Well well well, someone’s been a little video heavy lately haven’t they? Today I thought I’d go back to my roots and do a good ol’ fashioned written post.
If you know me you’ll know my go to face doesn’t normally involve eyeshadow. I usually reserve it for bigger events like weddings etc. mainly because I’m not as skilled in that department and I find it more of a faff. However since acquiring both the Lorac Pro Pallet and Pro Pallet 2 and constantly drooling over various smokey eyes on YouTube, I have been dabbling a bit more.
The recent abundance of eyeshadow sticks being released from both high end and high street brands alike has made my foray even easier. The first that came to my attention were the By Terry Ombre Blackstar offering. I mean I have no idea what that name has got to do with anything but I guess it stands out… Though I’ve not tried them myself (£29 a pop?! Give over) every Bblogger under the sun has been gushing over them, particularly the shade Misty Rock, which does look gorgeous. Factor in the offerings from Bobbi Brown, No. 7, Laura Mercier, Bourjois and more and you’re bound to find some within your budget.
I however headed straight to the glorious Kiko Milano to try out their version and let me tell you, I was not disappointed. I can’t remember why I chose to go straight to Kiko, probably because I knew they’d be affordable but still excellent quality. I bought them online where you have to spend a minimum of £25 for some reason so I *had* to buy 5 (#SorryNotSorry) Or at least I could’ve sworn I bought 5 but I can’t find the 5th one and have no recollection of what colour it might have been so maybe I did just get 4 and I’ve gone crazy…
Anyway, they really are very good. First of all, extremely easy to use. You just draw the colour directly onto you lid and blend out with your finger or a brush, it takes mere minutes. They are really creamy and easy to blend but eventually set really well and do not budge AND they’re cheaper than the No.7 ones (wuutt!) with a wider range of shades (although Boots.com seem to be doing a 3 for 2 on selected No.7 products at the mo.)
I’ve swatched all the shades I currently own but just being on the site to link it for you has prompted me to add another 4 to my shopping cart. Oops.
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The shades I have are: 37- Burgundy, 15- Lilac, 21- Passion Fruit and 06 – Golden Brown. I really recommend them and they ‘ain’t lying when they say long lasting! You’ll need more than just a makeup wipe to get them off or you’ll be scrubbing for a while. As with any eyeshadow look I always use an eye primer first. I’m wearing the shade Lilac in my last video and Burgundy in a vid I have coming up so check them out.
So what is the deal with face primers? ‘Cause like, they’re meant so create a smooth surface for applying foundation and they’re supposed to hold it in place, making it last longer and blah blah blah riiiiiight? HOWEVER, I was told by the tutor on the make up course I did (who is also a professional MUA, obv) that silicone based primers, which almost all primers are, actually make your make up slide around and not to bother using them… I used to use MAC Prep and Prime all the time but stopped after I was told this and haven’t really noticed any difference to be honest. Actually I dunno, I can never really tell how long my foundation is or isn’t lasting. I never take any out with me as I can’t be arsed to carry it round so I never top it up even if it has worn off… I only really top up blusher, eyeliner and lipstick and sometimes powder. So anyway, I tried to find a water based face primer I could buy on the high street and it is pretty much impossible. You have to get some fancy shmancy one from some where or other and I am not up for spending that much.
I loves me an eye shadow primer though and I switch between a MAC Paint Pot in Painterly and Too Faced Shadow Insurance which are both really good (and stop your eye shadow from doing that gross crease thing, in case you didn’t know!) And I also live and die by MAC Prep and Prime Lip which slightly mosturises your lips but when it’s dried a bit also creates a sort of sticky base for the lippie to cling too and stops it feathering etc.
Anyway so this turned out to be more of a general rant than anything else but hey ho.
Hi boys and ghouls and welcome to the HALLOWEEN SPECIAL! OOOooooooOOOOooooHHHHhhhh!!
Last weekend I went to a Halloween party. I wanted to go as a kind of zombie/ ghost/ corpse bride type thing because I have a bridesmaids dress that is essentially a wedding dress so was gonna team that with some spooky ass make up and a tiara, natch. Then I got the fear that other people at the party wouldn’t be as dressed up as me and I’d look silly so I removed the wedding dress from the equation and wore all black instead. Genius.
Two of my friends were going as characters from the film The Craft so I kind of went in with them but really I just looked like a massive goth, which is fine by me ’cause I loves me a goth.
Here we are in all our 90’s, Wiccan glory: -Watch out for those weirdos girls
-We are the weirdos, Mr.
Quite good that, innit?! For the make up I used mainly MAC stuff so thought I’d talk you through what I used and how I did it.
Ok, so foundation wise I wanted to look a bit paler that normal so I used my friend’s foundation, which was really weird as it was really thick and matte and kind of grey in colour so felt a bit like rubbing cement into your face (fun!) I’d never heard of the brand before and I can’t remember the name so thats mega helpful but I wouldn’t recommend it anyway.
I finished the base with a dusting of loose powder and yadda yadda yadda.
I didn’t use blusher because I was trying to look ghostly but I did whack some bronzer under my cheekbones in an attempt to make myself look more gaunt. I used MAC Studio Tech in NW43 and a Real Techniques brush.
Filled in ma’ brows with a MAC Eyebrow Crayon in Stud but was a bit more heavy handed than usual because scary people have big, dark eyebrows… obv.
For an eyeshadow base I used Too Faced Shadow Insurance.
Then I smudged MAC Black Track all over the lower part of the lid with my finger and blended it up and out with a fluffy eye shadow brush.
This is where the magic happens! I patted on MAC Pigment in Blue Brown all over the lower part of the lid and into the crease with a flat shader brush and then blended up and out with the same fluffy brush from the previous step. This pigment is the stuff dreams are made of! On its own it comes out as a subtle shimmery brown with blue and green shimmer running through it but layered over Black Track it creates this amazing, Blue Bottle Fly, shimmery green colour thats almost holographic. And well scary, obviously… I LURVE it!
I then blended in MAC eyeshadow in Black Tied around the edges to soften them (same brush) which is a black eyeshadow with silver glitter running through it.
I use MAC eyeshadow in Vex to highlight my brow bone with a short, fat highlighter brush (I made that term up) and blended Black Tied into it with the same fluffy brush. Vex is a kind of off white/ grey shadow with a green and pink pearl finish and is also kind of holographic. I should’ve done swatches but I ‘aint that organised…
THE KEY WITH EYESHADOW IS TO BLEND YOUR ASS OFF!
I roughly smudged some Rimmel Scandal-Eyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in Black over my top and bottom lash line, then blended some Blue Brown pigment under the lower lashes too.
I used L’Oréal Voluminous Mascara on top and bottom lashes.
I used MAC Prep and Prime lip and then lined and filled my lips in with a Dolce & Gabbana Precision Lip Liner in 4, which is a kind of plummy shade.
I then used MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick in Good To Be Bad (amazing name!)
Here endeth the lesson.
To be honest, as I’m a bit of a goth at heart I would probably wear a slightly more toned down version of this look on a night out. With my own foundation and a whisper of blusher I’d look less dead so, you know…