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Make up Mania

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: August 16, 2012

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Right, so I decided to have a good look through my make up drawer (box!) and thought I'd practice my techniques and the different ways of applying make up so that I could share the results with you, along with a handy how to guide!

So I’m a big chicken when it comes to taking pictures of my face, but I’ll post it for you anyways *winces*. I need more practice and it doesn’t help that I have really jittery hands... so don’t be too harsh, lol.

So here's a list of what did I used:

  • Benefit POREfessional

  • Revlon Age Defying foundation in Fresh Ivory

  • No7 Creme Touch Face Powder in Translucent

  • ELF Blush in Glow.

  • MUA Immaculate Palette eyeshadows

  • Rimmel Exaggerate Liquid Eyeliner

  • Naked 2 for my brows.. can’t remember the name of the shade…

  • Revlon Lip butter in Peach Parfait. Love love LOVE this shade!

And here's how you can get the look.

First it's a good idea to cleanse and tone your face before applying any make up, exfoliating is even better if you can, although some people have sensitive skin, and can't exfoliate too often.

Whichever way you go, always follow with a good moisturiser to give an even, clean and hydrated base to your make up.

If you use a primer, apply that and then the foundation. I know it can be tricky to find a colour match, especially if you're pale like me, but there are so many choices out there now. I used Revlon Age Defying foundation in Fresh Ivory. Ensure you blend your foundation into the neck area.

Argh! My eyebrows are unruly but sorting them out is so much effort for me and there really isn’t anywhere I can get them done locally that I can afford… I have to pluck them because I can not thread my eyebrows for fudge. Honestly.

Anyway, define your brows if needed, I filled mine in as best as I could with a colour from the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette. Then start on your eye shadow.

The eye shadow palette has a mini guide for a look like this, but I've always been rubbish at following instructions, so I just sort of went with it and I'm sharing my own take on it.

First I used shade 18 in the palette to highlight my brow bone (my tweek) then I used shade 15 and patted the colour across my lid and into my eye crease (another tweek of mine).

Then I used shade 19 and blended in to the crease line and the outer 1/3rd of my eye before adding a little of shade 14 in to the inner 1/3rd of my eye and blended it in to the green of shade 19.

I blended a little shade 19 in to my lower lash line and used Rimmel Exaggerate Liquid Eyeliner in Black to line my upper lashes.

If you hadn't noticed, I’m so bad that I actually forgot to apply mascara, eeek, but here's what I should have done.. would have done if I had remembered, doh! I'd have curled my lashes and used Max Factor False Lash Effect in black, making sure to coat the very base of the lashes because that's what gives the look of volume!

For the lips I'd recommend using a lip liner to define your lips natural outline and prevent any lip products from bleeding out. I used a little unbranded lip liner to define the cupids bow and then applied Revlon lip butter, in one of my favourite shades might I add - Peach Parfait.

So that's how I did it. I'm not professional and like I said, I need a lot more practice, but everyone has to start somewhere, and maybe this will help some of you out!

The posibilities are endless with make up. I know a couple of years ago, I'd never wear colours bright like I do now. I always used safe bronzes or browns... neutrals basically. I hope you enjoyed this little how-to! This is a new thing for me so until next time!

Written by Elizabeth Fleming of BeneBelle.

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