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Realistic Lion Transformation Time-Lapse Makeup Video

So after having not created a video for a while, I thought it was about time I got something together and put online for all to see! Enter the lion time-lapse video…

I love doing a bit of creative makeup, and I’d be wanting to do a realistic lion style for quite some time now so I finally got my act together, sat down, and did it! I’m pretty pleased with how this turned out (seeing as I hadn’t practised before creating the video)… although it did take longer than I had expected (just under 2 hours).

Whenever I create something from the more creative side, I tend to flick between using face-paints and actual makeup – but for this particular look I decided to go for every day makeup to get more depth. I think this worked well and gave me a far better range for the colours and blending… having said that, I’m looking to make a face-paint version of this look so that I can compare them and see which style truly does work out best!

Unfortunately I didn’t make this video a tutorial (having not created it previously!), however, if there are enough requests etc then I will look in to doing this for you all. Hopefully the time-lapse is able to show just how much goes in to creating something a bit different, as well as showcase some of my skills to create something a bit special!

As always, any questions, comments and requests are welcome!

x

Product Review – Eylure ‘Volume 101’

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So I am a self-confessed fake lash addict, and I’m not afraid to admit it! Whenever I’m dressing up or going out, or just wanting to make some sort of effort, I whip out the fake lashes and flutter away. I’ve tried a range of brands and glues, but Eylure still remain my favourite by far – I’ve always found them easy to get on with and not had any issues with them… until now.

First of all, I would just like to say this isn’t an “attack” on Eylure – I love them as a brand and I love their products, but I always aim to be honest with my opinions when reviewing items, and today will be no different; an honest review is what I shall give.

I was heading out for the night with a group of friends and so grabbed a pair of Volume 101 lashes, happy with my choice and in a bit of a rush so not paying too much attention… the lashes were full, long and curvy – exactly what I was after. I rushed home to get ready – did my hair and makeup, then left my lashes to last (as I usually do). It was when I opened the box I noticed there was no adhesive included (which anyone who uses Eylure knows is usually included). Perplexed, I looked at the box and the lashes again, and then rolled my eyes; I’d picked up pre-glued lashes – of course there was no glue!

I applied the lashes as instructed, but to my dismay found that it just wouldn’t stick – the glue was not tacky enough and it just kept pinging off my eye as soon as I blinked! I never have too much patience with applying lashes so I gave up on my left and moved on to my right. This lash went on a bit better, though it took a fair amount of negotiating to get it to stay in place (and quite a lot of holding down too!). It still didn’t look very “natural” though and I had to tp up my eyeliner more than usual. Nevertheless, the lash was on.

So I went back to the left eye.

Once again I struggled to get the lash to stick at all, and the more I tried the less it stuck – over half of the glue strip was not sticking and the lash just kept falling off my face! Now I was running late to go out, feeling frustrated and standing in my living room with one eyelash on and the other by my foot on the floor, for the 100th time…

Usually, I have lots of mini pots of adhesive lying around, but in my quest to get rid of my hoarding habits when I moved house, I had chucked them all out (score 1 for hoarding). So annoyingly, I had to pull the lash (which had stuck) off my eye and again top up my eyeliner, before heading out… completely lash-less.

Overall, I was just frustrated – the lashes themselves were lovely, but the issues with the pre-glue were awful, and it’s safe to say that I would not buy these again just for the faff it caused, and for my overall disappointment. I have to ask, what is the point in having a pre-glued product if it is not going to stick, and you need to find your own glue to actually get them to stick?? Definitely not something I would be willing to try now on purpose.

I love Eylure, and I will continue to purchase their products, but I will be avoiding the pre-glued range (and making sure to read the packaging before buying!).

I’d love to hear if I am the only one who has had this issue!

On a more positive note, I will be posting a new video in the next few days, for a more glamorous look – perfect for a night out! Keep your eyes peeled for that!

 

Much love!

Roben x

Harley Quinn – Suicide Squad – Makeup Video

First of all, I just need to start off with a GINORMOUS apology! I’ve been missing from the blogging world for almost a month now! This is due to moving house, and a severe lack of internet (how I’ve managed to cope I really do not know!)… but on the plus side, I’m now all back up and running, and have lots of posts planned! 🙂

So let’s kick off with a new video I created and am super excited about – my video on how I created the look for Harley Quinn from the new Suicide Squad film from DC!!

I am, in all honesty, a bit of a nerd when it comes to super heroes and villains, and so I have been super excited in the run up to the release of the Suicide Squad film! I also, in case no one had noticed, love makeup and getting creative… so I thought I’d combine the 2 and recreate Harley Quinn on myself! It started with just the makeup, but then I thought I’d never find a top with ‘Daddy’s Lil Monster’ on… so I drew that on too!

Watch the video below to see how I created this look;

 

 

The makeup itself was fairly simple – after colour correcting my face, I applied a light foundation (I’m super pale anyway, but I would use a shade lighter, or your own shade with white face paint mixed in if you have darker skin). As an FYI – I used the Marc Jacobs ‘re(marc)able’ foundation in Ivory Light – it has amazing coverage so I didn’t have to layer up too much either! After concealing, and setting, I then moved on to the contouring; Harley has an almost square contour on the main part of her face, rather than a thick one along the cheekbones, but this is also very soft so I didn’t over do this on the look. I highlighted as necessary, then applied blush on the apples of my cheeks to get the glowy and innocent look.

Her eyebrows are fairly similar shaped to mine so this wasn’t too hard – just slightly extended and exaggerating the arch more than I usually would. She also does her eyebrows darker than her blonde hair, so I went up a few shades on the NYX spectrum (I used the ‘Tame & Frame’ pomades). For the eyeshadows I used a palette I bought off ebay ages ago and just matched up the blue and the red as best as I could – applying all over the lid, up near the eyebrow (but not touching the eyebrow), and underneath the eye too. Then I made tear-like drags down the face and layered these up so you could see them better. This was a fun part, and one I don’t think you need to be too accurate about …have fun with it!

After drawing on her heart tattoo to my cheek (in eyeliner pencil), I then went on to write the word ‘ROTTEN’ in liquid eyeliner across the jawline. As a note of warning – writing backwards in a straight line can be tricky, so if you can get someone to write this for you, I’d recommend that!

I then got slightly carried away and started drawing on her top too (optional!) – I penciled out the neckline, then covered the top half of my chest in body makeup by Snazaroo (in Burgundy). Followed by the lower part of my chest in white. After this, I got the liquid eyeliner back out and had the very tricky task of writing upside down and backwards… in a straight(ish) line, in curly handwriting – it’s not for the faint-hearted! After scrawling ‘Daddy’s Lil Monster’, I made the top look more worn and dirty by applying black eyeshadow lightly across  areas which I found made it more realistic looking.

The part of the makeup I was least pleased about was the necklace/choker. I attempted to draw this on using eye pencil and filling in with different gold/bronze eyeshadows and a gold eye pencil from Barry M to give a more metallic look… but it didn’t stand out much, and wasn’t exactly as I had in mind… nevertheless, the look wouldn’t’ve looked right without it, so I’m glad I did this still!

Overall it was great to be Harley Quinn, and it was super fun to do; although the writing backwards and upside down was a bit difficult, it’s generally a simple look – so great for last minute fancy dress! And you could always get someone to do the writing for you if you are struggling… or buy a t-shirt and draw on there instead (probably an easier option I should have considered…).

 

Let me know if you guys have a go at this and what you think!

Until next time,

Roben x

New video – Everyday Makeup with *NEW* Maxfactor Masterpiece Palette!

Here’s the link to my latest video – a nice easy, every day makeup tutorial with a flick of eyeliner!

Featuring the NEW Maxfactor Masterpiece Nude palette for eye-shadow – something I’ve been super excited about trying recently (it’s truly magnificent!).

Make sure if you like the video to give it the thumbs up and subcribe to my YouTube channel for more videos and tutorials (with a few product reviews chucked in for good measure!)

Keep your eyes peeled for my newest post coming soon featuring a more glamorous eye look!

 

Boutique of Molly – Laila Dress | Product Review #OOTW

So today’s post is a little different – we’re going to do a product review or the Laila dress by Boutique of Molly!

The sun was back (temporarily), which means cracking out the summer wardrobe whilst you still can.. (#loveBritishsummer), and what better way then bringing out the florals to keep that summer vibe alive?

For anyone which knows me, I am a tad bit of a dress-aholic (come rain or shine!), and so I was absolutely thrilled to pieces last week when I came home from work to find my Boutique of Molly package had arrived, containing my new Laila dress! As soon as I opened the package I couldn’t to wait ’til the weekend to try it out (and had my fingers crossed for a bit of sunshine to remain!) It’s truly stunning, and really got me in the summer mood.

Thankfully my wish came true, and we got that bit of British sunshine so I was able to wear my beautiful new dress. The first thing I noticed, was the fit of it – it clung to all the right places, and avoided all the bits I wanted to hide! I’ve got a very pear shape body, so a dress cut like this is perfect for me – it emphasises the smallest part of me (my waist), and flows out over my hips effortlessly so as not to accentuate them… and as an added bonus it enhanced my cleavage!

The material of the Laila dress is really soft too, as well as having a bit of stretch in it – perfect for when you’ve had a desert too much (something I do more often than not!). The bright pink and purple flowers are really eye-catching, but not too in your face – the perfect balance to get you noticed, but pointed at!

This really is a wonderful dress, and definitely going to be an icon of my summer this year – bring back the sunshine so I can keep on wearing this!!

For more clothing from Boutique of Molly, make sure to check out their website here – they’ve got some gorgeous pieces available ready for the summer, and at great prices too!

Check out my #BOMselfie below, and make sure to keep your eyes peeled for my newest video being uploaded shortly…

Lots of love

Roben x

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Dr Lipp – Original Nipple Balm for Lips |Product Review

It’s with great apologies that I post this product review – I had this all written out and ready to go months ago, and thought I had uploaded it… but checking through last night I realised that wasn’t the case and it seems to have got missed! So absolute apologies for that!

Dr Lipp sent me their wonderful creation which is ‘Original Nipple Balm for Lips’ to try out, and I was completely amazed with what you can do with it!

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‘Original Nipple Balm for Lips’ – yes, that’s right Nipple Balm – it’s one of them titles which the 14 year old in me giggles at inside whenever I say it out loud; it just doesn’t sound natural for me to announce I’m using a nipple balm on my lips! It’s also one of them names which makes people do a double take (good marketing their guys!) – so it tends to stick out in your head. But don’t be put off by the name – this little beaut of a product is actually awesome for more than what you might be thinking…

Lip Balm – This is the most obvious use – using a product which says in the description ‘for lips’, but I just wanted to explain how marvellous this little gem is. The texture of the product is very much like nipple balm (being a mother, I have had the joys of having to use this) …I presume this is why it has it’s name! But this isn’t a bad thing – nipple balm is silky smooth and glides on easy – it has a soothing touch to it and is a brilliant barrier; which is exactly the case for this lip balm. When you’ve got the product on your lips feel hydrated, and completely protected – like having a drink is not going to wash the product off so you have to keep reapply every 5 seconds (let’s face it, we’ve all had that kind of lip balm before…). If you’re like me where I suffer from having dry cracked lips on a daily basis, then this is a little tube of miracle that you need to try out!

Lip Gloss & Primer – Due to the high shine of this product, it makes for a perfect long-lasting lipgloss! Simply apply over the top of lipstick (or naked lips) and get a glossy glow to your look! The best thing is how little of the product you have to use for this, which means your little tube will keep on lasting! You can also use the balm before applying lipstick as a great primer – it flattens out any flaky skin so that when you apply your lipstick on top it glides on with ease.

Eye Shine & Glitter – Yes, eye shine! You must be thinking I’m mental, but this product is absolutely fantastic for changing a look and jazzing it up! Apply your eye make-up as usual, then put a small amount of the Nipple Balm for Lips on top, and you get a complete new look (perfect if you are going out straight from work – changing the look from a day to evening in an instant without having to remove make-up or carry round a million products to do so!). If you want to sparkle up your eyes, this is also the perfect product to do so – layer on a small amount of the Nipple Balm for Lips, then pad on any eye glitter – it instantly sticks to the balm and holds for a good duration of time. As an FYI, this is exactly what I did for the picture in my header of the website!

Cheek Shine/Highlighter – If you want to add a bit of shine to your cheekbones to give that highlighted effect, this product is great. Again, a small amount ages a long way, so only the tiniest needs to be applied.

Sore Patches – I know, I know, attractive right? But let’s face it, we all get sore or itchy patches on our faces sometimes and it’s a nightmare when you do (particularly if it then makes red blotchy patches…). I’ve used Dr Lipp’s Nipple Balm for Lips when I’ve had a cold and my nose got sore from constantly blowing it (you know that red raw look I’m talking about..) – it really soothed the skin and stopped the irritation; at times like that, it’s best to keep the skin around your nose hydrated so it doesn’t dry out and get so sore… which is exactly what the balm did! I’ve not had to try myself, but from what I’ve heard, you can also use this product on dry/sore patches of skin, and of course, on nipples themselves when they get cracked and sore.

There are many many many more other uses for Dr Lipp’s ‘Original Nipple Balm for Lips’, and so many benfits from using it – if you want to read more about the product then head over to Dr Lipp’s website.

Overall, I was super impressed with the ‘Original Nipple Balm for Lips’ – the packaging is awesome and so pretty! (Simple things, I know!), it’s fabulous for lasting you ages, and there are so many ways you can use it! Plus, it really helped my dry lips!

10 out of 10 for Dr Lipp!

Lots of love,

Roben x

 

 

Butter London – Product Review!

So I’ve been extremely fortunate and been sent some lovely samples through from Butter London – a fantastic brand I’ve been wanting to try for ages! They sent me 4 items in total – 3 fabulous matte lipsticks, and 1 liquid eyeliner, to which I have made another video to show the amazing products (the video is at the bottom of this post!).

I’ve been playing around with ideas for a while now, and wanted to write a small piece on how lipstick colours can change a look in an instant – using the same brand, and style of lipstick, but just changing the colour. Using the 3 lipstick colours I was sent by Butter London I’ve now been able to do this – I’ve started off with my make-up already applied, and literally just gone through applying the different lipsticks… you’ll be surprised the difference it makes! Using pink-ier shades lightens the face and gives a gorgeous daytime look (especially the ‘Macbeth’ shade Butter London sent!), whereas a more rose tinted shade makes great for an early evening look. For a more sultry, late-evening look you can transform your whole look with a much deeper shade of red… keep reading to find out my thoughts on the shades Butter London sent me…

 

Lipsticks

Matte Lipstick ‘Macbeth’ – This is the first shade I apply in the video – it’s absolutely fantastic! It has great tone to the pink, and the vibrancy of the lipstick is outstanding… it almost has a neon/luminous look to it? The lipstick glides on effortlessly, and it’s claim to being ‘long lasting’ is 100% on point – I’ve trialled this beautiful shade out at work to see if it rubs off easily, yet despite various drinks (hot and cold), and food eaten throughout the day (I’m not ashamed to say I constantly eat – there’s always some form of snack in front of me!), the lipstick stayed on, only needing a top up once (and this was around 3pm, so pretty good going!). The ‘Macbeth’ shade is absolutely perfect for people with pale skin with a cool undertone (such as myself) – it really draws attention to the lips without making you look deathly white or with yellow-tinged skin. As an added bonus point, this colour really brought out the whiteness in my teeth (which always goes down with me!). This shade, out of the 3 I received is most definitely my favourite!

Matte Lipstick ‘Loved Up’ – If you’re looking to go out for dinner, pop to the cinema, or going on a date, this beautiful shade is immense. Again, easy to apply, a wonderful matte finish, and superbly long-lasting (even more so than the ‘Macbeth’ shade!) – you really can’t go wrong with these lipsticks. ‘Loved Up’ is a redder shade which really can change up your look – whether you want to jazz up your daytime look, or you’re heading out for the evening this colour is definitely going to make your look more striking!

Matter Lipstick ‘Ruby Murray’ – This was actually the first out of all the samples that I tried out – I was heading out for the evening and I thought this would be ideal to test out.. my findings revealed that the lipstick withheld all night with just the one slight touch-up! I was super impressed, and to top it off, I was complimented throughout the night how great my make-up was and asked where I got my lipstick from! It certainly is a show stopper, and the deepness of the colour gives such a sultry, sexy look. Best of all, the ‘Ruby Murray’ shade didn’t make me look ridiculously pale (as I have found with previous darker shade lipsticks) – the cool undertone to the red complimented my skin, and I had real confidence when wearing it. Once more, this was easy to apply and super long lasting!

Eyeliner

Matte Eye Liner in ‘Union Jack Black’ – I think this was the product I was most excited by when I received the samples – I love a good liquid eyeliner, and I love trying them out! I have to say though, this was perhaps actually the more disappointing item out of the lot – maybe because I had such high hopes for it? But either way, it wasn’t my favourite. The eye liner itself was easy enough to use, and the shape of the body of the eyeliner made a good grip and easy to hold – the colour also gave good coverage… when it worked. The main issue I had with this eyeliner was that it ran out so quickly! The first 2 times I used the liquid liner it was perfectly fine and I was quite happy with it… but every use after that the product became less dense and I found myself having to reapply several layers to get a half decent coverage. This was a bit frustrating – it was fine if I had lots of time to do my makeup, but on the occasions I was in a rush (which in my case, is 9 out of 10 times!) it was a bit tedious to keep having to build the colour up. On a positive note, the fine point to the eye liner allows you to get a really sharp flick to your wing!

 

Overall, I was very impressed with Butter London’s products – all of them were super easy to use, and the range of colours which are available on the website are superb! Although the Matte Eye Liner didn’t quite meet up to my expectations, the Matte Lipsticks went above and beyond, which certainly made up for it! I was so pleased with the longevity of the lipsticks and how little I needed to top them up to last throughout the day, and the colours were absolutely beautiful.

I will certainly be adding Butter London to my shopping list, and I can’t wait to check out some of their other ranges!

Make sure to check Butter London out here – http://www.butterlondon.co.uk

 

My next few posts are going to be focusing on brighter colours as we start to transition from spring to summer (even if it doesn’t feel like it right now!), some tips on how to get a spectacular smokey eye, and how to achieve some film inspired looks!

If there’s anything in particular you would like me to cover, just give me a shout @RobenBeauty on either Twitter or Facebook or comment below!

Lots of love,

Roben x

Colour Corrections – What Colour for Which Skin

I must just start by saying a massive apology for my recent absence from the blogging world! I’ve had a few things crop up that needed my attention, but I should be back on my game again now!

So, as promised, this little post is all about colour corrections!

I think colour correcting is one of them subjects which not enough of us talk about – it’s kind of half assumed we all know what does what, but in reality very few of us can identify the right colour correcter to use for problem skin… let’s change that 🙂

Let’s quickly cover a couple of basics…

  • Always use colour correctors after primer but before foundation – primer is always a must before any kind of makeup, and applying a colour corrector after foundation will be too pigmented and obvious.
  • Generally pale colours for pale skin, and more pigmented colours (sometimes paired with other correctors) for darker skin tones.
  • Know your skin! If you can’t identify what needs correcting you could end up using the wrong product!
  • Colour correctors are not concealers concealers cover up blemishes (spots etc), whereas colour corrector neutralise your skin tone. Colour correctors should be applied before foundation, but concealers are usually applied after foundation.

So let’s look at the colour wheel – fundamentally this is your go-to-guide, and it takes seconds to learn! Quite simply, whichever colour issue you are having, look across the other side of the chart, and this will neutralise the colour! I’ll go in to more detail below…

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Yellow/Sallow Skin – This type of skin is most common in Asian ethnicity, but can be apparent in most skin types (or can also appear if you are feeling unwell); to correct any sallowness/dullness in the skin, apply a purple/lilac colour corrector to the area. If you have light skin then stick with the lilac colour on it’s own (a more lavender-like shade), however if you have a darked skin tone, use a darker, more pigmented purple – you may also find that you will have to pair this with a dark peach/orange corrector, as the purple on its own may not be pigmented enough to conceal skin you are correcting (dependant on how dark the skin is).

Blue Skin/Dark Circles – We all get dark circles under our eyes from time to time (too many parties, children, or just stressing out), and for others, they just have that blue-tinged colour patched of skin naturally (generally found around the eye area). Dark circles can be an absolute pain to cover up with foundation on its own – the blue colour still shines through! To balance this out, use an orange colour corrector – this will take away the blueness and will even out your skin tone… don’t worry, using an orange colour corrector will not turn your foundation orange too! Again, with darker skin make sure to use a more pigmented orange, whereas with pale skin use a pastel tone.

Grey Skin – Similar to dark circles , but without the bluish tinge – this is usually found on more mature skin, but can occur at any time. To colour balance grey skin, use a yellow colour corrector (a banana-like colour is most popular) – if you have darker skin you may need to balance this out with another peachy coloured colour corrector as the yellow on it’s own may not be strong enough.

Red Skin – Probably the most common type of ‘problem’ skin! Most people get red patches at some point, and anyone with sensitive or thin skin will definitely know all about getting redness in the skin! This is something I sometimes get because I have borderline sensitive skin! It’s one of them things that you can apply copious amounts of foundation too and you still have patches where the redness shines through – it’s rather irritating! So to combat red skin, make sure to use a green colour corrector – this neutralises the red perfectly and really gives a more balanced skin tone after your foundation is applied. As with the other skin tones, make sure to use a pastel colour for fair skin, and darker pigmented colours for darker skin.

There are so many different types of colour correctors you can get on the market – from palettes, to creams, to sticks, to colour correctors combined with primers! I tend to use a palette so that I can target specific areas as they appear, but I will be doing a comparison piece not too far in the future to try out what the best correctors are!

I hope this piece has been helpful to understand colour correcting, however if you have any questions then please don’t hesitate to ask – I’m always happy to help!

I’m super excited to say that my next post is going to be another product review (seeing as I haven’t done one in a while) – it’s one really not to be missed, so make sure to keep updated (my Twitter and Facebook pages are a great way to keep posted on what’s coming up next!).

Until next time!

 

Lots of love,

Roben

Add a Bit of Colour – New Video

Just a quick blog as the sun is out today, and I’m feeling the summer vibes coming on! But let’s not get too ahead of ourselves; let’s appreciate spring first! The flowers are blooming, the trees are sprouting their leaves, and the world just seems to be a happier, sun shining kind of place right now 🙂

So with the spring theme in mind, I put together another little video …but this time with a hint of colour! After all, it’s so easy to slip into the same old habits; using the same colour palette and the usual black eye liner… sometimes it’s good just to mix it up a bit!

This is a daytime look so nothing too drastic, but I hope you enjoy!

7 Steps to Flawless Looking Skin

It’s Fridayyyy!! Woohoo!

So what better way to start the weekend, than a quick post on how to get flawless looking skin? Because, let’s face it, we all want to look fabulous – especially at the weekend! So how to achieve it? Read on and find out for yourself…

First of all, it’s not all about the products – I love a good designer foundation as much as the next girl, but as long as your products are half decent and they match your skin tone then you’ll be fine – it’s all in the application! When you apply your face products in the below technique, you’ll be pleasantly surprised just how easy it is to have flawless looking skin, without having to splash out on the big bucks.

1 – Primer – always, always, always make sure to prime your face first! Primer smoothes your complexion and evens out your skin texture – I’d always recommend it for every makeup application, but it is most certainly a must when going for a flawless finish! Put a small amount on the tips of your fingers and rub together, before applying all over your face – don’t overload yourself with primer (easily done), or you can make your face look a bit greasy and foundation won’t sit properly on your face!

2 – Foundation – Match it. Don’t guess a shade and think ‘that’ll do’, and whatever you do, don’t choose a darker shade to make yourself look tanned – it will give you a tide-mark on your jawline, look fake, and just doesn’t look all too pleasant (remember, if you want to look tanned, use a tinted moisturiser or go to town with the bronzer, don’t up the shade of your foundation!). There are plenty of makeup counters which will match your correct shade for free, and if you don’t fancy that you can always try some on in the shop before buying (try to test on your face as your hands might be a different shade so you’ll end up mismatching otherwise!).  As for the application…

Use a foundation brush and put a small amount on to the tip of the brush; start from the centre of your nose and blend outwards. Your nose is the focal point of your face so it is important to have an even coverage here. Make sure to keep starting from the nose when you add more product, and just keep blending out – blend, blend, blend!

When applying to the cheeks, make one stroke across the cheekbone, the blend down the face – it is important to always apply with downwards motions as this is the directions of the hairs on your face; this will create a more flawless look to your foundation and reduce brush marks which need further blending.

Apply a tiny amount of product to the chin area, again using downwards strokes, and then to the forehead.

If you want a fuller coverage, go over the face again, and build it up in layers.

3 – Concealer – Again, the major need for concealer is to make sure it matches your skin tone; if you have a warm skin tone, then use a warm concealer – if you have a cool skin tone, use a cool concealer! Apply a small amount on to a concealer brush (or a foundation brush if you don’t have one, but I’d recommend getting a concealer brush as it really helps with the control when applying concealer), and then apply under the eye area – once more using downward strokes. Apply to any blemishes which also need concealing, but remember not to overload your brush – if you need more, then layer it up.

I always recommend to apply concealer on your eyelids for a nice even base (this is, of course, if you are not using an eyeshadow base or eye primer instead) – it evens out the look of the eyes and hides any broken capillaries.

If you need to use a colour correcter at this point then this is the point – I’ve used a ‘banana’ shade concealer around my eyes (by the inner corner and slightly underneath) – this is because I have grey-ish looking skin here and the yellow colour balances this out nicely…. I will shortly be writing a post on how to use colour corrections correctly soon, so if you need help on this then don’t worry I’ll be able to help! (Follow me on Twitter and Facebook to keep up to date when I will be uploading a new post/video!).

4 – Setting Powder – Use a translucent setting powder to set your face. As a quick tip – a translucent powder can be used on any skin tone; from the palest of the palest to the darkest of the darkest! Don’t be put off by its pale appearance!

Apply a small amount to one side of your brush and dab gently around the face. Blend out all of these areas with your brush using light, circular motions.

Already you should be seeing the difference in your look and the base of the flawlessness should be apparent!

5 – Bronzer/Contour – To contour use a bronzer which matches your skin tone – again, this can be sourced by any makeup counter, or just by testing some out in the shop – don’t just reach for the darkest shade and hope for the best!

Apply along the cheekbone, starting from the hair line and brushing down, then blend out, once again using downwards motions to follow the hairs on your face. To get a deeper contour just layer up!

Shade around the hairline, either side of the nose (if you want to slim your nose down), and for a fuller looking lip, brush above the chin lightly. If you’re like me and have  a wide jawbone, then you can trim this down with a few added strokes on the widest part of your jawline!

6- Blush – For the flawless look you want to have a natural looking blush – nothing to in-your-face and bright (you don’t want the attention drawn to your cheeks, you want an overall flawless finish!). Soft shades are best for this.

Brush along the cheek bone gently, then smile to reveal the apples of your cheeks, and apply in circular motions – this will give you a really nice, healthy glow.

7 – Illuminator – If you really want flawless skin you need to accentuate and highlight parts of your face – add a bit of glow and you’ll really have that immaculate looking finish. I like to use pigment shades rather than a pre-bought illuminator – these are fantastic little pots which can be use all over the face, and give an iridescent glow to eyeshadow.

Using the tiniest amount of product, brush over the tops of your cheekbones (believe me, with pigments, a lot goes an awful long way!) – better to top up than have to try and remove excess product!

Highlight your chin, cupids bow, nose and T-zone area – this will really draw attention to the centre of the face (also another reason why good coverage with the foundation on your nose is essential!).

 

…and you’re all done!

So there you have it – my 7 steps to flawless looking skin! This look is really photogenic, and you’ll soon find yourself using it on a daily basis so that people ask “how does she do it??” I’ve attached a video below to show you me putting the words into action, and proving it really does work!

As always, keep me updated with your responses and check me out on social media for more updates of new posts!

Have a fantastic weekend!

Lots of love ,

Roben

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