The 5 Daily 'Essentials'

(for those who already have the essential, essentials)!

By Miriam Nichterlein, Beauty Editor



I have a make-up kit that weighs a solid 20kgs.

It’s not all make up mind you. Most of its weight consists of make-up brushes, various product dispensers, special cleansing oils, weirdly shaped cue tips and other quirky tools that can only be bought from a particular hole-in-the-wall beauty shop in New York.

As I sat down to write about ‘the 5 daily essentials’ a dilemma arose. Could I really limit the ‘essentials’ to just 5?

After careful thought about the words ‘daily’ and ‘essential’, and assuming you are already using a quality cleanser and moisturiser, brushing your hair, applying mascara and generally grooming yourself, here are my 5 ‘other’ daily essentials.

1. Liquid Illuminator: Illuminators are great if you prefer to wear minimal make-up but still want to look fresh. The common mistake made in applying illuminator is to cover the entire face! Stick to the high points of your face to avoid looking like a shiny Christmas bauble! Place on the top of the cheekbones, along the cupid’s bow of the mouth, and on the eyelids and inner corners of the eye. If you prefer a more matte look, powder illuminators are perfect – my favourite is MAC Mineralize Skin finish in ‘Soft and Gentle’ ($47 AUD). For the liquid version, Stila All Over Shimmer Liquid Luminzer ($32 AUD) is flawless!

2. Red Lippy: The perfect shade of red lippy really is an essential. For a quick look pre-meeting or pre-date, pinning down the perfect shade of lipstick to brighten and add colour to your face with minimal effort is a lifesaver. I’m a huge fan of the organic Bite range ($37 AUD). The pigment is juicy, without the worry of any added nasty chemicals.

3. Touch-up Powder: Carrying a great touch-up powder for the T-zone will keep you looking freshly primped all day. For simple shine elimination MAC blot powder ($36 AUD) is ideal and can be applied as much as needed without becoming cakey. For a little extra coverage Becca pressed mineral powders ($40 AUD) also work a treat.

4. Cream Blush: This is one of my favourite products. It’s a natural way to add life to the face – I don’t leave the house without it. A touch of cream colour to the apples of the cheeks makes skin look lively and glossy. Becca and Bobbi Brown make my favourite cream blushes.

5. A Good Eyelash Curler: I particularly emphasise the word “GOOD”.  I had a client recently email me asking if it was normal for eyelash curlers to gradually destroy and snap off your eyelashes. My response, “NO it is not!” A good eyelash curler will take care of your lashes by maintaining its tension and grip. The fail-safe eyelash curlers are Shu Uemura ($40 AUD), and Kevyn Aucoin ($48 AUD).


Editor’s Note:

Due to a new and exciting venture Miriam is about to pursue this is, sadly, her last post as Beauty Editor for NetStyleShopper.  We wish her all the very best!


A new beauty editor will be joining us shortly!

- Michelle, Editor xx

The Baby Blues

By Miriam Nichterlein, Beauty Editor

Mainly due to a resurgence of the grunge/punk trend in the fashion world, quirky pops of colour prominently featured in make-up looks created for the Spring/Summer 2013 collections showcased across the globe.  Various takes on colour were seen at shows in Paris, Milan and New York, with a particular exuberant blue making an appearance - “Le couleur-du-jour’.

Forget all you have been told about matching shadow to your eye colour, the blue-eye make-up trend seen at several runway shows, including Chanel, Stella McCartney, Jenny Packham and Moschino, is a fun way to change your make-up  look whilst staying on-trend, no matter your eye colour.

Make-up trendsetter, Pat McGrath, matched dewy summery skin with shocks of greeny/blue aqua along the eye water line at the Paris Stella McCartney show. This is the perfect way to experiment with a bit of colour and whimsy. Using a long lasting pencil is a must in this area of the eye. My favourites are MAC Pro Longwear Eye Liner in Mountain Air ($35 AUD) and By Terry Crayon Khol Terrybly Colour Eye Pencil in Blue Vision ($48 AUD).


Peter Philips’ blue-black look at the Chanel Cruise show featured flicks of bold black liner on the top lid, complimented by an intense marine blue close to and on the lower lash line. Philips complemented this look with creamy skin and side swept fringes. As with most fashion trends, this look can be modified to suit your level of daring! Philips used Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-lasting Eyeliner in True Blue by Chanel ($40 AUD).


At Jenny Packham’s ‘Chic yet Playful’ collection, grunge was out.  Talia Shobrook, the lead make-up artist for the Laura Mercier team, instead created a feminine and flirty eye using Laura Mercier Eye Pencil in Midnight Blue ($22 AUD) to extend the line past the lashes for a timeless 60’s feel.


For other wearable plays on blue, see the looks below from Moschino, Moncler Gamme Rouge, Monique L’huilier and Nanette Lepore.

Moncler Gamme Rouge

Moncler Gamme Rouge

Monique L’huillier

Monique L’huillier

Nanette Lepore

Nanette Lepore

Moschino Cheap & Chic

Moschino Cheap & Chic

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Averting Disaster: Choosing the Right Foundation

By Miriam Nichterlein, Beauty Editor

Make-up trends may come and go, but flawless, glossy and youthful skin is always in.

It has been over a century since Max Factor first introduced foundation to women (aptly named ‘pan-cake’), after actresses were taken with the product which had been originally developed for film.

Foundation has come a long way since its ‘pan-cake’ origins, offering the choice of every shade and consistency you can think of.  Due to the overwhelming choices available across make-up counters, selecting the right foundation can be a daunting task.  To help work out which foundation is right for you, I answer three of your most commonly asked questions.

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1. Should I use stick or liquid?

Ideally, the answer is both. The key to being flawless rather than ‘caked’ is starting with a sheer fluid to even your overall skin-tone, and then only adding a heavier base where needed.

That said, if you have overly dry skin, use hydrating liquid formulas, as stick foundation may cause further dryness. For normal to oily skin, the right formulation of stick foundation is your best friend. My favourite is Bobbi Brown's Foundation Stick ($72).

2. Should I go for a semi-matte, matte or luminous finish?

Semi-matte works best on everyone and has a similar sheen to natural skin. If the packaging doesn’t specify its finish, assume it is semi-matte. For dry and mature skin, semi-matte and moisturizing formulas work best.

Matte foundations are great for very oily skin. They absorb oil throughout the day and are long-wearing. The gel base of the Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even-Finish Foundation with SPF 15 ($78) creates an emollient texture and smoothness minus the oil!

Luminous finish foundations work well on most skin types and a great for those days when you feel and look a little lack-lustre. The light reflecting pigments in this formula diffuse the look of fine lines and wrinkles, giving you a youthful glow. Giorgio Armani’s Luminous Silk Foundation ($90) is the Rolls-Royce of luminous foundations and a make-up artist’s best friend.

3. What shade should I choose for my skin-tone?

This is the unanswerable question! You will find every brand has distinct  shade categories and, most of the time, they are separated into "yellow-based" and "pink-based" varieties, or "cool" and "warm". As a general rule, yellow-based foundation is far more natural and suits most skin tones.

I am all for bargain beauty finds, however the more established and expensive brands have their shade formulas fairly close to perfect. My favourites are Bobbi Brown, Chanel, Giorgio Armani, Nars, Chantecaille, Becca, YSL and Tom Ford. These can be purchased from Mecca Cosmetica’s online store or the David Jones online store.

To ensure you have picked the right shade for your skin-tone:

  • Get the help of a friend or cosmetic consultant and try out a few shades.
  • Match the colour along your jaw line and ensure smooth blending from your jaw to your neck. You will find your face is most likely lighter than your neck. Always match your foundation to your neck.

  • Once applied, check the shade in a few different light sources, including natural daylight.

  • When you have the right shade, pause, take a deep breath and ask for a sample! Take it home and try it in the light of your own bathroom. Maybe even do a few selfies!

  • Be aware that your skin hydration and tone will change with the seasons. As the cooler months set in, you may need to use a lighter shade.

Recreate this Look: "The Illusion of Romance"

by Miriam Nichterlein, Beauty Editor

Model, Penelope Boucher, was my beautiful canvas for our debut fashion editorial, "The Illusion of Romance". Her milky skin and doll-like features made it easy to achieve a flawless look.

To recreate Penelope's look, simply follow the steps below:

Step 1 - Base: Use Giorgio Armani Luminous Skin in 5.5 ($66 Strawberry Net).  Squeeze a generous amount of product onto your hand and then gently pat over the surface of your face.  This product is a cult favourite, as it conceals, smoothes and illuminates with minimal effort.

Step 2 - Under-eye concealor: Use Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat No: 1 ($55 Myer). Click the pen and apply the product to the back of your hand. Using your index finger, press the product into the hollow of the eyes and inner corners to correct blue hues, illuminate the skin and reflect light.

Step 3 - Highlighter: Use Becca Jewel Dust Sparkling Powder in ‘Asrai’ ($21 Strawberry Net). Using a soft brush and a small amount of product, lightly dust this product on the top of cheekbones, along the bridge of the nose and, ever so slightly, on the top of the cupid's bow of your lips.

Step 4 - Eyes: Use Becca Ultimate Crème Eyeliner in ‘Belle Epoque’ ($24 Strawberry Net). I used this eyeliner all over Penelope's lid and blended to create an elongated shape. Then, I lined the water line with MAC Technokohl and smoked the edges with a cue tip.

Step 5 - Blush: Use Becca Crème Blush in ‘Turkish rose’ ($39 Adore Beauty). Apply this product on the apples of the cheeks to achieve a rosy glow.

Step 6 - Setting: Use Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder ($48 Strawberry Net). Once you have finished applying your make-up, powder the T-zone with this product to keep skin looking dewy and shiny.