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How To: Amplify your makeup look

Fri, 17 February 2012 11:04AM

Even if you weren’t born with big bambi eyes or an Angelina Jolie pout, doesn’t mean you can’t fake it. We’re taking the ‘bigger is better’ approach and are turning up the volume on our makeup.

Here’s our insider tips for accentuating all your favourite features.

Zooey Deschanel


Give your pout a just-bitten effect with a lip plumper. These nifty products work by irritating the skin on your lips with ingredients such as menthol and camphor, increasing the blood flow to this area for a fuller effect.

You can also use a number of other products to give the illusion of luscious lips. Read our Fake Fuller Lips how-to for all the deets.


It doesn’t matter if you’re not blessed with the thickest set of lashes, the right mascara can fix that in a jiffy. Rimmel’s new Scandal’Eyes Mascara has been created to give you plumper, sculpted lashes thanks to its collagen and keratin enriched formula and MaxDensity brush that’s 50% larger and thicker than most ‘regular’ mascara wands. To completely coat every lash (which is half the battle for getting them noticed) start at the base of the lashes and wiggle your way to the very tips.

Rimmel London Scandal’Eyes Mascara, $16.95,


The fastest way to make the shape of your eyes appear bigger and wider is to smudge the inner corners with a nude, silver or white shadow. All works wonders – which shade you choose really depends on the look you want.


Amplifying your cheeks comes down to contouring. Head over to our article on How To: Create chiselled cheeks for our top tips.

What feature do you love to draw attention to?

What’s your trick or secret weapon?

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  • Posted by: p3charmed Master Fan // Fri, 17 February 2012 02:01pm

    how amazing does zooey look here? i dont think I’ve ever seen a bad photo of her and that’s saying something.I like big eyes with lots of mascara, then natural glossy lips :)

  • Posted by: Jensta Master Fan // Fri, 17 February 2012 02:15pm

    I love highlighting my cheekbones as I have high ones. These are some great tips here. Love Zooey’s look, especially her eyes.

  • Posted by: Coconal Master Fan // Fri, 17 February 2012 03:56pm

    My favourite thing to play up is my eyes…love messing around with eyemake up. Like Jensta, I like nude glossy lips best, although sometimes I skip the eyes and just go with red/bright lippy!

    Zooey is so gorgeous! She always looks fab!

    I like the lip plumpers because they ‘fill’ out the tiny lines in my lips!

  • Posted by: Lauren // Fri, 17 February 2012 05:13pm

    I have a wedding to go to in two weeks and have bought the Sportsgirl Two Tone Sweetheart Dress in Orange to wear and a pair of patent red T-Bar shoes off Asos to go with it (yes, I do like red and orange together!)

    My question is, what the hell do I do with my make-up?
    (I’m relatively pale skinned with medium brown hair if that helps)

  • Posted by: lovefashionangel Master Fan // Fri, 17 February 2012 05:35pm

    eyes of course!

  • Posted by: sprinkles37 Master Fan // Fri, 17 February 2012 06:36pm

    I really love to emphases my lips. They are my favourite feature. My eyes get a little bit lost behind my glasses :(

  • Posted by: Tina-1291133452 Master Fan // Fri, 17 February 2012 10:40pm

    i draw attention mostly to my eyes! love using different coloured eyeliners..

  • Posted by: beautybee1 Master Fan // Sun, 19 February 2012 04:20am

    I like Zooey but I really don’t think she’s looking her best in this pic. The frosted colours seem to make her eyes look bloodshot to me. I like her lipstick shade though. I like to draw attention to my eyes and next, my lips.

  • Posted by: katann Enthusiast // Tue, 21 February 2012 01:26pm

    I love drawing attention to lips, big believer in bright bold lips on big lips, trick is blending different shape that is slightly lighter in centre and a dab of gloss :)

  • Posted by: katann Enthusiast // Tue, 21 February 2012 01:28pm

    Shade not shape lol

  • Posted by: tzyling Newbie // Wed, 22 February 2012 01:34pm

    She looks amazing. I have hooded eyes, not quite double eyelids….tricky to follow eye make up tips sometimes.

  • Posted by: Ms Jelena Master Fan // Sat, 25 February 2012 03:48pm

    She’s stunning!!! I love going all out with my eyes – lots of mascara, eyeliner and sometimes shadows that really pop combined with nude lipstick/gloss :)

  • Posted by: BekW // Thu, 1 March 2012 02:21pm

    Does anyone know what the lipstick is that Zooey’s wearing here? Love,love, love!!

  • Posted by: Sonya -1299393690 Enthusiast // Sun, 11 March 2012 09:26pm

    Eyelashes. My eyelash curler and a good mascara (I like Bourjois Volumiser or Chanel Inimitable) and a bit of practice and non clumpy, long looking eyelashes are easy. Practice and proper application and you don’t need falsies!

  • Posted by: GorgeousEmeralds Master Fan // Sun, 18 March 2012 03:53pm

    I love to draw attention my my eyes, I have largish eyes with blonde lashes therefore I must use mascara to make them pop

  • Posted by: FashionGuru Master Fan // Thu, 29 November 2012 09:29pm

    love the lashes but the eyes are scary

  • Posted by: beautiful87 Master Fan // Sun, 30 June 2013 05:38pm

    I love these tips

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Sun, 15 December 2013 06:14pm

    I like to accentuate my eyes with some great mascara.
    Zooey is a bubbly personality, gorgeous eyes.

  • Posted by: cottoncandy19 Master Fan // Wed, 13 April 2016 12:16am

    I love to draw attention to my eyes and lips. A bright red and voluminous lashes always do the trick

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