So I’ve been AWOL on my blog of recent and all I can do is apologise, I’m so sorry! I’ve had a mini crisis these last few weeks that I’m sure I’ll write about soon but in the mean time I thought I’d sit down with a brew and just WRITE because I miss it and by the sounds of it, you nerds miss me too.
I’ve been really over-complicating my blog in my mind recently, wondering about it’s potential or what I should be writing or whether you care or not about what I post but I’m just going to carry on writing what I’ve got going on inside my head and hope for the best, as there’s not much that’s sadder than coming on the blog to see no new content, whatever that. content may be.
I realised that I’ve not actually covered one of my favourite topics very much yet, that topic being makeup. I’ve had my hand dipped in a makeup bag in one way or another from the age of about 3. I remember I used to eat (EAT!!!) my mum’s lip balms because they were nice flavours and scrawl red lipstick doodles on to my cheeks and mouth, and if I’m honest, not a lot has changed since. Makeup was my first true passion; for a long time I considered becoming a makeup artist, however it was just at the time when it started becoming ‘trendy’ about 3-4 years ago and I watched in awe as so many girls came in and slayed the game, so I felt like the industry didn’t need to be saturated any further with little old me. Plus, the most pleasure I get is doing my own makeup and watching me transform magically from a generous 4 to a solid 8/10 on a good day, haha. I’m joking, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t genuinely look forward to applying the layers of potions and powders and glitter and sparkle before I leave the house.
So I recently came up with a makeup look inspired by this beautiful photo I found on Pinterest. The glitter liner on the crease of the eye looks so strikingly beautiful, but is actually a really easy technique which transforms everyday makeup into something really unique and creative. I got so many compliments on this look, so I thought I’d share it as my first make up post as it’s so easy to re-create yourselves.
First I moisturise my face with my The Ordinary Cold Pressed Rosehip Seed Oil (£9.00). If you have really oily skin I recommend using a water based moisturiser such as Talika Photo Hydra Day Moisturiser (£35.00), however the oil helps to create a luminous glow to the skin once foundation is added. After waiting around 5-10 minutes for my oil/moisturiser to absorb, I then apply The Ordinary High Adherence Silicone Primer (£3.90) all over my face with my fingertips, which leaves a light film across the skin. Again, I wait a couple of minutes for the product to settle before moving on to foundation.
For foundation I always have, and always will mix products. I love the process of mixing different colours, brands and formulas to create an entirely bespoke concoction which suits my skins needs perfectly. My number one secret to flawless foundation, with concentrated coverage and lasting power for me is LAYERS. I apply a few very thin layers of my favourite foundations to create an airbrushed, glowing base.
My favourite products right now are:
Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick in Sand (£42.00), Cover FX Custom Cover Drops in G50 (£36.00), The Ordinary Colours Coverage Foundation in 2.1P (£5.90) which I’ll do a review of soon! and NYX Pro Foundation Mixer in Olive (£8.00) which actually just darkens foundations without providing coverage. This is an excellent product to avoid having to buy numerous different shades of your favourite foundations if you use fake tan or sunbathe! I also use Nars Liquid Illuminator in Orgasm (£23.00).
First, I add a few stripes of the Hourglass Stick Foundation to my cheeks and one across my forehead. I then mix together one small pump of The Ordinary Colours Foundation with one pea sized amount of Nars Liquid Illuminator and one small dot of NYX Pro Foundation Mixer on the back of my hand. I tend to only use brushes by Zoeva as they’re affordable and fantastic quality; I have 3 different sets of brushes because I’m a bit obsessed but I highly recommend purchasing this Zoeva Luxe Complete Brush Set (£105.00). All the brushes I used for this look were from this set, however I’ll also provide links for each individual brush if you just need one or two.
I take my Zoeva 102 Silk Finish Foundation Brush (£13.00) and blend together the products with the Hourglass Stick Foundation on my skin, blending thoroughly into my hairline and jawline and buffing until my freckles re-appear. I then take any remaining product with my damp BeautyBlender Sponge (£16.00) and bounce the sponge in to areas that require more coverage. I then take 2 drops of my Cover FX Custom Cover Drops and bounce that across my cheeks, chin and forehead to add a further thin layer. This step really airbrushes the skin and creates a flawless, filtered looking complexion.
Then I apply Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard (£23.00) on my smile lines, down my nose, on the centre of my chin and under my eyes. I also add a dot of Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer in Light Sand (£21.00) under my eyes to really brighten the under eye area, as dark circles are a huge issue for me. I again use the tapered end of my BeautyBlender to do this.
The next step is to set your makeup. This is a step that many people neglect, however powdering the face is so important to achieve long lasting, airbrushed looking makeup. It’s the closest thing to a real life Instagram filter. I use Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Powder (£29.00) under my eyes and smile lines using my Zoeva 105 Luxe Highlighter Brush (£13.00). I then use shade ‘lucid’ (the centre yellow powder) in my Kat Von D Shade & Light Contour Palette (£37.00) to add a hint of colour to my under eyes and brighten the area. Having a yellow tinge to your powder is really flattering to the complexion as it cancels out any unnecessary redness in the skin that remains after foundation. I then set my chin, forehead and nose with NYX Powder Foundation in 03 Natural (£10.50) as an extra form of coverage. I don’t set my cheeks as I like to retain a somewhat dewy glow to that area.
I contour my face using shade ‘shadowplay’ (the centre warm contour powder) from my Kat Von D Shade & Light Contour Palette (£37.00) using my Zoeva 126 Luxe Cheek Finish Brush (£15.00). I contour along my temples and hairline, forehead, down the underside of my cheekbones and along the underside of my jaw. I try to be sparing with contour; remember, it’s meant to mimic shadow and depth, not add warmth or a ‘tan’. I then apply bronzer to my cheeks and forehead to add a warm glow that mimics a sun tan, introducing a healthy colour back to the skin. My favourite bronzer is Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Luminous Bronze (£45.00). It’s marbled in appearance and gives the most beautiful warmth to the skin. It has flecks of gold shimmer that radiate light, helping to add luminosity back in to your face. I apply this with my Zoeva 101 Luxe Face Definer Brush (£20.00).
I then move on to brows. I use my Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Medium Brown (£15.00) and apply the product with the Anastasia Beverly Hills 14 Dual Sided Brow Brush (£14.00). I do small hair stroke lines to mimic fine hairs, focussing mostly on the tail of my brow. I brush through Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel (£16.50) to redefine my hairs, giving my brows a fluffier, more natural appearance. I’m not a fan of overworking eyebrows with concealer or excess products; I always think the simpler and more realistic, the better.
Moving on to eyes, I apply a thin layer of my Laura Mercier Translucent Powder to set the foundation on my eyelids to prevent creasing. I then take the shade “shadowplay’ again from my Kat Von D Shade & Light Palette (warm contour shade) that I used on my cheeks on a Zoeva 134 Luxe Powder Fusion Brush (£10.00) (my favourite brush!) and sparingly buff the product into the crease of my eye (my eye socket for those that aren’t clear). I use a combination of back-and-forth or ‘windscreen wiper motions’ as well as circular motions to cleanly blend the product for a really flawless ombre of colour. It’s always better to use minimal product and keep layering 2-3 times than it is to go in with a loaded brush, so be sparing. You can use any natural transition shade for this look, I just find using a contour shade means less products need to be purchased to achieve this look.
Using the brush that comes with the liner, with a sweeping motion and a steady hand, I applied a thin layer of Tarte Tarteist Clay Paint Liner in black (£21.00 including the brush) to my top lash line. Moving on to the snazzy bit, I used Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner in Midnight Cowboy (£15.00) and applied a half moon shaped glitter line directly on to the crease of my eye socket. It’s best to half open your eye and look directly forward to do this, using a steady had and gliding the product lightly over the contour of the eye. This product dries down to prevent movement and creasing, so after waiting around a minute, you can blink normally without worrying about moving the product or having glitter transferring on to the lid. It’s lightweight, creaseproof and although chunky, cannot be felt on the lid, meaning it’s comfortable for a long wearing result. I love this technique as it adds emphasis to the eyes and looks really unique without being complicated to create. It would look beautiful on any look from a simple day makeup all the way through to a black smoky eye or above a blunt black winged liner; I love it.
Moving on to lashes, I curl my eyelashes with my Tweezerman Eyelash Curler (£16.00) and apply 2 coats of Benefit Roller Lash Mascara (£20.50), but only to my top lashes. I have ridiculously long bottom lashes, so I always avoid putting mascara on them as it makes my eyes look heavy, droopy and I just think I look like a frog. I strive for feline looking, angular eyes, so I recommend this as a tip if you find your eyes appear rounder with bottom lash mascara!
To finish my look I apply Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Radiant Magenta (£32.00) to the apples of my cheeks, pat on Nars Liquid Illuminator in Orgasm (£23.00) with a sponge on my cheekbones and above my brows for luminous skin and line my lips with MAC Lipliner in Whirl (£13.00). I then simply apply my favourite lipgloss by Natural Collection Tinted Lip Balm in Clear (£1.99) and set my face with Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist (£40.00) to lock in all my hard work and keep my makeup in place, while adding a veil of dew to keep my skin looking radiant.
And that’s the finished look! It sounds long and complex but in total this makeup look takes me around 15 minutes and is really easy to create; I’ll definitely be doing it more regularly as a slight change to my daily makeup routine. I hope you like my first Makeup Tutorial Post, let me know what else you’d like to see in the comments! I promise I’ll be uploading as many blogs as possible to compensate for being so quiet recently.
Thanks for reading.