Wednesday, 13 February 2013

The Valentine's Look

While Valentines day is hated by many, it's also a great day to force your boyfriend to buy you overpriced roses and massive heart shaped boxes of chocolates. The least you can do in return is look gorgeous for him when he takes you out for an expensive meal that he doesn't even really want to attend.

While hunting through my makeup stash for a simple yet slightly dramatic look for an evening out, I came across a MAC eyeshadow quad that had all the perfect colours for a romantic Valentines look. They're outlandish, but not too dark. Shimmery, but not glittery. MAC's Naked Lunch, Paradisco, Star Violet and Hepcat can all create an easy-to-do, romantic look without looking too plastered or vampy. Teamed with a flick of liquid eyeliner (my all time favourite is myface.cosmetics slinky liquid eyeliner), some natural looking lashes and a slick of clear lipgloss, your face will be food-proof and snog-proof for the night!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Saturday, 9 February 2013

Cream Eyeshadows - Hit or Miss?

Cream eye shadows have become increasingly popular over the past 12 months. As someone who prefers to use brushes for all makeup application, I was skeptical of sticking my fingers in pots of coloured cream and rubbing it willy nilly all over my eyes.

When the Maybelline Colour Tattoo range came out though, I began to sway. The word "tattoo" really got me thinking "could a wet cream really stay longer on my lids than a dry powder?" On and On Bronze is my favourite colour of the bunch, producing a warm coppery tone infused with gold shimmer, perfect with almost any eye colour. The formula truly is long lasting and not too hard to blend with fingers or a brush. Additionally, the amount of product in the pot is insane compared to the amount that you would get in a powder shadow.

The Benefit Creaseless creams are another favourite but apparently they are being discontinued which is so annoying! A little more on the pricey side but there are definitely an array of great colours, again with a great formula and consistency.

The downsides are that they are probably more unhygienic to use - sticking your dirty fingers in them over and over can create a battlefield of germs in the pots. Additionally, creamy makeup products have a shorter lifespan than powder products do, so even if you do get more product in the pot than a powder, you'd have to use it pretty frequently to really get your money's worth. 

At the end of the day, I think powder eyeshadows remain at the top of my list. I'm not as hesitant to buy them as I was before, but I prefer to use these creams as a base for a powder shadow, rather than using them on their own. 

What are your thoughts?

Sunday, 3 February 2013

The Perfect Flick

Renowned for being one of the most famous and timeless makeup looks ever, the black eyeliner flick will suit almost any eye shape and can completely transform any makeup look. The only problem with the flick is that with even the slightest motion, it can go oh so terribly wrong. From a wobbly hand, to a line that's far too thick, the infamous flick can make your eyes go from glamorous to gothic. And nothing (and I mean nothing!) is worse than uneven flicks. THE HORROR!

I first discovered eyeliner when I was about 10 years old. Far too young some of you might say, but my Dad was always a firm believer of letting me experiment at a younger age and getting it wrong when it was acceptable because I was young and silly, instead of being a 20-something female who didn't know the different between a lipstick and a pink highlighter pen. I have found that over many years of trial and error, I have somewhat perfected the art of the flick.

A lot of it comes down to practice, of course. Knowing your eyeshape and understanding where the flick needs to be drawn in terms of the position with the corner of your eye are key in obtaining said flick. Your upper lid fluid line should always reach the end of your eye, as the point of the flick is to elongate your eye. It can't elongate our eye if the flick begins halfway alone your lid line!

A straight line needs to be formed that aligns with the end of your eyelid and the just after the end of your eyebrow. Creating this initial line is key for your flick to form. Of course this is much easier said than done, so I have made a video to accompany this blog post which will show you in detail how to know where to position the line to begin your flick, and how to fill out the shape of the flick to perfect the look.

Having a good quality eyeliner is crucial. You won't be able to create a flawless flick without an eyeliner that's going to flow well on your lid and last all day. My all time favourite eyeliner that I strongly recommend to create the perfect eyeliner flick is the myface.cosmetics slinky liquid eyeliner in "paint it black". A dramatic and long lasting eyeliner, myface.cosmetics really pulled it out of the bag with their most recent line of liquid eyeliners.

 It's available in an array of matte and chromatic shades (including silvers and golds for crazier party looks, but also deep browns blues and blacks for my sultry looks) the density of this liquid eyeliner delivers a strong and long lasting line which will not move, smudge or crack throughout the day or night. The brush is tiny yet precise and is able to get into all the difficult areas around the eyelid, and is capable of delivering a thin line as well as being fluid and supple enough to build up for a more dramatic look. I seriously consider this to be the staple item in my makeup bag, and the one makeup item that I would not leave the house without wearing. Have I sold it to you yet?! This product is amazing!

I hope that the video and post help you in the uphill battle that every woman faces with eyeliner. The key things to remember here are practice and a good quality product. Even professional makeup artists struggle to achieve the perfect flick, so remember that you're not alone! Practice makes perfect :-)