Category: Colour

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! ūüôā

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

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 ūüôā

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…

color-wheel-makeup-color-corrector

 

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 ūüôā

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!

Quick. Simple. Easy. 3 Everyday Looks Which Are Actually Achievable

As a blogger myself, I love having a good scout round for ideas and inspiration, and it’s on a recurring basis that I come across the terms ‘Quick’ ‘Easy’ and ‘Simple’…. followed by then a really complicated step-by-step guide which you end up getting lost in, resulting in giving up and accepting your attempt does not look anywhere as good as the beauty telling you how to achieve it. It’s down-heartening, and makes you feel like only the pros can really get to grips with that look. As you all know, I’m all about beauty-positivity, and so I decided to put together 3 looks which genuinely are easy to get to grips with!

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the classic

The Classic

Everybody loves a classic look – it’s clean, it’s simple, and it goes with every outfit! This look was achieved with the following;

Primer – everywhere, all the time – never forget the primer as it sets the base for your face

Foundation – applied all over, topped with a bit of concealer under the eyes and around my nose area (this is because I get redness here, so feel free to miss this bit if it doesn’t apply to you!). I then set the whole face with a translucent powder; I’ve only used a setting powder¬†at this stage as my contouring and blush are both powders so will set better on top – if you are using cream on liquid based blush/contouring products then apply your setting powder¬†afterwards.

Contouring – This look has the deepest contour out of the 3, but it’s still fairly subtle – for this I used my BarryM Contour Kit (just the dark contour part – no bronzer) marking the underneath of my cheek bones. I topped up with some highlighter under my eyes, on the T-zone, down my nose, and a tiny bit on my chin.

Blush – applied lightly across the cheekbones

Eyebrows – drawn on into an arch with Beauty UK’s Brow Kit (I’ll be doing a separate tutorial for this so keep tuned!)

Eye-shadow – A light nude-based colour applied all over the lid, followed by a light brown applied to the outer crease line only (blend it in to give a softer look)

Eyeliner – A nice bold line running the length of the eyelid, and finishing with a small upwards flick. Drag a tiny amount down under the bottom waterline to make the eyes appear larger.

Mascara – As long as it’s black, it will do. Nothing fancy required here.

Lipstick – The main focus of this look – make it red, make it bold. Apply lip liner first if you want to make your lips appear larger, or to get a smoother finish, otherwise hit it up big and draw some attention to yourself!

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the colour

The Splash of Colour

Because sometimes, we all need to vamp up our outfit with a splash of colour – why not try this look for a little bit more oomph to your look!

Primer & Foundation – the same as in The Classic

Contouring – A bit less contour is required for this look – just a light brush of a bronzer under the cheeks bones and a dash of highlighter on the T-zone and down the nose.

Blush – More blush in a rose shade applied several times to the cheeks to get a nice glow, as well as to frame the face.

Eyebrows – drawn on into an arch with Beauty UK’s Brow Kit (I’ll be doing a separate tutorial for this so keep tuned!)

Eye-shadow – This is where the colour starts to come in! I started off with a pale blush across the whole eyelid as a base, followed by a smokey blue to line the crease and outer corner of the eye. Finally I used a dark blue to go over the corner of the eye – blend this in with a brush using sweeping motions to get a nice smokey feel.

Eyeliner – To step away from the usual black eyeliner, I went for a metallic blue – this was a nice chunky line that ran across the lid and joined up with the eye-shadow to give a more defined point to the eye. Using this metallic eyeliner meant that it blended nicely into the eye-shadow and also gave the eyes a bit of shimmer and colour.

Mascara – Once again, as long as it’s black, it will do. Nothing fancy required here.

Lipstick – Something subtle; the main focus for this look is the colour on the eyes, so go for a natural pink shade or just a bit of gloss (like I have done).

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the natural

The Natural 

A refreshingly clean look which enhances your natural beauty. This does wonders for your self esteem, and gets people wondering how you look so effortlessly beautiful.

Primer & Foundation – the same as in The Classic

Contouring – No contouring is required for this look – just add a bit of highlighting to under the eyes, the T-zone, along the nose and on the chin.

Blush – A small amount of blush in a light colour, just to give the face a bit of shape – but nothing heavy.

Eyebrows – drawn on into an arch with Beauty UK’s Brow Kit (I’ll be doing a separate tutorial for this so keep tuned!)

Eye-shadow – Use a nude shade on the whole eyelid – I’ve used a light bronze colour to give a natural shimmer look. Shape the eye starting from the inner corner sweeping out, with a light brown shade – make sure to blend this in well so it doesn’t look drawn on; this is a very natural look so keep everything well blended.

Eyeliner – Use a brown eyeliner on the upper and lower water lines – use very sparingly, as again this needs to look very natural.

Mascara – This time using a brown mascara – as I’m blonde, it’s very obvious if I have black mascara on that I am enhancing my eyes – using a brown mascara keeps it looking natural and light, and doesn’t focus the attention just on the eye area of my face.

Lipstick – No lipstick, just a bit of balm – I’ve used Dr Lipp’s ‘Nipple Balm for Lips’ – it’s brilliant for hydration and gives a bit of shimmer.

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So there we have it! 3 very simple, very easy everyday looks – let me know how you guys get on with them and tag me @RobenBeauty if you try them out!

Until next time,

 

Lot of love

Roben x

 

Affordable Doesn’t Mean Bad Quality – Make-up Tutorial

Unfortunately I think budget make-up now has a bit of a stigma to it – people just¬†presume that because something is a bit of a bargain, it must be rubbish; they think the mascaras are going to be clumpy and unusable, foundation is not going to blend and just comes in an array of orange-tinted colours, and lipsticks will rub off just by looking at them… I, of course, completely contest this.

Admittedly, if you went back a few years, you most probably would find this the case – after all, the stigma didn’t come from nowhere! Budget make-up used to be just that – budget. But times have changed, prices have changed, and the overall quality and choice of affordable make-up has changed too – it seems like the only thing that hasn’t changed is our views on it!

As you all know, I do love a bit of MAC, Studio 10 and the like, and I do tend to use these products in my videos – they are of a higher price, but also of fantastic quality! However, I also do use high-street priced products, as well as more affordable options; and it was after I made my video and review on the¬†Stargazer¬†products, that I received some requests from fans in regards to more products which Stargazer produce as well as enquiries as to “what other affordable brands were out there” which I would recommend using. This got me thinking, and I therefore decided the best way to show an array of products and brands would be to create a make-up tutorial not only showing what to use, but how I would use them to create a soft, simple, everyday look.

Below, you will find my latest tutorial which shows me using products, all of which are under ¬£8! Let’s have a quick look at what I used to create this look;

Foundation – ¬£4.00 – For this I used Stargazer’s Pro Foundation – this is a really great product that I’d recommend to anyone wanting a foundation that goes on super easy and is at an extortionately great¬†price – just ¬£4!!! Better yet, this range from Stargazer is really good for anyone with pale skin (like myself), as there’s a good choice of different light shades to choose from.

Setting, Highlighting & Contouring – ¬£7.99 – If you’ve seen my very¬†first post about contouring, then you’ll know that I used to use eye-shadow as I found other contouring kits too heavy and generally unusable… however, I’ve recently discovered the gorgeous Chisel Cheeks Contour Kit by Barry M (in Light-Medium), and I absolutely love it! It comes with highlighter, bronzer and contour powders and it so easy to apply! This is the most expensive product I have used in this video, but it is still a bargain at just ¬£7.99!

Blush Р£6.50 РFor blush I actually used a product from Avon called True Colour in Cedar Rose, however this product is currently not available any more (which is shocking because it is amazing and has been an old faithful of mine for some time now!) Рthere is however, a close alternative for this by Avon called Ideal Luminous Blush (in Peach) which is just as good, and still affordable at £6.50.

Eyebrows – ¬£4.99 – I used my old faithful for my brows; this is a fabulous little kit from BeautyUK called the ‘All-in-one High Brow Definition Kit’ which I’ve always managed to get on with. It comes with 3 shades (which blend together well so you can match most hair types), as well as a highlighting creme to further define your brow shape. Whether I’m going for a softer look, or a dark brow look I can guarantee I will achieve what I’m after with the High Brow kit from BeautyUK – it sincerely is worth the price!

Eye-shadow – ¬£3.99 – Now this is a tool I’d advise everyone to have in their make-up kits; an eye-shadow palette is perfect when you want a good array of colours (some of which you wouldn’t necessarily want to fork out a fortune for if you are only planning on using once or twice in a blue moon!), they’re also great ways to create new colours/looks by blending with branded products, and they just allow you to be creative without the cost! I bought my palette off of ebay (from a China store with free delivery), yet everyone is none the wiser once the product is applied to my eyes. This is a definite essential for anyone, and totally worth the price (and the wait… because shipping from China can mean a few weeks before receiving the palette!).

Eyeliner – ¬£1.00 – I love these eye-liners with a passion! MUA Intense Colour Eyeliner’s are just ¬£1.00 and are perfect for top ups in your handbag as well as applying first thing. They come in a fantastic range of colours, and best of all every eyeliner comes with a pencil sharpener integrated in to the lid of the pencil so you never have to worry about a blunt point! I used the Jet Black eyeliner for this look, but I have various other shades stocked up – at just ¬£1.00 it makes sense to have several options!

Mascara – ¬£4.99 – For mascara I used L’Oreal’s ‘Miss Manga’ Volume Mascara – this is quite a light mascara so great for every day looks, and best of all it doesn’t clump up! I bought this from Tesco’s for ¬£4.99, however I have seen this for sales in drugstores for ¬£9.99 or even up to ¬£12.99, so make sure you shop around to get the best price!

Lip Liner – ¬£1.00 – Another MUA product, and once again priced at just ¬£1.00! Just like the eye-liners from MUA, the lip liners come in a selection of colours (I used ‘Red Drama’ for this tutorial), and also come with the sharpener in the lid of the pencil. Once more, this is an amazing product from an equally amazing brand, and at such a cheap price!

Lipstick Р£7.50 РAnother product from Avon; the Ultra Colour Bold Lipstick in Coral Burst РI absolutely love this colour, and it best of all I have found this lipstick to be long lasting (without needing to top up on a regular basis!).

I hope you’ve found this post helpful, and has given a bit more clarity to the fact “affordable” doesn’t have to be “cheap and nasty”. Please click on the link below to see the tutorial of how I applied the above!

Look out for my next post, where I will be showing some quick, simple looks to try out!

Lots of love,

Roben x

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