Thursday, 31 May 2012

How to conceal dark circles with out looking cakey

We all struggle from time to time with the tell tale signs of lack of sleep, not feeling well or genetic dark under eye circles. As a mum i have had (still do) my fair share of these beautiful blue bags.

Its really tempting to pile on the concealer and solider on, but the results are never what we hope for. The trick to combating the blue/purple rings is to colour correct. The skin under the eyes is discoloured and you need to bring it back to match the rest of the skin. To colour correct we must use a colour on the opposite side of the colour wheel to neutralise the skin tone.

simple colour wheel
If you look opposite the blue on the wheel is orange. Using an peach to orange colour corrector depending on the level of blue will neutralise the skin under the eye. Using colour correction will save you having to pile on the concealer that causes caking and grey ashy tones under the eye. ( I have an asian client that i have to use a vibrant orange lipstick to correct under her eyes)

-  to stop a heavy application is to warm the product between your finger tips to warm it up before application. ( try rubbing your ring fingers together then using them to apply the concealer) 
- apply a brightening eye cream before applying your makeup.
- set concealer under eye with a small fluffy brush and translucent powder ( i use a mac 224) 
- less is more, layer correctors and concealers is much easier to add more if needed than it is to remove it.

 What do you use to hide the dark circles?

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

What do you want???

Hi Loves todays post is a quick and simple one, what can I do for you? I think I take for granted the skills and knowledge that being a makeup artist gives me.

 So here is your opportunity to ask me anything you may want to know or need some help or advice about. So comment tweet email me so I can get to helping xx

Monday, 21 May 2012

Brisbane city Haul- Mecca Maxima-

I was very blessed to be celebrating my 5th wedding anniversary over the weekend, and hubby and I managed to get the weekend to ourselves. We spent the time in the city shopping eating and enjoying each others company uninterrupted. 
The awesome free gift 
During some much needed retail therapy I stumbled in the newly revamped Mecca Maxima. I was in beauty bloggers heaven, I was a bit over whelmed and only picked up a few things. I had a voucher Mecca was offering on there Facebook page for a free set of Kit Nail strips ready to go. I picked up another set of the Kit nail strips in Pink Parade after seeing them on Gemma Elaine's nails recently and OMG they looked HOT so I had to have them. 
I have been lusting after a few Nars blushes for a while and picked up Angelika this time, it is so pretty I have been using it every day since I got it. 
Goodies I purchased 
I have been Loving orange lip products so Sila's long wear lip colour in Outrageous was a must, I am so happy with this product I have had it on today and it has lasted through my morning coffee, lunch and a coctail, before needing a freshen up. 
I have fallen head over heels with Stila smudge stick waterproof eye liners since discovering one in the Stila Pallete featured here. I grabbed one in blue ribbon, so pretty. 
Mecca  Loot 
I was after a frosty taupe nail polish for winter and Kits Move Up was just what I was looking for, neutral and frosty with out being to glittery. 
 I was over the moon when the beautiful Mecca sales associate said "here is your free gift" who doesn't love a freebee?? The cute little box contains a Soap and Glory Hand food sample  ( this smells like heaven) a Bumble and bumble thickening hairspray sample, a Smashbox  photo finish luminizing primer ( Love it looks great on its own). A Stila illuminating tinted moisturizer sample, a Weil for Origins mega mushroom kin relief serum sample and a set of Kit nail strips in Kiss & Tell. 

Let me know if you would like me to review any of these products in more detail. xx