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Have you ever wondered how, when you watch programmes like X-factor or Dancing with the stars,  those gorgeous gals with perfectly applied makeup/ sparkels/ liquid liner and brows do it???
When you attempt it, the reflection that peers back at you is covered in shimmery sparkles on every part of your face and as for your liquid liner eeeeek...shakey, uneven liquid lines. Here are a few wee tips so you too can apply X-factor makeup that is perfectly polished for your party peepers.

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Above is a gorgeous smouldery eye that was applied with normal shimmer eye shadows in bronze, charcoals and a touch of dark green. To create the party peeper with sparkels, add Duo eye lash glue (actually any brand that dries clear) right across the entire movable lid and blend slightly past your contour line. Either with a slightly damp brush or finger, dip into your chosen glitter tone you want to apply (in this case above its the silver), and press the glitter into the eyelash glue while it is still slightly damp. Blend it around where you need it, once the glue has dried you will not have any glittery fall out all over your face and it dries non tacky so is completely comfy to wear.

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Here is a clever wee tape trick that can be used when you are just not quite nailing the cat-eyed liner look.
We often use paper tape from the chemist as it molds easily to the skin but if you are short on cash, use your cellotape and de tack it on the back of your hand first so it is not to sticky around deleicate skin. This is a great technique for the bat winged eyeshadow too! you get a lovely clean strong line.
Rest your elbow on a table as you apply liner to keep your arm and hand steady :-)

Enjoy trying out some fun party techniques :-)

Hils xxx

Tauriel's makeup application process, step by step

For those of you avid Hobbit fans, I was Evangeline Lilly's (whom plays Tauriel in Hobbit #2 and #3) Personal makeup, hair and prosthetic artist.  I have been asked umpteen times what particular products I used for Tauriel's look so I decided I would give you the run down. Have a go and send me any images to hil@hilcook.co.nz  good luck
Hils x
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Hil Cook doing Final checks of Tauriel's hair and makeup down at Lake Town

Tauriels list of products...

Hour glass primer - Oil free. A lovely clear primer that gives the slickest of finishes ready to apply your foundation
Ellis Faas #4 foundation - A beautiful  illuminating foundation that is build-able and my all time favourite foundation on the planet!!!
Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat #2- radiant touch pen used for highlighting and light reflecting. Pretty much this product is photoshop in a pen. Highlight brow bones, along the nose, top of cheeks, top lip, centre chin and highest point on forehead. Light reflect under eyes.
Nars Eye Primer - Complete smudge proof eyeshadow base, in fact I have never come across a better one to date
Mac Paint pot, colour Ground Works - Beautiful cream based eyeshadow that is crease resistant and has great staying power. Added across the movable eyelid and blended.
Mac Paint Pot, Colour Quite Natural - This was used along the top of Tauriels top and bottom lash line and a light eye contour blended out.
Mac Paint Pot, Colour Bare Study - An all time fave of mine used in the inner corner of Tauriels inner eye coner for 'inner pop'
Chantecaille Black Mascara - Supreme cils Long wearing water resistant. Used only on Tauriel's Top Lashes. This is a very silky mascara that gives a really natural look but really enhances lashes. Less is more for an elf
Chantecaille Bronzer blush colour Capri- a beautiful natural coral rust toned blush/bronzer with such finely milled minerals in it that it gives just a stunning gleam on her cheek
Poppy Lipstick queen colour Saint Rust - Poppy Lippies are a huge hit with me, they are like a balm with a touch more colour in them giving lips a beautiful ripe look with out going over board in colour.

Me doing Tauriel's hair and makeup checks

My makeup work in International Lucire magazine

Here is a sneak peek of my makeup work that made the front cover of Lucire magazine and the fashion pages.  Shot by Dave Richards.  Makeup by Hil Cook, Styling by Sopheak Seng and hair by Michael Beel. More of this shoot in issue 33 . On sale now . Head too www.lucire.com to get your tablet or print issue

Thanks to the amaze team involved- My incredible assistant Natalie Ella Henderson. Thanks to Jaye Glam Morgan,with Andy Alsop and Kenzy Cheeseman. And our Fantastic models - Chloe GrahamSequoia Etti, John Phillips

Makeup on Front cover by Hil Cook

Makeup by Hil Cook
Makeup by Hil Cook

Questions answered on Eyesentials - my fave wrinkle deleting product

I have had a heap of people face booking and emailing me about Eyesentials with various questions so I am going to do my best to explain all I know...

Firstly, if you know nothing about this product, please check out the post directly below this as I would have to say it is possibly my most favourite product in my professional makeup artistry kit to date! Even the skeptical people will totally be blown away by this product and what it can do.  (In a nut shell, for those who don't know, it pretty much deletes wrinkles under eyes for at least 10 hours at a time whoop whoop)
Kim doesn't have lots of under eye lines but you can still see the difference after using Eyesential on one eye
Picture taken on an iPhone 5

A heap of you asked what was in Eyesential so I decided to email the company to do some investigating, this is what they told me.
 Eyesential is simply made of sodium silicate, magnesium & water so it’s basically like a purified clay. Because there are no active ingredients in it, it has a shelf life of 5 years unopened.  whoop whoop, thats such awesome news knowing it's not full of chemicals. I also found out it is never tested on animals.

The lovely lady that demonstrated Eyesential under my eyes, explained that you should think of the product like a delicate spider web. If rubbed, scratched or stretched you are more likely to break the smooth veil you have created, making lines revert to how they originally were before applying Eyesential.

Things you need to know

Eyesential needs to be put on clean dry skin, don't put eye cream on prior to application. Skin needs to be totally free of toners, moisturisers, makeup and oily residue. If you have used a makeup remover to clean the eye area, cleanse or rinse thoroughly around the eye with water to remove the last of any other residue.


 looking straight ahead, apply with your middle finger, sweep along the under eye contour sweeping right out to temple in one firm stroke. 1-3 single applications can be done. leave to dry 2/3 mins avoiding all facial movements. For best results, use as little as possible. Boom you are looking pretty smooth by now :-). I like to seal and blend the edges with a little moisturiser. I have a couple of new moisturisers that I am testing at the mo that I can tell you about in the very near future. :-)


Some of you have asked about foundations. Eyesentials recommends their own mineral power which I have tried and it is a really lovely foundation, it feels light and goes on beautifully without disrupting the smooth veil created and I can highly recommend it, but just so you know.... As long as you are using a OIL FREE FOUNDATION, it will not break the delicate veil. I have used several silicon foundations on Eyesential, but less is more. I use the last of the residue of my foundation and lightly apply with either a Beauty Blender or  dab it on with a soft brush. Too much liquid foundation can grab, so less is defiantly more. Mineral powered is certainly very easy to apply over Eyesential.

Darker skin tones.

I have not tried eyesential on darker toned skin yet but apparently it will leave a slight light chalky mark. This will however will disappear once you have applied your normal skin toned (Oil free) foundation . I will take some pics once I have tried it on darker skin tone and post them

Robin had his right eye done


My left eye is done

This product honestly deletes eye wrinkles immediately !!!

I recently went to the Hair expo in Sydney and came across this incredible product Eyesential. In my industry, I come across many products that market themselves as the new wonder product that will remove lines etc etc etc so when I came across Eyesential, to be honest, i thought it would just be another one of those products that wouldn’t really deliver. How wrong was I!!!!! Seeing is believing, the exhibitor sat me down, promised me the world, and for the first time ever…. she delivered! I had no crows feet or under eye wrinkles, and whats more it lasted over 10 hours. This is one product that I will never be without ever again. It is now my key go to product in my makeup kit. I absolutely love watching the faces of clients and even my cynical husband’s reaction when they see the transformation in just a few seconds.
I applied Eyesentails at 10 in the morning, went off to a film premier at 7 pm and still looked incredible when i got home. I am 100 percent sold and I think everyone needs to know about this amazing Red-carpet secret!

Thanks for finally coming up with a product that really does do all those things it says it will do !
Hil Cook's photo.
 This is a mate Robyn, him and his partner Karen couldn't believe the
difference after doing his right eye :-) taken on iPhone 4
with no touch ups or makeup
Ok guys... Here are your answers 
... 1) Eyesential is simply made of sodium silicate, magnesium & water so it’s basically like a purified clay. Because there are no active ingredients in it, it has a shelf life of 5 years unopened.

2) None of our pr
oducts are tested on animals

3) Eyesential must go on clean, dry skin with no makeup or moisturiser. Once it is set, you can then apply the moisturiser to the rest of the face and around the area that you have applied Eyesential but not over the top. This is because any oil based product will break down the very fine web-like structure that Eyesential creates under the eye area. You can use makeup over the top but should be mineral based. ( I actually used an oil free liquid, Ellis fass , and that worked just fine and didn't break the veil

4) They are an online company so you can either order over their website www.eternaltvoffers.com.au or over the phone with one of their consultants on 1300 ETERNAL or 1300 383 762. The RRP of Eyesential is $99 but they often have great offers.

Me with full blown wrinkles and an unmade face :-( taken off the iPhone 5
 The enlarged version of that pic above
My left eye has been done now but the right is still wrinkly, this may look like photo shop but it really isn't
it puts a veil under your eye and completely tightens and smooths. No foundation or concealing here

Me feeling a load happier that there are no more wrinkles, not made up ( still no foundation)  just a lick of mascara :-) How good is this product!!!!! :-)

 It really does give you a lovely soft photo finish but in real life. Anyone who has tried this product, I would love to hear from you or see before and afters, email hil@hilcook.co.nz

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Brows and Face shapes

Its all about the brows at the moment but a lot of us ignore our eyebrows (or have over plucked them into non-existence) not realizing how important they are in defining our face. There isn’t one shape that is the best, it really just depends on your unique facial features and shape. Just like contouring, your eyebrow shape and thickness can help soften your face shape and frame your peepers. Here is a fab guide line that I stumbled on which really helps with shaping eyebrows. Enjoy, Hils x