How to: CONTOUR

Last year I posted a “how to contour” step by step, but I thought it would be great if I showed you my updated routine. Instead of using cream products (which sometimes is a little heavy and too much effort) this way is super easy and everyone can do it.

The most important part of contouring is remembering that everyone has a different face shape. For example, if you have a a larger forehead and narrow chin, you’ll want to contour your forehead and really highlight your chin so that it brings proportion to the face. Wherever you use a dark shade it creates a shadow and makes that area look defined and sculpted and wherever you want to highlight and lift you use a lighter shade.

Hope this helps and you can all give it a try!

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STEP ONE:

The most important step of contouring is to have a perfect base. Use a heavier foundation and really create a flawless finish.

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STEP TWO:

Using a very pale highlighting concealer ( I used Maybelline Instant Age Rewind) map out the areas of your face that you want to highlight and lift. I did under my eyes, nose, forehead, above my lip, chin and lower cheek.

After your blend out the concealer make sure you set with a yellow tone powder. I used banana powder from Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit.

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STEP THREE:

Taking a grey tone brown start blending it in the areas you want to contour and sculpt. I put it under my cheek bones, sides of my nose, temples and jaw line.

I used fawn from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit.

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STEP FOUR:

After your happy with your highlight and contour then add a pop of blush to your cheeks and some highlighter to the high points of your face for added effect.

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GOOD LUCK

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Makeup for Mature Women

I’ve been wanting to do a post on this for a long time and I finally convinced my mom to be my model. She is 58 and is one serious babe show! She has always been interested in anything beauty related but with work, taking care of two young boys and doing all the typical motherly duties, sometimes taking time for herself comes last.  Today she let me do her makeup and show her some tips and tricks that I recommend. Doing your makeup properly when you are mature makes the biggest difference in the world. Every women should feel beautiful at any age and my mom is a true model of that. Hope this is helpful for women out there and that you can take something from it. Enjoy xx

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Step One:

After prepping her skin with a hydrating moisturizer and some primer I moved on to a water based foundation (MAC face and body foundation). This is great for light coverage but is easily build-able. Blending all this in with a beauty sponge is great for giving an even, flawless finish.

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Step Two:

I didn’t want to do any harsh contouring so I took MAC “give me sun” bronzer and just warmed up her face in areas the sun would naturally hit it. To give her a healthy, bright look I took a rose tone blush and popped it onto the apples of her cheek.

* For mature skin it’s key to stick to matte formulas since anything with shimmer or glitter will crease in wrinkles.

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Step Three:

Brows are probably the most important part of the face. This is what gives proportion and frames the eyes. It also gives a more youthful look the thicker you go with them. I used Caramel Brow wiz and Caramel Brow gel from Anastasia Beverly Hills.

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Step Four:

I didn’t want to go overboard with the eyeshadow but I also wanted to showcase her bright blue eyes so I stuck with a warm tone brown and just blended it from lash line to crease.

* Again, stick to matte eyeshadows or even a waterproof shadow stick

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Step Five:

Taking a dark brown eyeliner (MAC Stubborn Brown) I rimmed the upper and lower lash line to make her lashes appear thicker. Smudging the line will create a softer effect. This is a great trick to open up the eyes and especially if you don’t have full lashes, this will help.

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Step Six:

I always say one coat of mascara is never enough, but with this one (TARTE Lights camera flashes) you really only need one. Don’t forget your lower lashes!

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Step Seven:

Keeping the lips natural, I used a rosy nude colour that would make her eyes pop even more. ( She really does have the bluest, brightest eyes!).

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Fall Makeup // Burgundy Wine

We all know that the best part about Fall is the beautiful colours. Burgundy wine coloured anything reminds me of rich, luxurious things. I love having it in my wardrobe and especially in my makeup. This look it extremely easy and a great way to introduce colour into your look. Enjoy!

xx

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STEP ONE:

After priming your lids, apply a medium coloured brown into your crease. Really blend out this colour.

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STEP TWO:

Taking this beautiful pigment from L’oreal called “Glistening Garnet” I put it onto the tops of my lid. If you want a more opaque effect then spray some MAC fix plus on your brush.

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STEP THREE:

Using a berry coloured liner (you can use any colour) I rimmed my upper and lower lash line and extended it at the corners.

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STEP FOUR:

For some highlight I used MAC vanilla pigment in the inner corners of my eyes and the centre of my lids.

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STEP FIVE:

I wanted this look to be glam so I added some fake lashes but that’s completely up to you.

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STEP SIX:

Mixing MAC’s Diva and Up the Amp to create the perfect burgundy/wine colour.

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GOOD LUCK

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Taylor Swift Inspired Makeup

Taylor Swift is taking over the music world at the moment so I thought it would be perfect if I recreated her iconic makeup look. To be honest I’m usually not the biggest fan of her music but her latest album, 1989 is great! She’s been known to rock a sultry cat eye with her famous red lip and I can’t say no to that, so here it is!

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Step One:

After applying foundation and concealer I started with my Make Up For Ever aqua shadow stick in 22E and constricted it to the outer corner of my eyes. This will create an outline for our cat eye.

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Step Two:

Taking the gold shadow in my Maybelline Nude’s palette I pressed it in all over my lid but really concentrating it in the inner corner of my eye.

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Step Three:

Take your favourite black liner and create that wing! Don’t bring it further then the middle of your eye because we want this wing to make our eyes have more of an almond shape.

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Step Four:

You don’t have to add lashes but I wanted to add more to the cat eye so I chose a pair that really wing out at the sides. Coat with your favourite mascara on the top and bottom lashes.

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Step Five:

Using MAC’s “Give me sun” bronzer I lightly contoured but really just wanted to give my face some colour. Instead of blush I just popped the bronzer onto the apples of my cheek.

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Step Six:

For the perfect red I used NARS “Dragon Girl” Lip pencil. Taylor Swift actually uses this colour so it’s perfect!

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* I didn’t cut my hair but just pulled my shortest top layers to the front so it looks like a have a bob.

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Doe a Deer || Halloween Makeup

This Halloween look was so much fun to create and I’m so happy with the final result! I’ve seen lots of people do it and I wanted to give it a try and make it my own. If I was to go all out for a Halloween party I would definitely be rocking this makeup for the night, I love it!

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Step one: After applying my regular foundation routine, I used white face paint and a beauty sponge and blended it around my eyes and the bridge of my nose.

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Step two: This is where you can get creative. I used brown gel eyeliner and just mapped out where I wanted everything to go. Check out Pinterest for some other peoples Deer makeup.

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Step three: Using a blending brush and a matte brown shadow, I then softened up the harsh lines of the eyeliner so that it looked more 3D.

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Step four: Taking dramatic spiky lashes (this is optional) I then placed them under my eye to give the illusion of “doe eyes”. I also put a regular pair of lashes on my upper lid as well.

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Step five: Taking the white face paint and the back of a brush, I placed spots on the highest part of my cheek bones and in the centre of my forehead.

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Step six: To give that dark brown deer like colour, I took a really dark matte bronzer and really contoured my cheek bones and temples. This step would be better before the spots but I forgot, whoops!

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Step seven: For your lip colour you really can choose anything you want but I kept it simple and actually used my eyebrow pencil to outline my lips then filled with Bobbi Brown Beige lipstick.

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Hope you enjoyed. Good luck!

xx

Dead/Zombie Flapper Girl

Normally I’m not one to go all intense and scary on Halloween, but I thought I would do this pic-torial for the people out there who do! I know it’s not super hardcore, but it is very wearable and a fun twist on the look. Ill be putting up a couple more makeup looks for Halloween, so stay tuned!

xo

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STEP ONE:

Instead of white face paint I used a foundation that was very light. You can do either or but I wanted my face to look more natural.

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STEP TWO:

With any black eyeshadow, layer it with a flat shader brush on your top lid right up to your crease. Take it also on your lower lash line then with a black gel eyeliner rim the upper and lower waterlines.

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STEP THREE:

Taking chocolate from MAC (any warm tone brown will do) blend out the harsh edges and extend it to around your temple.

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STEP FOUR:

Using what was left on my brush from the eyeliner, make vein looking lines around the lower lash line. Make sure to be light handed with this so it looks as realistic as possible.

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STEP FIVE:

With a purple liner, line the inner corner of your eye and some of the lines you made for veins. **This is optional

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STEP SIX:

Using Desert Rose blush from MAC, blend from your temple down into the hollows of your cheek. This will give you a “sickly” looking contour.

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STEP SEVEN:

You can choose to wear any lipstick you want but I wanted something rich and dark so I used Joe Fresh “Plum Prune” and then MAC “night moth” on the outer corners to give my lips depth.

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GOOD LUCK

xx

5 Faves : Fall Lipsticks

Tis’ the season to wear rich, bold and colourful lipsticks. What girl doesn’t appreciate a good vampy lip colour while holding a pumpkin spice latte, am I right? Today I want to focus in on my top 5 favourite lipsticks at the moment. All of these colours are great for Fall and cater to every type of person.

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BOBBI BROWN “SANDWASH PINK”

Guys, this has been in my purse for the last six months and I am still rocking it on a day to day basis. I love the rosey undertones and I seriously always get a compliment whenever I wear it. This colour is also a beautiful shade on brides. So, if your getting married and in the market for a great lip colour, I highly suggest this one!

*Fun fact: Kate Middleton wore this exact lipstick on her wedding day!

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MAC “UP THE AMP”

If your looking for something that isn’t too crazy but brings colour to your face, this shade is to die for. You can lightly tab it onto your lips for sheerer coverage and everyday use. This colour really looks awesome on all skin colours and really gives your look a colourful touch.

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MAC “PARTY LINE”

I love this colour because it’s so easy to wear. I feel like burgundy reds are so in for Fall and this one is perfect. I love that it has a glossy finish and doesn’t dry out your lips but makes them look lush and full. This colour is incredible when I’m at my palest because it contrasts so beautifully against my skin.

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NARS “DRAGON GIRL”

This is my go-to red. I am obsessed. It has blue undertones which will make your teeth appear whiter and is SOO easy to apply. The satin matte finish makes this lipstick stay on for a good 8 hours which is great for a work day. It compliments any skin tones that have cool or neutral undertones in it.

*Taylor Swift always rocks this lipstick!

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JOE FRESH “PLUM PRUNE”

I found this liquid lipstick while checking out at the grocery store, and I must say I’m pleasantly surprised. It lasts forever on the lips and has such a rich feel to it. It doesn’t dry up and crust on your lips but it feels like a satin finish. This is such a perfect colour for a vampy makeup look or if you want to try something a little more daring.

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Glam Fall Makeup (KIM K INSPIRED)

Soo I’ve taken a summer break from blogging for many different reasons and I’m glad to confidently say I’m back for good. I will be re-designing my blog and focusing more on hair, makeup, tips and tricks and tutorials. Can’t wait to get back at it.


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Today’s pic-torial is of the makeup Kim K wore to the Givenchy show in Paris last week. I love the deep bronze colours and dewy skin so I had to do it. Thankfully my beautiful friend (should be a model) Erica volunteered her face for me and we got strait to work. This look is great for any fall occasion. Take and leave what you please.

Enjoy xo

STEP ONE

Make sure you create a flawless base for your foundation. I mixed a Chanel foundation with my Nars tinted moisturizer to enhance Erica’s glow. Taking a concealer 2 shades lighter I then contoured her face in areas I wanted to highlight.

*It ain’t no Kim K look without a good contour! I used Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit

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STEP TWO

Taking a deep bronze colour I blended it all across her lid up to her brow bone. Keep blending and re-applying till you get your desired depth.  I then took vanilla pigment from MAC to highlight her brow bone and inner corner of her eyes.

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STEP THREE

Taking stubborn brown eyeliner from MAC I smudged it into her lower lash line and blended downwards. Since Kim is known for her glorious eyelashes I took a black liquid liner from NYX and finely lined the upper lash line right into the tear duct.

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STEP FOUR

Using Make Up Forever lashes in 157 really helped achieving thicker looking lashes. Apply a couple coats of your favourite mascara on the upper and lower lashes. *Don’t be shy with the mascara!

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STEP FIVE

To make Erica’s lips appear larger I over drew them with Stripdown lip liner from MAC and then filled in with a deep brown berry gloss.

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Favourite Five: BLUSH

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I’ve decided I’m going to start a new series called “Favourite Five” every month on my blog. I will be focusing on 1 category of makeup and my 5 favourite brands of the product. Today’s post is focusing on BLUSH. I used to hate wearing blush because I was pretty rosy as it is. With growing up, my skin has lost some colour and I feel naked without wearing blush. These five blushes below are my MUST HAVES. I seriously love all of them. I hope it helps you guys out if your looking for a new blush.

ENJOY

xoxo

MAC “WELL DRESSED”

This blush is the perfect pink. It’s light, sheer and gives you a feminine glow. It is a satin blush and seriously blends into the skin like butter. I love using this blush on a bride because it brightens the face and truly makes you look like a “blushing bride”. It’s a true light pink and looks great on lots of skin types.

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MAC “DESERT ROSE”

This is the colour I recommend to everyone if they haven’t purchased a MAC blush before. It is amazing. The darker rose hues in it are so beautiful and really give you a flush of colour. It is a matte finish but is still very easy to blend and looks great on ALL skin types. It also is very flattering on mature skin since there is no shimmer or sparkle.

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MAC “MARGIN”

I FREAKING LOVE THIS BLUSH. It is like a bronzer, highlighter and blush all in one. It is absolutely stunning on the skin and has a frost/sheen finish. It is my GO TO in the summer. You don’t need to use a bronzer with this since it adds darkness to your cheeks with a rosy hue.

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NARS “SIN”

Sin has been my ride or die at the moment. I’m super into mauve’s and this blush is perfection. It has purple undertones but a gold sheen to it. It is stunning on an olive skin tone but looks great on all. I have been using this every day since I got it. Also, with NARS blushes they are HIGHLY pigmented, so a little goes a long way.

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L’OREAL TRUE MATCH “INNOCENT FLUSH”

This peachy pink blush is beautiful on people with fair skin, blue eyes and blonde hair. It’s brightening and has a light sheen to it. It’s a very easy blush to wear and looks awesome all year round. I love using this to blend my eyeshadows in the crease to bring the look together. Also, it’s super affordable which is a plus!

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