Posts Tagged ‘smokey eye’

SMOKED OUT PURPLE

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I love and adore wearing neutral shades – but sometimes, like in life, its good to break routine and try something new. In my case I chose to use colour for a different take on a smokey eye. So, if you’d like to see how I created this look then read on ūüėČ

~STEP 1~

You should always prime your eyes, as I’ll be creating a bold look the last thing i want is to have any creasing with my shadows. As always I turn to my trusty combo of¬†Shadow Insurance by Too Faced Cosmetics, with a thin layer of Soft Ochre Paint Pot by MAC Cosmetics. I then set it with Blanc Type shadow also by MAC Cosmetics. Taking my E35 Tapered Blending Brush by Sigma and the shade Soft Brown by MAC Cosmetics and blend that into and above my crease – this will be my transition colour.


~STEP 2~

Darkening up my crease by adding Texture from MAC Cosmetics using my E35 Blending Brush by Sigma and blending it until the Soft Brown and Texture blend seamlessly. You can repeat this as many times as you like depending on how dark you want it to be.

~STEP 3~

Here is where the fun begins… Taking the shadow Fig. 1 by MAC Cosmetics on my 217 Blending Brush again, by MAC Cosmetics I apply it in my outer V and into my crease and the inner corner of my eye creating what is known as the “halo effect”. So depending on how intense you want this colour to appear keep adding more of this shade and blending out till all the colours transition nicely.

~STEP 4~

As I want this to be a really dramatic look I take the colour Sketch by MAC Cosmetics and place it in the same place as where Fig. 1 is. however just a below it as I want to keep both colours. I use my E45 Tapered Blending Brush by Sigma for a more precise application.


~STEP 5~

For the star of this look I take my new, favourite pressed shadow by Colourpop РI Heart This and place it in the middle of my lid with my finger, blending it into inner and outer edges. As I want this to be an intense look I repeat this until Im happy with it.

~STEP 6~

Traditionally when I do a smokey eye i don’t usually do a winged liner, however i still like to line my lashes. Here I take Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Eye Pencil in Jet and line my lash line then taking my E06 Winged Liner Brush by Sigma and smudge out the liner.

~STEP 7~

Now you can either apply a couple coats of mascara and call it a day, or you can go a step further. As I want this to be a more intense look, I chose to apply some bold lashes so I went with “Ashley” by Flutter Lashes.


 

~FINISH~

To finish off this look I apply my foundation – if you want to see how I do that click here. Then taking a combination of Fig. 1¬†and Sketch on my MAC Cosmetics 215 Medium Shader Brush and line my lower lash line – finishing it off with a couple of coats of mascara and… TA DAAAAAAAA!!!! You’re done!


Well I hope you liked this different take on a smokey eye. If you decide to try it let me know!

Till next time XOXO

Everyday Sparkle

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Hi loves,

It has been forever and a day since I was last on here… Please forgive me –¬†Ive had a lot going on in my life such as moving house, not once but¬†twice, starting a new job, leaving that job and now starting a new one. So…¬†I’ll stop waffling on and get right into¬†my next tutorial…

I dont know about you but I love anything sparkly… So I try to incorporate it into as much of my makeup looks as possible which can be hard in the professional working environment ūüėČ so see below before a step by step on how to incorpate this into an every day look…

~ STEP 1 ~

You should always prime your eyes, but if you are using a shimmery shadow – you definitely need to prime! For this I turn to my trusty Shadow Insurance by Too Faced Cosmetics, then applying a thin layer of Soft Ochre Paint Pot by MAC Cosmetics – setting it with Blanc Type shadow also by MAC Cosmetics.


~STEP 2~

Taking Soft Brown by MAC Cosmetics and my Sigma E40 Tapered Blending Brush and blend that into and above my crease Рthis will be my base transition shade.

~STEP 3~

Using the colour Bandit by Colour Pop and my Sigma E35 Tapered Blending Brush I place this directly into the crease – further deepening the colour and getting that rusty brown colour I love.

~STEP 4~
To deepen the outer V and crease further and add a slight smokey effect РI take my E45 Small Tapered Blending Brush by Sigma, and the colour Embark by MAC Cosmetics and blend that into the outer V and partly the way into the crease, blending it out till there are no harsh lines.


~STEP 5~

Using my new favourite shadow – I Heart This by ColourPop, I first apply this using my fingers and pack it on – then taking a firm brush (I just used the one from my Urban Decay palette) I smooth out the colour I’ve placed on my lid, then taking a bit more on the same bush, I go over the top – to make it a bit more intense. Taking the same E45 Small Tapered Blending Brush¬†I go over the outer V and some of the crease to ensure the smokey dark colour is prominent.


 

~FINISH~

To finish this look I line my lashes using Rimmel’s Glam Eyes Liquid Liner and creating a cat eye effect, together with¬†a few coats my lashes with a few coats of my favourite mascara – Le Volume De Chanel. Apply my foundation (see my earlier post on how I do this here). Line¬†my lower lashline with Bandit¬†using my Sigma E20 Short Shader Brush and coating my bottom lashes with Le Volume De Chanel.


  
  
 While its not an overly complicated look, i think it has great impact mainly because of the gorgeous feature shade РI Heart This by ColourPop. So have a look and let me know what you think or if you give this a try at home.
Till next time xoxo

Smoked Out Plum

Hey my loves!

Here is the tutorial from a look I posted on my instagram about a week ago (sorry its a bit late).¬†Summer is on its way for us in Australia and while¬†this might seem like more of a fall¬†type look I believe you can wear it in summer and/or winter.¬†I don’t know about you by for me personally I dont really like to let the season¬†determine what makeup I wear or don’t wear.

So I hope you like this, and read¬†on for more¬†details…

~ STEP 1 ~

As always, I start off by priming my eyes with my trusty Shadow Insurance by Too Faced. Taking MAC Cosmetics Paint Pot in Painterly I apply that on my lid and blending up to my brown bone. Then taking Salted Caramel from the Chocolate Bar Palette by Too Faced and mixing it with a touch of Red Brick by MAC Cosmetics I blend that into and just above my crease Рthis will be my transition shade and really help to blend and smoke out the darker colour.

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~ STEP 2 ~

Taking Sketch by MAC Cosmetics I use a small flat shader brush to really pack that colour onto my lid and up into my crease. I go over this a few times to really intensify the colour.

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~ STEP 3 ~

Taking a small tapered blending brush I take my transition shade combination and place that directly into the crease to help smoke out my crease line and making it seamless. I then go back in with Sketch and make the lid more intense.

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Going over my crease and transition shades with a big fluffy brush I make sure that all lines are blended out smoothly.

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~ STEP 5 ~

Taking a small concealer brush I take the pigment Utopia by Makeup Geek and apply it wet (I used MAC Cosmetics Fix Plus Spray) and carefully place it directly into the centre of my lid. I softly blend out the edges into the shadow. This gives the lid a glowing effect.

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~ STEP 6 ~

As this is a slightly smokey look I don’t want to apply any liner – I will however, be applying some false lashes.¬†For¬†this look I’ve shown you two options:

  1. Flutter Lashes in Chantelle (one of my all time favourite styles)
  2. Ardell Lashes in no. 120 Demi Wispies (love how these flair out at the ends)
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Ardell 120 Wispies

Once they are on and the glue is dried… I then apply my foundation, powder, contour etc.

To finish off the look I line my lower lash line with Salted Caramel from the Chocolate Bar Palette by Too Faced and mixing it with a touch of Red Brick by MAC Cosmetics. Taking a small detail brush I apply a touch of sketch really close to my lashline to help make this a really smokey look… And there you have it! ALL DONE!

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Flutter Lashes – Chantelle

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Flutter Lashes – Chantelle

So what do you think? Would you like to see more looks like this?¬† I hope you’ll stay tuned for some HALLOWEEN LOOKS!

Thanks for stopping by and if you create this look – be sure to load it on instagram and¬†use the hashtag –¬†#makeupbykrystleg

Till next time loves xoxo

A Little Party Never Killed Nobody… Part 1

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So it was my gorgeous¬†friend Ellie’s hens party this Saturday just gone, and her best friend, now¬†also now a dear friend of mine, planned the whole thing herself and it was awesome – so much¬†fun¬†was had by all. The theme was Great Gatsby/1920’s Flapper and¬†all the¬†girls that went really got into it which was great – some went the traditional route, but not me…¬†I chose to put my own spin on it – naturally ūüėČ So if you’ve been invited to go to one of these type of themed parties and are looking for something a little different and “non-traditional” then read on to see what I came up.

~ MAKEUP ~

The roaring ’20s were both extremely racy and dramatic. With harsh make-up and short bobbed hair, the ladies of the 1920s were set to make an immense impression upon the world, and upon the history of beauty. According to my research (thank you Google ;)) Make-up was scarce during WWI, but the end of the war and the economic boom of many western countries, resulted in a decadent decade of dressing up, dancing and partying. So I perused some different options and came up with the following inspiration of both modern and traditional:

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As you can see the women of the 1920’s embraced the bold eye and bold lip and paired them together. So if you’re interested to see what i came up with and how I did it… READ ON :)

~ STEP 1 ~

As I am going to be using bold shades and i want them to last without creasing i am going to need a strong eyeshadow primer/base that also acts as a blank canvas. Here I am using Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Eden. I take a small amount (which goes a long way with this product) and place that all over my lid using my Sigma ¬†P80 brush and blend that all over my lid and up to my brow bone. Taking a neutral shade, I blend that all over my lid and up to my brow bone – I used Blanc Type by MAC Cosmetics – This just sets the primer and will make it easier to blend the dark shades I plan to use.

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~ STEP 2 ~

I take a warm neutral shade, for my transition colour and place that above my crease – blending it back and forth in a windscreen wiper motions (I chose to go with a mixture of Beaches and Cream with¬†Creme Br√Ľl√©e both by Makeup Geek). Next I take the light baby pink shade from my Eyes on the 60s palette by BH Cosmetics and using my go to blending brushe, E35 Tapered Blending¬†brush¬†by Sigma and blend that just beneath where I placed my transition shade – using windscreen wiper motions to blend it out thoroughly. As this was to be a very dramatic look I went back in a few times and added more of the baby pink colour till I was happy with the intensity of it.

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~ STEP 3 ~

To further intensify this look I chose to go for a red shade, yes I said RED! LOL!  Taking my Crease Brush by Hair and Makeup Addiction and the red shade from the same Eyes on the 60s palette and place that directly into my crease blending it upwards and smoothly into my transition shade. I keep adding to it until I am happy with the intensity of it.

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~ STEP 4 ~

After I am happy with the placement of the red shade, I take my NYX Jumbo Pencil in Gold and place that all over my lid, being careful to not take that into my crease. After that I blend out the colour with my finger till it is nice and smooth.

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~ STEP 5 ~

Taking a mixture of the light warm brown and the darker brown from the Eyes on the 60s palette I place that over the top of where I put the Gold Jumbo Eye Pencil. I then blend that out and redefine my crease with a clean E45 Small Tapered Blending brush by Sigma. I also take more of the darker shade and concentrate that in my outer V.

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~ STEP 6 ~

Next I take Utopia by Makeup Geek (this pigment is AMAZING) and pack it on with my finger Рonce I am satisfied, I take my Eye Pencil in Black Moon by NARS and line my upper lash line and then smudge it out with my E65 Small Angle brush by Sigma till it has a more smoked out less harsh look. Before I clean up and finish off the look, I got over my transition colour to make sure the red stands out nicely. I also add a bit more of Utopia as I want it really sparkly.

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~ FINALE ~

Taking a baby wipe I remove all the fall out from my shadows and pigment – making sure the area is nice and clean ready for foundation. Here I complete my look by curling my lashes using my favourite lash curler by MAC Cosmetics and then apply a couple of coats of Smokey Eye Mascara by Bobbi Brown and Le Volume de Chanel Mascara. Once that has set,¬†I then apply my¬†false lashes (I told you this was an intense look!). The ones I chose are called Girl, You Craazy! by Velour Lashes. I love this brand… you can honestly wear them (provided you take care of them) at least 20 times before having to get a new pair. I actually stop and¬†ask me¬†where I’d got them from. Once they are on and all set, I then take some of the red shade mixed with the dark¬†brown shade from the¬†Eyes on the 60s palette¬†and blend that under my lower lash line with my E21 Small Smudge brush by Sigma and really smoke it out. I apply some the Smokey Eye Mascara by Bobbi Brown on my lower lashes and line my water line with the same Black Moon Eye Pencil by NARS and there you have it! The eyes are done! I then of course applied all my foundation and blush etc.¬†I have also created a little video if you want to check that out also – its fairly basic but you at least you can get an idea of what I’ve been talking about in the steps above…

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So I hope you enjoyed this very different and somewhat intense look. I did actually choose to pair this with the Rebel Lipstick by MAC Cosmetics but I forgot to photograph it… SILLY ME! Would love to hear what you think … Next post will be on my hair and¬†how I styled it for this look.

Till next time XOXO

Smoke and Glitter

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Today’s tutorial is on a look I came up with that can go from day to night, and has a slight smoked out effect. I feel this will¬†fast become one of my go to day to night smokey looks. It definitely makes blue and green eyes pop! So if you’d like to see how I completed this look READ ON!

~ COLOURS USED ~

Todays look I’ve used all shadows by Makeup Geek¬†and a pressed pigment by MAC Cosmetics called Day Gleam.

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~ STEP 1 ~

As always, I start off by priming my eyes with my trusty Shadow Insurance by Too Faced. Then taking the colour Beaches & Cream I using my big fluffy blending brush (E35) I blend that into my crease and all over my lid and all the way up to my brow bone. Taking more of that same colour I concentrate it into the crease and keep blending till I am happy with the colour.

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~ STEP 2 ~

Taking the colour Nearly Naked I use a slightly less fluffy blending brush (E25) for more precise shadow placement, and blend that out into my crease and just above. I go in a few times to darken and smoke out the colour more.

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~ STEP 3 ~

As I want to¬†really help make my eyes pop, I take the colour Cocoa Bear to deepen the¬†crease¬†further. Using¬†the same brush¬†I used before, I blend the colour out into my crease and onto my inner corner and outer V. With this step, you want to make sure you keep the centre of the lid free of colour – for now…

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~ STEP 4 ~

Taking a more precise blending brush (E45) I blend the all the colours together so there are no harsh lines or edges.  this helps to also keep the centre of the lid shadow free.

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~ STEP 5 ~

Taking the pressed pigment Day Gleam by MAC Cosmetics, I take my ring finger and lightly swirl it around picking up the colour with my finger and pressing it into the Centre of my lid.

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~ STEP 6 ~

Then taking a small crease blending brush (E47) I take the colour Mocha and darken up just the outer V and bring that into just my crease and blend it out. This will help to smoke out the look whilst adding some depth to it as well.

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~ STEP 7 ~

I go over the crease again with my big fluffy blending brush and go over the crease and ensure there are no harsh lines. As I want this look to be really smokey I decide not to use a liquid liner but rather an eye pencil (Long-Wear Eye Pencil in Mahogany by Bobbi Brown) and smudge it out using The Liner brush by Hair and Makeup Addiction.  I also decide to take more of Day Gleam and place it into the centre of my lid and right into my inner corner.

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~ STEP 8 ~

I curl my lashes with MAC Cosmetics Full Lash Curler and then apply a couple of coats of Smokey Eye Mascara by Bobbi brown (am really loving this at the moment) and finish off my under eye by taking the same eye pencil I used earlier and smudging it with the same liner brush under my whole waterline and then lining my waterline with it. Going over the top of the liner with the colour Cocoa Bear and coating my lower lashes with the same Smokey Eye Mascara.

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FINISHED …

So here you have the finished look. You chould choose to add false lashes if you wish but I just chose to go au natural-ish and just stick with mascara.

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Hope you like this one – let me know what you think or if you try it for yourself…

Till next time XOXO

30 Days of Beauty – Part 3

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So here we have it! The final part of my 30 Day Beauty Challenge.

~ DAY 21 ~

…Before & After…

So here is my before – without without makeup or hair done. All I’ve done here is primed my face with Embryolisse Lait-Cr√®me Concentr√® and my Egg Pore Silky Smooth Balm by Tony Moly¬†then¬†primed my eyes using Shadow Insurance by Too Faced.

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And here is my after –¬†details are as follows:

Face: Foundation is Studio Sculpt by MAC Cosmetics with Bobbi Brown’s Corrector and Radiant Creamy Concealer by NARS¬†– applied and blended with a Beauty Blender (I get mine from ModelRock¬†Lashes)

Cheeks: Blush – Hot Mama by The Balm

Eyes: In the crease I have¬†Cr√®me Br√Ľl√©e and Cocoa Bear both by Makeup Geek on my brow bone is a mix of Vanilla Bean and Beaches & Cream again¬†both by Makeup Geek. On my lid I have¬†Honey Honey and Crisp Apple Strudel from the¬†“A Few of My Favourite Things Palette‚ÄĚ by Too Faced (was limited edition and I think its sold out now) then¬†lining my lid into a cat eye flick with Schwing Liquid Liner by The Balm and a few coats of Goddess Mascara by Eye of Horus Mascara topping them with No. 1 lashes by Lashes in a Box. On my lower lash line I have Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Violet Plum by Bobbi Brown and¬†Drama Queen by Makeup Geek over the top.

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~ DAY 22 ~

…Perfume…

What more could a girl need but sweet scents and champagne…

Chance by Chanel us my favourite scent for summer – I adore it. Its so fresh and crisp. when I put it on I feel happy and ready to take on the day. To me perfume is like your own personal theme song – it just finishes a whole look off right.

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~ DAY 23 ~

…Makeup Storage…

Come to mumma! Just ordered this bad boy – the final piece in my makeup storage collection. Its a freestanding case that comes complete with its own lights, mirror, and electrical outlet! It has ample room for my makeup supplies also! I got it from the Makeup Artist Network – they also have loads of other storage items – check ’em out.

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~ DAY 24 ~

…Runway Inspired…

I was looking through photos of the makeup from NYFW 2014 and there were so many great looks Рbut the look that The Blondes had designed for them by MAC Cosmetics lead makeup artist Kabuki caught my eye. I loved everything about it Рsuch a crisp simple look but it really catches your eye. So I tried to mimic the yellow and aqua blue winged liner Рproducts and details are below:

Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk by NYX Cosmetics all over my lid and drew it out into a cat eye flick using my Liner Brush by Hair and Makeup Addiction to get the shape right. Taking a bright sunny yellow shade from my 252 Ultimate Palette by Coastal Scents, I pack that on with the same liner brush, all over my lid. Using Texture by MAC Cosmetics I place that above the yellow shadow. Lining my lower lash line with the same Jumbo Eye Pencil by NYX Рthen taking a light sky blue shade from the same 252 Ultimate Palette and packing that over the top of where I placed the Jumbo Eye Pencil. Finishing the look off I line my lash line in a small cat eye flight with my Eyestudio Long Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner in black by Maybelline and coated my lashes with Le Volume De Chanel Mascara.

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~ DAY 25~

… Celebrity Inspired…

Today I took inspiration from my all time she rocks the smokey eye well… So here is my take on it, details are¬†below:

Primed my eye with¬†Shadow Insurance by Too Faced then used a mixture of my¬†Jumbo Eye Pencil in Dark Brown by NYX Cosmetics and Dash Eyeshadow Base by Sigma blended together as a base for the darker shadows. On the outer V is Mocha, above the crease is a combination of Brown Sugar and Country Girl all by¬†Makeup Geek on my inner lid is a combination of Honey Honey and Buche De Noel from the “A Few of My Favourite Things Palette” by Too Faced (was limited edition and I’m pretty sure it’s sold out now). Taking my Long-Wear Eye Pencil in Jet by Bobbi Brown¬†I tightline my upper and lower lash lines – smudging out the top liner. Finishing off with 2 coats of¬†Le Volume De Chanel Mascara

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~ DAY 26~

… Favourite Era…

Is the¬†50s by far! During the 50s, beauty trends reached a completely new level and women everywhere participated by utilizing revolutionary new colors, products and techniques. It’s also where my favourite technique – cat eye flick – really came about. See below for the deets: ÔłŹ

Primed my eyes with Shadow Insurance by Too Faced, placed Blanc Type by MAC Cosmetics over my lid and all up to my brow bone. In the crease I have a mixture of Haux, Malt and Kid Рall by MAC Cosmetics. For my cat eye flick I used my favourite liquid liner РSchwing Liquid Liner by The Balm and finished it off by applying a couple of coats of Le Volume De Chanel Mascara on my top and bottom lashes. On my lips is En-Joystick in Retro Red by Kardashian Beauty.

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~ DAY 27~

… Face Mask/Scrub…

I have tried a lot of face cleansers and scrubs but of all the products Michael Todd True Organics are the best! I take my skin care routine very seriously – I already use the Tropical Fruit Scrub and now since adding this – Wild Berry Exfoliating Peel – into the mix my face has never felt better. It is so smooth and the best part…¬†they are made with all natural ingredients and do not test on animals!! Plus this peel smells DIVINE – much like strawberry jam!!!¬†I would highly recommend giving these a try! I doubt you’ll regret it!

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~ DAY 28~

…Wish List…

So I compiled a little collage of some of the things that are on my wish list for my up coming trip to the US… ÔłŹDetailsÔłŹ:

Chanel Vintage Vanity Case, Naked 3 Palette by Urban Decay, Chantecaille Rose De Mai Cream, Tom Ford Eyeshadow Quad in Cognac Sable, YSL Rouge Volupté Lipstick in Nude Beige, YSL Gloss Volupté in 101 Iridescent, Makeup Forever 12 Flash Colour Case, Neo-orange pigment from the Playland Collection by MAC Cosmetics, Hourglass Cosmetics Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light & Ethereal Light.

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~ DAY 29~

…Favourite High End Products…

This is a collection of my current favourite high end products from my kit.ÔłŹ Details:

Chanel Precision Gentle Eye Makeup Remover – hands down the best eyemakeup remover on the market, it gets everything off & it doesn’t leave your eyes feeling dry or over oiled.¬†YSL Glossy Stain in Dangerous Pinktalk about a¬†long lasting gloss, perfect for brides & bridesmaids. Chanel¬†Precision Mousse Douceur Rinse Off Foaming Cleanser – this is so luxurious, it makes my skin feel like it’s been to a spa & had a facial¬†without me having to actually leave the house! YSL Rouge Volupt√© lipstick in no. 38¬†– this is the perfect summer colour and it has surprising staying power and leaves your lips feeling well moisturized.¬†Chanel¬†Soleil Tan De Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base – this Bronzer leaves my skin with the most natural sun bathed look, I wear it on it’s own in summer or under my foundation for a more bronzed look – either way it’s completely easy to¬†use¬†the perfect bronzer in my opinion. Chanel Natural Loose Finish Powder in 20 Claire – this is the perfect setting powder as it’s so fine! It helps me set my makeup while allowing my skin to hold a dewy finish – a little goes a long way with this product. Chantecaille Radiance Gel Bronzer – this is another great bronzer – I prefer to use this one for over the top of my foundation as it seems to sit better that way.

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~ DAY 30~

…Brights

Today’s look I¬†added a pop of lime green… What do you think? Products and details are as follows:

Primed my eyes with Shadow Insurance by Too Faced, then using my Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk by NYX Cosmeticsnot into the crease. Then taking a bright neon green shade from my 252 Ultimate Palette by Coastal Scents and pack that all over the lid. Taking Texture by MAC Cosmetics I place that into and above my crease, darkening up the crease and my outer V with Mocha by Makeup Geek. I use that same colour and line my lower lash line as well. Using Schwing Liquid Liner by The Balm to line my lid and out into a cat eye flick. Finishing off with a couple of coats of Le Volume De Chanel Mascara Рand there you have it! A subtle pop of green for a little fun!

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Well that’s it my friends, I hope you liked this for something different and stay tuned for my next post…

Till next time xoxo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Valentines Day Look 4

Firstly Happy Valentines Day my loves!! I hope you’re having a lovely day no matter what you’re doing. Well, here is the fourth and final look in my Valentines Day series. This is my take on a smokey eye… So if you want to see how I do this read onwards xx

~STEP 1~

As this is a strong look with dark colours I definitely don’t want this look to crease so I prime my eyes with Shadow Insurance by Too Faced Cosmetics. Then taking Cr√®me Br√Ľl√©e by Makeup Geek on my E45 Small Tapered Blending Brush by Sigma I place this just above my crease and blend thoroughly.

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~STEP 2~

Using the same brush I take Cocoa Bear by Makeup Geek and blend into my crease and upwards into where I placed Cr√®me Br√Ľl√©e. Blend until the two colours transition smoothly.

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~STEP 3~

Next I take my Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Eye Pencil in Jet (I am obsessed with this btw – it is the only eyeliner pencil that actually stays put and doesnt smudge underneath my eyes) and roughly line my upper lash line.

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~STEP 4~

Taking The Shader Brush from my Hair and Makeup Addiction Luxury Set, I blend the liner over my lid. When doing this make sure to NOT blend it into you crease – stop¬†just before the crease. If you take it further you’re going to end up with too much black, you will lose your transition colours and end up looking like a panda or¬†two burnt holes in a blanket

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~STEP 5~

After I have blended the eyeliner over my lid I take Corrupt by Makeup Geek on the same brush The Shader we used to blend in the eyeliner. To place this on the lid I gently pack it on in patting motions.

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~STEP 6~

BLEND! This is the key element in making this look work. So I take the same E45 brush we used earlier and take a little more Cocoa Bear and start blending Corrupt and Cocoa Bear together until the two become seamless and transition nicely.

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~FINISH~

Once I am happy with the blending of the two colours. I apply my fave mascara РGoddess Mascara by Eye of Horus. Then I line my lower lash line with Mocha by Makeup Geek with The Detailer by Makeup and Hair Addiction and add a coat of Goddess Mascara by Eye of Horus. Then to lighten my inner corner a bit I add the colour Nylon by MAC Cosmetics with my finger tip and then applied a nude lip using the shade Shy Girl by MAC Costmetics and TA DAAAAA all finished!

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So I know this look is a little bold but I hope you like it and if you try it out and like it I would love to hear about it.

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 РI 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 РSchwing by theBalm and my mascara РI used Mega Plush and Colossol Volume Рboth by Maybelline.

~ STEP 10 ~

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

~ STEP 11 ~

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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.

~ STEP 13 ~

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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 Рlet me know what you think :)

Till next time babes xx

The 411 on the Smokey eye

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Hello my beauties, hope all is well and your weekends have been wonderful sunny :)

Today I want to talk about the infamous smokey eye – well, rather¬†the do’s, the¬†don’ts and the¬†don’t¬†you dare’s which if followed, will help¬†steer you away from raccoon eyed terror –¬†towards sexy bombshell diva ūüėČ

Now I think we can all agree the majority of us¬†gals love a smokey eye¬†and it’s the look I¬†get asked to do a lot. When I’m asked to do this look it’s mainly¬†because it’s popular, but also¬†most believe¬†it’s too tricky to do themselves. Another thing I think hinders¬†people¬†from trying it out is the¬†misconception¬†that a smokey eye HAS¬†to be black. Well girls it doesn’t, a¬†smokey eye¬†can be done with many other shades that are dark – if anything I prefer using¬†colours other than black. Anyway never fear…. like most things, the smokey eye just takes a little practice and patience¬†before you’re a pro :)¬†

So before¬†getting any further let me clarify that to create a smokin’ smokey eye ūüėȬ†you will need¬†quality¬†brushes¬†(not the¬†little sponge applicators¬†that come in most eyeshadow compacts) to help blend the colours well¬†and¬†decent¬†eyeshadow¬†(keep in mind you don’t¬†have to spend a lot to¬†attain these). Excuse my bluntness but,¬†if the eyeshadow is¬†crap then you are¬†going to look crap –¬†the color isn’t going to blend, and if its¬†powdery¬†this¬†will lead¬†to extra¬†fall out. So by the time you’re¬†done you will have extra fall out and end up with eye shadow all over your face.¬†Not¬†sexy.¬†

So now let’s go through some mistakes women do when trying to create a smokey eye.

DO NOT DO THIS!!!

Putting black eyeshadow on your entire lid and bottom and underneath your eye and thinking that constitutes a smokey eye Рsorry but NO, or rather HELL NO. Please refrain from piling on layer upon layer of black eyeshadow, instead slowly build the color up and in between use your brushes to blend, blend, blend, and blend some more.

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Avoid using¬†a selection of all¬†shimmery¬†eyeshadows. Dont get me wrong, I love¬†shimmer¬† and when used¬†on the¬†inner corners of your eyes, it can really lift and¬†brighten them.¬†It is in my humble opinion that shimmer has NO place¬†under the eyebrow or along the brow bone. Here using a matte or even a less shimmery¬†eyeshadow that’s close to your natural skin color will¬†highlight your eyebrows and will help blend the colors on a more natural level.¬†¬†

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DO NOT and I repeat DO NOT¬†place the¬†eyeshadow all the way up to your eyebrows. This just makes you look crazy…¬†see poor Tyra below…¬†If you feel you have placed eyeshadow too close to the eyebrow what you can do is to use a matte eyeshadow close to your skin color (same as mentioned above) under the eyebrow and blending down. Remember to keep separate brushes for dark colors and light colors otherwise you’ll look like 2 burnt holes in a blanket.

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Lastly,¬†harsh lines (this goes for any look) under your eye just make you look hard and unfeminine – so lets stay away¬†from that.¬†In the photo below¬†you can see the bottom liner has not been¬†blended, resulting in a super harsh line. What I would have done here would be to take a¬†little blending brush (if you don’t have one¬†don’t sweat – just use a cotton bud (Q-tip)) and¬†blend the bottom eyeliner till it has a soft smoked out appearance.¬†You can also applying eyeshadow that’s the same color as the liner over the top¬†– this will help¬†to both set it and¬†stop it¬†smudging¬†down your face all the¬†while retaining that soft smoked out look you set out for in the beginning.

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DO’S

DO experiment with different colours for smokey eyes. Below is a great example of combining a fairly bold colour with black to achieve a smokey eye. Here a the colour is not only bold but it makes her eye pop so much more than black would. Also in play is fantastic blending technique which as you can see gives it that soft smokey look.  

 

 

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In the photo below you can see how¬† Kim’s¬†eyeshadow is placed under the eyebrow the right way. Just remember to use a matte shadow close to your skin color. You can also see how it helps highlight brows.

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In the picture below Lindsay Price (more like her makeup artist) has nailed the under eye placement of liner and shadow for her smokey eye. This is how its done people! Keeping it thinner towards the inner corner of the eyes then widening it towards the outer edges.

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Below is my personal go to smokey eye look. As you can see¬†I make sure all the colours are blended together so they have an even transition and the shadow goes high up but not all the way to my eyebrows. I’ve highlighted my brow bone flesh toned¬†shadow that has a slight shimmer in it and blended it down.¬†

Should I do a tutorial on this one?¬†If you’d like a step by step on this¬†look, leave a¬†comment down below :)

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So I this has helped in some way and made things a little clearer… and remember – its only makeup¬†and be wiped off easily. So go practice and enjoy :)

XOXO

30 Day Challenge – FINAL WEEK –

Apologies¬†for the delay my loves, I’ve been a bit sick this week so I was a tad behind¬†in creating the last of my looks… However I’m¬†all better now and have managed to catch up. Anyway – here I am, in the final leg of my self-imposed 30 Day Challenge. I will admit there have been days where I found it difficult to think of what to do or if I was going to execute it in time to be ready for work ūüėȬ† So I hope I managed to keep them interesting and different enough for you guys – let me know what you think :)

Day 24. I wanna be famous¬†– Every now and I see a celebrity on the red carpet at a special event, movie premier, award ceremony etc that makes me think wow! Something about the look makes me do a double or even a triple take. I think these are my favourite looks to tackle mainly because it’s a¬†challenge for me to copy or try a tricky style or adapt it to suit my eye shape. I know for a fact there are a few celebrities that are favourites for me but one that I just love is the ever gorgeous Mila Kunis¬†– I love way she wears such luxurious browns and golds together and don’t even get me started on when she wears a smokey eye. So todays look was inspired by her. I hope I was able to do her justice.

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1.  Primed my lid by using my faithful MAC Paint Pot in Painterly

2.  Applied All that Glitters by MAC all over my lid

3.¬†¬†Using a mixture of Bronze and Mulch by MAC into my crease and on my outer¬†“V” extending it upwards and outwards¬†so as to lift my eye – all the while ensuring it is blended out

4.¬† Taking a soft kohl¬†black eyeliner, I used Rimmel’s¬†Scandaleyes¬†Waterproof Kohl¬†Kajal Eye Liner, line the top of your lid then using an angled eyeliner brush – smudge it out to soften the line

5.  Taking the colour Luna from the Sigma Resort Palette I highlighted my inner corner and tear duct

6.  Coating my top and bottom lashes with my Goddess Mascara by Eye of Horus

7.  Finishing off the look by applying my new favourite lashes in style No. 1 by Lashes in a Box

Day 25. Contour РMade famous by Kim Kardashian (love her!) Рcontouring has become a common step in my makeup routine Рhowever I have to say it surprises me that for a lot of women, contouring is often a skipped step. In my opinion when you apply foundation to your entire face, you are creating a blank canvas, making it critical to go back and add the dimensions back in. Technically, contouring is about shadows and light; if you’ve ever taken an art class you’ll know that you use darker shading to push an area inward and lighter shading to pull an area outward. So when contouring your face you use this method to help create the appearance of a stronger jaw line, more defined cheek bones, and a slimmer face or nose etc.

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1.  Applied my new favourite foundation РRevlon Colorstay Whipped foundation in colour True Beige and ensure it is blended down to my neck with my Beauty Blender sponge

2.  I know where my cheekbones are and have been practising this for a while, however, if you are new to contouring I suggest you look in the mirror and suck in your cheeks Рthis instantly shows you where your cheekbones are

3.  Then taking your desired medium (bronzing powder/cream bronzer/darker cream foundation) with a flat-headed bronzer brush just slightly under cheekbones from the hollows to your ear

4.  Sweep bronzer in circular motions directly on temples. If, like me, you have a rather spacious forehead you can continue the contour along the hairline. You can also contour directly underneath your jaw line

5.  I then make sure I blend edges with my Beauty Blender sponge

6.  Finishing it off by setting it with my Ben Nye Bella Luxury Powder in Banana

Day 26. Bright times – For this look I chose some colours that I love, and think compliment each other very well. My¬†look¬†definitely created an impression around the office that day ūüėȬ†… bright times collage

1.¬† Started off by priming my eye using NYX’s Jumbo Pencil in Milk – blending that into my lid and up into my crease

2.¬† Using my Coastal Scents 252 Ultimate Palette¬†I took a bright sky blue colour and placed that on my lid leaving the outer “V” bare

3.¬† Then from the same palette I took a dark violet shade and blended that into my outer “V” and into my crease

4.  Taking a mixture of the blue and purple colours I used I blended that underneath my eye along my lower lash line sweeping it upwards in a cat eye fashion

5.  Taking Luna from the Sigma Resort Pallete I highlighted my inner corner and tear duct

6.  Taking Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eye Liner in Black I tightlined my upper and lower waterline. Then taking Eye of Horus Liquid Define Liner I lined my lid

7.  Taking the Goddess Mascara by Eye of Horus I coated my top and bottom lashes

8.  I then applied my new favourite lashes No. 1 lashes Lashes in a Box Lastly I take my Sephora Collection Glitter Eyeliner in Black and go over my black liner I created earlier

9.  Using my Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eye Liner in Nude, I draw a line in between the top and bottom shadow separating the two thus creating a double line effect.

Day 27. Video Killed the Radio Star¬†– I don’t¬†know about you, but I tend to get a lot of my inspiration from music videos. Some of my personal faves that I look to time and time again are Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, and Lana Del Ray. I love that they range from the crazy colourful to the beautiful and eye-catching. So for todays look I took inspiration from the gorgeous, age defying, Jennifer Lopez – in her new clip “Live it Up”. In this clip we see her with a sultry smokey eye, a bronzed golden eye and a very out there mustard lip colour to a heavier sexy night-time look. Which one to choose? I went with the bronzed beach look. I love the other looks but this one just took my breath away – there is something about how luxurious the golden bronze looks on her eyes.

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1.  For this I primed my lid and lower lash line with NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Bronze Рblending it into my lid and up into my crease

2.¬† to intensify this look I took MAC’s Pigment in colour Melon and applied that over the top and then taking it down to my lower lash line

3.¬† Using a mixture of MAC’s Mulch and Bronze I applied that to my outer “V” to smoke it out and add some depth

4.  Taking MACs Power Point Eye Pencil in colour Duck I lined my upper lash line and smoked it out with an angled eyeliner brush

5.¬† Using my Goddess Mascara¬†I coated my top and bottom lashes heavily – unfortunately¬†I ran out of time so I couldn’t¬†add any falsies¬†to my look but if you can I would advise adding in some Individual false lashes as it will really open up the eye¬†further and give the eyes that lovely soft fluttery look that Jennifer has.

Day 28. Pop goes the Weasel – there are many ways you can make your eyes “pop” but my favourite is to use a color that contrasts with your natural eye color. Now, some of you might be thinking ‚Äúhow the heck am I supposed to know which colors to choose?‚ÄĚ NEVER FEAR! The answer lies within the color wheel! How you might ask? Well, all you have to do is locate your eye color on the wheel and the color directly across is the perfect one for you! Keeping in mind you¬†could also use a bit of your natural eye color, or a slightly darker version, to bring out the color!

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So for me, my eye colour is usually¬†green but, as weird as it sounds, my eye colour greatly depends on what mood I am in, so when I am happy they are at their greenest. If you look at the colour wheel above you can see that for me my colours range from purple to orange and include rust colours and deep bronze’s.¬†For todays look, see below…

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1.¬† Primed my eye using MAC’s paint pot in Painterly

2.  Taking a MAC pigment in colour Blue Brown РI chose this colour as it is a brown but with a blue-green pearl to it which should complement my green eyes РI then applied that all over my lid and into my crease

3.¬† Taking a mixture of MAC’s Cork, Quarry and Smut I smoked out the outer V and into my crease

4.  Taking Luna from the Sigma Resort Pallete I highlighted my inner corner and tear duct

5.  Using my Eye of Horus Liquid Define Liner I lined my lid

6.  Finishing off my look by coating my top and bottom lashes with Goddess Mascara by Eye of Horus and applied some false lashes No. 1 lashes Lashes in a Box Рwhat do you think?

Day 29. Ombre –

This two-tone look subtly contours the mouth. A darker shade around the outer edge of the lip adds definition, while a slightly softer tone in the center reflects light and creates the illusion of fuller, juicier lips. In my opinion the key is to use two shades in the same color family. They should gradually fade into each other for a lovely ombré effect.

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1.  The first and probably most important step is to prepare your lips. To do this I used my favourite lip scrub by Sara Happ  and then apply a nice thick coat of Lucas Papaw Lip Ointment (hands down the best out there Рit is a miracle worker for any set of dry lips)

2.¬† I then applied a generous coating of foundation to my entire lip.¬†Beware this tends to make you look¬†super creepy, but it helps your lip to “pop” more and your lipstick to last longer.¬†¬†

3.¬† Next I¬†applied a nude lipstick (I chose Shy Girl by MAC)¬† to my¬†entire bottom lip. Once it was¬†well blended I¬†went in with¬†the¬†first color. I chose to use a lip pencil¬†–¬†¬†Le Crayon L√®vres¬†Precision Lip Definer in colour 49 Rose Corail¬†–¬†applying this to my top lip and using the brush that comes with it,¬†blending¬†it out softly to top centre of my bottom lip.¬†At this point I blended the pencil out, adding a little bit at a time, as necessary, until I had 3 fairly clear colors happening on my lower lip.

4.¬† The next color I added was 55 Fuschia (same Chanel Lip Pencil mentioned in step 3), I covered my entire top lip, but didn’t worry too much about getting too close to the edge of my top lip since I’d be covering that area with a darker shade anyways. At this point I also added significantly more of the Lip Pencil – 49 Rose Corail as mentioned in¬†step 3 –¬†to the innermost part of my bottom lip (still using the brush that came with the pencil)

5.¬† Now, here comes the tricky part…especially since it looked like¬†horrible¬†before I blended it out. I added¬†MAC’s Candy Yum¬†Yum¬†lipstick¬†along the top half of my upper lip, again, I didn’t worry about getting too close to the edge, I blended out from that point anyway.

6.  The next step was to blend. Depending on how confident you are you can use your little finger or a lip brush even a cotton tip РI used a mixture of a lip brush and my finger to blend out only the lipstick until it no longer looked harsh

7.  Then using  the same lip brush (I gave it a quick clean) I blended and precisely shaped the outer line of my lip and further blended the fuschia with the rose colors on my upper lip.

8.¬†Taking my Lucas Papaw ointment I applied it gently by dapping over my lip so as my lips would look nice and glossy.¬†And that’s THAT!

Day 30. Lashtastic¬†–¬†its amazing how such a simple eye can be transformed by adding a pair of false lashes – natural or slightly dramatic. For the look I had today I went with a slightly more dramatic set than I would normally wear… what do you think? Too dramatic or just right?

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1.  Primed my lid with MAC’s paint pot in Painterly

2.¬† Applying MAC’s Blanc Type all over my lid and up to my brow bone. Then I Cut my crease with a mixture of MAC‚Äôs of Cork, Quarry and Smut ‚Äď blending it out thoroughly

3.  I then lined my lid with Rimmel Glam Eyes Professional Liquid Liner in black and flicking it out at the ends to create the desired cat eye effect

4.  Finishing off my look by coating my top and bottom lashes with my Goddess Mascara Рthen applying my No. 4 false lashes by Lashes in a Box.

SO! THERE WE HAVE IT! I made it, I completed the 30 Day Challenge¬†– albeit a tad late, but completed none the less. I hope you enjoyed it and don’t be afraid to let me know what you thought or what one was your favourite.

XOXO

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