Five Halloween makeup hacks to try this year

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.

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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

The perfect wedding makeup guide

2-bridal-wedding-makeupThere is not much more beautiful than a late summer or early autumn wedding – other than the bride, of course. Delicate flowers against a dramatic backdrop of green grass and a grey-blue sky, the perfect dress, the ideal partner; they’re all part of the recipe for a wonderful wedding. Sweep your hair away from your face to save from the heat when you’re all packed into the reception hall, sport a flowing dress that allows you to breathe and enjoy the day in comfort with a smile on your face – but beware of your makeup!

The makeup you choose to wear to the wedding, whether you’re the bride, bridesmaid or a guest, will need to last the entire day and be able to tackle the myriad of kisses to cheeks, the tears and, quite possibly, the rain. The last thing you need is your mascara running down your face due to a sudden downpour or the unbearable heat of a hall full of people. It pays to be prepared.

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How to Spruce Up Your Beauty Routine for Spring

Spring is almost here.  The new season is the perfect time to amend and adjust your beauty routine. As the weather eases, your skin changes and the sun finally emerges for more than a couple of hours each day, your skin and hair adjust to the new conditions. It’s smart to switch your beauty routine to adapt to these new beauty challenges – while also embracing spring with fun new lipstick shades and perfumes! Continue reading

Ten New Year’s Beauty Resolutions for 2017

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

Christmas Party Beauty Prep: Your Complete Guide

Christmas party season is fast approaching. If you’ve got an office Christmas party, family festive do or other party obligations this season, you’re probably already planning your outfit(s). We all want to look our best at Christmas parties, and with a little bit of beauty preparation and a sprinkling of glitter, you can do just that!

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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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