20 Questions About Make-up

I got these questions a couple of weeks ago from the lovely Laila, sorry its a little late but finally found time to answer them! I love receiving your emails! Your requests help me to know what you enjoy reading so keep them coming ❤

Do you remember your first make-up item? 

My mum bought me a Tinkerbell kids make-up set when I was 5 and I was completely obsessed with it!

Describe your perfect mascara. Have you found one that fits your specifications? 

I like mascaras that separate and push up your lashes without leaving clumps. For really dramatic lashes I use Dior Show, its really black and gives loads of volume and thickness but its REALLY hard to take off… that’s the downside. I love
Bad Gal by Benefit and Clump Defy by Maxfactor, the wand is amazing, you can use any mascara and define and remove clumps with that wand after.

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What kind of coverage do you prefer from foundation?

I like good coverage that looks natural, Makeup Forever’s HD Foundation and Chanel’s Vitalumiere Aqua are my favourites.

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Favourite high end brand? 
I don’t actually have one, if you look at my make-up collection you will find it is very mixed but I would say the items I couldn’t live without are made by Chanel, Bobbi Brown and Make up Forever.

What cosmetic brands have you always wanted to try but still haven’t? 
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Favourite drugstore brand? 
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Do you wear fake eyelashes? 
No, I only wore them once to a fancy dress party.

Is there any kind of make-up you can’t leave the house without? 
I never leave the house without make up unless I’m going to the pool lol but bare minimum would be concealer and bronzer

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What is your most cherished beauty product? 
My Chanel Bronzer ^^^ I have used it since I was 15 and cannot live without it.

How often do you shop for make-up? Do you like to pick up an item here and there or get lots of goodies at once? 
A bit of both, before I used to shop for make-up a lot more often but now I tend to make a list of what I need and then go on a bit of a haul, I do pick up items off the list too as I like to try new things and sometimes if I see offers while I’m shopping I’ll get some bits.

Do you have a beauty secret? 
Hmm not really because I like to share all my beauty secrets with you guys! umm…let me think…. I hate wasting products so if my lipstick is almost finished or breaks I scoop it out and mix it into one of my lip balms or with Vaseline to make it tinted. If one of my eye-shadows cracks I spray make-up fixing spray on top of it put a tissue on it and then a 1 dirham coin or 10p and apply pressure for 30 seconds, when you lift it its as good as new! (obviously change the object you apply pressure with depending on the shape and size) Also you know when your powder/blusher/bronzer compacts are about to finish and there’s some around the edges that eventually cracks I mix them into my bronzing pearls (if they are similair shades).

What type of product do you buy the most of? 
Lipsticks and lip-glosses

Do you avoid certain ingredients in cosmetics like parabens or sulfates?

I try to read ingredients and pick up the ones with less but generally they are difficult to avoid! I also always do a lead test with lipsticks, put the lipstick on your hand, rub a gold ring on it and see if the lipstick colour turns black, if so it contains lead.

Do you have a favourite place to shop for makeup?

In London the beauty floor in Selfridges is like Paradise for me, seriously I’m like a kid in a candy shop and in Dubai its gotta be Sephora!

Do you like trying new skincare products or do you keep a certain routine? 
I love trying new skincare products, I always feel my skin becomes immune to a product after a certain time and the industry is constantly churning out new and improved formulas. I am a Clarisonic convert though, I will use that forever with different products.

Favourite bath and body brand? 
Sanctuary, OMG that sugar scrub ❤

Do you like multifunctional products like lip and cheek stains? 
No, So far I find they always do one better then the other and I never use them for both.

Are you clumsy in putting makeup? 
No

Do you ever consider taking makeup classes? 
Yes! I want to learn special effects makeup.

What do you love about makeup? 
What don’t I love? I love all the colours, textures and packaging. I love how you can use products to enhance your natural beauty and it probably shouldn’t but I definitely feel make-up gives me more confidence. It changes the way so many women feel covering those things we hate people seeing like spots, pigmentation, scars, yeah… I LOVE MAKEUP!!

Sculpt and Pop Makeover

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Katrin has amazing blue eyes and I wanted to make them really stand out or “pop” as we call it in the make-up world. She has a beautiful smile and I wanted to sculpt her cheeks so I did a soft contour as her features are already pretty defined. Its important to always recognize features and face shapes and do what works. A strong contour would make her face look very harsh so I blended a medium brown into the hollows of her cheeks which really drew our her dimples and above that put a peachy blush and highlight to soften it. I slightly contoured her nose and added a highlight down the centre.

Brown eye-shadow really makes blue eyes stand out so I played with bronze tones on her eyes and lined with a brown liner. Since I wanted her eyes to be the focal point of this look I finished with a nude gloss on her lips.

Medium Smoky Makeover

Layan is such a natural beauty that doing makeup on her is always fun! We were pushed for time as it was Graduation day so we did this look in about 25 minutes. She has great skin so I just used a Bobbi Brown tinted BB cream rather then a foundation. I used a Christian Dior foundation to do a very light contour on her cheeks and just frame her face. We decided on a medium smoky eye so I used mostly golds, bronzes and brown shades so that she could have a bright lip. Coral suits her complexion so well, I used a Givenchy liner in shade 11 and then Givenchy gloss interdict in 22. We filled in her eyebrows with an MUA brow palette, remember if your using a powder filler brush some Vaseline onto the brows first to keep it on. Then a quick dash of Nars blush on her cheeks and she had to dash off for her big day.

A Refreshing Makeover

ImageI had 15 minutes to give Layan a quick makeover. She wanted something natural and fresh so I decided to stick with a pink dewy palette.

I began by applying L’oreals Truematch Foundation in D/W5 Gold Sand, I usually apply with a foundation brush and blend out with a flat Kabuki or Stipler but as I was pressed for time I went straight in with the Kabuki. I then took a light shade from Pixi’s neutralising kit and brushed it down the centre of the nose and under the eyes just to brighten and slightly contour. I sealed it in by patting Givenchy’s Loose Powder Prism Libre in Sweet Caramel, powders absorb excess product and keep the foundation matt allowing it to last longer.

I used Topshops Glow Pot in Shade Gleam to highlight under the brow with a Pencil Brush. Then I put Urban Decay’s Tainted eyeshadow shade all over the eyelid and added shade Deeper into the crease of the eye making the eyes bigger and more defined. I took a gel liner with a eyeliner brush and applied it along the lash line. I didn’t go over it with a liquid liner as I wanted to keep it as natural as possible. I finished the eyes with 2 layers of Clinique’s black Mascara.

I applied Givenchys lip liner in shade no.1 and then coloured in the lip with Lancome’s colour fever shine in 306. These lipsticks are really moisturising and have a glossy finish, not too shiny but just a little dewy to give you that fresh fuller lip.

Then I took my Large Angled Contour Brush and applied M.A.C’s Bronzing Powder in limited edition shade Solar Riche in the hollows of the cheeks to contour. I applied Benefits Coralista above the hollow on the cheek bone and then a touch of Bobbi Browns Shimmer Brick just above the Cheekbone to highlight and add another dimension. This is great to do on rounder faces as it gives you a more chiselled look.

Layans fresh and dewy look is complete 🙂

Urban Decay All In One BB Cream

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We just had to share this product with you! If you love the idea of slicing your morning makeup routine in half, it’s time for you to join in on the beauty balm craze that shot straight up to the top of our must-have products with Urban Decay’s first BB cream. Aside from smoothing skin like a primer, covering blemishes, moisturizing, toning, and brightening (as if those reasons weren’t enough!), the light beige tint is universal. Its factor 20 sun protection make it perfect for the summer, unlike foundation that feels like its melting in the heat, it literally just feels like a light moisturiser.

Bobbi Browns BB cream is another favourite, it gives more coverage but is slightly harder work to blend, you can get away with swapping it for an evening foundation whereas Urban Decays gives you that barely there (or should we say NAKED) day look!