We caught up with Maybelline UK Makeup Director and celeb beauty extraordinaire Sharon Dowsett on her tips for flawless contouring without looking like a Kardashian …


Contouring – it’s 2015’s biggest beauty buzzword and our latest face-based obsession. We’ll be honest, we would love to have Sienna’s cheekbones but realistically, it’s not going to happen any time soon. That’s where contouring comes in.

Yes, Kim Kardashian may have brought the face-sculpting technique to the masses but contouring isn’t just about looking like the latest addition to the Kardashian clan. With the ability to bring light, structure and definition to your face, contouring is the easiest way to update your beauty routine and instantly transform your face with just two products. Yup, we said two.

Forget complicated techniques, we caught up with celeb makeup artist and red-carpet beauty regular, Sharon Dowsett, on her top tips for super simple, quick contouring, done the right way, because as Sharon says, “Contouring is spelled with a C, not a K”.
1. “The aim for contouring is to create the illusion of a perfect oval face. After you’ve done your makeup base, take a brown contouring shadow or bronzer around the edges of the face, across the top of the forehead, chin and jawline creating a halo.”
2. “Use the product on your hand first, you always want to start with less then you can build it up. Shade under your cheekbones using the brush to feel where the bone lies naturally, then flick up towards the cheekbone to gain definition. Don’t go too near the mouth, it’s a common mistake but you shouldn’t take it further than where the iris of your eye sits.”
3. “A little goes a long way with highlighter and it’s great for bringing light to the face. Highlight both sides of the contour on your cheeks, underneath as well as the top. Take it down the bridge of your nose, on your cupid’s bow and between your eyes to bring attention to them.”
4. ” ‘Blend is your friend’ is one of my favourite catchphrases which is why I use a powder instead of a cream because it doesn’t sink into skin and it’s much easier to blend. Use a darker shadow in a really small area of your cheekbone up by your ear to really deepen the contour. I like to add some in the socket of the eye as well to help create an optical illusion with light and shade.”
5. “You don’t have to be an expert to get expert results. One of the oldest makeup rules is that you should never add cream on top of powder but rules are there to be broken! I like to freshen up the face add inner heat to the finished sculpted look by adding cream blush on to cheeks. You won’t look made up, just expensive!”   InStyle



Thought you couldn’t wear colored eye shadow on your over 50 hooded eyes? 


Think again.


how to apply eyeshadow to hooded eyes & make your eyes pop


This great video from over 50 makeup guru ‘ Hot & Flashy ‘ shows you how to apply your favorite eye shadow shade to over 50 hooded eyes:


 I knew it was happening to me when my eye shadow started to crease and my upper lids got crepey. While brow-lift surgery can reduce the droopiness, its results, which can sometimes look scary and unnatural, are permanent.


how to fake a brow lift

Here are some other ways to fake a rejuvenating brow lift:



  • Get a  lift with a high bun: Celebs like Julianne Hough (at the Rock of  Ages premiere), Elizabeth Banks (at the MTV Movie Awards), Elle Macpherson (above), and Kim Kardashian (everywhere) show that this sleek,  classic look never goes out of style. A tight bun (or ponytail) lifts everything up and back. Just don’t wear this style too often or you may pull  out some hair.


  • The Hair Trick: If  buns and ponytails aren’t your thing, try taking a small section of hair (about a quarter inch wide) from each temple and pull the pieces up and back. ( this is hidden UNDER the rest of your hair) If your  hair is long enough, tie the pieces together in the back, high on the crown, and hide the tie under the rest of your hair. Or, if the pieces are too short, pin them securely above and behind your ears.


  • The Injectable Filler Lift : One of my favorite minimally invasive procedures is a brow “lift” using an injectable filler, typically Restylane or Juvéderm. A tiny bit is placed along the underside of the eyebrow, to replace the fat pad that shrinks over time. This gives a subtle lift to both brow and lid. But the injections must be made carefully and precisely, so you don’t end up looking like a Neanderthal.


  • You can also get great results with just a drop of Botox below the brow: This widens your eyes, makes the upper lids less heavy, and lifts the outer part of  the brow. If done incorrectly, though, the Botox can make the lids and brows  droop, so be sure your doctor has a lot of experience in treating this  area.


 Winter is here & we all know how the season can wreak havoc with our skin. Here are a few cold-weather do’s and don’ts & expert tips for flake-free skin…


Itchy, tight, flaky skin that’s about as supple as a month-old rice cake can affect more than your appearance — severely dry skin can also be painful. But even if you have the best treatment intentions, you might inadvertently be sabotaging your complexion.

What are the most common mistakes people make when treating dry skin, and what are the smartest solutions? We asked experts to weigh in.  



      winter dry skin       


Mistake #1: Confusing dehydrated skin with dry skin. 

“The most common mistake people make is thinking that their skin is dry when it’s really dehydrated. Dry skin is actually very rare,” says celebrity esthetician Joanna Czech, who works on numerous A-list faces. How can you tell the difference? “Dry skin has very tiny pores and is rather tight. Dehydrated skin lacks luster and shine, and can be flaky.”


Smart Solution: Start a smart moisturizing strategy. Apply a rich moisturizer twice a day. In the morning, it’s essential to nourish your skin to replace the water you’ve lost overnight, and in the evening, it locks in moisture after you wash your face — which helps repair your skin while you sleep. Likewise, whether you’re dry or oily, you want to avoid sun damage at all costs, so apply sunscreen daily

You also need to target delicate areas like the eyes and lips that tend to lack moisture and develop fine lines, Czech says. A gentle yet hydrating eye cream can make lines less prevalent, and lip balm will replace moisture. Look for ingredients such as shea butter and sweet almond oil.  



Mistake #2: Exfoliating aggressively.

Those with dry skin may turn to exfoliation to clear away flakes, but that’s not the best tactic. “A common mistake that people make is to try to scrub off the flakes because their skin looks dull and flaky,” says Jessica Wu, MD, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the University of Southern California Medical School and a dermatologist in Los Angeles. “This can lead to irritation. Over-scrubbing can actually make skin more inflamed and cause it to produce even more skin to repair itself.” Peels and harsh cleansers can have the same results.


Smart Solution: Treat your skin to TLC. Although you might be tempted to wash with a face scrub every time you’re in the shower, using a gentle scrub once a week will do the trick. “Everything in moderation,” Czech advises. Avoid gel cleansers and foaming products with sulfates; they can contain harsh detergents that strip your skin of much-needed moisture.


** To begin your day, Dr. Wu says, a little water will get the job done. Your skin usually doesn’t get dirty enough when you sleep to warrant a morning cleansing (assuming that you’ve removed your makeup the night before.  




Mistake #3: Using products that are too rich or heavy for your skin.

Lang, a celebrity esthetician and owner of Wei Lang Spa in New York, says that most dry-skin sufferers use the wrong products: “People who have dehydrated or dry skin often use creams that are extremely rich and heavy. The molecules of these products are rather large, and it’s hard for them to penetrate properly — meaning the product just sits on the skin and can’t really do any good.


Smart Solution: Look for targeted treatments rather than heavy balms. “A good serum has smaller molecules that allow it to penetrate and add much-needed moisture ahead of your moisturizer, locking it in and creating a good layer of hydration,” Lang says.


** Dr. Wu also suggests looking for ingredients like licorice and soy extracts; these act as anti-inflammatories and can reduce skin redness and irritation. She also recommends products that contain hyaluronic acid and niacinamide, which increase hydration and reduce itching and tightness.

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