70s makeup tips

Seventies beauty trends are pretty easy to replicate. The makeup was slightly more relaxed than the sixties, before working its way up to the colour explosion of the eighties.

There were four main staples to the looks.

Number One: A ton of bronzer

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The seventies was the decade of bronzer. Over applied, and all over the cheeks. The golden goddess look was in.

Number two: Lower lashes

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The trend that started in the sixties kept on going, and lower lashes were often more defined than upper lashes.

Number Three: Amber lips

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The seventies’ love of bronze didn’t just end with the cheeks. Orange hued lips was the new natural.

Number four: Pastel eyeshadow

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Warming up for the bold colours of the eighties, the seventies were also all about coloured eyeshadows, but they tended towards a softer pastel palette.

Follow these steps and you’ll be looking like an extra from Mad Men series 7 in no time.

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Which parting works best for your face shape?

It is a common dilemma. Many different partings, which way will suit you? We’ve worked out which glasses to get, but now we have to decide how to part our hair, or whether or not to get bangs. I say wear your hair how you want. However, if you want to know which way is the most flattering, here are the ‘rules’.

For around face shape, a deep side part will add length to your face.

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For a square face shape, a side parting is best, but not too deep. Just off centre is the most flattering.

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A heart shaped face looks best with a centre parting, or side swept bangs

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A centre parting or bangs works best with a long face

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And if you have an oval shaped face, you’re lucky. You can wear you hair in any parting you like and always look great.

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These ‘rules’ however, are made to be broken. So if you have a round face, for example, and want to rock a centre parting, go for it. With enough confidence you can carry off any look.

Best eyeshadow for your eye colour

Using a colour wheel, you can find out (or internet people can do it for you) which colours best compliment your eye colour. I am most familiar with the best colours for brown eyes (brown, olive green, purple), but this is a really helpful diagram courtesy of alldaychic.com to help you figure out which colours will makes your eyes ‘pop’.

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Some people say you cannot wear the same colour shadow as your eye colour, but this proves that wrong. Most places you look will recommend brown eyeshadow for brown eyes and blue eyeshadow for blue eyes. Again, I can only speak for brown eyes, but the purple thing is LEGIT. When wearing purple eyeshadow I have been asked if I was wearing coloured contacts. That only happened one time but I’m still pretty proud of it.

Usually gold is the most recommended colour for blue eyes, but I think blue eyes look really great with a grey smokey eye look. Even though its not in this diagram, I think brown eyeshadow really works with green eyes, too.

Basically, wear any colour you want, but if you want to make your eyes look a deeper brown, a brighter blue or a more dazzling green, follow this advice.

PEACE x

 

5 Festival Beauty Must-Haves

If you’re headed to a festival this summer, your easiest bet is to go makeup free and shave your head. But lets be realistic. Just because thats easiest, doesn’t mean thats what you’re going to do. The ‘festival’ look is pretty easy to achieve, as it is essentially being unwashed but with flowers in your hair.

The first thing you will need, and this would be the most important for me, is dry shampoo. This way you don’t have to worry about tackling the shower situation.

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Batiste does the best value dry shampoo out there and it will keep your hair looking fresh and clean. My hair gets greasy about 16 hours after washing it, so I wouldn’t go anywhere without plenty of Batiste.

Secondly, without showers it may be hard to keep your pores nice and unblocked. Decent face wipes will substitute for a sink and some cleanser. Some face wipes just move the dirt around but these ones will remove any dirt and makeup left on your face after a long day of festival fun.

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These cleansing pads are £17 which is a lot for a face wipe but they will look after your skin. Alternatively, everybody’s favourite Simple wipes are a good cheap alternative.

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In terms of makeup, you want durability. A decent waterproof mascara that to don’t have to reapply too often will do the trick.

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Everyone’s favourite, this mascara is a staple among makeup artists and celebrities. And it retails at around £4.99, or £3.49 which is the current sale price on Asos.com.

You can also use misdirection to distract others from the state of your ‘3rd day in’ festival hair and makeup with these gold temporary tattoos:

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These are not only shiny and distracting, but they will also look great with a tan. You can get these almost anywhere, but Asos.com has some for £8:

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No one will notice you’ve been wearing the same mascara for three days with these babies all over your body.

Finally, no festival look is complete without fake flowers.

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These hair grips are £12 from Asos. With these decorating your hair, you will no doubt look the part. And at the end of the day, everyone will be having too much fun to notice anyone else’s hair and makeup situation. The great thing about festivals is you’re all in the same boat. The most important thing is to have fun (and keep your valuables on you at all times).

A solid Patrick Bateman beauty tip

I love peel-off face masks because they’re fun to do and they’re good for my skin, but I always feel like Patrick Bateman whenever I take them off.

That aside, these are a couple of peel-off masks I love.

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The first is the Montagne Jeunesse Manuka Honey Peel-off mask. It retails most places for around £1 which is a bargain. The honey is antibacterial which is great for spots and I always feel like peel off masks target deeper inside your pores.

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The second mask I love is Boots’ Tea Tree and Witch Hazel Peel-Off mask. It comes in a tube with multiple applications worth inside. The tea tree and witch hazel are also great for spots.

Both these masks are super sticky on application but once they dry they are so fun to peel off and on top of that they do your skin good. Peel away!

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African Black Soap: The Miracle Skincare Product

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African Black soap has long been praised for its miraculous curative effects on acne. After I came across some in my local health food shop/yoga centre I couldn’t wait to try it.

African Black soap is suitable for all skin types and can be used as a replacement for your ordinary face wash. I was skeptical as to how affective a soap could be on my skin. I never really think that my cleanser has any effect on my skin, because we wash it right off! But after a week I can definitely see some positive changes in my skin. My breakouts are less frequent, my scars are faded, and my skin is so soft.

It has a different effect on everyone, and each batch is unique. Therefore you cannot predict how your skin will react. It can be too drying on some skin and it can even burn, so its a good idea to test it on a small part of your skin before you rub it all over your face. Some people like to cut the raw soap with other ingredients such as shea butter to make it easier on the skin.

As well as being great for acne, it is full of antioxidants, it helps fade discolouration, it is healing and has even been known to be great for exzema and psoriasis. It is definitely worth trying.

Miracle product: Body Shop Body Butter!

Body Shop Body Butter is officially the best moisturiser I have ever used! Its been around for a while but this is the first time I’ve owned any. I remember a friend in school who used to apply it religiously and she had the softest skin. Now I own some for myself, I feel like I’m finally in on the secret.

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I put it on last night after my bath, and this morning my skin feels like it did 5 minutes after applying it! My skin still smells like coconut, its ridiculously soft, and my feet still have that gooey post-pedicure feeling. My hands are softer than they’ve been in months, and I apply hand cream regularly. Normally 5 minutes after moisturising, all traces of moisturiser are gone. But 12 hours after using this product and my skin still has that luxury goddess feeling you get after a hot bath and good moisturiser.

There are so many flavours (scents) that there is bound to be the perfect one for you amongst their vast range. In this house we are coconut heads. We have coconut shampoo, conditioner, body wash, soap…and in the kitchen cupboard theres coconut oil, coconut milk, coconut cream. But if coconut isn’t your jam theres shea butter, cocoa butter, mango, satsuma, strawberry, hemp (!?), olive, honey, pink grapefruit and many more.

If this is already your staple moisturiser, well done. If not, don’t waste any more time! This really is a miracle moisturiser.

Our Perception of Beauty

Society’s perception on what beauty consists of is constantly changing. You only need to look at paintings of great beauties from 100 years ago to see this.

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A beauty of the 12th to 18th centuries was fair, plump, small mouthed and double chinned. Pale and prone to blushing was the preferred skin tone. To emphasise the point, this is Edward IV, who was considered the most good looking man in world (in the 1400s)

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His wife Elizabeth Woodville was also considered a great beauty, and she looks a lot more like what would be considered beautiful by todays standards.

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Still, her daughter Elizabeth of York was also meant to be beautiful and thats a bit more of a headscratcher:

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Olive skinned, full lipped, raven haired beauties would be considered sallow and too ‘wide mouthed’, just like Anne Boleyn was.

Today there isn’t just one perception of beauty, because everyone has different tastes in what they find attractive. As a society I feel we are far more open and accepting to different kinds of beauty. I guess this change occured in the sixties and seventies, where people generally started to open their minds. There was a brief dip in then noughties in diversity, and one kind of look prevailed: the long straight blonde hair with perfectly tanned skin and light eyes. This was made popular by the likes of Paris Hilton and Nicole Ritchie and The Simple Life.

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The kind of models seen in magazines like Playboy were all of this mold. The Playboy Bunnies are a good reflection of our perceptions of beauty. In the sixties and seventies through to the late nineties, they were diverse in their looks. Then the noughties happened, but if you look at them now they are as diverse as they’ve ever been. The Blonde and Tanned template doesn’t exist anymore.

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Another reflection of this is the Paris Hilton vs Kim Kardashian trend. In the noughties, Kim was Paris’ assistant and Paris was seen as the beautiful one. However Kim overtook Paris in popularity and now is generally seen as one of the most attractive women in the world. Regardless of your personal opinion of her, she is undeniably beautiful. Paris’ look is now dated, old fashioned and even cheap. An ‘exotic’ look is definitely a benefit these days.

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So what is attractive today?

It seems that big eyes have always been an attractive feature, and full lips are also very desirable now, although they haven’t always been. But one feature that has never been allowed to be big is the nose. Unfortunately for me, I have a big nose, yet I have always liked big noses on people. I personally don’t find that nose size affects attractiveness. Some of the most beautiful women, in my opinion, have larger than average noses. Yet, mostly thanks to Hollywood, a small straight nose is portrayed as the most desirable. Many famous actresses were told to get nose jobs when they started out, however its the ones that refused who became the most successful.

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And actress Jennifer Grey ruined her career by getting a nose job. So when will noses of the more creative shape and size become acceptable in beauty? I hope it is soon, because I love my nose and I am so glad bullies didn’t push me to getting a nose job when I was younger.

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Anyway, beauty is an objective thing. Society may influence who we find beautiful, but at the end of the day, and I know this is going to sound cliche and saccharine, but everyone has their own beauty. And what even is beauty? Is it just what other people find attractive? That can’t be it because I don’t think we exist just to attract a mate. It has to be something more abstract. It isn’t tangible. As much as some people like to think they can just go to a doctor and pay them to give them beauty, that isn’t how it works. And if one things for certain, its that society will change its mind about whats beautiful many times within our lifetime. So my point is, don’t worry about what society tells you to look like. Look like you. You’re beautiful.

Sudocrem – Not just for nappie rash anymore

Sudocrem as a beauty product may not be your first thought about this household staple, but they have just released a skin care cream (£2.11) that might just change your mind.

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Sudocrem has long been used for its healing properties. When I was a youth I used to use the antiseptic cream on my spots and I’m pretty sure I’m not alone there. Now they have released their Skin Care Cream specifically for spot and acne prone skin. I’m so excited about this product, because it is so rare to find an over the counter blemish clearing product that actually works. Let alone for such a good price.

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I applied it at night after washing my face, rubbing it into my skin (it can be left on as a face mask, which is what Towie star Lauren Pope does). I wasn’t expecting to see results for a few days but the next morning I could definitely notice a difference. I have oily, spot prone skin and even when my skin is clear, I can always feel bumps under the surface waiting to become spots. After using this those bumps went down, and after just two uses they were almost completely gone. My redness was also reduced. In general, my skin was much calmer.

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It is very thick in consistency so a little goes a long way. Especially if you are rubbing it into the skin. Or you can use a bit more and leave it to soak into the skin over night. (see picture above)

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I definitely recommend this product, even if you don’t have spot prone skin. Some people use it just for a glow. Lara Stone says she uses it on planes to refresh her skin before landing. And at £2, its a no brainer really.

When it comes to your face, just do you!

We can do what we like with our faces. They are OUR faces. I don’t wear makeup often, and haven’t done for a couple of years and here’s why.

First of all, I am incredibly lazy. I could happily spend the rest of my life watching netflix surrounded by cats. So if I have to choose between more time in bed and wearing makeup, my bed will always win. I’ve always been fairly confident about being makeup free since my school days. We weren’t allowed to wear makeup until 6th form.  We had to report to our housemistress every morning for ‘the face wipe test’ and it didn’t matter where we were, if a teacher thought we had makeup on they would use the public humiliation technique to scar us from ever daring to cover up a spot again. This seemed cruel and unnecessary (and still does to some extent). Teenage girls are walking insecurities. I had horrible acne that would later leave scars that took years to fade. I hated my nose and was convinced people wouldn’t notice it if I drew attention to my eyes so I would line the hell out of them. But on that first makeup free day, the world did not end. Turned out everyone had spots, and no one looked that much different without our poorly applied makeup. I still had boyfriends and no one set themselves on fire at the sight of my real face. Even though I think it is unfair not to let teenagers at least wear concealer for their spots, I cannot deny it gave me a confidence in myself that has never left. So thank you, school. Kind of.

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Obviously as soon as I left school I learnt how to apply makeup properly and embraced how fun and transformative it can be. I really love painting faces, and still do. However a couple of years ago I went a long time without makeup and I got to know my face all over again and I became really attached to it. I am really fond of my unique face with all its lumps and bumps and when I wear makeup now I don’t feel 100% comfortable. I still love applying it and trying out new products, but I take it off again relatively quickly, and I probably only wear it now about once a month. I know it seems weird to feel more comfortable without makeup, but I just prefer to see my unaltered face looking back at me in the mirror. It upsets me that women who choose not to wear makeup are labelled as lazy or slobs.

On the other end of the spectrum, it also upsets me when people judge men and women who wear a lot of makeup or who need makeup to feel comfortable. As much as we can choose not to wear makeup, we can also choose to wear as much makeup as we want. When I do wear makeup for a night out I wear A LOT! And I’m sure I speak for most people who wear makeup when I say we do not do it to attract people, we do not care if you think it’s too much, we do not care if you think we are prettier without it. Our main concern isn’t pleasing strangers. We wear it because it’s fabulous and makes us look fierce and it’s fun to apply. We can be creative and reflect our personality with the canvas that is our face and the paint that is our makeup. It is art, and anyone who thinks otherwise is unenlightened. And for some people, a signature makeup look can be part of their personality. It reflects who they are, so if they feel uncomfortable without makeup it is not because they are insecure, it is because they don’t feel like themselves.

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Our faces are our faces, and they are not there to please onlookers. Dolls, do what you want with your faces! Paint them up, or leave them be. They are YOUR canvas to decide what to do with.