I spend so much time doing makeup on shoots thats super clean with a glowing complexion. Its got me a little obsessed with colour. So in this post I chat about a few of my fav products and show a little touch of colour makeup look. Whether its a wash of eyeshadow on your eye lid, a colour liner or a mascara its so easy to add a little something to your makeup look. Brands like NYX, Mac and Stila have it down when it comes to colours to play with.
I do love a good foundation especially one that has great skincare benefits. Last month Environ were offereing the foundation for free if you spent over a certain amount of money so I got to test this one out. The Environ Even More Hydra+ Foundation sadly only comes in 4 shades but for those fairer girls its a goodie. The shade I am testing out here is no 4 which is the darkest. Its still too light for me during summer but you get see what it looks like on. Its a really lovely foundation that totally evens out my skin giving me a glowing complexion.
I absolutely love these gorgeous new Bobbi Brown Crushed Liquid Lip colours that have landed in SA. I got sent 2 shades to play around with and what I can say is that I want so many more. There are 14 crushed Liquid lip shades available in SA retailing at R395 each. Yes they are on the pricey side but its Bobbi Brown and they really are great quality. You’ve got your nudes and of course your bright shades so there is somthing here for everyone.
When it comes to makeup I like mine to be modern yet simple. One of my favourite looks and that works best on me is the cat eye with lots of mascara. The new Benefit Roller Liquid Liner and Mascara landed on my desk last week and I was super keen to get busy trying. I kept my look really classic and just contoured my eyes to create definition and then liner and mascara.
When it comes to makeup you DO NOT have to break the bank. I am a firm believer that spend your money on your skincare and your foundation. However, when it comes to your eye looks you can go drugstore. Now I have written about Makeup Revolution before but here you get to see how it looks on a model and not just me. In this post you can see a couple makeup looks for Glamour Magazine SA using Revolution Makeup Life on the Dancefloor VIP Palette.
Drugstore brands have really stepped up their game. Now you can buy eye palettes without breaking the bank. I put the new Maybelline Lemonade Craze Palette (R260) to the test and created a look using a few of the shades. Its got a combo of nude and bold colours including the yellow shade Lemonade Craze. You can create quite a few looks just using the indivudual shades or create a combo its really up to you.
If like me you have a busy life filled with work and kids then what you really need is a quick 5 minute makeup look. The key thing for me is good glowing skin with a little somerthing on the eyes and lips. I am looking for no fuss but I want to feel like I look good and of course glowing. Sometimes I don’t even bother with liner if I am off on a shoot. However, there are times I need a quick look that looks like I have made an effort but really it didn’t take much effort at all. In this post I have a few items that really make me glow and look polished.
I ask myself everytime I go to my highlighter stash do I have too many??? Others would probably say yes but its the one thing that I love most of all even more than mascara and bronzer!!! The choice of highlighters is endless and I am sure for those who aren’t as obsessed as makeup as I am where to start. This post I am sharing some of my highlighters favs and how to use them. I have lots that I love but seriously we would be here all day. So which do you choose a cream, a powder or go for a whole palette???
I haven’t included strobe creams in this post but I will be filming a video this week actually chatting about all things highlighters. Plus how to use a strobe cream to get a natural glowing complexion so don’t stress. So firs let’s start with cream highlighters and how they work:
First up the Mac Hyper Real Foundation which says its a foundation but its actually a highlighter. Confusing right? Its a liquid highlighter that comes in 4 shades from your light to darker skin tones. It gives a gorgeous glow to the skin plus has a high peral finish. These bad boys make your skin look amazing and brighter instantly. So if your skin is looking dull look no further. Its got a sheer to medium coverage and a little goes a long way. How to use? Apply with fingers or a brush on your key points and then apply your foundation for a gorgeous glow. Alternatively you can add some into your foundation for an intense pearly finish.
Benefit have a whole load of gorgeous highlighters I have featured in this post the moon beam highlighter but sadly its discontinued. However, you can get your hands on it in some countries still. The High Beam and the Sun Beam (which I also have in my makeup stash) are amazing on the skin. They come with a brush applicator so they are super easy to apply. I like to take the brush and apply 2/3 lines on the cheek bones, then blend in with a brush to get a seamless finish. You can apply before or after foundation application which ever you prefer. Also take a brush and apply some of the product to the bridge or your nose or cupids bow.
My Incredible Cosmetics You Glow Girl Irridescent Jelly is unlike any highlighter I have ever used before. I first spotted it on instagram and now its in my pro makeup kit. Sadly its not available in SA yet I got mine from Urban Outfitters in the UK for a bargain of £10!! With this one start with little and work the intensity up if you need as this has an intense glow going on. Best to apply with fingers or a sponge to get the finish you want. You can apply to cheek bones, add onto an eye look or even apply on lips. The jelly dries pretty quickly so you need to work it in as soon as you apply. There are 4 shades in the collection of which I am going to try get my hands on when I go to the UK. Perfect for a beautiful glow all day long.
Moving on to some of my favourite powder highlighters:
Becca Cosmetics have it down when it comes to their highlighters. Currently I am swooning over the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone. I got some of their mini’s from the UK but you can get full size at Muse Beauty in SA. If you watch Nikki Beauty who is the brand ambassador in the UK you will see this highlighter in action. They have a selection of shades this one is for your fairer skin tones and its just so beautiful on. Its easy to apply and gives that lit from within skin. Apply with a brush onto cheek bones, brow bone, along the nose, cupids bow and your chin for that extra glow.
I literally can’t stop chatting about this highlighter its just so pretty on. Check out my shahnazlovesbeauty insta account to see it in action. Its the Mac Skin Extra Dimension Skin Finish in Show Gold a beautiful liquid powder highlighter that gives a lumiunous finish. I love love love it!!! There are 8 shades now available and seriuously I want them all. The finish is so pretty and this pink when it hits the light its so pretty. You can go sheer or build up your coverage depending on what you fancy.
Last up the Mac Irridescent Loose Powders are truly amazing on the skin. There are 2 shades in this shot I added in the newest shade Golden Bronze which is perfect for darker skintone, then Silverdusk which is a pale pink shimmery highlighter. The highlighter is a mix of mica pigments that really gives a stunning finish. Best applied with a brush to build up the glow but start with a little as it goes a long way. You can add to clean skin or over your foundation in all the key areas of the face. You can mix a little with your moisturiser or your foundation to give an all over glow.
A recent beauty shoot here its all about the glow and how highlighter can make your skin look amazing its as easy as that. Here I used a combo of skincare and highlighters to enhance the models skin. If you haven’t got a highlighter in your stash then get busy shopping. From your drugstore to your high end there is something for everyone.
I absolutely love my new Urban Decay born To Run Palette its one of the best palette’s I have had yet to date. The brand have given us lots of amazing shades to work all year round to create gorgeous eye looks. In this post I created a smokey eye look that I recreated from the New Years Day Party I went to. Its super easy to create with a mix of just 4 shades. I took the concealer from my Huda Beauty New Nude Palette but didn’t actually use any of the shades in this look.
Elizabeth Arden is a brand that continued to impress me time and time again in 2018 with both their makeup and their skincare. The Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Liquid Lip Laquers came out at the end of last year and I did chat about them on social media. But I saved the post to start out the new year. The lipsticks have a different finish to the previous ones we have seen. The finish is intense and there are 5 gorgeous shades to choose from. There is a shade here for most skin tones but sadly missing a red lets hope they get one in the range soon.
There are now 3 new finishes the Lacquer (intense and non sticky), Cream (rich and satiny) and Gloss (soft shine finish). I got to play with the new lacquers and really love them. Here I am testing out the shade Seductress its a pretty pink raspberry shade that really suits my complexion. But I also love the Coral Infusion shade I am all about the bold colours especially when I am rocking a tan.
The Liquid lip lacquers are really hydrating that apply so easily onto your lips. The colour pay off is really great so you don’t have to apply a million layers to get the full effect. Each lippie comes in a really unique applicator where you have to click to release the lipstick. The applicator is a sponge that is shaped perfectly so you can apply easily all over your lips.
Already in stores the Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Liquid Lip Laquers retail at R299. They are on the slightly pricier side but definitely worth checking out.