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Written by Vania Baily

Back to Beauty Basics

You know that term, fake it till you make it? No faking allowed here.

Instead, “Be it till you become it.” Here’s the thing – when you are looking and feeling your best, you ARE doing your best and you’re attracting the best.

Today, those wanting to achieve their professional goals know that managing their image to create a consistently memorable impression in the industry is a need, not a want. People who neglect their image will be left behind. And, you’ve been working way too hard to let that happen.

With so many beauty tips out there it’s challenging to narrow down what works for you without a lot of trial and error, or frustrating purchases. You’re on a budget so what do you do, bring it back to basics of course!

You need to find what works for your skin type and individual facial features and complement your image.

Most beauty and cosmetic counter staff are trained in specialising in products that will suit your skin. But, if you’re on a budget and can’t afford to buy all the beautiful high-end products, I’ll let you in on a few secrets; a good foundation forms the basis of your whole look and something you should never skimp on. The right foundation will decrease the amount of other products you need to apply afterwards. So, it’s always worthwhile to have your foundation professionally matched to your skin tone in natural lighting. Beauty store lighting is universally unforgiving.

Estée Lauder has brought out a new foundation Double Wear Nude spf 25 with hydrating staying power. No powder needed!

Mascara is a personal choice; there are many affordable brands on the market offering different effects for your lashes.

Bronzer, blush and highlighters are often available as a trio- great for travelling and a woman on the go.

Along with eyeshadow quads, go for a mixture of both light and dark shades.

Lips, are important and it pays to invest in a good nontoxic lipstick. I recommend Karen Murrall lipsticks. Keeping in mind, one or two shades darker than your natural lip colour works best.

With your brows, I highly recommend microblading as a long term investment which will save both time in your daily makeup routine and the purchasing of eyebrow products. For a dramatic evening look you can brush a little natural eyeshadow through them to create a nice ombré effect.

If you’re going out straight after work and you only have five minutes to do your makeup, you just need to define your eyes with a dark brown or soft black longwearing pencil and a few more coats of mascara. For a little more va va voom add a set of false lashes, nothing too big. Complete with a fresh coat of lippy with a dab of gloss, taking you from day to night.

Solution for fuss-free makeup

If, like me, you wear eyeliner but are finding it, shall we say, a little bit challenging to see what you are doing, then I have the solution for you – permanent eyeliner.

Hawke’s Bay professional makeup artist Vania Bailey has added this talent to her ever-growing list.

She says permanent eyeliner is fantastic for those ladies who want fuss-free makeup. “It’s great for those that struggle to apply eyeliner as it will never melt off your face, so to speak,” Vania says.

Read more about how to nourish and flourish over at the Hawke’s Bay today.

Winter a time to nourish and flourish

Vania Bailey is a professional makeup artist, and is also known as Hawke's Bay's Brow Queen.

Winter is a time to not only nourish your body, but to reflect and count your blessings, says Vania Bailey.

The professional makeup artist and Hawke’s Bay “Brow Queen” believes in not only taking care of yourself, but also other people.
“First take care of yourself. Winter is a great time to change your skin care. Try something different. We need something a bit more nourishing on our skin during these cold months.

Read more about how to nourish and flourish over at the Hawke’s Bay today.

Women need to ‘ignite the spark’

Alex Lewis after her makeover.

VANIA BAILEY has big plans for 2017 – she wants to help women empower themselves. “This year is about looking after yourself. If you don’t take time out for yourself you are doing yourself and everyone around you a disservice,” Vania says.

“It can be as simple as sitting device-free and having a cup of tea. For me, I like to recharge in nature. “So many women get beaten down with life and forget who they are and how fabulous they can be.”

Read more about how Women need to ‘ignite the spark’ over at the Hawke’s Bay today.

Taking brows to a new level

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“FOR THE past two weeks every time I look at myself in the mirror, my eyes go straight to my eyebrows. I love them. They are absolutely amazing. They have gone from thin, scraggly, unshaped and dull to perfectly shaped and coloured frames to my face. All thanks to Vania Bailey and her feather touch tattoo, also known as microblading.”

Read more about how Lynda Hall took her brows to a new level with Vania Bailey over at the Hawke’s Bay today.

Hot tips for racing day from Hawke’s Bay fashionista

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Read Vania’s race day advice over at the Hawke’s Bay today.

A day at the races

Hawkes Bay Make up artist - Vania Bailey

Make up by Vania Bailey at Hawkes Bay Races

Woman Beauty Etiquette
Nothing is worse than tangerine skin! So go easy on the fake tan and wear shoes that allow you to stay on your feet all day. Northing looks worse than a woman carrying her shoes at the end of the day! – be prepared and pop some band-aids in your purse. Read more →

Step out of your comfort zone

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Women look and feel their best when they are comfortable. But if you don’t experiment with different looks, you can get stuck in a beauty rut. You will never know what colours, combinations, or type of look  you will fall in love with unless you try them.

Ditch the winter track pants and fleeces and start to tone those arms and legs in preparation for the beautiful range of dresses that we are starting to see in store for the up and coming spring to summer collections. Read more →

Put Your Best Foot Forward

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The biggest problem often seen in feet is dehydration.  As we age, our skin thins out, we loose subcutaneous fat and our feet become as dry as a desert. It is a side effect of the body’s circulation directing the blood flow to the female organs for protection. Your feet are at the end of the road and the rest is down to us neglecting them!

It is important to moisturise your feet every night, but what is more important is not to wear closed in shoes without any socks or tights. By doing this, the moisture in your feet drains into your shoes whilst also making them a tad stinky too!  Open shoes, sandals and bare feet are fine as your feet are able to breathe. Read more →

Dan’s lighter and loving it

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Dan Browne looks positively terrified as a perfectly manicured aesthetician looms over him. Lying on a bed at 536 Kennedy Cosmedics, with his feet protruding from the end and his mass of curly hair in a net, I begin to wonder if the 23-yearold knows what he has signed up for. He is preparing for a facial that will get his skin glowing in time for a 12-week Fat to Fit makeover reveal, at a Hawke’s Bay location yet to be disclosed.
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