Mascara and / or false lashes
To start this makeup you need to apply a lighter base than you would normally choose but make sure that you blend it into your neck !
Next, apply your lighter shade eyeshadow over your entire lids upto your socket line
If you feel confident, apply a little socket line shading to add definition which you will see I have done very lightly in the photos
Next, taking your liquid eyeliner, pull your eyelid upwards and outwards to stretch out the skin on your eyelid. This will give you greater control when drawing your eyeline. Then starting from the middle of your eye, draw a line upwards and outwards to the shape that you want
Complete your the other eye to match
TIP! Keep some cotton buds handy and wet the end with water if you make a misteake. Avoid using an oily makeup remover as this will affect your ability to re-apply the liner
Next, apply your mascara or false lashes
Define your brows. If you are dark haired, you will be able to go darker than I have with your brows to match your hair colour but beware all you blonde haired beauties as you will start to look like you have comedy brows if you go too dark!
Next, apply your lip liner and then your chosen red lippie
Lastly, apply your blusher and contour shading. Apply your blusher last because the amount that you put on will be affected by your red lipstick!
Don’t forget your beauty spot if you fancy wearing one!
Try this beautiful and sexy makeup for your sweet Valentines Days
Are you all looking forward to Valentines Day? Are you all planning something special either with your loved one or with your friends? Do you have your Valentines Day Makeup decided yet?
As I’ve been promising, I have been putting together some makeup ideas for you all
If you keep reading, today you will find out how to do a Cheerleader Makeup … Sound good?
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For the Sexy Cheerleader, it’s all about your EYES and CHEEKS! So you’ll need some key “ingredients”
Mascaraand / or False Lashes
GET YOUR POUT READY!
Start by applying your full coverage foundation. I use Yves Saint Laurent Teint Radiance
Using your chosen “light” eyeshadow apply all over your lid – use an iridescent one / glitter one – I used MAC Forgery and White Frost
Using your chosen “dark” eyeshadow apply socket line shading – I used a mixture of black, brown, burgendy and orange to the depth of colour whilst keeping some vibrance in it! MAC Folie, Sushi Flower with Carbon and Black Tied
Blend your chosen dark eyeshadows upwards and outwards towards your brow bone creating your smokey eye
Define your brows – I used a MAC brow shaper powder but you can use what you like – pencil, powder, whatever you feel comfortable with
Add highlighter to your brow bone
Apply contouring powder under your cheek bones for definition – I use MAC Powder in Taupe
Smile and apply your blusher to the apples of your cheeks – I used Lime Lily Cream Blusher in Princess
If you need to, apply some Bronzer to your forehead, cheeks and bridge of your nose – I use Saint Tropez Bronzer Powder
Morning everyone! How was your weekend? Fab I hope! Mine weekend was quite relaxing this weekend – I finished filming a week or so ago (check out the IMdb link to the film as it’s going to be another of Dame Judi’s finest performances) so I have been really busy with my blog and doing some more videos for you all! Very exciting couple of weeks coming up!
Are you ready to find out how I did my 5 minute makeup!?
Today I’ll be telling you all about what I used to create my 5 minute makeup that I started to tell you about on Friday. It’s really simple and as I said then, all you need is some confidence, a makeup bag that you know and a bit of practice
Pre-Step 1 is: Before I start putting my makeup on, I had already prepped my face with moisturisor and sometimes primer (depends how tired I am as I personally find that normally I am ok without primer but it helps my makeup stay on for longer if I am really tired!)
These are my steps … I rarely deviate away from the order below coz it’s kind of like a military operation now and I’ve got the timings down to a T
I pump 2 pea sized amounts onto the back of my left hand and apply to my nose, chin and mouth area with the tips of my 2nd and 3rd fingers of my right hand. Because I only apply foundation to the areas of my face that need a little bit of coverage (nose, under eye and chin) I blend the rest of it outwards towards my ears – there is hardly any remaining at this point to cover my cheeks which is the way I like it as by doing it this way, it gives a natural finish, yet offers coverage in the required areas 1 minute
ves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat – With one click of the “pen”, I have enough on the applicator for one sweep under both eyes. I then gently pat it in, concentrating mainly on the inside corner of my eyes – I tend not to apply it to the outside corner of the underneath of my eyes 30 seconds
MAC eyeshadow in Sketch – With my large blending brush I apply a small amount of this (it’s dark brown with a tiny hint of Red) into my socket line and blend it upwards and outwards – its a broad brush stroak to add a small amount of depth and contouring to my eye – it’s by no means a “full on” smokey eyes 30 seconds
L’oreal Volume Million Lashes in Extra Black – I am very generous with the amount of Mascara that I like to apply as I like a full impact set of lashes! I apply one coat to each eye and move onto step 5 45 seconds
Saint Tropez Powder Bronzer – I load up my bronzing brush with a generous amount of bronzer and tap off any excess. I then start from the outside of my neck (right side) and work in circular motions, moving upwards towards my chin each time, and around my neck from the left to the right. When there is less bronzer remaining on the brush, I work in circular motions around my face starting on my right side moving anticlockwise. Dont forget to work the colour into your temples and hairline! About 1 minute
I move back to step 4 and apply another coat of mascara – by coming back to it, it allows the first coat to dry ever so slightly, which makes the second layer build up much better! This takes about 45 seconds
MAC powder Blusher in Pink Swoon – I smile into the mrror, load the colour into my brush and apply the blusher in circluar motions to the Apples of my cheeks 15 seconds
Lime Lily – Waterproof Defining Eyebrow pencil in Taupe – I allow myself about 20 seconds per eye and apply this pencil in short strokes starting from the inside corner of my brow, following the shape that I want to create, to the arch then down the other side to finish at a pointThis takes about 45 seconds
Total running time 5 1/2 minutes
What about my lips!? To be honest with you, for this makeup, I don’t put anything on my lips, apart from some Balm if they are feeling dry and I would do that on the run to save precious time!
So make sure that you stay tuned for my YouTube video coming very soon where I will SHOW you how I do each step so that you can go away, practice and perfect YOUR 5 minute makeup
Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read today
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I hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year with plenty of partying! I know that I did How did your makeup go? Did you try out any new ideas? Have you worn a Smokey Eye to one of your parties? Did you experiment with any new colours? Let me know what you got up to!
If you’ve been keeping an eye on my Facebook or Twitter account over the last couple of weeks then you will see that I have shared plenty of Makeup and beauty ideas with you all… Have you tried any of them? One of my subscribers, Diane did a fabulous job in re-creating a set of Christmas nails! She used a nail art template and with a little patience, did a FABULOUS job!
On New Years Eve, you might have noticed that I put up a YouTube Video showing you all the 30 Second Smokey Eye… have you checked it out yet? If you haven’t then take a look! As this week draws to a close and you’re looking at getting back into work, then you might be running out of time and energy to glam yourself up before any last parties. DONT PANIC! Check out the video and you will be ready to hit the town with a glamorous evening Smokey Eye … in under 1 Minute! Practice makes perfect so GET PRACTICING!
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Welcome back to Part 5 – the FINAL Part! – to Make Up Like A Pro’s Week of colour
This week I have not only introduced colour to you from a makeup perspective but I have also told you the colours that you should be wearing to complement your eyes in the best possible way! Do you feel more confident with that knowledge?
I’ve explained the Colour Wheel and its role in Colour Theory. I’ve explained colour terminology to you so that you are better equipped to explain to other people what you might want and you should be able to make recommendations to your friends now when they ask your opinion or even ask your advice! Even better!
Yesterday I told you what colours you should be wearing to best show off your natural eye colour and today I said that I would make some product recommendations to you. And that’s exactly what I am going to do. I have tried and tested each of the products below so be assured that when I make my comments, they are based on experiences that I have had with each. This is by no means an exhaustive list of products, nor is it a review “across the board”. By that I mean that below is a list of products and brands that I personally use as part of my Makeup Kit. I have a huge variety of products and various brands and some are better than others (as you would expect) and I have creamed some off of the top layer of my collection that I am going to talk to you about. As my blog expands and grows and I carry out more product reviews, I will be doing more specific recommendations on new products. For Part 5 of my week of Colour, I want to talk to you about SOME of the makeup that I like to use
Today will give you an idea as to some of the better colours that are out there and available to you
When I review an eye shadow / eyeliner/ pigment I am basing the strength of my recommendation on its pigment strength (how vibrant the colour is) and how easy it is to apply. The idea of Part 5 is not for me to be giving you a lesson on how to apply your eye makeup, but it is for me to give you an idea on some of the good eye makeup products out there that will give you the strong coverage that you deserve! There are a lot out there that look great in the pallet but fade away to nothing… and that’s no good for anyone! I will be writing articles on makeup application techniques so make sure that you sign up so that you don’t miss out on any of these coming up!
If you want your eye shadow to remain vibrant and last the day, it’s vital that you apply a primer to your eyelid before you begin your makeup. They are so easy to get hold of and if you don’t want to shop around in-store trying to find one, then have a look online. Just a few brands that do them … Benefit Lemon-Aid, Urban Decay Primer Potion, MAC Cream-colour base, Lancome Aquatique Waterproof base, Clinique Touch Base, Mary Kay Eye Primer… and the list goes on!
So let’s get to the nitty gritty … Eye Shadows and Eye Makeup that are worth the money and the effort! MAC offers a fantastic variety of eye shadows, each with guaranteed strong pigmentation. I use a lot of MAC eye shadows in my Kit because of their pigment strength and because they come in a fabulous pallet meaning I can have 15 colours easily laid out in front of me!
For powder finish eye shadows, Honesty is a pewtered bronze, Embark is an intense reddish-brown and Folie is a reddish-plum brown and they are all fantastic if you are after a dense woody tone. They are all Browns that work very well when teemed with other complementary shades. They are very versatile colours great for an earthy finish
One of my favourite combinations is to use Teddy eye Kohl with any of the above colours, which is especially beautiful on a light blue eye! It makes the blue really stand out… think back to the colour wheel and yesterday’s Part 4 on colours for blue eyes
Orb is a soft peachy-beige with a satin finish. It’s a versatile natural colour and is used well to cover an entire lid. When it’s combined with some darker socket line shading for a bit of definition, Orb will complement most other eye colours – it’s a great generic kit essential
Scene, which is a muted blue-grey, works very well with Nehru (muted bluish-black) or Carbon (intense black) to add intensity and depth to a smoky eye
MAC Paint Pots are a highly pigmented eye colour that go on creamy but dry to an intense vibrant finish. This advertises itself to enable you to create seamless coverage without weight or caking… and they do just that!
MAC pigments are a highly concentrated loose colour powder containing ingredients that help it adhere to the skin. The great thing about these is that they can be used to give a subtle wash of colour or an intense effect. They can be applied dry for the subtle effect or wet for an intense effect. If you’re looking for a pink with a punch, then try Fuscia… you won’t be disappointed!
For colour intensity too, you can’t go wrong with Illamasqua’s powder shadows. They come in a wide range of shades so you will be sure to find one that you like! For a water-resistant, highly pigmented finish, try their cream pigments. They blend on beautifully and are very crease resistant! If you’re looking for a Blue with a kick, try their Pigment in Alluvium …it’s a hot metallic, high shine pigment that can be used on its own or with an eye shadow. Or go all out and try their liquid metal… it’s STUNNING. It comes in a small pot and is such a rich and highly pigmented metallic cream. Fantastic on eye lids that you want to stand out more than the average eye shadow
Bobbi Brown is up there in the top league when it comes to eye shadows too. They’re available in a wide range of colours which are easily applied and blended. Because they are so easily blended together, using a three colour combination works incredibly well. Pick a neutral shade for your entire lid, such as Ivory, with a Taupe in the socket line and punch something like a Rich Brown into your lash line for definition. Voila! Guaranteed hotness J
I can’t complete Part 5 without mentioning Nars or Shu Uemura either. Nars Duo Eye shadows are fantastic in so many ways – firstly you get 2 shadows so your creative licence instantly shoots up compared to if you were working with a single colour! Secondly the pigments are enough to create depth and are easily blended so working the two colours together is no chore at all. With over 50 Duo colour combinations at your ready, your only job is to decide which one(s) to go for!
Shu Uemura’s pressed eye shadows are another favourite. They truly do blend effortlessly for ideal coverage and control. If you’re looking for a green, Medium Olive is stunning. Team it with their Drawing Pencils and try Khaki… they are waterproof so they don’t run away half way through the day, but they can be blended soon after they are applied. A trick that I like to use, is to take an eyeliner and treat is as a primer so effectively you are creating a colour base with your liner. When you layer up your eye shadow colour over the top, any shadow / pigment etc. that is applied will not only stick to the pencil, which means that the colour will last, but the additional pigment really creates more colour depth. A favourite day time effect of mine is to use MAC’s eye Kohl in Teddy over my entire lid, a bronze eye shadow over the top on the inside corner of my eye and then a darker shadow, such as Embark in the socket line. This colour blending is limitless so when you start getting to grips with some of the colours that are available out there for you to buy you will find that only your imagination is your limit
One of the things that really allows me to do my job well is knowing my own kit so I can push the boundaries and possibilities with all of the products that I use. I am a huge believer in you all using the same principle with your own personal makeup bags. I also use “cross-branding” too … and by that I mean I might mix a MAC eye shadow with a Nars eye shadow … there’s no harm in doing that. The same principle applies too for foundations. You are well within your “right” to mix away (as long as they have the same base, for instance, that they are both water based foundations). Just as I would mix bases to match to my clients skin tone, I do the same with eye colour. If your end result is to have a strong colour on your eye then the more that you layer up your colour, the more punch your colour will have on your eye! Does that make sense? I hope so!
With that sentiment, I am going to draw my Week on Colour to a close. I really hope that you have enjoyed reading this as much as I have loved writing every word down. I hope that you now understand how useful colour can be in allowing you to create whatever look you desire! The only limitations to Makeup are either lack of imagination or lack of knowledge of some basic principles, such as The Colour Theory. I’m not saying that you need to learn every single word that I have told you, but you should have an idea about the wide range of endless possibilities that colour has and the ways that can impact how you create your own make-up designs
Never stop experimenting and you will never stop creating
Thank you for reading and I look forward to doing it all again, very soon J
Welcome to Part 4 of Make Up Like A Pro’s week on colour!
By now you should be quite comfortable with the various terminology that is used to describe colour and the impact that colour has on every aspect of makeup, from a basic “beauty” makeup, to a casualty makeup
Knowing how colour works to turn on certain sensors in a person’s mind as well as knowing how it works on the face and body is a key part in understanding makeup in its entirety. By learning the various aspects of colour theory you will uncover just how powerful colour is and this knowledge will assist you in getting the best possible results out of your makeup
I explained the reflectiveness of colour yesterday and the direct effect that it has on products such as eye shadows, blushers etc. They each come in a “colour wheel” of colours that can be, amongst other things, metallic, shimmery, matte, shiny, sheer, and glossy
Makeup colour is often correlated to the colour of clothing that you choose – you only need to have a look at the front covers of Vogue and Cosmopolitan to see examples of this! Depending on the style of the shoot, the models always look their absolute best – polished and preened – and the makeup is always perfect. The colour tones will complement each other, the reflectiveness will suit their skin tone and the “whole package” will be incredibly pleasing to the eye
Would you like to be able to re-create your own front cover magazine image on yourself? I will impart some very useful pieces of information that will allow you to accomplish just that. Stay tuned and read on!
It’s vital to consider your eye colour when deciding on what shade of eye makeup to go for. Do you remember Tuesdays post when I talked about complementary colours and the effect that they have on each other? Matching your eye shadow to your eye colour often gives a very monochromatic look which is why complementary colouring is so popular. The most common aim when selecting any eye shadow colour is to enhance your natural eye colour
Read on as I unveil the best colours for you! You will find product recommendations tomorrow, but today I will be talking specifically about makeup colours and eye colours. Before you read on, cast your mind back to the colour wheel and see where your eye colour sits amongst the other colours …
Blue is a primary colour and sits next to green and purple on the colour wheel. Orange is directly opposite it and is therefore its complimentary colour. Cast your mind back again to yesterday’s post and the relationship that colours have with each other. Blue and green and blue and purple are harmonising colours – they share a pigment and blend easily into each other. If you opt for a purple or green eye shadow and have blue eyes, the result will be soft. Blues can help blue eyes pop out if it’s the darker blue and used in moderation. Opting for a dark blue tone helps to bring out the natural blue tones in your eyes
If you are looking to enhance the blue of your eyes, they you need to pick a colour on the opposite side of the colour wheel … like gold’s, oranges, coppers and browns. To make them really stand out, go for darker shades of brown, blacks and charcoal. If you choose a dark brown with a copper tone, you will find that your blue becomes much more prominent
For a fun twist, wear a fuscia or orange on the lid with a touch of brown in the socket line. This keeps your makeup “wearable” but it livens it up a little J If you are keen on using blue and want to enhance the blue without being too overdone, then why not try a blue eyeliner in your waterline
Brown, camel, taupe, light purple, lavender, silver and grey are all great colours for eye liners and will really complement your true colour. Grey, silver, violet or lavender are all good tones too!
If you are picking up the pace in your eyes with the colours that you choose, make sure you tone down your lips. Try out a peachy brown or a pinky brown colour (it depends on your skin tone) and try something matte. Keep your cheeks natural too
Brown is a tertiary colour and is created by mixing other colours together. Makeup that would work best for brown eyes will therefore depend on whether the brown is more of a reddish-brown or more of a greenish-brown (if you create brown by mixing red and green together that is). Traditionally the colour wheel is set up so that the colours along the outside become more neutral as you move towards the centre, so essentially more brownish. As I mentioned above, there isn’t a pure brown, as it is a combination of colours. So every brown would have a place somewhere in the interior circles of the colour wheel. To find its compliment you simply go to the brown that is across from it on the colour wheel. So a reddish-brown is the compliment of a greenish brown. Another way to think of brown is it having a split compliment, for example it always has two opposites which are made up of the two colours that were mixed together to make it! So, if you mix yellow and purple together to make the brown, then yellow and purple would BOTH be its “opposites”
A greenish-brown on the colour wheel is opposite to a reddish-brown therefore opting for reddish / coppery toned brown will make your green eyes jump out! If you have reddish-brown eyes on the other hand, then a green or blue-green tone will make your eyes stand out the most. If you have a lot of yellow in your eyes which is common with brown-eyed beauties, then a purple toned eye shadow will work wonders at bringing out your natural eye colour!
It is valuable information in being able to discern what kind of brown your eyes are as it will allow you to pair it with appropriate colours!
Although green is often associated with envy, there’s no reason that it should get a bad rep! Green eyes are uniquely beautiful and fun to make up since different eye shadow colours can appear to alter their intensity. Red and red-violet are opposite green on the colour wheel so opting for a plum or a lilac eye shadow will make your eyes really pop. Silver, blue or green could be too harsh for a green eye, unless you are opting to make a real colour statement! Neutral tones, deep browns and gold or copper shades will also look stunning on you
As I’ve mentioned above, opposites attract when it comes to the colour wheel. Bring out green eyes with makeup that is red-based so opt for raisin-coloured eyeliner and a plum eye shadow. If your green eyes are close-set, separate them by using a lighter pencil, try mauve, from the inner corner to the middle of your eye. The darker plum tones should be used at the outer edges of the eye. If your green eyes are droopy, apply the darker purple at the inner eye and use lighter colours toward the outer edges. And why not try a plum coloured mascara to really kick out the green?!
Phew! Are you saturated with colour information overload!? I hope not. I hope that you now know what colours you should be wearing to best compliment your natural eye colour. There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to makeup application but there are rules that affect how makeup can be perceived when it is on the skin and “sitting” next to other colours. The effect that colours have on each other is quite spectacular and I hope that by the end of this Part 4, you will have built up your own catalogue of colour knowledge so that you are more equipped to make well-educated makeup colour choices
So what can I possibly talk about tomorrow? What is there left to discuss to do with colour? Don’t fear… tomorrow I will be talking about specific makeup brands and I will be recommending some fantastic makeup that you can try at home
Thank you so much for reading my post today and I welcome you back, in advance, tomorrow
I’m taking a slight step away from the format that I would normally take for my posts and daily topics due mainly to the unforeseen circumstance that I found myself in on Friday… My A&E outing… ! I’m staying instead, with my earlier theme of “not always keeping on top of your beauty regime” and I’m going to chat to you about some common Beauty Blunders!
A recent survey was undertaken and published in Hello Magazine online which detailed the top beauty blunders that we have all, I’m sure, been guilty of … in the past …!?!
Looking at old photos, there are plenty of those “back in the day” moments when we were welcoming makeup into our lives for the first time and might have been a little heavy handed and careless when attempting to beautify ourselves! I am sure that if we are all honest, then we can think of at least one occasion when we didn’t quite cut the mustard with our look J
Thanks to the survey though, it can be revealed what the most offensive makeup mistakes to make actually are! Can you guess what the first one might be?
Eyebrow overboard! Yes, you might have guessed that going overboard with your eyebrow pencil is a massive NO NO! Those heavily stencilled in brows made popular by certain WAGS topped the charts of makeup faux pas. According to the study, it topped over-plucking and monobrows!
A close second in the makeup mishaps was foundation “tide” marks around your chin. We all know what it’s like to do our makeup in a rush in the morning and the dim light in your bathroom might not provide a true reflection of what you are doing. But you can guarantee that if you missed your blending opportunity and didn’t notice in the comfort of your own home that you’d failed to blend your foundation down your neck, then you can be assured that in the natural light of day, your quick efforts and their effects, won’t be concealed!
Others mishaps included too much makeup, clumpy mascara, lipstick on your teeth, too much blusher and bad roots! Goodness me, when our potential “failings” are laid out in black and white like that, it might send panic waves out there to you all!
DON’T PANIC! To avoid all these Make Up Mishaps why not get into the habit of performing a quick final check list of all the potential “problem areas” before you leave your house so that you will never again be faced with the shame of becoming a makeup statistic!?
Starting at the top of your face move down each of your features and perform Make Up Like A Pro’s recommended personal check list:
(This is not an exhaustive list, but it should help you to get you into your own routine and start getting used to what areas you need to be aware of)
check your foundation is blended in your hair line (if you’ve taken it that far)
check your brows are even and compliment the rest of your makeup
see whether your mascara needs a gentle de-clump
check whether you have smudged your mascara before it got a chance to dry
check that your blusher compliments the rest of your makeup
check your teeth are free from lippie
check that your foundation blends evenly down your chin line
At the end of the day though ladies, Makeup is such a personal choice and whether you favour thick or thin brows, dark or light blusher, dark or pale lips, roots or freshly coloured hair, that is your choice. This article is intended purely to highlight areas that you might not have perhaps considered before!