Review: Makeup 54 Disco Topper in ‘Glitterball’. You won’t believe how this product came out!

Makeup 54 is finally here. After 4 years in the making the groovy 70’s inspired makeup brand has taken the beauty world by storm. First to be released was the ‘Disco Topper’ collection. It’s the perfect sized appetiser to leave us craving for more.

 

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Makeup 54 Founder Anna Priadka always wanted to launch her own makeup line. She was heavily inspired by the colourful era of the 70’s where silver eyeshadow and bold pink blusher was all the rage.  She was already an internationally successful Makeup Artist working for the famous beauty brand NARS. So to say makeup was a passion of hers would be an understatement.

 


 

I was lucky enough to collaborate with Anna when Makeup 54 was still in its infancy. As a model having my makeup done by someone else was a bit like Russian Roulette. Sometimes I loved it, but most of the time I wasn’t so keen because I’m a perfectionist and I have my own ‘way’ of doing my makeup. If you want to read more about my experiences as a model check out one of my latest blogs Why I gave up modelling 📸

I have to say (without sounding like too much of a cheerleader) when Anna did my makeup I was quite frankly gobsmacked. I’d already heard the rumour that she’s the ‘Queen of eyeliner’ and I was already a fan of her makeup artistry on Instagram. But my gosh! She exceeded my expectations and beyond! I desperately wanted to kidnap her and have her do my makeup everyday!

 

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She spoke so passionately about her vision that you couldn’t help but get swept along in the excitement. Which is why I’m so happy and proud that her dream has now become a tangible reality.

As soon as the brand went live I showed my support by purchasing the sparkly rose gold DISCO TOPPER in the aptly named ‘Glitterball’.

 

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When I hear the word ‘glitter’ I think of fallout, grit and eczema aggravation. But I wanted to try it despite my reservations and I also trust Anna.

 


 

My product arrived in a golden shiny envelope that made me feel a bit like Charlie when he received the golden ticket. I love presents even if they are bought by yours truly!

 

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I was so excited I tried it on straight away. But …. it wasn’t a gloss? Pretty much everyone’s tried a matte lip velvet. But a matte lip velvet that was made up of glitter?

I’d never tried a product like that before so I was super intrigued! Anna explained that she created Glitterball to emulate a veil instead of a gloss. Which was music to my ears because as much as I love gloss; I do find the majority of the time I wear it I’m constantly unsticking my hair from my lips.

 

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As for my gritty glitter phobia. The sparkle was refined and soft; I hardly felt it on my lips. I loved the glamorous, iridescent sheen that coated my lips. I wore it in the day time  with a soft smoky eye. I got so many compliments on my makeup that day! Definitely a good day!

 


 

From the Makeup 54 website:

‘ROSE GOLD SPARKLE

The only accessory to be seen with on the dancefloor. Transform your lips before you hit the dancefloor and see the stars from the sky light up your lips with one swipe of this dazzling glitter topcoat. A special water infused gel texture, with moonstone extract gives a multidimensional, glittered effect when applied on lips. Once set it gives a long, locked in finish. Use with your favourite Makeup54 disco lipstick for the ultimate lip colour that is sure to get you seen.

Longwearing. Vegan. Fragrance free.

To remove, use an oil based cleanser’.

I loved this topper. You can wear it alone or over another colour to give your lips a luscious 3D sparkle! I would definitely recommend it to anyone!

 


 

Whilst writing this post I attended Stylist Live on the weekend and amongst the inspiring talks, fabulous beauty brand and LOTS of pink gin was ‘Makeup 54’. A cute little pop up stand buzzing with excitement. I waited my turn and checked out the other toppers. I was torn between GAYNOR and JERRY. I was feeling adventurous so I went with JERRY a statement blue red colour that complimented the rest of my natural makeup I wore that day.

 

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I absolute love this signature bold red look. The texture is smooth, it’s non drying and stayed on all day despite my gin drinking! (Had to put it to the test!).

And of course I wanted to see what JERRY looked like under the GLITTERBALL veil. As you can see they compliment each other beautifully. I love this look; it’s perfect for all the Christmas parties coming up. And what better way to celebrate the holiday season than to have your lips shimmering away under the mistletoe!

 

 

A description of the colours by Makeup 54 :

Jerry – Classic Blue Red

Ross – Magenta Pink

Elvira – Peach Pink Nude

Gaynor – Caramel Nude 

They are all exquisite! I love the use of 70’s inspired female names to describe the colours. Such a great touch!

Disco Toppers are a great gift idea for that special makeup lover in your life. *Hint Hint*.

Rating: 5/5

Warmest regards

 

 

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

Why I gave up modelling 📸

Firstly I’d like to apologise about not posting in two weeks I’ve just started Uni and have found the workload a bit of a shock to the system but I’m finally getting there.

I’ve procrastinated about writing it but I feel like I should because I learnt so much from the experiences being a model gave me.

Sometimes I still look at my friends Instagram photos and reminisce with rose tinted glasses about the glamorous lifestyle that modelling offered. But in reality, this is not an accurate representation.

It’s good for me to get my thoughts down as I feel its a good way to process and finally say goodbye to an industry I had such a love / hate relationship with.

Hope you enjoy!

 


 

 

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I remember the night I decided I wanted to become a model. I would like to say I got this epiphany whilst flicking through the pages of Vogue looking at *insert 90’s supermodel’s name here* and thinking ‘I want to be her’. But the idea came after yet another blazing argument with my then boyfriend telling me that I didn’t even come close to the over made up models that cat walked down the ramp for this urban rap battle event. He wanted to be a rap star you see.

It was the insidious pang of a hurt ego that spurned me on to take my first steps into modelling. The irony will become apparent later.

Like a lot of girls I started by getting ripped off by some photography scam paying a good few hundred pounds (out of my student loan) for a ‘professional’ makeup artist and photographer. I hated how they did my makeup, my hair and even what they had me wear. But I guess there was a part of me that loved the attention and the fact I was going to ‘show’ my boyfriend I was better than what he said I was.

After the shoot, I was given a list of model agencies to approach. I was relentlessly rejected by pretty much all of them albeit a few who told me if I lost weight I would be in with a chance. I feel sorry for my younger self as I had no idea what I was doing and was terribly insecure; in hindsight it was like watching a lamb being sent to the slaughter.

Thankfully I continued to study and finish my degree. It’s when I finished and no longer had a routine to keep me balanced the trouble began. Obviously, I wasn’t going to go straight into full time modelling so I needed a job that also offered flexibility. Get ready for years of standing in heels and spraying perfume for hours on end.

At this time my self esteem was starting to deteriorate. I dyed my hair black and started putting on weight from comfort eating. I was also dealing with very difficult family issues and a horrible relationship so all in all this it was a very dark period in my life.

 

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In a way the fantasy of a glamorous lifestyle kept me going all of life’s turmoil. All I wanted was that one photo on a cover of a magazine for my, now ex, to see and that’s it I could quit. I was shooting for amateur photographers and was grateful for the £50 I’d get for hours of work. I thank God I never got hurt or did anything I was THAT uncomfortable with. Mostly it was a case of sacrificing my time for promised exposure that never really came to anything. I found this extremely frustrating but I thought this is how it was.

I was still trying to join a modelling agency so despite everything that was going on my ambition was never fully squelched. I would like to add that this was the time social media was also really taking off so that helped me to network.

I had a few hopeful meetings with some smaller agencies. My portfolio was a complete mess. I had no idea about marketing myself and even less of an idea about fashion. I thought agencies would see through all this if they believed in you, but now I know you have to have the perfect portfolio to approach agencies with in the first place, it’s your CV. This seems obvious now, but it wasn’t back then, I’d been given so much wrong advice by so many different people.

My weight was ALWAYS an issue, no matter what size I was.

It was another day at work spraying perfume when I overheard one of the girls talking about slimming pills. This intrigued me, as I couldn’t lose weight on my own so maybe this was the answer?

The girl (who shall remain nameless) told me where I can get these slimming pills and I managed to get my hands on a batch. They really shouldn’t have given them to me, but in the long run, they might have been helpful because they gave me the energy I needed to kickstart my life.

So now I know these pills were actually a low form of speed. Which is why I had more energy and less appetite. I lost weight quickly, worked on my tan and turned my jet black hair to honey blonde.

My ex-hated my new look and told me I looked anorexic. He was probably right, but I didn’t care for his opinion anymore. I had many more people telling me I looked great, even though deep down I still didn’t feel great about myself.

 

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I got some new photos …. again. I remember someone saying to me ‘when is this mysterious portfolio ever going to be finished?’ Never, is the answer to that. There was always something ‘wrong’ with it. I even started paying for more professional photographs but then by then, I was starting to put on weight. I’d get the odd few awesome shots, but it was really hit and miss. I really didn’t have the confidence to really be ‘seen’, I desperately wanted to which is why I wanted to have a career in front of the camera, but as soon as I got there I felt like I was cringing deep inside.

I only really felt excited by it when I was getting ready and being pampered. This was tainted with a niggling worry I was too overweight or looked ugly in the pictures. I remember when a shoot was cancelled because I didn’t fit the clothes properly. I know its obviously important the model fits the clothes but I remember I was 18 y/o and mortified!

So with my photos, I managed to get into a few smaller agencies. This didn’t fill me with confidence as in my head if I wasn’t at the top it wasn’t worth doing. Completely the wrong way of looking at it but isn’t hindsight a wonderful thing?

My new body was hard to maintain; the clinic wouldn’t give me anymore skimming pills. So I had to do it on my own. It was mid Summer and really hot but I was always really cold with numb fingers. But I was getting more and more compliments about the weight I’d lost so it was easy to become addicted. The doctor told me I was under weight for my height but the modelling agencies told me I still had to get down to a 25 inch waist. I was 5 ft 9 with a 26 in waist. My hips couldn’t slim anymore because all that was left was bone.

 

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It was a really shallow, fake life I was living. I couldn’t be anymore further away from my authentic self. I started going to London’s most exclusive clubs with model friends whilst trying to make a living and going to what felt like an endless amount of castings only to be selected for a handful of jobs.

Something must have worked because all of a sudden people were taking notice. I was accepted into a decent model agency I’d been pursing for ages (in fact they’d previously turned me down three times).

 

 

It felt great because being signed was the equivalent of feeling validated as a ‘professional model’ and I wasn’t doing it all on my own. The quality of my photographs got better and I finally felt like things were taking off. I had a good few model friends I liked and would go out with. But the majority of people I’d hang out with I didn’t really know … I called them the ‘night people’. The type who would party with celebrities but had no real career of their own. It was weird seeing pictures of yourself in campaigns randomly around town. It was a weird contrast of excitement and feeling quite empty.

 

 

People would refer to me as a model and I felt myself cringe as I didn’t identify as one. This all started as a way to get back at an ex boyfriend and to prove something to people, but this new career choice was taking over.

My brain went to mush as I wasn’t really using it anymore. No matter how ‘pretty’ I felt at a casting or a shoot it wouldn’t be too long before I would compare myself to another model who I deemed ‘better than me’. I would scrutinise my photographs within an inch of their life, and was helped by others in the industry to rip myself apart.

I’d see other models getting who I thought were quite average looking getting the jobs I wanted and started to become bitter and resentful. The irony here was that I was already sabotaging my work but at the same time getting angry at others for what I considered ‘stealing’ jobs off me.

 

 

My self esteem was constantly in flux, people flattering me whilst others ignored me. Having my body measured in front of a room full of people I also found really embarrassing, especially if I’d put on weight.

Saying this I was enjoying the perks of the lifestyle, I didn’t have to ‘work’ that hard to make nice money. I’d get treated really well on (most) shoots, food was paid for, hotels were paid for, travel was paid for. I was being looked after at the same time.

 

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I had attention from celebrities and was invited to exclusive places. Shot with renowned photographers and was really starting to make my ‘dreams’ a reality.  My old friends and people I went to school with (and my ex) took notice, finally I was showing them … wasn’t I?

I didn’t feel like I connected with the majority of the other models, and the guys I was seeing made me feel like a Barbie doll. I felt like they didn’t see me as a real person.

I started to binge eat to fill that emptiness… the agencies were quick to notice. I no longer had the energy to attend meat market castings, I got dropped by a few agencies, I just didn’t have the energy to keep up. The more I was guilt tripped about not losing weight the more I’d binge eat and skip castings, being labelled as unprofessional as one of two clients ‘really’ wanted to see me. So it was text book self sabotage.

Looking back I really wish I’d given up the profession a long time ago. One friend who I really respect is Charli Howard. We’d often have a moan about the industry, which confused me as I though Charli was one of the beautiful girls I’d ever seen, so how was she struggling? She took the control back and when she was dumped by her agency she decided to model on her own terms and be an ambassador for female body confidence.

A lesson I’ve learnt in life is if you are going to do something, make sure it’s something you want to give your all to. And make sure your doing it for yourself not to prove something to other people.

Looking back I definitely got into modelling for the wrong reasons, when you’re young it’s easy to get swept up in the glamour and promises. Now I’m a lot more curvier and happier. I’m studying a Masters in Psychology and enjoying my writing. I still love doing makeup and taking photos but it’s more for fun then as a job.

I’ve given up the nights in Mahiki for city breaks around Europe which makes me genuinely happy. If the party lifestyle makes you happy I’d say 100% go for it . I know a lot of models who love doing what they do and are able to give it their all. But it wasn’t for me. And I’ve now realised it doesn’t make me any less than, or ugly or not good enough. At least I gave it a go, and at times I would have liked to have wanted it more to see where it could have gone. I’m happy that when I’m 80 y/o I can show my Grandchildren what their Nan used to do for work.

For now, I’m much more interested in getting to know the real me, and what she wants out of life.

 
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Hope you enjoyed this post! If you would like to see more post’s like this I will be posting ever Thursday. Don’t forget to subscribe to get the latest news and blog posts.

 

Warmest Regards

 

Top 5 Drug Store Nude Lipsticks

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Trying to find the perfect nude is a bit like trying to find the Holy Grail.

It feels impossible.

But (without sounding like an Oracle) … I have the answer…. if not something very close!


 

Charlotte Tilbury promised to end our desperate searching for the perfect nude lipstick with her revolutionary lipstick PILLOW TALK . I tried it on and to be honest it felt sublime and gave my lips that soft pillowy effect (should do for the price tag).

The velvet consistency glided over my lips like a burnt sienna fantasy!


 

BUT!!!

I don’t think you have to break your bank account to achieve a blonde bombshell pout.

Here’s my drug store recommendations:

RIMMEL: Kate Moss Range in 42

PRICE: £3.99

I love this! It’s such a fresh pink tone nude! So pretty! Kate Moss is the Nineties Queen of nude lipsticks and smoky eyes so you know you’re in good hands.

It’s affordable and can be worn with a slick of mascara or a signature supermodel smoky eye look.

It’s semi glossy but not too much; it’s light compared to the other nudes but I like that. Especially if I’m tanned!

I wish the product would have had a cool name to go with it as I’m a stickler for this marketing technique. But alas it’s just a number.

 

 

BOUJOUIS: Velvet Lip in FLORIBEIGE

PRICE: £8.49

As you can see this product is more of an orangey nude. It’s velvet description is on point; the texture has a mousse feel to it and goes on consistently without any streaking.

I recommend coupling product this with a lip liner, even though I haven’t as I wanted you to see the product in it’s full glory. The reason I say this is because it seems to feather at the edges of the lips and doesn’t define well on it’s own.

It claims to be long lasting, unfortunately it wasn’t. I just put it straight onto my lips; maybe if you lay a primer underneath it will last longer. But definitely not 24 hours as it claims.

 

 

MAYBELLINE: Colour Sensational in TANTALIZING TAUPE

PRICE: £6.99

This flatters a natural look because of it’s sheer, light weight and understated appearance. You could even wear this colour over another nude, but I think it stands well on it’s own.

My lips are naturally pale so they can really show the nude colour for what it is. If you have more rosy red lips I’d suggest blotting a bit of foundation over your lips if you’re going for an authentic nude.

Not all nudes suit my skin tone, especially if it’s too light; you want the lips to look full and juicy … not anaemic. This is why a lot of trial and error is involved! As you can see I have a fair skin complexion but also I have a slight yellow undertone, so I have to try lots of colours to see what matches.

I love this colour because it has a tinge of mauve; this may sound odd but it really does look good! Just like salt and caramel shouldn’t go together but my God it does… so well!

I remember Angelina Jolie in her ‘Tomb Raider’ days mentioning she used a lipstick with grey tone to give her those pouty, voluptuous lips we fell in love with when she was ‘Lara Croft’…I figured if it’s good enough for Angelina.

Also out of all of them, this colour smelt amazing!. It reminded me of the vanilla essence they used to infuse ‘My Little Pony’ with which I loved. It reminds me of childhood where my love of makeup was first introduced by my Mum.

 

 

BARRY M: Satin Super Slick Lipstick in TRUFFLE SHUFFLE

PRICE: £4.99

This is the Kim Kardashian of the nudes. If I had to personify this colour, I’d say she was confident, sexy, knows what she wants and gets what she wants!

She’s a pouting princess…but I kind of love her! This colour plumps up your lips ten fold!

It’s very glossy and creamy but at the same time highly pigmented.

Personally this is more of a night time colour and I’d wear it with a natural eye. I think with a smoky eye it might be a bit much for me, but if you can pull it off … hats off to you!

 

 

GOSH: Touch Lipstick NUDE 162

PRICE: £7.99

Last but not least we have our coral, lustre gloss. This is gorgeous! It’s a mandarin colour that compliments my skin tone and I’d imagine most people’s to be honest!

This colour is for when you’re on the beach and it’s too hot to wear makeup. So you slick a bit of this lipstick on and the tropical colour reflects the suns gleaming rays perfectly.

Or…..

If your stuck in a polluted concrete jungle like I am in London. You can still play out this fantasy by slicking a bit of this on and letting your mind wonder to the most exotic parts of the world.

This would look amazing with coral eyeshadow and bronze!

Only thing with sheer lipsticks is that they are quick to diminish. So it may mean carrying the lipstick around with you, which I don’t mind as the glossy texture works well as a balm for hydrating my lips.

 

 

So there we are. My TOP 5 Affordable Drug Store Nudes. In a later post I will be writing about my Top 5 Luxury Nude Lipsticks. I’m sure you can guess which product will already be on that list.

It’s Summer Time so whack on the Aviators and slick on a nude colour that would make Kylie Jenner jealous!

 

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Hope to see you guys soon!

Enjoy the Sun!

Warmest Regards

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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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