Ruth’s Summery Look

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Ruth explained that she normally uses a darker palette on her eyes, I could understand why as that would really bring out her gorgeous green eyes. Darker shades are great for evenings but I wanted to do something different, since we were going to a pool party/BBQ I thought it would be nice to do a bronzed look and then add some colour to her usual eye palette. I used a Sleek Palette and blended copper with turquoise on her eyelid and then took a brown eye-shadow up to her brow bone. When you have smaller eye-lids you can wear your eye-shadow really high, it gives you the illusion of bigger eyes. I have bigger eye-lids so if I did that I would end up looking like a drag queen. I only ever wear high eye-shadow for costume parties or if I need an OTT look. Its really important to recognize your features and work to enhance them, I’ve seen people try to copy a beautiful make-up look and it just looks terrible because they didn’t consider how to adapt things to suit there features.

I highlighted under Ruth’s brow and used an eyebrow pencil to add more definition, then I finished with a metallic turquoise liner under the eyes and two coats of Benefit Bad Gal mascara. I added a MAC bronzer and a little Inglot coral blush and highlighted on her cheek-bones and nose. I finished with a Lancome coral lip-gloss, I thought it was perfect for the summery look I was going for and it really suited her.

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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 🙂

Ombre Vs. Nude

My makeover by Zareen Shah x

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The night before I dragged my friend Zohra, over to mine, to play around with make-up and this is what we ended up with.

Make-over session

I couldn’t decide which looked better, so I’ll let you be the judge of that !

The key products used are in the picture underneath:-

To cleanse, prep and prime the Skin – Bioderma Makeup Cleanser, Porefessional by Benefit, BBcream from Maybelline, Gosh cosmetics Foundation Primer , and Kiehl’s Lip Balm.

Skincare BB cream Primers for the face

For the Eyes: L’oreal Volume Million Lashes Mascara, NYX Black Liquid Eyeliner, Mikyajy Black Waterproof Eye Kohl, Ardell Lashes in Demi 120, MUFE aqua cream eye shadow in #15, and Laura Mercier’s Artist palette for Eyes

*not in the Picture is the MUFE waterproof eyebrow corrector in #2

UNE, Benefit cosmetics, M.A.C, Nars, Laura Mercier, L'oreal

eye make-up tutorial

1st Step. Add a dab of concealer all over the eyelids and then set with some translucent powder.

2nd Step. Define the eyebrows with an Angled Brush…

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Lancome Rouge In Love

I love Lancome’s new range of lipsticks! The colours are so vibrant and they say they last up to 6 hours but they actually last longer – tried and tested by me. Mine stayed on even after eating lunch (9 hours in total)! The texture is smooth and creamy and the range of colours is what drew me to the collection.
 24 irresistable shades, 3 different styles:
Jolis Matins (Sweet Morning): Prêt à porter colour; fresh and wearable to bring out your playful side.
Boudoir time: Vibrant and on-trend; chic colours you can wear day-to-night.
Tonight is My Night: Rich and sexy shades for your transformation into a seductress.

My favourite is the Rouge Valentine, the loudest and proudest lipstick I own 🙂