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How to : Perfect Bold Lip

A bold lip is very on-trend at the moment and I love to wear a bright lipstick from time-to-time. I sometimes find that wearing a bright lip colour can be an instant pick-me-up as it makes me feel a bit more glam than usual.

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bold lipMy first piece of advice when it comes to a bold lip is that ANYONE can wear this look! The important thing is to find a colour that you feel confident wearing, so don't be afraid to take your time testing a few different colours in store before you make a purchase.

My second piece of advice if you're going to wear a bold lip is to keep the rest of your makeup fairly neutral so your lipstick can take centre stage!
Here is my step-by-step guide for how to perfect your pout:

1. Prep your lips by gently exfoliating them. I like to use a wet face wash or even a soft tooth brush to gently massage my lips and remove any flaky skin.

2. Next, dab some lip balm onto your lips to smooth any cracks and to act as a primer for your lip colour. The Nivea Essential Care Lip balm is great for this and will keep your lips soft all day. Make sure it's absorbed into your skin before moving onto the next step.

3. Trace the outline of your lips with a lip liner. This will help to stop your lipstick from 'bleeding' into the fine lines around your lips. I also recommend filling in the rest of the lips with the liner so you won't be left with just the outline if your lipstick starts to wear.

4. When it comes to applying your lipstick, use a lip brush like the Manicare one as this will help your lipstick last longer and precise application. Using your lip brush, start in the middle of your mouth and move out to the edges.

These are my 'tricks of the trade' that many professional makeup artists use to give the illusion of fuller lips:

Tip # 1:

Highlight your cupids bow: Your 'cupid's bow' is the area in the centre of your upper lip that forms little 'peaks' that make an 'M' shape. If you're going to do this trick, make sure you do it before applying your lipstick. To start off, I suggest using a highlighter pencil, shimmery eye shadow or cream-based illuminator and a fine makeup brush to highlight your cupids bow. The Models Prefer Professional Illuminator is great for this. Starting at the centre of your top lip, draw a fine 'V' shape just above the lip line to emphasise the 'valley' between the two 'peaks'. You can also take the highlighter just over the peaks. Then, gently blend the highlighter to ensure there are no harsh lines.

Tip # 2:

Mix your lipstick with blusher: If you've purchased a lipstick and find that the pigment isn't as strong as you'd like, try dabbing a similar colour powder blusher over the top with your finger tip. It will really make the lip colour pop and provides extra staying power, too!

Tip # 3:

Applying gloss: My final tip is instead of applying gloss over your entire lip, simply add a small amount to the centre of the bottom lip. This draws the attention to the fullest part of your lip and accentuates your pout.
And remember, lipstick is there for fun so show off those fabulous bold lips with a smile!

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Fake Tanning

Recently I was asked to give my advice on a story Today Tonight was doing on fake tanning.
The subject of the piece was: 'Is it better to have a professional spray tan or is at-home tanning just as effective?'

This really was a very easy topic for me as home tanning has come such a long way from the days when you would apply the lotion and wake up the next day completely orange! We also need to take good care of our skin when it comes to the sun – I personally know someone who lost their life to melanoma so it really hits home how important it is to be sun safe and make choices like tan in a bottle instead of laying out on the beach.

The first step to a good tan is skin preparation. I like to use the Manicare cellulite bristle brush – this will stimulate the blood and help to rid a lot of dead cells that can make your tan uneven. Using the brush side, start at your ankles and brush all the way up your legs. Then do the same with your arms starting at the wrist. For the stomach, make slow circles and the same over your back, the long handle makes this easy to achieve.

Now to the tan - when there are so many types of tan on the shelves at Priceline how do you choose the right one? I need a green based tan as I have a cool tone which means it's easy for a fake tan to look orange on me. To see if you are a cool tone skin, have a look at your wrists. If you have a blue tone veins then you're a cool tone skin. If you have olive skin you will have green tone veins and are lucky as most fake tans look amazing on you! When trying a new tanning product always do a patch test on your skin first and let it develop to ensure the colour suits your tone.

In terms of products, I am very fond of the new Skinny Tan - not only do I love the name but I love the colour it gives my skin. The Skinny Tan – Tan and Tone Kit also comes with a pre tan primer that allows the tan to bond to the skin.

St Tropez is another favourite of mine. It comes in either a spray, mousse or a lotion and applying the product with the St Tropez mitt is a breeze and will leave your hands and nails tan free. It is also great to apply in humid climates when on holidays as it dries quickly. Le Tan is very reliable and has a low odour, a definite bonus.

Model Co Spray-on is another handy one. I always keep a can of this in my kit to apply to my models or celebrity to give that extra beautiful glow just before walking on set.
My last product which a friend of mine loves is the Dove Gradual Tan Moisturiser. She loves it because she needs moisturiser every day after the shower with the added bonus of giving her some colour that gradually builds up.

Once you've applied your tan, blow dry the skin so you don't have any areas that are wet and sticky. Then allow the tan to develop (time varies depending on product) then wash off the excess. Make sure to use a moisturiser or oil daily all over your skin to keep the tan in place and prevent patchy areas. Try the Grown Luxury Body Cream with mandarin and rosemary leaf. This product truly is luxurious and a fabulous present.

And of course, please remember that a fake tan isn't a shield to the sun so always put your sunblock on over the top before heading out for the day.

Happy tanning ladies!

Happy Healthy Skin

Happy Healthy Skin for Summer

We all want healthy, beautiful skin. I took it for granted in my teens when it seemed to come naturally, but over the years ... oh, how things change! So my number one piece of advice is: it's never too early to start taking good care of your skin.

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fake tanningThe skin is the largest organ of the body. On a daily basis, when we are out in the elements, our skin is breathing everything in. Likewise, whatever we consume, our skin is taking in. Thankfully, our bodies are amazing at looking after themselves. During the night while we are asleep the body naturally expels a lot of those toxins, healing and repairing itself. The toxins then lie on the surface of the skin, which is why it is important to cleanse, tone and moisturise in the morning as well as in the evening.

Cleansing rids the skin of surface toxins, makeup and perspiration. I have been using Aveeno products lately and the current range is based on soybean, which is well known to keep the skin smooth and soft. In particular, the Aveeno Ultra Calming Foaming Cleanser is soap free and won't be harsh on the skin.

Try to exfoliate every other day; this will remove the dead cells that have been trapped on the surface of the skin through natural oils and perspiration. The new Models Prefer Rub & Scrub (online soon!) is amazing and leaves the skin fresh and smooth.

It's also really important to balance your skin's pH. Cleansing can dry it out so using a toner like L'Oreal Age Perfect Toner will re-balance it to between 5.5 -7 where it is happiest. Always, always use a good moisturiser. I know some people don't like to use moisturiser as they think it will make their skin oily and cause more pimples but I promise you, that's not true! The only thing that will happen if you don't use a moisturiser is that your skin will look red, sore and actually make more pimples. This is because, if the skin is dry, the basal layer deep under the surface doesn't think it's making enough oil so it will start to make more. Even if your skin is dry, it will still shine if it's unbalanced, which means your makeup won't stay fresh throughout the day. Try the Skin Doctors range of moisturisers, which has some great products for all ages.

It's also very important to use an eye cream. The skin around your eyes is a lot finer than the rest of your face so needs a cream specifically suited to the area, such as Dr LeWinn's Firming Eye Cream. Use your ring finger to apply as that doesn't allow too much pressure, remembering to take the cream right around the orbital bone not just under the eye.

A lip balm really is your best friend. Give Nivea Pure lip balm a go – you will love it. And talking of things you'll love, I highly recommend you give my favourite body oil – Bio Oil – a try. As soon as you're out of the shower, apply all over your body, including hands and feet.

Finally, never ever leave the house without sunscreen. Banana Boat has a huge range of sunscreens depending on your skin type but I like to use the Faces Oil-Free SPF 30+ as it won't build up oily deposits on your face.

TIP: For a healthy start to your day, try a carrot, celery, beetroot and apple juice. It is packed with Vitamin A, B6, C, E, folate, potassium plus many more good things and is a great source of fibre. It will help to whiten your eyes, alleviate stress levels and is a fabulous mix for your skin to help it stay healthy and looking great.