Monday, May 19, 2014

#Ablogadayforthewholeofmay Day 19 - Zoe on How to make makeup trends to work for you.

Hi! It’s Zoë from Nicole very kindly asked me to do a guest post for her which I was really excited about. With my blog I try to strike a healthy balance of mainstream beauty & fashion, along with stuff thats a little more quirky, alternative and “out there”, so I decided to a post that showcases this.

“Radiant Orchid” is the buzzword of the beauty world, the colour of the year, with new releases popping up everywhere in this colour. Easy enough to wear on the lips, but very difficult to wear on the eyes. I’ve created a relatively wearable look with this colour that would be great for summer, it provides the perfect pop of colour without looking like you have been punched in both eyes.

1. I started by priming my eyes using the Ofra Cosmetics Gel Eye Primer. I adore this primer, it cancels out all red tones in the eyelids and creates a matte, smooth base to work with.
2. I then swept Pout over the inner 2/3rds of my eyelid, followed by Sugarlite in the outer v and through the crease, both from the Sleek Ultra Matte Brights palette. This took a few goes to blend properly and build up some intensity. I also took both colours under my lid, avoiding my inner corner and waterline.
3. I took Foxy from the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette (any matte yellow shadow will do), on a fluffy blending brush to blend out the edges. Using a yellow toned shadow cancels out the pink tones being blended out, which is what can give that “bruised” appearance. The shadow still appears soft.
4. I used my NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk on my waterline. Any shadow with red tones will bring out the redness in your eye, so this acts as a barrier for that redness, as well as making your eyes look bigger.
5. I also used a yellow toned inner corner highlight. Specifically the lightest colour form the Clinique Eyeshadow Duo in Like Mink, but once again, any yellow toned highlight will do. Once again, this helps create a barrier to stop the shadow making your eyes look red.
6. I lined my eyes with the E.L.F Precision Liquid Eyeliner, as once again, the barrier creates a nice barrier from the rest of your eye to keep you from looking too tired or bruised.
7. I then curled my eyelashes, applied Clinique High Impact Mascara to my top and bottom lashes. I applied it quite heavily to balance how bright the eyeshadow is.
8. I made sure to cancel out my dark circles with a yellow corrective concealer to brighten my eyes up and prevent the shadow from emphasising my dark circles.

Do the rest of your makeup as normal, I find that just contour and highlight is best as blush can look quite intense. You have lots of options for lips, so go as subtle or as intense as you like!

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