Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Dramatic Cat eye look

So my birthday is coming up soon and I like to plan what makeup I'm going to wear for my makeup days before because I'm sad like that. I normally don't really do anything different on my birthday with my makeup, but this year I wanted to do a bit of eyeshadow nothing too drastic but still dramatic.

Heres what I came up with. Don't forget to comment and tell me what you think!

The lighting is really bad! But a iPhone shot of the eyes
Products used
-Illamasqua rich liquid foundation
-Sleek contour kit
-Mac ambering rose blush
-Maybelline colour tattoo on and on bronze
-Maybelline colour tattoo permanent taupe
-Maybelline gel liner
-Sleek storm eyeshadow palette

How YOU can create this look!

-Apply using your ring finger maybelline colour tattoo in permanent taupe all over the lid, don't take it too far into the tear duct because we are going to apply highlight there. 
-Then apply over permanent taupe maybelline colour tattoo in on and on bronze on the 1st half of the lid. 
-Then from the sleek contour kit, take the matt brown contour colour and put it on a tapered brush so we can define our crease. Take this colour in your crease or slightly higher to make eyes appear bigger. This shouldn't appear too dramatic on your skin tone. The contour colour you use should be no more than 3 or 4 shades darker than your natural skin tone.
-Then taking the 1st colour on the last row of the sleek storm palette apply this on the outer half of your lid, it doesn't have to be really dark just enough to give our eyes dimension
-Take the 1st colour from the 1st row of the sleek palette and apply this on the 1st half of the lid
-Then take the matt black on a tapered brush and apply it in the crease to define it further then take the contour shade from the sleek contour palette and blend the black out with the same brush
-Take the highlight shade from the sleek contour palette & apply this on the brow bone and in the tear duct
-Taking the sleek contour shade apply this underneath the lash line and apply urban decay bourbon 24/7 glide on eyeliner in the waterline
-Using a pointed liner brush create a dramatic wing liner, then apply bourjois clubbing mascara on the lower lashes and upper false lashes and the eyes are done!
-Contour your cheekbones using sleek contour kit
-Apply Mac ambering rose blush sheerly on the cheeks
-Use the highlighter from the cheekbones on the tops of your cheeks and your done!

Comment below tell me your thoughts!

Love Always 



Monday, 30 July 2012

What I did on the weekend

So this weekend, I helped a friend out with her A level photography work.
She needed to do food-related images.
Skittles was the first thing that popped into my head. I thought why not do rainbow tears, rainbow lips or rainbow eyes! I tried all of these looks out. I also thought a fairytale theme would be awesome. I thought if I did a really dark witch, she could photograph her holding a apple (like snow white)!

I couldn't wait to show you guys who read my blog, so here are some of my iPhone shots, the actual pictures I will put on as soon as my friend sends them to me. I will either update this post with the new pictures or I will make a new blogpost with all the pictures from the shoot

I didn't manage to get really good pictures of the makeup because I was really busy doing the models sorry!

Me and the gorgeous Alena. Products used
-Mac studio fix fluid
-Illamasqua rich liquid foundation
-Sleek storm palette
-Eyeshadows I depotted
-Illamasqua liquid metal in stoic
-Illamasqua pencil in eerie
-Illamasqua poison lipstick
-Illamasqua provoke lipgloss
-Sleek contour kit
-Illamasqua rich liquid foundation
-Sleek pout paints mixed with water for tears
-Illamasqua trash lipstick
-Illamasqua pure pigment in breathe
-Beauty UK eye glitters
-Sleek ultra matt palette
-Nars super orgasm blush
-Illamasqua eyeshadow in spill to contour

Friday, 27 July 2012

Fun with makeup! 'Diamonds are a girls best friend...'

I feel like I haven't played with makeup for ages!

So today I created a look using my dramatic Illamasqua eyelashes I bought online.
At first I thought I would do a glitter attack makeup but then I thought why not create a party look. So  I chose to do a dramatic arabic black & silver smokey eye as I have never used them colours together by themselves.
Im sorry I find it really hard to go step by step on dramatic looks as i have to take a picture every 2 seconds and can't really put my all into it.
Soon I will be starting youtube tutorials on my channel LOOKAMILLION so I can recreate looks on there and show you how to achieve them.

These lashes were so heavy! At least they did the look justice!
Here are some pictures..

Illamasqua rich liquid & Collections 2000 lasting perfection foundation
Collections 2000 lasting perfection concealor
-Mac peaches for blush, Mac harmony for contour
-Mac MSF in lightscapade for highlight (tops of cheekbones, bridge of nose, high point of brow & cupids bow)
Illamasqua lipsticks in submit & climax
Sleek storm eyeshadow palette (matt medium brown for brows, shimmery gunmetal grey for middle of lids, matt black for wing)
-Maybelline colour tattoo in eternal silver for 1st half of lid (and inner corner)
-Illamasqua cream eyeshadow in entangle for 2nd half of lid
-Illamasqua moonflower on top of maybelline colour tattoo
-Illamasqua pure pigment in breathe for first half of lid on top of shadows
-Urban decay eyeshadow in foxy for brow highlight
-Maybelline gel liner to create point in inner corner and second wing
-ELF cream eyeliner in ivory used in-between the two wings then Illamasqua moonflower applied on top

What do you think? Will you be trying this out?

Follow me on Instagram, I upload pictures of looks on there too! @itsannaaa

Leave a comment with your thoughts below

Love always 



Thursday, 26 July 2012

More makeup goodies

Love for Mac and Illamasqua!

Illamasqua midnight decadence, featuring decadence lashes and precision ink in glister- rrp-£25 got for £10!
Illamasqua rich liquid foundation- rrp-£21.50 got for £10!
Illamasqua lipsticks in welt & wanton- rrp-£15.50 got for £10!
Illamasqua illuminator in fondle- rrp-£13.50 got for £7.50!
Mac MSF in lightscapade- £21.50
Mac eyeshadow in black tied pro palette refill- £10

I don't know if any of you have guessed yet but my favourite all time brand is Illamasqua! (I might do my next blogpost on this brand as many of you haven't heard of it or know how wicked their products are!).

So seeing as Illamasqua have got a summer sale (60% off selected lines!!), I thought I would buy some things I have been eyeing up... (keeping in mind Ive already bought things from the sale 3 times already!!).
I just couldn't resist.
The prices are crazy and the products are to die for!
To visit the Illamasqua sale and buy your high end makeup at drugstore prices click here

I also bought 2 products from mac online so thought I would share my thoughts on that with you too.

This illuminator is amazing. Its colour reminds me of the famous Nars orgasm blush or even better the Nars orgasm multiple. Its a gorgeous hot pink with a gold sheen running through it. It would be good as a everyday highlighter by applying a small amount and patting into the tops of the cheekbones, or good for a occasion as it can be worn sort of like a paint and then left to dry (like nail polish) and will leave a gorgeous pigmented finish. I think it would be good for oily skin as well as dry because it doesn't budge and drys to a glowing finish without any extra moisture added to the skin.

Illamasqua illuminator in fondle

I have been looking at the decadence eyelashes for ages! I thought they would be amazing for a wacky look or even better for a party with just winged liner and nude lips. Im so glad they were on sale! I had to cut them short on the ends though because they were too long! They came in a set with this gorgeous nude colour liquid liner with small particles of purple glitter shot through it. Very unique-looking foreword to using this in looks!

Illamasqua midnight decadence

I love the Illamsqua lipstick formulas and on myself only wear matt lips. This colour is stunning a pink lipstick with a purple undertone. It compliments medium skin tone as a everyday pink.

Illamasqua lipstick in Wanton

I can't say enough about this foundation! I feel like it needs a blogpost just to itself because it is such an amazing full coverage foundation or concealor. I love it for myself and for clients. Mix this with any foundation (any really) and you will get a gorgeous full coverage foundation or medium (whichever you prefer). Invest in one of these and mix it with any other foundation! I wouldn't suggest wearing it by itself unless you have really bad skin as it is very full coverage and it used to cover birthmarks and tattoos. 

Illamasqua rich liquid foundation in RF200

This lipstick is the perfect pink summer bright! It has a lilac undertone which I reckon will look gorgeous in summer to achieve that bright lip.

Illamasqua lipstick in Welt

This highlighter is unlike the other Mac MSFs. Its less glittery, the particles are much smaller so it applies more sheerly but also more naturally. Its a nice light gold and has subtle blue, orange and yellow veining through it i think it would give such a nice candlelit effect to the face so I am really looking foreword to using it, MSFs from Mac are their best products in my opinion and really worth the money they last ages!

Mac MSF in lightscapade

This eyeshadow is a matt black with silver glitter. I think it would look create on a dramatic smokey eye or blended up from the lash line. The glitter is quite prominent when the eyeshadow is applied heavily and thats what I love which is why I want to try it out with a intense smokey eye.

Mac eyeshadow in black tied

What do you think?

What are your new makeup additions?

Let me know in the comments below 

Thankyou for reading and supporting

Love always 



Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Natural everyday smokey eye using drugstore makeup!

Before I get into this post can i just say...


I have received a lot of support in making this blog and I have had a lot of views considering I've only had this blog for about 8 days. I appreciate every single person whether I know you personally or not for reading my blog and leaving positive feedback. Leave requests in the comments below on blogposts you would like to see and I'll try my best to get them to you. xxx

Ok.. on to the fun stuff!

Heres a step-to-step guide on how to create a everyday brown smokey eye. I chose the colour brown because black can be overpowering for everyday and is better for evening looks. To add, I think brown is good for people with small eyes as it is a colour that is warm and can open up the eyes if worn properly. 
Remember you don't need to use the exact products I used have a look in your makeup collection for something similar instead of going out and buying everything! 


-Sleek storm eyeshadow palette
-Maybelline colour tattoo in on and on bronze 
-Maybelline 2 in one impact shadow liner (brown)
-Bourjois volumizer mascara
-Illamasqua pencil in hex (optional)

To start, you will need a blank canvas. So apply concealor underneath your eyes and on your eyelids. This will ensure the eyeshadows will apply true to their pan form.

Secondly, apply your maybelline colour tattoo. Pat on with your ring finger. Remember its a natural everyday look so we don't want a block of bronze, we want a sheer bronze wash of colour. These colour tattoos are really good for everyday because they do not budge, which means no creasing throughout the day.

Next, using your maybelline eye studio liner or brown eyeliner, line your lash line. Don't be afraid to go quite thick because we are going to blend it out using our ring finger to give a softer more natural look.

Then take this matt brown shade from the storm palette and blend this through your crease. For people who want their eyes to appear larger then blend this just above your crease to give the allusion of more eyelid space. Go over the top of the crease with your ring finger to ensure there is no harsh lines and the crease looks perfectly natural and blended.

After this take this matt black shade and create a wing like you would with eyeliner. For tips how to get the perfect wing read my blog post on perfect cat liner. For small eyes I advise not taking this in all the way to the tear duct area as lining our eyes all the way with black can close them up sometimes making them even smaller. Starting from where your lashes start is a good way to make eyes appear bigger as attention is not drawn to the whole of the top lid. Going thinner at the beginning is also a useful tip for elongating small eyes or even big eyes.

To soften this look and make it look pretty I blended this shimmery brown eyeshadow where we applied the black, it also blended the black shadow making the look less dramatic and more wearable.

Add some highlight! Taking this champagne highlight colour use this on your brow bone and in your tear duct area to brighten up the eyes.
For people with small eyes putting shimmery colours in the tear duct
area can really open the eyes up. Putting a skin colour eyeliner in the waterline can also open eyes up, brightening them here I used Illamasquas medium pencil in hex.

For me, I really hate my eyes appearing small so I wear false lashes! Here I applied some natural false lashes and some mascara to my lower lashes opening my eyes up. If you don't need eyelashes just apply mascara and you're good to go.
Maybellines eye studio liner half way to add some drama
 but still give me larger looking eyes.

Illamasqua pencil in hex to open up my eyes.

Monday, 23 July 2012

July favourites

Its coming to the end of July and I thought I would share with you guys my favourite beauty products that I have especially enjoyed in July!

Mac Harmony blush, Mac coygirl blush, Mac peachtwist blush,
Illamasqua loose powder and pencil in Wilful,
Illamasqua lipstick in drench
Maybelline gel liner
Collections 2000 lasting perfection foundation.


This blush I bought recently and have been loving! It is a pink with a lilac undertone. The finish of this blush is matt. I don't normally go for matts as I have dry skin and just find shimmer generally more flattering on me, but I really like this one, it looks really nice and fresh on the cheeks. 
I swatched it on my hand sheerly then more heavily...


This blush is totally matt. This shade is not flattering on my complexion for blush, but the reason I purchased it was because I thought it would make a lovely contour powder. I don't contour on a daily basis but when I am creating looks I always reach for this to contour my cheekbones. It gives such a natural finish and is so easy to blend (which is the tricky bit when contouring). I swatched it on my hand sheerly then heavily...


This blush is an amazing dark peachy colour with gold shimmer through it. I love this blush for those days when I want  a stronger blush with more colour on my cheeks. I think this blush would look amazing worn heavily on darker skin tones, for myself I wear it sheerly on the apples of my cheek and it gives me a lovely bronzy glow (without giving me orange cheeks). I swatched it on my hand sheerly then more heavily...


I discovered this foundation this month and I am really impressed with it! It has a really good staying power and the colour matches me really well (which is hard for me when looking for a foundation). I like that it has a yellow undertone which blends with my skin perfectly, and for the price I would definitely be purchasing again. 


swatch is one swipe of the lipstick. WOW!
I find it so hard to find good matte lipsticks at affordable prices and I have to say this lipstick (which I got in the illamasqua sale for £7.50) is a stunning colour and finish! It is in-between a red and pink and has amazing colour payoff in one swipe. I like wearing this colour as a lip stain applying it sheerly then blending it into my lips with my finger. £7.50! A total bargain my revlon lipsticks are more than that!


This loose powder absorbs the oil on my face without giving me cake face. I have a dry complexion so hate it when powders make me even dryer, but this one sets my makeup perfectly. I also love that this powder has a yellow undertone so it blends really well into my skin. 

This liner is as good as mac backtrack fluid line. It does not smudge, transfer and stays on all day! I love it when doing clients as I am so certain it won't budge even on oily lids. Ive had it for about 3 months and have used it loads and I'm not even near the end of it. Dust got into it when it dropped on my dressing table but when I use it, it doesn't pick up the glitter- so Im happy. 

Leave your July favourites, have any of you tried these products, what do you think?


Sunday, 22 July 2012

A little bit about me and makeup!

I'm fairly new to blogging and still trying to figure it out and many of you who are reading my blog most likely don't know me on a personal level or know what I can do with makeup as you haven't seen any pictures!

I don't think I'm a super professional at makeup, but I am proud of my work.
 I am a self-taught makeup artist at 16 and have been interested in makeup since I was very young. I love experimenting with makeup and love art. Makeup is something I enjoy doing.
I have started doing makeup professionally now, which I love love love! Getting paid is the bonus!

When doing makeup I believe a makeup artist should listen to the client.
Not everybody wants a dramatic look or simple look.
Some people like bright colours some don't.
I also think its important to do makeup that will suit the client. For example their eye shape or complexion. I've been upset so many times by a makeup artist giving them a specific description to how i have wanted my makeup done and they've just done what they think would look nice and made my eyes look smaller than they are!
Ok.. over with the rant...

Heres just a few looks I have created (on myself), sorry for the rubbish quality, all photos were taken off my iPhone or Macbook.
Comment tell me what you think/ how I can improve, put your ideas foreword they're appreciated!

Illamasqua inspired look. 'Goldigger'.


-Collections 2000 lasting perfection foundation& Illamasqua rich liquid
-Mac peachtwist blush
-Mac harmony blush (contour)
-Illamasqua liquid metal in electrum
-Illamasqua powder eyeshadow in spill & Moonflower
-Illamasqua fat pencils in fickle & wilful
-Illamasqua pure pigment in incite
-Illamasqua trash lipstick
-YSL dark brown from palette d'afrique
-Urban decay foxy
-Maybelline gel eyeliner

Rock chick inspired look


-Illamasqua rich liquid & Nars sheer glow foundation
-Illamasqua cream eyeshadow in thief 
-Illamasqua ambition blush
-Mac pearl cream colour base (highlight)
-Urban decay eyeshadow in pistol, gunmetal, foxy, virgin, tease and blackout
-Elf cream eyeshadow in ivory
-Barry M dazzle dust in 710
-Maybelline gel eyeliner
-Illamasqua pencil in eerie for lips

Green smokey eye


-Revlon photoready & Illamasqua rich liquid foundation
-Shimmery green eyeshadow
-Mac carbon eyeshadow
-Urban decay darkhorse eyeshadow
-Mac smoulder eye pencil
-Gosh eyebrow pencil
-Maybelline gel eyeliner
-Mac peaches blush

Dramatic arabic inspired look


-Mac studio fix fluid & Illamasqua rich liquid
-Mac gentle mineralize blush
-Mac harmony blush (contour)
-Mac pearl cream colour base (highlight)
-Urban decay eyeshadows in foxy, vanilla, evidence, blackout
-Bright red eyeshadow
-Silver glitter eyeliner
-Collections 2000 dust in magical
-Maybelline gel eyeliner
-Mac smolder kohl pencil
-Miss sporty eyeliner in 16 ocean
-Revlon really red lipstick

Holiday party 'Going for Gold' look


-Collections 2000 lasting perfection foundation & Illamasqua rich liquid
-Mac peaches blush
-Mac extra dimension whisper of gilt (highlight)
-Illamasqua liquid metal in electrum
-Maybelline colour tattoo in on and bronze
-Illamasqua eyeshadow in spill
-Sleek eyeshadow (storm palette), 1st on last row, 5th on last row
-Urban decay eyeshadow in naked, virgin, half baked, blackout, smog, darkhorse, creep
-Urban decay pencil in zero
-Bourjois clubbing mascara
-Illamasqua lipsticks in submit& climax


Saturday, 21 July 2012

Perfect Cat liner!

Hey guys..
So I hear a lot people find getting the perfect liner really tricky

This is my technique to getting it really sharp and the same on both sides, thought I would share it with pictures, when I do a blogpost on a look I have created you will see the liner better

For now I just did a basic liner and took pictures as I went along


-Gel liner, kohl liner or liquid liner
-Concealor & an eyeshadow base
-Brow pencil or eyeshadow if you need it!

All I did for the first step was apply my concealor & eyeshadow base

My eye.. bare!
For the second step I took my gel liner on my pointed brush and following my lash line I drew a line following it going up, (repeat on other eye so you get the same size line).

Make this line depending on how long or short you want your wing to be

The next step is to draw a line from your eye which will meet the 1st line we created, you should end up with something like this

Do the same on the other side so we get the same result!

Then fill the gap in on both sides and carry the line on across your eye, don't worry if it isn't perfect, go over the line with your brush to make it straight if you have any wobbly bits, or if you want to make the line thicker

Then fill in your brows to shape the eyes. Add a white or skin coloured liner to your waterline to give a bright eyed look (I chose skin coloured liner as I think it looks more natural).

Add mascara on your lower and upper lashes
To add some drama and make the look a little more sophisticated, using a crease brush take a matt brown eyeshadow about 2 or 3 shades darker than your skin tone and define your crease ( I used urban decay buck). Then add a darker eyeshadow to the outer edge of the crease and wing out ( I used urban decay busted).

For an evening look add some black kohl pencil underneath the eyes and in the waterline (making sure to blend and joining the line with the cat liner). Then add a brow highlight (I used urban decay virgin).
I took the liner to the inner part of my eye to elongate it futher

For more drama! Add some more of the dark shade in the crease and add lashes that wing out to add to the cat eye shape.

TIP!- If your wing isn't as sharp as you would like, to clean it up take a cotton bud and swipe it up from your wing and you should get a defined sharp line with a pointed edge!

Then your done! Thank you for taking the time to read, hope you found useful x