Your six step guide to flawless contouring

Contouring: a beauty technique that we all want to master, but few of us have! We all know the power of makeup and its ability to adjust our appearances, hide our flaws and enhance our best features. Contouring is able to achieve all that, and more. Yet no matter how many times you try your best to replicate Kim K’s look, it’s not quite so easy when you don’t have a team of professional makeup artists at your disposal!

If you’re struggling with contouring, here’s our step-by-step guide to mastering this art. Continue reading

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Top Skincare Trends Revealed by Google

Every season we learn of dozens of fashion and beauty trends – some more accessible than others! Of course, every brand wants to push their new product as the next big thing, and try to create their own trends to drive demand.

Only a handful of these ‘trends’ turn into legit trends that actually have an impact on our beauty routines.

So, how can we tell which trends are real and which are no more than marketing?

By turning to perhaps the biggest data gatherer in the world: Google.

Google collated search data on skincare to find out the biggest 2017 skincare trends in some of the biggest markets in the world. While their report is mainly targeted at skincare brands, the results are intriguing for all of us! Continue reading

Five ways to fight frizzy hair

As much as we love the summer, there’s no doubt that it can play havoc with our hair! If you’re prone to frizz at the best of times, summer is practically frizzmageddon. Instead of letting your fight with frizz spoil your summer, take action to defend your locks from the elements!

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Top Halloween makeup ideas for 2016

If you’re planning to dress up as Harley Quinn, a Pokémon trainer, or your favourite Star Wars/Game of Thrones/Marvel character for this year’s Halloween party, the makeup you opt for is kinda obvious – something that fits the character.

However, if you’d like this year’s Halloween costume to be centred on your incredible makeup skills instead of a pop culture character, it might be a little trickier to find inspiration.

This year, the Direct Cosmetics team share their favourite show-stopping Halloween makeup ideas for 2016. Which is your favourite?

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Ten autumnal makeup essentials for budget beauty buffs

Autumn makeupNow that the summer is coming to an end, beauty buffs like ourselves are beginning to stare wistfully into our cosmetics cabinets at home, longing to replace that light floral fragrance and that summery, shimmery body powder. How can we manage that transition from summer to autumn without breaking the bank? Fortunately, retailers such as Direct Cosmetics sell big brand name cosmetics at bargain prices. Here are ten autumnal makeup essentials for you budget beauty buffs out there.

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Travelling light: how to pack cosmetics for your summer getaway

travel_bannerThe summer holiday season is within touching distance. The getaway that you booked in the depths of winter is on the horizon, and you’re starting to get excited about a lazy week on the beach at your destination. When the time comes to pack your suitcase and head to the airport, you almost always face a predictable problem: running out of space in your suitcase or hand luggage.

We all envy vacationers who can make do with hand luggage for a weekly trip or pack their suitcase so efficiently that half of it is left free for souvenirs. Cutting down on clothes is perhaps the easiest way to find space in your suitcase, but reducing the size of your makeup bag can also help! If you struggle to decide which cosmetics and skincare products to take with you on holiday and want to pack more efficiently, here are our top tips: Continue reading

Festival hair and makeup inspiration: five celeb looks

Group of friends having fun together

You’re probably sleeping in a field, you’re almost certainly hungover, and you definitely haven’t managed your full eight hours. The festival experience is rarely as glamorous as celebrities would have you think. While Kate Moss and co. benefit from personal stylists and glamp it up during their visits to Worthy Farm and Bramham Park, the rest of us make do with a handful of cosmetics and a compact mirror. Still, there are plenty of festival style tips we can glean from festival-frequenting celebs.

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