You always try to avoid eating food after it’s use by date, and you always wash your hands after touching something gross – so why do so many of us apply cosmetics with brushes that haven’t been washed for weeks, or use makeup products that are past their expiry dates?
When we can’t see ‘dirt’ on our makeup, we assume it’s clean and safe to use. But makeup, particularly liquid makeup, is something of a bacteria trap. And we apply cosmetics onto our lips, and around our eyes. Eek!
But by looking after makeup products and brushes and keeping an eye on expiry dates, you can minimise the risks that makeup poses to your health.
Makeup is the key to perfecting every Halloween costume, whether you’re going down the traditional spooky costume route or turning to pop culture for your outfit idea.
Instead of splashing out on face paint, fake blood and other costume makeup that you’ll only get a chance to use once, these clever Halloween makeup hacks will show you how to make the most of regular beauty products this Halloween.
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 →
Two years ago, we shared five new year’s beauty resolutions: clear out your makeup bag, never sleep with makeup on, try something new, wear SPF every day and spend less on top brands. How many of these resolutions did you aim for? How many did you keep?
This year, we’re back with some brand new beauty resolutions for 2017. If you’d like to make a beauty resolution this year, take a pick from the list below… Continue reading →
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 cosmeticsand a compact mirror. Still, there are plenty of festival style tips we can glean from festival-frequenting celebs.
Mother’s Day comes early this year – on March 6th mothers across the UK will be treated to spa days, lavish meals out, and some fabulous gifts from their children! With only a matter of days until March 6th comes around, it’s time to start preparing presents for her. No idea where to start? The Direct Cosmetics Mother’s Day gift guide is filled with plenty of inspiration so that you can make sure mum gets the perfect present!
After a couple of seasons of quiet lips on the catwalk, lipstick has well and truly returned! Kylie Jenner’s bold, plumped lips have been the subject of endless Instagram and Twitter trends, while celebs such as Taylor Swift and Emma Stone have embraced the classic red lip as their trademark look. But as we all know, it’s a lot more difficult to achieve the perfect pout than these celebs make it look! If you’d like to step up your lipstick game this summer, take a look at these handy lipstick tips and trick. Continue reading →