Look and Feel your Absolute Best!

Tips to look and feel your ABSOLUTE best, everyday! 

We all want to look and feel our best — and by “best” I mean the most glowing, youthful version of ourselves. Taking time each day to spend on yourself, is an investment that will have you not only looking beautiful but feeling that way, too. You have probably heard that “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” But I think it may actually be in the eye of the woman who gets the most sleep, drinks the most water and follows these easy tips..

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  1. ​Prep and PrimeMany women overlook the importance of skincare in their beauty regimen. Yet this key step leaves skin feeling so fresh and clean! I am a firm believer that before applying makeup the skin should be prepared properly. No matter how tired you are, wash and moisturise your face when you wake up (and before you hit the hay), to detox your precious pores of all of the dirt that has accumulated during the night. Gorgeous skin = gorgeous make-up

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  2. Hide Dark CirclesAfter applying your moisturiser, allow 10-15 minutes for it to soak in. Your makeup will go on better, stay on longer and you can avoid patchiness. Then you can brighten up your entire face with dabs of concealer. Apply a brightening Concealer with a Concealer Brush just to the areas that need it — any red spots (outer sides of nostrils), blemishes and under eye dark circles. Make sure you the blend the concealer using your ring finger, as it has the lightest touch and won’t tug on delicate under-eye skin.Processed with VSCO with s2 preset
  3. Have a Flawless BaseFocus on trying to achieve a base that gives a flawless and smooth finish. Opt for powders like mineral and baked as an alternative to liquid foundation, which are healthier for your skin by not clogging pores with unwanted chemicals, and feel silky to wear too. Use a Phoenix Buffer Brush (I call this my “Magic Wand”) to apply a Powder Foundation to the entire face, using circular motions to really work the product onto the face. I like to buff the brush all over the face vigorously to work with the natural oils of the face and allow the product to warm with your skin temperature (this will give you a more polished finish and will make sure your powder isn’t visibly sitting on the surface).eyebrowssss
  4. Brows, Brows, Brows

    Brows are one of the most important features on your face and well-groomed brows are the key to a polished look, but far too many women neglect their eyebrows. Everyone has a different face and eye shape and eyebrows should complement eyes and help minimise facial flaws. Eyebrow Shaping has always been my passion and specialty and I spend a lot of time training my Pink Lady, Phoenix Artists to become brow perfectionists. At Phoenix Cosmetics we deliver “Brow Magic” which is a service that Phoenix Cosmetics is famous for. We look at eyebrows from a Makeup Artists perspective, we don’t just “tidy” brows, we shape them and will teach you how to correctly colour and maintain them. I definitely recommend getting your brows shaped professionally, even if it’s just one time!

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  5. Add Some Definition

    I believe make-up should be all about enhancing your natural features, rather than trying to look like something you’re not. It’s all about subtle definition. This liner trick does wonders for a defined look; Rim your upper and lower lash lines with a chocolate coloured eye pencil and smudge it out with a eye shadow brush. Then set with a powder eyeshadow of similar colour. Finish with two coats of mascara, on top and bottom—focusing on the outer lashes with the top of the wand. This will just add a sultry and more defined look, making your eyes “pop!” (Expert tip: To give eyes an even bigger boost, use an eyelash curler before you apply mascara. Start as close to the roots of your lashes as possible and gently pulse the curler forward bit by bit to the ends.)

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  6. Colour Yourself Happy

    Put on a bright colour to kick yourself into gear (especially on a Monday morning!). For example, red is the most energetic colour in the spectrum.. so pop on a bold red lippy. When it comes to makeup, nothing rivals the power of a red lip. A crimson pout will elevate your outfit, up your confidence, sex factor AND make a statement all in one swipe. If you’re not feeling quite that brave, then opt for a brightly coloured scarf or paint your nails a fun, happy colour!

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  7. Let Your Inner Beauty Shine Outward

    There’s a lot of talk about beauty being only skin deep. But how you feel and who you are on the inside, reflects on the outside. Feeling pretty is a state of mind, not a state of face! After you have spent time getting ready.. appreciate yourself! Look in the mirror and compliment yourself on something. During the day, be mindful of your stature. Stand up straight with your shoulders back, walk tall and think positive thoughts. If you have a great attitude and treat everyone you meet as you would like to be treated you will be thought of as significantly more attractive than a woman who thinks only of herself and runs roughshod over everyone she meets. Most importantly, SMILE! Smile at everyone and everything, as I believe it was Marilyn who said “A smile is the best make-up any girl can wear.” and feel fabulous because you are!Lots of love always,Phoenix

How to Take the Best Selfies

Take The best Selfies!
5 Things I think people can do to improve their Selfies

1. First things first; your camera.

Your camera dictates the quality of photo, the better quality, the better selfie!
However… 99% of the time, most of us use our phones right? Well heres my Top Tip for taking an amazing selfie using your phone:

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Can you guys spot the difference in these photos? 

(These are all Unfiltered & Unedited photos) 

The one on the left is more blurred, the one on the right is clearer & crisper resolution. 

Both were taken on my iPhone.

The same with these two photos… the left is blurred and fuzzy, the right is crisp and vibrant.

 

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Phone cameras these days are AMAZING but as you can see, the front facing one is always a crappier quality compared to the rear facing camera. The rear facing camera is brilliant quality. Some iPhone and Android phone cameras rival that of a professional camera! 

My best tip is to try and use the rear facing camera (this is tricky but worth the persistence!!) 

The front facing camera washes out your makeup, hair and colours, the rear facing one doesn’t and it shows everything clearer with a much stronger resolution.
Also if you look closely you’ll see that the rear-facing camera photos are much more flattering to my skin, and the front facing camera, while even though it blows out the photo it still shows more imperfections and skin texture.

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2. Always have as much distance possible between you and the camera/phone. Having space around your head and body provides more opportunity for you to edit and crop the picture, which ultimately means you have more freedom for a flattering photo crop, to re size, adjust and move the image and angle around as much as you want. The distance also provides a flattering blur between the camera and your skin texture.

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3. Always hold the camera from above, as high as possible! Taking a photo from a low angle can make your appear larger and has a very unflattering finish to your face and body shape. Holding the camera from above makes you look smaller…. angles people… angles are important, every talented model knows exactly how to angle themselves for the most flattering shot.

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4. Find the pose or angle most flattering for your face. The only way to do this is through trial and era. Take lots of photos and try out different shots until you find one you love. Then try that pose again in a different setting. Finding that right angle means you always have a position that works well for you, ensuring you can always fall into that angle at a moments notice (like when your friend pulls out their camera and at a seconds warning its Selfie time!).

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5. Lighting. This is a tricky one, but one thats crucial. Natural lighting is always best as the sun provides endless hours of flattering and beautifully lit backdrops for selfies. Natural sunlight can make your clothing, skin, hair and makeup colours more vibrant and bold. It also is incredibly smoothing and can make even the bumpiest skin appear smooth and flawless.
The bonus here is you don’t even have to spend thousands of dollars on professional lights – literally use the sun at your disposal!! Always turn towards the sun, not away from it.
When you don’t have the sunlight – try and use a warm light where possible and try a couple of angles infront of the light before deciding on the best position. A light will either make you look flawless and well lit, or harsh and unflattering. You’ll be able to tell the difference.

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I hope these tips help!
May your Selfie game be as strong as my love for makeup!

Phoenix xx

Smokey Eyes with a Halo Twist

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Hey guys! In this weeks Tutorial I am doing a Classic Smokey Eyes look and updating it with a modern Halo Twist!

♡ FULL LIST OF PRODUCTS USED IN THIS VIDEO

E Y E S ⋆
PLouise Base in Rumour
Laura Mercier Palette
Jeffree Star Blood Sugar Palette
Still Magnificent Metals in Kitten Karma
Phoenix Cosmetics Pigment in Beige Breeze
Inglot Pigment in 119
Phoenix Water Resistant Black Mascara http://bit.ly/236fm5j
Phoenix Lashes in 3D

F A C E ⋆
Phoenix Custom Blend Foundation
Tarte Shape Tape Concealer
Phoenix Stick Foundation
Phoenix Baked Powder in Matte Bronze ‣ http://bit.ly/22gKEpB
Doll Beauty Highlighter in Shiner Bright and Like a Diamond
L I P S ⋆ Phoenix Lip Liner in Rosewood
Phoenix Lipstick in HoneyBare

Enjoy the video and have a great day!

Phoenix