Makeup Tips – Base

The first step to great makeup is having a good base. Making sure your skin is at its best and using the correct tools for makeup application can make a massive difference. Here are my top five tips for creating a perfect base!

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  1. Know your skin type. Using products that are specifically made for your skin type can have a massive impact on the quality and condition of your skin. As a freelance makeup artist, it is surprising many of my clients don’t know their skin type. There are a whole range of amazing treatments for all types of problematic skin. If you have dry skin, look for products that contain Hyaluronic acid. For oily, acne prone skin, look for treatments containing Salicylic acid. And for dry ageing skin or uneven skin tone look for Glycolic acid. If you want to step up your skin care game, take a look at Bravura (www.bravuralondon.com) for a range of at home intensive treatments for under a tenner. I’m a big fan of their Glycolic acid treatment for keeping my skin smooth and clear.
  1. Remove makeup properly. I’m guilty of occasionally going to bed with a full face of makeup. However, this can be really bad for your skin. I used to use makeup wipes to remove my makeup, but found it wasn’t quite doing the job. The last year or so, I have started using oil based cleansers. You apply the product to a dry face and it melts away all traces of makeup when rinsed off. My favourites are L’oreal Skin Perfect Cleansing Oil and Soap and Glory Peaches and Clean.
  1. Drink plenty of water. You need to keep your skin hydrated to keep it in top notch condition. I always recommend this to brides to be, or anyone who has a special occasion coming up. This flushes toxins out of the body, as well as having a whole load of other health benefits. I keep a bottle of water with me at all times to make sure I meet my 1.5 litre target every day!
  1. Apply foundation with a brush. Applying your foundation with your fingers is great when you’re in a rush, as it’s quick and gets the job done. However, once you start using brushes you’ll find it hard to ever go back to using your fingers for makeup application. Brushes can give incredible results and makes skin look flawless and even. I don’t tend to use the traditional shape foundation brushes (flat and pointed like a paint brush) I much prefer to use buffing brushes, which are fuller with a flat top. This gives an airbrushed finish to foundation and makes blending a breeze. Brushes needn’t be expensive. Real Techniques do an amazing range of brushes that I swear by. These are available in Boots, Superdrug, Asda and Amazon and are often on sale. My favourite for foundation application is the Expert Face Brush (£8.99).
  1. Get colour matched. There is nothing worse than having an orange foundation line around the perimeters of your face. It’s easily done, as it can be quite difficult to find a shade that perfectly matches your skin under store lighting. In addition to considering how fair or dark you are, you also need to consider your skin tone. Warm skin will have yellow undertones, whereas cool skin will have more of a pink tone. If you don’t seem to have one more than the other, then you probably have a neutral skin tone. It’s worth going to a counter in your local Boots store to get colour matched if you are unsure. No.7 has a great colour match system as well as a brilliant range of affordable foundations.

2014 Beauty Favourites!

The run down of my favourite, most loved products of 2014!

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Revlon colourstay foundation
Max factor 3 in 1 foundation
Garnier BB cream
Nivea lip butters
L’oreal lumi primer
L’oreal infallible eyeshadows
BH cosmetics galaxy chic palette
Too faced chocolate bar palette
Kat Von D monarch palette
Maybelline the nudes lipsticks
Mac velvet teddy lipstick
Milani bella eyeshadows
Wet n wild Megalast lipsticks
Nyx Xtreme lip cream
Max factor clump defy mascara
Mac tan pigment
Bourjois healthy mix foundation
Maybelline Superstay foundation
Collection lasting perfection concealer
Milani luminoso blush
Benefit Rockateur blush
MUA highlighting powder
Elf pinktastic highlighter
MUA single eyeshadows
Mac soft ochre paintpot
Mac Indianwood paintpot
Anastasia dipbrow
Real techniques brushes
Elf stippling brush
Nyx taupe blush
Mac Melba blush
Bourjois liquid eyeliner
Sally Hansen nail varnish
Barry M gelly nail varnish
Essence express dry nail oil
L’oreal cleansing oil
Lush let the good times roll
Eucerin aquaphor
Simple moisturiser
Vo5 hairspray
Dove oil care shampoo and conditioner
Herbal essence naked shampoo and conditioner
Original source skin quench watermelon and jojoba oil body wash
Garnier oil beauty body lotion
Kringle candle watercolours
Yankee candle magarita time
Yankee candle sugar apple

My Drugstore Makeup Picks: Eyes

I’m back with the next instalment of my series on my favourite drugstore makeup picks, and this time were looking at eyes! So, here is my list of my all time favourite affordable eye products…

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Maybelline Colour Tattoos
These provide a great base for all eyeshadow looks and look great on their own for a wash of colour. If you have seen my previous in depth post on Mac paint pots, you will know that these are highly comparable at just a fraction of the price! They come in a whole range of colours in both matte and shimmer finishes and are priced at around £4.99.

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MUA Eyeshadows
MUA shadows are just amazing! They have a massive range of single shadow shades, in traditional and more unique colours, to give a variety of eyeshadow looks. I also use shade 19 (a dark matte brown) to fill in my eyebrows. Their eyeshadow palettes are also of great quality, they are highly pigmented and they have some really good dupes of the Urban Decay Naked palettes. Single eyeshadows are priced at only £1 and palettes are around £4.

L’oreal Infallible Eyeshadows
Highly pigmented, long lasting shadows that always give off a really vibrant finish. Recently I have noticed that these are making less and less of an appearance in the drugstore and I fear they may have been discontinued in the UK (shock, horror!) But they are available on Amazon, and I highly recommend picking them up if you ever see them around!wpid-wp-1422394060284.jpeg

Bourjois Pinceau Liquid Eyeliner
As a big fan of winged liner, I have tried numerous liquid eyeliners over the years and I always come back to this one. Nothing compares. It is long lasting, doesn’t smudge and the brush is so easy to use. It allows you to create a thick or thin line, which is really pigmented and doesn’t required extra layers to build intensity. This is one product I could not live without!

Max Factor Clump Defy Mascara
Now, mascara is all down to personal preference, but for me I always like a mascara that defines my lashes, adds length and the appearance of more lashes without clumping. This is my mascara of the moment. I always have around half a dozen mascaras on the go at a time as I can’t resist testing out new products! But this is something I will definitely be repurchasing.

Rimmel Scandaleyes Pencil Eyeliner
For a long lasting pencil that’s great on the lashline as well as the waterline, you can’t get better than this at the drugstore. It’s a good dupe for the well renowned Urban Decay eyeliners, and has a variety of great shades. This includes a nude pencil which is excellent for use in the waterline to brighten the eyes.

Maybelline Brow Drama Mascara
I use this to set my brows after applying a shadow or cream product when I fill them in. However, if you are lucky enough to have naturally well defined brows this is great for adding a hint of colour and keeping your brows neat and tidy. Big brows are back – embrace them!

Hope you you found this helpful, next time I will be talking about my very favourite lip products (and I will warn you, I am a total lipstick junkie!)

Lyndsey

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Skincare Saviours

I’ve always tried to look after my skin, yet I’m always looking for a quick fix. For some reason, I always get a little lazy when it comes to exfoliating, moisturising, removing makeup etc etc. However, at the moment I feel I have found a good balance of products that keep my skin clear and smooth, don’t break the bank and aren’t too time consuming. So here are my favourite skincare products of the moment that I feel work well for me and my skin…

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L’oreal Skin Perfection 15 Second Miracle Cleansing Oil – This is probably my favourite skincare product of all time! I have tried numerous cleansers and toners in the past and always ended up reverting back to the good old makeup remover wipes, usually because I found it far too much fuss using separate products and having to repeat processes to fully remove makeup. Then, I discovered this little gem. I had heard about Mac’s cleansing oil previously but thought the £20 price tag was a little too hefty. Yet, on a trip down the beauty aisle in Asda I came across the L’oreal Skin Perfecting Oil on an introductory offer, and decided to give it a try. This makes removing my makeup so easy! I use about two pumps of the oil and press it all over my face and eyes and then simply rinse it off, and all the my makeup has disappeared! It removes the toughest of makeup, and having tried samples of similar products from brands like Clarins and Clinique, I find this far superior. If you’re lazy with removing makeup, but feel your skin needs a bit of TLC this is the product for you! You can find this for about £7.99, but it is often on offer in various places. At the moment it is £5.33 in Boots!

Lush ‘Let the good times roll’ – I use this most mornings to wash my face and provide a bit of gentle exfoliation. It’s quite an unusual product, as it almost looks like dough in a pot, but this is because it is made up of natural ingredients like polenta and cinnamon powder (which also means it’s smells AMAZING!). You break off a small piece of the product and rub it between your hands with a small amount of water and apply it to damp skin, rub in, then wash off. This leaves my skin really smooth and soft, and when I don’t use this product I sometimes find that I start getting little bumps under my skin. 100g of this can be bought at Lush for £6.40. You can also buy a 250g pot for £16, but as they are made from natural ingredients, Lush products usually have a expiration date of about three months. I find the 100g pot lasts just about the right amount of time.

Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes (around £3) – They’re quick, they’re easy, they’re travel friendly. For those days when I really can’t be bothered, they do the job without irritating my skin. Need I say more?

Simple Rich Moisturiser (£3.99) – I used this years ago and then drifted away to using various other products like Clinque Dramatically Different Moisturiser and Palmers Daily Facial Lotion, but recently I’ve come back to Simple. It’s just so cheap! It’s probably not as moisturising as something like Clinique, but I do feel that it moisturises my skin well and lasts all day, and it doesn’t irritate my often sensitive skin. I always find this on offer too, so very rarely have to pay the full price.

Eucerin Aquaphor Balm – This is a thick balm that can be used for very dry skin or various skin conditions. If I have any skin irritation this sorts it out straight away, but on a day to day basis I use this as an intensive moisturising treatment for my lips. This stops my lips from getting dried out or chapped, and the tube lasts ages! It is £8.50 usually unless you can find it on offer, but it really is very good at keeping my lips soft and smooth.

E.L.F Lip Exfoliator – This is great at scrubbing away any dry skin that you so have on your lips, especially if you like wearing matte lipsticks, as they can sometimes cling to dry areas. It’s easy and quick to use as it comes in a lipstick applicator form, some higher end lip exfoliators come in a pot so require a little more time and effort. You can find this at E.L.F for £3.95, but E.L.F frequently do 50% off sales on their website!