I have had a few emails about how to use Club eyeshadow. It is a duo-chrome shadow which catches the light giving off several colors, making it a little confusing for some - here's a look I did using this unique shade...
When contouring your cheekbones with a powder, use a slightly pointed brush or a dense brush like the MAC 109 and start from next to the ear going down the cheekbone. Go in small circular motions, avoiding a straight line down your face. The circular motions, will blend the contour powder in to look like an actual shadow and give you definition rather than just a stripe!
Also, less is more, start with a little product and gradually add more if needed. Always better than using too much and then struggling to blend it out...
I absolutely LOVE to contour and feel it truely lifts and accentuates the shape of your face. So, I am always on the lookout for contour powders. Drugstores still need to catch on with the matte contour powder/bronzer concept as apart from Sleek Face Contour Kit all seem to have shimmer in them!
Shimmer does not contour as the glitter in it does anything but create a shadow. Marks & Spencer have a bronzer which is matte in their Limited Collection which I snapped up to try.
We all have that foundation or two that are lurking in our makeup collection which we love the formula of but the colour is too dark and not flattering at all. I have tried many over time and have quite a few which were a waste of money as I couldnt wear them without looking orange like an Oompa Loompa!
So, I decided to invest in the Illamasqua Skin Base in the lightest White shade, 01 and all my problems were solved! :)
Here is a tutorial using the Photorealism Quad by MAC. Its a great way to add some colour without being too full on. This quad was limited edition with green shades and one shadow which was a dupe for MAC Blue Green pigment...See how to do this look...
We all have those days where we have somewhere to go during the evening/night and being busy at work all day means we don't have much time to do our makeup as nice as we would like for our special event..boohoo!
So, here's is a tutorial for a simple brown smokey eyes and changes made to the same look with glitter added to glam it up for that night out! :)
A pink and purple eye for the daring ones out there ;)
I used a Sleek Makeup Purple eyeshadow which was IMPOSSIBLE to blend *soo not happy** so plz excuse the imperfect blending at the inner corner of eye. Still decided to post it though since I spent time doing it, lol....
Overlook the blending and enjoy the look - it was the eyeshadow's fault, honest ;)
A dark-light-dark blue glittery eye inspired by Nic Chapman and Cheryl Cole at the Royal Variety performance where she had these lovely sparking eyes. The camera din't seem to pick up the glitter 100% accurately, it was sparkly!
This is my first step-by-step tutorial. If you prefer this format best, then please do comment and let me know :)
The Marks & Spencers Limited Collection is really popular just now and buzzed about on beauty forums and blogs because of the ever famous Pixiwoo talking highly of it.
So I went along to my local M&S and picked up items from the collection. I am happy with everything I bought They have great eyeshadows, lipsticks, lip glosses and bronzer. However, for me anyway this collections biggest downfall is their powder blush.
This is the look I was wearing today. It is a simple look with a blend of peaches, browns and a burnt orange. Accentuates the eyes nicely for during the day Hope you like it. Been really busy at work but will be doing some requests on Wednesday :)
I have had these for a few months now and tested throughly. These are the very much sought after Maybelline Color Tattoo 24hr Eyeshadows. These are very popular and sold out a lot in stores regularly. Main reason for this being how they are compared to MAC Paint Pots and they actually live up to this claim!
I have three of the colors: Permanent Taupe, On and On Bronze and Turquoise Forever.
I love Sleek's powder blushes. They are of amazing quality and applauded by many top makeup artists for their formula, color selection, smooth application and longevity. Easily the best blush formula available in high street makeup brands.
In order to mark the 2012 Olympic Games Sleek has just released a brand new collection consisting of an eyeshadow pallette, a pout polish and this blush - Honour.
This is a similar look to my very first eyeshadow post. However, I was requested this by a subscriber - a golden bronzey eye with 3 tones merging and blended together. So here goes... Plz excuse the lashes, the glue was still wet and I was on a mission to take good pics before sunset, lol...
mac nude lipstick swatches
We all love nude lippies and they can be so confusing, all looking the same half the time when out there to shop for one.
I have taken a selection of my favorite beige/pink nude lippies and swatched them along with a few comments to help your hunt for that perfect nude lip!
I have swatched each lipstick on my bare lips, with no lip liner or anything else, so you can see the true colour of the lipstick.
L-R: MAC Can't Enough, MAC Yash, MAC Kinda Sexy, MAC Blankety, MAC Bare Again, MAC Modesty, MAC Faux
I love my highlighters - being somebody who likes to shape and contour my face for extra definition a lovely glowing highlighter is vital. Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks are probably the most well known item from this cosmetic brand. They have a division of opinion, with some loving them and others finding them waaayy too metallic looking. Personally I love them! I have 8 in total and would definitely buy more to come in the future...
Here I will swatch three I have from the permanent line and review them just for you :)
beauty tips blog brushes
Instead of spending money on specified eyeliner brushes, buy a fine/precision brush from your local Art shop instead. They are a 10th of the price and do the job in exactly the same way and made from real hairs/synthetic also, depending on your preference.
I have MAC, Sigma, Coastal Scents and Benefit eyeliner brushes yet I always reach for one of my fine art brushes as I love how thin they are! They are literally the same brushes but labeling one for the use of make-up means we are charged a fortune for them. My eyeliner brush from MAC cost £16 and my brush from the art store was under £2.50!!
mac blue smokey eye blog
Another eye look for today using a gorjus vibrant blue blended with warm browns. This is a great look for those with brown and green eyes but anybody can wear because makeup has no rules... right? ;)
beauty tips blog blusher
Do not smile when applying blush to find the "apple" of your cheeks. After smiling once face is back to normal, the positioning of your blush will change once your face is not smiling.
gold eye makeup mac smokey blog
Sorry for the not so great pics and the singular eyeball, lol! I'm still trying to figure out my camera settings and the other eye was watering like crazy due to hay fever ! Also, day light disappeared on me by the I finished the look - will defo be HD pics tomorrow :P
beauty tips blog highlight highlighter
Do not apply shimmery highlighter to the inner cheeks of your face. They normally have larger pores and these will be emphasised even more with the highlighter. This is because the light will hit on them making pores appear larger and more apparent.