Thursday, July 29, 2010


There is some sort of deception, that in 2010, wearing so much makeup the slightest knock would put your eye on your cheek, is the way we women are meant to look beautiful. As I said - deception. Is it true that some people don't wear makeup and they should? Absolutely. But honestly the reality is that most people don't know how to put their makeup on or how to suit it to their face shap/colour/texture and all of those personalised things.

So, here is a little insight on how to create a fairly quick and refreshed look for wearing in the day...
and thank you dear Rachel for being my model...

Firstly moisturize and apply primer if you like...

1. Use a sheer coverage foundation - I used Dream Matte Mouse by Maybelline. It has a nice consistency and just helps to even out the skin tone a little.
2. Conceal under the eyes, all over the eye lids and any pimples or red areas that maybe be drawing a little too much attention to themselves - I used Studio Finish Concealer by MAC.
3. Finally dust over all that creaminess with a press powder (for a little extra light coverage) using a big fluffy brush - I used Deauville Powder Foundation by NARS.

4. Firstly I primed the eyes in order for the eyeshadow to stay on the eye as you're wearing it all day and don't want it to crease. Just used your finger and spread it evenly across - I used Painterly Paint Pot by MAC which I adore, and if need be can be doubled as a concealer.

5. Firstly I used a pearly light pink and a touch of white shadow and put it in the inner corner of the eye, and right under the brow - I used unidentifiable colours from Maybelline and Lancome. Then all over the rest of the lid I dusted on with a fluffy brush a light nude shimmer - I used Kitten by Stila.

6. Using the same fluffy brush I started on the out corner of the eye and worked up just past the brow bone and no further than half way across the lid using a light shimmer brown - I used a brown from Stila that I can no longer identify due to it's horrendous state. But this step just provides a light contour and allows for our next colour to easily blend.

7. Using a small domed brush I applied a darker brown to the outer edges of the eye lid going on and just above the brow bone and working almost straight up from the end of the last line - I used  Mekong by NARS.


So it looks a little crazy, but then...

8. Using a flat blending brush work around the edges of the dark brown to soften it, and blend it in to the initial colours.

Notice I applied the darker shadow on a fairly steep incline to lift Rachel's eyes. Girls with top lids that curve around a lot should never put shadow or eyeliner to the very corner of their eye, but rather lift it slightly before the end to make sure they're never droopy :)

9. Then apply a creamy pencil liner to the top lids, and this is just a lot quicker than liquid or gel liner for the morning.  - I used Black Khol Shaper for eyes by Clinique. Notice I started the liner very thin and only half way across the lid, then a pretty smooth gradient up pointing to the point my eye shadow ends.
10. Then to set the liner use a small angles brushed and go over it with a matte black shadow. This also smoothes the line out - I used Ebony by Stila.

10. Finally, apply the same shimmer base colour (in this case Kitten by Stila) to the very corner of the eye and going slightly under the eye also to just brighten you up and make you look like you had a little more sleep ;)
And hopefully that will all take 10 minutes!
But there's more...

11. Apply a matter bronzer or dark face powder - I used Deep Dark Blot Powder by MAC - in 3 areas of the face to slenderize and to give dimension to the flat foundation...

Lightly on the temple

From slightly under your cheek bone toward your mouth

And under the jaw line right back to the ear
It's important to have a matte contour so those areas will in a sense disappear and not be shining out.

12. Lightly brush a shimmered bronzer slightly above where you applied the contour, and sitting just on the edge of your cheek. This allows for a bit more colour and adds some illumination on your face, especially when the light hits you - I used Laguna by NARS (my favourite!)

13. Add a touch of blush startting at the apples of the cheeks and blending back for a youthful glow. Use a peachy pink with a touch of shimmer to really illuminate you - I used Orgasm by NARS. And by far the most versatile and used blush I own.

14. Using an angled brush choose a shadow appropriate for your hair colour (but not too light) to touch over your eyebrows. Start with the angle brush squared at the front of your brow and make small motions up toward the arch of your brow - I (appropriately) used Blondie by NARS. If you keep your eyebrows groomed, there is nothing better than a little filler to perfect the shape and fill in any gaps. If you don't get your browns done and you don't seem to have an arch - I suggest you go for it. It will change the whole fram of your face. Just a warning - steer away from the tadpole shape and don't go too thin! (I love eyebrows by the way...)

15. Finally add mascara. I used Blackout Diorshow by Dior. Absolutely my favourite. As Rach has blonde lashes and we wanted to really lift her eyes I only applied it to the top lashes, but those who want to make their eyes rounder or have dark lashes in the first place, go ahead and put it on the bottom too (I always do!)

And that completes the 15 steps it takes to get a beautiful day wear look. Ooo doesn't she look pretty...

And heres a little looky at those colours that I have no name for...

white on the left, lonely middle, and lightest on the right

pretty devastating, but thank God it still lives on

So there we have it. And just a touch of inspiration - we wear makeup to enhance the great features that God blessed us with (like Rachel's insane blue eyes) not to change the way we look. We are made beautifully and we just need to take care of it.
That's enough of that - go and try it all on!
Love Dan x

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