9 flattering lipstick colours for pale skin

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Girls with pale skin have it rough.

With my medium-to-olive skin tone, I don’t claim to speak from experience or know what those of you who have pale skin go through. But I do know enough women with alabaster, fair and lily-white complexions to know how hard it can be. The sun is your absolute worst enemy, a foundation is only is as good as its ability to conceal your freckles (PS: please don’t feel like you need to cover those. They’re cute and they’re you, so let ‘em shine), and there are some colours of clothing and make-up that will just never, ever, EVER look good on you.

And that whole colour thing sometimes mean that you shy away from pigmented lipsticks because they are just way too scary and bold. But you don’t have to, you just need to find the shades that’ll flatter your complexion and work with your features.


If you want a lipstick that you can wear to work, to lunch, or even to the shops without feeling like you’re making too much of a statement, try something light, natural, and subtle – just make sure your lipstick isn’t an exact match of your skin tone.
Light browns and nudes, like Amanda Seyfried’s wearing, can work well if you’ve got a bit of a darker eye look going on, while a neutral that’s a hint darker, like Emmy Rossum’s mocha lip, could work well with any make-up look. When in doubt, you can always look for a lip colour that’s about one or two shades darker than your natural lip colour – sort of like Kate Bosworth’s rosey lip colour.
Ck on color Pure Color Lipstick in Brainiac
Mirenesse Forever Diaminds Lipstick in Phoenix
Maybelline New York Color Whisper by Color Sensational in Lust for Blush


If you want to add a bit more colour into your make-up look but don’t want to look too OTT, pinks, corals and peaches are a great option.
Amanda’s matte, light pink lipstick gives her pout that hint of colour while still complementing her skin tone, and Emmy Rossum’s choice of Barbie-pink works well against her slightly bronzed complexion. If you want to go for lipstick that’s more coral, why not do like Kate and pair it with a slight coral flush on your cheeks?
Rimmel London Moisture Renew in Ringa Ringa Roses
Innoxa Couleurs D’Ete Summer Matte Lipstick in Baby Doll
Chi Chi Viva La Diva Lipstick in Bad Bad Girl


Fair-skinned ladies don’t have to avoid bright and bold lipsticks like the plague. In fact, they should embrace them, because they can look absolutely glorious against lighter skin.
For a popping finish, try a true red as worn on Amanda, and pair it with lashings of mascara.
Try a wine or burgundy shade like Emmy’s if you’re up for going really bold, and finish it off with a sheer, gold eyeshadow.
And if a statement-making pink is what you’re after, try something like Kate’s fuchsia-meets-pink lip colour and add some pink to the apples of your cheeks.
Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick in Door Red Door
Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm in Whimsical
Ulta3 Lipstick in Winter Plum

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Member Comments

Posted by: Snazzie (Member since 2008, Australia)

I have fair skin and really thin lips so I tend to stick to reasonably neutral light glossy colours.

Posted on: July 18, 2014 (Jul 18, 2014 10:45am)

Posted by: Lucrecia629 (Australia)

As a very fair skinned female, I've always thought I was pretty lucky! I tend to avoid shades of dark purple on my lips, but other than that, I can wear just about anything.

Posted on: July 18, 2014 (Jul 18, 2014 11:23am)

Five easy ways to make your eyes pop

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At beautyheaven, we understand that not everyone has the time to nail an elaborate eye make-up look every day. But this doesn’t mean you can’t master one or two simple tricks to make your eyes pop when the occasion calls for it. Whether you’ve landed a last-minute date or just want to look a wee bit prettier, these five tips will take your eyes from drab to fab in minutes.

1) Conceal and brighten

An under-eye highlighter is a must for a fresh eye look, instantly brightening up your whole eye area while helping to hide signs of fatigue such as fine lines and dark shadows. A small amount is all you’ll need for a brightening effect; we love Rimmel London’s Match Perfection Concealer and Highlighter which adapts to any skin tone, illuminating the skin.

2) White effect

While not all of us are blessed with big doe eyes, you can easily create the illusion of wider peepers using a touch of white eye shadow. Cream shadows such as Benefit’s Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow/Liner are easiest to work with – simply dab a small amount on the inner corners of your eyes using your finger for an instant enlarging effect.



3) Foolproof eyeliner

Perfect for girls who prefer a natural beauty look, brown eyeliner provides subtle definition without overpowering. It’s also easier to master than black eyeliner, making it a great beauty timesaver. For a simple-yet-pretty eye look, we recommend using a pencil such as Almay’s Intense i-Color Defining Liner in Brown along your upper and lower lash lines. You can find more about the perfect eyeliner shades for your eye colour here. [interlink Carli’s article]

4) Added lashes

Haven’t got time to apply a full set of false lashes? You can get a similar result using just two or three falsies on the outer corners of your eyes. Revlon’s Beyond Natural Individual Lashes are lightweight and realistic looking, perfect for emphasising your natural lashes. Simply blend them with a few coats of mascara and you’re good to go.  

5) Frame them fully

A well-groomed, expertly shaped pair of eyebrows will open up your eyes (not to mention frame your face perfectly). If yours are a bit sparse, consider a brow pencil to give the illusion of fullness. Mary Kay’s Brow Definer Pencil is perfect for giving your brows a bit more oomf and available in three different colours for a natural looking finish.


Do you use any of these simple eye make-up tricks? Do you have any other tips for instantly pretty peepers?



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Member Comments

Posted by: Neilrawson (Australia)

Conceal and brighten is my favourite. I do need to concentrate on grooming my brows, its always an afterthought.

Posted on: July 17, 2014 (Jul 17, 2014 7:16pm)

Posted by: IndieAna (Member since 2008, Australia)

A pop of highlighter on the inner lid and tear duct makes a world of difference :)

Posted on: July 17, 2014 (Jul 17, 2014 7:41pm)

Anna Paquin mourns her pre-baby breasts

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Anna Paquin may be a celebrity mum, but it turns out she has to deal with the same post-pregnancy woes as ordinary women.

The 31-year-old True Blood actress appeared on Late Night With Seth Meyers, joking about the shrunken size of her “very different” post-baby boobs and bemoaning the difficulty she’s had filling out her old costumes to film flashback scenes for the show.

We couldn’t help but laugh at the 31-year-old’s hilarious reaction to being censored for saying "tits" on network TV. Check it out here.

Could your breasts use a bit of a boost like Anna’s? Bust-enhancing products such as Hollywood Fashion Secrets Silicone Breast Enhancers are great for giving the illusion of a fuller cup size. You could also try freezeframe® non-surgical BREAST ENHANCER, which works to stimulate fat appearance in the tissue that surrounds the mammary glands and increases breast volume. For more ways to make the most of your natural assets, check out our blog: Top tips to boost your bust.

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Member Comments

Posted by: Lucrecia629 (Australia)

Yep, the post-baby boobs are shocking! I was never really busty before but I was happy with with what I had. Then they get so huge during pregnancy, even more huge while breast feeding and suddenly you're left with smaller, droopy versions of what you started with. Devastating!

Posted on: July 17, 2014 (Jul 17, 2014 4:38pm)

Posted by: bmill229 (Australia)

Just like you and me.

Posted on: July 17, 2014 (Jul 17, 2014 4:52pm)

How much product should I be using?

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Using too much or too little of a product can impact on its effectiveness – and your wallet. Using too much can cause the skin to have adverse reactions, while using too little can mean the product doesn’t work as nearly as well as it could. So to ensure you’re getting the best results from your skin care products take a look at the size guide below. 


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Member Comments

Posted by: Seashells (Australia)

I know I'm using too much cleanser! I do try not to though. I definitely make sure I don't use too much eye cream or face oil, but I do overdose on body moisturiser. Everything else I think I'm fine with.

Posted on: July 17, 2014 (Jul 17, 2014 10:46am)

Posted by: Roxymisha (Australia)

Very helpful article. I have often used too little moisturiser, not because I am frugal but I didn't really know how much to use.

Posted on: July 17, 2014 (Jul 17, 2014 10:48am)

The surprising food that assists with weight loss

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The best foods for weight loss are heavily debated, but we couldn’t help but be surprised with the latest advice from an expert researcher.

Following 15 years of investigation, Liverpool John Moores University Professor Rodney Bilton has recommended the consumption of unripe, green bananas for maintaining a healthy weight.

According to Professor Bilton unripe bananas are high in resistant starch, which helps moderate blood sugar levels and therefor prevent hunger cravings. They also encourage the release of a key fat-burning hormone, glucagon.

So if we were now to eat unripe bananas, what unlikely food would Professor Bilton have us avoid? The surprising answer is tofu, as it contains phytic acid that can block the absorption of essential minerals. But vegetarians need not panic – the Professor says the effect can be lessened if you consume it with miso, which contains bacteria that lowers the acid.

You can read up on Professor Bilton’s other findings here. For similarly unusual yet effective dietary advice, check out these 5 wacky weight loss tips that actually work.


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Member Comments

Posted by: Animal Lover (Australia)

Thank God, i eat at least 2 to 3 bananas a day ha ha, a real quick energy pick me up and it fills me up compared to eating a chocolate bar.

Posted on: July 16, 2014 (Jul 16, 2014 4:38pm)

Posted by: Imi11 (Australia)

I read this article yesterday. It was surprising, my boyfriend is always telling me green bananas are better for you, I didn't believe him until now!

Posted on: July 16, 2014 (Jul 16, 2014 4:39pm)