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

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 ÂŁ15. 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

New lippy alert!!

Hi everyone! I know its been ages…but I didn’t really want to post anything until I had a product review or an outfit post to put up. Dont forget that you can follow me on my instagram page @fuschia__sequins where I post a few times a week 🙂

Okay so I had a short trip to Dubai recently and I absolutely loved it. The thriving city oozes luxury and class at every turn. I got some time to browse around Dubai Mall and loved the plethora of brands that were on offer. these weren’t just the big brands we all know and love but there were many that were local too such as Charles and Keith they had some gorgeous shoes and bags and guess what…they ship to lots if countries so check them out!

I of course had to pop into Sephora and have a look at what they have. It was a pretty big branch. Being a lover of matte lipsticks I was looking for a really nice nude shade to add to my collection as most of my matte lippys are either pinks or reds. I probably tried about 30 on the back of my hand then I stumbled across the Gucci Spring Rose Matte Lipstick. Now I know what your thinking Gucci may be a little much for a simple lippy but the richness of the colour and the texture on my skin left me unable to put it down.

Although being a rosey pink when you first look at it on brown skin the shade is definitely a nude beige colour. I have tried lots of Sleeks, Rimmel, Maybelline. Loreal matte lipsticks and also mid-range ones such as MAC and NARS and I can honestly say that the finish of this was totally different. The matte is also velvet to the touch and lasts! I did also wear this with a lip primer to further enhance the colour.colour swabFullSizeRender

This purchase was an investment piece that I know I’ll be wearing for a while 🙂 I’d love to hear your thoughts if you have used any of Gucci’s other make-up products and your thoughts on them.

Thank you for reading,

Claudia x

My top 4 products for

When I first realised that I had an oily t-zone I tried lots of different methods to keep my skin shine free throughout the day. I later learnt that having a good skin care routine before applying my makeup was just as important as the foundation I wore and any blotting powder or paper that I could buy. Although this may sound obvious fried and oily foods doesn’t help oily skin and regular exercise can also help keep your oily skin at bay. Do some research into the foods that can help and see how you can adjust your diet to help.

So aside from the things you can do on the inside here are the primers that I like to use that keep my skin shine free:

I used the No. 7 primer for a few years and I really liked it. With a pearly cream texture its easy to work into the skin with your fingers. For me it doesn’t quite last all day and I did find my oily skin breaking through after about 6 hours. You can purchase this from Boots

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No. 7 Beautifully Matte Primer
MAC’s prep + prime spray is the primer and finisher i’m currently using because i like the finish it gives my make up. I don’t use pressed powders on top of my foundation/concealer so I like the dewy finish that this gives me yet still manages to keep my oily skin at bay. Available at MAC

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MAC Prep +Prime Spray
Kiko’s mat base really surprised me because I wasn’t expecting it to be as effective as it was. My reservation about it is that it dries incredibly hard and even when I use just a little it feels really harsh on my skin. I tend not to use it so much now but I know i can really on it for really long days when I just have to stay shine free. Note that with this primer your application must be smooth as it can affect the finish of your foundation. Available here Kiko 

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Kiko Mat Base Primer
This is one of my cheap favourites, Rimmel’s primer feels just like applying a cool moisturiser to your face. Although its hold on oil doesn’t last all day it is effective for between 4-5 hours. This primer does well not to suck all moisture from your skin and is so smooth to apply meaning that your foundation will look flawless too. Available at Boots

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Rimmel Stay Matte Primer
I hope this helps you. I’d love to hear your thoughts if you’ve tried any of these primers or you have some to recommend that have worked well for you.

Have a great week!

Claudia 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

Return of the matte

From as far back as I can remember I have always preferred the matte look when it comes to make up. Matte lips and most certainly matte eyeshadow. The shine and gloss didn’t really appeal to me, largely because I have an oily t-zone, so any feature that further highlighted this was a no no for me. 

I have and still am trailing different primers/and moisturisers that will keep my skin shine free and moisturise my skin- it’s a tough balance to achieve but for the majority of the day I can rely on my no.7 primer to keep those oils at bay. Anyway I digress…

Matte lipsticks for me are a perfect day and evening look, I find the colour to be richer and I can create better lip definition then I can with a lip pencil (at times). Although I often (in the working week) prefer to stick with more nude/neutral tones, matte lipsticks for me have a staying power that moisturising or high shine lipsticks lack.

There are numerous brands that execute the matte lipstick well and have created a range of colours that provide that full coverage and ultra classic look.

If you’re a fan of MAC products you will already be familiar with the world renowned Ruby Woo lipstick, I’m yet to find a lipstick that provides such high colour intensity and is suited to almost every skin tone. When worn alone however it does tend to flake so teaming it with a good lipstick of a similar shade works rather well. Other very good matte shades from MAC that I’ve tried include Pink Pigeon, Flat Out Fabulous, Kinda Sexy, Please Me and Taupe. 

There are a wealth of other good brands not exclusive of but including Revlon, Nars, Bobbi Brown and more value for money offerings like NYX and MUA from Superdrug who also sell a nice selection of matte lipsticks.

If you’re new to lipsticks or haven’t found the shade(s) that work for you do keep searching and don’t limit yourself to the brands that you usually use. The brands that make great foundations may not necessarily be experts when it comes to lipsticks.

Mixing shades can also give you even better tones. Lightly dabbing a darker moisturising lipstick on the lips before applying a lighter matte lipstick can create rich tones and lasting colour that endures all the conversation and food consumption of a normal day.

Hope you’ve enjoyed reading this post and would love to hear all about your favourite matte lipsticks and the tips you use to make them last throughout the day.

Enjoy your weekend! X

The Pink lip đź’„

There’s something fun about bright pink lipsticks that add an instant wow-factor to your finished look. But getting the right shade is important. There are lots of glossy shades that I prefer to wear in the summer or in the evenings but matte shades (I find) work best at any time and in any season.

MAC have a great selection of pink shades that work well on their own or when combined with other shades for that glam ombrĂ© look. My top 3 MAC pink shades are ‘Girl About Town’ ‘Please Me’ and ‘Speak Louder’.

These are all bright fun shades that look great when worn alone or with another colour. I don’t often team these with a lip liner but if you want to then MAC’s ‘More to Love’ is great. I often actually wear this liner as a lipstick because it’s such a lovely shade and lasts for hours and hours.

Sleek also do a great matte lippy called ‘Mystik’ this is more of a purply pink but is perfectly matte and again lasts almost all day. I haven’t always been a fan of Sleek but their lipstick range is pretty cool, they have some really rich colours, it’s worth checking out.

My absolute favourite pink lippy however, is by Estèe Lauder and you’ll never guess what it’s called… ‘Fuschia Fever’ of course! Lol! This Lippy is just lovely, it’s moisturizing and gives great coverage for a lipstick that’s got a shine to it. It’s long lasting and you’ll hardly need to touch up after eating. Again I don’t wear lip liner with this, but if you’d like to MAC’s ‘More to Love’ is an excellent match. Or for an OmbrĂ© look use MAC’s ‘Rebel’ lightly on the outer edge but make sure you blend it well with a small lip brush.

What are your favourite pink lipsticks?

Hope you’ve had a fab Monday!

Claudia x

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