Makeup idea: The best tips for a current look

Discover a new makeup idea or two to refresh your look.

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When you browse the beauty deaprtment, do you feel overwhelemed instead of feeling inspired? With so many makeup labels and options, it can be hard to pick up an item or two to freshen up your overall look.

So we've put together a collection of makeup ideas that can help you determine the best ways to show off your prettiest features. Look for 10 makeup products that will help you achieve a sexy look in the photo gallery, below. Learn how to add a bit of colour to your lips, the best ways to bring out your eye colour, plus tips to help your makeup stay in place all day.

Photo gallery: Get the look – Sexy makeup ideas

Discover 10 sexy makeup products we love and learn makeup application tips that will leave you looking – and feeling – sexy.


What's the difference between the makeup you wear every day to work or out to dinner with friends and the makeup you wear when you want to feel sexy? According to MAC Cosmetics senior artist Melissa Gibson, sexy makeup is something that makes you feel special. "It's not necessarily one particular thing. Sexy is a state of mind, so draw on your favourite feature. If you love your extra-pouty lips, play them up. If it's your cheekbones that make you feel womanly, define them!"

Top 10 rules for wearing lipstick

Our beauty experts give you 10 reasons (and ways) you should wear lipstick now.


Makeup idea #1: Lipstick works for any occasion. Whether you're running errands, working or hosting a dinner party for friends, wearing lipstick is an easy way to look polished and pulled together in mere minutes. A great lip colour sets the tone for the rest of your look.

What's the perfect eyeshadow for your eye colour?

The right shades of eyeshadow can play up green, brown or blue eyes – in no time at all.


Depending on the time of day, green eyes can either look a little yellow or blue. Make your eyes look their greenest by applying "intense purples and pinks with lighter shades as a highlight," says Vanessa Jarman, freelance makeup artist. Go for lavender, burgundy or amethyst shadows. The fresh colour will artfully grab attention and make once-greenish eyes look as brilliant as emeralds. To make eyes look even brighter, Jarman suggests dusting silver or white highlighter on the inner corners and below the bottom lash line.

Makeup meltdown

Expert makeup ideas to keep your cosmetics from smudging, creasing, slipping and sliding.


By 10 a.m., you've got raccoon eyes and by lunchtime, your favourite eye shadow is caked in the creases of your eyelids. What's a makeup-wearing woman to do when the weather sabotages her best face?


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