Good light

One of the most important parts of make-up application is ensuring that you are applying it in the right light. More often than not we find the most suitable place in our bedrooms where all of our make-up items fit and make the best of it. So which is best, natural light or artificial light?

If you’re going out during the day or to the office for example its best to do your make-up in natural light. This means facing a window where you have a good amount of light coming in and can really see the texture of the make-up on your skin. The reason why its best to do your make-up in this light is because when in the natural light you’ll be able to spot easily if you’ve applied too much foundation, if a shade is too ashy or too red/dark and if your highlight or glitter is too much. Hold a handheld mirror directly in front of your face in natural light and you’ll be able to apply and blend your make-up better. Fluorescent lights/artificial light don’t usually show colour and texture well and offer a dimmer/duller light that doesn’t show any discrepancies- until you take a picture with a flash that is!

When applying make-up and its dark outside there are lighting options that you can use such as bright white lights which are readily available in most shops and online. There are now smaller mirrors that you can buy that have a light around them, such as this one from Amazon, and its just £15. For my readers in the USA, you can also get this rather cute LED mirror from here. This is better than relying on the lighting in your bathroom, because those bulbs sometimes have a yellow hue which can make your make-up look dull giving you the illusion that more make-up needs to be applied.

To conclude, the answer is that it depends on the time of day but natural light is best and free! When applying make-up during the day and its bright outside then natural light is best. If you’re applying make-up at night use a good artificial bright white light than shines directly in your face and not at an angle. The best way is to get a mirror that has lights around it.

If you have tried these methods and still think your make-up isn’t quite looking right them its time to look into some other factors such as the tools you’re using to apply you’re make-up, your technique, your primer and lastly but most importantly the products your using.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this post and as always if you have any questions please let me know.

 

Have a lovely weekend x

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My brow aid

If like me you have the brow hairs that occasionally like to do their own thing then you’ll know how useful brow gels are for keeping your brows looking pretty all day. I use the Sleek brows kit to fill/define my brows but I’ve found that this doesn’t give me the hair definition and hold I’ve been looking for so I decided to try Urban Decay’s Brow Tamer.

It comes in 5 shades and at £16 in the UK I thought wasn’t too bad a price to pay, however at just 4.5ml in size you don’t get much for your money. On the flip side, you need very little product to achieve the look you need, so it seems a little could take me a long way…we will see. I bought mine from their concession counter at House of Fraser (Westfield White City)where I sampled some before deciding whether to buy one, you can also easily buy it online.

What I like about this is that it doesn’t make my eyebrows look or feel hard but rather gives them soft definition and holds any stubborn hairs in place. I use this product after I have filled in my brows and defined them with concealer.

I’m pretty sure that I could use this product on its own on days when I want a very stripped back look. The brush lets allows you to fill in the lighter parts of your brows and the colour is a good match for me. If you’d like to try a brow gel for the first time ask one of the workers to test it out on you, although the lighting isn’t always great in stores have a look close up on how it makes your brows look and also wait for the product to dry, them you’ll be able to discern how it feels too.

I’d love to hear about any brow gels that you’ve used and what your thoughts are on them.

Have a lovely evening x

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My lash essentials

I have some items that I have come to love as I look for dependable items with which to apply my lashes and the lashes I choose to wear. Its really great to know that there are soooo many great lash brands out there catering to almost every look you wish to achieve. Whether its a dramatic sharp look or simple everyday wear your bound to find something that meets your needs.

Beauty products should be all inclusive regardless of your skin colour, eye shape, eye lash length its possible to now find something that suits you.

Personally I prefer strip lashes to individuals for the simple reason that I find these much quicker and easier to apply, and as you all know I’m all for make-up that cuts down the getting ready time.

So the pic I uploaded shows a pair tweezers with good grip that I picked up from Boots and the eyelash glue by Eylure also from Boots. What I like about this eyelash glue is how little you need and how long it lasts for . I wear lashes everyday and one bottle can take me for about 4 months plus it lasts all day! Its not harsh on the skin and is tough enough to keep your lashes in place even in high winds lol.

As for lash styles when it comes to daily wear I prefer to go for what gives the most natural look and the wispy style I believe helps me achieve that best. Of course I opt for something a little more daring for special occasions but for everyday glam Ardell lashes and Natural Lash are my current favourites and these I pick up from any good hair and beauty store.

Whats your go-to lash brand for everyday wear?

Have a wonderful day x

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Clean me!

I have to say that cleaning my make-up brushes has become a boring and rather laborious task. I like having clean brushes but would rather they had their own sort of washing machine that I could put them in! lol, first world problems ayy!

But then I discovered this cleaning glove which has made the cleaning process so quick and easy. The different grooves helps me to clean and rinse all of my brushes with ease. Whether it’s an angles eyebrow brush or a big fluffy powder brush I can wash them all till they are squeaky clean using this glove.

I bought it on Amazon (UK) for under ten pounds and is one of the best cleaning tools I have used. Its silicone and has an inner glove which is made of a cotton like material that allows you to keep your grip. The different sections on the glove are labelled so you know which area to use to wash the brush, rinse and remove excess water.

My preference is to use an ordinary shower gel and warm water when cleaning my brushes as I find these to be just as effective as the make-up removers. I also wash my brushes regularly because my face doesn’t like dirty brushes and will quickly let me know in the form of spots when my brushes aren’t clean.

Let me know what tools you use to clean your make-up brushes.

Have a lovely evening x

Beauty blender benefits

Being one who looks for ways to cut down on the 'getting ready' time I like to use make-up tools that will allow me to achieve a flawless look without having to spend too much time. To be fair unless you're an absolute pro, rushed make-up shows, so its best to allocate yourself enough time.

There are some parts of my make-up that I previously preferred to apply with my finger-tips including glittery eyeshadow, foundation and concealer. However, since discovering and using the beauty blender I much prefer the finish that I achieve when I use it. I only use it to conceal and contour but the finish is far more flawless and quicker than other methods.

The beauty blender also has a large surface area allowing you to blend out more product across the skin.

Before using the blender I wet mine and squeeze out excess water and I only use it to blend liquid products.

To clean my beauty blender I use any good moisturising bar soap, and using circular motions I cover the blender in soap, run under warm water and keep squeezing until all the soap is out and the blender is totally clean. I then leave it to dry naturally.

This is a great tool for applying all liquid make-up products, I haven't tried other brands yet but have so far enjoyed my experience of using this one. You can shop the beauty blender here.

I'd love to hear about the blending tools that you use and what you prefer to use.

 

Have a lovely weekend x