Saturday, 29 March 2014

Simple Soft Smokey Liner Tutorial

Hi Everyone! A nice simple tutorial today. I've been seeing a lot of these lovely smoked out liner looks recently and wanted to give it a go, its perfect if you wanted a softer take on the smokey eye. Also perfect for people with hooded or mono lids, as there is no definition in the crease, its just a nice graduation of depth from the lashline up. Let me know what you think!
To even out the colour of my eyelids, I used Clinique Line Smoothing Concealer (shock horror!). I didnt want to use a sticky primer because I wanted to be able to move the liner about, and this does set enough not to crease on me. Be mindful if using this particular concealer though, there is an awful glare off it in flash photography!
With Avon SuperShock Pencil Gel Liner I tightlined my upper lashline and the root of the lashes too. You can use any black eyeliner that is soft and easy to smudge out. Using Real Techniques Angled Liner Brush, which is synthetic, I manipulated the liner into a winged shape, spreading it quite liberally along the lashline into the shape I wanted.
Next, I basically repeated step 2! I built up the depth with the pencil and smudged it out again. Keep building like this until you have the depth and shape you want.
To set the liner just at the lashline, I used Black Tied by Mac on an angled brush.
Using a soft pencil brush and Tease from the Naked2 Palette (Quarry by Mac would work too), I began smudging the liner out further. I took Tease up as far as the crease. Keep going back to Black Tied and smudging it out again, this look is all about layering and blending and smudging to create a nice soft gradient.
As a transition colour I used Cozy Grey by Mac on a Real Techniques Essential Crease Brush, so this went into the socket and up towards the brow, blending out Tease.
For a highlight just under the brow, I used Pick Me Up by Mac (any bone coloured matte eyeshadow will work) on a stumpy shader brush.
Clinique High Impact Mascara. I did apply to bottom lashes too after I cleaned up under my eyes and applied my concealer and powder. I didn't put any colour on the lower lashline, you could bring the Tease colour or Black Tied down there if you wanted a more dramatic effect but I quite like having all the colour on the top lids only.
Katy Perry Cool Kitty Eyelashes by Eylure to finish off the look!

Monday, 24 March 2014

Sultry Dramatic Blackberry Eyes Tutorial

Hi Everyone! I am officially on a roll with these tutorials! Loads more on the way! I've been absolutely dying to try this look out since i got my paws on this palette, Blackberry has been on my shopping list for a long time but I never got around to getting it. I know I've done quite a few of these berry/pinky/plummy looks since Christmas, I promise this is the last one for a while. I just love how these types of colours really make my blue eyes pop. For once I have my brows on too, so you don't have to look at the sad little fellas ;) Hope you like the look!
I primed my lid and under the lower lashes with Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden.
So to start off, I picked up After Dusk from my Mac Cool Neutrals Palette on a flat shader brush and patted it to the centre part of my moving lid.
I wanted a nice dark outer-V and socket and for this I used Blackberry on a Real Techniques Essential Crease Brush.
I used Quarry on a Real Techniques Base Shadow brush to buff and blend out the top of Blackberry and soften the whole socket area.
To define the outer corner and lashline even more, I took a little bit of Black Tied on a Crown pencil brush. I used the brush with a little Blackberry still on it to blend it in a bit.
Going back to Blackberry, this time with my Real Techniques Accent Brush, which is tootsy, I traced my bottom lashline, as close to the lashes as I possibly could.
Next, on a blending brush I used Flounce (matte palest pink) to highlight the browbone and Sweet Allure (satin finish blue toned baby pink) in the inner corner.
I ran Avon SuperShock Gel Liner Pencil in black along the top and bottom waterline. I did a relatively thin winged liner top with Rimmel Glam'Eyes Liquid Liner.
Clinique High Impact Mascara & Kiss Lashes, and the look is finished! 
Let me know what you think and if you have any questions..! Much Love xx

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Mac Cool Neutral Palette

Hi Everyone!
I just want to do a quick post on this awesome new palette I was given as a birthday present (thank you Wayne <3), just to introduce it before I start using it for tutorials, which there will be plenty of. 
 
As you can see it comes in a sturdy case with a see-through top and it's magnetic.
The colours are all sorts of neutral and gorgeous, with matte, lustre, satin, frost and veluxe pearl finishes. As far as I can tell there is only 3 colours in this that are in the permanent collection (forgive me if I'm wrong), Blackberry, Brun and Black Tied. If that is the case, I do apologise for the fact that it could be tricky to recreate some looks exactly, but I will try to give dupes for the other colours as I use them. 
Lol at my reflection in the black, this is pretty hard to photograph!
So the colours top left - bottom right are as follows; Flounce(M), Sweet Allure(S), Pick Me Up(M), Cozy Grey(M), Silver Fog(L), French Clay(F).
Sun Tweaked(F), After Dusk(VXP), Crushed Clove(F), Deception(F), Cumulus(F), Pearled Earth(VXP).
Blackberry(M), Brun(M), Black Tied(V).
I cannot wait to get cracking on some exciting tutorials and looks for you guys, I'm so excited! I'll actually be posting my first one now after this. Do any of you have this palette? What do you think? 

Much Love xx

Soft Feminine Eyes Tutorial


Hi Everyone! So this is the first look I came up with using my new Mac Cool Neutrals Palette, watch this space for loads more though! This is very subtle and girly, perfect for daytime with or without the lashes. Hope you like it! 
So as always, I began by applying Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden all over the lid and under the lower lashes also, as I'll be putting eyeshadow there too.
So to start off, on a large fluffy blending brush by Crown, I took the colour Cozy Grey, a matte, light taupe colour, quite similar to Naked2 from the Naked Basics Palette by UD, and very lightly dusted this in the socket. I forgot to take a picture of this step (must've been very eager to get going hahah) but you'll see it in the picture below. Next, on a flat shader brush, I picked up the colour Sun Tweaked and applied it in a patting motion to the centre part of the moving lid. As you can see these aren't the most pigmented colours, but I actually like that, sometimes you want a subtle effect! 
To brighten up the inner corner, using the same flat brush, I used Sweet Allure (Bootycall from the Naked2 palette would be something similar).
To add a little definition to the outer corner without making the look too dark or dramatic (which you could do if you wanted..!) I used the colour Deception on a Crown pencil brush. 
I wanted to do a pop of something different on the lower lash line, and for this I used After Dusk (a gorgeous reddish brown with a veluxe pearl finish) and a short stubbly brush. 
I didn't want a dramatic liner on top, which I tend to go for a lot, but instead I pressed a minimal amount of Black Tied on an angled brush just at the root of the lashes, just to ground the look together.
For highlighting the browbone, I used a small shader brush and the colour Pick Me Up, very similar to Blanc Type, just a hint less pink toned. 
Clinique High Impact Mascara and Katy Perry by Eylure Cool Kitty lashes. 
Other products used; LancĂ´me Teint Miracle Foundation, Mac StudioFinish Concealer, Mac MSF Natural, Nars Laguna Bronzer, Mac Well Dressed Blush, Urban Decay Venus Eyeshadow as highlight and Mac Lipstick in Snob.