Tis the season to be jolly…

Hey my loves!

I know its been a while since I last posted but there has been a lot happening – I moved house, left my job and am currently deciding on what exactly my future holds for me – career wise. So yes, the head has been a little full of other less creative things. However, someone who I care about mentioned to me he hadn’t seen me post much lately about my makeup business or anything on my blog and that in fact miss seeing me be excited about it – and you know what? I agreed 100%. So having that one simple conversation really revved my creative juices up and… I’m back baby! OH YEAH!

So here we go… As we all know its coming up to the “silly season” where we are all getting invitations thrown at us left right and centre. I know we all have our go to looks, but in my opinion now is the time to try adding a pop of colour you might not have worn before, slapping on a bold lip – or dare I say it… adding some glitter? Just promise me you wont do all three 😉 Over the next couple of weeks I’ll post various different looks and hopefully you can get some inspiration from them and replicate it or make it your own.

I was recently given (very generously) as a farewell present from my old work, one set from the Objects of Affection Holiday Collection by MAC Cosmetics. It is the Silver + Blue + Pigments + Glitter colours. So using one of my new pigments from this range in combination with some other MAC eyeshadow’s… here is the look I came up with. This is perfect for any night-time event/Xmas party.

~ STEP 1 ~

As aways we prime the eye… I am using a combination of Too Faced Shadow Insurance with MAC’s Paintpot in Painterly over the top. This combination is my go to for me AND all my clients. The Shadow Insurance helps prevent that nasty creasing you get if, like me, you have hooded eyes and Painterly helps block out any veins you might see on your lid and gives you a clean canvas to work with. Next taking a big fluffy blending brush, I like to use my Sigma E40 Tapered Blending Brush and I take a mixture of Peach Smoothie and Beaches and Cream by Makeup Geek and blend that all over my lid and up to my brow bone.

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~ STEP 2 ~

Taking my Sigma E25 Blending Brush and a mixture of the shades Creme Brulee by Makeup Geek and Bamboo by MAC I place it directly into my crease blending upwards (until it is seemless) as this will be our transition shade.

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~ STEP 3 ~

To darken my crease, and add some dimension I take the shade Handwritten by MAC and my Sigma E45 Small Tapered Blending Brush and place this directly into my crease and blending till there are no harsh lines. By placing a dark shade here and bending into the earlier placed colours it will make the transition of the dark colour we are going to use next much easier.

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~ STEP 4 ~

Now, here is my favourite part… the pigment. As I mentioned earlier I got some new pigments from the Holiday Collection, so from that set I am taking the colour Deep Blue Green. The photos do not do this colour justice. It reminds me of MAC’s Blue Brown Pigment, in that it isn’t just one shade, in different lights it look quite green, or blue or beautiful mixture of both. Anyway, here I used my Sigma F70 Concealer Brush to pack it on strong all over my lid in small patting motions so as to keep the colour intense rather than blending it out. Make sure you don’t take this colour up into the crease as we want to keep the transition of colours we placed earlier smooth and visible otherwise you will simply look like Uncle Fester.

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~ STEP 5 ~

Then taking that same E45 Small Tapered Blending Brush simply blend the crease shade and the top of where the pigment was place and the two will blend together seemlessly. Now you need to curl your lashes (or not if you don’t want to) and apply your mascara. Here i am actually using a combination of MAC’s Extreme Dimension Lash in Black Extreme and Bobbi Brown’s Smokey Eye Mascara in Black.

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~ STEP 6 ~

After I’ve applied my foundation and the rest of my face makeup I take my MAC 214 Short Shader Brush and apply Cocoa Bear by Makeup Geek along my lower lash line – using a clean MAC 239 Eye Shader Brush to blend it out.  Taking Deep Blue Green Pigment again and my Liner brush by Hair and Makeup Addiction I use my Fix Plus spray to help intensify the colour and carefully line right underneath my lower lash line.

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~ STEP 7 ~

To brighten up my inner corner I use another pigment from the collection called White. I apply this with my Detailer brush (from the Special Eyes Kit) by Hair and Makeup Addiction and place it directly in the inner corners of my eyes blending it out using my Sigma E36 Blending Brush.

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~ TO FINISH ~

I applied a generous coat of mascara to my bottom lashes and hey presto, you’re ready to go and show off those peepers… You could always add some falsies if you wanted too but I don’t like to wear them too much.

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So tell me, what did you think of this look? Would you be game to show this off at your next Holiday party?

Till next time

xoxo

Valentines Day Look – No. 2

Hey Loves,

As I mentioned in my previous post – I would be doing 4 looks, so here is my second look. It’s a bit different and possibly not for everyone, but I find this really makes my eyes pop. So if you’re interested to see how I create this look, read on 🙂

~STEP 1~

So as always I start off my priming my eye with my trusty Shadow Insurance by Too Faced Cosmetics. Then taking the colour Red Brick by MAC Cosmetics on my Sigma E25 Blending brush, I blend this into and well above my crease. I keep blending until the colour becomes a softer shade.

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~STEP 2~

To deepen my crease – I take Handwritten by MAC Cosmetics on my Sigma E36 Blending brush and blend that directly into my crease.

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~STEP 3~

For my lid I wanted a nice bronze colour so I chose my favourite shade – Woodwinked (again) by MAC Cosmetics. Taking my Sigma E35 Blending brush I blend that into and all over my lid. I then take the E36 brush I used earlier and go back over my crease to make sure the colour stays strong.

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~STEP 4~

To smoke this look out a bit more I chose to darken my outer V with the shade Espresso by MAC Cosmetics and the same E36 brush used earlier, and concentrate this colour directly into my outer V and taking it a little of the way into my crease but not too far as I want to keep Handwritten the prominent crease colour.

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~STEP 5~

So now that I have the colours all on and blended nicely to how I want them – I then line my upper lash line with Skinny Liquid Eyeliner in black by Eyeko. This time I didn’t take this out for a winged cat eye effect as there is already a lot going on with the colours. Together with a few coats of mascara, lining my upper lashline will give the illusion of much thicker lashes. So from here I just apply my foundation like normal…

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~STEP 6 – optional~

This step is optional. After I applied the my favourite Goddess Mascara by Eye of Horus (which you could do to and then add some to your  bottom lashes and be on your way) – I wanted to make it a bit more intense. So I took my new favourite brush for under eye detailing – aptly named The Detailer by Hair and Makeup Addiction and use Red Brick again – placing it all along my lower lash line ensuring its well blended. Using my Accent Brush from Real Techniques I apply a small amount of Espresso blending it into my lower lashline where I placed Red Brick.

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~Finish~

To finish off the look I add a few coats of Goddess Mascara by Eye of Horus to my lower lashes and a nude lipstick (the names worn off it :() there you have it… I hope you like it I know it’s a bit different but if I always did the same look you and I would both be bored 🙂

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Till next time xoxo

Valentines Day Look – No. 1

Hello my loves,

It’s hard to miss Valentine’s Day coming up, and whether you’re looking forward to being romantically spoilt by your man or are dreading the date with the strength of a thousand suns, you should look fabulous. Stock up on wine, get the boy or your single girlfriends around and recreate one of these looks so you look hot for the occasion. This is the first of the four Valentine’s styles I’ll be showing to you this week.

~STEP 1~

I primed my eye with my trusty Shadow Insurance by Too Faced. Then taking Blanc Type by MAC Cosmetics, I blended that all over my lid and up to my brown bone with my E35 Tapered Blending brush by Sigma.

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~STEP 2~

Taking Malt by MAC Cosmetics I use my E45 Small Tapered Blending brush by Sigma and place that in and just above my crease. Make sure this is blended out completely and there are no harsh lines. The idea is to create a soft shadow effect.

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~STEP 3~

As I want a little bit of shine to the lid I use a mixture of Shimma Shimma and Vanilla Bean by Makeup Geek and blend that all over the lid with the same E35 brush I used earlier. Then I take the E45 brush I used for my crease and go back over my crease to strengthen the colour.

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~STEP 4~

As I want to sharpen up my crease a little more, I take my E36 Blending brush (perfect for precise application to the crease)by Sigma and the shade Moondust by Makeup Geek and apply it using windscreen wiper motions, blending it directly into the crease.

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~STEP 5~

Then taking a baby wipe I quickly clean up under my eyes and then create a sharp line on the side of my eye (this is how I mark out where my liner will go).

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~STEP 6~

Now if you want you could leave the look as it is and just apply mascara and it would still look lovely. I however chose to add a cat eye flick. Now I understand that this isnt easy but the only way you can improve is to practice practice and then practice some more. I personally find it easiest to start by drawing a line across my upper lash line. So for todays look I wanted a more matt finish for my eyeliner so I went with my trusty fave – Schwing Liner by The Balm.

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~STEP 7~

Then I draw a line out to however far I want it and then take it back down and fill it in to my desired thickness. Excuse the poor quality of this liner today as my hands were a little shakey (I may or may not have had a few drinks the night before… dont judge me). Again this is personal preference but I like to take the same shadow I used in my crease and line the lower lash lne with it. So I took the colour Moondust again and lined my lower lashline and then finished off the look with a few coats of Goddess Mascara by Eye of Horus on top and bottom lashes… TA DAAAA!

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~STEP 8 – optional~

So from here you could just put on some clear lip gloss, a nude or a coloured lipstick. I’ve shown the look below with a coloured lip. Here I am wearing Sheen Supreme lipstick in the shade Candy Apple:

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Well I hope you liked this look, its a pretty simple look but I like it because it allows you to go from day to night and you can apply any lip colour you want. Depends on how daring you want to be 😉

Till next time xoxo