Browse Category

These Are A Few of my Fave Things

New Things on The BlockThese Are A Few of my Fave Things

Pretty Cheeky Part I

posted by Wendy September 25, 2016 0 comments

DID YOU KNOW?! That, in my opinion, there are three makeup products with the ability to make you look less tired and more like a human being ready to go out the door, in minutes. They are blush, concealer and mascara (not necessarily in that order) and because they are my top three makeup products, I am always on the search for the perfect ones and willing to try many, as long as they pass an initial inspection.

I have found the perfect concealers; one for under eye and one for the face, because, remember, you mustn’t use the same one for both (previous posts “Amaze Your Face With Amazing Concealer”  and “Stick To It“) but am still looking for the ultimate blush and mascara. There may of course, be more than one of each perfect one. I am willing to consider that idea…different seasons call for different textures and colours etc, etc. I once had the perfect mascara, but, heartbreakingly (slight exaggeration) it has been been discontinued everywhere but in the US and when my stock runs out I need a runner-up to use until I get back to a US drug store. By the way, the brand is not an expensive one and the brush is beyond comparison for the short-of-lash. I’ll tell you about it soon, and hope that the company doesn’t decide to do away with it once and for all. In the meantime, I continue my search, so any recommendations are welcome.

Am back in the UK at the moment, and happily coming across product I haven’t seen yet in North America where I’ve been doing most of my work recently. Such are the joys of being on the road. I love that first trip to the drugstore/chemist/beauty supply, to see how the other halves live. This is not, of course, the only reason to travel but I do always enjoy a good snoop around the makeup shops. I also love a good chat about makeup with people who live or shop somewhere different than I do.

I am pretty open minded when it comes to my quest for the perfect product; well you have to be don’t you or you might miss something brilliant! And so, when a great friend and fellow beauty addict, who shall remain nameless unless she chooses otherwise, recommended WATERCOLOUR Liquid Blush by Daniel Sandler I decided to give it a go for myself, for the interests of beauty and for all of you, dear readers. Behold! For I think I may have found the Holy Grail of cheek colour.

productThe liquid blush is very easy to use; even those of you who think you can’t do makeup can do this. It comes in 15 beautiful shades, you can use one or mix them (for instance to get a bit of shimmer) but let’s start simple. I tested the shade Cherub which is an excellent soft, natural colour which could be used on fair to mid -toned skin.

How to use: Apply on top of your moisturiser and foundation but under any powder products if you use them. Because this is a liquid product, you have to apply it over other liquid products, not dry ones like powder, or you’ll end up making mud on your face.  Pretty coloured mud, but mud all the same. If you use a dry foundation (and I hope you do not) this may not be the blush for you. If you must use powder, put it on AFTER the liquid blush. The blush itself is oil free and silicone based, so don’t let too much oil be a worry if you’re thinking of trying this. This also lets it blend like a dream.

Shake the bottle! Do this every time you use it. Pigment will separate in any suspension, so you must shake it every time.

blushblend blod

Dot a small amount onto your hand or straight onto a brush. I like to use the back of my (clean) hand and that way pick up just enough product. A little goes a long way, I used a tiny dot on each cheek. Do a cheesy smile and locate the fattest part of your cheek: that’s where the dot of blush goes. Blend it out with a brush (I like a dome brush, like the one below, which is brilliant for any cheek products, dry or wet) or the ubiquitous BeautyBlender sponge ( you may know by now how much I love these). This is not about a heavy, powdery blush with lots of highlight and contour look, but about having a soft, natural but gorgeous blush for work or date night. If you must do a contour, apply it before the blush. Again I would recommend a liquid contour or a least a cream one. Did I mention I hate powders??

Dome brushes are marv fro blending liquids

Dome brushes are marv for cheeky things

There you have it. You should be looking quite cheeky!

This cheek colour is not going to budge. This is how I know that, a water test on watercolour….blush. Nothing happened!  So you’re not going to sweat it off or get messed up in the rain or humidity. I took it outside on a rainy day in Brighton, and it withstood that, a walk on the beach, even a dog kiss! In fact, it was still on at the end of the night.

Concealer, mascara, blush. Out the door in seven minutes!

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Blush

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Blush

This product is a shopping cart winner! I’ll definitely be picking up more for my kit and personal use.

cart3

There are twelve shades of WATERCOLOUR Liquid Blush – something for every skin tone, as well as one called “Icing“to layer on if you must go frosty. I won’t on a daily basis, because I really love the second-skin, soft look of it. But I know a girl who will! The “Icing” shade will of course go far as a highlighter. I much prefer liquid or cream highlighters compared to powder, so pick one of those up too if you like a high beam. And use a darker taupe-based shade for a super-blendable natural contour, if you must.

Daniel Sandler products can be a little hard to find in person. It sells in various small outlets around the UK, and at TopShop beautyMART at Oxford Circus, or check www.danielsandler.com

P.S if you’re out for a walk along the beach in Hove, take some inspiration from the colour combos of the beach huts. Amazing!

morebeachhuts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRODUCT REVIEWS Mylifeinmakeup.com does not receive any monetary compensation to review products. Most reviews are based on products purchased personally, and preferred, or not. Occasionally I will receive products from makeup companies and will choose whether or not to review them here. Receiving products has no bearing on the opinion of the review, nor whether I choose to review it or not. All opinions are just that, and are honest and unbiased. Recommendations are based on the knowledge I have gained in 18 years as a professional makeup artist. Mylifeinmakeup.com is not to be held responsible if you decide to purchase an item and are dissatisfied with it.
MakeUp 101These Are A Few of my Fave Things

The BeautyBlender

posted by Wendy August 9, 2016 0 comments

There are few things I would say are absolutely essential for great makeup application. The Beautyblender sponge is one of them. It makes putting on your makeup easy, fast and gives gorgeous results, so if you want something that will change your face forever, get yourself one.

The Beautyblender sponge looks like a big pink egg. Which in itself is very appealing! What it is, is an edgeless, latex-free, non-disposable cosmetic sponge applicator. It was created by makeup artist Ree Ann Silva in 2002 for use for high-definition television, which was then a new format. The anti-bacterial sponge holds water, not product, evenly distributing and blending the perfect amount of product into the skin without leaving tell-tale lines. It is a beauty of a blender! And as I am all about blending, and natural-looking foundation, this sponge has become one of my essential kit items. The results you can achieve by adding one of these to your routine is like having your very own soft-focus lens!

Soft focus

The Beautyblender softens all the edges; your very own soft focus lens

I started using them professionally in 2005 and still swear by them; in fact I am so obsessed with them I get a bit cross when makeup artists say they “can’t” use one.  I think it’s more a question of them not wanting to try something new, yes there are still these kinds of makeup artists around, can you believe it, shock, horror??!  In their stubbornness what they won’t discover is that these sponges are really versatile and can be used for skincare application and makeup application (foundation, contour, highlight, blush, concealer) and speed up application time considerably. I also use them for powder touch-ups. You, dear reader, are more open-minded than they, so read on.

The most important thing to remember is to use the sponge wet! Run it under water, squeeze out the excess and blot it with a paper towel. You’ll be left with a soft sponge that is double the size of it’s dry state and will feel lovely on your face, won’t drag the skin at all and will amaze you and your makeup.

And so to begin. You can use it to apply your moisturiser and/or primer. Simply dip the sponge into the jar and gently glide it over you face and neck.

Use the tip to apply your skin creams and primer

Use the pointed end to apply your skin creams and primer

Do the same with foundations or tinted moisturiser – whatever your base of choice. Apply a little of the product to the tip of the sponge, then onto your face.

You will get the best blend if you apply foundation with the Beauty Blender

You will get the best blend if you apply foundation with the Beauty Blender

Continue to use the sponge for more of your makeup application. I apply contour stick to my cheekbones and blend it with…you guessed it…

Now that's a look.

Now that’s a look.

blend

 

The Universal "Doing my Make-Up" Face

The Universal “Doing my Make-Up” Face

The pointed tip of the egg is brilliant for getting into the corners of the eyes so use it for perfecting under eye concealer.

I also use that end to clean up eye shadow mistakes IF they should ever happen. Which of course they never do for professional makeup artists!

Use the pointed end to shape the shadow at the corners of your eyes and/or to clean up mistakes

Use the pointed end to shape the shadow at the corners of your eyes and/or to clean up mistakes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Same goes for your cream blush…apply to the apples of your cheeks then use the big end of the sponge to blend it. Unless you’d prefer to look like a OompaLoompa. Which could be fun once in a while.

Blend. blend. blend!

blend. blend. blend!

And there you have it. Some of you will know I don’t use powder on myself, but if you do, the Beautyblender applies it beautifully, of course. Here’s a faster version of how to use it:

Beautyblenders are easy to wash and dry and taken care of, will last ages. Wash it with warm water and a mild detergent; there is a beautyblender solid soap that is sold separately or comes with it sometimes as a bundle purchase but my personal recommendation is London Brush Company‘s lavender or non-scented solid bar. I’ve mentioned it a few times because I love it and use it for cleaning my brushes (see the post about cleaning your makeup brushes for more details). A mild shampoo would work too and you will only need a tiny amount. Whichever soap you use, work a tiny amount into the parts of the sponge that are stained. Be gentle. Rinse your sponge, squeeze out the excess water and leave to dry. Or use it immediately if you need to! The sponge will need washing once a week or so, but takes no time at all so it won’t take up valuable time of your busy lives. The original sponge comes with a handy container that I use a drying stand..

&case

The original and it’s case

dryit

I use the case as a stand to dry it in

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As the product line has grown (they always do) many sizes and colours of the sponge have been born. There are mini ones for the getting into tiny placed and that can be used as eyeshadow blenders, and black ones to use for self-tanner and/or body makeup. My favourite is still the original.

There are other sponges out there in the marketplace. I have tried many of them but can honestly say this is the one to beat. The texture of this sponge is finer compared to others on the market which are dense and heavy, making them harder to use as they don’t soften with water,  and drag on delicate facial skin. Despite the ladylike qualities of the BB, it’s a hardy little thing which makes it a great beauty investment and though it is not “new” it  does merit special attention. The original has won Allure’s Best of Beauty Award five times, as has the the micro-mini beautyblender, in 2014.

the micro mini beautyblender

the micro mini beautyblender

newly introduced, the oil blotting blotterazzi sponge

newly introduced, the oil blotting blotterazzi sponge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carry On Blending, glossaholics!

To shop:

In the UK BeautyBlender Classic Makeup Sponge, 1 Applicator

In the US beautyblender Original Blender Sponge + Mini Solid Cleanser Kit

In Canada Beautyblender Pure Blender Single

Read more:  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3710314/The-Beautyblender-millionaire-Make-artist-invented-simple-makeup-sponge-garage-raise-college-funds-children-turns-100million.html#ixzz4G5yarbgi
Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

PRODUCT REVIEWS Mylifeinmakeup.com does not receive any monetary compensation to review products. Most reviews are based on products purchased personally, and preferred, or not. Occasionally I will receive products from makeup companies and will choose whether or not to review them here. Receiving products has no bearing on the opinion of the review, nor whether I choose to review it or not. All opinions are just that, and are honest and unbiased. Recommendations are based on the knowledge I have gained in 18 years as a professional makeup artist. Mylifeinmakeup.com is not to be held responsible if you decide to purchase an item and are dissatisfied with it.

 

 

 

 

MakeUp 101These Are A Few of my Fave Things

Pretty in Pink

posted by Wendy April 17, 2016 0 comments

Spring has sprung! At least it has where I am, and that means spring makeup for warmer weather, with sheer textures and lots of glow.

rhodo

Amongst my faves for a beautiful blushing look are a couple of cult beauty products from Benefit  Cosmetics Benetint and Posietint liquid tints for a sheer, beautiful hint of colour for your cheeks and lips. Posietint is a light rose pink that looks great on lighter skin tones; Benetint  is an all-round super colour for everyone and the first product the founders of the line that was destined to become Benefit ever made. Twin sisters Jane and Jean Ford created the tint to colour the nipples of an exotic dancer from San Francisco – it’s the stuff of beauty legends and it does indeed give a healthy flush of crimson. I use it myself for a real flush/blush that is a bit less innocent than Posietint but subtle nonetheless. And I use them on other people for a natural look that will last all day. If your skin is oily you can do two sheer layers and even add a pop of powder blush over top; if you’re dry like me do moisture underneath, and then the tint just on top of that or over your foundation, BB cream, tinted moisturiser or whatever your choice for base is. This is the kind of product that will give you a real pick-me-up if you’re feeling a bit cardboard but don’t fancy wearing a lot of makeup. It’s a really good one to have on hand and there’s good reason over 10 million bottles have been sold.

Two fab choices for cheek and lip stains – Benetint and Posietint from Benefit Cosmetics

A liquid form of blush adds a juicy look to the skin which I love for spring/summer and once the stain is set it should stay on for a long time. Not a huge fan of powder blush on dry skin at the best of times, because Two Dries Make A Drier. I get that people with oily skins love powder and there are loads of beautiful ones out there. The joy of a stain is that they work for every skin type.

The trick to using these is to get them on and blended FAST. I use a dense dome-shaped brush to swish the tint on the apples of cheeks before it stains. Which is does. See the photo of what happens if it sits too long!

Posietint stain done wrong

Posietint stain done wrong., this is after leaving it on without blending  for about 20 seconds

Dome-shaped brush for blending all things cheeky

Of course the fantastic BeautyBlender works amazingly too (as long as it is damp). I can’t believe I haven’t done post about that yet, cos it’s a Modern Marv Beauty Product. And it’s pink! Even better xo.

Posietint done right gives you a sheer, healthy glow

How’s that for a speedy glow for spring? I’m getting all pinked up and stepping out into the sunshine. Might stop for some treats along the way…

 

You are what you pink

You are what you pink

 

PRODUCT REVIEWS Mylifeinmakeup.com does not receive any monetary compensation to review products. Most reviews are based on products purchased personally, and preferred, or not. Occasionally I will receive products from makeup companies and will choose whether or not to review them here. Receiving products has no bearing on the opinion of the review, nor whether I choose to review it or not. All opinions are just that, and are honest and unbiased. Recommendations are based on the knowledge I have gained in 18 years as a professional makeup artist. Mylifeinmakeup.com is not to be held responsible if you decide to purchase an item and are dissatisfied with it.
These Are A Few of my Fave Things

Black Is Black, I Want My Liner Back

posted by Wendy March 5, 2016 0 comments

Of all the kohls in all the world, you had to walk into mine.

I’ve met many many kohls in my day but this one from Stila is my fave.  It’s my go-to black eyepencil for that dramatic black line on the inner lid (which I call the “water line”). Goes on incredibly easy, is creamy and dense and incredibly long-lasting. It really gives me that ‘pop’ of black eyeliner when I need it. Try it and you won’t look back, but people be looking at you and your incredible eyes!

Stila Kajal eyeliner come in a variety of colours. But not a forest green which I love the best for my green eyes. Still looking for the perfect green to replace the discontinued Bourjois one I loved long long time!

To shop:

In Canada:
Beauty Boutique
PRODUCT REVIEWS Mylifeinmakeup.com does not receive any monetary compensation to review products. Most reviews are based on products purchased personally, and preferred, or not. Occasionally I will receive products from makeup companies and will choose whether or not to review them here. Receiving products has no bearing on the opinion of the review, nor whether I choose to review it or not. All opinions are just that, and are honest and unbiased. Recommendations are based on the knowledge I have gained in 18 years as a professional makeup artist. Mylifeinmakeup.com is not to be held responsible if you decide to purchase an item and are dissatisfied with it.

MakeUp 101These Are A Few of my Fave Things

Going for Gold

posted by Wendy December 30, 2015 0 comments

That’s a bit extreme but you get the idea….

If you are going to show any skin tomorrow night (at your New year’s Eve Party I mean, what were you thinking?!) then don’t forget to give it a boost of gold!  A shot of gold adds length and dimension to bare arms, legs and décolletage too. As long as it is not in an entirely different colour than your face, it will really complete your look, believe me. This goes for all brides in strapless dresses and special occasion gowns too.

This will be a short post (short skirt = leg makeup please) but here are a few top tips:

  • Do a body scrub the day before. Yikes, that’s tonight! Ok, the morning of would work too.  In the picture is the last of my homemade body scrub which I love and was super easy to make. Coconut oil, coffee (without the grinds), organic cocoa butter, brown sugar, that’s it. Scrub up in the shower, any bits that will be showing (and tummy and bum, just sayin)  and rinse well to get rid of the scrubby stuff. Then stay indoors! Seriously, I went into the garden in the summer after I used it, and was a magnet to all flying things. I must have appeared and smelt like the largest yummiest flower they had ever seen, in fact, so delicious that a big bumble got under my top and bulls-eyed me right in the right t.t!  I am not even joking!! it was very painful but makes for a good story.
  • Load up on body oil or body lotion and sleep in it. But not on rubber sheets which is probably not very comfortable, although I WOULD NOT KNOW. Shirley Eaton probably does – she, by the way, is the gold woman from Goldfinger. As she is part of makeup history, you should know that! Your body will absorb most of the oil anyway, or just keep your jammies on so your sheets don’t get oily.
  • Once you are in your special outfit, apply lotion/oil to bare bits. Nobody wants to see or touch dry skin! Let’s face it, winter legs are not always at their best. I have been doing the Daisy Duke workout (see Pinterest), but sometimes get a peppermint latte and do the Boss Hogg one instead.  Point is, the pins haven’t seen much sunlight recently. If yours have you live in a nicer climate than I do.

These two are my favourites:

These are a Few of My Favourite Glows

These are a Few of My Favourite Glows

Nars Monoi Body Glow I – this really makes your skin glory and gold and smells AMAZING. You will become your own tropical island! Anyone I use this on immediately loves it. The only thing  would say is…not so good with a white dress. If you know what I mean.

Gold effect of Nars Monoi Oil I

Gold effect of Nars Monoi Oil I

Which leads me to….

Charlotte Tilbury Supermodel Body – this is incredible, it shapes and contours as well as giving gorgeous colour. Apply to high points and blend out with your hands, e.g., roll the roll applicator down the front of the leg, then blend with your hands: the front of your leg will be highlighted, which makes it look……you guessed it….LONGER! AND even better, once it’s on, out doesn’t move! So wear the white dress and don’t worry bout it xo

Shimmer from Charlotte Tilbury

Shimmer from Charlotte Tilbury

Both the Supermodel Body and Monoi Oil I are beautiful on every skin colour xo

Nars Monoi Oil II – is a moisturising body oil without the golden glow, and with unique properties of traditional French Polynesian Monoi de Tahiti oil. It smells divine, and is really nice if you are already golden or don’t care about adding colour.

Sally Hansen  Airbrush Legs – this is a great leg makeup if leg makeup is all you need, and it’s available at the drug store. It is quite opaque which can be good and bad: bad because you can’t really use it as a full body makeup because I think it’s too heavy, but it is good for leg coverage, without a glow. Blend it for sheer effect with a damp powder puff.

sallyhansen

Good luck goldies!   Glam on for the last night of Twenty-fifteen xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxooooooooooooooo

 

PRODUCT REVIEWS Mylifeinmakeup.com does not receive any monetary compensation to review products. Most reviews are based on products purchased personally, and preferred, or not. Occasionally I will receive products from makeup companies and will choose whether or not to review them here. Receiving products has no bearing on the opinion of the review, nor whether I choose to review it or not. All opinions are just that, and are honest and unbiased. Recommendations are based on the knowledge I have gained in 18 years as a professional makeup artist. Mylifeinmakeup.com is not to be held responsible if you decide to purchase an item and are dissatisfied with it.
These Are A Few of my Fave Things

Two Loots, Two Looks: Party Makeup for Different Purses

posted by Wendy December 30, 2015 0 comments

Beauty can be had on any budget, or in fact on none at all, because real beauty isn’t about makeup.

Makeup however, has to be bought, so today I am looking at party makeup on two different budgets. New Year’s Eve will soon be upon us, which has to be one of the biggest makeup events of our year, unless perhaps you are getting married or going to The Oscars! In many countries and cultures around the world people will be celebrating the end of an old year and the beginning of a new one and all that it may promise, going to parties private or public and usually paying some attention to looking their party best.

I am always torn between looks on party night, of course depending on the formality of them and what I’ll be wearing. This year I reserved my red lip to Christmas Day itself, so to mix it up a bit  I’ll be doing my favourite smokey eye in navy and a nude lip on New Year’s Eve. The red lip/cat eye is a classic as well, so I have included both looks for your perusal. And this post! Let’s call it:

Holt Renfrew vs. Shoppers Drug Mart (Harvey Nicks vs. Boots, Barneys New York vs. Walgreens, etc etc)

Drug Store Drop Dead Gorgeous

I admit, readers, that is has been a while since I last visited my local drug store for makeup, except for mascara and nail polish, which I often buy there. So I was happily amazed to find so many great options for party makeup that were not at all expensive! In fact, I spent ages excitedly going through everything.

Glittery, 24 hr shadows from L'Oreal. Gorgeous

Glittery, 24 hr shadows from L’Oreal. Gorgeous

Keep in mind that this was not a”fancy” upgraded pharmacy that sells the higher-end drugstore brands (those are popping up all over the place in Vancouver and probably everywhere else), this was my small local shop with a fairly tiny makeup/beauty aisle.  Check out these fun things, I hardly knew what to buy!

These Maybelline kits come with instructions, only $14.99!

These Maybelline kits come with instructions, only $14.99!

Rainbows from Revlon

Rainbows from Revlon

I thought this was a great idea too; how to pick a red or nude based on your skin tone, also from L’Oreal (find the actress/model/celebrity closest to your skin colour and voila! Kind of brilliant for the new or confused…)

pickred

Pick your red to suit your skin tone. Brilliant!

Pick a nude

Or go nude!

In the end I decided to go for a red lip/classic eye look from the drugstore. I didn’t buy foundations because you have to do that yourself!  There are loads to choose from at your drug store, depending on your skin type.

Low-end loveliness xo

Above are my top picks for the classic eye/red lip look:

Red lip, shaped eye, forever fab

Red lip, shaped eye, forever fab

Marcelle Eye Shadow Quads, in Taupetation and Black Magic – really, really pretty and blend able, with a soft sheen to the shadows. These two picks will give you a stunning classic eye in taupe and black. The taupe goes on the lid and into the crease a little, then the black shades the outer corner and into the outer crease, for wonderful shaping. If you want an almond shape, take the black up and out a bit to achieve that. Marcelle is a company out of Montreal, and their colour range is magnificent.

Maybelline Master Precise Ink Liner in Black -there’s only about a thousand of these liner pens on the market, but I opted for this one with a very fine tip. Apply this very easy to use pen along the lash line and then do a flick for your cat eye. This step is after your eyeshadow but before mascara please, so that you can get it right up to the lash line which will give you that full look with no gaps. Sultry! They say it lasts 12 hours so you should be ok until the carriage turns into a pumpkin.

Rimmel Wonderlash Mascara with Argan Oil in Extreme Black – to add to the drama of course. Get that nice flexible brush right against the eyelash root, give a wiggle, then glide it to the end of your lashes. Two coats are better than one, three if you dare. It’s not waterproof so don’t get rained on or cry too much at midnight. The Argan Oil in this will make your lashes nice n shiny.

Ardell Fashion Lashes in Black – for the brave or the needy. Top Tip: if you’re going to wear lashes always fit them first and if the length of the spine is too long for you, trim them. Easy as that. Putting them on is another matter, get a competent friend to help if you have one, haha. If not, apply glue along the spine, wave in the air for a second, then glue as close to the lash line as humanly possible and look into your mirror to check the placement. You don’t want a gap between your real lashes and the strip. That’s a dead giveaway!

L’Oreal Lipstick in Ravishing Red – what a fantastic colour! This colour I first saw on a fab barrista at my morning coffee stop and had to ask her what it was. Really marvellous and not dry at all. You may have to touch up after champagne but at least it won’t crack your lips off. This is going into my Top Five Reds, if I can get it down to five, that is.

Ravishing Red from Revlon

Ravishing Red from Revlon

With this look I would do a soft blush and maybe a bit of contour under the cheekbones (you can use the taupe eyeshadow for that, yes you can!). I am assuming you have a cheek colour, if not mix a TINY but of the lipstick with moisturizer and use that to dab on the apples of your cheek. I also didn’t get a lipliner but you can use a nude or a red.

Voila! you’re red ready and party pretty. Have a fab night x

In For a Penny, In For Pounds

One of those essential bits of advice given to me by my grandmother (not the first time she’s been mentioned, nor will it be the last) was this: “pay less, pay twice”. I have considered that philosophy often, and would rather  buy fewer things that are really good and will last me a long time, rather than lots of cheaper things. I am not referring just to makeup or beauty products; furniture, clothes, cars, all of it really. I do spend on skin care and cosmetics that deliver, especially as I age and the needs are different. Not so much gilding the lily as fertilizing it!  Anyway, the choices at the drug store for good product were really wonderful I thought, but if budget is not so much a concern for you, for whatever the reason (hey, I was a student once too) then here are some lovely things, for a smokey eye/ nude lip look for New Year’s Eve, or any occasion, come to that.

claudia

Claudia in the timeless smokey eye, nude lip look.

Armani Fluid Sheer in No 2   This miracle liquid will add a lovely bounce to any foundation and give your skin a beautiful dewy look.  Add a couple of drops to you liquid foundation (because no-one uses powder foundations any more, do they? I really hope not) admix it up on the back of your hand before putting it on your face. There are darker ones for darker skins, I use No 10 a lot which is lovely with a tan. if you use a product to add glow, do NOT cancel out the effect by over-powdering!

Nocturnal Cat Eyes To Hypnotise by Charlotte Tilbury in Midnight Seduction   This is a totally stunning soft sparkly midnight blue shadow…added bonus, it comes with a mini Rock n Kohl eye pencil, in Sapphire Sex. Oooooooh, bit risqué for New Year’s Eve but it looks marv.  These little kits, of shadow and pencil, come in four colours; for party night for me the money’s on the navy which is cooler and more sexy than a regular grey or black smokey eye. I think, anyway. Partly because I get tired of seeing the same thing everywhere, all the time. These shadows are surprisingly delicate (I wear the bronze in the daytime, just one wash over the eyelid) but build up to intense very easily. Remember  that when doing a smokey eye, the darkest colour is closest to the lash line, then goes to light as it fades up.

Quick steps to a smokey eye:

  • First step is the eyeshadow, from lash line to crease. Do two or three layers until you get the intensity you want
  • Next draw the matching pencil right along the lash line
  • I then put more eyeshadow on a pencil brush and go over the eye pencil to give it a lovely, smoky, smudged effect
  • Use the same brush and shadow and go all the way around the eye. If I’m doing a smokey eye, I do the eyes before any other makeup, but after moisturiser, so that once the eye is done, you can clean up any fall-out before you do your foundation. Clever, what?
  • Next step is to take the lighter colour (in this case I’m going to use my contour product, saving $$! see below) which blends into the crease and up to the brow using a large, soft crease brush. So by the time you get to the eyebrow there shouldn’t be any shadow left, just skin tone. I don’t highlight under the brow or anything, it takes away from the effect of the smoky eye, which for me is the most glamourous of eye looks.
  • Eyelash curler and mascara (see below)
  • Make sure you brows are groomed and pencilled if you wish

DiorShow Mascara by Dior in Black  What can I say, it’s a classic. Load it up for drama and to balance the smoky eye.

Stila Kajal Eye Liner in Onyx   This is to go on the water-line of the eye to really make your eyes “pop”, but not pop-out, obviously, which is not a good look.  The water-line is the inside of your eye, which may take some practice to get used to unless you grew up when it was really popular! Or dated a rock star.  I haven’t yet found any pencil to beat it. Bourjois used to make a brilliant one but it was discontinued. I need to do a post about that, don’t I?

Armani Sun Fabric Sheer Bronzer in 100 – This is a great contour colour for fair skins because it is, in fact, not very bronzy and has a nice sheen to it. It’s the replacement to the older 1 Sheer Bronzer which was even better but guess what??! Yes, discontinued. I use it as a cheekbone/ jaw contour and as the second eyeshadow for the navy smoky eye.

Benefit Cosmetics Cheek Colour in Coralista – A lovely coral shade to compliment the navy shadow. A whoosh of it on the apples of the cheeks.

NARS Lip Gloss Pot in Chelsea Girls –  This is, I should say was, by far and away the best nude lip colour in the makeup world, so why NARS discontinued it earlier this year is a mystery. I have a couple of pots left, so it isn’t expensive, it’s priceless! They did bring out a new formula gloss with the same name, but it isn’t the same, in colour or texture. It’s good, but not like the original. I will break it out for New Year’s Eve, but won’t let anyone borrow it! If you don’t own any of this, there are lovely nudes out there, such as..

the original Chelsea Girls lip pot by Nars

The original Chelsea Girls lip pot by NARS

 

People love to go nude!

Artists always love a nude!

 

Tom Ford Cosmetics Lipstick in Sable Smoke -close second in the nude race (a nude race?! New Year’s Eve festivities have gone wild!)it’s very creamy and marv shade.

NARS Lip Colour in Honolulu Honey ( a yellow based buttery nude-amazing on black skin!)or Belle Du Jour  A Buttery nude and a very light nude for the palest only.

Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Penelope Pink

 

 

 

And there you have it! Two different looks on two different budgets, or mix n match to get your fave party look.

Another option? A wash of gold all over the lid, a black cat-liner and a pink lip, very modern and glam. Whatever your look, anything goes, that’s the fun of party night, any night actually. Whatever you decide, be your most fab self. Wherever you are and whatever you do, I hope you have a lovely time and look fantastically fabulous. See you in 2016! If not before…..

To shop:

In the UK:Charlotte Tilbury (UK)
In Canada:
Beauty Boutique Free Shipping on Orders Over $55

Charlotte Tilbury CA

PRODUCT REVIEWS Mylifeinmakeup.com does not receive any monetary compensation to review products. Most reviews are based on products purchased personally, and preferred, or not. Occasionally I will receive products from makeup companies and will choose whether or not to review them here. Receiving products has no bearing on the opinion of the review, nor whether I choose to review it or not. All opinions are just that, and are honest and unbiased. Recommendations are based on the knowledge I have gained in 18 years as a professional makeup artist. Mylifeinmakeup.com is not to be held responsible if you decide to purchase an item and are dissatisfied with it.
These Are A Few of my Fave Things

Stick it! To Nars Concealer Sticks

posted by Wendy December 28, 2015 0 comments

There are some basic things in my kit I can’t do without and NARS concealer sticks are one of them. I recommend them and use them as facial concealers for a few reasons, and so far I think they are unbeatable for that purpose.

Full of my Favourite Things

Facial concealers need to be different than under-eye concealers. Facial concealers are used to cover blemishes and skin discolourations so they need to be stable, which makes them long-wearing, and they need to be easy to blend, which lets them do their job and let skin look flawless. The Nars sticks are pliable enough to blend easily, yet very stable which means they stay put and set up nicely on top of foundation. They’re opaque so they cover brilliantly and do the job without getting cakey and dry, as well as being lightweight enough to blend and not crease. They are available, as all Nars face products are, in a fantastic range of colours from very light (Chantilly) to very dark (Cafe). Use them over your foundation (so that you use less once the foundation evens out your complexion) and set with a little powder on a small brush (see MakeUp 101, Carry On Up The Concealer!) unless your skin is dry in which case they will look better and last without powder. The formula contains no parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances or phthalates so whether you’re a Custard, A Ginger or a Cafe, stick to NARS and you’ll be covered!

Did you know…..concealer sticks can be used for contouring and highlighting as well as concealing, but that’s another  post! One stick will last ages unless you leave it to melt in a hot car. Just sayin!

For a how-to apply concealer properly, read “Carry On Concealing”

 

PRODUCT REVIEWS Mylifeinmakeup.com does not receive any monetary compensation to review products. Most reviews are based on products purchased personally, and preferred, or not. Occasionally I will receive products from makeup companies and will choose whether or not to review them here. Receiving products has no bearing on the opinion of the review, nor whether I choose to review it or not. All opinions are just that, and are honest and unbiased. Recommendations are based on the knowledge I have gained in 18 years as a professional makeup artist. Mylifeinmakeup.com is not to be held responsible if you decide to purchase an item and are dissatisfied with it.
These Are A Few of my Fave Things

Amaze Your Face with Amazing Concealers

posted by Wendy December 10, 2015 0 comments

Concealing dark circles under our eyes is an instant way to look better, less tired, and to draw attention to the eyes themselves instead of the darkness under them. Almost everyone has some discolouration around their eyes that can benefit from this simple step.

Amazing Cosmetics concealers are my favourite concealers for under the eyes, and are an absolute necessity in my kit. I discovered them several years ago while shopping for product at Frends Beauty Supply in LA and they really are amazing . I think of them as little soldiers in my kit, all lined up and ready to go. It’s rare that I don’t use them in a makeup . They come in a fantastic range of colours, with thirteen options from very light to very dark, so they really are for everyone.  I use them only for concealing discolouration under the eye: not for the face.  Keep reading…

Amazing Concealers are available in 13 shades

Let me explain: the discolouration that starts to appear under the eye and also around the eye socket near the bridge of the nose as we age are different than the ones we try to conceal on the face. Undereye discolouration tends to be blue-ish, purple or brown or gray/brown, depending on our skin tone. The colours on the face we want to hide are usually red or pink, again depending on our original skin colour.

And so: ONE CONCEALER WILL NOT DO TWO JOBS, or not very well anyway.  It’s like using one colour paint to paint over a red wall and a blue wall; the result will not be the same. I pick a warmer toned (orangey, peachy, tan, caramel) tone for under eyes, and a yellow-based shade for concealing that red on the face. Once you start to look at concealing products in this way you’ll see the difference. Choose an under eye concealer that, once applied, blends the tone of the discolouration into the colour of the skin, so there is no difference between the two. The best way to test them is to actually do that – try a tester (make sure it’s clean) and go outside to look at in daylight.  You will find one that works.  If you’re uncertain, ask for help from salespeople, wherever you shop.

The reason I personally love Amazing Concealers is this: they are very creamy yet heavily pigmented, so you need only a very little of the product to do the job. One tube will last you a very long time. The creaminess means they do not look dry or accentuate fine lines or heavy wrinkles under the eyes. And of course NEVER use powder on  top of them or anywhere near the eye unless you’re Under 21 (maybe 25).

Amazing Concealer, Amazing Eyes!

P.S these are available at Marks&Spencer if you’re in the UK. No fair!

PRODUCT REVIEWS Mylifeinmakeup.com does not receive any monetary compensation to review products. Most reviews are based on products purchased personally, and preferred, or not. Occasionally I will receive products from makeup companies and will choose whether or not to review them here. Receiving products has no bearing on the opinion of the review, nor whether I choose to review it or not. All opinions are just that, and are honest and unbiased. Recommendations are based on the knowledge I have gained in 18 years as a professional makeup artist. Mylifeinmakeup.com is not to be held responsible if you decide to purchase an item and are dissatisfied with it.