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Make Overs

9 May

I have only really  had my makeup done for a Bridal catwalk show (and hated it) and have had the odd eye-shadow application at Make-up counters but never sat down for a full face treat before.

I thought it would be best to experience two Make overs and therefore treat myself twice (why not!… all in the name of research!)

I chose an over the counter Make over at MAC and a Make up lesson at an independent beauty bar, Peaches and Cream in Liverpool.

In general I would always choose to have a make over using lots of different Make up instead of being restricted to one brand, like you are with an over the counter Make over. I spend a large amount of time researching Make up to see which is considered the best for – durability (will it last all day) best for all skin types (oily/ dry) and for occasion; whether that would be Bridal, day out at the Races or Fancy dress.

I decided to try a  make over at MAC as I absolutely LOVE their eye shadows and Lip gloss;  It was also good research for me and getting a full face MAC -over allowed me to see which products I liked and didn’t like. With booking MAC I didn’t know which artist I would get and whether or not they all have their own styles?!

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I had a lovely artist who listened to my outfit choice and took charge of which colours to use;  my dress was electric blue so we decided upon a blue eye-shadow with gold!

It was interesting sitting back and letting someone else take over, I resisted the urge to keep peeking with one eye…

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The foundation was NW20 Prolongwear (I will do another post on the difference between NW and NC at MAC)… it felt nice going on and was flawless looking but the ‘look’ was quite a bit thicker than anything I would typically wear. I have heard good things about their face and body foundation that I would quite like in my kit, so will try that next time.

The eye shadow colours used were Painterly (light paint pot cream shadow)  Woodwinked (golden shimmer) , Nehru (grey) and the corners of my eyes were lined with petrol blue pencil. They looked great and complimented each other and they made my eyes look ‘bluer’.

But overall I felt my eyes looked quite small. The application was quite dark and heavy which made my eyes look a little sunken in. Where it was put was fine, I cant quite put my finger on why I just didn’t like it and I think its because it just didn’t look like ‘me’.

To be honest I’m sure if I would have said something the artist could have altered it to suit what I wanted but I didn’t say anything at the time;  I only had an hour slot which had already ran out at the end, I didn’t feel comfortable asking for anything to be changed.

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The blusher however, I did have to say something. It was extremely brown for my skin so I asked if a peachy pink could be used which looked a lot better. The artist agreed! – Blush Baby was put on afterwards!

All in all the experience was worth it as you get the Make over included if you spend over £30 on products. I would advise to find out which products you want before hand though. The only things I bought from my Make over were strobe cream and the Lips glass Oyster Girl, which is one of my favourites.  Will write up on all of my new Make-up soon!I think you should always get your Make-up done and leave it to see how it lasts before shelling out for something you might not like in a few hours!

The perfect example of this is that the eye-shadow didn’t last the night….. but I do think that was the application as I use many MAC shadows and they NEVER come off! Its a struggle with make-up remover!

I wouldn’t put people off going to counters to have their Make up done, it really is about personal preference, and really letting your artist know what your likes and dislikes are which I don’t think I conveyed well enough.MAC2MAC3

Read my next Post on my Peaches and Cream Make up lesson 🙂 ….

*All MAC images do not belong to me all rights reserved to the authors

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Makeup* your eyebrows!

9 Sep

 My last post was all about eyebrows, and how important they are in framing your face. Not everyone needs to have statement brows like Jennifer Connolly or Camilla Belle but just see the difference between a happy medium See Gwen Stefani – Nuff said.

 

 

Thicker statement eyebrows have been on trend for a while now so it is refreshing to see that the high arch will be back for autumn winter 11 – I know did you ever think there would be an eyebrow trend?

You cannot just follow trends if they do not go with your face shape but you can use makeup to pretend or try it out!

First off, once you have had your eyebrows threaded and it has left you with your perfect brow shape  (See previous post here)  you will need to know a little bit about how to contour your face with Makeup.

When focussing on the eyebrows you need to know that the area underneath the end of the eyebrow needs to be highlighted – When putting on my eyeshadow I start with MAC Vanilla shimmer pot as a base for other makeup – Then when I am finished I will put an extra bit just on that area under the eyebrow so it is uber prominent! I will show a step by step in my next post! x

I have a massive crush on Kim Kardashians’ Makeup face. Its always perfectly applicated (it could possibly look too polished day to day- but I still love it) and this photo shows exactly the right places that should be highlighted and where should be shaded darker. If you think about where your bones are prominent on your face such as you cheekbone and under your eyebrow bone your on the right track!! * hint* This also helps with where you put your bronzer/ blusher I.E. NEVER a pink stripe  on the top of your cheekbones! TOO HIGH! It can be blended up like the below 🙂

Her eyebrow has been shaded with an angled makeup brush to give the perfect shape and long line at the end. Therefore if you want to recreate this look you need to get the right tools!

If you have unruly brows you need an eyebrow brush – Any old mascara wand will do or if you fancy a treat the Dior brush has a lovely shape and handle! After you have tamed your brows you may want to put a lick of clear mascara on top; this is only for quite long eyebrows that never want to stay in your perfect shape!

The Bobbi Brown eyebrow brush has thick bristles so if you put a little brown powder (eye makeup will do as long as its the same if not darker shade than your own brow colour) and work the brush over the eyebrows it will colour them in without staining the skin under your eyebrows – this can happen when people use an eyebrow pencil straight onto their skin! And its not a good look!  If you fancy an even more perfect eyebrow shape put a bit of brown eyeliner/ eyebrow pencil on the back of your hand and blend with a brown eyeshadow – using the angled brush create the shape you want to! Simples!

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In my next post I will be showing how to do different eyebrow shapes with Makeup!!

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