Posted in Makeup Tutorials

Ombre lippies

​Start by moisturising your lip area with a good lip balm. Then apply a light concealer all over your lips to hide the darkness or any lip pigmentation that you may have. If you have fairly pink lips without any pigmentation, then you can skip this step.

Take a vibrant and bright red lip pencil, preferably in a matt formula to define your lips. Start by creating shorter strokes from the top most lip area and complete lining your lips. Then, use the same lip pencil and fill the upper lip area completely.

Take a red lipstick and top it over the areas where the liner was applied earlier, use a thin lip brush to blend the lip liner and the lipstick evenly for a neat finish. Then, use the same concealer, which was used in the first step and start filling only the centre lip area to brighten it.

Then use a tissue paper and blot your lips softly. This will remove the harsh edges and excess lipstick from the lips.

Then apply a very bright orange lipstick over the centre of your lips. This lipstick should be applied directly over the concealer, applied in the previous step. Then, apply a transparent lip-gloss to the centre of your lips to add volume and plump effect. Use a thin lip brush and blend the orange with the red lipstick slowly to remove any harsh edges.

Then, apply a soft champagne or highlighter eyeshadow to the lower centre of the lips. This step is optional and if you are not comfortable in adding more glossiness to the lips, you can skip it. Applying a shimmery formula to the lips will give a soft highlighted look to the lips.

BOOM! You done!

If you use a stronger contrasting lipstick colours, such as pink and purple, the Ombre effect provided will be more intense and vibrant.

Advertisements
Posted in Makeup Tutorials

Eye See You 

​Day Eyeshadow:

Apply a small amount of eye primer to each lid. Blend the primer out with your ring finger. Your whole eye lid, all the way to the brow bone needs to be covered. This helps the eyeshadow stay in place all day and prevents creasing.

Choose a light coloured eyeshadow (champagne or taupe), and dab the eyeshadow all over the lid with an eyeshadow brush. Press the eyeshadow in place instead of swiping it around.

Use an eyeshadow blending brush, and choose a slightly darker shade, like a beige or light brown and blend the colour into your crease. Start at the outer corner of your eye and use circular sweeping motions to place the colour into your crease. Be sure to leave space between your crease and your brow bone.

By applying an even darker shade, like dark brown or plum, to the outer V area. With a pencil brush, create a V shape in the outer corner of the eye. While this step is optional for a day look, it creates a nice depth and shape.

Apply a highlight colour to the area just under your eyebrow. Choose a light shade, like cream and sweep it just under your eyebrow arch.

Use a clean eyeshadow blending brush to blend all the colours together. Blend the brush back and forth making sure to get rid of any harsh lines between the colours.

Apply brown eyeliner right above your upper lash line and finish the look with a coat or two of black mascara.

Ombre Eyeshadow:

Prime your whole eye lid all the way to the brow bone.

Apply a warm eyeshadow base of your choice that’s close your skin tone in your crease, using a blending brush. Blend it upwards in circular motions towards your brow bone. This will act as your transition colour.

Apply your first lid colour. A light colour, with a nice gold undertone. Apply this to the 1/3rd build the colour to your satisfaction.

For your second lid colour, apply a darker colour, for example like a hot pink, to the middle portion of your lid and blend the edges into your first colour.

Apply a bright colour to the outer third of your lid. Blend in the edges properly.

Using a large, round blending brush, blend that bright colour upwards into your crease. Take the colour above half way into the crease.

With a small brush, apply a darker shade into the outer V area of your eye and blend gently. This will give the eye even more dimension and intensify the overall look.

Use a pencil brush to apply the same dark colour to your bottom lash line using a back and forth motion.

Apply a white eyeshadow to the inner portion of your eye. This will open up the eyes and intensify the look as well.

Use a black liquid/cream liner to draw an even line across your top lid. You can also opt for a winged eye as well.

Use a black kohl eye pencil in your lower waterline from the outer to inner corner.

Apply any false lashes of your choice or skip this step and use a mascara.

Smokey Eye:

Use a medium size round brush to apply charcoal grey powder in an arch shape just above the crease of the lid. Then blend down to the lash line.

Trace the upper lash line with a soft black pencil, then gently smudge with your fingertip. 

With a smaller, firm bristle brush, press a gunmetal shade into the lower lash line.

Apply a pale silver powder to the inner corners of the eyes to lighten the overall effect.

Apply mascara.

For a Smokey eye in a flash, use just eyeliner. Rim lids with a black pencil, making the line quite heavy, then wipe it off. You’ll be left with a sexy wash of colour. 

Cut Crease:

First, prep & prime your lids using your favourite eye primer

Next, apply a shimmery white pigment with golden sparkles on the entire lid. To further emphasize the eye colour and bring some colour into the makeup, you can use a golden peach pigment from the centre to the outside corners of the eyes. 

Trace the perfect winged line, starting from the inner corners of the eyes. Extend that line to create a cat eye effect and in doing so, you will map out the outer corner of your crease.

Using the same eyeliner brush, begin to map out the crease line with your choice of gel, liquid or pencil eyeliner.  The intensity and shape of the line you draw next will influence the final look of your makeup.

Using your natural crease line as a guide is the easiest way to do this, however I recommend this method only to those of you with almond shaped, symmetrical eyes.  By making the line curvier, you will achieve a doll-eye effect, which will flatter those with small eyes.

Tracing the line above the natural crease is recommended if you have deep set eyes. You will also have to create a “fake” crease if you have hooded eyes.

First, map out your shape, by dotting your eyeliner brush on your brow bone, then go over it and make it stronger. Make the line thicker towards the outer corner, and use less pressure toward the inner corner to make the liner thinner and lighter.

Before the liner dries, blend it out slowly and gently with dome brush. Blend upwards toward the outer corner. You want the bottom line to stay crisp, but your crease colour to be well blended. If you couldn’t do it using eyeliner, don’t sweat it. We can fix it using eye shadows.

Go over the liner and just above with a shadow colour of your choice. Blend further toward the inner and outer corners of the eyes. Add some of your crease colour underneath the lower lash line.

With a fluffy dome brush, blend out the colours together until you achieve a smoky eye effect.

When you pleased with how your Cut Crease Makeup turned out, apply a white shimmery pigment on the centre of the lid, on the inner corners of the eyes and below the high point of the arch.

Instead of adding too much unnecessary drama to this makeup, replace the black kohl liner with a natural beige concealer pencil, that will brighten the look. Try applying it by using a Q tip to gently pull the lower lid downwards.

Give your eyelashes a good curl and apply two coats of mascara. Falsies are optional, but they look really nice with this makeup.

And there you have it, a stunning eye makeup, using all neutral shades that will compliment any eye colour and skin tone. It does take practice, but done correctly, you’ll achieve a beautiful, well defined eye makeup. 

Posted in Makeup Tutorials

Primers

​With primer, your makeup glides on smoothly and blends easily. Plus, it doesn’t rub off or smear. Primer gives your makeup something to hold onto, helping it last much longer.

☑ Creates a smooth base for your makeup

☑ Evens out skin tone and disguises flaws

☑ Reduces inflammation and redness

☑ Hydrates and nourishes skin

☑ Reduces oil and shine

☑ Helps fill in wrinkles and fine lines

☑ Makes pores appear smaller

Primers control excess shine, making them ideal for women with oily or combination skin. Makeup primer also can benefit sensitive or dry skin, because it hydrates and nourishes it while calming inflammation. Additionally, many primers contain SPF, which protects your skin from the sun’s harmful rays.

How to apply primer:

Using a makeup primer creates a smooth surface and flawless-looking skin. Apply it after you put on moisturizer, but before you apply your foundation.

Apply your primer all over your face, or just to the areas where your makeup doesn’t usually last, nose, chin and eyelids.

Use a very small amount and apply to your skin with your fingertips, blending thoroughly.

Wait a few minutes after application before putting on your foundation to allow the primer to sink in and create a smooth surface.

Posted in Makeup Tutorials

Wingssss

​For me, gel liner is the easiest to use, especially if you are a newbie to the whole cat eye look. The formula of the gel liner is softer and more forgiving of mistakes. To apply, I use an angled eyeliner brush.

Liquid eyeliner often comes in a small pot with a very thin brush attached to the lid. These brushes are very flexible, which can be delicate when applying. With a liquid eyeliner, it’s easier to make mistakes and I won’t recommend it if you a newbie and you struggle with getting your wings perfect.

You also get the liquid liner in a pen form, with a marker tip applicator. It makes it easier to use and control. You would use it the same way you use a pen.

Lines

Not all cat eyes are created equal, but there are general shape rules you should take note of.

Cat eyes are not the same width all the way across. They begin thin at the inner corner near the tear duct, getting thicker towards the outer corner.

The way you play with the lines, thickness create awesome illusions. If you want to make your eyes look wider, make the line above your lashes thicker at the centre. If you looking to make your eyes seem longer, make that line thin all the way across.

Wing Shape:

There are two wing shapes: long and curvy and triangular shaped. 

Curvy wings extend out, the curve gently up, missing the crease of the eye. 

Triangular wings end at the outer corner of the eye and then flick straight up, going over top the crease.

Curvy wings are best for making eyes look longer (because it extends the lash line, and triangular wings are best if you want to make your eyes look bigger.

DON’T:

Don’t pull your skin back when drawing on your eyeliner, because your cat eye will look crooked when you let go. Draw on the wings normal, without pulling, once you finished drawing, then you can pull the skin back to fill in the spaces that you might have missed when colouring in.

Guidance:

Take a thin make-up brush, or even a pencil and hold it against the side of your nose so that it lines up with the outer corner of your eye and the end of your eyebrow.

If you just starting out, use a sharp pencil liner and mark a guideline against your brush, then trace over it with a liquid eyeliner.

Posted in Makeup Tutorials

Setting Sprays

Using the right setting spray during your makeup application will improve the overall finish and longevity of your fleek. 

Let’s just start by saying not all sprays are created equal. Different sprays have different ingredients which will make them more or less useful to different people, and how you can apply them to your makeup process.

Primer Sprays:

Allows your makeup to sit into your skin. It keeps you very dewy and provides a good base for makeup to melt into.

Blending Sprays:

These sprays both have a dewy finish and increase hydration while making your makeup last longer. That’s basically the perfect formula to spritz a few sprays after applying cream products, before blending them with your beauty blender or brush. You can also spray these sprays directly into you brush or beauty blender to dampen them, but make sure you aren’t applying an overly wet sponge or brush to your face!

Finishing Sprays:

This is certainly the most common use for setting sprays! Spritzing your face after your makeup is complete to create an all-day finish.

Intensifying Sprays:

You can use any of these sprays to dampen your skin or makeup brush when applying powder products (like your highlighter or eyeshadow!) to get a bold colour pay-off. 

Try out a few sprays and see what works best for your skin type. Layering the spray into each step of your application, and it keeps your makeup lasting forever! Don’t be afraid to use a few different sprays to get the perfectly fleek face of your dreams. 

Posted in Makeup Tutorials

Mix It Up

​While foundations exist to conceal imperfections and some can improve your skin, you can mix moisturizer or oil to dramatically improve your foundation and your skin in the long run. Not to mention, mixing your foundation with a moisturizer will sheer it out, resulting in a more natural, dewy finish. This trick changes the texture of your foundation. A little goes a long way, so just adding a tiny drop of moisturizer or serum into your foundation before mixing and applying works wonders. Serum alone contains antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and hydrators. Why not have that in your foundation?

Mix Oils:

 Mix any type of oil, jojoba, almond, etc., with foundation for a flawless finish. 

Serum:

Use a single drop of serum mixed with foundation to create a dewy look. For naturally dry skin, or combination skin experiencing dryness.

Mixing moisturizer:

Mix your foundation and moisturizer: Mix what is alike. For example, if you use a water-based foundation, also use a water-based moisturizer.

Posted in Makeup Tutorials

Beauty Blenders

​The beauty blenders are shaped like an egg, so that you won’t be left with any lines or streaks when applying makeup, and the differently sized base and tip can offer broader or more concentrated application. Beauty blenders optimizes water-retention, it won’t absorb liquid products that you use with it, but it also won’t dilute your makeup.

Wet it. Simply hold your beauty blender under a tap, and squeeze it so it can become saturated with water. You’ll know it’s done when the sponge has become about twice its original size.

Squeeze it. Make sure the sponge isn’t holding onto excess water by squeezing it out in a towel. 

Stipple it. Use a bouncing or stippling motion instead of a wiping or sweeping motion. You can apply foundation to your face or the beauty blender, it doesn’t matter which way you do it. I normally first swipe the foundation on with a flat foundation brush first. To blend with the beauty blender, use the broader side as it covers more surface area to help speed up the process. To blend in smaller, more concentrated areas like concealer under the eyes or around the nose, use the pointed side of the beauty blender. Use the same bouncing motion as before to help press the product in the face.

Ways to clean it:

Baby wash and warm water. (or soap is fine)