Time to sparkle


Adding colour to your cheeks is a quick way to bring a dull complexion back to life. This season, cheeks should look naturally flushed using soft pink- or peach-toned blushers.

Apply the colour across the apple of your cheek to create a just-been-pinched look. If you can’t find the apple of your cheek, look in the mirror and smile: it’s the “pillow” created.

If you add too much colour, tone it down with translucent powder. To achieve a bronzed look, sweep bronzing powder over your cheeks.


It’s official: red is summer’s hottest shade. Look for red lipsticks and glosses with black undertones, such as plum, raspberry and cherry.

For a perfectly painted pout, trace the outer edges of your lips with lip liner to define your lips and prevent your lipstick bleeding. Paint the entire lip area with the lip liner to ensure you’re not left with an obvious line when your lipstick fades.

Finally, apply your lipstick with a brush. For a more muted look use your fingertips.


The first step to achieving a fresh-faced look is to select the right shade of foundation and concealer.

Give your complexion an extra lift with a primer – it will add a radiant glow to your skin.

Cover blemishes with a firm concealer, such as a stick, and use a creamy liquid concealer for dark under-eye circles.

Apply your foundation lightly and blend well, particularly around the jawline. Fix your foundation with translucent powder using a volumious brush for a barely-there effect.


To get the look, prep the eyelid with a primer or oil-free foundation. Apply eyeliner to the upper and lower lash lines.

Next, apply a light base eye shadow colour over the lid from your lash to your browbone.

Using the base colour as a guide, choose a slightly darker shade.

Start at your lash line and blend the colour up. Don’t go above the crease line that’s created when your eye is open. For added drama apply the darker shade to the bottom lash line.

Finish with several coats of volumising mascara.


The endless whirl of parties during the festive season can take its toll on even the most organised social butterfly’s beauty regimen.

A glowing complexion is one of the best party accessories, while smooth and supple skin will provide the perfect base for applying make-up.

To achieve this, Bobbi Brown, MiNDFOOD’s exclusive beauty columnist, suggests a daily skincare routine that ensures a fresh-faced glow throughout the holiday season.


Resist the impulse to jump straight into bed after a night out. Removing your make-up is a must if you want your skin to look fresh the next morning.

Follow your normal nightime routine and prop your head up with more than one pillow during the night to avoid puffy eyes the next day. For an extra boost while you sleep, apply a nourishing face oil, such as Trilogy CoQ10 Booster Capsules, RRP $49.


The latest toner formulas are alcohol free and don’t strip the skin of its protective natural oils. A toner can clean away the last remnants of oil that your cleanser may have missed. Try Lancôme Tonique Douceur, RRP $64.


To give your partied-out complexion a boost, use a mask once a week. Clay masks draw out impurities from the pores. Hydrating masks, such as Chanel Précision Anti-Fatigue Gel Mask (RRP $90), contain essential oils or glycerin to give moisture back to the skin and leave it feeling soft . Glycolic acid masks exfoliate and help unclog pores.


These concentrated liquids are typically packed with vitamin C and other skin-nourishing nutrients that work to improve the skin’s appearance and help prevent visible signs of ageing. Apply a serum, such as La Prairie Anti-Ageing Longevity Serum (RRP $365), after cleansing and before moisturising.


The heat of summer can leave skin feeling extra oily and prone to break-outs. Use an exfoliant, such as Estée Lauder So Polished Exfoliating Scrub (RRP $65), at least once a week to ensure the party season’s grime, sweat and make-up has been scrubbed away. Look for a product that’s designed specially for the face.


Nothing says glamour like well manicured nails in a rich new shade. Add a few coats of chip-resistant polish an hour before you head out the door. Black nails are still fashionable this season while all shades of red, including berry and plum, are proving to be popular for summer. Try O.P.I Nail Lacquer in Petersburgundy, RRP $23.


• It’s best to start with a small amount of foundation and build up coverage in stages. Less is always more.

• Blending your foundation is imperative. Make sure your neck and décolletage match the shade of your face.

• Apply your make-up in a well-lit space and look in more than one mirror to ensure a flawless result.

• The right tools can make a big difference to make-up application. Keep brushes and sponges clean and make sure pencils and liners are sharp.

• Apply primer to your skin before moisturiser and foundation to ensure your make-up lasts through the night while giving your complexion extra radiance.

• To stay looking fresh, day and night, slip some make-up remover wipes, cottonwool buds and concealer in your handbag for on-the-run touch-ups.

• The morning after a night of excess, splash your face with cool water to boost circulation to the skin. Moisturise well. Use brightening eye drops to treat tired-looking bloodshot eyes.

• Spritz your skin throughout the day with a reviving spray to keep it hydrated.

• Drink water, and lots of it, during the party season to prevent dehydration.

• If exhaustion starts to show, hide dark under-eye circles with a creamy concealer.


If you’re stepping straight from the office into the night, you can still achieve dramatic results.

First, freshen your make-up with pre-moistened wipes. If you don’t have time to re-apply all of your make-up, remove your eye make-up only and apply a darker eye shadow and eye liner.

Touch up any imperfections with a dab of concealer and apply foundation, only where needed, using a brush or your fingertips. A sweep of bronzing powder along the bridge of your nose and cheeks adds an instant glow while blusher will highlight your cheekbones.

Finally, refresh your face and “set” your make-up with a hydrating spray, such as Dior HydrAction Deep Hydration Refreshing Spray, RRP $55.

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Five minutes with: Poppy King

At the age of 18, Poppy King’s search for the ideal matte lipstick turned into her own multimillion-dollar lipstick company. After ten years at the helm of Poppy Industries, the lipstick fanatic then went on to work as a colour specialist for Estee Lauder in New York, leaving the role after three years to write a book based on her own journey titled Lessons of a Lipstick Queen.

Returning to her obsession with glamourous lips, she has recently launched a new line of opaque and sheer lipsticks in ten shades, called Saints and Sinners, as well as a range of matte gloss tubs, aptly titled Oxymoron.

What inspired you to start your own lipstick brand at 18?

Basically because I couldn’t find any lipsticks that I liked. I always loved lipsticks when I was little and then when I was old enough to experience wearing them I was so disappointed. I couldn’t find one that I liked.

Even at eighteen I had a very old fashioned look so it was hard for me to find lipsticks that had sophisticated colours. At the time it was the late 80s, early 90s.

The idea of glamour then was hot pink frosted lipstick, whereas for me it was more about beautiful Parisian colours – that kind of old-school glamour. Something I would have imagined on a young Parisian woman versus someone like Debbie Gibson [American teen pop icon].

It was very hard to find beautiful, strong lipsticks. I wanted a modern take on silver screen glamour.

At such a young age, how did you know where to begin in making a lipstick?

That very question is the reason I wrote the book. My book explains what steps I took after I stood at countless department store counters looking for matte lipsticks in dark browns, berries and reds to no avail.

I really just looked at it very simply, as if it was a school project or a homework assignment. I really didn’t question it too heavily. It wasn’t like I was thinking “can or can’t this be done”, it was more like “of course this can be done”.

The key thing was finding a factory and I was lucky enough to find one in Australia that made lipsticks. I found it in the yellow pages under cosmetic manufactures. And then I found a business partner and the rest is history really. My book, Lessons of a Lipstick Queen, explains the process of what I went through.

It must have been a huge feat to have your lipstick stocked in Barney’s in New York at such a young age?

After six months of my lipsticks coming out in Australia I went to New York for the first time. I loved the look of Barney’s and approached them on a whim with my lipsticks and they took them on straight away.

After what was a very public demise of your company in 1998, what made you decide to start all over again?

First of all I decided to write the book. That’s why I left Estee Lauder. I got a great publisher in the US. It was when I was writing the book that I decided I wanted to go back to doing the lipsticks again because I still felt dissatisfied with what lisptsicks were available.

Even though there are a lot of great makeup artist brands I don’t feel that necessarily their lipsticks are what stands out. They have great eye products and so forth but the colours [for the lips] just don’t work on the face.

They look great in the tubes and on the counters but when it comes to putting them on I just felt that chic element, you know that more old fashioned but still modern take, wasn’t there.

I only bring out lipstick colours that you can’t find. I’m not going to bring out what everyone else has as I think that is the problem. It’s like a cookie cutter. Every company starts copying everyone else’s colours so you just get the same lipsticks for sale.

Are there lipstick trends in terms of what colour you should be wearing?

These days I don’t think there is one trend only. I think the last real lipstick trend was probably when Pulp Fiction came out and Uma Thurman had that dark lipstick.

I think these days there are so many options and fashion styles. It’s more a case of a trend either towards lipsticks or away from them.

Lipgloss has been so prevalent for so long but I think now there is a move back towards lipstick again. There’s a return to the more sophisticated. But I don’t think there is any one trend when it comes to colour anymore. It really is more about your lifestyle and your complexion.

Describe your new Lipstick Queen range in three words.

Fresh, modern, glamourous.

What in your view is the perfect lipstick?

The perfect lipstick for me is when you put it on, your skin, your hair and your eyes light up. The right lipstick should make those three features look like a light switch has been turned on. For me, nudes wash me out. I need a stronger lipstick to have that effect.

Do you have any rules about when or how to wear lipstick?

I don’t really believe in rules so my only suggestion is that the stronger the lipstick the less eye makeup you should wear. If you are putting a lot of colour on your lips then you should keep your eyes neutral and classic.

What is your best kept secret when it comes to wearing lipstick?

Well the first step to wearing lipstick is choosing it in the first place. You need to decide whether it suits you and then you need to decide whether you are comfortable wearing it. Take the time to get comfortable in a colour by wearing it around at home first and then you will be ready to bare those new, glamourous red lips to the world.

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