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From hair mascara to blue eyeshadow, Nineties beauty trends are having something of a revival at the moment.

With that in mind, we reckon it's time to say goodbye to that bold red lip in favour of something a little more retro.

If you have fairer skin, brown lipsticks with red and orange undertones will work best, as vampy purplish browns can drain you, while nude browns can be too light.

However lipsticks can give off different colours depending on your skin tone, so be sure to try a swatch on your hand before even considering buying anything.

If you're a pale-skinned gal, we recommend going less Kylie Jenner and more Scully from The X Files when it comes to your choice of shade. Not as on-trend, but by God could Scully rock an orange toned lipstick.

Here are a few shades to get you started…

1. MAC Persistence
Described as a 'peachy cinnamon,' this terracotta brown will live up to all your Nineties dreams.

 

2. Maybelline Crazy for Coffee
This is bordering on nude, but with a hint of earthy brown – perfect if you're nervous about taking the plunge.

 

3. Charlotte Tilbury Birkin Brown
At €30, this is definitely the most expensive on our list, but Charlotte Tilbury is the queen of bold lipsticks. We can't get enough of this shade, inspired by Naomi Campbell and Jane Birkin.

 

4. NYX Butter Gloss Praline
NYX's Butter Gloss has all the staying power of a lipstick, but with a high-gloss sheen. This creamy reddish-brown will suit most skin tones.

 

5. Rimmel Lasting Finish Starry Eyed
If you want something more dramatic, give this a go – a berry-toned brown shade that is perfect for a night out.

 

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There has been a huge number of beauty trends exploding all over the internet in recent months.

Whether it's strobing for your face, trying to keep your brows on fleek (without dyeing them rainbow colours) or even baking your face there has been something new to try every week.

As for haircare, first there was contouring and now something even MORE bizarre.

For anyone who missed the great tie-dyeing adventures of the Nineties, it basically required you to tie elastic bands around a t-shirt then dip the fabric in different colour dyes.

Hair colourist Rickey Zito is now applying the technique to hair.

Probably important to note that this hair is bleached beforehand, for optimal colour intensity. No one wants a dull tie-dye effect to be fair.

Rickey of course makes the process look very simple as he separates the hair into large sections. Then he uses cloth ribbons to separate the sections again and make sure the colours are separated.

The results are definitely different.

Rickey is obviously a huge fan of ALL hair colouring trends – his Instagram feed is full of rainbow coloured locks.

 

Whip it good.. #hairgod_zito #headrushsalon

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He calls himself ‘hair god’ for a reason.

We're kinda tempted to give this a go… but maybe we'll test it out on a t-shirt first.

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Not all of us were blessed with the kind of genetics that would give us a 24/7 Angelina Jolie pout.

Unfortunately some of us were left a little lacking when it came to the full lip department. Which is absolutely fine, except that bold lips are having something of a beauty moment.

Everywhere you look these days people are flashing us their fabulous super sized pouts at us and we can’t help but want to jump on the bandwagon from time to time. If you’re feeling a bit jealous of Kylie and the likes, then all you need are these three easy steps.

Prep your skin

Dry lips will look flat and dull, so just like you would with your skin, you need to scrubs. Grab a toothbrush or a specific lip scrubs and away you go. Make sure you apply plenty of your favourite moisturising balm afterwards.

Nudes

Smaller lips can look smaller when you wear darker colours, which is a shame because winter and dark berry lipstick shades are a given. However, for full lips use a nude pencil and line your lips slightly beyond their natural edges. Make the line more pronounced if need be and apply a creamy lipstick in a similar shade.

Strategic Sparkle

Use a highlighter, or shimmery shadow on your Cupid’s bow to add some depth to your lips. Follow up with a shiny neutral gloss just in the middle top and bottom lips.

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New and bizarre make-up trends are constantly popping up all over the internet, some good, some bad and some very, very ugly.

But there are definitely a few worth taking a look at as they could change your beauty routine forever. Coming straight from the celebs with their #flawless selfies, here's everything you need to know.

Baking
If you want gorgeously illuminated eyes like J-Lo this is the beauty hack for you. Begin by putting a blendable concealer on your T-zone and under your eyes, then pat a yellow-toned loose powder on top. Let it sit for about ten minutes, allowing your body's own natural heat to bake the products together. After the time is up, wipe away any excess powder and you're good to go!

 

Strobing
This technique is actually quite simple and a much easier method than Kim K's signature contouring. Strobing focuses on highlighting prominent points of your face without any bronzer or shading powder. All you need to do is get your favourite highlighter – the type doesn't matter – and blend the product over the high points of your cheek bones, the bridge of your nose and cupids bow. Be careful and use a light hand as you don't want to look like a shiny disco ball.

 

Cut – Crease Eye Shadow
Playing with the placement of your crease can really give you a more exaggerated look, so this method is great if you want to give your eyes an instant boost. Simply apply a base coat all over your eye lid, and use a liquid liner to draw a dramatic cat-eye wing on your lid. Next, with an angled brush and a neutral shadow colour, create a curve until you hit the edge of your liner. Blend it upwards and hey presto – completely dramatic eye make up in an instant!

 

Over Lining
We can all thank Kylie Jenner for this one! To get her look (without having to resort to lip fillers) all you have to do is use a natural dark lip liner to outline all over the crease of your lips. The next step is to get a lighter shade of lipstick and smack it on your pout. And that's it, plumper lips without any hassle!

 

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Permanent makeup is something that has been around for a number of years now. However, the trend of fuller lips and brows are tempting some people to go to extremes in their quest for brows that are on point.

In the past people have been sucking on bottles trying to achieve a fuller pout. Cosmopolitan beauty editors are considering this a possible upshot of a certain almost legal reality TV star’s infamous pout.

Now people are going for actual lip liner tattoos. These can last for between 8 and 10 years. Years!

Last week a Cosmopolitan Australia beauty editor had the outline of her lips tattooed to make them appear fuller in order to avoid getting fillers. The salon she visited offer a “Kiss Me Lip Tint Tattoo” treatment, but they are also apparently well known for their brow tattoo treatments.

In order to get the tattoo to complement her natural lip colour, the tattooist blended together three different shades of pink.

The editor was very pleased with her “subtle results”. Despite the minor scabbing that occurs whenever someone gets a fresh tattoo.

Not only does the treatment last for almost a decade, but the cost is nothing to laugh at either. Initially the tattoo will cost over €800 with touch-ups, every 3 to 5 years, costing an additional €230.

We were having some serious 90s flashbacks at the thought of intense lip-liner adventures but some of these after photos do prove subtlety can be achieved.

However, as is the same when people consider any type of tattoo, they are being encouraged to consider all precautions because skin health is a top priority.

 

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Have you seen the latest beauty trend to hit social media yet?

It’s kind of hard to miss to be honest. Bubble nails have been popping up all over Instagram in the last week in all of their curvaceous wonder.

 

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Also known as ‘hump nails’, this nail art uses a round of acrylic at the centre of the nail shaped into a bubble like dome.

While it seems to only be picking up traction in the last week or so, Nails Magazine has said that this trend is one that has been doing the rounds since 2009.

In the magazine a nail technician from the U.S Hoa Bui, describes in more details how the technique is achieved.

"Bubble nails require building and sculpting of the acrylic until you get the look your client wants to achieve. You have to know exactly where the hump is supposed to be, then slowly build the nails.”

According to Hoa Bui the curve “has to be perfect”. While there’s no doubt that #curvesonfleek are obviously a big winner this year.

However, despite it being quite a precise technique, twitter users are not so convinced of its glory:

Can we take a moment to consider the practical side of things?

How does one text, for example? How do take your rings off? Can you unbutton your jeans? 

We have a lot of questions about this.

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We’re not entirely sure why were so surprised to hear this news. Considering that eyebrows have become a bit of a ‘thing’ in the fashion and beauty world, it was only a matter of time before a logical solution to sparse brows came along.

There are countless products and methods available to help you achieve fuller looking brows, darker brows, better arches and even lighter looking brows.

Some people though were just unfortunately caught up in the 90s trend of having no eyebrows whatsoever. Never forget: pencil brows. Other people just have thin brows, whatever the reason you can now ensure your brows at their highest fleek potential.

Let us introduce you to the fabulous, wonderful world of eyebrow extensions.

Founder of brow bar Wink, Umbreen Sheikh told Buzzfeed Life that the process can take “up to two and a half hours.”

Look at those results though, totally worth it.

Brow technicians (yes, those are a thing now), dip tiny synthetic hairs into skin-safe glue and then apply them individually to the skin. Amazing.

“People who have lost their eyebrows to alopecia, chemotherapy, and anxiety disorders come to us for extensions,” explains Sheikh. She did warn that the results may not last as long for people who have a tendancy to sweat a little more than usual, just FYI.

The results are incredible. Anyone who went a little too happy hands with the tweezer is in for a treat with these magic brows.

 

 

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Brows: ON FLEEK.

 

A photo posted by Mary Nelson (@browconsultant) on

 

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The nude lip is back! It can be daunting to know the right way to rock the nude lip, is it too light? Too dark? Should it blend in with my skin tone? 

Here is how to wear a nude lip with every skin tone:

If you have fair skin like….Blake Lively
If you are quite fair, it is best to stick with nude lipsticks that have a pink undertone.

If you have medium skin like…Mila Kunis
If you have slightly more tanned skin, you can afford to go for a slightly warmer undertone like a dark dusty rose/beige colour. Just make sure it is slightly darker than your skin – you don't want your lips to disappear! 

If you have olive skin like…Kim Kardashian
​Olive skintones will pop with a gorgeous shade of caramel or medium beige. Once again, the trick is to ensure the colour is darker than your skin colour. 

If you have darker skin like… Rihanna
Darker skin has the ability to carry off some fierce lipstick colours without washing out the skin tone. Deep beige and brown will perfect the nude lip and warm undertones will complete the look. 

 

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Trends come and go so fast that you can be left feeling a little dizzy as one fad is replaced by another before you can even get on board with it. And it looks like this has happened to the nail art trend as the hand art trend becomes more In-Vogue!

In fact, it is Vogue that sees hand art becoming the top beauty trend to go for this season after  numerous celebrities and catwalk models were spotted with over exaggerated nail and hand art.

Vogue may be on the right track as singer Lorde was spotted with her fingertips covered in paint at the Grammys and Thom Browne’s models were spotted with a similar dramatic style during New York Fashion Week.

Model Jourdan Dunn has even gotten on board after she posted a hand art snap on her Instagram account with the caption: “Talk to the hands cause the face ain’t listening: today on set @maybelline”.

It does look pretty cool but no doubt will be gone before we’ve even taken out the painting supplies.

 

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Beauty is a mass of ever fluctuating changes of what is in and what is so last year. With so many changes happening it can be hard to keep up.

However, right now all you need to do is focus on these five beauty trends, the rest can wait until next week’s changes.

Bed head
Messy top knots, loose braids and less-than-perfect ponies are so hot right now that you would be forgiven for putting your hairbrush away for a few weeks.

Eyeliner
Eyeliner has never really gone out of fashion, but this season it’s all about heavy liner. While it’s not particularly practical for the office, bang on layers of the stuff when you are heading out.

Nail art
There are so many options for nail art that you must have been hiding under a rock not to have noticed it slowly creeping onto the scene. You can either go free hand, invest in a stencil or buy stick on ones. Either way you’ll be bang on trend if you have funky art on your nails.

Pink lips
Whether you go for a pale or bright tone, you need to invest in a good pink lipstick. No doubt red will be back on trend in the winter so don’t throw out that classic colour just yet.

Green nail polish
Green polish looks great with a tan. Invest in a light, pale colour, a bright neon one or a subtle teal. There are so many options out there you will literally be spoilt for choice.

 

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