January is definitely a month where we feel the need for a little extra help with looking and feeling great, and where better to pick up a few tips than at Sleek MakeUP HQ! We had a quick run round the office to see what quick tips we could pick up; our girls know their stuff…

Oliya, Product Development Manager:  

When I buy new mascara I always keep my old one too. New mascaras tend to be much runnier so you can’t get a volumised look with them for at least couple of weeks, so I use my old mascara first as the formulation is slightly thicker. Then I apply my new mascara afterwards to lengthen lashes. I do this until my new mascara becomes thicker.

Traci, PR Manager:  

A simple but effective way to pop your eye colour is by applying white mascara to lashes first, Magnitude Mascara works perfectly for this. Then apply Eye Drama Mascara in Purple Haze for stand out, gorgeous eyes. 

Zahra, Product Development Assistant:  

For an ultra natural and easy way to contour, use a light concealer/foundation to highlight the skin where the light falls (tops of cheekbones, centre of the nose, cupids bow). Then use a darker shade of foundation/concealer as a contour shade (under the cheekbones, jawline and both sides of the nose). I use Be Beautiful Blemish Balm in Light and Medium to contour, the weightless consistency gives a natural, glowing finish.

Another great tip – when applying eye shadow try to keep your eye open.  This gives you a better idea of the finished result as you can see where the eye shadow is being placed.

Terri, Junior Administrator:  

When filling in your eyebrows the trick is to make them look like ‘sisters’ rather than ‘twins’. This gives a more natural effect, plus it stops you spending hours making them look totally identical which looks harsh and unnatural. 

Inês, Digital Marketing Assistant:  

Try wearing Eau La La Liner as a full coverage lipstick. It’s easy to apply and has a long lasting matte effect. For a subtle shine add Glossed in Clarity over the top.  Amp up your look at night and get experimenting to find new ways to wear your favourite products! I like to apply Eau La La Liner in Dragon Fruit to lips and then tap Glitter Dip It in Diablo over the top for an intense glittery lip that lasts all night long!

Alice, Copywriter:

My favourite trick is to add a light shimmery highlight to inner corners of the eyes. This really helps to open up the eye on tired days, and draws attention away from imperfections. The shade ‘Taupe’ in the Au Natural i-Divine works perfectly for this. I also use the same shade to add a light shimmer to cheeks if my complexion is looking a little dull from winter weather.

Hope you managed to pick up a tip or two, tell us your top tip on our Facebook and Twitter pages!