Banish tired eye and dark circles, and achieve a natural-looking, wide-awake glow with Trish McEvoy’s Triangle of Light technique.
Prep the area using an eye serum to smooth out the surface and keep the skin hydrated. Try Trish McEvoy’s Beauty Booster Eye Serum.
Using Trish McEvoy’s Instant Eye Lift in a shade that’s right for your skin tone, create an upside-down triangle under each eye and press into the skin using your finger, or the Trish McEvoy Professional Sponge.
Apply additional concealer if additional coverage is needed with Trish McEvoy’s Flawless Concealer, then apply your foundation as normal.
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One of the Liberty beauty buyers’ resolutions for 2014 is for us all to be a little more brave with our eye colour, and try recreating strong looks ourselves at home with confidence.
The Smoky Eye is one of the more classic make-up looks. A favourite for pairing with dark, moody outfits or for a touch of seductive evening glamour, its an easy enough look to create when you have the right tools and a few professional tips to hand.
The wonderful girls at Hourglass in the Beauty Hall show us how to create this heavy shadowed look in just a few easy steps. Wear with a nude lip for a dramatic, punk finish or pair with a red lip for old school Hollywood allure.
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Always chic and a great way to accentuat the almond shape of your eyes, the feline flick is a make-up staple that we should all try. Now, creating the perfect winged liner couldn’t be more simple with this easy step-by-step guide from Trish McEvoy.
Using Trish McEvoy Eye Base in the shade closest to your natural skin tone, cover the whole eye lid area right up to the eye brow. This will create the perfect base for the eye liner and give it more staying power.
Take the Trish McEvoy Intense Gel Eyeliner and apply to the waterline and in between the lashes for added definition.
Use the Trish McEvoy 50 Angled Eye Lining Brush and Gel Waterproof Eye Liner to line the eye lid. Angle the point of the brush outward to create the flick, then turn to angle the point into the inner corner of the eye and draw along the rest of the last line.
This crisp and effective look will stay in place all day!
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This classic look is perfect for a strong day look with minimal make-up or for night time glamour. Make sure you create the sharpest, most precise finish using these easy-to-follow steps from Laura Mercier.
Blend concealer in the area surrounding the mouth to create the perfect, airbrushed effect around the lips. We used Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage compact duo on Sophie. Using a concealer brush, swipe four strokes of one shade on one side of the brush and four strokes of the other shade on the other side, then blend on the back of your hand. Adjust to suit your skin tone.
Cover the lips in concealer as a base. Using a concealer first will make sure the shape of your lips is more defined. As we age, the lip line tends to bleed, but this will make sure it stays in place and looks strong.
Choose a lip liner as close to the shade of your chosen lipstick as possible and line the lips for a strong, defined edge.
Next, fill in the lips with lipstick in your favourite shade, we used Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Colour in Red Amour. Using a lip brush will give a precise coverage.
Tip: To avoid the lipstick-all-over-your-teeth look, place your index finger in your mouth and draw out once you’ve finished applying colour. This will remove any excess lipstick from inside your lips that may transfer to your teeth.
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Do your feet feel neglected? Are they looking a little worn and tired after a season of partying, strapped into four inch stilettos? Perhaps they’re about to make an appearance for a mid-winter sun break, or maybe you’re just concerned about their general well-being and state? For many of us, our feet are the centre of our happiness. If they’re not happy, our general mood and health can be affected. It’s no longer a case of going for a pedicure before the summer kicks off, you should be taking care of your tootsies all-year-round. If you suffer from particular conditions, such as dry skin, corns, blisters and bunions, ingrown nails or a fungal infection there’s no need to hide away in shame. Margaret Dabbs – foot expert and founder of the Margaret Dabbs food care line and the Sole Spa at Liberty – sheds light on the best ways to keep your feet looking neat and feeling happy all-year-long.
Give your top three reasons for why it’s so important to look after your feet:
Foot pain shows on the face, and all the beauty products in the world won’t help if your feet hurt. Feet are very much like teeth, and any niggling pain that may appear periodically will come back with a vengeance if it is left. Unlike the face, which is subjective, feet that have been looked after properly, not only look visibly better, they also feel amazing and completely different too. The thing about feet is that they can be transformed so easily just with the use of the right products, and foot treatment results can also be maintained with the use of the correct products used at home.
What are common issues that people suffer from when they come to your spas and clinics?
Most people that come into our clinics for a treatment for the first time attend with the impression that they have the worst feet in the world, and they are always thrilled when they see what we can do. People can attend because they want to improve the way their feet look, or they come because they have something that is painful on the foot – maybe a corn or callus, cracks in the skin, or painful or discoloured nails. It may be they have pain when walking, or just because they feel ashamed about the way their feet look.
What mistakes do people usually make when looking after their feet?
The biggest mistake people make with their feet is to hide them away rather than dealing with improving them. Once people realise what they can do to change this, there is no stopping them. It is absolutely liberating to have feet that you can show off at any time. There is also a massive misconception about how you use foot products – in which way and in which order. Commonly, people think that they have to soak feet before they use a foot file for example and this is a big error as a foot file should be used on dry skin.
Which at-home tools should everyone have for general foot maintenance?
At-home foot maintenance is so simple if the correct products are used in the right way. It takes just 3 steps and a very small amount of time to transform your feet. I have formulated products as a foot expert, so I know what works, and these are the products that we use in our clinics in professional foot treatments.
Step 1: Everyone should have the Margaret Dabbs Professional Foot File. It is strong, has a long handle for ease of use, and removes skin safely, finely and evenly, and when used on skin that is dry will give really long-lasting results. Use this once a week.
Step 2: Use the Margaret Dabbs Exfoliating Foot Mousse. Apply this to wet skin and the mousse will rid the entire foot of dead, dry and grey skin, whilst at the same time replenishing it with oil. Use plenty of water with it as, like all my products, it is very concentrated. Do this twice a week.
Step 3: Apply a small amount of Margaret Dabbs Hydrating Foot Lotion every single day and you will have feet that are smooth, silky, sexy, illuminated, and light.
How often should people book in for a treatment or a pedicure?
Medical pedicures can be had monthly or as little as twice a year, depending on your feet. In between treatments, our professional nail technicians give an amazingly thorough pedicure and will also apply polish to the nails. With this and the use of the home products there is no reason at all why the feet can’t always be in tip top condition.
Spring and hot summer days are on the horizon. What can we all start doing now to ensure our fingers and toes are looking their best in time for the big reveal?
January sees our biggest number of new clients, and this is because we all want to start as we mean to go on and the New Year’s Resolution is firmly in our mind. A treatment at the beginning of the year to get the feet on track has massive advantages, and the use of the Margaret Dabbs at-home products (which really work wonders) will allow you to keep feet looking really good, healthy and ready to show off at any time. Early in the New Year is also the time to deal with such things as nail fungus. The Margaret Dabbs laser has been created to treat nail fungus, and a course of just 4 treatments will put an end to this condition, which can cause an enormous amount of embarrassment.
January is also the time to wean yourself off nail gels, and a thorough manicure by one of our nail technicians followed by daily use of the Margaret Dabbs Nourishing Nail & Cuticle Serum will see finger and toe nails transformed in as little as 3 days.
What are the benefits of having one of the Margaret Dabbs Medical Pedicures?
The medical pedicure is a treatment loved by men and women alike. It is so thorough that it is often labelled as the best treatment some people have ever had – and this is praise indeed when you consider the range of treatments available to people now! The feet will look amazing after a treatment and this can be maintained at home. We’re passionate about feet and there is nothing foot-related that we won’t do - whether it is about nails, the gait of the foot, or even bunions. Remember prevention is better than cure.
If you’ve only got 10 minutes, what fast tricks can you use if your feet have to been on show?
The best product ever to transform the feet immediately is the Margaret Dabbs Intensive Treatment Foot Oil – it literally works in front of your eyes and will transform feet and make them fit to reveal, leaving you full of confidence. It also has the benefit of being anti-inflammatory so is great for painful, tired and aching feet, and will eradicate the visible appearance of cracks and dehydration in the skin with just one application. Use it daily if the skin is very dry and cracked. It is also brilliant to re-hydrate and repair nails that are dehydrated and damaged. If you have the time, use this with the foot file once a week and you will be amazed at what you can do at home yourself in just a few minutes.
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