Wendy in Wonderland

I loved creating this look for Sophie Lowe playing Alice in Once Upon A Time: Wonderland. Sophie has porcelain skin with a beautiful splattering of freckles and her character called for a natural easy makeup. In a few scenes we got to bump it up with lavender tones but this was a beautiful makeup for her as she wound her way through all kinds of adventures. The look may have been designed for her  TV character but it translates perfectly into real life if you want a simple, pretty, fresh-looking best face forward.

What I used:

Skincare: to boost hydration (important for long days in front of the camera under hot lights) and induce a sense of calm for early morning starts, I always spritz with rosewater. It’s lovely to use throughout the day to refresh your skin. If you love roses, this is your mist:

Makeup: For a healthy beautiful glow (I’m not a fan of heavy foundation, especially on camera, yuk) I used one of my all-time favourite bases, NARS’ Sheer Glow formula, mixed with a few drops of Armani Fluid Sheer 7 for amazingly-looking skin, on camera or off:

Under her eyes, a little Amazing Concealer  from Amazing Cosmetics in Ivory. Best concealer ever, I rant about it in a previous post. Available at M&S Beauty if you live in the UK, otherwise it’s a special order or a trip to Sephora.

To complete, the tiniest trace of this powder which doesn’t look at all “powdery” so I love it.  It dulls shine where you want it to but adds a touch of radiance as well, how brilliant is that? LOVE this one. Loads of powder in film (and in real life) is a no-no which looks terrible and is always ageing.
A simple sweep of colour over her lids, using a big blending brush so it’s soft and pretty:
And to add some definition and bring out the colour of her blue/green eyes, this cult pencil from M.A.C which had excellent staying power and blends easily for a smudgey bottom liner. This colour, Powersurge, is a must-have in my kit.For delicious lashes, or rather audacious ones, this one from NARS gave Sophie that doe-eyed look.

On cheeks and lips for a natural, very pretty stain: iT Cosmetics Vitality Flush Colour Stain Stick. It’s tricking you into thinking it’s clear, but will adjust it’s pinkness to your skintone once applied. I love that you can use on cheeks and lips too, always handy for quick touch-ups. Now available in the UK at Selfridges only. So far. This company has cult status in the U.S so I expect it to start growing in popularity in the UK soon (see below for further reading). Get to

That’s it, seven products not including skincare but don’t forget how important that is: with a great canvas, you’ll achieve great makeup xo

Jurlique Holistic Skin Care

Further reading: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/beauty/make-up/everything-need-know-cosmetics-cult-us-brand-has-finally-launched/.

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Pretty in Pink

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.

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Amongst my faves for a beautiful blushing look are a couple of cult beauty products from Benefit Cosmetics UK  – the infamous 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 cardboardy but don’t fancy wearing a lot of makeup. It’s a really good one to have on hand and there’s 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 during almost twenty years as a professional Make-Up Artist. Mylifeinmakeup.com is not to be held responsible if you decide to purchase an item and are dissatisfied with it.