creams and generally those without sunscreen. At higher latitudes and with every other part of me bundled against the cold, I don't think I'd get enough Vitamin D if I wore sunscreen on my face.

Posted on: March 25, 2013 (Mar 25, 2013 5:32pm)

Posted by: lipstick gypsy (Australia)

Wow this is such an awesome prize :)

Posted on: March 25, 2013 (Mar 25, 2013 5:42pm)

How-to: use an eyelash curler

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I get it. Truly I do. Eyelash curlers are daunting. And intimidating. And maybe even a little scary looking. So why on earth would you want to put one near your eyes?

This is why: eyelash curlers have the wonderful ability to transform your lashes from straight to dramatically curled in just a few seconds. Sure, it's a unique-looking tool, but it's not going to hurt you – you just need to know how to use it properly.

Familiarise yourself with these four simple steps and you'll not only be the owner of amazingly fluttery lashes, but your eyelash-curling tool of choice will never find itself collecting dust again...

How to use an eyelash curler correctly

Step #1: make sure your lashes are clean.
Never use an eyelash curler after applying mascara. Why? As mascara dries, it hardens, making your lashes stiff and inflexible. By ignoring this rule, it's likely you'll snap-off your lashes rather than curl them, which is not a good result. Oh, and semi-wet mascara can also stick to the tool, causing your lashes to rip off. Ouch. Eyelash curlers love clean, dry lashes, so reach for some make-up remover before getting started if need be.

Step #2: heat your tool with a hairdryer.
There are amazing heated eyelash curlers on the market (I'm looking at you, Mirenesse iCurl Twin Heated Lash Curler) that put in the hard yards for you, but if your curler is the traditional type, make use of your hairdryer instead. By blasting the curler on low heat for around five seconds, you'll adequately prepare the tool for optimal curling, and ensure the curl holds for longer. Just be sure to touch it with the tip of your finger to check it's not too hot.

Step #3: position with precision.
Take the curling tool and position it as close possible to your eyelid. (Don't get so close that you risk pinching your skin, though!) With your top row of lashes in between the top and bottom pads, gently squeeze the curler together. Hold this position for at least 10 seconds, and repeat if necessary to achieve your desired curl, before moving on to the other eye.

Step #4: reach for your mascara wand.
For a fresh-faced look, you can leave your curled lashes bare. Or, if you're after even more definition, opt for a volumising or lengthening mascara. (We love: ARTISTRY Lavish in Cashmere Mascara.) Apply two coats on each eye, wiggling the wand from root-to-tip as you apply it for perfect lash separation and a clump-free finish.

Tip: it's always wise to check your eyelash curler is clean before attempting to use it. Foundation, concealer and germs could make their way on to the tool with regular use, so apply eye make-up remover to a cotton pad or some cotton tips, and wipe over the clamping area.

Do you know how to use an eyelash curler correctly? Or do you have one that never gets used? Will you be trying to get fluttery, full lashes now you know how to use this tool properly?


Member Comments

Posted by: MissChriss (Australia)

I'll be honest and admit that I don't even own an eyelash curler.. Shocking I know, seeing as I'm a member of this wonderful community. I don't have a reason as to why, but I've just never purchased one. After reading how easy they are to use I will have to go and buy one haha

Posted on: March 25, 2013 (Mar 25, 2013 12:04pm)

Posted by: missredsage (Australia)

You do it before mascara? Movies have been lying to me all this time!

Posted on: March 25, 2013 (Mar 25, 2013 12:12pm)

Products to help you let go of summer

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I know what you’re thinking, ‘It’s not cold yet! Don’t make us let go of the fuzzy, warming feeling that summer provides! Not until it reaches temperatures under 25 degrees, at least.’ And I hear you, I really do. All I want to do is make the transition easier for you. To provide you with products that will have you enjoying the best bits of summer all year round – without jeopardising your winter beauty routine. Check them out, below…

  1. Australis Bronzing Primer

    This tinted face dream is a little bit bronzer and a little bit primer to give you one amazing face base. Don’t say sayonara to your skin’s natural summer glow; recreate it everyday throughout winter with this gem.

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  2. Julienne Soft Feel Wax Strips

    A sure fire way to feel like it’s still summer is to keep up your summer grooming habits and not let them fade just because you’ll be wrapping up during winter. Don’t let your opaques cover your sins, wax your legs regularly to feel gorgeous and gro

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  3. Rokk96 nail polish

    With an abundance of bright hues on offer, you’re sure to find a summer-worthy hue that’s oh so suitable to wear during the winter months to perk you up, too.

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  4. Daisy Marc Jacobs Eau So Fresh Sunshine

    Nothing will make you feel as fresh and vibrant as you do during the summer months as a spritz or two of this bold, totally fruity fragrance. Notes of strawberry, jasmine, apple blossom and pink grapefruit will leave you feeling footloose and fancy free.

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  5. Dr. Pratt's Cosmetics Pure Soy Wax Candle in Pink Grapefruit & Cashmere

    This long-burning soy candle is the perfect product to help with the transition from summer into winter. The zesty grapefruit scent is all about the warmer months and comforting cashmere has winter written all over it. Bliss.

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  6. Rimmel London Kate Moss Lasting Finish Matte Lipstick

    Though ‘matte’ finishes are normally associated with the cooler months, a bright shade can make you feel like you did on the balmiest days in summer. Any of the shades shades (especially the peach hue, number 110) are perfect to feel summery again.

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  7. TONI&GUY Sea Salt Texturising Spray

    There’s no reason you can’t rock textured, beach-like waves throughout the cooler months, especially if you have a sea salt spray on hand. Simply spritz through your locks and let them air dry naturally. Looks perfect teamed with a coat and big scarf,

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  8. TONI&GUY Sea Salt Texturising Spray

    There’s no reason you can’t rock textured, beach-like waves throughout the cooler months, especially if you have a sea salt spray on hand. Simply spritz through your locks and let them air dry naturally. Looks perfect teamed with a coat and big scarf.

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  9. St. Tropez Gradual Tan

    If you’re a bit worried about rocking an unnatural bronze self-tan hue during the cooler months, it pays to use a gradual tan that will hydrate your skin at the same time as providing a lovely, natural tint that can be built up.

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-    As it starts to get colder, slowly begin to switch to a night moisturiser that is more hydrating than the lotion you use during the summer months. Each evening you can choose which one to use depending on the temperature, without sacrificing the state of your skin.
-    As autumn begins, start teaming a little blush with your regular bronzer to ensure that you can phase out your summer-appropriate bronzer when the cooler months really set in. Combining the two will ensure you get used to blush on your cheeks and how you'll look when it comes time to lose the heavy bronzer in winter.
-    Layering is key. Invest in light cardigans and vests that can be layered underneath big jackets to ensure that you always feel comfortable, no matter what the temperature.
-    Invest in ‘staples’ that will see you through any month of the year and can be paired with existing items in your wardrobe, such as a black blazer and black opaque stockings.

Which products help to get you through the summer-to-winter transition? Which product would you most like to have in your kit and why?

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Member Comments

Posted by: missredsage (Australia)

A gradual tan (haven't tried St tropez) is the best for the cooler months - gives you that feeling that summer was just yesterday....

Posted on: March 25, 2013 (Mar 25, 2013 5:04am)

Posted by: freaky (Member since 2007, Australia)

I love St Tropez! One of the best self tans Ive tied. Highly recommend. Gotta start shopping for the winter wardrobe. Thans for the fashion tips too!

Posted on: March 25, 2013 (Mar 25, 2013 7:31am)

How to find the right face mask for your skin

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Face masks are often overlooked when it comes skin care rituals, although by skipping on this product you could be missing out on a world of benefits. Masks are a great way to keep your complexion in check because they have the ability to cleanse, detoxify and hydrate skin.

Before beginning a mask treatment, it’s a good idea to steam your face over hot water to open your pores. Then apply the mask over your face and down to your neck and décolletage to ensure your skin gets the maximum benefits.

With so many types of mask on the market, how can you possibly decide which formula is best for you? It’s important to first determine what kind of treatment you’re after based on your skin type.  To help you out, we’ve compiled a guide to make the process of adding a quality face mask to your beauty kit a little simpler.

You want to treat: dry skin
You need: a hydrating mask

Those with dry or sensitive skin should look for a hydrating mask in a cream formula. They work to restore and maintain natural oils to replenish and add moisture to the skin without irritating it.
Product pick:  Kora Organics Hydrating Mask

You want to treat: oily skin
You need: a clay mask

Clay masks are ideal for those with oily skin as they absorb excess oil, which can lead to breakouts. They also work to draw out impurities, giving you a deep cleanse, and act as a detox for the skin. Restrict application to the t-zone and oil-prone areas and keep away from the eyes and lips.
Product pick: Natio Clay and Plant Face Mask

You want to treat: dull, tired skin
You need: a radiance mask

The combination of vitamins and light diffusers will restore a natural glow to tired, dull-looking skin. Radiance masks help to tone and moisturise the skin, resulting in it looking younger and smoother.
Product pick: Guinot Radiance mask

You want to treat: signs of ageing
You need: a firming mask

Firming masks usually come in gel or cream form. By massaging them into the contours of the face they firm and tighten the skin’s surface where elasticity has been lost, making them a great anti-ageing, wrinkle-fighting mask.
Product pick: St Ives Timeless Skin Mineral Clay Firming Mask

You want to treat: clogged pores
You need: a peel-off mask

After applied to your face, the formula will dry completely set so afterwards you can slowly peel it off.  This formula opens pores, smooths skin and calms the complexion, reducing blackheads and removing dead skill cells.
Product pick: Montagne Jeunesse Passion Peel Off Cleansing Tottle

You want to treat: sensitive or irritated skin
You need: gel masks

Some masks can irritate sensitive skin types, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out. Gel masks have a fantastic cooling and soothing effect to help calm and refresh stressed-out skin.
Product pick: glo therapeutics Soothing Gel Mask

Do you use face masks? What type do you use? What benefits do you receive from them?

Member Comments

Posted by: talk-a-lot (Australia)

I love face masks, I use them regularly, I even use an eye mask occasionally. I use mud masks and peel off masks, both beneficial.
They give a deep down cleanse of pores and some have nourishing skin aspects to them, moisturising and soothing tired skin.
Montagne Jeunesse from the above listed is one of my favourite brands, the range of masques to choose from, mud and peel off, is excellent.

Posted on: March 24, 2013 (Mar 24, 2013 12:15pm)

Posted by: Rei_ (Australia)

Oooh,t hey all sound great! I really love peel off masks.. they're super fun haha

Posted on: March 24, 2013 (Mar 24, 2013 12:51pm)