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Posted on December 23, 2014

Makeup tips for the party season


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When I think of makeup for Christmas or New Year’s Eve, the first thought that comes to mind is glitter: lots and lots of glitter. It’s glamorous, it’s feminine, but most of all, it stands out! If you’re along the same line of thought, then you will appreciate these tips.

Here are some makeup tips that will help you look even more glamorous over the party season – before the drinking, that is.

Tip #1: Stand out lips

red lips

Nothing catches the eye more than a red lip. A pop of red instantly adds something special to your look without going over the top. To make sure you get longevity from your red lips, apply lip liner beforehand and use a lip brush to apply the lipstick.


  1. Line your lips with a red liner and then colour them in.
  2. Use a lip brush to apply the lipstick.
  3. Blot lips a couple of times and then add more lipstick.
  4. Use a concealer around the lips to tidy up around the edges.

Tip #2: Highlighted cheeks

highlighter for cheeks

When it comes to party makeup, highlighting is definitely the name of the game. But rather than using your regular highlighter, get a fine silver/bronze glitter (depending on your skin tone) and apply it on your cheekbones. This alone, will get you into the festive spirit!


  1. Wash your hands.
  2. Dip your finger into the fine glitter and use it on the highest part of your cheekbone.
  3. Lightly blend it in so it doesn’t look too harsh.
  4. Go over it with a highlighting brush.

Tip #3: Glittery eyes

glitter eyes

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Glittery eyes will make you the belle of the ball! Use a vivid loose eye shadow colour on the lids of your eyes to make them stand out. Silver or gold colours absolutely scream party season! When applying your loose shadow, be sure to apply eye primer first!


  1. Apply eye shadow primer.
  2. Put some loose powder on a mixing tray/the lid of the container.
  3. Dip brush into the shadow and tap off any excess product.
  4. Pat the shadow on the eyelid.
  5. Build the colour gradually.

Tip #4: Falsies

false lashes

I’m not a huge fan of false lashes, but I couldn’t think of a more suitable time to wear them than now! If you take only one thing from this article, let it be this: make sure you measure the length of your false lashes before applying them. There’s nothing worse than seeing someone with their eyelashes hanging off them – not classy at all!


  1. Measure the length of the lashes and cut the ends to fit your eye shape.
  2. Apply adhesive glue and let it set for 10 seconds.
  3. Aim to apply the lash to the base of your natural lash line.
  4. Use a cotton bud to press it down properly.
  5. Finish up with some mascara.

Tip #5: Stay on spray

setting spray

When your makeup is all well and done, spritz some setting spray onto your face. This will help your makeup stay put so you dont’ have to spend half your night in the ladies toilet doing top ups!


  1. Shake the bottle of setting spray and then spray some on a piece of tissue.
  2. Close your eyes and hold the bottle about 6 inches away from your face.
  3. Spritz twice and then lightly pat with tissue.

Hope you found these tips useful! If you have any tips for party makeup, feel free to tweet me @FilomenaKaguako 🙂

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Posted on December 5, 2014

How to make your lips look fuller

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As much as I hate to admit it, we can’t all be Angelina’s.We can’t all be born with full lips and we can’t all have the courage – or money – to get fillers done. That’s just life!

But like most beauty-related dilemmas, there are ways around it. With the right tricks and techniques, you can make your lips look much fuller than they actually are – it’s all about perception!

Here are some of my suggestions for plumping up your pucker without getting any fillers. After these tips, you’ll be more than just a little ready for that kiss under the mistletoe 😉

Avoid the dark side

When it comes to making your pout appear fuller, lip colour matters. Avoid dark colours and shades, as they will only make your lips look smaller . Opt for lighter shades that are closer to your skin tone if you want to visually enlarge your lips.

Line it up

Use a lip liner close to the colour of your lips to draw around the natural line of your mouth. Try not to overdo it, because it will just look wrong altogether! When you’ve finish outlining, use the same pencil to fill in the lips. Smudge and rough lines before you apply your lippy/gloss.

Highlighting matters

Apply some highlighter right above your cupid’s bow and then use your finger to blend it in lightly. Then, use a brown liner beneath your lower lip line – the line shouldn’t be harsh at all. This highlighting and contouring trick will make your lips look like they are creating a shadow because they’re THAT much fuller!

A clever finish

If you want to give off the illusion of fullness, then it’s a good idea to avoid matte textures. They tend to diminish the actual size of your lips, while shiny finishes reflect light and make your lips look more luscious and full.

Pro tip: Use your toothbrush to exfoliate your lips every morning. This promotes blood circulation to the lips, which in turn will make them seem rosier and fuller. Added bonus? You get a temporary plump!

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Posted on August 19, 2013

Why should I use a highlighter?

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Personally I think that highlighters are a ”must have”  for anyone who is looking for that flawless finish because with such little effort, the right highlighter can give you that dewy look that will have people thinking you’ve just finished moisturizing your face (gotta love the makeup tricks!) so it really does baffle me when people ask

Why should I use a highlighter?

When applied correctly, a highlighter will change your beauty look enormously, even to the extent that it will have people wondering why you have a sudden glow (or an extra glow)

So in order to achieve that dewy look with a highlighter, you need to remember that there are three main areas that you should highlight:

1. The cheekbones/temples: when applying a highlighter to your cheekbones, try to blend it to the highest point of your cheek bone and the up toward your temple.

2. Eyes: when applying a highlighter around the eye area, remember to blend it under your brow bone to give your eye brows a lift when contouring.If you apply some highlighter to the inner crease of your eyes, it will open your eyes.


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3. Cupid’s bow: Applying highlighter to the cupid’s bow and just beneath your bottom lip will not only give you a healthy pout, but it will also give your lipstick a multi-dimensional color effect.

I also like to put some highlighter on the V area between my brows and at the bridge of my nose so if you’re going to do this, avoid applying too much highlighter to the very tip of your nose as the finish look will appear shiny rather than contoured.


– You can apply your highlighter after your foundation, but before your concealer.

– Always match the texture of your highlighter to your base i.e for liquid/cream foundation, use a creamy highlighter

-If you use a powder highlighter, always apply a thin layer of translucent powder over your foundation first.

Remember: If you want a naturally glowing look, the highlighter should blend in well with the foundation!

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I am currently using a MAC Prep+Prime Highlighter Pen, if you’d like me to review this product, feel free to comment below.

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