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3.2 Friday Favourites: 5 of the best Things I've Learnt About Make up by Ilsa Melchiori


I started my make up education fairly late in life. My mother never wore it when I was growing up, I didn't have any sisters, and I was the 'girly' one in my friendship group in school. For this weeks Friday Favourites I decided to switch things up a bit and share with you 5 of the best (favourite) things I've learnt since the commencement of my make up education.

1.  Make up artists and sales assistants will ALWAY try and sell me foundation that is too dark for my skin tone. Yes I'm half Italian, yes I have yellow/olive toned skin, but I am pale as can be.

2.  The scent of a product can totally ruin it for me.

3.  Contouring is actually very simple. Here a tip, if you've been applying your bronzer is a 3 motion along the side of your face, you've basically been lightly contouring this whole time.

4.  Ran out of eye makeup remover? Olive oil works wonders, just try not to get it in your eyes.

5.  Hydration is the key. If your skin is dehydrated, then it doesn't matter what you do, your make-up will end up looking cakey and gross throughout the day.

What is your favourite piece of make up related advice?

14.9 MAC Lipstick Dupe by Ilsa Melchiori


  I have long been a red lipstick lover (much to my boyfriends despair). Over the years I have tried so many different shades and brands, from this trial and error I've discovered that orange-reds suit my skin tone/colouring best.

My holy grail orange-red lipstick has to be MAC So Chaud, which is from their matte range. This particular lipstick ticks all the boxes for me in regards to colour pay off, wear and comfort.


Only problem, here in Australia MAC lipsticks are around $36 a piece! Not always within the budget. So Chaud will always be my holy grail however I have discovered a pretty damn good dupe in the form of Rimmel lasting finish by Kate Moss in 12. The colour is a near exact match, the formulae is supper comfortable, I will say that it doesn't wear quite as long as the MAC lipstick but at $12.95 I'll reapply!

What are some of your best drugstore lipstick dupes?