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See your true colours!

2 July 2014 3:25:50 PM AEST

Most of us have an idea of which colours we like, but do they translate into makeup that suits our features? BECCA's Rebecca Morrice Williams gives us some pointers on how to look good and have fun with cosmetics (And yes, blue eye shadow is allowed!)

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BECCA founder Rebecca Morrice Williams knows a thing or two about colour!

As a rule of thumb, which shades suit which colourings?
Generally pale skins suit pinky tones for blushes and lips but not for the eyes (as it makes them look washed out and tired). Blue eyes can wear shades of blue (if desired) and golden browns make blue eyes pop nicely. Charcoal greys look great for a smokey eye look - better than black, which can be too harsh.

Tanned and olive complexions look gorgeous in peachy shades for cheeks and lips. Green eyes again can wear shades of green but russet/purple tinged tones make the eyes stand out. Brown eyes can wear most brown shades of eye shadow - muted tones of blue and navy intensify the colour. Hazel eyes look great in similar toned shades of khaki and golden hazels but can also wear purple/reddish tinged browns to intensify.

Darker skins can wear orange/reds for cheeks and many rich and bright shades for lips. Darker eyes look wonderful in browns, some jewel- like colours and black is gorgeous for a dramatic smokey eye.

In general neutral eye shadows work for all eye colours.

How can I be sure my foundation matches perfectly to my skin?
The trick here is simply to look in natural light and to make sure that the blend between face, neck and décolletage looks seamless. Don't match colour specifically to the neck as this is usually the lightest part - test foundation on the jaw line. If your chest area is a lot darker than the face and neck, you might want to use a darker but sheer foundation colour on the face to even everything out or alternatively tint the skin with a bronzer underneath. I like to use BECCA Bronzing Skin Perfector specifically for this.

I dye my hair a lot - will this affect which make-up colours I should be wearing?
In general, the darker the colour of your hair the more washed out you can look unless you have a tan or dark skin tone to begin with. If your hair is red I would l stay with neutral shades. If you go blonde, stay with soft peach pinks and soft neutral beige tones for eyes. If you are dying your hair brown you may find you need some bronzer and more obvious peachy blush as well as bronzed shades for the eyes, to give your skin some life. Really dark hair may call for some rich shades and if you plan to go grey then you may need some bright cool toned shades for cheeks and lips to avoid looking drained.

Are there particular shades that are ageing, or conversely, that make you look younger?
There are some things that definitely make you look younger versus older. Too much foundation, too much concealer under the eyes and too much powder will all serve to make you look older - keep your base as sheer as you can get away with and always match to your skin tone. Colours that are too dark or too light will age you.

A little radiance is a must-have for keeping your skin looking youthful - this is where BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector becomes a necessity. One pump added to foundation will put back a healthy dose of radiance.

Always use a little blush to look younger and healthier - tints, gels and creams applied to the apples of the cheeks work like magic!

Avoid deep and bright colours for lips as well as super matte tones. I personally think red lipstick is not great after a certain age and does make you look older. Perhaps it's fun and quirky much later in life (ie 70). Neutral rosy and pink tones for lips are better in formulations that are cream and/or semi -glossy.

Eye colours that are neutral, soft and not too shimmery are best to keep eyes looking fresh and younger. Avoid too much mascara or eyeliner.

I like to experiment with colour - how can I do so without coming across as garish?
Definitely only play with bright colour on one area of your face - either lips or cheeks or eyes or nails - not all at once. A rich, bright lip looks wonderful with beautiful, minimalistic skin. A touch of coloured eyeliner can be fun with next to nothing lips and cheeks. Don't match colours to your outfit - opposites look modern.


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Spice up your 'do with American Crew!

18 June 2014 5:03:03 PM AEST

Women change their hair hundreds of times throughout their lifetime, so men, why not do the same and experiment with different looks? Get rid of that old do' you've been sporting for years and try something different this winter, with American Crew.

Below, lead hairstylist for American Crew Australia, Phoenix Thomson, shows guys easy ways to update their locks.

Look 1 - Modern day comb over
1. For a smooth shape with a plenty of hold, prep the hair with American Crew Firm Hold Gel and allow to dry naturally
2. If you need it to dry faster, help it along with some heat and a small flat paddle brush
3. Brush the hair in the direction it moves naturally and use the blow drier at the front for an element of lift at the hairline

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Look 2 - Rockabilly edge
1. For a shape that defies gravity, apply American Crew Firm Hold Gel liberally to damp hair
2. Using a dryer and your hands, lift the hair at the roots to get the height needed to re-create this shape
3. Then grab large amounts of hair in your hands and squeeze it as the dryer adds heat to cement the movement on the ends
4. Rub a small amount of American Crew Fiber into your hands and use this on the ends of the hair, for hold and a matte finish

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Top tips from American Crew All Star Phoenix Thomson:
1. For a beachy finish on hair, run American Crew Light Hold Gel through damp hair, shake it out and allow to dry for a 'just out of the ocean' texture
2. If it's a groomed finish you want, put a 50 cent piece amount of gel onto damp hair. Comb your part in and dry for a smooth finish with a small paddle brush. It will give you a great foundation for your finishing product. American Crew Pomade is a favourite for high shine!
3. Drying in American Crew Superglue will give you a high hold, high shine wind-defying shape that will last all day. Always apply a small amount to wet hair and use your fingers or a small denman brush and use the hairdryer to lock in the height and form you want to create.
4. Always finish off with a dust of American Crew Boost Powder if you want to add more texture and definition

Shhhh...French Beauty Secrets Revealed

13 June 2014 12:06:43 PM AEST

France is not known for producing some of the world's most stylish women for nothing! Here, twelve Gallic beauties share their make-up and skincare secrets...

"Sometimes when I have puffy eyes, I take ice and put some rose lotion and a cotton pad all together, and put it on my eyes in the morning," - Laetitia Casta, actress. Try this lotion from Nuxe.

 

"Use two different colours of mascara; black for your top lashes and brown for your bottom ones. It gives you a sharper look with more definition and makes your eyes look even sexier!" - Constance Jablonski, model. Lancome has some beauties.

 

"When applying skincare, use a light tapping, pressing motion, especially around the eyes," - Virginie Courtin-Clarins, heiress. You'll love Bioderma.

 

"It is good to have just a few products that are very good quality," - Ines de la Fressange, model.  We recommend La Roche-Posay or Gatineau.

 

"Put on black eye makeup before going to bed, so it looks all smudgy and beautiful in the morning,"- Jane Birkin, muse. Lancome's our fave.

 

"My trick is to protect hair with some borage. It's the best nourishing oil. I also put some on my skin after being exposed under the sun," - Julia Restoin Roitfield, art director. We love this from L'Occitane.

 

"I like masks, and sometimes I use them as a day cream," - Elisa Sednaoui, film director. Try Uriage's mask.

 

"I always start the day with a cup of hot water and lemon - I find it really cleanses and hydrates me," - Eva Green, actress. For the next best thing, try these from Guinot.

 

"Use a little lipstick as your blush!" - Isabel Marant, fashion designer. Stock up on these from Lancome.

 

"With eyeliner, I do a really thin line and almost straight out-I don't go all the way down and up because I have quite small eyes, so it can make my eyes quite droopy," - Josephine de la Baume, singer.  We can't get enough of Lancome's liners.

 

"When you're tired, Benefit's Benetint makes you look like you've slept for hours," - Astrid Berges-Frisbey, actress

 

"I know I shouldn't wash my hair so often, but it gets greasy very fast, so I use a tea tree oil shampoo every day and always let it air-dry," - Anne-Catherine Frey, fashion blogger. Check out these options.