Summer Beauty With Leonie Barlow - Perfect Pout

Summer is all about bold lips. Opt for a vibrant pop of pink or a ruby red statement lip. The only rule when it comes to the perfect pout is the brighter the better. MAC’s top selling shades are Lady Danger (as seen on the models at the first ever RUBY show at NZ Fashion Week) and Morange. Both add a blast of show-stopping colour to your look. The key when applying bright lip colour is to prepare your lips well first. It’s always a good idea to continue your foundation right over your lip and then apply a loose or pressed powder on top. This creates a blank canvas for easy application and it also ensures your lip colour stays in place longer.

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MAC Morange

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LIME CRIME also do incredible shades of bright, bold lipsticks

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Summer Beauty With Leonie Barlow - Sunsmart

You’ve heard it all before but the best, best, best thing you can do for your skin is wear sunscreen every single day of the year rain, hail or shine. I know it’s really boring but it’s a habit well worth getting into. I’ve been wearing the fab Yes to Carrots sunscreen lately and it’s lovely. It also has a lovely price tag too which means there’s more $$$ left to spend on clothes (we like that).

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If I know I’m going to be out in the sunshine I’ll wear a hat and make sure I apply a heavy hitting spf product like Invisible Zinc or Elta MD. I also really rate Neutrogena’s Ultra Sheer Dry Touch, SPF 30+ and L’Oreal Paris’ UV Perfect Lightly Tinted SPF 50+, $15.30.

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Summer Beauty With Leonie Barlow - Red Eyes

One of the key beauty trends seen on most of the international runways is red eyeshadow. It’s a dramatic look that works well on the catwalk but can be a little tricky to pull off at the office. But it’s not impossible and with a little effort this trend can look really sleek. The key is choosing the right red and making sure you prep your eyelid well before you start applying the shadow.

The best red I’ve found for this look is MAC’s Red Hot Copper.

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Before applying your shadow dab a little Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer over your entire lid. If you don’t have any then make do by using a concealer over the entire lid and then apply pressed or loose powder to create a matt finish. This prevents the eye shadow traveling and creates a really clean looking eye.

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