Blog posts tagged with 'make up'

6 Top Tips - Stay Cool This Summer - Tuesday, July 10, 2012


 Looking good in summer requires a totally different skill set to the cooler months. Normally well behaved hair can turn frizzy, eye shadow turns to grease and hair colour fades, nightmare. No need to worry though, Salon Secrets has prepared 6 top tips to help you keep your cool this summer.

1) Embrace the Heat – face it, summer and super straight hair don’t mix. The humidity will turn even the most naturally straight hair curly. Rather than fight it, get on board. Curly beach hair is a good summertime look and really manageable with anti-frizz products.

2) Fading Hair Colour –We all know that the heat can cause hair colour to fade. Nothing looks better in summer than lighter hair. Plus, if your new tan is making your hair seem a bit ‘blah’, maybe now is the time to liven it up with some highlights.

3) Ditch the Foundation – Some girls can’t cope without their foundation but this can become an issue during summer. Wearing foundation in the sun can lead to you overheating and your foundation forming a ‘cakey’ texture to boot. Our top tip is to replace the foundation with a tinted moisturizer. Tinted moisturizer will still cover up any blemishes but without excess heat.

4) Daring Digits – The good weather will mean that you will probably be flaunting your toes a lot. To make sure they stand out in the summer sun, we suggest going for bold, vibrant colours like green or orange. They look great on most skin types and will make you stand out; just make sure you consider whether your colours match your sandals.

5) Avoid Makeup Meltdown – We know how annoying it is when your eye shadow starts seeping into your eyelid creases. To avoid this simply prime your lids with an eye shadow base, this will have the effect of making your base work like primer. If you get a good base you should find that your eyeliner will hold in place but to be certain apply eye shadow over the line to set it. It’s also a good summer time tip to skip pencil eyeliners and go for liquid liners instead as these will budge less as the day goes on. Finally, waterproof mascara is a must.

6) Wear Your Hair High – You might always wear your hair down but during summer this increases the chance of sweat ruining your hairdo. As well as looking great in the sun, pony tails, loose buns, headbands or ballerina bands will stop this from happening. 

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Core Four! - Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Have you ever been envious of women with perfectly applied make-up? Have you ever wondered ‘how they do it’? Well the answer is simple – quality make-up brushes. We kid you not, getting your make-up brush just right can be more important than getting your foundation colour correct. Here we will give you tips on how to apply your make-up, which main brushes to use and how you can actually save yourself pennies.

Foundation Brush

Foundation is a miracle, a way to hide behind your imperfections if you must. However it is one of those products that you be perfect or go terribly wrong. So how do you avoid such travesties as the latter? The answer is simple, a foundation brush!
Smoothly applying your foundation and leaving a flawless finish, you are able to blend your foundation seamlessly into your jaw line with much better control, leaving a streak free application. This brush even uses less product than a normal application sponge, meaning that your foundation lasts longer.



Depending on the type of coverage you want depends on which brush to use. Rounded powder brushes achieve maximum coverage while  flat powder brushes obtain a much lighter application. Depending on your make-up preference will obviously depend on which brush you should go for. In our opinion you should have both at hand, to determine your preference. You may even require a light touch up hours after application when the fan brush would be much more suitable.

For soft application rounder blusher brushes are recommended to use, making sure you softly swoop the apples of cheek for a hint of colour, this is great for a classic day look. For a more dramatic evening look, slanted blushes give this effect. Giving your cheeks a higher definition with a more generous layer of colour, this brush can really define your face. Make sure you don't take the colour right to the hairline as this can look dated and messy.

Eyebrow Brush

Eyebrows can completely change the dynamic of your face and it comes as no surprise that eyebrows are becoming a major player in the beauty industry with the likes of ‘Scouse brows’ and ‘HD brows’. Therefore it is so important to get your brows looking just right and the shape of the brush is ultra-important when it comes to eyebrow shaping. To save your pennies it is much cheaper to colour your brows using a matte eye shadow, rather than a pencil, not only will it last longer but it is easier to apply. Just simply load onto the eyebrow brush, tap off any excess, and brush this through the brows, making sure you have measured the eyebrows so they are the correct length.
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Who is Liz Martin? - Tuesday, December 20, 2011

With Liz Martin Lashes gracing our Salon Secrets pages, we thought we would take a look in to Liz’s career, as by no means is she an overnight success story. Liz has been in the industry for years and has a list of celebrity clients the length of her arm, even working on the re-vamp of X Factor’s 2010 contestants. Establishing her reputation as a leading make-up artist in the music and fashion industry Liz Martin has well and truly worked for her reputation and has thoroughly earned her nickname as the ‘Lash Queen’.

Liz Martins 1st lash brand was the Girls Aloud range, working her creative talents in the best collaboration since Ant and Dec. Following on from this, Liz joined forces with lash specialists Salon System and created an entirely unique range of Liz Martin lashes, offering one of the largest selections of lashes where you can find any style to suit your needs.

Now with this under her make-up belt, along with editorial work in magazines for Vogue, Elle, Tatler and Hapers, you are in experienced hands when it comes to Liz Martin lashes.  Why not take a look at some of her collection here!

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