Formal make-up inspiration

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Exam time sucks. There’s absolutely nothing fun about sacrificing your social life (and relaxing time) for studying. 

But there is a light at the end of the tunnel: formal season. While boys may not get the hoopla over formals, any girl worth her weight in beauty products knows it’s pretty much the most exciting part of your final year of school.

So why not take a bit of a study break and look to some of Hollywood’s hottest celebrities for some formal make-up inspiration?  After all, you don’t want to be stuck the day before formal night not knowing if you’re going for a smoky eye or a bold lip (heaven forbid!).

Here are some key things to remember, regardless of what make-up look you choose:
-    Drink lots of water in the lead-up to your formal. You’ll want your skin as clear as possible to get the best out of your make-up. If you get a few unwanted friends popping up in the days leading up, use Clearasil Ultra Rapid Action Seal-to-Clear Gel.  The seal will help protect and heal that pimple, quick-sticks – and if your pimple hasn’t gone by formal day, you can put your make-up over the seal (without worrying that you’re making things worse).
-    Don’t forget to prime. Formal is a long night, so you want your make-up to last the distance. Try: Innoxa Pure Silk Primer.
-    Don’t go overboard with your make-up. Keep it simple, understated, and elegant. We’re not saying don’t have fun with your make-up, but you don’t want to look back at your formal pics and think you looked like a clown.
-    Get dressed before applying your make-up. You don’t want to get make-up smudges on your beautiful dress if you put it on after. Just make sure you wear something over your dress to avoid any heartache if there’s any make-up spillage.
-    Keep some translucent powder on you. With all the pictures that will be taken, the last thing you’ll want is to look shiny. Try: SAX Translucent Powder.

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Have you been procrastinating from studying by looking up formal make-up looks? What’s your formal make-up style?

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Posted by: ModernSnowWhite (Australia)

Those are great tips :) I wish I drank way more water on lead up to my formal! Drinking heaps of water is a must girls :) Plus, the primer tip is great as well, plus your foundation will glide on way better and be easier to blend.

Posted on: August 22, 2012 (Aug 22, 2012 12:52pm)

Posted by: Animal Lover (Australia)

I am way past any formals but i do love Alyssa's look, she has a beautiful face and amazing facial structure. The colouring isnt over the top which can make some teenage girls look twice their age. The eyes here are a sexy metallic, smokey look with coral blush and lips. Eyebrows are also the main focus here, adding a lovely softness to the whole look, an eyebrow shadow can make brows look thicker which dresses the face

Posted on: August 22, 2012 (Aug 22, 2012 12:56pm)

Get a flawless make-up look that lasts

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Have you ever wondered if there was a way to make your make-up last longer? Do you detest fumbling through countless numbers of priming products? We understand that when it comes to priming, things can get a bit tricky, so we’ve narrowed down the key products that are essential to keep your face looking flawless.

Priming Product 1 – Face
It’s a known fact that our foundation will last longer if we properly prepare our skin, and that is why this little beauty is an absolute must-have! What other product ensures your make-up lasts the entire day, helps balance shiny skin and works to smooth out your skin? A few primers to try out include: Natio Pure Mineral Face Primer, a mattifying base that is easily absorbed into the skin; Innoxa Pure Silk Skin Primer, a silky-smooth gel that ensures foundation glides on smoothly; or L’Oreal Paris Base Magique Transforming Smoothing Primer for a pore and line-reducing effect with a hit of hydration.

Priming Product 2 – Eyes
Prime your eyes, I hear you ask? Yes! If you’ve ever wondered why your eyeshadow isn’t as fresh in the afternoon as it was in the morning, or why your lashes aren’t grabbing onto your mascara all that well, this is why! Eyeshadow primers are what give your eyes that fresh, just-got-back-from-my-morning-jog look, while simultaneously maximising the wear of your eyeshadow. Check out Australis Eyeshadow Primer to give your look that extra staying power. For lashes, primers intensely moisturise and nourish, allowing them to better grab on to your mascara. Mirenesse has given us two golden products that we love: 3D Lash Extension Primer & Conditioner Mascara and 4D Secret Lash Evolution Primer.

Priming Product 3 - Lips
Lip primers are a secret little wonder product that gives us big, beautiful, healthy-looking lips. They also work really hard to ensure our lipstick doesn’t go anywhere once it’s applied in the morning. Mary Kay Timewise Age Fighting Lip Primer is one that doesn’t just protect your lippy, but also fights fine lines and wrinkles (you can thank us later)! We also love ModelCo LIP WAX PRIMER and ModelCo LIP PLUMPER because they hydrate and plump your lips to give you a winning smile.  

What are your tips for ensuring your make-up stays put? Have you tried any of the products above?

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Posted by: Sezaluke90 (Australia)

i live by my primer and always powder after liquid foundation. my makeup never budges :)

Posted on: August 22, 2012 (Aug 22, 2012 5:07am)

Posted by: PrettyPrincess (Member since 2008, Australia)

I'm a huge fan of primers.
I'm using a sephora one for base ATM, and urban decay eye primer potion. Definitely great investments.

Posted on: August 22, 2012 (Aug 22, 2012 5:24am)

Tips to help you conceive

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Baby making can be fun, but if things aren’t panning out the way you’d like them to, it can be a pretty stressful time too.

Which is why sometimes it helps to have a few tricks up your sleeve to relieve some of that anxiety and help you conceive.

1) Make sure your timing is right
No matter how hard you try, if you’re timing is off (that is, you’re not actually ovulating when you’re trying to fall pregnant), you’ll be faced with disappointment. So make sure you’ve got the timing right with Clearblue Digital Ovulation Test. It helps you monitor your fertility status and test for ovulation. The easy-to-read digital screen clearly shows you your best two days to get pregnant.

2) Brew yourself and your man a cuppa
A nice hot tea can be soothing, but if you pick the right kind of tea, you can also help increase your chances of getting that bun in the oven. Salubre Femini-Tea contains herbs to not only improve your immune system and fluids in your body, but they also help improve your fertility. The tea helps treat exhaustion and loss of calmness, meaning that your energy and well-being will improve, as will your fertility levels. Masculini-Tea for him has been formulated to restore his physical warmth, vitality, metabolism, and sexual desire (as well as strengthen and improve his endurance and libido).

3) Take some vitamins
Certain vitamins contain ingredients that can help your body ready itself for fertilisation. Blackmores Conceive Well™ Gold, $40, 1800 803 760 has been formulated with a combination of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and nutritional oils to help prime your reproductive system and prepare your body for conception. The capsules help supply the body with nutrients associated with healthy ovulation, support a healthy reproductive system, and supply nutrients needed for hormone production. Pretorius Pregnancy & Breastfeeding Multivitamin, while usually taken during pregnancy and while breastfeeding to make sure you and your bub receive necessary nutrients, can be used during preconception to help your body prepare for pregnancy.

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Posted by: Ljene (Australia)

Great advice but remember conception is not all just about women. Men may need vitamins or herbal supplements to encourage healthy sperm.

Posted on: August 21, 2012 (Aug 21, 2012 5:40pm)

Posted by: ModernSnowWhite (Australia)

lol i wouldn't know, kids are a long way off yet lol

Posted on: August 21, 2012 (Aug 21, 2012 5:51pm)

Lip art: are you bold enough?

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Want lips that really get you noticed? Our Blogstar video blog winner, Xyling (aka Lip Stalker), reveals how to get your most dramatic lips ever.

So, if you've tried nail art and want something a bit more dramatic, take a peek at Lip Stalker's guide to creating her Teal Temptation look.

Are you brave enough to try lip art? What's the boldest lip shade you've ever worn?

Learn more about Lip Stalker:

- Introducing our video blogger - and the products she loves

- Visit Lip Stalker's blog

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Posted by: Evanescencessy (Australia)

This is a very bold daring lip look! I don't think I'll ever be brave enough to wear it, not even for a costume party!

Posted on: August 21, 2012 (Aug 21, 2012 11:37am)

Posted by: Animal Lover (Australia)

Wow i am certainly not bold enough to wear this look, maybe dressed in a mermaid costume or something for a party.

Posted on: August 21, 2012 (Aug 21, 2012 12:02pm)

Inside the male mind: classy updo v natural waves

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Men are somewhat strange creatures. They find running around on a field with a bunch of men chasing after a ball high-quality entertainment, believe sitting on a boat for hours on end with a fishing rod in their hands exciting, and consider using a plastic remote controller to blow-up virtual villains relaxing. ‘nuff said.

But what do you they think when it comes to hair? Or, more specifically, what do they think of how we ladies style our own hair? Do they like it up? Do they like it down? Do they like messy? Do they like it perfect? Because we had absolutely no idea, we made it our mission to find out… 




“I prefer the natural look. In today’s work place it helps take the edge off the corporate hustle and bustle with a more relaxed appearance. Coupled with a pretty face and a smile, the natural, wavy look will get my vote every time.” – Guy

“I definitely prefer the updo… Makes her look a lot more attractive.  The other one hides her face a lot more, which doesn't really do her justice!” – David

“I’d go with open hair because it looks natural, feminine and even a bit wild and outgoing. I also like it because the bottom of the hair is curly – I noticed that on a celebrity the other day who had straight on the top and curly on the bottom and I loved it! The other look is more mature and elegant, and perfectly wearable for an event such as the races.” – Dan

“The up-do one because the other one looks like she just got out of bed…” – Charles

“I like the first one with her hair down. To me, it just makes her seem a little more laid back and warm and welcoming, where as the other hairstyle is more professional and serious.” – Zach

“I have to say hair down... I prefer the natural look rather than hair in a funny bun/donut thingy.” – Jason

“I like it up. It looks healthier and a bit more stylish, plus there's that element of ‘I wonder what it looks like down’.” – Ben

“I think they are probably suitable for different situations. I think if I was going out on a date with a girl and she’d gone to all the effort of the second hairstyle I’d think she might be a bit high maintenance; it would feel too formal. But for a wedding or something like that I think it looks nice.” – Alex

Thanks boys! Love your responses. Oh, and it seems as though the textured, wavy style has just edged out the updo and come up trumps. If I’m honest, I’m not too surprised – boys always seem to love a carefree, natural looking ‘do for everyday wear.

Want to recreate these styles at home? When it comes to the updo, always wash your hair the night before. Your hair will have a little more grit to it if you do, which means it’ll stay-put for longer. Also, spritz a little hairspray onto your bobby pins before inserting then into your strands for extra staying power. Nifty, huh? And in terms of the flowing waves, go easy on the salt spray so your strands don’t end up too crispy, and use a shine and movement-inducing shampoo and conditioner like Palmolive Naturals Intensive Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner to keep your locks glossy and lightweight.

Cherie Herrmann





Which hairstyle do you prefer? Natural and wavy? Or the classy updo? And how does your man prefer your hair to be styled?

Styling credit: Andrew Bradbury and Van Pham | Barney Martin Hairdressing

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Posted by: katshepsutt (Australia)

I think there's a time and a place for both - natural and wavy looks more feminine but requires more work. Interesting responses though - I would have thought guys would always prefer the more natural look, and most males I know seem to go for loose long hair rather than anything tizzy or pinned up :-)

Posted on: August 21, 2012 (Aug 21, 2012 6:31am)

Posted by: PrettyPrincess (Member since 2008, Australia)

I thought most guys would pick the hair down.
My man loves my hair down, he likes it up too, but prefers the natural waves.

Posted on: August 21, 2012 (Aug 21, 2012 6:57am)