I used to be so self-conscious about lip colours and was honestly scared to wear them. But lately I’ve started to experiment with more and more colours and I’m starting to love them! It’s such a simple way to instantly feel a little more ‘polished’!
Concealer is by far one of my favourite pieces of makeup. I can have a day where the only makeup I put on my face is concealer and a bit of powder. It’s one of those things that can be used in so many different ways; to cover under eye circles, conceal spots or any unwanted blemishes. But when you’re first starting out it can be pretty confusing. There’s liquid, matte, crayon-like sticks, skin coloured, green ones, purple ones and the whole thing can feel a bit daunting! So, let’s take it back to basics and look at concealer 101.
First up, what type of concealer to use? There are honestly so many different types and colours to choose from, I know in the beginning I found myself blankly staring at the makeup counters trying work out the difference! First of all, it really depends what type of texture you prefer; do you want a liquid based product or a creamy stick?
Personally, I prefer liquid. I feel like it rubs and blends in better and is easier to use. I also suffer from dry skin on my face and find that sometimes when I apply a more matte cream type concealer, it can sometimes leave me with flaky skin and uneven patches around the area that I’ve applied it to. But, as with everything it did take a bit of trial and error to find my perfect product.
Halloween is the one day of the year when you can dress up and become whoever you want to be. From something scary like a zombie to something a little more magical, think unicorn or fairy. For as long as I can remember, this has been my favourite thing about Halloween; I loved the excuse to dress up and would ALWAYS be a witch, complete with plastic pointed finger tips!
But the older I became, the less I wanted to join in the celebrations. And slowly I stopped celebrating Halloween altogether. But, lately I’ve discovered my love for this spooky day all over again. I can’t wait to watch scary movies (Hocus Pocus counts right?!) and carve my ever-so-creepy jack o’lantern. Dressing up is what I’m looking forward to the most though – I’m always up for an excuse to experiment with makeup!
I once read that people spend so much time and money on their clothes and face, and often forget about their nails. When you think about it, it’s so true; it’s something that you constantly see and is always on show. It’s a chance to show off your individuality, your character, and always makes you feel a little better, and a bit more put together. Well, at least it does for me. I love looking down and seeing a perfect little manicure. Especially when it’s one as pretty as this.
I don’t think it’s any secret that I absolutely love nail art, and trying out new styles. So, I thought it was only right for me to pay homage to one of the first manicures ever created. In the original look, created in the 1920’s, both the tip and natural crescent or ‘lunula’ (‘little moon’ in Latin) were left bare, or painted a lighter colour. Joan Crawford was one of the many actresses who promoted this look, and helped it to become such a big hit. It wasn’t until the 1930s that they began to paint the tip, leaving only the base bare.
Pretty as a picture is a saying that we always hear. Meaning that you look beautiful and completely picturesque. It’s one of them old fashioned sayings that seem to have been around forever. But I always thought that there should be something more to it. Watercolour pictures always seemed so perfect to me, and it amazed me what you could do with a splash of paint. How you could completely transform a sketch into a vibrant, colourful piece of art. Watercolour has always been one of my favourite types of paint and I love the effect that it creates.
But because I love a bit of experimenting, (but then again, who doesn’t?), I wondered if it was possible to recreate the watercolour look with makeup. The things that can be achieved with makeup never cease to amaze me. All you have to do is look at special effects make up to be blown away. So, I thought that it would be fairly easy to create a watercolour style image.