Autumn Makeup.

Autumn or (Fall for my American readers) is my favourite time of the year.

The humid air leftover from the sizzling Summer turns crisp. The streets are littered with red and orange leaves crunching beneath your feet. Also Halloween and pumpkin spiced lattes!

Autumnal colours coincide so beautifully with the warm make up tonnes that has been in season for so long now. This is why I’m excited to combine my favourite season with my favourite makeup look… warm, smoky eyes!

 

 


 

As usual, I start with a clean base.

I will soon be doing a vlog/blog about my skincare regime so watch out for industry standard tips and tricks.

I then used the MAYBELLINE baby skin primer which is really soft to use and just glides on creating a stable base for the foundation.

My base of choice is NARS velvet matte tinted moisturiser in ALASKA. This is my everyday makeup uniform. I’ve been a loyal fan for years now and this colour matches my skin tone perfectly. Its lightweight formula produces great coverage which is great for a tinted moisturiser as sometimes they can look too sheer.

I then highlight and contour like I normally do. I will be doing a vlog/blog on how I do this so it gives a bit more detail.


 

Next is the fun part…. eyes!

 

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I took inspiration from models and makeup artists as I wanted to stay away from the heavy Instagram/Youtube look. And keep it more subtle and fashion.

It’s so important to prep the skin. I didn’t use to and then wondered why my makeup would wear off during the day or go patchy.

I’ve been dying to use my new DIOR eyeshadow palette in DEVILISH. Look how gorgeous it is! I love it! Today I will be using the crimson, gold and brown colours; to of course replicate Autumnal leaves.

 

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I start by using the LAURA MERCIER eye primer in FLAX. Then I dust some loose powder over the top for this look I used MAC translucent powder. This sets the makeup and makes it easier to blend the eyeshadow on top.

Using a flat makeup brush I take some crimson and gently pat down the colour onto my eyelid. Don’t blend at this point as we are just setting down the colour so it doesn’t have to be perfect at this point.

Once the intensity is to your liking glide the colour underneath the eye to give definition. This look was inspired by the amazingly talented Kate Jane Hughes (pic below I also used her work for the title page) you can check out her work here.

I love this look it’s so simple, but a bit more edgy than the classic taupe smokey eye. I also think it really compliments green/blue eyes.

 

 

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Once the base is laid take a fluffy brush like this one (below) and start blending. I saw an Instagram post from Katie where she explains how to achieve a perfectly blended eyeshadow. Next step is to dip the brush into your translucent powder and then blend the eyeshadow even more. If you want a more intense colour simply dip the fluffy brush into the original colour and blend some more to intensify. Keep dipping and blending between the two until you are happy.

 

 

Next, take a small eyeshadow brush (I just used the sponge that the palette came with) and dip it into the gold colour. Dab the gold on the inner corner of the eye, you can even blend the gold into the crimson colour to give a beautiful sunset effect.

I then used a bit of the dark brown colour on the outside corner of the eye to give shading and dimension. You only need to take this colour a quarter of the way across the eye because we don’t want it to darken the crimson colour.

I then used a MAC beige kohl eyeliner in RISQUE on the lower waterline to make the eye appear bigger. Or if you want a more intense look like Karlie Kloss you can use MAC black kohl eyeliner in CLAY in the waterline. You can use this on the upper and lower lash line for a defined effect.

I remember Kevyn Aucoin’s advice on how to get grungy eyeliner look. Line both waterlines with black kohl and then blink/squint your eyes as much as you can until you create a black smudgy definition around the eyes. You can always go in with a cotton Q Tip and tidy it up if it gets too wild.

I then curled my lashes using my SHU UMERA eyelashes curlers.  BENEFITS bad gal bang mascara is my new favourite cult favourite. I love it! I don’t normally like rubber wands but this product really lengthens and curls my lashes without even really needing to curl them. For this look, I coated both my upper and lower lashes.

I pencil in my Eyebrows the way I normally do.

In the photograph, I used BARRY M lipstick in MANNEQUIN. It’s a glossy darker nude that volumises the lips leaving them looking plush and juicy. I really love nude lipsticks; check out my high street favourites Top 5 Drug Store Nude Lipsticks.

 

 

Couple this look with a long camel coat and there you go the perfect Autumnal look ready for the pages of Vogue.

Hope you enjoyed this seasonal look. Sorry I was late this week! Started University so my time management has gone a bit out the window. But I will be back every Thursday so if would like to see more posts like this don’t forget to subscribe.

Warmest regards

Pride Make Up 🌈

Yayyyyyyyyyy !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I’m so excited for PRIDE!

It’s a celebration for people of any race, gender, age etc… to love being who they are!

I had such fun creating this look! (As you can probably see).

Pride originated from the LGBT community; but now it’s so much more! The rainbow flag is a symbol of self acceptance with pride.


 

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The streets of Soho are filled with rainbows and I am EXCITED !!!!!

Let me break down my Pride/Festival look for you:


 

EYES:

Eyes are the window to the soul, especially with stars around them!

  • First I started with the base. I used Laura Mercier Eye Primer in ‘FLAX’. The consistency of this product is really smooth, and the mousse texture makes eyeshadow blending a pleasure, rather than a flaking nightmare!
  • Next I used MAC eyeshadow in ‘DEEP TRUTH’ . I tried to research it so I could link it for your guys but they don’t seem to stock it anymore. But I found an identical alternative in a NARS eyeshadow called ‘ARCTURUS’. I picked up a trick online where you put eyeshadow on the inner and outer corners of the eye and leave the centre… (all will be revealed why we did this later on).
  • Then I got some masking tape and lined it diagonally from the outer corner of my eyes to the hair line. It’s a good idea to take away some of the stickiness by placing it on your arm and taking it off so your eye area doesn’t feel like it’s being waxed! You want it tacky not super sticky.
  • Next I used MAC eyeshadow in ‘CRANBERRY’. This is a really pretty maroon colour. Even though I want this look to be colourful, I purposely chose to go a bit darker on my eyes to give definition but also to keep it fashion. I dusted this into the crease line and over the masking tape. I then removed the tape, and fingers crossed it should give you a razor sharp maroon cat eye. Feel free to smudge the edges if it’s too intense.
  • I then went back to the centre of my eye and using my wedding ring finger applied a tiny bit of NARS creamy concealer in ‘CANNELLE’.
  • Now for the fun bit! Using STILA Glitter eyeshadow in ‘DIAMOND DUST’. I applied it over the centre over my eyes adding a touch of fairy dust (not really but it looks like it!). This creates a glossy 3D effect that is sexy and fun at the same time! I also put a bit of glitter in the corner of my eyes to let people know I am serious about glitter!!!

 

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  • For under the bottom lash line I used SHISEIDO eye colour trio. This royal purple is so luxurious! I love mixing it in with brown eyeshadow too to give a beautiful warm autumnal (or if you’re in America ‘Fall’ look). Just line the eyes underneath and there we are…. Purple Perfection! This colour also especially compliments green eyes.
  • Next I lined my eye lids using EYEKO Fat Liner to accentuate and bring the look together. I drew the line slightly beyond the inner corner of my eye to give length. I also traced the liner against the already cut maroon line that we made earlier using eyeshadow and masking tape, adding to our feline shape. I wanted a thicker line because the rest of the Make Up is so wild I didn’t want the eyeliner to drown in colour, so I gave it enough width to stand on it’s own two feet. This particular product as it’s amazing for adding impact.
  • Next I applied a coat of Mascara on both the top and bottom eyelashes. Just so they merge naturally in with the falsies. I recommend Eyeko Mascara in ‘BLACK MAGIC’.
  • Now this is tricky and I suggest using tweezers. I applied cult classic HUDA eyelashes in ‘SAMANTHA’. Don’t you just love it when your eyelashes have the same name as you! I love these eyelashes! I give them a curl with the curlers just to really open the eye. The hairs are so natural looking instead of some of those plastic, spikey versions you get in drug stores. They also last so I’d say it’s worth the price tag!
  • I then just drew in the waterline using MAC liner in ‘RISQUE’. To really open the eye and make your eyes look as big as possible. I suggest using a flesh colour as against white as it merges in more naturally.
  • I pencilled in my brows using NARS brow pencil in ‘SURINAME’. This is easy to use and natural. See my post on Eyebrows to see how I maintain my brows.
  • Last but not least the STARS! I actually got these from the post office for £1.99. They came in big and small sizes and I just had fun with them. I would suggest using the same glue that you’d use for your false eyelashes as if you’re out they may flick off… this is not the time for Shooting Stars! Note: These go on at the end when the rest of you Make Up is complete.

 

LIPS:

  • I wanted this look to be quite edgy so I used a dark cherry colour. I actually used a NYX colour which I bought in Melbourne, Australia. But I’m having trouble tracking it down in the UK (I’m sorry not doing great with the updated products today!) But you’re in luck as I found a gorgeous gothic replica. GOSH Lip colour in ‘TWILIGHT’. You can add gloss but I prefer to keep it semi matte.

 

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BASE:

  • I normally do the base after my eye makeup because A) Eyes take the longest to Make Up and B) You don’t have wipe off foundation if there’s fall out from the eyeshadow. I used GLOSSIER skin tint in ‘LIGHT’. This gives a natural but radiant finish.
  • I then used BOBBI BROWN powder in ‘PALE YELLOW’ to bake the skin tint so it stays in place. I decided to use extra powder as I knew I’d be on camera and dewiness can look like oiliness behind the lens. Baking makes it easier to contour and blush smoothly and easily without the dreaded patchiness. It really is all about the base.
  • I used MAC mineralize bronzer in ‘GIVE ME SUN!’ to give me a golden glow. I contoured quite loosely as I wanted to keep it natural as the eyes and lips were so intense.
  • I wanted a pretty flush so I used MAC mineralize blush in ‘HAPPY-GO-ROSY’. I love this colour but be careful as it’s highly pigmented so it’s easy to overdo and end up looking like a Russian Doll. Dust lightly for a healthy radiance.
  • To finish off the base I used MAC mineralize highlighter in ‘BARELY DRESSED’. You can wet this product to give an ultra beaming look but for today I want to just want a slight twinkle. I glided this across my cheekbones, tip of the nose, under the eyebrow and on the cupids bow. It’s great for illuminating the face and giving dimension.

 

HAIR:

  • I wanted a colourful ombre effect in my hair to compliment my funky look. I was going to dip dye with pink but then I came across L’OREAL hair colour spray in ‘LAVENDER’. I wasn’t overly impressed with this colour. It’s great if you just want a bit of fun for the weekend; but want it gone before work on Monday morning. Like most spray’s it made my hair quite hard and spiky, and the colour also rubbed off on my skin. I like the colour but as you can see it didn’t match what was on the packaging. On my hair it looked like more of a cool blue tone. But it was advertised as more of a pink/purple. Which like I said I don’t mind just wish it would have stayed true to form.

 

I am a massive self confessed Ru Paul Drag Race fan. And am loving Season 10… Team Asia all the way! I was inspired by Aquaria’s Make Up that she did on Jeffree Star. Obviously I didn’t want to copy the look exactly otherwise I might have a law suit on my hands! But definitely took inspiration from this vivacious look!

 


 

Colour seems to be the in thing right now. I was in Central London the other day and was happy to see vibrant stands from luxury brands; especially in Selfridges.

 

 

Dior is one of the top contenders that I saw, which is pleasantly surprising as they’re usually quite a conservative brand. They’ve really made a huge splash with this recent colour collection and spread their wings by appealing to a younger demographic! I’m dying to try the purple mascara!!

Gone are the days when blue eyeshadows were frowned upon post eighties. Colour is back and is taking the Make Up world by storm! I say mix and match people! Purple eyeshadow with pink unicorn lipstick; fluorescent yellow lids with blood red lips… do it all!

Lets love who we are! Make Up should be fun not something we fear, it’s an expression of ourselves. We only have one life lets make it full of happiness, fun and colour!

 

Come celebrate at Pride! And I might see you there!

 

Warmest Regards

 

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