TIPS & TRICKS | SCHOOL PHOTOS

It always seems that no matter how hard you try to look good in school photos, they never seem to turn out the way you want them to. This year, I tried some methods to optimise my chances of getting a better photo and I wanted to share them with you. 




Last Thursday, I had my school photos (which is scarily the last high school photos I'll have). Because it's the photo that seems to go everywhere - yearbook, end of year school report, school intranet - I thought it would be safer/better to know the look I was going for that morning.




Tip #1: Master the 'no-make up' make up look. 

First things first, 99% of Australian schools require their students to wear uniforms, with minimal jewellery and no make up or nail polish. Because of this, any heavy make up comes up quite prominently under flash and it's not all that flattering.  

If you're going to wear foundation, I'd suggest you choose something with a lighter coverage, or something that blends into the skin a lot more easily. On this particular occasion, I ditched the foundation and just used my Rimmel's Fix & Perfect Primer to minimise pores and give my skin smoother finish. I also made sure to fill in my brows with Illamasqua's Cream Pigment in Hollow, which defined them without looking too filled in. I also used Topshop's Blush in Flush to give my cheeks a rosy glow without any shimmer to make sure that the flash didn't pick up any reflective particles and make it look like I have oily skin.

Other Tips:

- Avoid using SPF, because the reflective complexes in sunscreens (and foundations, BB creams and tinted moisturisers) can give a grey tone to your skin.
- Use a foundation power instead of translucent powder. Once again, the translucent powder might give your skin grey/pale-white tone which may make you look sickly.


Tip #2: Find a hairstyle that looks interesting from the front

I'm always a sucker for elaborate braids and hairstyles, so I adapted letsmakeitup1's tutorial to achieve this look. I added a bit more detail by braiding two sections of hair instead of one. 


Make sure you know whether you're allowed to have hair in front of your shoulders and your ears, or whether you have to have it back and create a hairstyle accordingly.

Other Tips:

- Use a shine spray to make your hair look extra smooth and healthy

With flash

Tip #3: Test your photo beforehand

If you're lucky enough to have a DSLR, then grab a friend (or a tripod) and snap a couple of photos to see how it will turn out. Try a couple with and without flash, and look at the difference. If you don't have a professional camera, try using the camera on your phone. Use previous school photos as reference to see where the photo cuts off. 

Other Tips:

- Practice your smile in the mirror so that it almost comes naturally when you're in front of the camera. 


Good Luck! 

Thanks for reading...
Until next time, 
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MY WEEK ON INSTAGRAM (IV)

Hey Everyone! 

Hope you've all had a wonderful week. We've been having crazy weather in Sydney this past week, and this rain is making me a little upset. But besides that, it's been a good week. I hope you all had a lovely Valentine's Day, whether that was with a special someone or with your tumblr dashboard x

MY WEEK ON INSTAGRAM (III)

It's been another lovely week - I got to go on Year 7 camp, I finally received my (super) belated birthday present and the Winter Olympics have begun!

REVIEW | M.A.C. WOODWINKED

Woodwinked has been on my wishlist for quite a while now, but I've never committed myself to paying the ridiculous prices they charge at the M.A.C counters in Sydney. However, this year (a few weeks late for last year's birthday) I was lucky enough to receive this as a gift. This is my first M.A.C eyeshadow, and so far, I absolutely love it. 

M.A.C. Woodwinked | $33
Described by M.A.C as a 'warm antique gold', it's a shade that suits every eye colour and skin tone. It also a smooth, easy-to-blend formula which is quite pigmented and feels quite luxurious. It has a Veluxe Pearl finish, which means it has shimmery, pearly, almost frosty finish. However, I think it is so popular because the shadow gets darker the more you blend - which means that you have a lid and crease colour in one eyeshadow.




In the pan, the eyeshadow looks like a warm, rusty brown. Once swatched on the back of my hand, it has an almost coppery undertone. However, on my lids, it becomes a soft brown with really obvious gold reflects. 



I pack the eyeshadow on my lids before using a denser, more precise blending brush to deepen the colour in my crease. Because it has a dual purpose, it's a great one-stop, 'lazy' eyeshadow and is perfect for on the go and taking on trips (personally, I took it on an overnight camp the day after I got it). 



Despite my aversion to shimmery and frosty eyeshadows (or anything that isn't matte really), this eyeshadow continues to look fresh and flawless throughout the day, unlike many others which can end up looking quite disgusting on my oily eyelids. 

It's an effortless neutral shade, which I really recommend. Although I still can't justify paying $33 for a single eyeshadow (which is more than double what it costs in America), so I'll probably hold off buying any other shades until I go overseas.

Thanks for reading...
Until next time, 
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MY WEEK ON INSTAGRAM (II)


This week has been an exciting, eventful week - I went back to school, Chinese New Year festivities are still happening and I just had a lot of fun! How was your week? 

OOTD: HAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR


Happy Chinese New Year!

Today is the second day of the new lunar calendar, and I believe it's tradition to have a feast with your family to welcome in the new year. So I've put together an outfit which I think is appropriate for the festivities. I hope all of you who do celebrate Chinese New Year are enjoying the beginning of the celebrations, enjoying all the amazing food and receiving an abundance of red packets!