Wintery make-up today! The key to this look is lots of contour and highlight and the use of earthy tones. I teamed a soft brown eye with a black winged liner and a two-toned red lip. By using lots of blending on the eyes it creates a subtle wash of colour that isn’t overpowering so you can still have a strong lip colour. I used a muted burgundy ( MAC Viva Glam III) to line my lips and then blended that inwards leaving the center free. This was then filled with a deep red (MAC Dubonnet) to give a natural luscious highlight. Stay creative Grace <3
Love this bronzed leopard print eye by make-up artist Kabuki! Created using Mac’s Fluidline Gel Liners in Rich Ground, Brassy and Blacktrack.
MAC’s Reel Sexy range featuring supermodel Kristen Mcmenamy. The range includes an array of limited edition Dynamic Duo eyeshadows, Nail Lacquers, Cremesheen Glass and Mineralise Skin Finish in bold and vivid colours! LOVE that orange lip <3
Watch the campaign video here.
This is a look I created today, I wanted to do something with a nice pop of colour. So I decided to do a bold purple eye and a bright fuscia lip.
The Products I used:
MUA Professional Eye Primer (Available at Superdrug)
Sleek Acid Pallette- White and Purple (colour circled in red)
Brows- Benefit Brow Zings in Medium
Kryolan Translucent Powder
MUA Single Eyeshadow in Shade 1 (highlight)
Accessorise Blusher (available in Superdrug)
HOW I CREATED THE LOOK:
- Its best to start with the eyes so you don’t get any fall out on the face. Using MUA’s Professional Eye Primer (£2.50) dab a fair amount on the lid and rub in with your finger making sure you cover the whole area up to the brows.
- With the purple shade in Sleek’s Acid Pallette and an oval brush, press the shadow firmly onto the lid up to the crease to create an even colour base.
- Now using a blending brush and a small amount of the purple blend the crease continuously until happy with the gradient.
- With a large fluffy brush and the white from the Sleek Pallette, apply under the brow bone and blend downwards into the purple.
- Taking the purple again and a small oval brush, sweep the colour under the lower lash line.
- Apply white eyeliner to the waterline, I used MAC’s Eye Kohl in Fascinating.
- With MAC’s Fluidline in BlackTrack apply liner on the upper lash line and take it slightly outwards to create a flick.
- Cut your lashes to the correct size and apply them to your eyes.
- Apply mascara on your bottom lashes.
- Fill in your brows with the appropriate colour, I like to use Benefit Brow Zings.
- Apply your foundation, I used MAC’s Studio Sculpt.
- Conceal under the eyes using a colour slightly lighter than your natural skin tone and cover any blemishes.
- Powder your foundation, I used Kryolans Translucent Powder.
- With a large angled brush and MUA’s Pearl Eyeshadow in shade 1, highlight the cheekbones and the cupids bow (upper lip)
- With a small blusher brush apply MAC Fleur Powder just under the cheekbones to create a contour.
- Apply Accessorise blusher softly to the apples of the cheeks.
- Using your favourite lip brush, apply 17 lipstick.
- With your finger, dab Illamasqua’s clear gloss in Brilliant over the top of your lips.
Pictures taken in natural sunlight.
Hope you like the look!
LOVING the creative beauty for Meadham Kirchhoff! Each model had a unique look for the show which was headed by MAC’s Florrie White. Inspired by pop-art, transvestites and extravagance the outcome was a crazy concoction of acid colours and heavy glitter.
Above is backstage at the show using MAC Chromacake, Pigments and Glitter.
Below is face charts filled in for each of the models.
Crazycoloured beehives and cartoon-esque curls topped the models from Bumble+Bumble’s James Pecis which resulted in a very wacky, very entertaining and interesting show!
MAC Cosmetics is collaborating with Chinese Photographer Chenman for its new range that launches in March. The beautiful collection which consists of 2 baked duo eyeshadows, a lipstick, a nail lacquer and a fluidline eyeliner is inspired by the natural world, love and water.
I can’t wait for this collection to come out, the colours are beautiful and I LOVE the above image it is stunning!!
One of the most difficult things in make-up is matching foundation. Foundation is used to give the skin a flawless looking base, it shouldn’t be visible and should look like the natural skin. So how do you know which foundation to choose? Well here are some simple things that you should know:
Every person has an underlying skin tone and there are two categories, Pink (warm) and Yellow (cool). An example of a cool undertone would be someone who has olive skin and an example of someone with a warm undertone would be fair skinned that burns easily in the sun.
HOW TO DETERMINE UNDERTONES
You can determine a persons undertone by looking at the veins on the underside of the forearm. If the veins are more blue, then you are most likely to have pink undertone. If the vein is more greenish in colour, then your undertone is most likely yellow.
You can tell if a colour is wrong because when applied it looks almost grey and takes all the colour away from the skin. Cool foundations will work on a pink undertone however warm foundations will not work on a yellow under toned skin.
It is harder to determine undertones the darker the skin and can sometimes be easier to test a cool and warm foundation just under the jawline. You can tell if the foundation doesn’t match because it will make the skin look ashy.
It can be so hard when choosing foundations because there are so many different brands and types it can all be overwhelming. Here is the low down of foundations and how you should choose which is right for you model:
None: Tinted Moisturiser
Tinted moisturiser should be used when the skin is beautiful and fresh with no or few blemishes. It is used just to even out skin tone and give the skin a healthy glow.
Light Coverage: Liquid
A light coverage foundation will be a runny liquid that is normally buffed into the skin. It should be used on clients with good skin, with a few blemishes that needs evening out.
Great products: MAC Face and Body- £25.50, perfect for photography and catwalk, light coverage that is easily buildable.
Medium Coverage: Creamy Liquid
Medium coverage foundation should be used on people with redness or patchiness to their skin tone and a few blemishes. It is still a liquid foundation but it is less runny and more creamy.
Great products: Illamasqua Skin Base: £25, beautiful creamy texture that is easily buildable with a stunning flawless and dewy finish. MAC Studio Sculpt- £23, Lovely rich creamy foundation that gives a good coverage and a nice velvety finish.
Full Coverage: Cream
A full coverage foundation is usually a cream and will be thick and rich in texture. It will be used on people with a lot of blemishes or highly uneven skin tone or patchiness. Don’t use this foundation on someone with dry skin.
Great products: Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick- £27, Great coverage and a nice creamy consistency with a great range of colours. Kryolan Ultra Foundation- £12.95, used a lot in theatre and has a very high coverage, great to cover scars or unwanted marks and has a great range of colours.
For your kit I would recommend a light, medium and dark in each foundation coverage to begin with. For personal use it can seem that these foundations are very pricey, however I believe it is worth investing in a good, high quality foundation as a decent base is the most important element in make-up.
Hope this helps you with the basics on foundation!