When it comes to makeup and cosmetics, Australia is lucky to have us - seriously. When it comes to the best in beauty, we’ve got it all. Find everything you need to create the perfect makeup look, from subtle neutral shades to bold red lipsticks! Above all, makeup should be fun - it’s part of expressing yourself.
Luxury Cosmetics For Women
Here’s our guide to shopping cosmetics online (Australia-wide shipping is free with orders over $100, by the way)! We’ll go over all the cosmetics for women, how to choose them and how to use them.
Perfect Your Base
Let’s start with your skin type to find your perfectface makeup - if you lean on the oily/combination side foundations with matte finishes will last longer. On dry skin, they can be way too drying. If you have dry to normal skin, a hydrating slightly dewy foundation will help stop your skin from looking dry and flat.
Another crucial point to consider is coverage - there isn’t a right or wrong answer, it’s all up to what you prefer. Sheer coverage corrects minor imperfections and is much more forgiving - medium to full coverage can cover skin perfectly (but sometimes a little too perfectly, leaving skin looking matte and one-dimensional).
We can’t talk about foundation without talking about primer - primers prepare your skin for foundation application, creating a smooth canvas for you to blend foundation on to. They can help boost the longevity of your makeup by controlling oil or boosting hydration, depending on your skin type!
Foundation or concealer? You don’t always need both, but for a flawless makeup base, a touch of concealer over foundation goes a long way to ensuring any blemishes and dark circles are undetectable under a perfectly applied layer of concealer. Pro tip: you often need much less concealer than you think! Start with a smaller amount to minimise cakiness and ensure your makeup looks as skin-like as possible.
What’s next? Powder, of course - this helps to set down your ideal base so that it lasts all day (or all night) long. Some are formulated with mattifying ingredients to ensure your skin stays shine-free - a godsend for those of us with oily skin. Others help to add a luminous glow to dry skin, adding a blurring effect for a non-powdery, skin-like finish.
Boost Your Glow
Shape, sculpt and add a glow with bronzer, blush, and highlighter. Choose your favourites or find a new favourite, especially with our three-in-one face palettes.
If you’re trying to figure out whether to go with cream vs. powder vs. liquid highlight or blush, let us give you a hand to decide!
Cream blush tends to be more pigmented, so better for an experienced hand and deeper skin tones. Powder blush can be more forgiving for an inexperienced hand - it’s easier to blend out if you’ve applied too much!
Define Your Eyes
If you want to create a smokeyeye makeup look with the works - eyeliner, mascara, eyeshadow, lashes - we’ve got you covered. Shop single eyeshadows or carefully curated palettes to create eye looks that’ll take you from day tonight. Keep your lashes fluttery and defined all day long with waterproof mascara that won’t flake or smudge.
Lip cosmetics have moved beyond traditional lipstick bullets (although there are still some great ones out there for lipstick purists)! Looking for something that needs minimal touch-ups? Liquid lipstick is your best bet - these matte finish, high pigment lipsticks are designed to last through meals, drinks, and maybe the occasional smooch.
If you’re looking for something a little less opaque, tinted lip balms and lip stains are probably right up your alley. Pro tip: these can be used as multipurpose cosmetics to add a flush to your cheeks as well as lips!
Expert-Approved Makeup Tips
Here are a few of our best MUA-approved makeup tips for getting the most out of your cosmetics. For women who have skin that tends to look shiny after a few hours, try this tip to stop shine and keep your makeup intact for longer - apply a thin layer of setting powder between your primer and foundation. Doing this ensures that any excess shine gets absorbed by the powder, reducing greasiness and getting your makeup to last longer.
For dry to normal skin that might lack shine, adding a few drops of your favourite facial oil to your foundation improves blendability and stops the foundation from accentuating any dry patches. The added oil adds a natural glow to the skin, making your makeup look incredibly natural and super flawless.
Make your own tinted moisturiser with your favourite foundation and a bit of your favourite day cream! The moisturiser sheers out any pigment for a fresher, more natural base - perfect for the office or if you’re in a rush in the morning. The best thing about this is it takes all the guesswork out of finding your perfect shade since you’ve already got a match with your foundation!
Australian Cosmetics Brands
When it comes to cosmetics, Australia has some amazing home-grown brands too. INIKA Organic has created the world’s first 100% organic skincare line, infused with 5% active botanicals with proven results. INIKA organic also has natural makeup and cosmetics, from pigmented lip and cheek creams to a completely natural foundation for gorgeous skin.
Where to Shop Cosmetics Online: Australia
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