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The new season's beauty trends that mere mortals can actually pull off.

No make-up artist required.

This season there are some amazing beauty trends that I just love. And these days, thanks to the fact that makeup and the tools and tricks of the trade are so accessible, pretty much anyone can pull off a fresh look.

Whenever I’ve had my hair and makeup done, I’ve always paid careful attention, asked lots of questions and I’ve learned a lot. I’ve learned that anyone can do their own makeup well, I’ve learned that changing it up often is a good thing and I’ve learned that I absolutely love how you can transform your face and brighten up your day, just by doing something with your makeup that you’ve never done before.

“And these days, thanks to the fact that makeup and the tools and tricks of the trade are so accessible, pretty much anyone can pull off a fresh look.”

The first thing you need to do is go shopping (yay!) for a few new colours and bits and pieces. I buy a lot of my cosmetics at Priceline and they have beauty advisors who can show you how to do anything you like. I’m always trying to make my eyes look bigger and my lips look fuller and I’m currently in the process of trying to learn how to contour my face. It’s a work-in-progress.

 Just as an FYI, this post is sponsored by Priceline Pharmacy. But all opinions expressed by the author are 100 per cent authentic and written in their own words.

Here’s how to pull off this season’s top beauty trends:

1. Statement eyebrows.

Statement eyebrows doesn’t mean allowing your eyebrows to grow into a huge, dark mess. You still need to groom them, shape them and pluck them – and then the golden rule is to choose an eyebrow pencil colour that is either exactly the same colour as your eyebrows or one shade lighter. Never go darker or too light.

Then, just gently shade them in. Start with a light application. One of the best beauty tips I’ve ever heard is to start off lightly – because it’s much easier to add more than it is to wipe it all off and start again.

Want brows like Cara Delevingne?

2. Statement lips.

A lot of people seem to think statement lips means just slathering on a bright colour everywhere, and that’s it.

That’s not it. The trick is to make sure you prepare your lips, and that means applying a really nourishing lip balm a few minutes before applying it. Then, using a lipstick brush or your finger, gently apply it and give it time to absorb before putting on the next layer.

Related: How to apply fake eyelashes and 10 other tips for winning at makeup.

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You do need to apply makeup on the rest of your face to pull off statement lips, but just use a bit less eye shadow and blush so your lips stand out.

Jessica Chastain, Emma Stone and Rooney Mara.

3. Winged eyeliner.

Don’t wait for a special occasion to apply winged eyeliner for the first time. You must practice, practice, practice.

All you need to do is touch the tip of the eyeliner to the corner of your eye and slowly and steadily draw a line all the way to the end, where you flick it just a little. Winged eyeliner really makes your eyes pop.

Margot Robbie nailing winged eyeliner.

4. Brown eye shadow is back.

Brown eye shadow is in this season. Although as far as I’m concerned, it was never really ‘out’. Here’s how to nail it.

You want to extend your eyes out as much as possible, but lightly. Buy yourself an eye shadow brush, and start off by applying your eye shadow along your lash line. Do it lightly because you can always add more. Keep going out as you would with eye liner but get much thicker by the time you get to the end of your lash line – and then go straight out.

Jodi Gordon.

5. Colour it up. Just a bit.

You want to use a bit of colour, but for us nervous types, it’s about coupling a dramatic flash of colour next to more subtle makeup. For example, once you apply subtle and smoky eye shadow and you’ve applied black/brown eyeliner and mascara, grab a coloured eye liner or eye shadow stick.

Line under your eyes with vibrant purple or a brilliant blue. For the day, go easy and apply it lightly. For night, you can be more heavy-handed and couple it with a vibrant lip colour on well-moisturised lips.

Related: The amount of time most women wait before their partners see them without makeup.

When you go makeup shopping buy at least one colour you don’t normally wear. Ask the experts which colour they think will suit you. Then use it, even just a little at first.  It’s all about staying fresh and having fun.

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Knowledge is power! Master the art of makeup this month with Priceline Pharmacy’s Beauty School. Dive head first into our beauty playground and learn all of the makeup basics and beyond with video tutorials and expert tips and tricks. Plus, don’t forget to book a consultation with our in store beauty advisors, who are ready to show you how to put your best face forward. Discover more and join us now at priceline.com.au/beautyschool