Basic Browns // how to look good simply.

A simplified brown face with a dewy effect is the perfect look for this summer. To create this basic brown look, you need to start right at the beginning of your face, before the foundation has been applied. Gather your bits and compare them… Do they all have the same tone of brown? This part is so important if you want to look sophisticated and not like a clown! This means matching everything from your eyebrow colour, your contour, to your eyeshadow shade and lipstick! This is how I created mine;

On a average day I religiously wear eyeliner, the bigger and more cat eyed the better is the rule in my books. I think eyeliner, over the years, has become more of a habit to me… rarely do you see my pampered face without it. However, this summer I don’t want thick black heavy eyes and I’m really starting to get bored of the same childish looking cat eye! Therefore, recently I have been adapting my look, dumbing down my heavy makeup looks for a summery swap, without loosing the overall made-up feel.

Contour. ✔️ Without contour there’s just no point! A well contoured face beats ANY item of makeup at the moment and it wouldn’t be the same without a highlighted cheekbone that can be seen from space!

The more dewy you can make your face look, the more you’ll shine and love it. Trust me!

I’m absolutely loving Revolutions contour palletes to create the perfect dewy look! I have been obsessively using both my cream contour pallete aswell as my powder contour pallete to shape and define my features. The palletes are amazingly matched colour-wise, making them a perfect combination! Starting with the cream contour, drawing lines all over my face like a mad plastic surgeon I sculpt my face into perfect shape. In addition to this, once blended, I use the matching colours on the powder palette to darken and highlight areas even further. 

I love, love, love the shimmery highlighter that is featured within the cream contour palette! It’s extremely shiny and beautiful! 

I used a few layers of black mascara to extend and emphasise my eyelashes and the middle brown eyeshadow from the smokey eye Bourjois trio pallete to add colour to my lids. For my brows I used studio 10 eyebrow liner to shape and Barry M’s brow shape kit to fill and highlight below the brown and near the tear duct of each eye – helping add to the dewy effect.
It feels incredibly lighter and I feel more summery without a heavy liner across my eye – it makes the perfect summer look! 

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M is for Miracle MAC Makeup

My skin fails this time of year, I go pale… Real pale and I get tons of red blotches over my face, my skin looks really rough. As I suffer (I say suffer because it’s such a pain to handle!) from combination skin, I really struggle to find a foundation that has the necessary coverage I need without looking caked and streaky! 

  

I took a needed trip to John Lewis to get the consultants at MAC opinion on just how to save my skin, and boy she rescued me! She introduced me to MACs studio fix liquid foundation; and the texture is to die for! It has a creamy light feel which makes it incredibly easy to apply and it’s coverage is amazing! 

Excuse my pastey skin and moody face!!

I really wanted to show you all the true effect of this beautiful foundation so I have done a  bare face shot (above) and after I had completed my makeup (below). I’m using shade NC20 which has a lovely golden matte approach! 

   
 

Velvet Teddy and Me

Honestly, after the amount of lipsticks I’ve tried and failed to be impressed by, after all of the colours that just weren’t right for my face, I think I have finally fallen in love with the perfect lipstick.    

I am totally obsessed with the nude matte brown colour of this lipstick!!
 
Velvet Teddy by Mac Cosmetics is utterly beautiful. A soft matte brown which could almost be seen as slightly purple in some lights is a very popular choice of lipstick by Mac lovers, I was suggested it by one of my friends at uni a few weeks back but with the daring prices of Mac makeup I convinced myself to hold back until I new I had found the perfect shade, in heinsight I should of listen to her at first! It wasn’t until recently that I discovered that my house mate happens to have the exact shade… So of course I tried it, and guess what my next purchase is going to be? – As soon as I have finished my essay research that is!! 

  
If you aren’t as in love with Macs Velvet Teddy as I am and feel slightly weary of spending a daring £15.50 (well worth it though!) try NYX lip Lingerie lipstick in either Teddy for a more neutral brown approach to Macs Velvet Teddy, or if on the other hand you like the purpleness of Macs lipstick go for Embellishment, it has a gorgeous, almost mauve, take on brown!

Have any of you guys tried Velvet Teddy? I recommend it to anyone and everyone!

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