Archive for the ‘Blushers’ Category
Clinique is ready to spring into action for the next season with Now in Bloom: Brights, a colourful collection inspired by Clinique’s latest products that give cheeks, lips and nail a burst of natural colour.
For a pop of colour on your cheeks, nothing could be prettier than the dainty new Cheek Pops from Clinique. The Chubby Sticks were a hit and I reckon these beauties will be next.
Already out in the States, we have four flattering colours to look forward to when they drop on 21st March – just in time for spring. The richly pigmented shades are called Ginger Pop, Peach Pop, Berry Pop and Plum Pop.
With the surface pressed into the shape of a gerbera daisy, these blushers give a natural flush of colour with no trace of powder or build-up on cheeks. This is right up my street as powder often looks dried out on me due to the lack of hydration on my cheeks. The detail on the petal markings alone is amazing as well. I am looking forward to wearing these blushers as we escape the winter blues.
Clinique’s Cheek Pops will be available on all Clinique counters from 21st March priced at £16.50. However, if you can’t bear to wait that long then they are exclusively on sale online at www.clinique.co.uk so check the site for more details. Blooming gorgeous, these are!
It’s hard to believe fellow beauty blogger and make-up artist extraordinaire Frootibeauty held her first make-up master-class in March last year. Skip forward to last weekend which marked Safiyah’s second make-up master-class. A follow-up has been long overdue so when tickets went on sale a few weeks ago, it came as no surprise the limited places sold out pronto.
The venue was a brand new community hall in London’s Mile End – vastly spacious and bright to the pokey little salon in Hackney Safiyah struggled but coped magnificently with last year. There were 20 places (I think) set out in a kind of horse-shoe lay-out with chairs in the middle so we could watch Safiyah’s demo. I was armed with multiple eye palettes and much to my relief the guilt subsided the moment I saw Annie from Epiphanniea’s huge make-up box.
In Safiyah’s last class, the focus was on Arabic eye make-up with the use of the trusty Urban Decay Naked palette. This time the attention was on ramping it up a little bit with greens, something considerably daring for some of the girls who came to the class. Personally green on brown eyes is so flattering (as it is on other eye colours) so I was looking forward to what lay ahead.
I don’t think Safiyah could have been any more considerate and organised. A list of staple items was circulated beforehand and if anybody didn’t have one or two things, Safiyah had spares to loan.
The class was split into three parts: eye make-up, foundation and concealer and contouring. This order made sense as it’s easier tackling eye make-up (particularly bold looks) when there is potential fall-out and achieving a neater finish with adding foundation after. Throughout the session, she explained what tools to use and advice on which foundations, eyeshadows and other products from high end to high street delivered on quality and results, though it’s fair to say not everything will work for everyone. It is down to personal preferences and what suits you.
I ummed and ahhed for a good while before cracking open Urban Decay’s Vice 2 palette, which had been lying dormant in my drawers for a few weeks. I picked 3 shades but also dipped into the two Naked palettes. The best trick Safiyah revealed was to apply a matte shade close to my skin tone to blend above the crease and make the appearance more seamless. This little nugget of information was the missing piece in the jigsaw puzzle that no other make-up artist I’ve come across does. The advantage that Safiyah has is she understands darker skin tones because hey, it’s her job when she makes up countless Asian brides.
But back to my efforts. I almost had bouts of regret the moment I started packing on the colours and was unsure if the combination of the olive Stash and dark green Poison would stand out. I used Strike from Vice 2 in the inner corner and added Blackout from Naked 2 on the other corner for more definition. I also added Ambush from Vice 2 in the crease – the brown shade helped soften the greens.
With the natural daylight shining through the window behind me it didn’t look great and despite Safiyah’s positive reassurance, I wasn’t buying it. Well I should learn to trust her more because under artificial light and with some careful blending, the transformation took me by surprise. This is why Urban Decay’s my absolute favourite for eyeshadows. They’re rich in colour, buttery in consistency and a dream to work with. Please excuse the messy, long fringe – I’m due for a chop in a few days.
As we all played with our make-up, Safiyah moved around the room, answering questions and helping with applications. I’ve watched countless YouTube tutorials and read guides online yet there is something profoundly different about teaching in person, or perhaps it’s Safiyah’s calm and endearing style that doesn’t get lost in translation.
Getting recognition from Alex Box and Daniel Sandler is quite a major accomplishment. I’m impressed and proud at how many leaps and bounds Safiyah has taken from her last make-up class to this one which was pitch perfect. I predict a bright future for this aspiring young lady.
Here’s hoping Safiyah will run another class in the not too distant future. When she does, you’d best book your ticket fast.
*If you’re interested, the other products I used were Illamasqua’s Hydra Veil and Skin Base for the face, Illamasqua’s Precision Gel Liner on the upper lash line and brows, Illamasqua’s duo blusher in Beg/Bronzerella and BareMinerals’ Marvelous Moxie lip gloss in Maverick.
Illamasqua has a YouTube channel and lately it’s been featuring some fun and easy make-up tutorials courtesy of the efforts of Rose. I really enjoyed watching the Bat Woman Inspired Halloween Make-Up look, which uses the risky colour of red as the main theme.
Realising the shame that I possess every product Rose uses in this tutorial (bar the new bat lashes which I want for no valid reason), I thought I would have a crack at attempting to recreate Rose’s look. It needs some work on my part but for a practice run, I’m glad it didn’t turn out to be shockingly terrible plus it’s reignited my affair with Pure Pigment Berber. (Apologies for the wonky liner!)
I have altered it slightly (no bat lashes for a start, just my own) by using Illamasqua’s Precision Gel Liner as well (which I’m growing to love) and the duo blusher in Beg and Bronzerella with the fantastic Blush Up Brush.
Thank you, Rose for a top video and for kick starting some inspiration with wearing some bold colours. I will be reaching for Berber more frequently.
The question that now remains is, do you dare to wear red?