Urban Defense Complexion Primer

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I test new products on a weekly basis and I often find ones I love and add to my kit, however it is rare that I add something to my daily make-up regime! Well…NEW MUST HAVE ALERT!!

Living in the sandpit, sunscreen is A MUST and should always be worn before makeup however I have combination skin and often the added layer give me added shine so I am guilty of skipping it. Urban Defense Complexion Primer by Urban Decay has finally put an end to my search for a sunscreen that won’t mess up my makeup!!

The first time I applied it it disappeared into my skin and I felt that it would be useless but I was duped!! Like a force field, this crystal-clear primer feels like nothing you’ve ever tried and protects your skin from whatever the day throws at you. It feels as though you have not applied a product unlike some greasy primers that leave a residue. It contains SPF 30 to protect you from the sun but what amazed me was that it actually controlled my oil which is something that it does not claim to do. I did not powder for the entire day and my skin felt and looked moisturised and healthy without being oily and shiny!

Not only does it guard you from the sun, it also primes and smooths skin while minimising the look of pores..It DOES exist…a completely clear sunscreen that feels amazing, won’t interfere with your makeup, and smoothes your complexion for better application. In a clinical study of Urban Defense Complexion Primer, immediately after use:* •96% of participants had a reduction in pore visibility. • 100% had smoother-looking skin.•100% had more even-toned skin.*Based on clinical grading in a 31-person study.

My oily skinned comrades, you will be blown away, I literally have found no negatives, even the size is generous!! This is the best 149 AED you will spend on skin-prep, the product is available in all Sephora Middle East stores!

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.

Sarah’s Smoky Look

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Smoky eyes suit every single eye colour because they just add that intensity making your eyes look lighter or brighter. Sarah has beautiful brown eyes and you can see in the before and after how it really makes her eyes appear lighter and stand out. I create smoky eyes with layers of colour so I work with a dark urban decay eye palette with 3 or four shades of greys and blacks. I brushed all over her eyelid with a silvery grey then took a more granite colour and worked it into the creases of her eyes. I took a black and added it to the outer corners and worked it inwards in the crease of the eye not going too far in. Then I took a charcoal black and worked it along the outer lash-line and then blended everything in. I added some eye-shadow under the eye and smudged it a little then finished with quite a thick L’oreal liquid liner and lashings of Maybelline Mascara.

If you look at the previous makeover I did on Ruth you can see the difference with how high I took the eye-shadow, on Sarah I stayed around the crease of the eye and left the space under the eyebrow, you could make the look more dramatic if you went up a little higher but I think this was just enough. If you stayed below the crease this would become more of a casual look.

Smoky eyes really make your eyes the focal point of your face and you can literally mute the rest which is exactly what I did. I evened out her skin-tone with some Body Shop Mineralise Foundation, brightened under the eyes with a Pixi concealer to make them stand out that little more. Then I contoured her nose with Pixi’s neutralise palette, sculpted her cheekbones and finished with a nude Benefit lipstick. This is a great evening look!

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!

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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