On Instagram I get asked more about beauty and how I do my make-up, than anything else, so finally I have decided to write up a beauty blog post and do a beauty tutorial.
*Disclaimer - I am certainly NOT a professional make-up artist, nor have I trained as one, but in my previous life before singing full-time I worked at the House of Fraser head office as a beauty buyer and through this I was introduced to lots of brands, techniques and products. I also had to learn how to do my make-up myself when I was touring the country performing as budgets and time often didn’t allow for a professional... so I researched and learned through trial and error (Yes, I had some major disasters!). I'd like to think I have now become quite good at it and picked up a few useful tricks along the way, which I can share with you here.
I will discuss the products and why I love them below and you can and then watch the video to see how I apply them:
Touché Eclat Blur Primer
Initially I didn’t really think it was worth buying a primer but then I tried out YSL and never looked back! Sometimes I just put it on my face without foundation as it just seems to smooth everything out. I also sometimes add it to my foundation if I want a lighter coverage.
Dealing with Blemishes, dark circles:
Dior Fix It
Yes, it may seem strange putting green on your skin but it neutralizes redness and is perfect for under the eyes and on spots.
Bobbi Brown Creamy Corrector
I always have very dark under-eyes and I want full coverage so it looks like I’ve slept for 100 years (!) and for this, I find the Creamy Corrector perfect. I also use it to cover spots. I put it on top of the Dior fix it.
Dior Forever Matte and Georgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation
I love to mix my foundations - I find the Dior on its' own is too thick and the Georgio Armani is too runny. I also like to mix the colours; the Armani foundation is lighter and I just mix them up depending on how tanned I am. For example, it's winter at the mo and I am (very) pale so I use 3 pumps of Armani compared to 2 pumps of Dior. Through a bit of trial you'll find the mix that works best for you.
Chanel Natural Finish Loose Powder
This is my favourite product ever! I also have it in two shades depending on how tanned I am. This product is a dream as you can use it without foundation but it basically makes you look flawless and not oily. I know some people love the 'dewy' look but I often think it looks a bit greasy whereas this sets your face and makes your make-up last forever.
What I have discovered is that the key to good eye shadow is that as you get older the shade should get lighter. When I was in my 20’s I wore very dark eye shadow (and it aged me) whereas now I tend to go for browns, oranges, gold and pinks which look better and 'open' your eyes.
Eye Shadow: Bobbi Brown and Luxe Eye Shadow Bobbi Brown
Eye Shadow: Bobbi Brown and Luxe Eye Shadow Bobbi Brown
Eye liner: Long- Wear Cream Shadow
I was introduced to this by my ever-glamorous friend Hunters and Heels who first introduced me to Bobbi Brown. Naturally, I lost the one she gifted me and I immediately had to go out and buy another. I have been converted! I used to wear black eye liner and occasionally I still do for the right occasion but now I wear this 90% of the time. I love the colour as it opens your eyes and it's so super easy to use and creamy but stays on all day.
Mascara: Maybelline Colossal Volume Express Mascara Black
I have tried many designer mascaras and I still just keep turning back to the ever-faithful high-street brand Maybelline as it has to be my favourite.
Eylure Strip False Lashes Accent N.003 ¾ length
I love the Eylure lashes - they are my absolute favourite because they are so easy to use. When I first started wearing eye lashes (you need to practice – buy a couple and just try them at home) I used to wear bigger full-length ones but found that they irritated my inner eye and just looked a bit 'too much'. I feel these look big enough that you could wear them for dinner without crossing the line into a 'hooker vibe'.
Perfectly Defined Long-Wear Brow Pencil – Bobbi Brown
For years I was anti-eyebrow-pencil, I am not a lover of big eyebrows and I feel at the moment the trend is odd... however I do love to fill-in my eyebrows which I think makes a massive difference.
Contouring and Blushing: SO MANY PRODUCTS
- First start with bronzer on your cheek – Bronzing Powder- Bobbi Brown - rstyle.me/+RO5OhwoDHb4of8-fX_NVeA
- Then blusher, this is quite strong so you only need a little bit and it lasts forever – Illuminating Bronzing Powder- Bobbie Brown - rstyle.me/+9Nyqz9gjL5bgyfOECSJIaQ
- Highlighter for the cheeks – Highlighting Powder – Pink Glow – Bobbie Brown - rstyle.me/+ygLdPJGAziaR20vxttZxWg
- Bronzing Highlighter I feel this just gives you a little pop, I have actually had this since uni as you only need a little bit. Iridescent Powder/ Loose Mac - rstyle.me/+FfsRPlXMLNIw-VkEOw9t0Q
- Contour – I love to contour my nose to make it appear a little slimmer and have found Nars is perfect. Nar’s Blush -rstyle.me/+yZwSl8qPPfaMId6UlXLhkQ
- To finish I lightly brush the top of my forehead with Nude Finish illuminating Powder. I also take this out with me, could never pack everything but it’s perfect for a top up and you don’t want to make the make up too heavy - rstyle.me/+PCICddVnte5LtlalZuuNgQ
Fresh Lip Balm:
I tend to change my lips often depending on how I feel but currently and most of the time I have been wearing Mac Satin Lipstick and on top of that my favourite lip balm of all time Fresh Sugar Lip Caramel Hydrating Balm.
Check out my video to see how to apply the make-up I use.
Disclosure, if you purchase any of the products I will get a VERY small percentage of the sale.