Tuesday, 30 October 2012

VAMPIRE/WITCH/? : Halloween makeup ideas

Its Halloween tomorrow! So I thought I would post another look for you all that you can get some ideas from!

This look is nothing too specific, I would say a vampire or a witch look but I guess it could be used for anything really. I hope you like this look I created (it is a bit wacky like the drag makeup look I did, but what the hell right? ITS HALLOWEEN!)

The brows

For the brows I just filled them in with a matt black eyeshadow and followed the shape pointing upwards (I have longish eyebrows so the ends of them were still a bit visible, but you wont have this problem if you have short brows). I then went around my brows with a matt white powder (Illamasqua intrigue blush).

On to the eyes...

For the eyes I firstly applied Illamasqua cream eyeshadow in entangle for a base. The Illamasqua eyeshadows do crease even when a powder is applied on top, but I wanted the greasy, creasy effect. If you don't have this then any other eyeshadow base will work. 
I then applied my matt black eyeshadow all over my lid going past the crease almost up to the brow in a winged shape. I took this shade right in the inner part of the crease of the eye, and then applied a shimmering pigment by barry M in the shade 710 in my inner corner to brighten the look and add some sparkle.
I finished off the eyes by taking my Maybelline gel liner and lining my top lash line winging the liner and repeating this on the lower lash line. In between these two wings I applied my Illamasqua intrigue blush to really define and emphasise the wings. I also applied this in my waterline. I then applied Eyulur double lashes (205).

The face

I applied my foundation as usual taking my Illamsqua rich liquid foundation
I then contoured my face using a black matt eyeshadow. I contoured the sides of my nose, my cheekbones and forehead. To learn more about contouring visit one of my previous blogposts here 
For blush I applied Illamasqua naked rose blush and then applied Illamasqua intrigue blush on my forehead, the bridge of my nose, my cupids bow, the tops of my cheekbones and chin to give my face some structure.

The lips

For the lips I went vampy! 
If you want to know how to get these lips I did a easy step-to-step guide
Click here 

I hope you liked this look! Leave your feedback in the comments below I would love to know what you think

Love Always 



Thursday, 25 October 2012

Vampy lips : Halloween makeup ideas

Heres a quick and easy way to get those gorgeous vampy lips for halloween!

I think these lips are so stunning and so in for fall season that I would wear these on a normal day too! They scream fashion and glamour...

Step 1

Line your lips using a black lipliner or kohl pencil, if you don't want to go too intense (if you want for everyday) then you can switch this for a dark brown lipliner. I used mac smolder kohl pencil.

Step 2

Fill in the ends of your lips with your choice of pencil

Step 3

Apply a bright red lipstick in the centre of your lips. I used revlon really red matt lipstick.

Step 4

Blend everything together with a lip brush (I used real techniques detailer brush), make sure you blend where the black or brown and red meets and also blending with the lipline. Go back and add some more red if needed

Step 5

Add a bright red lipgloss in the centre of your lips and blend (I used Illamasqua intense lipgloss in temper), go around your lip line with concealor to sharpen it. This is really going to make the lips pop!

Will you be trying this lip? Leave your comments below

Love Always



Tuesday, 23 October 2012

How to draw fangs! : Halloween makeup ideas

Here is a quick way to change your appearance so you look more Halloweeny!

This is great for when you have no time to dress up for halloween, just pair it with your everyday makeup or add a smokey eye or cat liner to get in the halloween mood! 
This would also work with any outfit! Black top and jeans/skirt? Your DONE! 

You will need

-Black kohl pencil or gel/liquid liner
-White eyeshadow/kohl pencil 
-Red lipliner
-Red lipstick
-Fake blood! (although this is optional)

Products used
-No7 15 fire lipliner
-Revlon really red matt lipstick
-Mac smolder kohl pencil
-Illamasqua intrigue blush
-Fake blood 

1. Line your lips using a red lipliner, try and make your cupids bow more sharp than it usually is

2. Fill your lips in using a bright red lipstick (or you can go more vampy by using a dark red or black lipstick)

3. Draw the outline of your fangs using your black pencil or gel liner, do this on each side. Start by drawing curves on both sides till they meet at a point. 

4. Fill the fangs in using white kohl pencil or white shadow

5. Add your blood to the corners of your mouth and the end of your fangs

6. Add a bright red gloss on top or red glitter for that bit extra!

Guaranteed to make you look more halloweeny!

DRAG : Halloween makeup ideas

Hey Blog readers/followers! 

Im so sorry, I havn't blogged in a while because I have been so busy! I have a few blogposts lined up for you all in the next week or so...

Now on to the halloween looks!
 I have two main looks lined up for you, the first one is drag, and the second vampire/goth look. For these looks I will be explaining how you can achieve them.

The Eyebrows

Now, for this look this is what will take up the most time as you will need to cover them! Using glue or spirit gum/wax whichever you own (I used glue), using a spatula apply on your brow flattening down your brow hair. Don't worry- this washes off so easy your brows won't fall off. Then apply a colour corrector if you own one (something peachy or sammony) or if not just go ahead with applying concealor on your brows, patting for the best coverage. Now we have no brows we need to draw some new ones higher than our original ones, using a matt black shadow (I used urban decay blackout) and a angled brush draw your template of your brow and then fill in (try and make them thin and long which is what drag queens normally have)!

On to the eyes...

Start by applying a eyeshadow base, I used maybelline colour tattoo in eternal gold. Apply this all over your lid.
Then cut your crease using a angled brush and black eyeshadow and go higher than you normally would because remember our brows are higher giving us more lid space. Apply black shadow right where we cut the crease and then blend out. Make the ends of the eyes more dramatic by applying more shadow there so it becomes more elevated.
Apply a gold shimmering eyeshadow on the lid space (I used urban decay half baked) and a white shadow on the brow bone and inner corner (I used Illamasqua intrigue blush)
Using a gel liner, create thick cat liner extending it so it meets your eyebrow to really give it that drag queen feel.
To finish off the eyes apply black liner in the waterline and black shadow underneath the eyes

 The face

Apply your foundation as usual, but use a thicker coverage. 
Taking a paper or something like that, place it where you would normally contour and using a contour brush sweep the brush down the end of the paper (on your skin) and then brush your contour shade back and forth (I used mac studio fix in nw55
Contour the sides of the nose (quite heavy we want it to be noticeable) and underneath the lip
Highlight the centre of the nose, tops of cheekbones, forehead and chin (I used illamasqua intrigue blush which is a matt white)
For more information on contouring click here 

The lips

Using a brown lipliner a couple of shades darker than your natural skin tone slightly overdraw your lips (I used Illamasqua uncanny)
Highlight your cupids bow either with a shimmering nude eyeshadow or matt white eyeshadow
Fill your lips in with a nude or pinky lipstick (I used mac kinda sexy
Apply a gloss in the middle to give your lips that plumpness and fullness 

REMEMBER- be creative take what bits you want for the looks for example the lips, eyes or cheeks. Whatever you do.. just have fun with it!

What are you going as for Halloween? Leave your comments below

Love Always 



Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Real Techniques Brushes Reveiw!

If any of you watch YouTube makeup tutorials (which I will be starting soon!) you must have heard of the famous duo also known as Pixiwoo.
Sisters, mothers and makeup artists Nicola and Samantha Chapman.

If you don't watch their tutorials you really should! They are so good at teaching makeup and can replicate a celebrity look exactly! I really enjoy watching them both and have been watching them for a really long time even before they were this big. They really have taught me a lot of different techniques of applying makeup and about the basics really, such as skin types, face and eye shapes.

Samantha Chapman launched the brushes Real techniques. Her brushes are amazing quality- at affordable prices. All her brushes provide high definition results and she has tutorials for every single brush to show you how to use it and get the best use out of it.

You can have a browse of all the brushes at www.realtechniques.com
What's even better is if your in the UK they are available in selected Boots  stores and recently I even saw them in Superdrug, so you can have a good look before you spend your pounds!

Out of Sams brushes I own; the core collection, blush brush and stippling brush


RRP- £20.99 for 4 brilliant brushes AND a stand/carry case you can't go wrong!


Create a perfect canvas with this collection of coverage essentials:

    • detailer brush: precision cut to effortlessly conceal problem areas; or, use with lipstick for long-lasting shape and definition
    • pointed foundation brush: Use with liquid foundation to build custom coverage
    • buffing brush: ideal for full coverage application of powder and mineral foundation
    • contour brush: delicately applies highlighter to contour or create sheer, soft-focus finish
    • panoramic brush case is a 2-in-1 case + stand
  • look pixel-perfect even in harsh light
  • ultra-plush, synthetic taklon bristles are hand-cut and 100% cruelty-free
  • extended aluminum handles are light and easy to use


 A brilliant set and lovely stand which is also great when drying your brushes

Detailer brush is great for lips (applying precise colour or blending lip colours together) or even eyeliner-I don't like this brush for concealor because its too small and stiff in my opinion

Pointed foundation brush, now.. let me warn you this is tiny for a foundation brush! However For large areas to conceal it is perfect or for cream blush!

Buffing brush, this brush is AMAZING! You will not regret purchasing this set with this brush in it. It is so soft and dense that it buffs your liquid or powder foundation in beautifully giving a perfect finish. I do prefer this brush with liquid foundation and love how it blends it into my skin so effortlessly and the brush makes it appear like I have hardly nothing on- even when I'm using full coverage foundation! This brush is so easy to use, you just pop your foundation either directly on your brush or on your face and then buff away! This skin is great for applying moisturiser too, because it really lets the product penetrate deep into your skin- but don't worry NO breakouts! Really can't say enough about it, if you have oily, dry, normal or any type of skin and want a pixel perfect finish (even if you don't want full coverage) then this brush is perfect for you.

Contour brush- perfect for contour, allows you to add your contour either naturally or heavily without giving you lines down your face because the brush is so soft and domed it does most of the work for you! I love that this brush is also quite dense- which means it gives you more control over the product you are applying and where you are applying it. For dramatic looks I also use this to contour my nose because of its small domed shape. Again, a really soft brush and a staple in applying my makeup. I NEVER use any other brush than this for contouring! This brush can also be used for highlight and because of its shape it applies it just where you want it so preventing you looking like a glitter ball or over highlighting (which looks wrong to be fair). 


RRP-£11.99- not bad compared to some of Macs prices that give the same effect!
This dual-fiber brush is the trade secret for creating airbrushed, high-definition results with all types of makeup:
  • look pixel-perfect even in harsh light
  • ultra-plush, synthetic taklon bristles are hand-cut and 100% cruelty-free
  • self-standing for easy storage
  • extended aluminum handle is light and easy to use


This brush is great for stippling on cream or liquid products such as cream blush, liquid or cream foundation. I love how this brush is pink because it looks so nice and feminine. This brush uses up more product that the buffing brush, the hairs on this brush are again really soft and this brush has not shredded on me yet (touch wood)...  I love that I can stand this brush up (like the buffing brush) and I can use it to stipple product on and then buff to give a more natural finish. The brush has a flat surface and this really comes in handy when we want to really press the product into our skin giving it a 'no makeup look'. Again this brush can be used for moisturiser and if your a makeup artist, its amazing on clients with really good skin because this brush allows more control over where we place the product. This brush is easy to clean too and remains to its shape- so we know it will last us!


RRP- £9.99 for a brilliant powder brush!


Contour and define cheeks for flawlessly blended, high-definition results:
  • look pixel-perfect even in harsh light
  • ultra-plush, synthetic taklon bristles are hand-cut and 100% cruelty-free
  • self-standing for easy storage
  • extended aluminum handle is light and easy to use


This brush in my opinion is a little too big for applying blush for me. If you have larger cheek space or cheekbones this will work great as a blush brush. I love using this brush for powder or powder foundation. The great thing is that because the brush is domed, it helps when applying your powder (because sometimes I only want to powder in certain areas) and this helps me achieve that. I use this brush in 2 ways; I swipe it across areas I powder to give me a natural more sheer finish, or i press the brush against my skin in dabbing motions to really press the product into my skin to give me better coverage or stop me getting oily. Its good for light contouring too- I can't imagine this brush for someone who likes heavy blusher or contour so a no no for you. Again a really soft brush, and love how its pink and can stand up on my makeup table when Im getting ready. 

Do you own any Real technique brushes? Leave your mini-reveiws in the comments below!

Love Always