Been relying on the same old makeup game for years? Break out of your rut with 5 easy-to-follow makeup looks and trends to experiment with at home.
Flirty, flushed cheeks
The flushed cheek is a little bolder than the ‘I’m barely blushing’ look. One of the best makeup looks to glow up a tired complexion with a pop of colour.
STEP #1 - Choose your shade of blush
If your skin has warm or olive undertones, berry and brick shades are a good pick. For cool or pink undertones, go for peach shades, baby pink, or a lighter plum.
We love PONi Unicorn Candy Blush because it flatters all skin tones and types thanks to a palette that blends from a subtle peach glow to a cotton candy pink.
STEP #2 - Apply and blend
Using a tapered blush brush, start by applying blush to the apples of your cheeks. Find the ideal spot by smiling and then sweep blush on the roundest parts of your cheeks, working upwards.
Blending is key. By blending upwards you lift and soften the colour for a more natural look without harsh lines. You want an intense-looking colour but not clownish makeup disasters.
STEP #3 - Finish with a touch of highlighter
To complete your flushed cheek look and create more definition, blend a little highlighter along your cheekbones. You can’t go wrong with PONi Champagne Highlighter.
The black, smokey eye
Out for a night of dancing, drinks, and a little mischief? One of the classic makeup looks, the sultry smokey eye is SO perfect.
STEP #1: Get your shadow on Start with eye shadow for the perfect smoky base effect
No matter your palette choice - be it classic greys and blacks or sultry bronzes - the method for nailing the perfect smoky eye is the same.
Choose 3 shades from your palette and apply the lightest shade to the inner corners of your eyes.
Follow this by choosing a deeper shade for the centre of your lids. Finally, choose the darkest shade of the palette and apply to the outer corner of the eye and deepen your crease by applying it to the outer ‘V’ of your lid.
STEP #2: Grab your eyeliner
Apply a dark liner - be it grey, black, deep blue - to the upper lash line. For maximum impact, choose a liquid eyeliner. PONi Pegasus Liquid Eyeliner is effortless to apply and waterproof for a locked-in-place look.
STEP #3: Add lashings of mascara
What’s a smokey eye without dramatic lashes? Sweep on a few coats of PONi White Knight Mascara for the ultimate volume and length.
The dewy trend of glossy eye shadow is one of the makeup looks showing no sign of slowing down. It’s high impact and takes a little know-how to master but oh so worth it!
STEP #1 - Prime your lids
A primer will help you create a smooth canvas to make the rest of your eye makeup application a breeze. Don’t have a primer? Use a little concealer instead.
STEP #2 - Choose Your base
Any eyeshadow formula can work as a base. A cream iridescent shadow that has a shimmer finish or, if you prefer powder, go for a metallic shade.
Keep in mind that the colour can look more intense once you’ve topped it with the gloss.
STEP #3 - Get Your Gloss On
There are eye glosses out there designed especially for this look but you can get away with using a clear tube of lip gloss too. Just check it’s safe to use on your eyes.
Grab a clean, dense eyeshadow brush and dab it into the gloss. Then carefully apply the gloss over your eye shadow. A little goes a long way so go easy on the application - you don’t want it to end in a sticky mess.
Finish your glossy eyeshadow look with a few coats of mascara.
Slim, minimal brows
Ok, ok. We’re not talking about intentionally going for the over plucked, barely-there brows of the 90s.
This is one of the makeup looks about working with what you’ve got. If your natural brows are lighter or on the thinner side, you don’t have to go all out creating thick, super styled brows.
Polishing your natural brows, but not going overboard, is about keeping your look simple and balanced. Love a low maintenance look? This is for you.
Step #1 - Fill in your natural arch with a pencil
We LOVE brow pencils for creating a natural look, quickly and easily. Starting at the bottom of a clean brow, use short, soft strokes that mimic the natural hair to fill in any gaps.
Focus on the sparse areas but don’t get heavy handed or try and fill in too far outside of your natural brow.
Try PONi Brow Magic, it’s super easy to use and the universal shade suits everyone.
Step #2 - Add a little volume with powder
Eyebrow powder and pencil are a winning combination for easy, minimal brows.
The addition of powder after pencil helps add the illusion of volume while keeping brows natural looking. Plus, it sets the pencil.
Lightly dip the brush into the eyebrow powder. Move the brush upward using light, feather-like strokes. Finish the look by swiping on clear brow gel for long-lasting hold.
The blurred lip
Stuck for new makeup ideas? Meet the blurred lip. The bold lip’s cousin but a little more wearable. You still get a punch of colour without the high maintenance.
Step #1 - Choose your hue and apply lipstick
Like the bold lip, choose lipstick in a bright or deep hue. Apply your shade of choice to the centre of your upper and lower lip, focusing most intensity in the centre.
Step #2 - Blur those lines
The idea of this look is that it isn’t too perfect. Use a lip brush and gently smudge the lipstick along the edge of your lips. The goal is to keep the intensity of colour in the centre while creating a blurred effect along the outline.
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