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Blooming Pink Cheeks!

Was inspired by the makeup look I saw on quite a lot of fashionable young women when I was in Tokyo recently. 

Instead of eyes or lips, they favored a rather exaggerated flushed cheek as the focal point of their makeup. But it wasn’t just a case of slapping on a load of blusher. There’s a specific look where they mimic a glowy, radiant effect and the blush color is intense but not heavy or dark looking. If you’re extremely fair-skinned, you just need to apply a very neon-colored blush over face powder.

Extra Tip: Bring your blush just a tiny bit in closer towards your nose than usual. This helps exaggerate that cute wind-blown, doll-like effect, instead of the typical blush along the cheekbones.

If you’re not porcelain (and most of us aren’t), you can imitate that effect easily by applying a matte or semi-matte pale highlighter or blush as a color base for a brighter, more intense blush to “float” and look more color-true on top of it. If you own those multi-color blushes with a paler shade, that’s perfect for this use.

Products used: 

Foundation: Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus Makeup 04

Concealer: MAC Studiofinish Concealer NW20

Setting powder: ClearLast powder in Medicated Ochre

Shadows: Benefit Groovy Kinda Love kit 

Liquid Liner: Heroine Make Impact Liquid Liner

False lashes: Diamond Lash flared half-strips (cut full strip lashes if you can’t find half strips)

Mascara: Maybelline Great Lash Mascara

Blush (pale): Etude House Face Color Corset #2 Lavender Fit

Blush (intense): Mitsuyoshi Tonoko Powder in 2P - try a hot pink like MAC Peony Petal (pictured above) or NYX Pinky

Lipliner: Givenchy Lip Pencil #3

Lipstain: Benefit Benetint (apply a little clear balm over for some extra sheen if you want)



Are you on the hunt for a sexy ‘Date Night’ look for this coming Valentine’s Day?
Well I have you covered! I created this intense smoky eye using the new Nars Cosmetics ‘And God Created The Woman’ palette - the same palette I used for last weeks Valentine’s Day makeup tutorial too.

Here are a list of the products, and links to where you can purchase most of them: 

* Skin Base Foundation - Illamasqua
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* Crown Brush Duo Fibre Foundation Brush

* MeMeMe Flawless Face Powder

* Real Techniques Bold Metals Powder Brush
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* Real Techniques Brow Brush
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* Brow Perfector - Nars Cosmetics
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* Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base - Nars Cosmetics
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* Scotch Tape

* And God Created The Woman Palette - Nars Cosmetics
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* Real Techniques - Bold Metals Oval Shadow Brush
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* Zoeva - 220 Luxe Grand Shader Brush

* Blank Canvas Cosmetics - Fluffy Blending Brush USE DISCOUNT CODE ‘SHONAGH’ FOR 10% OFF

* Zoeva - 325 Luxe Brow Light Brush

* Avon SuperShock Gel Liner Pencil

* Kryolan Detailer Brush

* Crown Brush C207 Sable Angle Liner

* Too Faced - Better Than Sex Mascara
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* Lena Lashes - ‘Naomi’ (I wouldn’t recommend purchasing from this company - hindsight is a beautiful thing!)

* MAC Pro Sculpt Powders - Shadowy & Sculpt
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* Zoeva - 109V Face Paint Brush

* Zoeva - 114 Luxe Face Focus Brush

* Kryolan Glamour Glow 'Indulgence’ Palette - Juicy Moods

* MAC Soft & Gentle
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* J Cats Beauty - Honeycrisp Lipstick

* Victoria Secret Lipgloss