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I recently got my hands on the new Nars Eyeshadow Outremer which is an amazing Colbalt bright blue colour and I really wanted to create a tutorial using this shade. Its also a great alternative to a black or brown smokey eye and its very modern plus on trend! I also matched it with the Maybelline Colour Tattoo 24 Hr eyeshadow in Electric blue as the base. If you can’t get your hands on the Nars shadow then you can just use the Maybelline cream shadow as its amazing on its own.

Here are the products I used:

Maybelline 24 HR Colour Tattoo in Electric Blue

Nars Eyeshadow in Outremer

Charlotte Tilbury Liquid Eye Pencil Rock n Kohl

Mac Brow Pencil in Fling

Charlotte Tilbury Fat Lashes Mascara

Topshop Glow highlighter in Gleam

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze

Makeup Forever HD Cream Blush in Coral

Maybelline Colour Whisper Lipstick in Cherry on Top

Hope you enjoy the tutorial. x

I wanted to do a tutorial using the amazing Maybelline Colour Tattoo 24 HR Eyeshadows and pair it with a trend bright red lip. This tutorial is a quick and easy look that can be worn day or night.

Here is what I used to create the look:

  • Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream
  • Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation
  • Maybelline 24 HR Colour Tattoo Cream Eyeshadow
  • Mac Brow Pencil in Fling
  • Max Factor 2000 Calories Mascara
  • Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow
  • Bourjois Cream Blush in no 2
  • Kiko Lipstick and Mac Lipstick in Ladybug
  • Soap and Glory One Heck of  a Blot

Hope you enjoyed the video. x

 

I recently did a shot and the brief was a road trip/festival vibe. Its been big in Europe and now living in South Africa with Spring upon us the festival season is about to begin with Rockin the Daisies. So what is the look for that is really on trend for festivals? The usual look is usually quite natural with cool textured/tousled hair with maybe a head piece or coloured tips. In the image above we went for a really natural look with beautiful textured hair (my lovely colleague Alet did the hair). Here is how the look was created and I will also give some extra tips for festival beauty:

  • I prepped the skin with moisturiser but if you are in the sun go for a suncream with a high SPF before applying your make up.
  • For the skin I kept it really natural and used the Georgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation and buffed into the skin. If you want a more natural vibe then go for a BB Cream or Tinted moisturiser instead.
  • For the eyes I used a long wearing cream based shadow from Ellis Faas but its not available in SA so try maybelline Colour Tattoo Eyeshadows in one of the nude or gold shades its a great budget product that is easy to apply and has great staying power.
  • I filled in the brows using Mac Brow Pencil in Fling its a great way to fill brows and make them look really natural but complete your look especially when you are going for more natural make up.
  • For the lashes I applied Benefit They’re Real Mascara but for a festival try a waterproof based mascara that will really last no matter what the weather.
  • I highlighted on top of the cheek bones with Mac irredescent loose powder in Silver Dusk.
  • For contouring I buffed under the cheek bones with Mac Mineralise Skin Finish Natural in Medium Dark.
  • For the cheeks opt for a powder over a cream so it will last longer I used a peach shade this is a perfect colour for lighter skin tones and if you are a dark skin tone go for a deep pink.
  • For the lips I used a nude lipstick but you may just want to apply some lip balm and keep those lips hydrated or pop on some gloss.
  • To set the make up spritz with Mac Fix + or a translucent Finishing powder especially if its hot and you are sweating.

For the hair:

  • Spritz a heat protectant , hair spray and sea salt spray and blow dry scrunching the hair in your hands.
  • To create etexture take one each sections twist the hair and then apply a flat iron up and down the hair to create the tousled look.
  • In this shoot the ends of the hair were coloured this is a great way to give a bit of something to your look. Either spray the ends with colour spray or in this instance Alet used coloured hair chalk.

Nails: If your look is really natural then go for a pop of colour on the nails and if you don’t like too bright try a Cobalt Blue shade its a great way to be on trend.

If you don’t want to go too natural opt for a colour gel liner to make you look pop, or a coloured eye shadow to give a more summery feel or an orange lip.

For your body if you want to add some colour use Mac Face and Body and apply a shimmer down your legs and on your arms.

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So my latest Elle Magazine Style For Less Editorial is out shot by Justin Polkey and the lovely model Emma Menteath. The clothes were very structured so the ladies from Elle wanted a flawless highlighted and contoured face and then a dramatic eye and brow. So here is how I created the look:

  • Prepped the skin Dr Haushka Light Day Rose Cream
  • Before applying foundation I highlighted the cheek bones with Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate
  • I applied Georgio Armani Luminous Foundation in no 4 (cheaper option is Maybelline FIT ME)
  • I concealed the skin under the eyes, on the cheeks and around the nose with Mac Pro/Correct Conceal Palette and Maybelline Wake Me Concealer.
  • For the eyes I applied Mac Paint Pot in Groundwork and then created the smokey eye using the Mac Veluxe Pearl Shadow in Brown Luxe taking the darkest shade and blending into the crease of the eye and winging it out and using the taupe colour onto the lids. This palette is a limited edition so try the Stilla Natural Eye Palette to create the same effect.
  • For the brows I went quite a few shades darker using the Mac Brow Pencil in Spiked and for the lashes I applied Benefit They’re Real Mascara.
  • I contoured under the cheek bones with the Chanel Healthy Glow Powder in no 40 and I highlighted on top of the cheek bones and into the temple with Becca Skin Illuminator.
  • For the cheeks I lightly dusted Mac blush in Sunbasque.
  • For the lips I applied Carmex to hydrate the lips and then using my fingers I applied a nude Mac lipstick with a peach tone.

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I hope you enjoyed my post. x

Get The Look: Bronze Skin and Orange Lip

So am currently on holiday getting a tan! Here is a simple fresh look I did last night for my dinner date with my lovely husband. As the current trend is an orange lip I thought why not. Remember the rule of thumb is if you go for a bright lip or even a dark lip keep the rest of the face really clean. So here is how I created the look:

  • Prepped my skin with Clarins Flash Beauty Balm
  • Buffed into my skin Mac Face and Body Foundation in C5 as I wanted a healthy sheer glow.
  • To cheat the extra colour I buffed in Stila HD Beauty Bronzing Balm in a figure 3 down each side of my face.
  • For an extra bronzing and glow on the rest of my face I buffed in the Chanel Healthy Glow Powder in no 60 and went under my cheek bones ober the Stila to really enhance the contour. I applied on the top of my forehead, down my nose, on my chin and on my jaw line and into my neck so that my face matched my body.
  • I applied a cream shadow from the new Mac Cream Eye Palette SS14 to give a really natural feel and for my lashes used my new Kiko mascara.
  • I didn’t fill my brows but it for this look you definitely can.
  • I applied on my cheeks Forever New Cream Blush in no 8.
  • For my lips I used Kiko lipstick in 508 which is an orange colour.

Orange Lip

Remember you don’t have to use the exact products I used. There is a lot available on the market budget and expensive that has the same effect.

Hope you enjoyed my post. x

Beauty Tips for Dark Skin Tones

In the last few months I have been doing a lot of make up for dark skin models so I thought I would share how I created this look for a trend beauty shoot I did. As well as share some beauty tips on make up rules in general for darker skin tones.

A big trend right now is beautiful flawless skin, bold brows and a red lip.  Some dark skin girls have oily skin so remember to prep skin with an oil free primer or serum if that is the case. I have been using the Gosh Serum a lot recently to prep skin as it really hydrates and smooths the skin out and doesn’t make the skin oily.

So here is how I created the look:

  • Applied Dr Haushka Light Day Rose Cream to prep the skin.
  • I blended Mac Matchmaster Foundation with a stippling brush. Most girls with dark skin I come across have 2 tones on their face so invest in a darker and lighter foundation  to even out skin tone.
  • Under the eyes I applied Bobbi Brown stick foundation in Espresso. When applying concealer go for a shade lighter under the eyes.
  • On the eyelids I applied the foundation to even out the skin and then set with the Mac Mineralise Skinfinish in Deep Dark.
  • I filled in the brows using my Benefit Browzing in Dark but I kept the brows very natural for this particular shoot but you can go bolder especially with a very dark skin tone. You don’t have to use a brow kit you can use a dark brown eyeshadow with an angle brush to fill in your brows especially if you are on a budget.
  • I kept the lashes very natural here and I applied Gosh Show Me Volume Mascara.
  • I applied on the top of the cheek bones a little deep bronze highlighter. I used an Estee Lauder Gold Highlighter here but try Inglot AMC Face and Body bronzer in no 67 to highlight the top of the cheek bones, down the bridge of the nose and on your cupids bow. Remember do not go for icy highlighters as it makes the skin look grey go for golds and bronzes.
  • On the cheeks the darker the skin tone the brighter the colour you can apply even a bright red looks amazing on a dark skin tone. In this shoot I used Mac Blush in Frankly Scarlet.
  • For contouring the darker the skin tone the darker you need to go so that you can see the definition. When I am working with very dark skin tones I use a dark brown shadow espresso by Bobbi Brown and buff in under the cheek bone with a contour brush. Remember dust off any excess onto the back of your hands and build up instead of applying to much and making a mess.
  • For the lip I first hydrated the lips using Carmex and then first I lined the lips with Mac Brick lip liner and then I applied Mac Lipstick in Russian Red and Ruby Woo. When you apply a liner it helps create the shape and stop the lipstick from bleeding.
  • To set the foundation and avoid shiney skin I used Mac Mineralise Skinfinish in Deep Dark.  Apply powder where you see your skin looks really shiney this will also help the foundation to last longer.

Hope you enjoyed the post. x

 

So Spring is almost upon us in Cape Town and I am off next week to France for some sun and relaxation and although I have a slight tan from the few sun days we have had I want to cheat a little and make myself look really healthy. I will explain  key ways to cheat a glowing tanned body. In my recent shoots the models with the pale skin needed to look healthy especially since we are shooting summer clothing. There are a few tricks I use to make the girls look healthy and glowing:

  • Moisturise using a deep nourishing cream this is the first step to creating a glow on the skin.
  • For your neck and chest area apply some Mac face and body with you hands to cheat some colour and make sure your face and neck are all matching.
  • Apply some highlighter on your collar bone I love Inglots Body Shimmers or Becca Luminous Skin Finish especially if you are quite pale and don’t want to use a bronzer.
  • Take a buffing brush and buff in the highlighter or a little bit of bronzer and buff down the outside of your arm to cheat that glow. For darker skin girls you can go for the dark bronzer and for paler skin girls go for something like Mac lustre drops.
  • If you legs are looking pale you can also apply some Mac Face and Body on your legs and then buff a highlighter down your legs to give that extra glow.

Hope you enjoyed my post. x

 

Elle September issue is out and I did the make up for the photoshoot. The brief was a clean face, definition in the eye and 8 nail changes for every outfit! Here are the products I used to create the look and a step by step on how to re-create:

  • Prep your skin with a moisturiser or primer.
  • I blended Georgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation all over her face with a buffing brush and concealed under the eyes and where was needed on the face with Mac Pro Conceal/Correct Palette.
  • For the highlight I used Kevin Aucoin Celestial Powder and I applied along the top of the cheek bone and along the cupids bow and then I added a clear gloss on top of the cheek bone to catch the light and highlighted under the eyes with Touche Eclat.
  • I contoured her face with the Chanel Healthy Glow Powder in no 30 and 40 to create definition and a beautiful glow.
  • For the eyes I blended onto the lid up to the crease line Inglot Matt Eyeshadow no 337 and into the crease to add definition I applied the Inglot Matt shadow in no 452.
  • I filled the brows in using Mac Brow Pencil in Fling and then applied Gosh Show Me Volume Mascara in Black.
  • I kept the lips nude because of the bright outfits and kept the real colour to the nails so that they matched each outfit.

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For the nail polishes the main brands used were Inglot as they have a fantastic collection, Nails Inc (neon and nude collection) and Essence for the red putfit in the magazine.

Hope you enjoyed my post. x

For those of you who don’t know the brand Gosh its a trendy Danish brand that hit South African shores this year. I have previously blogged about some products and I definitely can say I really like what I have tried so far. I received their latest blush and mascara last week so thought I would give them a try on my night out.

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The blush has 4 colours and has a real silky velvet finish. Its not heavy at all and feels really nice on the skin and gives a pretty pop of colour. I opted for the pink shade to give my face a pretty healthy glow. Definitely a great blush for spring/summer.

The blush is called Pink Pie and has 4 unique blends of silky powder particles, Mica and a skin conditioning agent combined with the ultra fine rounded powder particles gives that smooth velvet finish.photo-74 copy 2

The Mascara is their new Boomtastic XXL Volume Mascara and I thought I would give it a try with my very subtle smokey eye so as to open up my lashes and give my sad lashes some extreme volume. The applicatior is easy to use and applies a generous amount of mascara definitely giving me some volume.photo-74 copy 3

I really like this brand and its very well priced and they have a big range of products plus skincare too. I have also tried their serum prior to applying foundation which I love and will post about that this week. The products are available in SA in selected Edgars and Redsquare shops and in the UK in Superdrug.

Hope you enjoyed my post. x

 

There are so many easy and quick ways to update and freshen up your make up so that you can really be on trend and give your make up a bit of an edge and make your make up pop. There are so many easy ways to do this:

  • Instead of your usual black mascara opt for a colour mascara keeping the rest of your make up really fresh if you don’t want to go too crazy try a Royal Blue or plum. Inglot have a great selection of colours.
  • Bright colours and neon on the eyes are really in if you are feeling bold sweep a colour over your eyelid otherwise apply a colour liner on the lash line in a soft kohl pencil.
  • Alternatively add a colour liner into the waterline of your eyes like turquoise, purple or royal blue.
  • Ombre your lips so take two colours apply the one colour over the entire lip and then add the other colour in the inner part of your lip using your fingertips to make it look more natural. The trend on the catwalk was orange and pink but if that is too much then try a dark and light pink.
  • Feeling really pale and wanting to add more colour to your face instead of using bronzer then apply blush on your cheeks and take it up into the temple this will really make your face pop.
  • Instead of your usual highlighter take a Mac Mineralise Skin Finish in Lust and sweep on the cheek bone which gives a beautiful pink highlight.

Here are some products that can help you achieve the looks from MAC, Inglot and NYX:

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