First thing is a really good shave. I go against the grain a little with the razor to get it really close to the skin, it makes stubble much easier to hide. After that I moisturise to keep the skin hydrated and soft - it really helps to have nice skin before applying makeup.
Next is a primer to help the foundation sit- I currently use a Sephora photo ready primer as it’s cheap. I’ve got a mac one for special uses. On top of this I apply an orange colour corrector to hide the blue of the stubble, then use a sponge to even it out. I then powder this with a setting powder to seal it.
The foundation I use here is Mac Pro full coverage foundation which is a creme foundation, very opaque. I use a sponge to apply this, trying to get a good coverage and even out the skin tone, to create a blank canvas. Once this is on, I use a buffing brush to smooth it all out (this step is important).
Usually I go for the brows next - that could be a whole other post. Powder first to remove moisture, then I use Anastacia Beverly Hills dip brow and a small angled brush to draw them in, and elongate the tail.
I do contour in two stages -wet using a stick, and dry with a powder. The stick I have has light on one side for highlight, and shadow on the other, this one was from Etude House which is Korean. I draw where I want to shade/highlight then carefully blend with a sponge.
2nd part of contour I usually do later.
For eyes I first prime with urban decay primer, to help the shadow stay. For this one I used the urban decay Naked 2 palette, I’d recommend that. Use a round brush to apply gold on the lid, then a darker colour into the crease, then blend with a Mac 217. A lighter colour on the browbone and inner corner of the eyes too. Used a bit of gold under the eye too.
I use Maybelline gel liner, I find this is a really good drugstore level product. It takes practice but is worth it.to do the wings. Kohl pencil on the lashlines, smudge the lower one slightly.
Now I go for the second lot of contour - starting with shadow and building that up where I want to minimise areas - in my case the jawline. Big tip for blending - my MUA friend told me to blend like into like, so powder into powders, creme into creme. For this I use a light powder to act as a lighter tone to blend into. I apply highlight on top of this, mostly on cheekbone. After this blending where needed with a soft brush. (notice how much I mention blending? This shit’s important).
I put blush on next, this one is a mac one, using a blusher brush. I avoid too much, it’s just to add a bit of colour.
When I’m happy with my face shape, I apply a layer of powder. This sets it, and helps get that airbrushed type look.
Lips are the last thing, this is a Mac retro matte lipstick, I didn’t use lip liner here but I should have really to help get a better line. I seal this by pressing a piece of kitchen towel on them to get rid of any excess.
Also lighting is really important, there was lovely soft morning light here which is great for photos. It’s much harder to get a good look using artificial light.
Hope this helps any of you who are wondering what to do with makeup. The above takes me about 45 minutes, would take longer but certain things such as contour are pretty much in memory.
Hey there! Do you have any tips on how to keep lips hydrated and get rid of fine lines? When I apply lipstick, I always have dry areas and the lipstick settles in the cracks of my lips. Any tips? Thank you 💋
My best tip would be choosing lipsticks that aren’t as drying as others and lipstick prep. If you do want to go for a super matte, long wearing lipstick make sure to
Exfoliate your lips. I like to use a sugar + coconut oil scrub or a toothbrush to very gently buff away dry skin.
Apply a thick layer of a heavy lip balm while you’re getting ready and save lipstick for last, this will let your lips immediately prepare for lipstick.
Apply a thin layer of lipstick with a lip brush. Using a lip brush will give you a thin, even layer. The more product you apply on the lips the more drying it will feel. A thicker layer of lipstick cracks more easily, too.
Finish the lips with a layer of translucent powder (will explain below)
My favorite way to get matte lips that don’t make them look/feel like a desert is applying any lipstick and then dusting translucent powder to take away any shine/sheen. The translucent powder not only makes the lips matte but it softens and blurs any lip lines and makes everything look more smooth similar to how to makes your skin look smooth when you apply it as a finishing powder!
I remember some time around May or so last year, I sent a frenzied text to someone in Estee Lauder asking when the “new matte liquid lipsticks” would be available. I’d seen makeup legend Val Garland mention them online and couldn’t wait to see these for myself. (Little did I know it would be 2016 before they were actually launched.)
Still, much better late than never!
Retro Matte Liquid Lipsticks will launch in Singapore on 8 Jan (SGD$39), and I have 8 of the 9 available shades here for review, but haven’t had time to do lip swatches of these but I just had to get the wrist swatches up first. Honestly, they are so opaque anyway that what you see here will be what you get on your lips.
I’ll say from first impressions that:
they dry completely matte; more matte than the regular Retro Matte lipsticks, which is normal for liquid lipsticks which contain no waxes or oils
these take a couple of minutes to dry and set (after which they become transfer-proof), so make sure your lips are clean and don’t press your lips together for awhile or you risk messing them up
you should apply most of the product onto the center of your lips first, then slowly push and spread outwards so that you don’t end up with less color in the center and a weepy thick mess around the edges of your lips, as the doe foot applicators have a tendency to push product away from the center and concentrate them outwards
they do break down when in contact with oil/grease, as with any lip product, so you can’t put gloss over these without breaking down the formula
these are extremely long-wearing so make sure you have cream or oil-based (or at least dual-phase oil-on-water) removers handy; I couldn’t get most of the stronger shades cleaned off with micellar liquid OR wipes
I didn’t notice any darkening of the shades during my first try - many liquid lipsticks set and then slowly darken or change color on the skin over the next 15-30 mins
they WILL feel dry on the lips - let’s just be honest - I haven’t met a transfer-resistant lipstick that didn’t feel dry; they can’t have any emollients and be truly transfer proof at the same time
All in all, in terms of texture and performance, they are exactly what I expected them to be.
The great thing is the colors are truly beautiful. I only wish there were more shades as the only con is a lack of more neutral, mauve-y, rosy lip-toned shades, warmer pinks or deep dark shades. Still, they’re launching an additional 6 shades in March 2016, so that should be cool.
I want a dark russet brown, dark purple, a blackened cherry…..