Date Night Make Up

For date night make up i choose one feature i want to be the main feature and focus solely on that. For example i will do an intense pink or glittery eye and nude lip, Or red lip and natural shadows with a little shimmer.
My face base i tend to go for a full coverage, and deep contoured and highlighted look with sculpted out brows.

Heres a selection of my recent date night looks;

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The base is the same on all of the looks its my go to glam/date night base;
I start by priming the skin with Mac Strobe Cream and Laura Mercer Foundation Primer
Onto my brows, so i draw them on using the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz
To sculpt my brows i use Mac Concealer In nw20 and go around my brows and with the excess i use to prime my lids. Then i go over and Colour Correct or Conceal.
Once thats all blending i go for the Seventeen Cream Bronzer and put in all the places where i want to bronze and contour, Then i apply my under eye highlight using the Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer. 
Finally to blend the whole look together and to get the flawless look, i use Kiko Universal Foundation and using a beauty blender i blend over the highlight first then the dark shade. I blend until flawless. Looking back at my face i see if anything else needs to be added in if not i then set with some setting spray.

I set any problem areas and my under eye with Peaches & Cream Translucent powder as well as putting a wash of powder over my lids.
If I’m particular oily i will set my whole face with the Mac Mineralise Skin Finish first but i dont always do this step.

Using the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit I then make my contour more intense until I’m happy with it and add some blusher usually The Body Shop 01 Blush. Then its time to make my face pop with some highlight, my go to is The Balm MarryLoumaniser Or The Carli Bybel Pallete. 

Finally I spritz my face with a Setting Spray and its onto the eyes.

Depending on the look i will normally use the Carli Bybel Pallete, Or Morphe 350M to create a look then use a pigment to highlight my lid.
For lashes i always always always use the Primark Sultry these are my favourite lashes.
Then to line my lid i use the Seventeen Wet Look Eyeliner and i must say this is the best for doing liner the brush is so delicate and the formula stays bright once applied.

Then its onto the lips..
For Red lips my go to is the No.7 900 Or Mac Ruby Woo. 
Nudes its the Primark Lifes A Beach Or Kiko 902 Lipstick. 

Then I’m ready! I hope you enjoyed!

 

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Perfect Red Lipstick

During valentines season it’s all about lustrous red lips. On date nights your going to want to wear a red lip to finish off any look. 

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Choose Your Red;

The Finish;-
Glossy, Matte, Tinted.. Theres lots of different finishes available. 
What Shade;-
Bright Red, Orange Red, Deep Red, Burgundy Red. The list goes on.. 

Tips;

Wear a subtle eye make up to make the red lips the feature focus on your face.
Avoid deep reds if you have thin lips.
To prevent bleeding sculpt around your lips.
Powder your lipstick to give it a matte finish.
Outline your lips then fill them in with a colour close to the lipstick shade.
After applying, put your finger in your mouth, purse your lips around it, then slowly pull it out to remove excess color.
If using a drying lipstick be sure to apply a balm before.

My Favourite Red Lipsticks;

 

Gwen Stefani – Rocksteady.
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The Perfect deep warm red shade with a glossy finish

No 7 – 900 
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Moisture drench lipstick is a lovely bright red shade filled with moisture.

Mac – Ruby Woo 
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A retro matte red lip. I find this can be rather drying so i tend to pair it with lip balm.

Whats your favourite red lipstick?

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Seventeen Mega Matte Lipsticks

This time of year is all about the bright lips and nude eyes to make a very minimal makeup routine look fabulous. One product i find so beautiful are the SEVENTEEN Mega Matte Lipsticks.

About The Lipstick;

The formula is a very non drying matte formula, and is highly pigmented. 
They last forever and dont smudge.
There are currently 12 different shades available. 
The packaging is a black sleek lightweight bullet which looks very classy.
Handbag friendly.

Application;

1: Exfoliate and moisturise your lips.
2: Apply colour starting at the centre of the upper lip and moving outwards to each corner filling in all the gaps. Apply to your bottom lip filling from left to right.

Tips;

Avoid rubbing your lips together for a smoother finish.
Use a concealer to sculpt around your lips to give more definition.
Use a lip liner.
Blot lips with tissue then reapply for an even more intense colour

Where? How Much?

SEVENTEEN are products exclusively available to boots.
RRP £4.49

Overall Thoughts?

I really love these lipsticks, there something i find myself reaching for so often. I love that there non trying unlike other matte lipsticks that are on the market. There lightweight packaging makes them so easy to just pop in your handbag. I think these should be so much more popular than what they are.

Rating;

4/5.

 

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How Fresh Is Your Face?

Do you truly understand the expiry dates of make up? Or do you use make up that is actually expired?
Do you every so often go through your makeup bag and bin some products because there expired? If you haven’t i truly urge you to do this.

How To Tell If My Make Up Is Expired?
When expired some products dry up, get really watery or go gloopy however not all products have a physical change when expired but the bacteria levels nearly double so unless you have a microscope and your a scientist you won’t physically see it.
Have you ever wondered why a older favourite product has randomly made you break out its most likely because of the levels of bacteria in the product as its actually expired.

Know about the PAO Symbol?
PAO stands for Period After Opening.
The PAO Is a graphic that symbolises the lifetime of a cosmetic product. It depicts an open cosmetics pot and is used together with a written number of months or years.

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The PAO Symbol. 

The symbol is usually on the back of the product found near the manufacture details.

General Expiry Dates;
Moisturiser – 12 Months
Foundation – 12 Months
Concealer – 12 Months
Powders – 24 Months
Eyeshadows – 6-24 Months
Mascara – 4-6 Months
Lipstick – 24 Months
These are the dates that are given as a general, this doesn’t always mean that its the expiration your product, so i recommend looking for the PAO symbol.

As an example I’m going to list some of my favourite make up products and what there PAO’s are.

Nars Orgasm – 24M
Maybelline The Eye Easer Concealer – 6M
Urban Decay Naked Skin – 9M
Becca Luminous Foundation – 12M
The Balm Mary-Lou – 12M
Collection Primed & Ready – 12M
Laura Mercier Primer – 6M
Primark Lippie Stick – 16M
Kylie Cosmetics Metal Lipstick – 12M
Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit – 12M
Urban Decay X Gwen Palette – 24M
Seventeen Long Lash Mascara – 6M

T-Zone Face Moisturiser – 12M
Skin Therapy Face Wipes – 3M
Garnier Micellar Water – 6M
The Body Shop Body Sorbet – 12M
Nivea Post Shave Balm – 12M
Planet Spa Face Mask – 12M

I hope this has helped you, and that you look into the expiry dates of your make up and cosmetic items. I tend to go through mine and have a sort out every 3-6months to keep everything fresh and if theres a product I’ve had for 4months and its pao is 6months ill put it towards the top of my makeup to use it up whilst its still fresh.

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Autumn Go To MakeUp

Autumn; in my opinion its the best time of year the transition from summer to winter, where you can wear a jacket or jumper however i always feel that we have Autumn for about 2weeks then it just lunges straight into the cold winter and its time to bring out the big warm coats.
This autumn i have found myself doing my eye make up very autumnal, You would have seen this makeup look in some of my outfit of the days and the instagrams its been my go to for about a month now. I have been using the classic, pink and orange warm tones.

Eyeshadows

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As you would have seen in my recent purchases haul this autumn have purchased the morphe 350m palette and I purchased some of make up geeks autumn collection. These are all such beautiful colours in my opinion and so fit for autumn.

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As a transition shade i go in with a warn slight orange toned brown. [1]
To define the crease slightly more i go in with a more bright orange tone. [2]
Before applying Mai Thai & Peachless [3] MakeUp Geek Duochrome over the lid.
Then to darken up the outter v and make it look all radiant, i lightly blend in Bitten[4] from Makeup geek going from the outter V inwards.
Then i blend everything until flawless and I’m happy.
To finish the eyes off i use Primark Sultry I love these lashes, there my go to lash.

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As for my brows, i never used to be bothered about brows but lately i love to fill them in with my Anastasia Brow wiz, then use my concealer to sculpt my brows out before doing my face base. I feel this makes them stand out and look so sharp, its an extra step but its so worth the time.

Face Base

For the rest of my face its all pretty much the usual;

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer
Kiko Universal Foundation Or Mac Studio Fix
Morphe Or Urban Decay Naked Concealer
Ben Nye Banana Powder
Seventeen Face Powder Or Mac Mineralise Skin Finish
Kiko Bronzer
Make Up Geek Bad Habit Bronzer
The Body Shop 01 Blush
Kiko Smart 903 Lipstick Or Primark Lippie Stick In Nude.

I love this look, i have it mastered and can go from bare face to full in 15-20 minutes.

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Flawless Foundation

Does your foundation ever look like its just sitting on your skin even when you feel you’ve blended for hours? 
Does your foundation look uneven or patchy? 
Does your face look like a mask? 

Here are my tips on achieving a flawless foundation; 

I always say the best way to get a good foundation is starting at the base. A good skincare routine then fresh clean moisturised and primed skin.

Look back at my previous posts all about primers here;
Best Primers For Dry Skin
All About Primers

Once your skin is primed and ready conceal any imperfections with a concealer thats a shade darker then your skin tone. Or if needed do some colour correcting. Learn about colour correcting here.

Decide what application tool is best for you; 

Theres so many different ways to apply foundation, choose the technique that suits you and your skin. Weather its using a;
Beauty Blender;
Foundation brush – theres hundreds of different types, flat brushes, kabuki style thin or thick. Its all about personal preference theres no right or wrong.
Make sure your applicator is clean.

Decide what finish you’re wanting to achieve; 

Dewy
Matte
Natural
No Make Up Look
Again its personal preference. 

Choose a foundation suited to your skin and what finish you want; 

Get colour matched that one of the biggest musts in finding a foundation. Match your foundation on your jaw line/neck not your actual face.
Find a shade that matches your skin, if its to light you will look like a ghost and you will find no matter if its a full coverage foundation it won’t give you the full coverage look. If its to dark it won’t match your neck.
Personally i think that its better to get a foundation one shade darker then your skin especially if you tan a lot, and its easier to balance out your skin with a slightly darker foundation then a lighter foundation. Also if you like a really highlighted under eye this will make your whole face appear lighter so using a darker foundation will lighten when highlighted.

Choose the foundation that complements the finish you want, ie. using a matte foundation and wanting a dewy finish you will have to use illuminators to get that finish. 

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If when applying foundation its looks as if its sitting on your skin or going patchy add one to two drops of serum/oil to your foundation and this will help it blend out a dream. *even if you have oily skin it works and doesn’t make your skin oily* This does make your foundation have a glow also so its perfect if you want dewy skin.

Set your foundation 

For Matte; Set your foundation with a powder Translucent powder Or a shade that matches your foundation. This helps the foundation last and stops transferring.
For Dewy; Use a setting spray, Urban Decay do one of the best i find.

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Make Up & Outfit Of The Day

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Today I’m back with another make up and outfit of the day post, you seem to be loving these at the moment and i like to use them to look back on as outfit inspiration on days when I’m stuck for outfit ideas, i hope you can take some inspiration from these to..

So as you know by now its always cosy wear with me that is just me, the day looked a chily one now were into the beautiful autumn so i went with a jumper. Then Finished up with some lovely autumnal pinks, oranges and red tones on my eyes. Im so loving these colour combinations currently.

OUTFIT

This jumper was actually bought for me so i dont know where its from, but i love it its just a natural pink with ’84’ on it, i find it so cosy..
Under for warmth and layers i have a basic black cami.
Asos Leggings
Simply Be Snood; – I love this, i always wear it (if you hadn’t worked that one out!)
Black Dolly Shoes Primark 
Handbag Primark 

MAKEUP

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer
L’oreal Infallible Foundation
MAC Mineralise Skinfinish
KIKO Bronzer
Hola Benefit Bronzer
Benefit Goof Proof Eyebrow Pencil
Natural Collection Brow Gel
MakeUp Geek; Mai Tai & Bitten
Kiko Infinity Shadows; Orange & Brown
Mary Loumaniser
MAC Whirl With Sleek Gloss Over

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My hair was just straightened, it was day two so desperate for a wash, my hair gets so greasy so quick its gross.

Check Out My Other Posts;

Outfit & MakeUp Of The Day
Kiko Infinity Shadow Collection
MakeUp Of The Day
A Day In The Life

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