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2
Jul 13

Summer rock chick – make up tutorial

As a beauty blogger, I’m usually the one trying out makeup on other people and snapping away with my DSLR, but recently it was my turn to be on the other side of the makeup brush – and the opposite end of the camera lens.

Summer makeup

Smokey eyes will compliment any festival outfit (makeup artist: Athena Demetriou, photographer: Dakku Singh)

Athena Demetriou, 30, a trained beauty therapist with a certificate in TV and Film Make-up from The London College of Fashion, asked if I would be a model for her upcoming photoshoot, Days of Summer, shot by photographer Dakku Singh. The theme, it transpired, would be summertime – but with a rocky edge. In other words, the perfect look for festivals!

summer makeup

Makeup artist Athena working her magic!

For the photoshoot, Athena firstly made sure that my face was cleansed and moisturised. ‘This helps set the make up,’ she says. ‘I mixed two foundations – Stargazer Pure White and MAC Face and Body in nc20.’ Athena’s top tip? Always test foundation on your jawline as this area gives a true reading of your skin tone. She also pointed out that, contrary to popular belief, you should never test foundation on your hand as it won’t match your face!

Athena then transformed my eyes from subtle to smokey by mixing several colours from her MUA palette and, using a blending brush, applied the eyeshadow to my brow bones for an open, winged effect. ‘Practise feeling the bones around your eye with your fingertips,’ she advises. ‘This allows you to discover where to apply the shadow for your desired effect.’

Summertime makeup

For a biker-chic look, compliment smokey eyes with an edgy leather jacket and gold bracelet like this one by Feather & Stone (photographer: Dakku Singh)

Athena added a highlighting colour to the inner corner of my tear duct and, using a kohl black eyeliner, lined the upper lash line and smudged it slightly for an edgy, rock-chick vibe. ‘I then applied the same eyeshadow mix under the lower lash line using a smaller eyeshadow brush, and the kohl eyeliner to the waterline of the eye,’ explains Athena.

‘Using an eyelash curler, I gently curled the lashes, keeping them in the curler for about 30 seconds to ensure a decent curl, and applied Max Factor: 2000 Calories mascara to the upper and lower lashes. Two coats is sufficient for the upper lashes.’

Summer makeup

Blending and smudging are the key to achieving smokey eyes

Finally, it was time to contour the cheeks! Athena used a Bare Minerals bronzer in between the cheekbone and jawline. ‘This step really helps to define cheekbones and gives the illusion that they’re more prominent,’ she says. ‘On the apples of the cheeks, I used a rose blusher from L’oreal and used a large blending brush in circular motions to help break up any harshness and bring the colours together.’

‘For the lips, I primed them using Vaseline to help banish any dryness. As the eyes were already strong, I wanted to keep the lips soft (you should only be adventurous with bold colours if you’re going for a striking ‘editorial’ look) so I applied a nude lip colour by Barry M using an angled lip brush. Another little tip: use a gold highlighter at the cupid’s bow – the heart shaped part of the upper lip – as this helps create the illusion of fuller lips.’

‘Lastly, I used translucent powder all over the face to help set the makeup and voilà – the finished look is complete!’ Thank you to make up artist Athena Demetriou, photographer Dakku Singh and fashion PR manager, Aoife McIvor.

Summertime makeup

The clothes I’m wearing in this photo are: Borne Alice Floral playsuit and Apair Amalfi Classic boots (photographer: Dakku Singh)

 

 


13
Feb 13

Red Carpet Beauty round-up 2013

It may only be February, but we’ve already seen a wealth of Red Carpet Beauty this year thanks to numerous awards ceremonies including the Golden Globes, the Grammys and the BAFTAs. We’ve still got the Oscars to go at the end of the month as well!

Just like Marilyn Monroe stole the show all those years ago at the Golden Globes, when it comes to beauty, some stars have shone brighter than others on the red carpet at this year’s ceremonies. Read on to find out my favourite Red Carpet Beauty moments so far…

Marilyn Monroe won three Golden Globes between 1953 - 1962

Marilyn Monroe won three Golden Globes between 1953 – 1962

BAFTAs

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence is gorgeous. Jennifer Lawrence is also chums with Bradley Cooper and Michael Fassbender. Jennifer Lawrence is hereby the source of all my envy. Seriously though, I do love a bit of Jen; she’s great as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games and she also seems to have a pretty grounded attitude towards Hollywood and all its silliness. Plus she looked awesome at this year’s BAFTAs.

Slicked-back hair is an unconventional and risky look for the red carpet, but the actress definitely pulled it off. Jennifer’s dark, sooty eyes looked very alluring, and given they were teamed with wet-look hair, they completed her just-out-of-the-shower, smudgy-eyed vibe. For eyes like Jennifer’s apply LCN’s Dark Midnight Glow eyeshadow, £11.45 from beautyconcepts.co.uk.

Jennifer Lawrence at the 2013 BAFTAs

Jennifer Lawrence at the 2013 BAFTAs

Sarah Jessica Parker

Sarah Jessica Parker’s beauty and fashion sense have always been unconventional, and equally out of the ordinary is her down to earth personality. Unlike typical showbiz prima donnas, SJP always comes across as warm, charismatic, and genuine – qualities which she displayed during her speech at the BAFTAs.

When the actress stepped on stage in her Elie Saab jumpsuit, I was struck by how amazing she looked. It’s been years since SATC came to an end, but SJP is looking remarkably youthful – and not in a surgically-enhanced kinda way, either. After all, the Sex and the City star has long been averse to plastic surgery.

Sarah Jessica Parker at the 2013 BAFTAs

Sarah Jessica Parker at the 2013 BAFTAs

“People used to tell me to do my nose all the time—all the time,” she told Allure in 2000. “I’m not a big fan of collagen and Botox for actresses because I think it ruins a very expressive part of our faces. I kinda dig that I’m so flawed.” Well, she may love imperfections, but SJP’s hair at the BAFTAs was absolutely flawless thanks to Charles Worthington, who worked his mane-magic on the actress before she hit the red carpet.

To achieve hair like SJP’s, the stylist recommends using Charles Worthington Instant Volume Amplifying Volume Treatment, £14.99, before running straightening irons through your hair. My favourite straighteners at the moment are Babyliss’ 2098bu Pro 230 Elegance Straighteners, Like SJP, my hair is naturally thick and curly, but these slim straighteners and their super-hot, titanium ceramic plates do a great job of taming my locks. Available to buy from TheRankTank.com for a reduced price of £34.99.

Babyliss’ 2098bu Pro 230 Elegance Straighteners

Babyliss’ 2098bu Pro 230 Elegance Straighteners

Grammys

Rihanna

It was her first official outing with Chris Brown as a couple since he assaulted her at the 2009 Grammys - a reunion which by many is seen as a controversial move on Rihanna’s part – so it was fitting that the singer opted for a bold look at this year’s awards ceremony. Speaking about her newly rekindled relationship, Rihanna said: “If it’s a mistake, then it’s my mistake”.

Just like her defiant attitude, Rihanna’s scarlet dress. rouge lips and matching nails were fiery if not downright daring. Her long wavy hair, on the other hand, softened the overall look (which might have otherwise seemed too harsh) and reminded us that Rihanna is still a young and at times vulnerable woman. Here’s hoping Chris Brown treats her right this time.

Find out which red nail polishes and red lipsticks I like best at the moment by visiting Yesterface’s Valentine’s Day Beauty Guide!

Rihanna at the 2013 Grammys

Rihanna at the 2013 Grammys

Golden Globes

Claire Danes

Not only did Claire Danes pick up the gong for Best Actress at this year’s Golden Globes, but she came up trumps on the red carpet too.

I’ve become accustomed to seeing Danes sport a pair of manic, tired-looking eyes in her (brilliantly acted) role as CIA officer Carrie Mathison in Homeland, so it was a welcome surprise to see her all dolled up at the Globes.

Danes complimented her natural beauty with an ample dose of eyeliner and this smokey, feline look was beyond seductive; it made the actress’ electric blue eyes sizzle even more than usual. Her hair do was a total win, too. Tousled, long, glossy and voluminous, it was as far cry from the short, unassuming style worn by her character Carrie. Bravo, Claire!

Claire Danes at the 2013 Golden Globes

Claire Danes at the 2013 Golden Globes

Jessica Alba

When it comes to style, this woman can do no wrong. Her look at the Globes was not only immaculate, but had an earthy and vibrant edge too.

Her sun-kissed California skin, burnt orange lips, subtle contouring and simple eyemakeup all worked together in perfect harmony to create a stunning overall look. Jessica Alba, I salute you. If you want lips like Jessica’s, I suggest using Sundown Mini Lipstick by Frontcover (£4.00).

Jessica Alba at the 2013 Golden Globes

Jessica Alba at the 2013 Golden Globes

Next up, the Oscars! Keep your eyes peeled for my special Oscars post, where I’ll be looking at a history of Red Carpet Beauty…


25
Jan 13

Cat Eye Makeup Tutorial

A cat may have nine lives, but the cat eye makeup trend has survived for decades, and I doubt very much that this feline style will ever die out.

The look has been favoured by a variety of beauty icons over the years including Sophia Loren and Angelina Jolie. It’s simple yet seductive, and has the ability to transform a plain set of peepers into a pair of striking, smouldering gems.

There are endless variations on the classic cat eye; some are subtle, some are outrageous, but if it’s a sparkling and dramatic night-time look you’re after, read on for my Cat Eye Makeup Tutorial!

Cat Eye Makeup Tutorial

Cat Eye Makeup Tutorial

Step 1: Apply black eyeliner to your upper eyelid

Begin from the inner corner of your eye and guide the pencil along your eyeline until you reach the outer corner. I like to use Sparkle in Paris eyeliner in Black Sparkle by Oriflame, £3.45 from oriflame.com.

Its shimmery finish is perfect for a night out, and its soft nib means it glides along your skin without snagging or looking too severe. The pencil is easy to apply with precision, but its soft texture also enables you to create a thick and smudgy effect, which I think is more appropriate for a night out. So layer up and apply liberally!

Step 2: Create a feline flick

The length of the flick is entirely up to you, but if you’re having a night on the town I think you can afford to be a little dramatic. As for the shape, draw a gentle curve starting from the outer corner of your eye and guide the pencil towards the end of your brow.

Stop drawing at about halfway between the outer corner of your eye and your eyebrow, then lighten the pressure of your grip and finish off the flick with curvy precision.

Cat Eye Makeup Tutorial

Cat Eye Makeup Tutorial

Step 3: Apply eyeliner to your lower eyeline

Black eyeliner is sometimes too harsh and can make your skin look washed out. A dark green shade, on the other hand, will make your eyes look sultry without making your complexion pale in comparison. I personally like Artdeco’s Soft Kajal Liner in Fir Tree (87), £7.25 from JCmakeup.com, as it boasts a rich, shimmery hue.

Step 4: Create texture and inject colour

I applied the Artdeco eyeliner over the black liner which really emphasised the shape and gave it some depth. I then applied LCN’s Dark Midnight Glow eyeshadow, £11.45 from beautyconcepts.co.uk, to my eyelids.

The eyeshadow contains iridescent sparkles which catch the light beautifully. It has a substantial yet silky texture, and rather than congealing or flaking off, it stays in place for ages. The applicator brush makes it very easy to apply, too.

Cat eye makeup tutorial

Cat eye makeup tutorial

Step 5: Repeat Step 1-4 on your other eye

Don’t worry about trying to attain an absolutely perfect match, just have fun with it. You can easily improve symmetry and correct any mistakes with a damp cotton wool bud later on.

Step 6: Shape your eyebrows

If you want your cat eye makeup to stand out, it’s essential you attain a pair of purr-fectly (sorry) shaped brows. When giving yourself a feline makeover, you’ll want your eyebrows to resemble a fancy cat. In other words: poised, arched and groomed to perfection! Tweeze any straggly hairs and groom your brows with the Billion Dollar Brows Brow Gel. Then, define the shape and fill in any gaps with some colour.

Bobbi Brown Pastel Eye Shadow Palette

Bobbi Brown Pastel Eye Shadow Palette

Rather than a pencil, I much prefer to use Bobbi Brown’s Pastel Eyeshadow palette. It’s a neat trick which I recently discovered while experimenting with the palette. All you need to do is take the liner end of the Dual Ended eyeshadow / eyeliner brush, softly dip it into the mahogany eyeshadow, then use the edge of the brush to apply the shadow to your brows with soft, thin strokes in the direction of your hair growth. Finally, gently sweep along your brows with the flat side of the brush.

Step 7: Contour

Michelle Pfeiffer, in my mind, was the ultimate catwoman largely thanks to her razor sharp bone structure. After applying foundation, suck in your cheeks and sweep bronzing powder directly underneath and along your cheekbones with a medium-sized makeup brush. I recommend St Moriz Bronzing Powder in Light, £4.99, as it adds definition and gives your complexion a nice sheen.

Cat eye makeup tutorial

Cat eye makeup tutorial

Step 8: Finishing touches

Unless you want to look like a drag queen, with eyes this dramatic you’ll want to keep your lips fairly basic. I used Natorigin’s Tolerance Extreme Lipstick in Papaye, available to buy for £16.25 from Natorigin.co.uk. For a flawless complexion, I used a mixture of Airbase Perfecting Primer, £44.95 from airbasemakeup.com and Oriflame’s Giordani Gold Age Defying Foundation in Natural Beige, £13.95 from oriflame.com. Highlight your browbones with Billion Dollar Brows’ Brow Duo Pencil.

I haven’t actually used any mascara in these pictures, but my favourite at the moment is Green People Organic Lifestyle Volumising Mascara, £14.35 from greenpeople.co.uk. Oh and, contrary to the messy ‘do I’m sporting in some of these pics, I suggest teaming your cat eye makeup with a sleek style. For straight, glossy hair, use Neal & Wolf’s Guard Heat Protection Spray, £10.95 and Babyliss’ 2098bu Pro 230 Elegance Straighteners, available to buy from TheRankTank.com for £34.99 instead of the usual RRP of £79.99.

Now, go forth and slink into the night a la catwoman!

Cat eye makeup tutorial

Cat eye makeup tutorial


4
Jan 13

Razzle Dazzle ‘em with the Sparkler set by Frontcover Cosmetics

If you thought glitter was the domain of five year old girls or adults with a fetish for fairy dust, then think again. Sparkly stuff has become de rigieur of late, and if applied correctly, glittery makeup can transform your look from dull to dazzling in no time.

After all, when it comes to a snazzy party, a retro disco or a big night out, average-looking makeup just doesn’t cut it anymore. So, if you have a glitzy event to attend, I suggest you try out Sparkler by Frontcover Cosmetics.

Sparkler Set by Frontcover Cosmetics

Sparkler Set by Frontcover Cosmetics

The set includes a tube of iridescent glitter gel, a double ended brush and three small pots containing black glitter, gold glitter and gold sequins. The materials are easy to apply and the lilac-hued gel has a nice consistency; not too sticky, but it holds the materials firmly in place.

Frontcover Glitter and Sequins

Frontcover Glitter and Sequins

As is the case with all Frontcover sets, the Sparkler kit is inspired by recent catwalk trends and includes instructions on how to use the products in order to create certain looks. There are three ‘looks’ in total; Mirror Ball, Black Wing and Twinkling Eyes & Nails, but you can experiment to your heart’s content. I certainly did!

The set also includes three shimmery, long-lasting nail varnishes; I like to apply Galaxy Bound to my fingernails followed by a strip of Vinaceous down the centre of each nail for an edgy finish. The Sparkler set is currently reduced from £16 to £11.20 at frontcovercosmetics.com.

Frontcover Sparkle sequins

Frontcover Sparkle sequins

 

 


2
Jan 13

Arbonne Comet Cosmetics Collection

It would appear there’s a link between the universe and makeup, or rather, between the cosmos and cosmetics…

The word ‘cosmos’ and the word ‘cosmetics’ both stem from the Greek word kosmos, meaning orderly arrangement or decoration. Perfectly apt, given that makeup is used to decorate and improve the appearance of one’s facial proportions.

After all, clever contouring, careful application and a good choice of colours can enhance and even transform your features. To read more about the cosmos, cosmetics and ‘perfect’ facial proportions, read Yesterface’s article ‘Your Face is your Fortune’.

In the meantime, while we’re on the topic, I’d like to recommend the Comet Cosmetics Collection by Arbonne. The set includes a bold red lipstick named ‘Cosmic Kiss’ and Arbonne’s ‘Starry Night’ Eye Shadow Palette, both of which come in a glittery clutch bag.

Arbonne Comet Cosmetics Collection

Arbonne Comet Cosmetics Collection

Cosmic Kiss is long-lasting, easy to apply with precision, and boasts a rich red hue. The lipstick also has a moisturizing effect thanks to its mango butter and pomegranate extract ingredients, making it perfect for the colder months where chapped lips become a common occurrence.

Arbonne Lipstick

Arbonne Lipstick

The eyeshadow palette contains four shimmery shades: Nightscape, Solar, Stardust, and Meteorite, all of which include cucumber and mallow extracts. The eyeshadows are soft and easy to blend (try mixing the four at once for fun, your eyelids will end up looking like the aurora!) and the palette also includes a built-in mirror – handy for when you’re on the go.

Arbonne eyeshadow palette

Arbonne Starry Night Eyeshadow Palette

However, while both products are lovely, the piece de resistance of the collection for me personally is the clutch bag. With tiny iridescent sparkles set against a jet-black case, this clutch is glittery without being gaudy. It also boasts four bejewelled finger rings – very on trend! Arbonne’s Comet Cosmetics Collection is available to buy at arbonne.com

Arbonne eyeshadow

 

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