Whether you’re a pro or a rookie when it comes to makeup, quality is key and it can often be a fine line between looking like a natural goddess or an Oompa Loompa. So, naturally we assume more expensive products are higher quality but this is not always the case. Thanks to Australian makeup house Designer Brands you can now look like Miranda Kerr without needing her bank balance, creating high-end quality labels are known for without the price-tag. The main reason we can’t keep out paws off it? Because no paws were harmed in the making of their products. DB is not tested on animals and most products are Vegan certified. So, enough with the formalities, we’d like to share with you our favourite DB products:
Contouring is the coolest kid on the block and seems to be sticking around. We can likely thank the Kardashian’s for the technique where your bone structure is brushed out like an archaeologist searching for fossils. When we stumbled upon DB’s Contour Kit our cheeks were rejoicing. With three shades of mineralised miracles, the palette includes all three steps to nailing your contour: highlighter, illuminator and the contour itself. Makeup artists are called artists for a reason, and if you’re not handy with a paint brush, don’t worry as the easy three-step instructions will leave you with sassiest Mona Lisa Smile and heavenly bone structure. The shades in each kit complement each other to provide the most natural colouring for you skin type. You can choose from kit one or the limited edition, kit two for darker hues. The size of the kit is also something to note, as it’s ideal to pop in your hand-bag for touch ups and for travelling.
Longwear Infinite Gloss Nail Polish:
Nails can often be an accessory in themselves when completing an outfit and there’s nothing more outfit-damaging than badly chipped or faded polish. And, if you’re anything like me, nail maintenance is not my strongest point, nor is waiting for them to dry. When I tried their Longwear Infinite polish I was surprised with the results: quick dry, one coat only, un-chippable and super shiny. Designer Brands HQ say for a five day wear no need to worry about a base or top coat. One coat provides high shine and two coats provide a longer wear and intensifies colour. With six hot colours to choose from, I couldn’t go past the Craving Coral.
In recent times, I’ve found a huge appreciation and importance of mascara and eye power. It’s an instant game-changer whether you’re going for a ‘barely-there’ day or glamming it up for an event. Having tried numerous brands of mascara to both lengthen and define my lashes without looking like a panda within half an hour of application plus eye shadow that didn’t sneak up to my brow, I was in need of something more. Again, DB turned out to be more than a mirage in my desert journey. With the Extend A Lash Mascara, first apply the tubing mascara followed by the hi-tech fibre formula and finished off with another coat of tubing mascara. The result? Up to 8mm of extra length and 24 hour wear! The more coats you apply, the better the lash. Now, the eye shadow palette; eight earthy tones from a light shimmery nude to dazzling black all in the one place and packed up conveniently to pop in your makeup bag. The range of colours complement each other so adding a dimensional eye colour is easy and saves you from looking like Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (unless that’s the look you’re going for and if so, work it). And again, vegan and animal-cruelty free so no guilt when fluttering those lashes. Never again will I dismiss the importance of eye shadow!
It’s been around for a few years now for good reason: mineral foundation provides an effortless and easy coverage. But there’s something bigger and better about DB’s ‘Natural Ground Minerals Foundation’. They’ve uncovered a technology offering the same quality, coverage and wear of other foundations but without the chemicals. Plus, the built-in grinder ensures the foundation goes from pressed to loose at your own fingertips for a fresh and smooth finish which you can instantly feel. Plus, the grinding is kind of fun too (and quick)! After looking into the ingredients of the foundation I was pleasantly surprised and shocked how something that both looks and feels good on my skin wasn’t full of recipes from a scientific textbook. Each shade of foundation has been formulated with Poly-Peptides help plump and firm skin while the texture and softness comes from sericite Mica. Packed with Vitamins C and E reduces signs of aging while the pomegranate extract provides the moisture and brightness. It’s even SPF 15! Hello to a quick morning routine, flawless skin and protection from Mr. Sun.
All these products are available on the Designer Brand’s website or find them in a store closest to you.