So Shady: Tips & Tricks for Everyday Contouring

Let’s talk about contouring.

Contouring is a technique that has been long used on runway and photoshoot models, but in recent years YouTubers and celebrity make up artists have made the technique more user friendly and accessible.

What is it and how does it work?
By contouring the face you are enhancing the facial structure through make up, accentuating your natural features.

The contouring should not be noticeable, just a subtle definition should be visible.
You can create the appearance of higher cheekbones, slimmer nose and chin.

Follow make up artist, Rowena Campbell from Face Plus Medispa, Bondi Beach and you’ll be contouring like a pro, in no time!
“Anything you want to push back or recede, use a darker shade than your skin tone e.g. bronzer, cream contour, foundation, powder.

Anything you want to bring forward or enhance, use a highlighting product e.g. liquid illuminator, highlighting powder, or lighter shades of concealer or foundation” says Rowena.
How to –

  • First apply your base, don’t forget cleanse, tone and moisturise.
  • Once you have applied your base, you’re ready to start contouring. Powders are easy to use but you can use a darker shade of foundation or concealer and blend it in depending on your preference and what product best suits the finish you like and your skin type.
  • For an everyday makeup look you can lightly apply a matte bronzer just under the cheekbones in the hollows of the cheeks moving up and back towards the ears. You can apply bronzer anywhere you want to shade and push back. Around the temples and top of the forehead, sides of the nose, chin and jaw line, it just depends on your face shape and how you wish to manipulate it.
  • Apply a blush on the apples of the cheeks and again moving back towards the hairline, just above where you have placed the bronzer.
  • And lastly, apply highlighter where you want to bring forward and catch the light. On the tops of the cheekbones, down the centre of the nose, the cupids bow.

“Remember that highlighter doesn’t always mean shimmery it can also mean just a lighter shade of your usual face makeup creating light and shade on the face” Rowena Campbell, make up artist.

Products we recommend:

Curtis Collection, Baked Matte Bronzer: $50

Curtis Collection, Baked Illuminating Bronzer: $50

Curtis Collection, Blush: $30

Want to learn first hand contouring that’s right for you?
Bondi Beach: 02 8897 0077

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Plump Up the Volume

Who doesn’t want luscious plump skin?!

Most anti-wrinkle creams containing collagen and elastin, but the fact is that these two ingredients are structurally too dense to readily enter our skin.

Collagen is a type of protein, and works with keratin to provide the skin with strength, smoothness, elasticity and resilience. When you’re young, you have an abundance of collagen in your body, which is why young children have such lovely shiny hair and plump, smooth skin. It’s kinda like the cement, which holds everything together.

As you age collagen production declines and weakening of the skin occurs, this is when skin wrinkles, necks become saggy, lines form around eyes and mouth. Joy.

Never fear, nature provides us with tasty ways to help increase the collagen in our skin, so we have to know what nutrients our body really needs to do this. Here are a few pointers that will help you plump up your skin.

Dark green vegetables : are an excellent examples of food containing collagen producing agents. Add dark green leafy veggies such as spinach, cabbage and kale to your diet every day.

They are packed with an antioxidant called lutein. Rich in Vitamin C, regular consumption of kale, spinach, collards, and asparagus help to strengthen the body’s ability to manufacture collagen and to utilise the protein effectively.

Avoid starchy foods and sugary substances: this helps reduce inflammation which interferes with the body’s natural collagen production processes.

Beans: help your body produce a vital anti-ageing substance called hyaluronic acid. Aim for at least two tablespoons of beans each day – broad or butter beans make a great substitute for mashed potatoes, yummo.

Red fruits and vegetables: also are excellent sources to up the collagen content of foods in the diet. The presence of lycopenes in these types of foods helps to act as antioxidants, which in turn increases collagen production.

Vitamin C rich fruits and vegetables: are natural sources of collagen production. You should try to include citrus fruits like oranges, lemons and strawberries into your daily diet. Rose hips are one of the plants extract that can present a rich source of collagen. They contain a high level of vitamin C, which is good for the production of collagen.

Omega Acids: Skin cells are surrounded by a fatty layer and the higher your omega-3 intake the stronger that layer is, and the plumper your skin cells are – which helps disguise lines and wrinkles.

Omega Acids also help to create an ideal environment for collagen production. Fish such as salmon and tuna are excellent sources of omega fatty acids Vegan sources include spirulina, flaxseed oil, nuts such as cashews, pecans, almonds and Brazil nuts.

Foods that are rich in sulphur: content are also important to collagen production. Among these are cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, bok choy, onions, shallots, garlic, leeks. Working in conjunction with the sulphur, vegetables that are rich in Vitamin A also aid in keeping collagen levels high.

Try adding raw carrots and baked sweet potatoes to the diet for an extra boost.

Green Tea Catechins: Catechins are the anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory components of green tea. They have also been found to stimulate healthy maturing of collagen fibers and proper collagen fiber orientation in wound healing.

A study in the “American Journal of Pathology” showed that green tea catechins can help your body to build collagen more effectively.

UV protection!!  Take it from me, I learned this one the hard way… A tan is NOT healthy. Yes, it makes us look like a slimmer and more exotic version of our pale selves, but the long term outcome is premature ageing.

If you are not already on a proper sun care regimen, that should be your first priority. Studies have shown that sun protection is one of the most important ways in which you can combat ageing. Nuff said.

Cigarette smoke: like sun exposure, has also been shown to greatly degenerate collagen, and there is also evidence that improper and insufficient sleep has a negative effect on skin health.

Moral of the collagen story? Eat a nutritious diet, don’t smoke and embrace the snowflake.

To make an appointment with our Wellness Expert:
Bondi Beach: 02 8897 0077
Bondi Junction: 02 9386 4411
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Collagen Cream

Collagen Cream is one of our biggest sellers.

The Collagen Cream is a concentrated emulsion rich in collagen hydrolysates, powerful anti-oxidants and moisture-binding properties to provide the skin with long- lasting anti-ageing protection.

Using this cream, the skin will appear plump, smooth and radiant.
The key skin concerns the Dr Spiller, Collagen Cream targets –
Anti-aging: Hydrolysed collagen is processed to achieve a lower molecular weight than regular collagen. The structure forming protein works to improve the elasticity in the skin.

Dry/Dehydrated: Vitamin E a skin identical potent antioxidant, naturally secreted by the sebaceous gland for environmental moisture protection. The Avocado extract activates the cell metabolism of the connective tissue. The lanolin present works as an emulsifier with high water-absorption capabilities, the lanolin is also emollient with moisturising properties.

Mature Skin: The bee’s wax present works as an anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic and antibacterial. This magical ingredient is also softening and regulates skin consistency.
“The Collagen cream is a hydrating cream that is perfect for winter. The weather at the moment is quite aggressive on the skin with the cooler temperatures and the dry heat indoors.

This cream contains a hyaluronic acid which locks in moisture into the skin, preventing trans epidermal water loss” Yvonne Culhane, Advanced Dermal Therapist, Face Plus Medispa, Bondi Junction.

The Collagen Cream by Dr Spiller is available from all three clinics:
Bondi Beach: 02 8897 0077
Bondi Junction: 02 9386 4411
Bankstown: 02 9796 7007

50ml – $126
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