Special Occasion Makeup

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This Saturday marked my 3 year anniversary with my boyfriend which firstly is a pretty big achievement and secondly was the perfect excuse for me to get dressed up and dip into that huge makeup collection of mine. The party season is upon us and this look would be perfect whether your going for a meal with friends or getting glammed up for your christmas party!

I started off with my usual base of Smashbox Photofinish Light which is an absolute must for oily girls and then applied MAC Studio Fix Fluid in the shade NC37 with my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. Studio Fix is long wearing and photographs brilliantly meaning it is my go to foundation for a night out.

For my under eye area I used Bobbi Browns Porcelain Peach Corrector with Rimmel Wake Me up concealer in Soft Beige to highlight my cheek bones.  I then started on my eyes using MAC Satin Taupe  eye shadow all over the lid,blending up to the crease and slighltly winging out. Using the same shadow I then dragged the colour onto my lower lash line to create a smoky effect,I have mentioned before my love of a good smokey eye and as saturday was a special occasion I added a pop of blue to mine using Maxfactors Saphire Rage shadow onto the lower lashline over the Satin Taupe.

For lashes I kept it natural, I have really gone off strip lashes recently and am embracing my natural lashes. I used my lash curler from MAC and then applied N07 Extreme Length Extend Mascara. This mascara added length but didn’t add much volume so I added some Model Co lash fibres to add some additional thickness.

Now that my eyes were complete I moved on to contouring using MAC’s scuplting powder in the shade dark,  this is one of MAC’s newest products which I have mixed reviews about- I will post a full review for you soon! I blended my contour with Mac Mineralise Skin Finish in Medium and on my cheek applied Benefits Coralista Blush topped off with MAC Global Glow highlighter on the cheek bones.

As I was going for a meal I kept my lips natural using MAC Myth lipstick and Lipglass in Prrr.This look would work equally as well with a brighter shade, my choice would be Sleek lipstick in Mystic or MAC Girl About Town.

 

 

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The finished look

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Everyday Essentials

I don’t know about you but I am massively struggling to get up in the mornings at the moment due to the fact that it’s so dark it still feels like the middle of the night. My alarm gets snoozed a minimum of 3 times which means I am left with very little time to get ready for work! It’s a well known fact that I love makeup however on days like this I reach for my daily essentials that I know will see me through my working day.

Quick every day makeup…What you will need!

 

  1. Long wearing foundation

Every girl should own a long wearing foundation! Being oily skinned means that a long wearing matte foundation will always be my first choice when it comes to a long day in the office. For a quick application and flawless finish I use my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush.

Best High End: Estee Lauder Double Wear

Best Budget- Revlon Colour Stay for oily skin

 

  1. Matte Bronzer

Contouring doesn’t have to be technical or take hours; I use a matte bronzer to define my cheek bones and lightly dust over my forehead to give a bronzed finish.

Best High End: MAC Give Me Sun Mineralise Skin Finish

Best Budget: W7 Honolulu Bronzer

 

  1. A Shimmer Blush

A shimmer blush will brighten up any look especially when you’re keeping your makeup simple, a natural peachy tone would be my go to for every day makeup which will compliment your contour perfectly.

Best High End: MAC Style Sheer tone Blush

Best Budget: Sleek Rose Gold Blush

 

  1. Mascara

I like to keep my eyes natural for work meaning no eye shadow just a quick curl of my lashes and a good few layers of mascara.

Best High End: Lancôme Hypnose Drama

Best Budget: Maybelline The Falsies

 

  1. Lipstick

A berry coloured shade is my first choice for everyday, just enough colour to accentuate my natural lip colour.

Best High End-MAC Lovelorn

Maybelline-Moisture Renew in Vintage Pink

 

  1. Setting powder

To finish off the look I use a powder, my first choice is MAC Studio Fix Powder which is actually a powder foundation but I find this suits my oily skin perfectly. I haven’t yet found a worthy budget alternative so any suggestions are welcome!

 

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bareMinerals READY Foundation Review

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Another day means another foundation review! Apologies for the lack of posts in recent weeks I’ve been super busy and it seems by blog has been neglected in the process.

I’ll be honest I’ve never really been interested in powder foundation before but heard such good things about Bare Minerals I thought its only fair I give it a go. I’ve never really understood the concept of powder foundation or believed it could provide the coverage of a liquid foundation. This however has potentially changed my mind!

I’ve been wanting to review this for a while but unfortunately I needed a week in the sun before I could even contemplate wearing the shade I had been matched up to. Either Boots had really bad lighting or the assistant mistook me for an oompa loompa! That said the shade R350 is the perfect shade for when I’m on holiday which you can see from my picture is more like the colour of bronzer.

Bare Minerals have a brush specially designed to use with this foundation however it’s pretty pricey and as long as you have a flat topped brush it will do the trick. I like to use either a Real Techniques Buffing Brush or Real Techniques Kabuki Brush to buff into my skin and build coverage.

The coverage can be anything from natural to full coverage and you can build up gradually, in fact I was surprised how full coverage this could be. I personally really like this foundation for holidays what I love is that it’s like your skin but with a smoother more even finish. Like your skin but better!

Now for cons! If you have blemishes or spot prone skin this foundation isn’t going to look as great or provide the same finish as liquid foundation. I love this foundation for good skin days but it’s just not in the same category as a liquid foundation for covering blemishes and it can get a little cakey if you keep trying to cover them.

As for staying power this holds up pretty well when teamed with primer. A few blots are needed throughout the day but what oily girl doesn’t! After a busy day in the office I still look presentable so this passes the test.

So my final thoughts on Bare Minerals Ready Foundation…If you have relatively good skin this is a really nice foundation that will provide a flawless finish, buildable coverage and its quick and easy to apply. If your super oily and spot prone I would stick to liquid foundation I really like this foundation but I’m not a powder foundation convert by any means!

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Studio Sculpt Foundation Review

I promised in my last post that I would review Mac’s Studio Sculpt foundation so here I am!

I have used Sculpt in the past and not had the best experience but after seeing so many makeup artists working with this and getting such beautiful results I had to try it again.

I’ll start by saying if your an oily girl like me this is not a breeze to work with! Its not to say however that this can’t be a gorgeous foundation if your prepared to put a bit if effort in and work with it!

Sculpt is a gel based foundation so its not as runny as your average liquid foundation. For any of you that have used the Clinique Stay Matte its a similar texture to that but much fuller coverage.You only need a pea size amount to cover the whole face in fact I always forget and squeeze out too much and have to dispose of the excess.

I like to apply Sculpt with a regular flat foundation brush either a Mac 190 or Real Techniques foundation brush. It took me a while to figure out  the best way to apply this foundation; My first choice would usually be the  Beauty Blender  but in this case I found it made the foundation look much to heavy. My second choice would usually be the Real Techniques Buffing Brush but I felt this moved the foundation around my face too much and wouldn’t set.

I wear Sculpt in the shade NW35  and as previously mentioned  in summer I tend to switch from usual NC to NW to compliment my tan. I would definitely say that the shades in Sculpt are not as exaggerated as the Studio Fix the undertones are not as strong which suits me just fine as I do think the SFF can be overly yellow or orange.

I apply a thin layer of Sculpt with my foundation brush in small strokes and gradually build up until I’m happy with the coverage which can be anything from sheer to full. The finish is demi matte and oily girls will definitely need to prime and powder if you want to use this. I apply Studio Fix Powder Plus over this in the shade NC45 which compliments the foundation perfectly. For reference I always use Smashbox Photofinish Light Primer which is a must for my oily skin.

I love how this foundation looks when its applied-slightly glowy but with enough coverage. Oily girls will most definitely need to blot throughout the day and you will find that this doesn’t last as long as a true matte finish foundation but that said it is a really gorgeous foundation and a great alternative to the Studio Fix Fluid. After all you are meant to glow in the summer!

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Kim Kardashian Inspired Makeup

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Whether you love or loathe Kim Kardashian there is no denying her makeup is always flawless and on point. Kim has made it very public that her favourite foundation is Makeup Forevers HD foundation which I have also used to create this look.

To give you a little more info on the HD Foundation;Makeup Forever is an American brand and its not readily available to purchase in the UK. There is only one place that I know of where you can get your hands on this which is The Guru Makeup Emporium. (I will post the link below) This also means you have to match yourself up as best as you can which I did by using Findation.com. I wear the shade N155 which I would say is close to Mac Nw30 or Double Wears Ivory Beige.

One thing to note about this foundation is that is has quite a runny wet consistency so I find the best way to apply is with a Buffing Brush so you can really work it into your skin. This is a lovely foundation and has a gorgeous finish but being an oily girl it wouldn’t be my first choice for every day but works really well for nights out and its something I’ll be using on holiday when I want a more glowy finish.

After applying my foundation and primer I used Macs Mineralise Concealer under the eyes and down the centre of the nose in the shade Nw20. This is a really creamy hydrating concealer so it gives a lovely dewy finish.Kim always wears a strong brow so I filled mine in with Mac Spike pencil and a good coat of Mac Brow Gel in Show off to really set them into place.

For eyes it had to be a smokey eye but as it was daytime I have opted for a more natural smokey eye using Sleeks Au Naturel & Storm Palettes along with Rimmels brown kohl liner in the waterline. I curled my lashes with Mac’s eyelash curler  and applied lashings of Chanels Le Volume mascara.

This look is all about a heavy contour so using Macs Give Me Sun Bronzer and an angled brush I sucked in my cheeks to create a solid line as well as applying  bronzer on my forehead close to the hairline. I blended this in with Mac Studio Fix Powder in the shade NC42. To warm up the cheeks I used Mac Blush in peaches which works really well with a tan it gives a lovely terracotta glow.To finish I used Mac Soft & Gentle Highlighter on the tops of the cheeks, down the nose and the cupids bow.

Kim usually wears a pinky nude lip and I happen to know that some of her favourites are Mac’s Angel Lipstick and Nars Turkish Delight Gloss. I have opted for Loreal’s Colour Riche Lipstick in Doutzens nude to complete this look.

For those of you that are a fan of Kim’s look this is really easy to do even if you are new to the whole highlighting/contouring technique. If your wanting to purchase the HD Foundation here is the link as promised:

http://www.gurumakeupemporium.com/buy-Make-Up-For-Ever

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My Favourite Makeup Brushes

As requested by one of my Facebook friends here are my current favourite makeup brushes.

There are so many different brushes out there it can be difficult to know what to use! My collection consists of a mixture of high end brands and also some more affordable brands.

Foundation

The Beauty Blender

Beauty Blender

For those of you that still use a traditional foundation brush put it aside and give the beauty blender a go! This is my go to for applying foundation it really does give the best finish and trumps any brush I have ever used.

To apply you run the beauty blender under cold water until it expands then squeeze out the excess water so that it is still damp. I then apply a small amount of foundation on to the back of my hand and gently tap the foundation  in a bouncing motion on to my face. This gives flawless buildable coverage for any foundation cream or liquid. I find it works particularly well with foundations that dry quickly such as the Estee Lauder Double Wear and it gives you a little more time to play with. You can buy cheaper versions of the Beauty Blender but having tried dupes and I would most definitely say that original is best!

Mac 187 Duo Fibre   (Stipple Brush) £33.50

Mac 187

So this brush is a bit of a splurge and there are some great alternatives out there however it does provide a flawless airbrushed application for liquid foundation.  I use the brush to dot the foundation all over my face and then gently swirl to blend it without moving the black hairs of the brush too much. This gives a light airbrushed application providing that the brush is clean. If you’re going to use this daily I would recommend cleaning this at least once a week otherwise it can get quite clogged with product. If you can’t bear to part with £33.50 then Crown Brush do a great dupe.

Real Techniques Buffing Brush (Part of Core Collection set £21.99)

Buffing brush

I love Real Techniques they do a great range of brushes and are really good value. I have a lot of Real Techniques brushes but my favourite one is the buffing brush which is part of the Core Collection Set. This set includes the buffing brush, Contour Brush,  a small foundation brush & a detailer brush which I use for my lips. I like to use the buffing brush for BB Cream or Cream foundation it really allows you to work the product into the skin and get a smooth flawless finish

Real Techniques Foundation Brush £9.99

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If you’re not ready to part with your traditional flat foundation brush then Real Techniques do a great one which is slightly angled and lets you get right into any hard to reach areas. If you’re going to use a flat foundation brush I would recommend washing once a week otherwise they tend to get a bit stiff.

Concealer

There are a few different ways I like to apply my concealer depending on what type of concealer I am using. If i’m using a liquid such as the Mac Pro-long wear which is a current favourite, I like to use my ring finger to tap under the eye area and use the pointed end of my beauty blender to blend.

Mac 188 Mini Duo Fibre brush£27.00

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This is a mini version of the stippling brush I mentioned above. I like to use this to apply cream concealer such as the Bobbi Brown Corrector. Because the hairs are so soft it allows you to build the concealer without it becoming cakey. I also like to use this brush to blend in any areas I have highlighted either with my Mac Prep + Prime pen or Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer.

Mac 190 Foundation Brush £27.00

Mac 190

Whilst I don’t like using this for foundation anymore I do think this brush is really good for all types of concealer whether you are concealing the under eye area or blemishes. The long handle and shape of this brush allows you to get to any hard to reach areas.

Blusher/Contouring

Crown Brush BK04 £5.79

Crown brush

This angled brush is perfect for contouring; it allows you to sculpt and shape the cheekbones. I love the texture of this brush its quite firm which allows you to create a strong contour yet the hairs are still really soft.

Mac 168 Angled Brush £27.00

Mac 168

This is my favourite brush to apply blush,I have always preferred to use a smaller brush when applying blush I find that it gives more definition. This one is the perfect shape and size its fits nice and snug on the cheekbones.

Mac 129 Blush Brush £27.00

Mac 129

This brush is slightly bigger and I like to use this if I’m applying blush to the apples of my cheeks for a more rosy look, it’s also really good for blending blush if you have applied too much as its really soft and fluffy. If you prefer a more sculpted look I would go for the 168 mentioned above.

Powder/Multiuse

Bobbi Brown Blush Brush £35.00

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This is meant to be a blusher brush but I find this way too big for blush, It is however ideal for applying powder and bronzer. I use this every day and is definitely worth the money.

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Contouring and highlighting for beginners

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Highlighting & Contouring is hugely popular at the moment thanks to Kim Kardashian who is a pro at this technique. I would just like to say that I am not a Makeup Artist but I do have a few hints and tips along with some of my favourite products  which I use for creating the highlighted/contoured look.

I’ll start with contouring, for those of you that don’t know contouring in simple terms is basically creating a shadow,for example creating the illusion of higher cheekbones or slimming down the nose. As I have quite a round face I personally like to use contouring to sculpt my cheekbones and slim down the face.

Contour Kit

There are lots of products on the market for contouring but I find the best are matte bronzers-No sparkle allowed! My favourites would have to be Diego Dalla Palma Tanning Cake or Benefit Hoola Bronzer. My skin ranges from NC20-NC41 depending on the time of year and I find that these products are the perfect shade to create a shadow without being too dark or looking mucky. I also have the Chanel Soleil Tan cream bronzer which is also lovely and would work well with someone with a lighter skin tone.

I apply my bronzer after my foundation and before my powder I like to use and angled brush either the BK04 by Crown Brush or a Mac 168. If I’m using a cream bronzer such as the Chanel I would use the Real Techniques Contour Brush. To create a contoured look I suck in my cheeks so that I can see the hollow of my cheeks and gently build up a shadow pushing the product back into my hairline so that there is a visible line.

I then take my Bobbi Brown blush brush and gently blend away the line and also apply bronzer to any other areas that the sun may naturally hit such as the top of the forehead. I then apply my powder to set my foundation and also blend away any harsh lines.

Some people like to contour their nose to give the illusion of a slimmer nose, if you’re wanting to do this I would recommend taking a fluffy blending brush such as the MAC 217 and gently running the bronzer either side of the bridge of your nose.

Contour using Diego Dalla Palma Bronzer

Contour using Diego Dalla Palma Bronzer

Highlighting

Highlighting is used to lift and brighten the face, there are various different products you can use to highlight and my favourites consist of using concealer,a highlighting pen and also a powder highlighter. Kimmy K has this one nailed and looks absolutely flawless however her technique is quite time consuming and involves a lot of blending which I certainly don’t have time for in the mornings.

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Kimmy K- Queen of contouring

My Highlighting Routine

To highlight I first of all like to apply concealer on my under eye area I do this using either my ring finger and gently tap to blend or using a Mac 188 brush. My favourite products for my under eye area are Bobbi Brown Corrector in Porcelain Peach, Mac Pro-longwear Concealer (NC20) & Mac Mineralise Concealer (NW30) to name a few. I will do a post on my favourite concealers later this week. I then apply a highlighter on the cheek bones, down the bridge of the nose,cupids bow and on the forehead fanned out as shown in my picture below. I like to use a highlighting pen such as Mac Prep +Prime Light Boost, Touche Éclat, Rimmel Wake Me Up (Soft Beige) or the Mac Lustre Drops which is a liquid highlighter and perfect for nights out. I blend all of this in with a real techniques buffing brush.

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To finish off I apply blusher to the apples of the cheeks and Mac Soft & Gentle Mineralise Skin Finish on the top of the cheekbones and down the centre of the nose.

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I know I don’t look quite as good as Kimmy K but this is simple way to create the highlighted/contoured look perfect for beginners who are wanting to have a go at contouring.

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