Relearn your alphabet – we’re about to school you in all the summer beauty your need to know. Say goodbye to dry hair and oily skin and hello to a fresh, amazing you!
A – Accentuated Lashes
There’s no denying large, exaggerated eyelashes dominated the runways in 2018. But the latest trend coming through? Naturally long lashes. Enter Clinically Proven Lash Serum: a lash conditioner that strengthens, repairs and beautifies lashes in 30 days.
B – Bangs Are Back
Full bangs are back, but with a fresh take. Enter curtain fringes. They're pretty much exactly what they sound like: long eyebrow-skimming bangs that part in the centre like curtains. To keep them looking sharp, invest in some dry shampoo and use before your bangs get dirty.
C – Cat Eye
Dramatic sweeps of liquid liner elongate the eyes for maximum impact. Beginning in the inner corner of your eye, use small strokes to draw along the tape and trace your desired shape.
D – Dewy Skin
Dewy skin begins with a good-quality base. Try a multitasking formula such as Nude Magique BB Cream, which works as a light cover with added sun-kissed glow.
E – Exfoliate
Exfoliate once weekly to remove dead skin cells and impurities in the skin, which can make your skin appear dull. Sugar Scrubs Purifying Scrub contains kiwi seeds to exfoliate the skin and help reduce blackheads (perfect in warmer weather!) and peppermint essential oil to soothe and reduce blemishes.
F – Festival Hair
Dip-dye hair goes ultra luxe this season with the addition of dreamy metallics – rose gold, anyone? The genius of Colorista Hair Makeup is that it’s temporary, so you can change your colour to match your mood/outfit. Apply to dry hair for intense colour; and for a soft pastel look, brush through until you get your desired hue.
G – Glycolic, Glycolic, Glycolic
Our favourite skincare all-rounder. Glycolic acid works as a chemical exfoliant, removing dead skin cells from the top layers of your skin without scrubbing. It improves skin texture and boosts radiance to remove the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. ‘Nuff said! Try the new Glycolic Peel Pads.
H – Hydration Heroes
Still not sure if you need a serum? The short answer – 100% yes! These lightweight, concentrated liquids penetrate deeper into your skin, so they work harder and faster for maximum hydration. Revitalift Filler [HA] Serum has a 10 times higher concentration of hyaluronic acid than the average L’Oréal Paris day cream. To get the most from your serum, use immediately after cleansing, followed by products such as moisturiser or sunscreen.
I – Illegally Long Lashes
Last week lips were big, now it's time for eyes to be in the spotlight! Bigger is better this season, so look for mascaras with added fibres, taking lashes to a whole new dimension in length. X Fiber Mascara gives the ultimate false-lash look without the hassle of falsies or extensions.
J – Just-Back-From-The-Salon-Skin
Give yourself a much-needed dose of TLC with an at-home facial. Start with a steam - as well as relaxing you, it will open up your pores and help release the impurities, including any dead cells, dirt, bacteria or other trapped matter that could be causing breakouts. Follow with a Pure Clay Mask to suit your skin concerns. Alternatively, multi-mask using a tailored clay on different areas of the face depending on concerns.
K – Kaleidoscope Palettes
Why apply blush, bronze and highlight separately when you can combine the three in one product? Wake Up & Glow Palette offers four super-pigmented, luminous shades for natural-looking radiance. Compacts that blend colours give you a more natural looking glow to match your skin tone. You’ll be positively radiant!
L - Layage
This hot new highlighting trend involves dividing hair into sections and splaying it on a large flat board, then painting the colour onto the strands with a delicate brush. The effect? A more subtle version of ombre, giving your hair lift with the addition of complementary hues. Try Colorista Effect Bleach.
M – Mineral Makeup
Go natural this summer with mineral make-up. The formulas won’t feel heavy on your skin and are packed with vitamins and minerals to heal, moisturise and defend against the elements. True Match Minerals Foundation (www.lorealparis.com.au/products/make-up/face/foundation/true-match-minerals-foundation-3n-creme-beige) is formulated with 95% sea minerals, including kaolin and zinc.
N – Nineties
Clueless, Jawbreakers, Heathers. Nineties fashion was seriously the best and has seen a revival. The era’s influence extends to beauty looks, with deep plum lip colours and blue-hued eyeshadows making the rounds this season. Are you feeling brave enough?
O – Ombre… Continues!
The ombre hair trend isn't going anywhere. And with Préférence Wild Ombrés DIY kit, there's never been a better time to get involved. With our exclusive lightening formula and easy application brush, DIY colour has never been so easy!
P – Pick Me Up
Does your skin feel dry and thirsty? A hydrating serum acts as a quick pick me up, reviving skin and brightening your complexion. Age Perfect Intense Nutrition Serum is enriched with pro-calcium, golden honey and extract of acacia to intensely nourish and repair the skin.
Q – Quick Fix
Oils revive lacklustre hair and make for shinier, healthier looking locks in an instant! Try Elvive Extraordinary Oil, enriched with fine coconut oil to nourish and protect your hair.
R – Retinol
Retinol rejuvenates skin cells and increases collagen production, which means brighter, softer, younger-looking skin. Revitalift Day Cream is enriched with Pro-Retinol A, a powerful ingredient that stimulates skin cell renewal.
S – Stay-Put Formulas
Summertime means fun in the sun, as well as extra sweat and oil production. To keep your make-up looking fresh throughout the day, choose a stay-put foundation that also helps maintain your skin moisture balance.
T – Technicolor Strands
Festival season here and day-glo streaks are ready to go! Think Marie Antoinette meets punk rock chic. If you only want those streaks to last the weekend, try the Colorista Hair Makeup range – not only does it wipe in and wash straight out, it’s available in 13 on-trend colourful shades!
U – Up Do
When it's hot and humid, the last thing you want to do is spend time styling your hair for it to turn frizzy and sweaty. Go for a chic up do instead. Stylista Bun Gel-spray is a non-sticky, silicone-free formula that’ll leave your hair smelling divine while instantly creating a thicker, fuller styled bun.
V – Vibrant Colours
Bright solid colours are one of the most exciting trends to come out of the runways this season. Out-there shades are great for nails, eyes and even lips for a fabulous statement look. Just make sure to choose just one statement feature so you don’t look like Bozo the clown.
W – Wet Look Hair
As spotted on the catwalk, slicked-back strands are one of the hottest hair-dos this summer. Gather hair and pull back into a chignon or ponytail, using a maximum hold product liberally for a high-shine finish.
X – X-Treme Brows
Statement brows are here to stay. Go easy on the tweezers and add to your natural brow by filling in any gaps with a brow liner. Better still, shape and fill with Brow Artist Micro Tattoo which gives a microbladed finish that lasts up to 24 hours.
Y – Youthful
When it comes to a youthful glow, look for products with a light-reflecting illuminating property, such as Wake Up & Glow Highlighting Drops. Use the concentrated drops under your foundation for a natural-looking glow, mixed with your foundation, primer or moisturiser to add radiance, or alone as a highlighter.
Z – Zit Elimination
All the heat and humidity can spur increased oil production, which usually leads to breakouts. To zap zits and decrease super-sized pores, try our Glycolic Peel Pads to gently exfoliate and resurface for a more unified skin tone.
There’s no denying a strong brow game is essential to any look. And as anyone sporting sparse brows knows, relying on makeup to carefully define, fill and shape arches can be a real mission.
That’s where the NEWL’Oréal Paris Unbelieva’browbrow gel comes in. The two-in-one tint and gel makes natural and voluminous brow dreams a reality, with 48-hour staying power to boot. The formula is smudge-proof, transfer-proof and waterproof. This means you can take yourself from a full day at work to a hot yoga class without a care in the world.
To best explain how to use this miracle brow product, L’Oréal Paris Makeup Director Noni Smith has a few handy application tips.
Unbelieva’brow Tip #1
Use the doe foot applicator to fill in sparse areas but remember - less is more. Swipe off excess product on the neck of the tube and use a light touch to ensure just the right amount of product is dispensed. If you’d like more control over the amount, dab the gel onto your hand and pick it up with the angled brush instead.
Unbelieva’brow Tip #2
Apply the brow gel in quick, small strokes using the angled brush to mimic the shape and texture of your brow hairs – this creates a more microbladed look. Otherwise, use the angled brush to simply define the shape and achieve cleaner lines. Unbelieva’brow Tip #3
Don’t forget to brush! Use the spoolie to comb through your brows in a brisk, upward motion. This softens the finish and gives it a more natural look. Unbelieva’brow Tip #4
Accidentally drew on a stray hair? Don’t stress – any marks can be easily remedied with a splash of micellar water or makeup remover.
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There’s Becky with the good hair, then there’s Rachael Finch. The model, presenter and former Miss Universe Australia recently joined the L’Oreal Paris Botanicals family as its newest ambassador and it’s a no-brainer given her luscious locks and down-to-earth personality. We sat down with Rachael to chat about haircare tips, daily routines and life lessons. What made you want to be a L’Oreal Paris Botanicals ambassador? Being passionate about health and wellness makes you very conscious of not only what you are putting in your body, but what you put on it. I love L’Oreal’s commitment to using the purest and most ethically sourced ingredients in the Botanicals range. A lot of the hero essential oils that make up the range are ones I use in my day to day life already.
Why do you love the Botanicals range? Aside from the superior ingredients, the Botanicals range is a well thought out product that ticks a lot of boxes for me with 98% natural origins, recycled packaging and it is vegan based. There is a product in the range that caters to every challenge my hair has from hydration to styling, also the fragrances are divine!
What’s your go to product in the range? My go-to is the Lavender Hydrating Therapy Mask. Once a week there is nothing better than a relaxing bath, cup of lemongrass tea and a hair mask to help soothe and revive tired hair!
Do you have any tips and tricks for keeping your hair luscious and healthy all year round? A huge part of healthy hair starts within, so every day I fill my body with nourishing food and I also take collagen regularly to improve my hair strength as well as my skin. I tailor treatments to my schedule as well as the season. In summer I find that the Rose & Geranium Radiance Remedy keeps my hair soft and looking shiny, especially post beach swims. In winter I love the Argan & Safflower Nourishing range for hydration. The Argan & Safflower Dry Hair Nourishing Potion is great for on the go.
What’s your morning routine? I like to start the morning very much the same way every day - I truly believe it’s what sets us up for a successful day. Dom is my human alarm at 6am.. we have cuddles in bed then go downstairs to take Simba out for a walk. I use this time to breathe deeply, get fresh air in my lungs and take a moment to be thankful. I drink a big glass of water with fresh lemon followed by my collagen coffee then smoothie! I get the kids fed and dressed, then head upstairs for a relaxing shower! What’s your favourite quote? If we don’t make time for our wellness we will be forced to make time for our illness.
What’s your go-to snack? Cookie dough protein balls from my program, Body by Finch. I make a big batch at the start of the week and even freeze some for a frozen treat!
What’s the best life lesson you’ve received? Patience in life and having gratitude for my blessings. My kids and husband Misha teach me this every day.
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Not sure how to handle hair oils? Don’t worry, we'll show you how to use them—even on fine hair.
HOW TO USE HAIR OIL
1. PRE-SHAMPOO TREATMENT Our tresses go through a lot on a daily basis— everything from hot water to straightening can leave hair feeling brittle and parched. Try using hair oil as a pre-shampoo prep. Moisturising the strands before washing will help it retain its natural oils. Just add an extra step of applying hair oil before you shower and follow with shampoo and conditioner as usual. We promise, you’ll see the difference.
2. LIGHTWEIGHT SHINE When you have fine hair, it’s easy to tip over into heavy handed territory with styling products. Unfortunately, doing so weighs hair down and gives it an overly oily sheen. Instead of piling on the products, apply a coin-sized amount of hair oil onto dry ends, steering clear of your roots. This way, you can enjoy silky shine without the added weight.
3. BLOWOUT PREP It’s hard to get your at-home blowouts to match salon styled waves. While it may well be because the hairdryer is a finicky tool to master, there are other secret tricks of the trade to elevate your DIY look. The easiest hack is to add hair oil into the mix (and a heat protectant). Apply to damp hair and blow-dry with a round brush. Finish with a spritz of lightweight hair spray to lock in that smooth shine!
4. TAME FRIZZ If you’re a victim of hat hair or the dreaded humid hair poof, you’re definitely not alone. Unruly hair plagues us all from time to time, but thankfully hair oil can help tame frizz and flyaways. Rub one to two pumps of hair oil between your palms, running it through the lengths of your hair. Once you only have a tiny amount left, smooth it over the top of your scalp – enough to keep any fine baby hairs in place but not so much that it looks greasy.
5. SPLIT END PROTECTION Although a trim is the only real solution for eliminating split ends (for now), you can still help protect your strands on a daily basis with a dash of hair oil. Incorporating it as part of your regular hair care routine could make all the difference in delaying your next visit to the salon. Put it on wet or dry hair—both work!