Behind The Look All About Beauty Sun, 24 May 2020 07:41:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Traditional Nigerian Bridal Makeup Wed, 04 Dec 2019 09:56:43 +0000 Nigerian weddings come with a lot of characteristics you may not know about. It’s probably good to be aware of some of the tips when you are invited to one and unaware of how they work.

However, the one thing that we at Behind The Look find fascinating is the special bridal makeup which is part and parcel of such a wedding. But instead of trying to explain it all, we just share a Youtube tutorial video with you.

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Miracle Skincare Finds (Editors Pick) Fri, 26 May 2017 11:34:00 +0000 A lot of people who are chasing miracle skincare have not even realised how much of a luxury problem they are trying to solve. It is not about general availability of good skincare products but about that elusive miracle cream that does it all and is a bargain at the same time.

Sometimes, the miracle is in the availability itself. So, instead of giving you a long list of the latest fad in skincare, why not talk about blushes for dark skin tones, particularly those available in Australia?

While there are many more brands which cater to dark skin tones in this space, here is a list of honourable mentions of brands which cater to this market well:

  • Karity
  • NYX
  • L.A. Girl
  • Maybelline

Again, there are certainly many more brands and kudos to anyone who actually caters to that market of people with darker skin tones. In many countries, the availability of these products leaves a lot to wish for. Unfortunately, Australia is no exception.

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Switch to Highly Effective Organic Skin Care Mon, 06 Feb 2017 09:53:13 +0000 It is great when you are in a situation where you can consider switching to organic skin care. Most of us are spoilt for choice and take it for granted that there are so many options.

However, the same does not apply to dark skinned Australians, be they indigenous, Indian, African, Asian or Pacific islanders. Try finding foundations and makeup for dark skinned Australians anywhere in a shop in Australia and you will see that it’s not an easy task. And, this is just about finding anything that fits your skin tone, not about finding an organic alternative.

Dark Elegance is trying to solve this problem. While they might not be able to go as far offering organic makeup for Australians with dark skin, they are at least bringing you both the everyday use range and the high end range for special occasions.

Head over there and see what they have to offer. They are actually quite responsive to requests as well. So, if you do not find what you are looking for, give them a call.

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Organic Skin Care Products with Celebrity Seal of Approval Tue, 10 Jan 2017 09:51:06 +0000 Australia doesn’t have a whole lot of female celebrities who have a dark skin tones. There are women like Marcia Hines or Jessica Mauboy but the typical Australian female celebrity has pretty light skin.

So, if you were to look for a makeup brand which an Australian celebrity is swearing by, there is a good chance that it might be a brand which doesn’t even offer darker tones.

Don’t believe me? Have a look at this list of Australian Instragram influencers in the beauty space. The skin tones are all on a rather narrow (and light) range. Where are all the beautiful ladies whose skin is darker? Aren’t there plenty of them? Walk around an Australian city and you will see a lot of women whose skin is much darker than any of those influencers’. There are Indian, African, Sri Lankan, Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Melanesian and Filipino (to name just a few) women whose skin tones are much darker than that of an Anglo or even a Mediterranean heritage.

Now, having said all that it isn’t hard to understand that what follows from this is that that “invisible” market is badly underserved. Check out these two videos to hear what it is like for a woman with darker skin in Australia who is looking for makeup that suits her skin tone.

Granted these videos weren’t published recently. But, has the situation improved? Not much. If you look around you will find shops that have a small range and possibly charge a lot of money for it. You will also find something online but what you know how to find it?

Let’s spread more awareness in Australia!

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Behind the Artist – Kiyah Wright Wed, 14 Sep 2016 09:54:00 +0000 If you want to find out about Kiyah Wright, you aren’t actually in the right place. This isn’t actually about her but we can tell you that she is an award-winning hair stylist in Los Angeles. So, if you look for her website, you will probably find it quite easily.

What this page is about is a probablem which Kiyah has probably never faced in California but would face if she lived in Australia. The problem we are talking about is the lack of avaiability of makeup for dark skin. While in America you can walk into any chemist and have a variety of products to choose from for pretty much any skin tone, Australia is badly underserviced on the darker end of the palette of shades.

Imagine you were looking for makeup for dark skin tones in Hobart. Do you think you would find anything? Most likely not! How about looking for makeup for dark skin tones in Adelaide? You most likely would not fare a whole lot better.

But, fear not, things are improving. The market for these products is growing and availibilty is improving as a result. You no longer have to order from overseas but can get makeup for dark skin tones right here in Australia now!

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Favourite Beauty Looks at Paris Fashion Shows Sun, 10 Jul 2016 18:43:00 +0000 For more than two decades, makeup artist Paul McDoald has been launching and developing luxury cosmetic brands, countless runway shows, and collaborating with the best celebrities.
Paul McDonald is a renowned makeup artist who has worked in the industry for over twenty five years. Paul’s makeup line, “MAC” and his MAC Beauty Studio in New York City are world renowned, and he has worked with some of the most beautiful and recognizable beauty icons from the past and present. Paul’s success can be traced back to his first foray into the beauty world with his first cosmetic line, “The Fade”. In 1994, McDoald moved to Los Angeles, California where he founded his own makeup line. Since then, the MAC Beauty Studio has grown to be one of the top makeup and beauty design facilities in the country.

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NIGEL STANISLAUS AND RENYA XYDIS FOR MBFWA Sun, 15 May 2016 19:27:00 +0000 This page was once about Nigel Stanislaus and Renya Xydis who certainly made great hair styles. However, your look is not just about your hair but your skin matters as well.

Now, there is plenty of makeup out there no doubt. There are many brands as well as many price categories. Australia might not have everything you are looking for but generally availability is pretty good.

Now, imagine your skin was significantly darker than that of the majority of Australians. Do you think the availability would be the same? Or, do a lot of the ranges cut off at a reasonably light tone? Just revisit in your mind the last time you looked at makeup at a chemist or a supermarket.

But, times are changing. As Australia is becoming more and more connected to the world, so it is becoming easier to find e.g. bb cream for dark skin. The women who have been struggling to find the right tone of makeup to match their skin will certainly feel a sense of relief.

Let’s hope that the trend continues and Behind The Look doesn’t stay the only place that raises awareness for this cause. Only if the market really improves to the point where the availability of makeup for dark skin is on par with that for lighter skin tones, will people even be able to consider things like this.

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Make Up Tips Thu, 10 Mar 2016 09:59:58 +0000 These eye shadows are just as incredible as they are in real life. Each shadow features a blend of 10 shades of high-quality matte powder, so you can achieve any look you desire. Makeup lovers will love this collection, especially those who love the best of both worlds, matte and shimmer shades.

This collection contains 12 matte and 9 shimmer shades. Each matte and shimmer shadow contains the same pigment and application technique as the original eyeshadows.

This product features a 5-free, cruelty-free, non-pigmented, oil-free, and vegan products.

How to use: Using a brush, apply the shade of your choice to clean lids. (For best results, follow the directions on the packaging)

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