Monday, 4 February 2013

On to MAKEUP...

Skincare and makeup come hand in hand...
To get a good makeup application and a flawless finish you first need to prep the skin, as mentioned in my previous skincare posts...

Moving on to  Makeup Application...

First up...  Makeup Brushes/ Tools

I could not LIVE without my makeup brushes!

My absolute favourites are the Real Techniques range by Samantha Chapman (which can be bought from Boots), I have almost the full range in both my professional makeup kit and my personal makeup bag!
The 'must haves' for me are the Core Collection and the Eyes Starter Set.
Makeup brushes and tools play a huge part in how your makeup looks, and as many makeup artists say... 'You can achieve a better result with good brushes and poor makeup than you can with poor brushes and good makeup.' I completely agree with this!!

My Basic Makeup Routine...

I always start with Foundation first, I put a pump or two of foundation on the back of my hand and use my RT buffing brush to work this in circular motions around my face, starting in the centre, I also take a small amount down onto my neck just to blend... this helps to achieve an "airbrushed" finish without any brush or finger marks.

I do like to chop and change my foundations quite frequently, and I often mix two together just to see if I can get an even better finish! But my current favourites are... Clinique Even Better, Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation, Clarins Skin Illusion and Rimmel Match Perfection... All light/medium coverage. Bare Minerals Mineral foundation is also great for a light subtle finish if you are not a fan of a full face of makeup.

NEXT I move onto Concealer having quite dry 'crepey' eyes I like to use a liquid concealer as this seems to go on more smoothly, I use the RT shading brush to gently work the product, in circular motions, under my eyes and into the inner corners... Although if my eyes are particularly dry and sore I sometimes gently pat the product under my eyes using my ring finger.

I conceal any blemishes using a cream concealer as this provides more coverage. Yellow based concealers are best for use on blemishes as the help to neutralise the redness, Whereas orange based concealers/correctors work well under the eyes as they help to cancel out any purple or blueish tones.

I am yet to find the perfect concealer for me... But under my eyes I like to use Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection, this is by far one of the best concealers I have EVER tried, but I am still on the hunt for perfection!! For my blemishes and redness I currently use the Soap and Glory Kick Ass Concealer which also works well for me at the moment!

Next in my little routine I like to fill in my Eyebrows...
I rarely leave the house without filling in my eyebrows as I have quite naturally sparse brows and so I think that they make a massive difference to my face, and I feel like my face is bare without them!

My preferred way of shaping and filling in the eyebrows is with an thin, angled brush and an eye shadow or eye brow powder, as I find that this gives a softer and more natural finish than an eye brow pencil. However, I do sometimes like to use a pencil to fill in the gaps and then go over the top with powder products to add more definition.

On a day to day basis I like to use the MAC 266 angled brush with a taupe colour eyeshadow from the Louise Young Essential Eye Palette called Maowi. 

I do love a strong brow, although, I would say when choosing a brow colour try not to be tempted to go too dark as you could end up looking like a drag queen, that is definitely not a good look! My aim is for them to look shaped and naturally defined so I try to gently 'flick' my brush as I am applying the product to prevent getting a 'drawn on' look... Unless that is the look that you are after of course! To set my eyebrows in to the right place I brush a clear mascara through them, as this keeps them looking neat and tidy all day.

Having sparse brows I do also like to tint my eyebrows to make them look a little fuller and more prominent, as naturally mine are a dark blonde colour! You can get this done at a salon for less than £10 usually or I've seen that Boots now have 'at home' tinting sets which may be worth having a go with!

Following the brows I move onto the Eyes...
During the day I generally only wear mascara, sometimes if I am feeling a little bit adventurous I will smudge a some khaki green eyeliner along my lash line to get a more defined look, but other than that I keep it pretty basic, mainly because I get eczema on my eyelids so I try not to aggravate it more by putting loads of makeup on everyday...

My favourite MASCARA of the moment is Maxfactor False Lash Effect it works wonders on my average length lack lustre eyelashes! This mascara has a plastic 'spiky' brush which gives a voluminous but separated lash look... which I love! I have tried tons of high end/ expensive mascaras and I have honestly never found a better one than this! Maybelline also do some amazing mascaras for the money, the 'One by One' and the 'Falsies Volume Express' are my favs.

If I do wear Eyeliner during the day, I just use a kohl pencil to draw a line across the outer 2/3rds of my lash line and then smudge this with my finger or a small brush and repeat under the eye... I never use a black eyeliner during the day as I find this looks a bit too full on for me, so I like to use a khaki eyeliner as it is more subtle and compliments my eye colour. I use the Urban Decay 24/7 Liner in Mildew - These eyeliners are probably the best I have ever used, they are waterproof, smudge proof (once dry) and last all day!

Next I move on to set my makeup, using a translucent Powder...
I will first check that my makeup is still intact and do any little touch ups, such as getting rid of mascara blobs if your a messy pup, then I will use a large brush or a powder sponge to lightly powder the centre of my face... I generally like to leave the sides of my face powder free as I think that it give a more natural healthy 'skin' look rather than having a face completely matte with powder. However, if you have an oily skin you may need to powder the whole face to keep the makeup in place.

I like to use the Clinique Translucent Loose Powder to set my makeup, but if I am in a rush I reach for my Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder, which is a good, less messy, alternative.... I also keep the Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder Compact in my bag as it has a mirror inside for touch ups on the go!

To warm up my skin a little and give it a bit more colour and shape, I like to use a Bronzer, I use a blusher/ a conturing brush to dust bronzer across the areas of my face that would naturally catch the sun (If we ever got any in the UK!!) 
so cheekbones, temples, across the top of the forehead, the chin and down the nose... I also like to take it down onto the neck just to blend it out.

Depending on the time of year I like to use different bronzers... in summer I mostly use a cream bronzer, Soleil Tan de Chanel, being my favourite. Wheras in winter I tend to reach for a powder bronzer, such as the Bourjois Chocolate Bronzer...

ALMOST finished...

To add a little bit of colour and glow to the face I like to use a nice bright  Blusher on the apples of my cheeks... the key with blusher is the application, just because you use a bright pink blusher doesn't mean you should look like a clown!! If you take a small amount of product on your brush, tap off the excess, then very lightly dust it onto the apples of your cheeks you should just get a nice subtle wash of colour... if you do accidentally use too much you can always go back in with your foundation brush to blend it away a little.

I am quite fickle with blusher, I like to change them up all the time!! But at the moment i am using SLEEK makeup's blusher in the colour Pixie Pink, using Real Techniques Contour brush to apply it.

On a normal day I would probably just pop a lip balm on my lips to finish my makeup routine, however, every now and again if I am feeling posh or adventurous I may put on a subtle colour lipgloss or lipstick...

My most reached for everyday lip products are... Korres Tinted Lip Butters, Loreal Rouge Caresse, Apivita Tinted Lip Balm, Barry M Lipgloss, Burt Bees Lipbalm, Revlon Balm Stain, NYX Lipgloss.

Although the Apivita Pomegranite Lip Balm is probably my favourite at the moment as it feels lovely and moisturising and leaves a subtle hint of pink/red on the lips! 

Sooo... That's all for now folks, I hope this was helpful for someone!!

A x


  1. Great blog! Have you tried the 'they're real' mascara by Benefit? I'm addicted to it now. Its £18.50 so I cant always afford it but its a nice mascara to have for nights out/special occasions, because it coats every lash quickly and gives a fab full and wide-eyed look. They also do a mini version if anyone wants to try it but doesn't want to pay a lot of money in case they don't like it.

  2. Thanks Lauren! Yeah I really like that mascara but I find its a bit of a pain to get off!! And i'm so loyal to my Maxfactor mascaras! :)

  3. Yeah it can be. I have to remind myself to be gentle when wiping it off so I don't scrub too hard lol. I have some removal pads from the Boots 'Simply Sensitive' range which are quite effective, and gentle. Going to try the false lash effect one you've recommended when I need to save money.