Birthday Makeup

Hey guys, it was my 30th birthday on Monday and rather than sticking with my normal neutrals I wanted to do something a little different. So, I chose to add a strong pop of colour – below is a quick little step by step tutorial on my birthday makeup 🙂

~ STEP 1 ~

ALWAYS Prep and Prime your skin. I like to prime my skin using my favourite moisturizer Embryolisse 24Hr Miracle Cream – while that is sinking in, I then prime my eyes using Too Faced Shadow Insurance ensuring to blend it into my lid and all the way up to my brow bone with a little along my lower lash line.

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~ STEP 2 ~

Taking Creme Brulee by Makeup Geek I use my E45 brush by Sigma and blend it into and above my crease. This will be my transition colour.

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~ STEP 3 ~

Using that same brush I take Cocoa Bear by Makeup Geek and blend that into where I placed Creme Brulee – this will help darken up the crease and give me the colour I want. 

 

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~ STEP 4 ~

Taking Maybelline’s Colour Tattoo in Painted Purple I use my Hair and Makeup Addiction brush – The Shader – to blend the colour all over my lid  but avoiding to go above the crease.

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~ STEP 5 ~

Once I had packed on the Colour Tattoo – I then took a purple shimmery shadow from my BH Cosmetics “Eyes on the 60s” palette and packed it on all over my lid with my MAC Cosmetics 239 Eye Shader Brush.

 

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~ STEP 6 ~

Here is where I blend, blend, blend, and then blend some more. I wanted to add some depth to this look so taking my E36 blending brush by Sigma (I find this is amazing for precise placement and blending of colour in your crease) and using Mocha by Makeup Geek I added it just in my crease and outer corner. I made sure I blended this thoroughly and then going back to my E45 brush I used earlier to place Creme Brulee and Cocoa Bear I blended those colours up further above my crease. You do not have to do this, it was just a preference of mine as I like to have my colour up higher. The main aim here is the darken the crease and ensure that there are no harsh lines between the crease and the purple lid – you really want it to blend seamlessly.

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~ STEP 7 ~

Once I was satisfied with the blending of the colours, I then went on to curl my lashes, draw on my liner out into a cat eye flick, then finishing off with Lashings of Mascara. Again this is my personal preference but I like to apply one coat of Maybelline’s Mega Plush mascra then a coat of Maybelline’s Colossal Volume mascara and then go back in with a third and final coat of the Mega Plush.

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~ FINALE! ~

After apply my foundation, concealer, powder etc. I finish off the look by quickly lining my lower lash line and water line with MAC Cosmetics Eye Khol pencil in Tarnish. I then take my pinky finger and just smudge it out a little. Taking Tarnish I re-line my waterline to darken that up more – and there you have it…

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I hope you liked it – was something to break up my normal routine of neutrals which I tend to lean towards. If you have any questions, thoughts, ideas or requests please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below. I would love to hear from you.

Till next time xoxo

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Depotting MAC Eyeshadows

HEY BABES!

So today I wanted to talk to you about depotting your eyeshadow’s into palettes. I don’t know about you but when I’m applying makeup on myself or one of my clients the last thing I want to be doing is rooting around in my kit trying to find whatever shadow I’m after – it wastes time and makes me look unprofessional. A lot of people I know use heat to depot their shadows – however if you’re a complete clutz like moi, then you will probably end up burning yourself – so here is how I do it WITHOUT heat…

Before we start here is a list of the tools you will need to achieve this:

~ TOOLS ~

  • Eyeshadow/s
  • Magnets (sticker magnets) I bought mine off ebay because I’m lazy haha. I just typed in “round self adhesive magnets” and it gave me a whole bunch of options for a really reasonable price.
  • Wire cutter
  • Pairing knife
  • Small plastic dish
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Sticker dots – for the labels of your eyeshadows and you can buy these from Officeworks or office supplies store. However, I couldn’t be bothered with that as I don’t depot eyeshadows enough to warrant buying a whole pack of these so I made my own template. If you would like a copy of this template… please email me on krystlegallaway@optusnet.com.au and I can send you a copy.
  • An old towel and some rags
  • Palettes

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So let’s get started and turn this

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into this

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~ STEP 1 ~

Depending on the size and type of your palette I usually like to sort out the order in which the eyeshadows are going to go into the palette and then write down all the names of them on a piece of paper so you don’t forget what they are called later on. Once this has been done I take the eyeshadow together with my pairing knife and as you can see from the picture below I take the tip of the knife and place it between the opening (where it actually locks the cover shut) and we are going to pry it open. Use gentle twisting motions as it doesn’t take much to pop the top of the shadow out. Once you have done this put the shell of the shadow to one side as you will want to keep and collect these for the Back to MAC program.

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~ STEP 2 ~

Once you have  removed the shadow, you will need to take your wire cutters and again gently and carefully (so as to avoid damaging the eyeshadow) refer back to the original lip we were working on earlier to pop the shadow out. Place your wire cutters on the lip and gently and slowly pry back the plastic (as per the first and second pictures below). Once you’ve removed some of the plastic – you will need to take your pairing knife, dip it into the rubbing alcohol and carefully drop some in by sliding the knife between the plastic container and the actual eyeshadow pan (as per the third picture below). I would do this as many times as it takes till you can get your pairing knife in between the pan and the plastic and easily remove the pan completely.

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~ STEP 3 ~

Once you’ve removed your shadow the pan itself will it will still have glue on the back of it (see pictures 1 & 2 below). So take your rag or old towel and dip it into the rubbing alcohol and gently clean in small circular motions untill all the glue is removed (see picture 3 below).

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~ STEP 4 ~

After the pan is cleaned and there is no residual glue left – take your sticker magnet , peel off the back and stick the magnet in the middle of the pan. From here you can either place on your sticker dots (if you bought them) on or you can just place the shadow straight in your palette (see below).

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~ DONT FORGET ~

To collect your empty containers and utilize the Back to MAC program

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Hopefully you found this somewhat useful and if you have any questions or comments please don’t hesitate to ask or let me know 🙂

Till next time

xoxo

NEW YEARS DAY LOOK

Well firstly let me start off by saying HAPPY NEW YEAR babes! Hope you had a kick ass day and night 🙂 Ive seen a whole lot of glittery looks around for NYE but as I was going out for New Years Day, I wanted something a little different so read on below for a step by step tutorial

~ STEP 1 ~

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Prime your face and eyes. As I want my makeup to stay on all day and into the evening I need to make sure I’ve primed both my eyes and face so as to hold the makeup in place. For my face I used my Embryolisse 24Hr Miracle Cream and for my eyes I used my new my new Too Faced Shadow Insurance which I bought from the new Mecca Maxima shop at Warringah Mall).

~ STEP 2 ~

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Taking Creme Brulee by Makeup Geek – I use my E45 brush by Sigma and blend it into and just above my crease.

~ STEP 3 ~

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Using the same blending brush from before I take CocoaBear by Makeup Geek – blending over the top of where I placed Creme Brulee.

~ STEP 4 ~

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Taking a large fluffy brush I use a mixture of Vanilla Bean and Beaches and Cream and blend that up onto my brow bone.

~ STEP 5 ~

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From my “A Few of My Favourite Things Palette” by Too Faced I take the colours Honey Honey and Crisp Apple Strudel and place that on my lid with my MAC 217 brush – blending it out evenly over the whole lid. I bought this palette online from Tarazz – however any light golden shade will do.

~ STEP 6 ~

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I wanted to smoke out the look more so I took my Sigma E36 brush and used Mocha by Makeup Geek and placed it directly into my crease and my outer V.

~ STEP 7 ~

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I then wanted to add some sparkle so going back to my A Few Favorite Things palette I took Moon on Their Wings and just patted that on top using my MAC 217 Brush. Again you dont have to use this palette – you can either skip this step or choose a lighter golden sparkly shade or pigment.

~ STEP 8~

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I chose to go over again with Mocha and darken up my crease and outer V so as the golden shades would stand out more.

~ STEP 9 ~

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I then applied my favorite liquid liner – Schwing by theBalm and my mascara – I used Mega Plush and Colossol Volume – both by Maybelline.

~ STEP 10 ~

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Then taking my No. 1 lashes by Lashes in a Box – I applied them for extra flair. I then go on and apply my foundation and concealer.

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~ STEP 12 ~

Taking Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Violet Plum I ran it under my bottom lash line.

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Using Drama Queen by Makeup Geek I use my MAC 217 brush and press it along where we placed Violet Plum. Cleaning up any fall out with some concealer.

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Finishing off by applying a few coats of Goddess Mascara by Eye of Horus along my lower lash line and of course brush my brows into place.

TA DAAAA….

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Well I hope you liked this look – let me know what you think 🙂

Till next time babes xx