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Why Your Make Up Isn’t Perfect

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

You may look at make up tutorials, give it a go and then find that your look isn’t nearly as good as the one you just saw. Sure you might just need practice, but you also might be missing some key elements…

why your make up isnt perfect

Applying make up isn’t as easy as picking some products that look right and putting them on. Although we wish it were. There are some key things that may be throwing off the look you’re aiming for.

You aren’t maintaining your skin.

why your make up isnt perfect

We’re not saying you’re not trying. But, it might not be enough to keep your skin in tip-top, make up applying conditions. Develop a cleansing regime and stick to it, and if you find you’re having trouble with acne, rosacea, or any other skin condition, don’t be afraid to visit a doctor or dermatologist for advice. It’s a common issue and there’s no need to be shy.

Then, prep your skin before you begin applying makeup. Ideally, you should moisturise a few minutes before applying makeup, giving your moisturiser time to sink in. Moisturised skin will hold product better, without dry, flaky patches. If you have oily skin, don’t skip this step, just use a light, oil-free moisturiser. If you find you have issues with your make up staying in place all day, also try a primer.

You’ve got the wrong tools.

why your make up isnt perfect

If you’re stuck using the sponges you get given with make up products, get rid. They’re more of a chore than of any use. Why brands continue to produce these is a mystery when anyone who’s stumbled across a YouTube tutorial knows that makeup brushes are the key to a better result. A common misconception is that you need to spend a fortune.

Yes a good foundation brush is going to cost you but for smaller tasks, like eyeshadow or brows you can use lower priced brands. Real Techniques is always a crowd pleaser. However, for foundation we recommend you shell out for a good brush or try your stippling hand with a Beauty Blender. Our blogger Natalie tested out a bunch of them a while back, if you need some advice on which one to try. 

You may have the wrong formula.

why your make up isnt perfect

Lip colour doesn’t have to come in a stick, eye colour doesn’t have to be a powder, and most base products, blushers, and bronzers come in a huge number of different formulas. So how do you know which one to pick?

In general, powders are more drying and mattifying and work better on oilier skin, while liquids and creams can help hydrate dry skin. Bear this in mind when picking foundation in particular.

But it’s about the final result, too. Powders (especially things like eye shadow and blusher) allow you to gently blend and build up colour with precision. Cream formulas tend to give a more youthful, dewy effect (which is why a slightly shimmery cream eye shadow is a must for older skins). They don’t require exact application, making them good for beginners, and often look best applied with the fingers, which is good news if your budget doesn’t reach to 15 new brushes.

Gels and pomades are often the hardest to work with, but they also give the most long-lasting results. If you can master gel liner and brow pomade, you can re-create those picture-perfect Instagram makeup looks yourself. Until you do, soft pencils are a little more forgiving. Be sure to get a suitable colour in everything though. If you’re unsure, employees at make up counters should have a lot of advice to give you.

You forget the small things.

why your make up isnt perfect

You have to have a good base before you can do anything else. Any combination of primer, foundation, powder, and/or concealer depending on your preference. Not everyone likes or needs a full face of foundation. But creating a good base for the rest of your makeup is key to a good result. Even if you just slick some primer on your eyelids, you’ll benefit from it!

We all know brows have been in for a while and it looks like they’re staying too. Good brows have the ability to completely shape the face, and with the current trend for big and bold brows in full swing, you can no longer ignore those over-plucked ’90s wisps. Start as you mean to go on by visiting a salon for a shape and tint. You can use our salon directory service for finding the perfect place to do this. Then you can get on with experimenting with powders, gels, pencils and pomades to create your ultimate power brow.

Your products are out of date.

why your make up isnt perfect

The indicator should look like this. This means the product is only useable for 12 months.

Just like food, make up can go out of date. You can locate the shelf time of your products on the back of your packaging. Old make up could potentially cause breakouts and it will be a lot harder to apply. The second you open make up it’ll start oxidising, drying out and ageing. When it’s past its best, get rid of it.

We hope these tips will help you reach that Instagram worthy level of make up application. Or least have you a little more clued up! If you have any more tips, we’d love to know!

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How To Get The Perfect Messy Bob

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

You’ve been to the hairdressers and got your ideal summer cropped hair cut. Your stylist has transformed your hair into the perfect tousled messy bob and you love it, its bang on trend and its upped your level of style by numerous points.

Lucy Hale's messy bob is one of our faves!

Lucy Hale’s messy bob is one of our faves!

The thing is, you can’t get that expert level of effortlessness at home somehow? You’re not a stylist but you think you could manage some stylish messy waves. If this is an issue you’re having then let us enlighten you in how you can achieve that perfectly messy crop at home!

It might not be as simple and as easy as you think though, you will need:
• Thickening spray or mousse
• Hairdryer with a diffuser
• Curling tongs
• Setting clips (you can use kirby grips as well if you don’t want to go and get clips)
• Texture spray

Unfortunately like a lot of ‘effortless looks’ this one requires time and effort but youll get the hair you want at the end of it! Lets begin.

There are so many thickening mousses and sprays in all price ranges

There are so many thickening mousses and sprays in all price ranges

1. Apply your thickening spray or mousse onto your towel dried hair and blowdry. You can use a round brush to add volume.

2. Use your tongs to curl your hair in alternating horizontal sections with a curling iron. The size of the section should correlate to the size of the iron. The longer your hair, the thicker your barrel should be, for a bob try a 1” to a 1¼” barrel. Have your curls alternate with each one and set them in place with the setting clip.

Its good to know your barrel sizes

Its good to know your barrel sizes

3. When curling the sections of hair closest to your face, curl downwards and towards your face.

4. As we move down the side of the head in vertical sections, we alternate directions – this curl placement is up away from the face.

5. Once you reach the crown of your head (the top few inches of hair that will fall over the back), curl these pieces horizontally back, as shown in the image. Make sure you hold the section straight up from the scalp for maximum volume before inserting the iron.

6. Once the front of your hair and crown are curled and clipped, curl the back in the same manner, but don’t worry about clipping it in place. The back of your head has more hair than the sides, so if the underneath hair is less curly, the overall look is more uniform.

7. Take out the setting clips but be sure to follow the order in which you put them in

V05 are a good example of a brand who have a line of products for different hair styles. Including a texturising spray

V05 are a good example of a brand who have a line of products for different hair styles. Including a texturising spray

8. Lift the sections up as you remove the clips and add some texture spray to the roots to give it a little lift

9. Break out the diffuser and set it to low heat, medium wind. Begin flipping your hair around while inserting the blowdryer from ends to roots. Just hold for a moment, then move on to the next section. The goal here is for the heat to break up any patterns, giving you a more undone look. Once youre done you can add a little hairspray to set it if you feel like you need it!


Enjoy your gorgeous messy bob!

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Fake Tan Tips to Make Your Summer!

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

Summer is now quite literally around the corner and recently at the Defacto Offices in Glasgow we have been getting a bit of sun!

Great news but that means less clothing and more skin. Some of you might be suffering from a pale completion after being bundled up since autumn began and that means you might want to try your hand at fake tan.

If you’re a seasoned pro this just might be a bit of light reading but if you’re a novice then this list will guarantee you the best tan you can get yourself. So keep on reading, here are 10 handy tips to get your summer tan glowing.



Exfoliation is a key to success when tanning; it will remove the dead skin cells and create a smooth surface to begin your tan. Avoid body scrubs with oil in them however as they can create a filmy surface over your skin, something that your tan might not take to. Be sure to pay extra attention to your dry areas, like elbows and knees.


If you’re going on holiday and want a started layer of tan so you don’t walk onto the beach like a milk bottle. It’s likely you’ll also want to wax. Ensure your waxing is done 24 hours BEFORE getting your tan done, this allows the skin to calm down and heal from any injury it may have sustained. DO NOT get a wax done after your tan, it would rip of the layer of tan and totally defeat the purpose.



Don’t moisturise the day of your tanning session, some even say not to moisturise your face. Don’t use any deodorant or perfume either. These things may have oils and interfere with the tan.


If you’re doing it at home try blasting your un-tanned skin with cold water, this will close the pores and prevent them from blocking.

Aloe Vera


Use an aloe Vera solution or even a moisturiser (as long as its not oil based) to apply on dry areas that the pigment will stick to more like; hands, elbows, knees, feet and even your nails. This will prevent patchiness.

Colour Match

Get a good brand that specialises in tan and don’t go too dark on the first application. Incase it doesn’t work out as well as you’d hoped.

Types of tan


It’s all about personal preference. Tanning types include; spray, gel, mousse, lotions and oils. All with their own positives and negatives. Find the right one for you.



You have to use an applicator mitt to apply the product to ensure an even finish. Use sweeping motions not circular ones to get a more even distribution. Start at your ankles and work your way up your body, sweeping once over areas you’ve used aloe vera on. Trust us once on those areas is enough!

Face tanning


Try mixing tan with your moisturiser before applying it gently. This will soften the tan formula and create a more natural look for your face, as well as minimising breakouts.

Advanced tanning

You might want to use your tan to highlight your body shapes. Almost like body contouring. For example, buffing a little extra underneath your collarbones or between the thighs.

Give these a try and tell us if you get a more even tan! If you’d rather just book in somewhere to get a tan done, you can have a look on our listing website HERE for salons near you!

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