6 Mascara mistakes we all make

We all strive to find the best mascara because let’s face it, it’s hard to find one that provides that perfect length, volume and staying power. But if your lashes aren’t living up to your dream, part of the problem might lie in how you apply it. Change these common mascara mistakes to achieve long, luscious lashes – without using extensions or falsies.


Not Curling Your Lashes
Mascara will give you lift, but to get that extension and open eye effect you see on the red carpet, you need to use a lash curler. It doesn’t matter if you use a manual lash curler or one of the new heated ones but make sure to curl before applying mascara. Curling after when the lashes are hard can cause breakage.

My Current Favourite Eyelash Curlers:

  1. The Vintage Cosmetics Company Eyelash Curlers – Rose Gold – £7.00 – Look Fantastic
  2. Charlotte Tilbury Life-Changing Lashes Curler – £18 – Feel Unique
  3. Tweezerman ProCurl Lash Curler – £20.95 – Look Fantastic
  4. ELF Eyelash Curler – £3.00 – Elfcosmetics
  5. NYX Professional Makeup Eye Lash Curler – £5.50 – Boots

Applying Too Many Coats
The more coats you apply, the less likely your mascara will dry during application, causing clumping and that unnatural spidery look. If a single swipe of mascara isn’t giving you the volume boost you need, wait until it is completely dry then add a second layer. If this still isn’t giving you your desired effect, it may be time to consider switching to a thicker formula.


Pumping the Wand
When you pump the wand in and out of the tube to get more product, you’re actually adding air to the tube. This dries out the mascara and causes it to clump when being applied to the lashes and even clump or flake off.   Instead, when you want more product for a second coat, dip the wand in once and swirl around. Still not enough mascara? You’ve probably run out and it’s now time to invest in a new one.


Using Expired Products
I don’t often preach about throwing away good useable makeup however after three months, you should part ways with your mascara. At this point, bacteria starts to grow on the wand and inside the tube, which can lead to red, itchy eyes and even infections. With a product that goes so close to the eye, you want to be extra careful. Most women wear mascara every day so by 3 months were ready for a new one anyway! Even if you’ve only used the mascara a few times, you should seriously consider the three-month rule.

For more information on how to tell if your makeup has expired, read my blog post HERE


Coating Just the Tips of Your Lashes
To get lashes to their full length potential, you can’t just swipe mascara on the ends. You need to apply the wand to the roots of your lashes and wiggle the mascara wand as you lift up and outwards to give lashes that extra lift. Remember to also coat the top of your lashes as the tops are also seen when you blink your eyes!


Smudging on the Lids
We’ve all done this one and not noticed until we’ve arrived at work or dinner! When in a rush, we often apply mascara too fast or too hard, brushing past the lashes and onto our eye lids. Mascara only takes a few seconds to apply so take your time! Better to have lovely lashes than a black smudge on your lid!!! And if you still have a slip-up, DON’T PANIC! Wait until the mascara has completely dried. Yes, I said leave the mascara on your eyelid and wait until it has dried. Grab a dry q tip and swipe it off gently. The mascara will crumble away – no need to redo your entire eye makeup again.

If you are really bad at applying mascara and smudging everywhere, my tip is to have a selection of business cards and hold them on your lid. You will be able to see your lashes better against the white background and the card will act as a barrier if you make any slip ups!



My Top 5 Current Favourite Mascaras:

  1. L’Oreal Paradise Volumising Mascara – £11.99 – Superdrug
  2. Two Faced Better Than Sex Mascara – £19 – Cult Beauty
  3. Benefit Roller Lash Mascara – £22.00 – Look Fantastic
  4. Maybelline Colossal Big Shot Mascara – £7.99 – Superdrug
  5. MAC Haute & Naughty Too Black Lash Mascara – £20 – MAC Cosmetics

As with all my blog posts this is my opinion and is not sponsored or paid by any brand and none of the links are affiliates.

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How To Tell If Your Makeup Has Expired

How To Tell If Your Makeup Has Expired

Unfortunately, just like food, makeup has an expiration date and most of the makeup that we hoard will expire before we have a chance to use it all.

I know what you’re thinking: it doesn’t matter of my makeup has expired, “I’m still going to use it”!  As well as the product not working the way that it should, it could actually be dangerous and cause irritation, breakouts, swelling, and dermatitis.


PAO symbol (Period after opening)

The easiest way to tell if a product has expired is to check the expiration date.

Look for the PAO symbol (Period after opening) on your packaging, which indicates how long it’s safe to keep the products once you open them.

When I open a new product, I use an ultra fine sharpie marker and write the date of opening on the back. This way I can easily check if my product needs to be thrown away.


If you are more into tech and want an app for your phone, Apple have an app called ‘Makeup Expiration App – Countdown Timer

Makeup Expiration App - Countdown Timer

I don’t know when I opened my products?

If you have a bag full of makeup and skincare but haven’t yet started to note the opening dates, there are plenty of ways to determine if your product has expired without knowing the expiration date. All it takes is a bit of common sense and a quick check of your products.

My general rule is “If your product doesn’t look or smell right, then it probably isn’t

Here are a few ways to check whether your makeup is still OK to use without knowing when you opened it:

Smell

We all know what the scent of new makeup smells like. So if your makeup smells off, like chemicals just smells bad then do the same as you would with food and throw it away.


Colour

One of the tell-tale signs that your makeup has expired is if the colour has changed. If you’ve noticed that your makeup has oxidised to a different colour than it was when you purchased it, then it’s time to throw it out. Products such as creams and foundations without a pump are more prone to oxidisation, but all makeup and skincare products will eventually oxidise and grow bacteria. Remember that you’re not saving money by keeping an ‘off’ product as you’ll have to spend more on skincare to rectify the problems that the product causes!


Texture

For example, cream products are meant to be creamy. If you’ve noticed a product applying poorly or unevenly, it’s texture may be off.

Another example of texture changing is if a product splits. This happens a lot with foundations, sunscreen and skincare products. If you shake the bottle and the product doesn’t come back together then it has definitely ‘gone off’ and its time to throw that product in the bin.

One more common texture product with makeup and skincare if clumping/clumps in the product. Liquid makeup products such as creams, foundations and mascaras aren’t supposed to be clumpy. If you’re noticing any bumps or lumps in your products, then make sure to toss them. Clumps can be a sign of bacterial growth.


Hard or Chalky Layer

Unfortunately, powder makeup products are subject to expiration dates as well. A tell-tale sign that your powders need to be replaced is if a film or chalky layer has developed over the product. Another sign of your powder products expiring is if you get a hard layer over the top of your powder and you cannot therefore pick up any powder on your brush. Both of these signs mean that it’s time to throw that product away and treat yourself to a new one.


White Spots

If you’re eyeliners or lip pencils begin to develop a white spot on their tip that can’t be sharpened off, then the product as expired. This is a sign of bacteria and the product should be thrown away immediately.


Cleaning your Makeup Products

How long your makeup lasts also depends on how you treat it. 

Always avoid touching your makeup with your fingers, whenever you can. If you must use your fingers, use an antibacterial gel before you dip those digits into your favourite product.

If possible, look for products with a pump so that you can avoid exposing it to outside elements. Many brands sell pumps that fit onto all of their products such as foundations and this by far, is the most hygienic way to use creams/liquids.

Sanitise your products like a Makeup Artist. There are many sanitisation products out there, but I only use Isopropyl Alcohol 70% and Beauty So Clean. Sanitising your products after each use helps to preserve the shelf life of your products by reducing bacterial growth.

I mist Beauty So Clean over my powder products

and spray Isopropyl Alcohol 70% (Medical Grade Antiseptic Disinfectant ) onto my lip and cream eyeshadow palettes and gel products.

If you have bullet lipsticks and not palettes, then just fill an egg cup with the alcohol and dip your lipstick straight into it. (You must use 70% isopropyl alcohol as anything higher will evaporate too quickly and therefore won’t sanitise your products and you must let the alcohol evaporate before you close the lid on your clean products)

The two products I purchase are:

Harley Street Care Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol 70% 500ml, £5.65  Amazon

Beauty So Clean 120ml, £18.60 Amazon



Storing your products in a cool, dry place will also prolong the life of your makeup and skincare. I’m not saying that you need to go out and purchase a skincare fridge, although they are cute, but don’t leave your skincare on the windowsill to get hot in the sun, and keep your makeup in a drawer or makeup bag in a cool part of your room, not next to a radiator etc.

While it may be hard to part with your makeup, it’s worth it in the long run. It’s not worth contracting bacterial infections like Katie Wright who contracted Cellulitis from a dirty makeup brush. Read the full article here.

If you want to find out more information on cleaning your makeup brushes, read my blog post: How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes without damaging them.

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Self Tanning Tips for a Natural Bronze Glow


Protecting yourself from the harmful suns rays doesn’t mean that you have to give up your gorgeous summer glow. You can get your pre-summer / summer tan the safe way: with a spray tan or use self-tanning products at home.

Apologies for the length of this blog post but as a Tanning Technician as well as a Makeup Artist I have a lot of tips that I have learnt over the years. No 1 being: Practice makes perfect if you choose the self-tanning option.

Here are a few self-tanning tips for making you naturally sun kissed rather than a streaky mess!

1. Pre-Tan Prep

Waxing/Shaving

Before you Begin – make sure that you have waxed (24 hrs before) or shaved, exfoliated and moisturise your skin. I know what you’re thinking; thats a lot of prep for an ‘at home tan’ but I can assure that its necessary.

Shaving or waxing after a tan can remove the product from your skin and so its better to get waxing done the day before or shave in the shower before you start to apply your tan.

Exfoliate

Applying tan over skin that hasn’t been exfoliated will only fade as the cells shed and so if you get rid of those dead cells first you will end up with a longer lasting, non patchy tan.
Focusing on rough areas like your knees, elbows, ankles, and heels. For your face, use a facial cleaner to remove dead, dull skin. Avoid anything oil-based, since it leaves behind residue that causes streaks.

Moisturise!

BE CAREFUL WITH THIS ONE! Moisturisers that contain oil can prevent the tanning agents from developing properly but sometimes we need a little help with very dry areas like hands, feet, elbows, knees and face. These areas tend to be dry and will absorb more pigment than other areas of your body, causing unevenness.
If you have fair hair, add a light layer to your hairline and eyebrows to stop them from absorbing tan and changing colour too!

With regards to your actual moisturiser, you need to make sure that it is OIL FREE. If possible use the self tan brands own moisturiser that they recommend such as Fake Bake’s Oil Free Moisturiser . As with your body scrub, if you use an oil based product it will leave behind a residue that the self tan cannot adhere to.


2. Application Tools

After applying my moisturiser I wait for 5 minutes to allow it to sink into my skin before beginning to apply the fake tan lotion with a tanning mitt.

I like to use the Xen Tan Luxury Tanning Mitt from Look Fantastic as its only £4 and is super soft and washable (hand wash).

There are loads of tanning mitts on the market but some other favourites are:

  • Velvotan Deluxe Double Sided Tanning Mitt – Amazon £4.95
  • Velvotan Self Tan Applicator Original Body Mitt – Amazon – £2.99

I begin with my legs and work up and inwards including my tummy, arms, legs and neck. I then get my husband to help me reach my back and ‘colour me in’! However if you’re not lucky enough to have someone to do your back for you, you can also use a ‘back and body tanning mitt such as :

  • Bronzie Back and Body Tanning Mitt – Amazon £17.95
  • Sunny Kiss Self Tanning Mitt New 2019 Edition Extended  – Amazon £9.99
  • Ultimate Back & Body Velvet 3 in 1 Self Tanning Mitt – Amazon £8.99 (This is my personal favourite if I’m applying tan myself)
  • Tan Wand – Amazon £7.99

Previously I have tried extendable tanning arms/wands which you can use for applying fake tan to your back. I tried the one from Boots a couple of years ago however I found it to be quite awkward to use as the pad on the end was quite small however the Tan Wand (above) which I’ve found on Amazon seems to have a larger surface area which should be easier to use. Let me know if you but something like this and how you found it.


3. Application Method

Always apply self-tanner in a cool, dry area to keep yourself from perspiring. If you’ve just had a shower (See Pre-Tan Prep) you’ll want to leave your hot and steamy bathroom before you apply your tan as humidity/steam, water, and sweat can break down the
self-tanner, creating a streaky application. Its best to move to another cooler
room and if you have carpet, put a towel on the floor first.

Don’t be scared when applying your self-tan. The product is meant to be
applied liberally to ensure that your whole body is covered thoroughly. If you
apply tour tan with a light hand, you won’t get a more subtle effect; just
streaks and dark patches. To help avoid streaks, apply tanner in circular
motions, approximately one teaspoon at a time, from your feet up to your face, otherwise,
it could gather in creases and make marks as you bend over. Remember to
save your arms and hands for last.


Professional Tips

Professional Tip: To successfully apply tanner in your knuckles,
bend your fingers so your hand looks like a claw. This way you will cover
the insides of the creases and avoid white stripes across your knuckles.

Professional Tip: Modify Your Technique for Your Face – I like to mix the self-tan with a small amount of oil free moisturiser to
just thin out the formula a little bit so it applies easier but also to ensure
that the colour isn’t quite as dark as my body. Mix the two together on the
mitt and gently apply to the face. Don’t forget your hairline, ears and eye
area.

Professional Tip: Wipe your nails, palms and
brows after application and apply some oil free moisturiser at the bottom of
your wrists and buff in using the buffing mitt to minimise the chance of a
tanning sleeve.

Professional Tip: Most self-tans dry very quickly, and you can go to bed after approx. 30-45 mins. If you will be wearing the
self-tan with clothing or going to bed, I sometimes add a fine layer of talc
free baby powder (my favourite is ‘My Little Star Baby Powder’ from Superdrug)
with a talc puff. It stops the tanner from transferring to your clothes. I bought mine from Amazon for £2.49. Even though I have lightly powdered my face and body before bed, I like to cover my pillow with a towel so that it doesn’t stain.

You need to take care of your tan whilst it develops and this means loose clothes (preferably dark ones.  Avoid showering or sweating for 6 to 8 hours. Definitely don’t do any washing up! Try to drink through a re-usable straw so that you don’t dribble onto your chin and don’t watch a sad film that will make you cry. A streaky face is not what you want after all of this hard work.


4. Preserve Your Tan

No one can guarantee how long your tan will last, but you can take certain measures to prolong it as long as possible.

Keep Moisturising – To help lock in your new sun kissed glow, apply a moisturiser to your skin after you have bathed or showered. Whilst some self-tanning lotions are moisturising in themselves, having moist, hydrated skin will prolong your tan. You can now buy lots of moisturisers with a tan prolonger in them. I like the Garnier Ambre Solaire After Sun Hydrating Tan Maintainer which I get from Amazon or Superdrug but there are many on sale these days, especially in the summer months.

Use baby body wash  –  Oil-based products will make your fake tan fade faster, so skip all products with oil while trying to preserve your tan. Also, stay away from exfoliators and opt for gentle cleansers to allow your tan to fade evenly and naturally.


Some of my favourite self-tanners

  • James Read Gradual Tan Coconut Water Tan Mist – £25 Feel Unique
  • Benefit Hoola Zero Tan Lines Body Bronzer – £25.50 Benefit Cosmetics
  • Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanning – £20 Clarins
  • Sienna X 1 Hour Self Tan Tinted Lotion – £24 Look Fantastic
  • He-shi Express Liquid Tan – £21 Feel Unique (On sale for £14 as of 16.04.2019)
  • Lancôme Flash Bronzer Instant Natural Tan – £26 Lancome
  • Fake Bake Luxurious Golden Bronze Original Self Tanning Lotion – £17.96 Amazon

There are many more self tans on the market for various prices however these are the ones which I have personally used or have been recommended by clients.


Have fun with your self tanning and be brave. If you make a mistake you can always soak yourself in a hot bubble bath and give yourself a body scrub and most of it will wash away!

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7 ways to use concealer for better results

For a tired girl like me, concealer is a girl’s best friend, but it isn’t always the easiest makeup product to apply. From using the wrong colour to applying it incorrectly, we all make a few of concealer mistakes. You can learn how to fake flawless skin by following these concealer tips.

If you use foundation, apply it first, and then apply your concealer

When you apply liquid foundation over concealer, you’re thinning out the concealer you strategically placed over a blemish or other trouble area. If you apply your foundation first, you’ll find that you don’t need to use as much concealer. You want to dab the concealer over liquid foundation where a trouble spot hasn’t been completely covered.


Use concealer as an eye primer

To prevent your eye shadow from falling off your lid onto your freshly done makeup and settling in the creases, prime your eyelids first with a dab of primer.

If you can’t justify spending extra on eye shadow primer, a dab of concealer works just as well. I use L’Oreal True Match Concealer as it covers any discolouration and veins in the eyelids and isn’t super sticky once applied (£7.99 Superdrug)


Use a colour corrector for concealing under eye circles

Because under eye circles are dark, you need a different shade than you would use to cover them. For those with lighter skin, the circles tend to have a purple tint to them. Peach toned concealers work best. For darker skin tones whose circles are a darker purple or brown, a concealer with an orange pigment will help to camouflage these areas.

Dab an orange- or peach-colored concealer over dark under-eye circles with your ring finger. The colour corrector’s in my makeup kit and personal makeup bag are Bobbi Brown Correctors in shades light bisque, med-dark bisque and bisque (£19.50 Bobbi Brown)

Your ring finger, which is your weakest, will apply just the right amount of pressure to blend in the concealer without pulling at your delicate eye skin.

Next top your corrector with your foundation and if necessary, a concealer that matches your skin tone. Don’t forget the next step.

To see a more in-depth tutorial on how to cover under eye circles please read the following blog post: How to Conceal Under-Eye Circles and Brighten Your Look


Setting your concealer

Whenever you cover a blemish or your under-eye circles, try to use a concealer that matches your skin tone. To avoid the concealer moving/wearing off during the day, set your concealer with a translucent powder.

  1. First, let your concealer “cook” (or, oxidise and slowly melt) on your face for a minute.
  2. Next, I find it best to use a flocked sponge/pad to apply the powder in a dabbing motion so as to set the powder in place and not wipe away the concealer (as you can do with a brush!)

If you need higher coverage on a blemish, continue to alternate concealer and setting powder until the mark is undetectable.

To see a more in-depth tutorial on how to cover under eye circles please read the following blog post: How to Conceal Under-Eye Circles and Brighten Your Look


Use a concealer to tidy up eyeliner mistakes

Sharpen your wing and cover any eyeliner /eye makeup mistakes with an angled or fine brush brush dipped in concealer. This is much easier than removing it altogether and starting over completely.


Use Green-based Concealers Sparingly or switch to yellow

A few years ago it was all the rage to use green based concealers however, contrary to popular belief, green-based concealers do not cancel out skin redness. This works only in photographs, but in natural light, the green is always slightly visible and only makes the blemish look more obvious or your skin look a bit green/greyish under your makeup!

Instead, you want a concealer almost identical to your skin tone or if an area is very red use white or yellow toned concealer very lightly.

As a general use of thumb, the colour corrector rules are below however please note that if you are using these colours for every day makeup and not for a photo shoot, use very sparingly with a light hand.


Use the correct formula for the job

The thicker the formula, the more caked on it looks. As a makeup artist I only use thicker concealers for covering tattoos and birth marks etc. Generally, I will use a liquid concealer.

Use a liquid-based product for concealing under your eyes as it is easier to blend. My 4 current favourites (in no particular order) are:

Use a cream or stick concealer for covering pimples and blemishes as it is a much thicker formula than liquid but still blendable. I like the NARS stick concealer £21.00 Nars Cosmetics.

To brighten under eyes and areas of your face, use a pen with a built-in blending brush. These are much lighter in formula and tend to have light reflecting pigments within them. They don’t tend to be great at concealing but do lighten the area which they are applied to. My favourite is Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat £26.00 Look Fantastic


Remember the key to concealing is blend, blend, blend.

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Clearing out my Makeup – Forgotten makeup favourites

As per my post on Instagram at the beginning of February, (see below) I was disguised at how much makeup I had stashed away. I know that I am a professional Makeup artist and have spares of my holy grail products but I’m actually talking about all of the makeup in my personal collection. I am a makeup hoarder and I admit it. And no, I don’t need help! Well maybe a little!!!!

After writing the post on Instagram I then discovered even more makeup in my bedroom!!!!! At this point I have to admit that I need help with my fixation with makeup!

My problem is that as a makeup artist and independent blogger (and a woman!) I like to try new products. Some because they are raved about by other people, some because they are new products from favourite brands, some because they are new brands to me and finally because I like to have a mix of high end and high street products.

My actual problem is that I can have used a product for a few weeks to try/test it and even though I loved it, I will try a new product and put the current one in my makeup draws to never see the light of day again!

This is, in my opinion, despicable as there are many women in need of makeup including my sisters but also Womens’ shelters etc., and so my resolution for this year is to sort out my makeup (de-clutter) and pass it on to people who can and will use it.

I must point out that there are hygiene issues with passing on used makeup and so products which cannot be sanitised are always passed onto my sisters. They will obviously get first pick of the other makeup but things like eyeshadow palettes, lipsticks, pressed powders and products in bottles with nozzles or spatulas can be sanitised or used hygienically (and are not wanted by my family) can be passed onto my local women’s shelter for women who are in need of a little TLC.

So now that I’ve rambled on for a while, here is the pile of makeup that I’m going to be sorting out. And yes, I also gasped at the amount of products sat in my draws!

Once I had tipped everything out I put it into piles of ‘similar’ products such as all foundations together, all lip products together etc. This allowed me to see what I was actually dealing with.

I took each pile one at a time and went through quickly to see which products were out of date and then threw them away immediately.

I then used extra large lunch bags to put the products that I no longer wanted into, in their categories: Sisters, Mum, Donate, Keep. Each item was swatched and this task took me over 2 hours. Some products I knew that I wanted to use again and some I had completely forgotten how good they were or how lovely the colour was. Some products and palettes I again knew immediately that they were to be donated. It’s amazing how seeing and feeling the products makes you remember whether you loved or hated them!!!!!!

I also found a few items that I wanted to put back into my professional makeup kit

The process took a lot longer than anticipated; not just because I was testing and sanitising the products as I went along, but my cat Gladys, also wanted to help!!!!


My Forgotten Favourites

So now onto the actual purpose of this blog post which is to discuss/show my forgotten top 5 makeup favourites.

  1. Clinique Chubby Sticks: I found that I had 9 of these however I personally only wanted to keep 3 of them – Super Strawberry, Chunky Cherry Plushest Punch.
    These Chubby Sticks are moisturising coloured lip balms in an pencil style applicator which twists up therefore making them easy to use and carry about in your bag. (£18.50 Clinique.co.uk)

2. The Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes I’m glad that I discovered again as I used to love using these for a quick and easy application of colour for a simple day look. The sticks are long-wearing and non-smudging which give a sheer wash of colour. Just like the chubby sticks for lips, they are in a pencil-style applicator which is really easy to use and the product blends beautifully on the eyes. I kept bountiful beige and donated the rest to my lovely sisters who will enjoy them.
(£18.50 Clinique.co.uk)

3. Garnier BB Creams are probably about to expire as I purchased them last summer but I will definitely be using these again this summer and on days when I want a lighter coverage of foundation. The BB creams are mineral based with added vitamin C and SPF15. The BB cream evens out and illuminates my skin whilst , having 24hr hydration. BB Creams are perfect for lighter coverage on normal to dryer skin and I absolutely love these for the summer. I cant wait to use them again. (£9.99 Superdrug)

4. MUA Whipped Velvet lip Lacquer. I again have a few of these in my makeup kit however I don’t rush to grab them and use other brands first, however that is about to change.
These liquid lipsticks are richly pigmented, silky smooth and dry quickly. They also glide on effortlessly to leave a gorgeous velvet finish that is smudge proof and long-lasting. (It took a while to get the swatches off my hand!!!) I think I have saved the colour ‘Spry’ which doesn’t seem to be available on the Superdrug website anymore but I have seen lots more colours that I am going to be purchasing and for only £3 each they are an absolute bargain.

5. W7 Keep Em Dry Waterproof Mascara Top Coat. I actually tried this out last year when I tried a handful of W7 products as I wanted to see what the hype was about. I must confess that I usually use Clarins double fix Mascara seal however at £3.99 I thought that Id give it a chance and review it. I remember that I was totally amazed. This top coat does actually waterproof your lashes and keeps your mascara in place all day! I cant remember why I stopped using it other than I had one of the Clarins products open but Ill be purchasing another one as soon as they are back in stock at W7makeup.

The makeup that I am keeping for myself

Above is the only products which I saved for myself and below you can see the bags of makeup to be donated. I cant believe that I had that much makeup sitting in my drawers which is all new or in date and I haven’t used it. That being said I have purchased a lot of makeup over the last 6 months as I have been writing a lot of blog posts (some will be posted soon) but still, that’s a lot of makeup sitting about.

Makeup to be donated

I encourage all women (and men who wear makeup) to sort out their makeup hoards at least twice a year and do something good for your family and women in need. Not only does it make you feel better for ‘sharing the wealth’ but it also means that you can see your makeup products more easily and therefore will use them before they go out of date and save yourself some money.


Let me know in the comments if you have taken my advice and de-cluttered your makeup/skincare and what products you have re-discovered and why you love them.

As with all my blog posts this is my opinion and is not sponsored or paid by any brand.

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The best SPF moisturisers for skin protection

The one thing I’m always diligent about is protecting my skin and using an SPF all year around. Many people believe that sun screen is only for holidays but they couldn’t be more wrong!

Sun protection protects you not only against UVB (which is sun burn) but also UVA (which ages and damages the skin) . Ultraviolet rays can be damaging even on cloudy days, and YES, even in the UK.
As a woman in my 40’s I need all the anti ageing help that I can get!!!!

Being diligent about SPF doesn’t have to be a challenge, but we know that our health depends on staying protected from harmful rays. The easiest way to make a change is to use an SPF moisturiser instead of a regular moisturiser under your makeup in the morning (remember to cover your eyelids, neck and any areas that are on show to the sunlight, including your ears!).

The best SPF moisturisers are SPF 20 to 50, to ensure the sun’s rays aren’t wreaking havoc with your skin cells. The higher the SPF the better at fighting the signs of ageing.


Here is a list of some of the top rated affordable SPF moisturisers:

The Ordinary Mineral UV Filters SPF30 with Antioxidants – 50ml £8.90 Feel Unique

Garnier Ambre Solaire Sensitive Advanced Face Cream SPF 50+ – 50ml £8.00 Superdrug

Neutrogena Hydro Boost City Shield SPF 25 Moisturiser – 50ml £12.99 Look Fantastic (SAVE 20% – USE CODE: 20SKIN)

e.l.f. Beauty Shield Skin Shielding Moisturiser SPF50 – 50ml £14.50 Feel Unique

Estee Lauder Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant Sheer Tint Release Moisturiser SPF 15 –
15ml   £10.00 Estee Lauder

Vichy Idéal Soleil Velvety Cream SPF 50+ – 50ml £16.50 Look Fantastic

Clinique Super City Block SPF40 – 40ml £19.00 Look Fantastic

Neutrogena Pure and Free Baby Sunblock, SPF 50+ – 74 ml £10.75 Amazon 

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Sun Defense For Face Spf 50 – 50ml £26 Look Fantastic

NIVEA SUN UV Face Suncream SPF 50, Shine Control – 50ml £8.00 Superdrug

Simple Kind To Skin+ Protecting Moisture Cream SPF 30 – 50ml £6.99 Superdrug 


Please note that wearing a moisturiser with an SPF doesn’t provide as much protection as wearing a sunscreen on its own and reapplying when necessary. Remember that your SPF moisturiser is under your makeup and realistically its SPF properties will diminish during the first couple of hours of wear.

If possible, it is recommended not to rely solely on moisturisers containing SPF, especially if you are spending a lot of time in the sun.
Moisturisers and make-up that contain UV protection are better than nothing at all, but for prolonged periods it is recommend to apply sunscreen with high SPF. For more information on this topic please read ‘Does the SPF in your moisturiser actually protect you from the sun?’ at Harpers Bazaar.


Protecting yourself from the harmful rays doesn’t mean that you have to give up your gorgeous summer glow. Later this month I will be publishing a post on self-tanning tips for a gorgeous self tan.


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What’s on my nightstand: Bedside Beauty Products for a Lazy Girl

As you will all know by now, I’m a fairly lazy girl and once I’m snuggled up in bed with my hubby and cat, you aren’t going to move me to carry out any form of skincare routine. With this in mind, I’ve had to create certain steps that I do in the bath/shower and then others that are easy to do in bed as I keep the products on my bedside table!!! That way I don’t have any excuses not to carry out my skincare routine!

Before I get in the bath / shower I cleanse my skin with Garnier Micellar Water to remove all of my makeup or just general grime and daytime products (if I’ve not been wearing makeup). In the shower I then re-cleanse my skin with my ‘clean sponge.’ I buy these when I’m in Paris but you can purchase them from their website (
https://cleansponge.fr/ )

Twice a week I use my Cleanlogic face and body scrubber (exfoliating pad) (£4.99 TK Maxx). As I am older (in my 40’s) with dryer skin I find that twice a week is enough for the gentle exfoliation part of my routine.


I tend to let my body dry as naturally as possible due to having eczema and so I add my body moisturiser at this point to lock in the Moisture from the shower.

This totally depends on my current favourite moisturiser and at the moment I am using EOS Berry Blossom and Aveeno Baby moisturising lotions.


When I jump into bed I have the following products on hand as I keep them on my nightstand:

  • Bottle of water to take my vitamins and also I tend to drink a lot of water during the night!!!
  • Face Serum: I’m currently loving Nip + Fab Kale Fix Protecting Shot (£24.95 Lookfantastic.com). I apply this first to lock in the goodness in my skin and so that my skin gets all of the benefits of the active ingredients. If you apply it after your moisturiser, most of the serum will sit on top of the thicker product and wont have any effect at all. It has a cocktail of essential vitamins, Kale Extract and protecting complexes, and the lightweight oil is a sheer serum texture that is instantly absorbed in to the skin.
  • Eye Cream: My current favourite is the Alex Steinherr for Primark Beauty, Sleep Spa Every Night Eye Mask (£5.50 Primark). I apply a small pea size amount of eye cream around my eyes with my ring fingers. Not only are these fingers more gentle than the others but you can give yourself a mini massage which feels good too.
  • Anti Wrinkle Moisturiser: I know what some of you are thinking but I started using an anti wrinkle nighttime moisturiser when I was in my late 20’s and I feel that it has really helped. I don’t have many wrinkles (a frown line on my forehead and a couple of fine lines around my eyes) but that’s about it and as I’m in my 40’s I don’t think that’s too bad!. It’s also not much more expensive than a regular night cream. Since I started using the Garnier Essentials Anti Wrinkle cream (£5.99 Superdrug) I haven’t changed as I absolutely love it. I do however mix it up sometimes and use my Nip + Fab Kale Fix Moisturiser (£19.95 lookfantastic.com) instead of the anti wrinkle cream as I looooove this moisturiser.
  • Lip Cream. This is a fairly new one for me however as I am doing other skincare steps on a nightly basis then I feel that I shouldn’t skip this step. I use Blistex Intensive Moisturiser (£2.69 Boots.com) as it makes my lips feel lovely and soft the next morning.
  • Hand Cream. As I’m getting older I also use a hand cream on my hands and forearms. I bought a new one at Duty Free in Mexico (Mumuso Hyaluronic Acid Hand Cream) Not only does it stop my hands from getting really dry but as they are moisturised they look younger too! Remember dry skin looks older!

It seems like a lot and at nighttime when I’m tired I definitely wouldn’t stand in the bathroom doing all of these steps however when I’m sat in bed with Gladys (my cat) on my knee, the bedtime Skincare routine doesn’t seem as arduous. 

Let me know in the comments if you have any amazing bedtime skincare products that you like to use or if you have any great ideas to make our bedtime rituals that little bit easier. 

As with all my blog posts this is my opinion and is not sponsored or paid by any brand.

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My everyday makeup brushes & where to buy them

As with all my blog posts this is my opinion  and is not sponsored or paid by any brand. The brushes I will be speaking about today are all in use in my personal makeup and not used professionally. Some are affordable and some are inexpensive and ill let you know why I find them the best for the job and also what I use them for as I don’t always use brushes for what they were intended for!

Primer:  MAC 130 short duo fibre (£34.50 maccosmetics.co.uk)

The MAC 130 is a short, round, flat-topped duo fibre brush ideal for the smooth, easy application of foundations and creams. This brush is just the right size to work primer into the areas where it is most needed, mainly my T-zone, cheeks & under eyes and chin. The duo fibre bristles don’t pick up too much product and disperses  the primer evenly on my skin.

MAC 130 Duo Fibre Brush

If you don’t want to spend a lot of money on your brushes then Zoeva have a dupe, the 122 petit stippling brush which is £10.99 at Feelunique.com


Concealer: Real Techniques 300 deluxe crease brush, (from the Everyday Essentials Set £19.99 at superdrug.co.uk)

The RT deluxe crease brush is ideal for covering blemishes and getting into creases etc. The domed small soft head of the brush is great at blending in the product and soft enough not to drag the concealer over your skin. The brush is soft enough to disperse the under eye concealer as the brush is so soft that again it gently blends the product with out moving it around your face. I bought the Everyday Essentials kit from Superdrug as I use 3 of the 4 brushes and also the beauty blender.


Foundation: Tarte Cosmetics the buffer™ airbrush finish foundation brush (£27 tartecosmetics.com)

The Tarte Cosmetics brush is my current favourite brush as it evenly distributes the foundation over your skin and does actually give you a flawless finish. It flawlessly blends and buffs your foundation that does actually give you an airbrushes finish. It also looks cute with its floral handle. Before I purchased this brush my go to foundation brush was my Zoeva 102 silk finish brush in rose gold. I still use this brush occasionally and it still sits in my brush pot however I do prefer the Tarte brush at the moment. The Zoeva brush is £12.99 from cultbeauty.com.


Powder: Real Techniques 400 Blush Brush (Everyday Essentials Set £19.99 at superdrug.co.uk )

I bought the Everyday Essentials brush set just after Christmas as I loved the look of the brushes and my favourite brush out of the set is the Blush brush. It has long super soft bristles for applying powder to large areas of the face without it caking.


Setting Under Eyes:  RT 402 Setting Brush (Everyday Essentials Set £19.99 at superdrug.co.uk )

I know many people like to bake their under eyes and use a beauty blender to apply the powder however I am a bit older now (in my 40’s (shhhhhhhhhh) and I find that baking leaves my under eyes to dry and the product sticks to and accentuates my fine lines. I therefore like to set my under eyes with a small fluffy brush which doesn’t add too much powder to my under eye area but also deposits enough powder to set the concealer in place so it stays where it was put!


Highlight: Zoeva 105 Luxe Highlight in Rose Gold (£13 Beautybay.com)

This brush is gorgeous and comes in different colours. I have the rose gold however if you prefer your brushes to look professional then it also comes in black. This is the most gorgous shaped brush and picks up just the right amount of highlighter. It has a slight taper at the top for finer application and when used on its side, is perfect for the tops of your cheekbones. As an older woman with a round face, big enough nose etc., I don’t highlight my nose or forehead but you can use a smaller version of this brush for those areas.


Contour: Zoeva 126 Luxe cheek finish brush (£14.99 feelunique.com) and Royal & Langnickel Chique Pro Highlighter Brush (£1.75 Redcarpetfx.com)

I personally prefer a powder contour as it is more subtle and suits my style of makeup and the brush I use is intended for use with powder products. I use the Zoeva cheek finish brush for contouring my cheekbones, forehead and double chin! For contouring my nose I prefer a smaller brush and so use the extra soft Royal & Langnickel Chique Pro Highlighter Brush which is perfect fro smaller areas and a softer finish.


Blush: Zoeva luxe sheer cheek brush(£12.99 feelunique.com)

As you can see from the photo at the bottom of this post, I have been using this brush for quite a while and I actually prefer it now that the bristles have splayed a little as I get a softer application of product rather than when it was new, which deposited a bit more blusher. I prefer to build blusher rather than loading on too much and looking like a doll !!!!


Eyeliner: My Kit Co 1.22 My Feliner (£12.50 Mykitco.co.uk)

Depending upon what look I am going for I use one of 3 brushes for eyeliner. The My Kit Co feliner is perfect for a fine line, and a wing, and also for powder liner and tight lining my upper lash line. This is probably my all time favourite eyeliner brush.


Brows: My Kit Co, 2.4 My Tight Brow (£12.50 Mykitco.co.uk)

I love both of these brushes to apply both powder and pomade to my brows. The brushes are fine enough that you can create individual hair strokes but soft enough that the lines don’t look too harsh.


“It’s sharply angled with just the right amount of flex allowing for the best application of both cream and powder product”.


Eye Shadow: 1.23 My all over shadow (£12.50), 1.19 My fluff and buff small (£12.50), 1.18 My fluff and buff large (£14.50), & 1.1 My mini shade and shadow (£10.50) (Mykitco.co.uk)

I only need to use these 4 brushes for my eye makeup and these are the 4 that I always go to and are my current favourites. Each brush is designed to apply the shadow in the areas which it is designed for and create a beautiful result.


Breakdown of the cost of my brushes and where to buy them

Primer:  MAC 130 short duo fibre (£34.50 maccosmetics.co.uk)

Concealer: Real Techniques 300 deluxe crease brush (from the Everyday Essentials Set £19.99 at superdrug.co.uk)

Foundation: Tarte Cosmetics the buffer™ airbrush finish foundation brush (£27 tartecosmetics.com)

Powder: Real Techniques 400 Blush Brush (Everyday Essentials Set £19.99 at superdrug.co.uk )

Setting Under Eyes:  RT 402 Setting Brush (Everyday Essentials Set £19.99 at superdrug.co.uk )

Highlight: Zoeva 105 Luxe Highlight in Rose Gold (£13 Beautybay.com)

Contour: Zoeva 126 Luxe cheek finish brush (£14.99 feelunique.com) and Royal & Langnickel Chique Pro Highlighter Brush (£1.75 Redcarpetfx.com)

Blush: Zoeva luxe sheer cheek brush(£12.99 feelunique.com)

Eyeliner: My Kit Co 1.22 My Feliner (£12.50 Mykitco.co.uk)

Brows: My Kit Co, 2.4 My Tight Brow (£12.50 Mykitco.co.uk)

Eye Shadow: 1.23 My all over shadow (£12.50), 1.19 My fluff and buff small (£12.50), 1.18 My fluff and buff large (£14.50), & 1.1 My mini shade and shadow (£10.50) (Mykitco.co.uk)

The total cost for my makeup brushes is £199.22 (I do have Pro Makeup Artist discounts for some of the brushes and so the amount stated is the retail value) however if you look after your brushes you will have them for many many years and they will just get better and better with use.

Please excuse my brushes as they are getting a clean this afternoon!

Once I decide that I love a brush for a certain purpose it becomes my personal favourite and is also replicated in my professional makeup kit however some of the brushes may be different brands or professional brands.

If you have any favourite makeup brushes, please let me know about them in the comments as I love makeup brushes and may even invest/swap it for one which I use currently.


As with all my blog posts this is my opinion and is not sponsored or paid by any brand.

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How much is my face worth?????

As a blogger people regularly think that I am on PR Lists (A PR List is where a makeup brand sends a blogger free makeup) with makeup brands however as a professional makeup artist I believe that it’s important to be impartial and therefore do not receive any free products. Therefore, except for a couple of brands where I have a professional discount, my face will cost the same as yours!

As a woman who lives and breathes makeup and skincare, I like to try many different brands and products including high end and high street. Some products I have already discovered are my ‘go to’ products and you will probably be sick of hearing me speak about them by now however I also like to change things up sometimes and am forever experimenting with new products or recommended products.

Below I will list my current makeup products which I use every day, why I love them, how much they are and where you can buy them from. Again, I receive no money for recommending products and this blog post is correct at the time of publishing.


My current makeup bag includes the following products:

Primer:

MUA 24K Facial Oil Base (£4 Superdrug)

Illamasqua Hydra Veil (£34 Illamasqua.com)

I have older skin (I’m in my 40’s (Shhhhhhhh)) and I also have eczema which can flair up and so everyday I will use one of the above primers however if my skin is really dry I will use one of the MUA bases under the Illaamasqua Hydra Veil Primer. This is my current favourite primer. I have previously told clients, when asked about the product, that I don’t like the texture on my skin however I picked one up from TK Maxx at Christmas to do another review on a TK Maxx haul and have rediscovered this beautiful product. Not only does it hydrate my skin but my makeup applied perfectly and seems to last longer than when I have used some other primers. It is pricy at £….. however I apply it with a small duo fibre brush and a little goes a long way so I think the cost is worth it.


Concealer: 

MAC Studio Fix 24hr Concealer in NW20 (£18.50 Maccosmetics.co.uk)

This concealer does what it claims and not only covers my blemishes but also my under eye dark circles and also doesn’t budge. It is a light weight creamy texture as you would expect from the studio fix range but has medium, build-able coverage and is great on dryer ageing skin too. As I’m in my 40’s (sssssssssssssh) I must admit that it does need to be set or it settles in my fine lines, however this is the case for all concealers when you have fine lines 😮


Foundation: 

L’Oreal True Match in shades 2N and 3N (£9.99 Boots and Superdrug)

Many of my clients and readers of my blog/Instagram will be surprised to find that I have moved from MAC Studio Fix Fluid to the L’Oreal perfect match foundation. Not only are you surprised, But I am too!!! I have been using The MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NC15 for over 5 years and no other foundation has managed to move me away until I tried the L’Oreal Prefect Match in 2N. Not only do I believe that it is a dupe for MAC Studio Fix but it also has a medium build-able coverage, with a creamy consistency and doesn’t catch on my dry patches and fine lines. I apply it with my Tarte Cosmetics foundation buffer brush however I do find that I have to use a mini blender over my under eye and frown line areas!


Setting powder:

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder (£34 Charlottetilbury.co.uk)

Again, I always used to use MAC Mineralized Skinfinish in Medium however as soon as I tried the Charlotte Tilbury Powder in Medium I was converted. This powder is in a beautiful compact and is so finely milled that it sets my makeup without collecting in my fine lines. It also removes shine and creates a flawless finish as advertised. I don’t know what to say other than as long as I can afford this product it will always be my setting powder.


Highlight & Contour:

Tarte Cosmetics Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette (£37 tartecosmetics.com)

I am a recent convert to Tarte Cosmetics and this is one of my favourite highlight and contour palettes. It may be too subtle for those of you who want more definition and glow but I find it perfect for my personal makeup style. This palette also smells like chocolate and that’s a definite plus for me. The highlight is build-able however as it is very finely milled it can be used more subtly as with the contour shade. I love the fact that it gives me definition without looking false.


Blush:

MAC Peachykeen powder blush (£19.50 maccosmetics.co.uk)

I have been using this blusher shade for over 5 years and I still cant find a shade to replace it that I love more, including Nars Orgasm Blush!!! Peachykeen is more pinky peach toned which is perfect for my skin tone and perfect for summer and tanned skin. 

As advertised it “applies evenly, adheres lightly to skin to achieve a natural-looking application of colour that stays put all day”. This blush does have a slight shimmer but isn’t glittery and so you don’t look like a throwback from the 1970’s, you just have a gentle glow.


eyeliner:

Bobbi Brown Gel Liner in Chocolate Shimmer Ink (£18.50 Bobbibrown.co.uk)

Again I have been using this eyeliner for more years that I can remember after my hubby bought me a duo set from duty free years ago. I have tried many other gel liners however the Bobbi Brown product is very easy to use, it has a texture which allows you to not pick up too much product and even though I shouldn’t condone this, I have mine for over 2 years and it still hasn’t dried up! I have also worn this eyeliner on holidays in extreme heat and whilst swimming and it doesn’t budge so this is great for me and for my clients. As you apply it with a brush you can achieve many different styles too depending upon the style of brush used i.e. Fine point, angled etc. And so I find it extremely versatile and well worth the money.


Eyeshadow Palette:

Tarte Cosmetics tartelette toasted eyeshadow palette (£38 tartecosmetics.com)

This is my current favourite palette but I have many different palettes from many different companies including plenty of the Tarte palettes. I love the fact that the powders are finely milled, highly pigmented, easily blendable and also the shimmers are of a high quality. The only drawback is the fallout in the palette after you have picked up the product with your brush but this isn’t too severe and you don’t loose too much. This also happens with many of the fine powder palettes and so isn’t an exclusive problem with Tarte palette.  

This palette is a mix & match of 12 warm, rich eyeshadows (7 wearable mattes & 5 lustrous shimmers) and is arranged in rows for three easy looks. What more could a girl want ❤️


brows:

Urban Decay Brow Beater pencil in Neutral Brown (£17 urbandecay.co.uk)

I tint my eyebrows however as many women of my age will understand, due to plucking the life out of my brows in the 1990’s / 2000’s I have sparse patches and they are shorter than they should be. With this in mind I like to use a fine pencil to draw in the individual lines and find the Brow Beater pencil great for this. It also has a twist up pencil so that your product is protected. A bonus is the amazing stiff bristled spoolie on the other end of the pencil which is also covered by a cap. This spoolie allows you to brush your brows even if they are stubborn and create a wonderful neat brow or the new trend of brushed up, ‘boyfriend’ brows.


setting spray:

MAC Fix + in Coconut (£19 maccosmetics.co.uk)

If I am going on a big night out or need my makeup staying perfect all day I have discovered Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray and it is definitely worth the hype however for everyday I prefer MAC Fix + in Coconut. Not only does it give my skin a boost of hydration but it also sets my makeup and smells gorgeous (it reminds me of holidays all year round!) There is a reason that this product is a favourite for many makeup artists and bloggers.


lips:

Anastasia Beverley Hills Lipgloss in Caramel (£17 anastasiabeverlyhills.co.uk)

This is my current go to lip product as I am a lazy girl at heart and once I have applied my makeup I cannot be bothered spending all night reapplying my lips! The lipgloss is high pigment and feels weightless on your lips and has the shine of a gloss. This liquid lipstick is a must for me as it is not only highly pigmented and long lasting but also isn’t too drying on my lips.


Guess The Price?

So that is my full face and every product that I have used. Now to guess the price of my face???????? What do you think?

Below £100 ?

£100 – £200 ?

£200 plus ?

The actual cost of my current makeup bag favourites costs £266.49 

This is quite expensive as some of the products are high end however you can swap some of these products out for your favourite products/brands, Ive just given you a breakdown of my actual favourite products that I use on a daily basis. As with all women I have cheaper versions of some of these products and find that they are good but not as good as the my holy grail products on my face at the moment.

With regards to the costs listed of these products, I have listed the full price however I have purchased some of them at TK Maxx and duty free and also in the sales and so I always suggest having a good look around for your products for the best offer.

Also follow my Instagram as I always let you know about makeup brand sales as soon as they are released and my current finds at TK Maxx (you may also want to follow tkmaxxbeautyfindsuk).

Let me know in the comments what’s in your makeup bag and if I should try some of your favourite products.  When I update this post in the summer I will add a link to you if I have tried and am using the products that you have recommended.


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Bright Lips – Wearing the spring and summer trend

Sporting a super pigmented bright lip is one of the hottest trends for Spring and Summer – for good reason! It’s a universally flattering look with just one rule: make sure your bright lip colour takes centre stage. There is something quite classic yet trendy about keeping the bold, bright lip your focus and the rest of your makeup subtle. Make your lip look an attention grabber (in the right way) with these simple steps.


Smooth the canvas

Your lips are an extension of your skin on your face so you need to exfoliate them in the same way to remove any dry skin. Use finely granulated lip scrub (or caster sugar mixed with coconut oil) and rub it around your pouted lips in a circular motion. Then, apply an SPF lip moisturising treatment for conditioning.


Lock in the look

Firstly apply a lip liner around the outer edge of your lips then colour them in with your pencil. When applying you colour, put some of the lip stick onto your ring finger and press it into your lips. This will keep the lip stick in place for the long haul.

Firstly apply a lip liner around the outer edge of your lips then colour them in with your pencil. When applying you colour, put some of the lip stick onto your ring finger and press it into your lips. This will keep the lip stick in place for the long haul.

For extra assurance, split a tissue into single sheets and place over your lips. Dust with powder like MAC’s Select Sheer Loose powder in translucent over your lipstick and then reapply the colour. The layering affect will keep your bright lips going strong for a couple of extra hours.


Embrace au-naturel eyes

Remember, your bold lips are the focal point of your look so keep the rest of your makeup minimal. Try nudes, golds and peach colours on your eyes and a few sweeps of mascara to complete the look.


Some of my favourite bright and colourful lip sticks

There are literally thousands of bright shades on the market at the moment so have fun shopping. For a closer look at the above pictures and for more bright lip ideas, please follow my Pinterest Board – Bright Lips.


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