De-Cluttering my Personal Makeup – Part 3

Part 3 – Bronzer, Blusher and Highlighter

Thank you for getting to Part 3 of my Summer Makeup Bag de-clutter. This all began when I de-cluttered my Professional Makeup kit and felt so much better just having the products which I loved rather than hoarding products just because I’d purchased them. I looked at my personal makeup bag and spare case and felt that same dread of not being able to find anything and made my mind up that the products that I don’t like or don’t reach for, have to go.

When I say that products have to go, they go to one of 4 places: My winter makeup bag, Friends and Family, Donate to a charity (see the end of the email for details) or they go in the bin (expired or completely minging products).


Bronzers

A girl can never have too many bronzers, or so I believed! I cant believe that I had all different shades which were much too warm for my skin tone and made me look extremely orange (more like Donald Trump!!!)

With this horrific look in mind, I made the decision that all of my really warm bronzers had to go to a good home, and not mine. I only kept 3 bronzers in the end. One cream and two powder products.

😨 What did I de-clutter? 😨

As much as I used to adore my @maccosmeticsuk Give Me Sun, I’m definitely not warm skinned or tanned enough to wear this shade. I’m also currently more into subtle sun ☀️ kissed shades and so I’ve sanitised this product and donated it.

I have also de-cluttered my Benefit Hula Bronzer. I know that its a cult favourite but I just couldn’t get it to work for me with the tricky little box that you cant get your brush into, and don’t get me started on the weird little brush that comes with the product!

It hurt my heart to get rid of my Jane Iredale Moonglow and So-Bronze 2 bronzers but they were really old and far too glittery and gold toned for my current preferences. These went in the bin as I’m sure that they have now expired.

💖 What did I keep? 💖

I decided that only need 3 bronzers. Well I only really need two but I couldnt choose between 2 of them and so theyr’e both staying!!!

Firstly is my Marc Jacobs Beauty Omega Bronze in shade 102 Tantric. This is a universally flattering shade that blends seamlessly with your skin and comes in a gorgeous super-sized glossy black compact.  What more can I say other than it is beautiful.

I also can’t live without my @toofaced Chocolate Soleil ☀️ bronzer as it’s a perfect shade, not too cool or too warm and can be built up or worn delicately for a sun kissed glow.  Did I also mention that this bronzer is infused with cocoa powder into its formula, so not only is it long wearing but it smells as good as it looks.

For days when I’m using cream products or no foundation I love my @nipandfab Fix Stick In Golden Tan. I buy mine from @lookfantastic and it’s currently £8.21 instead of the usual price of £10.95 (July 2019). This product is so easy to blend and can be built up when I have more of a tan. Even though the shade is called golden tan, it’s still not too warm on my skin. (see the image below). It is also really easy to use and much cheaper than a lot of other bronzing sticks on the market and in my opinion, just as good.


Blusher

After pulling all my blushers, highlighters and face palettes together, I realised that I do own a lot of these products (they’re mostly in palettes) however I only use certain shades depending upon my skin colour throughout the year and so I don’t need to keep my winter products in my summer makeup bag. I equally don’t need several of the same shade or shades that I don’t wear.

😨 What did I de-clutter? 😨

As much as I adore my @maccosmeticsuk blushers, especially those with an illuminating glow such as Peachykeen 🍑 I have to admit that they are not getting old and I’ve hit pan on all 3 shades. I made the heart wrenching decision to add them to my ‘Back to MAC’ pile and move on!  
I also felt that my @nyxcosmetics blushes, whilst great products, were either the wrong shade for me or I had similar colours in products that I preferred.

💖 What did I keep? 💖

I obviously kept my two @narscoventgarden ‘The Multiple’ in shades Orgasm and Portifino. These two shades are gorgeous for summer and give a lovely glow to the skin 😊  This multi-purpose stick can be used on eyes, cheeks, and lips to give you a sheer shimmer that actually lasts all day. It’s creamy formula blends effortlessly and can be built up on all skin tones. This is a ‘must have’ product for holidays and summer.

I also kept one my Marc Jacobs Air Blush in Kink and Kisses. This Soft Glow Duo features two shades that merge together so you can customise your colour for a natural-looking glow. I also want the shade ‘Lines and Last Night’ but at £28 per blush I think I may have to wait a while.

Some days I want cream and others I want powder, depending upon the look I’m wearing. Same for wanting Matte or Shimmer and so I kept my everyday favourite blush by L’Oreal in Sandlewood Pink. I also had to keep my Ciate London Glow To Illuminating Blushes in Matchmaker and Pinch Me. These blushes combine a silky matte blush with an ultra fine powder highlighter which gives a gorgeous glow to your cheeks.


Face Palettes

I wont go into a lot of detail with what I donated as I gave all of them away apart from 2!!!

The Bobbi Brown Peach Illuminating Cheek Palette is ideal for travel as it has an illuminating bronzer in the shade Havana, a blush in shade Pink Coral and a Highlighter in shade Peach. This is a gorgeous palette that is beautiful when worn with or without a tan and saves the problem of travelling with 3 different products. A definite must have.

The next palette which I saved was the Tarte Cosmetics, Double Duty Beauty palette which is a highlight and contour palette. Both the highlight and contour are the perfect shade for my skin tone and it also smells like chocolate. Whats not to love?


Highlighter

Again I had collected far too many of these in my journey to find the perfect shade and formula for my skin. I had many amazing highlighters but I didn’t like or use most of them as I prefer a more natural champagne colour rather than a blinding glow (I am 43 now!)

😨 What did I de-clutter? 😨

I did de-clutter my @clinique highlighting chubby stick as you will see below I had a very similar product which I actually preferred. I found this highlighter to be a bit to stiff and would sometimes take off my foundation.

I also de-cluttered my Illamasqua Beyond Powder in Deity as it was an amazing highlighter but you could see the glow from outer space, which is not my thing!

I also got rid of my Benefit High Beam and MAC Lightscapade highlighters as they are far too pink/white for me.

💖 What did I keep? 💖

As I’m all about the glow this summer, I obvuously kept my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette as the shade incandescent light is a beautiful natural highlighter.

I also kept my The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer highlighter as it is the perfect champagne colour and the formula is so buttery and soft and it blends easily.

The two cream/liquid products I kept were the @urbandecaycosmetics naked skin highlighting fluid in Sin and the KIKO Radiant Touch Highlighter Stick in 100. Both of these blend beautifully and can be worn to give either a subtle look or built to an amazing glow ✨  All 4 of the highlighters that I kept look good on my skin all year around and so I don’t need to keep searching for a better product when I believe I have found the right ones for me!


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Claire xx

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De-Cluttering my Personal Makeup – Part 2

Part 2 – Concealer, Foundation & Powders

Following on from Part 1 of my de-cluttering my personal makeup series, I decided to tackle concealers, foundation and powders.

Concealer

As with other aspects of my makeup bag, my summer and winter makeup were mixed in together and there were also products that I had tried and just wasn’t reaching for.

After pulling all my makeup together into sections I discovered that I do own a lot of concealers and don’t use most of them. Some because the shade is more for my winter skin colour and some because I personally don’t like them on my skin. Like most women I’m constantly looking for my favourite under eye concealer for the perfect fresh faced look! 👀

😨 What did I de-clutter? 😨

With regards to throwing away concealers, I got rid of the Maybelline eraser eye concealer as I couldn’t find a shade to suit me and it was also too dry for my ageing under eyes! I also threw out the Obsession Makeup London concealer as this also has a sponge applicator and would be unhygienic to donate.

The following concealers and illuminating products are my absolute favourites and so I kept all of these however I moved some of the shades into to winter makeup case.

I didn’t keep the @benefitcosmeticsuk Boiing concealer in shade 1 in my summer makeup bag however as I love this concealer I have saved it for winter use. Same for my @yslbeauty Touch Eclat in shade 1. I actually threw away my @

💖 What did I keep? 💖

I couldn’t not use my @yslbeauty touch eclat illuminating pen as this is an all year round ‘holy grail’ product for me. I kept the shades 2&3 in my summer makeup bag and put shade 1 away for winter. Not only are they cult classics but no2 brightens up my under eye area naturally and no3 has just enough peach 🍑 tones in it for my skin that is is great for a light weight corrector.

My next favourite is also a cult classic- @benefitcosmetics boi-ing concealer. I moved shade 1 to my winter makeup bag and kept shades 2&3. These cover absolutely anything on my face and blend beautifully. I ❤️ them and have been using them for years. I also have them in my professional makeup kit.

For dark circles, as I suffer from bouts of insomnia, 💤 I can’t live without my @bobbibrownuk corrector in Bisque. When I have darker circles under my eyes 👀 this product is perfect. Its heavier than the YSL Touche Eclat and perfect for those days when I look like a raccoon!!!

Last but not least, for lighter coverage days, rather than using the benefit Boi-ing concealers, I’m turning to the @maccosmeticsuk Studio Fix concealer in shade NC15 and the @loreal true match concealer in shade N2. This seems like a lot of concealer but I only use one or possibly two of them depending upon my dark circles and condition my skin but some days I prefer heavier coverage than others!


Foundation

After pulling all my foundations together into sections I discovered that I only had 3 types of foundation and 2 BB Creams. The foundations are MAC Studio Fix Fluid, MAC Face & Body and L’Oreal True Match. The BB Creams are Garnier BB Cream and the Rimmel BB Cream 9 in 1 Skin Perfecting Super Makeup.

I can tell you now that I threw out all of the BB creams as each of them exaggerated my pores and disappeared from around my nose and chin as the day wore on. I was really disappointed, however due to watching an amazing Beauty Vlogger on YouTube, Jamie Paige (check out her vlogs here) I have decided to possibly try out the IT Cosmetics CC Cream instead.

💖 What did I keep? 💖

I absolutely love all 3 of these foundations that I own and so I made the decision to keep the lighter shades in my winter makeup bag and the darker shades in my summer makeup bag! Makes sense eh?  

The foundations are: @maccosmeticsuk Face & Body in shades C1, C2, N3 and NC20. These are a cult favourite for good reason. They are light cover which is buildable to medium coverage but still looks like skin with a soft glow. Beautiful for summer 💋 (Makeup Artist Tip – Apply the first layer of Face & Body with your fingers. The heat from your fingers makes the product much more emollient and adds a tacky layer which is perfect for laying down your 2nd layer with a brush or damp beauty sponge. Your’e welcome xx)

The next are medium buildable foundations which are: @maccosmeticsuk Studio Fix Fluid and @loreal True Match Foundation. I find that the L’Oreal product is actually a dupe for the Studio Fix Fluid but I find that if I’m going to sheer a foundation out, then I’d rather do it with a cheaper foundation! I prefer mixing the L’Oreal product with moisturiser and save the MAC foundation for heavier makeup days. 

You don’t need loads of foundation in your personal makeup bag as it will go off before you could ever use it all. Save your money and just pick a couple of favourites.


Setting and Finishing Powders

Over the years I have tried many many powders to find the right ones for my dry, ageing skin and I believe that I have found the perfect ones for me!

I used to use MAC Prep + Prime translucent setting powder but I found that on photographs I ended up with a lot of flash back. Also if I didn’t use enough setting spray, the powder could also be visible on photographs sometimes. I have now moved over to 2 loose setting powders and both of them come in massive jars and so I have to decant them into something more manageable for my dressing table! The first is the Makeup Forever HD Powder and the 2nd is the Coty Airspun powder in Translucent Extra Coverage. You can only buy the Coty powder in the UK through Amazon here. This is my new all time favourite loose setting powder as it is very finely milled and leaves your foundation with an airbrushed finish. The only drawback is the fragrance. It reminds me of my nanna’s makeup bag and so I don’t mind it but if you don’t like fragrance, stay away from this powder.

I have also kept my MAC Cosmetics Mineralize Skinfinish in Medium however this will be living in my handbag as I find touching up with loose powder when I’m out can be a bit of a nightmare.

My new favourite finishing powder is the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette. When I save up enough money I will be buying a separate compact of Dim Light and swapping it out for my Mineralize Skinfinish.

These Lighting Powders, use “Photoluminescent Technology to filter out harsh light and refine the appearance of the complexion. Each of these high-tech, soft-focus finishing powders recreate an exquisitely flattering light source. The powders can be applied individually or layered to imbue skin with a multidimensional glow”. This advertising is absolutely true, these are little miracle powders which now I’ve tried them I will be buying the full size compacts.


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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Also let me know what you think of the IT Cosmetics CC Cream?

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Claire xx

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De-Cluttering my Personal Makeup Part 1

Part 1 – Setting and Finishing Sprays and Primers

So as with any makeup lover my collection of personal makeup was getting out of hand. My winter and summer makeup were mixed in together and I had plenty of makeup which I just haven’t reached for in a long time. As I’ve already de-cluttered my professional makeup kit, I thought it was time that I did the same for my personal products !

Setting & Finishing Sprays

Not only did I have setting/finishing sprays on my dressing table but also more in my backup makeup case. After pulling all my makeup together into sections I discovered that I had 9 setting sprays and only one face!!! 

😨 What did I De-Clutter? 😨

Whilst I did get rid of my NYX Dewy and Matte Setting Sprays, and the OSMO Blinding Shine Illuminating Finisher. I want to note that there was nothing wrong with them. They just didn’t suit my skin type.  Even though I have dry to normal skin, they dewy sprays made my skin look ‘sweaty’ and the matte spray dried my skin out.

I also de-cluttered my Tarte Cosmetics Rain Forest of the Sea Setting Mist. This was a lovely product but I only had the travel size (30ml) and so as I had virtually used up the product I decided to finish it off and keep the bottle for when I’m travelling with hand luggage only.

💖 What did I Keep 💖

Anyone that knows me will guess that I kept my Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray and MAC Cosmetics Fix + These two were no brainers 🧠 as they are by far the best two setting sprays that I have ever tried. Both extend the life of my makeup, even in heat!!!! 

The next product is a bit bougie but it’s the Marc Jacobs Beauty re(cover)
perfecting coconut setting mist. This product is new to me and smells absolutely gorgeous 🥥 It’s also supposed to be hydrating which is what I’m looking for in the summer months. 

The setting spray contains “five coconut actives: coconut alkanes for long wear, coconut milk for deep hydration, coconut water for refreshing electrolytes, coconut polysaccharides to help condition skin, and coconut-derived fragrance for a delicate, delicious experience” I must say that so far it feels and smells beautiful on my skin but I’ve only been wearing it on no makeup days ! Now I need to really test it under makeup.


Finally and not least is the Prep-set-glow finishing spray by @iconic.london This finishing spray is an absolutely gorgeous hydrating mist that moisturises & contains light reflecting properties to give you a gentle illuminated glow rather than looking sweaty or glittery! I have the original spray but have them both in my professional makeup kit.

The next spray is a bit of a cheat as I don’t use it as a setting spray!!! I love the ELF Illuminating Primer Mist for spraying onto my beauty blender when I’m blending my makeup. (Its now called the Dewy setting mist). My philosophy is Sponge+Setting Spray = Non Moving Makeup.


Primer and under makeup Products

After pulling all my makeup together into sections, I discovered that I do own a lot of primer and under makeup products/moisturisers and as it’s summer my needs have changed with my foundation (or lack of). 

😨 What did I De-Clutter? 😨

I’m afraid to say that I have moved my Illamasqua Hydra Veil and Beyond Veil primers, @maccosmetics skin base visage and ELF under eye primer, Into my winter makeup bag. Whilst I love these products under heavier coverage foundation I just don’t need them during the summer.  I prefer something more light weight or something that I can wear on its own. The only 2 primers which I donated were the Smashbox Photo Finish and W7 Camera Ready primers. They are both great primers but as I have older skin (Im 43 – Shhhhhhh) and its also normal to dry, I prefer my products to be more hydrating.

💖 What did I Keep 💖

As its summer, my Clarins Beauty Flash Balm (decanted as I broke the lid 😲)  and Marc Jacobs Dew You? Dew Drops are a must for luminous, healthy looking skin. These two products are more light weight and give your skin a radiant glow. Great for under MAC Face & Body foundation.  I also mix the Dew You? Dew Drops into the Face & Body foundation for more of a dewy look.

I also kept the Marc Jacobs Perfecting Coconut 🥥 face primer as it is super hydrating and nourishing for the summer months and it smells absolutely beautiful.

Finally, I kept my Clinique Moisture Surge Intense on my dressing table as in summer I also like to wear this under foundation and find that I don’t need to wear a primer at all. I have found as a Makeup Artist that you don’t need to wear a primer every day, a good moisturiser will do the trick and give you the same results. You will notice that all of my personal primers and hydrating or illuminating rather than heavy duty.


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. They link to the brand’s Instagram accounts.

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Claire xx

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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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Claire xx

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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Makeup Tips for Girls with Glasses

As a glasses wearer myself I’m so pleased that wearing glasses is now seen as the new trend rather than being geeky, and are now being worn in public by many celebrity fashion queens who are showing us that wearing glasses doesn’t mean that you need to shy away from wearing make-up. In fact, new glasses give you the perfect excuse to experiment with different beauty looks. Here are my fool proof tips to help make sure your eyes pop and your makeup looks beautiful.

Some of us are lucky enough to be able to see clearly to apply our makeup however if you are more ‘visually challenged’, since you can’t wear your glasses while you apply makeup on your eyes, use a magnifying mirror. You can purchase some amazing little mirrors from Amazon that stick onto your regular mirror.

Also, don’t apply makeup with a heavy hand. You can always add more, which is easier than taking it off and restarting.


Makeup Tips

Lashesmakeup for glasses

Use eyelash curlers to open up your eyes. This will also help stop long lashes from rubbing on your lenses. Also, switch to a long-wearing mascara that won’t smudge on your lenses.

Also, for daytime, keep lashes soft and floaty. Glasses can accentuate and magnify any clumps in your lashes and as always, if there is any sign of clumping make sure to comb and separate the lashes.


Eyebrows

Groom and shape your eyebrows. Your glasses frame your eyes, but your brows need to frame your glasses. After shaping them, fill in any gaps with eyebrow shadow or pencil, and finish with a clear mascara gel to keep them looking sleek. Don’t forget to pluck any scraggly hairs as they are magnified behind your lenses.


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Use a nude eyeliner on your lower lids. Some glasses can make eyes appear smaller. Using a nude eyeliner on your waterline will make your eyes look bigger and help them really pop!

Match your eyeliner to your specs. Adjusting liner thickness is important when you’re wearing glasses – if your frames are thicker, you’ll want to apply a thicker line to the upper lash line so that your eyes stand out. If your frames are thinner, a softer liner works great. It’s important to make sure that there is a balance between the definition of your frames and your eyes.


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Avoid applying eyeshadow beyond your glasses line. While you might like the idea of blending a strong colour up toward your brow line, this can clash with the lines created by your frames and end up looking messy. Instead, try blending a light or bronze shimmer up to your brow.

The colour of your eye shadow shouldn’t compete with the colour of your glasses. If you want to do the same colour as your frames on the eyelids, try a base hue that’s a shade lighter, and go a few shades darker for the crease colour. A shadow that is lighter and brighter than your frames will help eyes stand out. Always finish with eye liner and mascara.


makeup for glasses wearers 2Concealer & Highlighter

If like me, you love wearing dark rimmed glasses, remember that sometimes they can cast dark shadows under our eyes. This is a nightmare for people like me who also has natural dark circles. You can counteract this by blending a peach-toned concealer beneath the lower lids to correct the darkness and use a concealer such as YSL Touche Eclat to highlight the area.

For more information on banishing those dark circles you can visit my blog post.

Highlighter is a quick make-up fix to brighten eyes. Make your eyes look brighter, and more radiant by blending a light highlighter near the inner corner of your eyes.


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Blot away excess foundation to keep your makeup from coming off onto your frames.

This is especially important to do on the bridge of your nose and on your cheeks, since that’s where your glasses rest. Use a makeup sponge, like the Beauty Blender, dampen it slightly, and roll it over the bridge of your nose and along the tops of your cheeks to lift off any excess product. Don’t worry, it won’t remove what you just put on; it’ll simply leave you with a non-cakey, airbrushed look. Lastly, dust on setting powder, which will keep your glasses from sticking to your foundation and removing it when you do decide to take them off.


makeup for glasses - eyeliner 3Lips

Complement your bold frames with an equally bold lip. A great pair of statement frames and classic eye makeup will always look best.

Alternatively, keep your look prettySince thick frames can look quite masculine, add a feminine girly touch in contrast to dark glasses with pretty cheeks and lips in shades of pink.


Glasses are a fashion statement just like your clothes and makeup so have fun playing with each element and experiment to find the right look for you.

If you want to watch a great video by another glasses wearing makeup artist on how to create makeup for girls in specs, please click on the video below.

Makeup for Glasses - Lisa Eldgridge

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How much is my face worth????

3 Easy steps to perfecting Winged Eyeliner

Ever since the 1950’s and Adel adopting the iconic look, the winged liner look has been a continuous hit. Here are my tips on how to achieve the catwalk look at home.

Step 1 – Line the lid

Using a pencil liner or Gel liner with a thin brush, draw a line from the inner corner of your upper lid to the outer making it thicker as you go. I do this by adding ever-so-slight pressure which makes the brush naturally widen.

Winged Eyeliner TutorialStep 2 – Create your wing

Looking straight ahead into a mirror, place a small mark where you want your wing to end. I like the wing to be a continuation of the bottom lash line, this way it looks more natural and in keeping with your eye shape.

Now place your brush / liner at the outer corner of your eye where your eye liner ends and use that as the starting point for your “flick” ending at your mark. You can extend it out as far as you dare – the shorter and thinner the more delicate it looks.

If you want a thicker wing, draw a line from the top of your flick to the middle or 3/4 of your line on your upper lid. Now “fill” this in with eyeliner.

If you make a mistake, its easier to remove pencil and gel with a small or pointed cotton bud dipped in Micellar water.

Once you have the perfect wing, go over your line with a liquid liner for more definition or leave it as it is for a softer look.

Step 3 – Less is More

If you’re doing heavy shadow and eyeline, make sure to keep your lip neutral. However, this look also looks great with a clean/neutral eye lid and a pop of colour on your lips.

P.S. Remember that practice, practice, and-more-practice makes perfect! If you’re a bit nervous try the look with a soft eyeliner pencil and go over it with a liquid liner once you have the perfect wing.


Have fun creating different looks with your  eyeliner like some of those from a shoot I held recently.

How to create Winged Eyeliner by Claire Murray


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Easy Weekend Makeup, in under 10 minutes

One of the many things which I get asked is how to make makeup light, bright and pretty for shopping at the weekend or having lunch with our friends.  We all want a slightly different look to the one which we wear for work or going out and it’s nice to look like we’ve made an effort without looking too done up.

For those times at weekend when we don’t want to be bothered but still want to look good, here is a makeup look that that takes less than 10 minutes.

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  • Firstly you want to use a light foundation. I like to use a BB Cream or mix a little moisturiser in with your current foundation to give a lighter coverage. I like to use the Zoeva Silk Finish Foundation Brush.

Zoeva Silk Finish Foundation Brush - Copy

  • Next apply a bit of concealer. I love YSL Touch Eclait for this because it is subtle and brightens the whole eye area. Apply a small amount on your dark circles (if you have them) and then in the inner and outer corners of the eye. Blend out well. Cover any blemishes with a good creamy moisturiser like Benefit Boi-ing.
  • Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips & CheeksFor a natural healthy glow, use Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips & Cheeks. Dab a bit on your finger then pat onto your cheeks. Your foundation brush is ideal to blend it. If you need more, just remember that its easier to add cream blush than take away so add sparingly in thin layers. For application, fingers are fine too, but I find that I end up wiping off as much I put on if I’m not gentle!
  • To bring out your eyes without looking overly made up, choose a light eye shadow that compliments your eye colour. My current favourite is the Bobbi Brown Rosy Nudes Edition Palette.   To quote Bobbi this palette is “packed with an array of rich and rosy nude shades perfect for creating sweet to sultry looks”. My tip is to brush on the colour with your brush upside down so that the majority of the colour is around your lash line. Use your brush to blend around the edges and up into the crease. Whatever is left on your brush, dab into the inner corner of your eye to make you look more bright and awake. Alternatively, you can also use your Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips & Cheeks.
  • Apply 2 coats of Mascara. There is no need to go all out and full on, it should look soft and gentle. Keep your lashes light and feathery.
  • Finally, don’t forget a splash of lip gloss to finish your look. My favourites which suits almost everyone are as above, Bobbi Brown’s Pot Rouge for Lips & Cheeks (I like Powder Pink) and MAC Plushglass in Ample Pink .  Don’t forget to pop your gloss in your pocket to reapply during the day.

MAC ample pink lipglass

It’s as easy as that for your quick weekend look so that leaves you plenty of time to have fun.

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To see the original images above or to see more natural makeup ideas, please take a look at my Pinterest Board – Natural Makeup

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The Golden Goddess Glow

Updated 2018

As you’re probably all aware by now, I’m a huge sunscreen advocate however that doesn’t mean that I don’t like a golden glow on my face, especially when I’m looking a bit peaky. To get a subtle glow without the sun damage I regularly turn to a bronzer; for both myself and my clients. Luckily, gone are the days when we just slapped some brownish-orange powder all over our face and called that ‘bronze’. What were we thinking??? Bronzer application techniques and products have improved massively over the years and so read on for the new way to apply bronzer for a truly natural look.


Find the right shade

The first step to perfect bronzer application is to choose the right colour. Look for one that’s two to three shades warmer than your skin and is more golden-hued than brown or orange. Personally I prefer multi tonal bronzers such as Jane Iredale’s So-Bronze Bronzing Powders. You can bronze, contour and highlight with these light-diffusing, long-lasting powders and they come in 3 shades to suit everyone.

So Bronze 1 looks great on fair skin; So Bronze 2 works well on medium and olive skin tones and So Bronze 3 gives darker complexions a lit-from-within effect. ( I also like to use these on summer holiday eyes!!!)

JI so Bronze 1 2 3

For very fair skin or when I want a touch of a glow but ‘ want to be too bronzed goddess I turn to my all time favourite bronzer and highlighter palette: Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and glow. The bronzer is a blend of pearl and pigment to help contour your face and mimic that sun-kissed skin without looking fake!

Filmstar Bronze and Glow


Go easy on the glitzJane Iredlae Moon Glow

Makeup artists (including myself) agree that you don’t want an over-the-top glittery bronzer (no matter how old you are) but at the same time, “skin has an intrinsic brightness that you won’t get from a matte bronzer. For a balance I also use bronzers such as Jane Iredale’s Moonglow Bronzer which has a slight shimmer that boost radiance without looking overly sparkly or utterly drab.


Pick a formula

In my years of experience I have found a powder bronzer is easier to control and blend, and it’s less likely to leave streaks. I usually dust a light layer of a neutral or translucent face powder on first so that the bronzer goes on smoothly and doesn’t deposit too much color. I always add a little then step back to have a look as you can always add more but it is very difficult to remove without spoiling the rest of your makeup.

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Bronzer isn’t meant to be used all over the face and isn’t a replacement for a tan. Bronzer should give you a natural warmth to your skin rather than making you look like you’ve been on holiday for a fortnight!

As a rule of thumb, focus your application where the sunlight naturally hits your face; the apples of the cheeks, center of the forehead, down the nose, your cheek bones, the temples and jawline and finally on your collar bones. For a delicate more natural application, use a big, soft fluffy brush. (Original photo can be found at Pinterest)

Golden Bronzed Look

I hope this encourages you to try bronzer again after we have steered clear of it for many years.

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