Chic beauty is big business

BEAUTY is big business.

There is an endless supply of products on the market devoted to helping us look good and feel better.

To help navigate through the world of beauty, a skin therapist, make-up artist and hair stylist have offered their expert opinions on the latest beauty trends, advice and best beauty buys.


Clean, fresh, healthy looking skin is what most desire and the market is flooded with products and procedures claiming to deliver on this.

Maroochydore's Jamu Skin Solutions owner, Bev Rae, said pumpkin peels were one of the latest trends in skin care.

Ms Rae said pumpkin peels were beneficial in treating acne and refining, lightening and brightening the skin.

“Because pumpkin is high in antioxidants, this peel will leave you with wonderful bright skin, even after just one treatment,” she said.

Microdermabrasion was another treatment proving popular.

“It instantly removes the dead dull layer on the surface so the skin feels silky and smooth when you leave that day,” Ms Rae said.

To keep skin looking flawless, Ms Rae listed a good sunscreen, cleansing and moisturising twice a day and exfoliating once or twice a week as top tips.


Make-up is a staple for most women.

Maybelline NY make-up artist Nigel Stanislaus says “every girl must have a concealer, mascara and lip gloss or lipstick in her bag”.

Plum is the “in” colour for winter, Mr Stanislaus said.

Accompany your plum coloured lips with a light layer of foundation, a neutral eye shadow and a few coats of mascara.

If you feel the colour doesn't suit your complexion opt for orange/coral or fuchsia make-up instead.

He said women should “never be afraid to experiment with make-up and colours”.

If you prefer playing up your eyes, find a quad palette that you like and experiment with layering the shades for a professional smoky eye, Mr Stanislaus said.


Hair styles are constantly changing. Stefan Garden City salon manager Sally Gibson said trend-setter Jennifer Aniston was responsible for the current new trend, “the lob”.

A twist on the traditional bob, the lob is slightly longer.

“We are starting to find women want something they can still tie up but also looks amazing, feminine and chic when blow-dried off,” she said.

Ms Gibson said softer blondes and warmer brunettes were in. Her tips were brush your hair before washing it, always shampoo twice and visit your stylist every six weeks.

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