Match?

So Rihanna has launched her make-up range and we are absolutely loving it. The range of colours and the variety of products has got everyone super excited and I must admit I cant wait to try it out for myself.

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Fenty Beauty Foundation

But when shopping for a new beauty product what are some of the things that you look out for that tell you whether its going to be a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’. Apart from testing a product on the back of your hand and possibly trying it on how can you be sure that what you are getting is worth parting with your precious pounds?

It can be a game of trial and error with lots of artificial lighting at cosmetic booths and the lure of all these beautiful shades that feel right when you’re in the store. I’d say don’t rush it but rather ask for a sample (especially foundation and concealer) and test it at home or pop out of the store and take a look in the day light. By doing this you’ll quickly be able to spot if a colour is ashy for your skin or if the undertone is right for you.

From experience I’ve found that some of the foundation brands develop the darker shades of foundation with a very red/orange undertone that can be rather unflattering in daylight but looks great under artificial light, so do watch out for this.

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NARS Foundation

For eyeliners a test on the back of your hand is sufficient. A good eyeliner shouldn’t run when you draw a line on the back of your hand. Also wait for it to dry on your hand to see what the finished product will look like – is it really black or more of a dull grey?

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MAC Liquid Eyeliner

The same can be said of primers too, put a little on the back of your hand and rub in gently. Once dry, asses how it feels, is it too drying? Too glossy? Decide the make-up look you’d like to go for whether is matte or dewy and buy accordingly.

I hope this helps you when make-up shopping. If you have any questions please do feel free to ask in the comments section or via email fuschiasequins@gmail.com.

Also don’t forget that you can find me on social media too Facebook – Fuschia Sequins , Twitter – @fuschiasequins and Instagram – fuschia__sequins

Have a lovely day x

Levels to save time

Depending on how long I have to get ready to leave the house I have developed a ‘level’ grading of what to include or leave out of my make up regime. I thought I’d share my level 1 or basic make-up routine with you and I hope it will help you too.

The Level 1: This is the very basic make up and should take about 20 minutes to complete. I begin by preparing my skin using Kiko Mat Base Corrector Primer. I always always prime my face, no matter how little the make-up, if you have oily skin your foundation will last longer when you’ve prepared your skin well.

I then fill in my brows using the Sleek Browkit. This can be done fairly quickly with a good angled brush, you can pick a good one up at Superdrug for a few pounds. Once I have done this I define my brows using a flat brush from Kiko number 210 using a drop of MAC’s pro longwear concealer mixed with my foundation. I mix the concealer and foundation for a more natural look and to avoid the light halo effect around my eyebrows.

Using a medium sized concealer brush I then blend around the brows to smooth in the concealer/foundation into the area around my brows. I also use this same mixture on my dark areas (underneath my eyes) and moving out along my cheek bone- this is pretty much all the contour I’ll do. You can choose to add some of this vertically down the centre of your face from the middle of your forehead, down your nose and a dab on the middle of your chin to create more contrast. Always blend in with a make up sponge.

Once I’ve defined , I grab my Sephora colourful eyeliner in black and apply. I like my liner to be bold and clean and as I’m not wearing any eyeshadow or lashes, my liner should make the statement :). I follow this with some mascara.

After this I apply my foundation using Zoeva’s brush 104, this gives a beautifully smooth finish.

Then I apply my favourite lip liner and lipstick and I’m ready to go!

With some practice this should take 20 minutes or less and is a great quick make-up routine to complete when you’re in a rush.

Have a great day!

 

Claudia x

New favourite eyeliner

I like to share great products and tell you why I think they are fantastic, because sharing is caring 🙂 I bought an eyeliner from Sephora in Paris a few months back and I am really really impressed with it. Well I was pretty excited with it before purchase after trying it on the back of my hand, I had a pretty good feeling about it! I haven’t always expected much from make-up brands that stock other brands but I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of this eyeliner. First of all there are a lot of eyeliners with a matte finish that can be rather dull and end up looking almost grey, this isn’t one of them. The colour is truly black when it dries and is beautifully matte, even over glittery eyeshadows.

The other reason this eyeliner is great is that its the perfect consistency, some eyeliners can be too watery and can run during application; this doesn’t and dries really quickly once applied.

It also washes off really easily and you can create almost any look with it. One down side that I should mention is that its applicator isn’t the best, the fibres on the ends start to fray a little after some time which can be a little annoying when trying to achieve that prefect smooth line, so I do go over it with another liner brush to ensure I have the look that I want.

I love that I can apply this eyeliner on its own without any eyeshadow (and even over my slightly oily eyelids and no primer) I get a flawless matte finish. There are other brands such as Dior who do great eyeliners but if you’re looking for something a little cheaper, Sephora’s colourful eyeliner is a purchase you wont regret. For the MUA’s it comes in lots of cool colours too!

Have a great day!

 

Claudia x

Lash alert

False lashes – Applying eyelash extensions to the eyes in order to enhance the length and volume of the lashes. If like me it took you a while to get used to the application and use of false lashes and glue you’ll appreciate all of the great products there are on the market now. Great applicators, glues and of course the lashes themselves. I have been wearing lashes for a few years now would like to share some tips with you all:

When choosing your style of lash consider the look that you wish to achieve. This could be dramatic, flirty, bold, simple, natural etc. and buy the lashes that compliment the look you’re going for.

Before applying your lashes always check that they are the right length for your eyes. Your lashes shouldn’t end after your eyes or begin too close to the tear duct. If they are too long, cut them to size with a pair of cosmetic scissors. The perfect length for a natural look is measuring from the inner eye where your lashes begin right through to the outer part of the eye.

My favourite eyelash glue is by Eyelure. It’s a white glue that dries clear. It doesn’t have a strong smell and holds lashes beautifully all day! I’ve tried lots of others and I really do think this is the best on the market. You can pick up a bottle at any big Boots store. Our eyes are precious and its important that we don’t damage our own lashes. I like this glue because I can carefully remove my false lashes at the end of the day without pulling on my own lashes.

If you have a shaky hand when applying lashes use tweezers and don’t allow the glue on the lash to become too tacky before applying. If you allow the glue to dry too much and find its not where you want it you can easily move it then gently hold it in place until dry.

Apply the lash to the very base of your eyelid to create a much more natural finish. You can use the opposite end of the tweezers (the non-tweezing side) to smooth down the lash and ensure that its resting securely on your lashes.

I always apply my lashes AFTER my eyeliner, so even if you don’t quite get the lashes neatly on the base of your eyelid its not as evident.

Allow your lashes to dry completely before continuing with the rest of your make-up.

If you wear your lashes more than once always clean off the excess glue in-between wears using tweezers or warm water on a cotton bud.

Keeping your lashes in their case keeps them in shape and dust and dirt free.

If you like extra volume apply your mascara before putting your lashes on. This adds depth to even the thinnest of false lashes.

 

I hope this helps! x

The post about liquid eyeliner

I’ll admit that in my early make up days applying liquid liner was the most difficult stage of the entire process. I wanted the finished look on my eyes to be clean, equal on both eyes and smudge free. It would take me the good part of 5 minutes to apply this black liquid on one eye (whilst trying to avoid my eyes watering) before then trying to replicate what I’d done onto my left eye too. 

Now there are stencils and liner-pens that make the entire process less painstaking and quick. I love the way eyeliner accentuate and change the shape of the eye and provides the perfect backdrop to apply lashes too. For an item that was invented around 10,000 BC when Egyptian men and women lined all around the eyes with this dark substance, it’s use has become far more widespread with Gothic and Punk fashion all adopting the eye make up.

I have one particular liquid liner that I’ve used for a few years now which is Bourjois Liner Pinceau Very Long Lasting Eyeliner. I like the matte black finish it gives and the brush allows for a beautifully smooth and neat line. I’m a fan of the winged eye-liner and feel that this complements my eye shape the best. For me the ease of application is just as important as the substance itself- so get a liner with a good brush and you’re half way there! 

I’ve watched a few tutorials on the application of liner and there are a multitude of tricks and tips online to help you achieve the perfect look. When applying mine, I begin on the inner corner and work my way out forming the winged shape towards the last quarter of my eye by creating two lines that meet and filling in the middle. I prefer not to apply my liner past my brows.

I’ve briefly experimented with using the eyeliner pencil but found that some brands are not very soft and can cause you to pull on what is very delicate skin. I use the pencil instead as a tight line, applying it the the skin directly after the eye, the inner lid.

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 It would be great to hear about what eyeliners you use. And whether you pick your eyeliners based on the overall look you’re trying to achieve. Please leave your comments 😊

Wishing you all a great week x

My 4 make-up essentials

Okay so these are my favourite products in my make-up collection at the moment 🙂

1. No.7 Beautifully Matte Make-Up Base- I love using this primer, it gives a great base for applying my foundation and stops shine. I use it on my oily t-zone which is my forehead, nose and chin. I use it quite sparingly as I feel it’s more effective that way. You can purchase one from any big boots

2. Rimmel Exaggerate Eye Liner- I have tried sooo many different eye liners in search of that perfect shade of black. There are some that dry matte and look almost grey and there are some that dry with a slight sheen. This Rimmel liquid eyeliner has such a beautiful finish. It drys very matte and is extremely dark. I like using this eyeliner when I’m teaming it with a dark or a red lippy. It has a short nib which makes it easier to apply if you’re an eyeliner beginner. You can purchase this from Superdrug or Boots.

3. Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer- this is a new find for me but this keeps my eyeshadow in place alllll day and the great thing is it also works as a lovely eyeshadow colour on its own too. You only need to apply a very small amount before you put on your eyeshadow. What I like to do is use my fourth finger to gently rub the primer across my entire eye lid until there’s an even spread but you can also use a small concealer brush.

4. MAC MatchMaster Foundation- Last but not least is MAC’s MatchMaster foundation. I really like the finish that this liquid foundation gives me. I’ll admit I don’t think it’s the absolute perfect match for my tone but it’s the closest one I’ve found so far. I don’t wear this on its own though, I add a little Select Sheer Pressed Powder on top to give me an even smoother finish. You can purchase this from all MAC stores or online.

Have a lovely weekend (despite the rain)!

Claudia x

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