Perfecting The Eye Liner

Now I know I'm not perfect at make up, but there are certain things I've got down to a T, including a smokey eye and blending foundation. But eyeliner, that's a whole different story, I'm basically crap at it.  I try so many times but the line is always wobbly or isn't close enough to my lashes. So I set myself the challenge to perfect eyeliner, whether it's a cat eye or not, just to wear it more often.

I didn't have any gel or cream eyeliners in my collection so that was the first thing to pick up. I've ended up with Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner in Brown, Clinique Cream Eyeliner in Black* and Smokey Grey*. I asked on Twitter for the best ones and they all came up top. I've found that I prefer a grey or brown shade as black is a little too harsh for my eyes, I think. I found that the Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner lasted the longest on my eyes, as the Clinique Cream Eyeliner did transfer slightly throughout the day. Out of the shades used, I do prefer the smokey grey.
I didn't get along with angled brushes, so a thin brush is great for quickly drawing a thin line. I was quickly able to make it thicker if I needed or to darker any patches of the liner with such a thin brush. Another brush I've been using for eyeliner is one of the new MAC brushes, Linear 1*. At first I expected them to be very rough, however they're incredibly soft. As always, it's a very versatile brush as this can be used for lining the eyes or lips. It's a toughie as I feel as though I need to be shown how to use it correctly, but I'm enjoying using it as it's perfect for short sighted people (ahem, me). Rather than your hand being in front of your face, it's to the side, meaning I can see properly. 

Onto pencils and pens designed for eyeliners, which I have plenty to choose from. Collection 2000 Extreme Felt Tip Pen was bought a while ago, so I'm not even sure if it's still available but once it's on, it's not coming off. Compared to others, the nib is rarely thick but it's extremely black and I've been able to create a thin line with it still. Eyeko Skinni Mini Eyeliner was perfect for creating an incredibly thin line, as it's super skinny. I found this when rummaging through my sisters make up and I'm very impressed with it. I have a feeling this is quite old so I might pick up a new one in Space NK soon, possibly the Alexa Chung edition. There's always the classic kohl liner, which I think I have in every colour. The one I've been reaching for the most is Soap & Glory Smoulder Kohl in Brown, as it's super creamy and easy to blend. When I'm using kohl, I usually do a rough line along my top lash line and smudge it out with my finger or a cotton bud. I will often use the excess on my bottom lashes to add a little depth.

Now it's time to perfect the cat eye, which I may need help with.

Luce x

The New Thing: MAC Huggable Lip Colour

It's not often that I get excited about a MAC limited edition collection, in fact I have never bought anything from a collection. There have been times I wished I picked something up, there is a certain peachy pink lipstick I am praying comes back around. So this time it was a little different, I'm hooked on the new MAC lipsticks. MAC Huggable Lip Colours are 12 new lipsticks out on counters now. They are limited edition so if you like the look of them, get one now as they're gonna be a hit.

I have the shade Commotion*, which is a deep cool plum. It's a very strange formula, a gel base which proves a lasting, glossy finish which is hugely pigmented. They 'hug' your lipsticks all day and are available in hues that stay bright for up to 6 hours. I tend to look towards a matte lipstick for high pigment, but these are incredible as well as staying glossy throughout the day. If you do prefer a matte look, you're able to pat it down to a matte finish and build it up in layers. I have done that a few times now and I found that it sat in the same way as a stain would.

The shades range from a light beige all the way to a deep auburn, so there is something for everyone. Priced at £17.50, which is pretty standard for MAC as they always have incredibly high standards. 

Luce x

Lazy Girls Make-Up

I've become lazy, well, lazier. I use the same products every day and rarely change the look, maybe with a sweep of eyeshadow or a bright lip. But I've got the basics down to a T. In the past week or so, I haven't had much time in the mornings to do my make up, so I'm always in a rush. That's why I've neglected my little blog this past week.

After I've washed my face and moisturised it with my pick, which at the moment is a new Jurlique offering, I use Bourjous Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation. I have spoke about this so many times, but I love it and it does everything I need. I'm in the market for a new foundation, which is exactly like this, but isn't this product. I don't apply foundation all over my face, it doesn't go anywhere near my forehead and only around my cheeks and nose area. The shade matches me pretty perfect and I don't feel the need for foundation everywhere. It's a light coverage which can be built up to a medium coverage, but one small pumps worth is enough for the amount I need.
That's where NARS Creamy Radiant Concealer comes in, helping me hide the red marks and blemishes which are popping up around my face. It's the quickest and easier concealer I've ever used, which doesn't get patchy or dry throughout the day. I use my ring finger to blend it all out, as my fingers usually do a better job than a brush would do.
Onto the eyebrows, I comb them through with a spoolie and shade them in with the Hourglass Brow Sculpting Pencil in Soft Brunette. I'm scared of when this runs out as it's so damn expensive, but it's honestly one of the best brow products I've used. It's a lot softer than the Tom Ford version I used to use, it also makes them look quite natural.
A dusting of bronzer makes a big difference on my current pale skin, just a sweeping across the temples, cheekbones and under the jawline. I'm not one to contour my face, so this is the closest it's going to get to it. On a daily basis, I reach for Clarins Bronzing Duo* as it creates a soft bronze glow.
Followed up by a few coats of mascara, Benefit They're Real, of course. I have a feeling that in the next few weeks, I'm going to have to pick up a new one of these as it's becoming a little dry. But am I the only one to like a dry-ish mascara?

All of this takes me about 5 minutes to achieve and once I'm sat on the tube, I will rummage to the depths of my make up bag to find a suitable lip balm to use.

Luce x

One Eyeshadow, Two Ways

Say hello to my new love, Burberry Sheer Eyeshadows. I had been wanting this particular shade for about a year, possibly more. I had even had a dream and I was wearing it, I woke up the next morning and thought 'wow that eyeshadow looked good'. Suzie & I popped into the Burberry Covent Garden store, next thing I knew, the eyeshadow was on my lids and I was handing over my card. I walked out a very happy customer.

So I picked up the shade, Khaki, which is a browny green. It makes the green in my eyes just pop and I love it. As in the name, they are quite a sheer eyeshadow but I like that as you're able to build up the colour without going over the top. If you have tried the Charlotte Tilbury eyeshadows, you can keep on blending and blending them forever, they're both very similar. I have been using a Real Technique shadow brush to apply it and blend it out.

For day to day, I have been using it just as a flush of colour across the lid and with a little mascara. Nothing too fancy, just adding a little bit more dimension to my lid. A sheer wash of colour, like the name. However for the days I have more time to spend on my make up, you can build it up to a smokey eye look. Recently I have been doing a lot of 'one shadow smokey eyes' as they're quick and easy. This colour makes it perfect. Keeping it with the sheer wash of colour, just add a little bit more colour to the outer corner of the eye. Add enough colour until you're happy with it. Pop on a little eyeliner and you're ready for a night out.

I'm too scared to go into the shop again as I know I'm hooked on these shadows. Please do excuse my horribly dry skin, this winter hasn't been kind to my skin.

Luce x