Wednesday, 16 April 2014

How To Create A 1950's Look With A Twist!

Hi guys! 

Since I uploaded the pics from one of the shoots I did makeup for, I've had a couple of requests to share how I did this 1950's look. So here goes!

(I know it would be a lot easier doing a video or something, but I'm still building up the confidence. Plus I really hate the sound of my own voice lol) 

This look was completed almost exclusively with MAC products, but a similar look can be achieved with products from other brands :)

A close up.


I moisturised the face with MAC Studio Moisture Cream

I then applied Studio Fix Fluid foundation in NC15 with a foundation brush and then buffed it in with a 187 brush. 

I used Select Moisture Cover concealer underneath the eyes, over any redness on the face and a tiny bit on the eyelids to act as a primer. Then blend, blend, blend! 

I then set this all with Mineralize Skin Finish Natural in 'Light'.


For the eyes I used a Pro Longwear Paint Pot in 'Painterly' over the eyelid. These are literally my favourite things in the entire world! They go on the lid as a cream but it dries to a powdery finish and literally does not move once it's on. It's really really good to use as a colour on its own or even as a primer for your eyeshadow. 

I then used a MAC eyeshadow in 'Cork' for the crease. Once I blended the two shades together with a 217 brush, I applied Mac Fluidline gel liner in 'Blacktrack', making sure the flick pointed up at almost a 45 degree angle. 

I used Ardell individual lashes rather than strip lashes because they give a much more natural look :) 

For the eyebrows I used MAC eyebrow pencil in Spiked. 


For contouring the cheekbones I used Mineralize Skin Finish Natural in 'Medium Dark'. 

For blush I used a MAC Powder Blush in 'Gingerly'. 

For highlight I used the 'Vanilla' Pigment on the top the cheekbones and the bridge of the nose.


I used a Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in 'What A Blast!' to line and fill the lips and then went over this with 'Morange' lipstick. Don't be afraid to overdraw the lip line in order to create fuller lips or a more exaggerated cupids bow :)

Hope this was enough information? Let me know if you want to know anything else :)

Friday, 11 April 2014

My Top Tips!

Hi guys!

It's the Easter holidays and I'm at home bored out of my mind so I thought I'd write a quick post about my top makeup tips and things I've learnt along the way while doing my makeup course. So here goes!

Don't be afraid to mix foundations!

Since there doesn't seem to be a single foundation on this earth that matches my skin colour completely, I've taken to mixing foundations to get it exactly right. Also don't be scared to mix them to get the exact consistency you want for your skin type. For example, I mix MAC Face & Body in C6 (which is a touch too light) and MAC Matchmaster in 7.5 (which is too dark). This gives me the perfect shade. I also get the best of both worlds with these two foundations. Because I have combination skin, it's great to get the sheerness and glow from Face & Body and the coverage and matte texture of Matchmaster all in one :)

Get the 217 brush in your life!

If you're into eyeshadow then I would definitely say that the MAC 217 blending brush is a necessity. Whether you've applied one shade or five, this brush is great for blending your shadows to give a really natural finish. Since I began using it, I don't think I could use anything else. It's also great for blending out other products on your face, such as blushes and highlights :) Although it retails at £18, I'll definitely be picking up a couple more for my kit. 

Eyelash curlers actually do make a difference!

Hands up if like me you thought that eyelash curlers were extremely overrated and just another way for the beauty industry to get more money out of us? Well I was wrong and it turns out that I had just been using pretty rubbish ones. The Shu Uemura ones are the way forward! They really do lift your lashes and create a more open eye. I bought this for my kit but just ended up using them myself because I fell in love with them lol. They cost £20 and I bought them from Selfridges.

And some other quick tips:

- Moisturise your lips before you start applying your makeup to avoid chapped lips (especially when you're applying matte lipsticks like Ruby Woo). My favourite is Blistex Lip Medex.

- MAC Full Coverage foundation (you can get it from the Pro stores) can double as a concealer.

- Try using individual lashes at the corners of your eye instead of a full strip. It creates a much more natural look.

- The MUA eye primer is pretty amazing and you'll save yourself A LOT of money! lol

Hope you enjoyed this post. Feel free to leave any comments below :) 


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