What is the key to a flawless finish?


The secret is to hold the brush nearer to the end. This allows you to apply light pressure which creates the whole diffused, blended look. 

You will naturally apply more pressure if you hold your brush like a pencil which can result in blotchy patches that are difficult to blend. 

πŸ”‘ They key to blending is a light hand and the key to a light hand is where you position your hand on your brush. 
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Tip!


No, I haven’t gone crazy….yet! 

After moisturising my face, I usually wait, at least, ten minutes to apply makeup but sometimes (depending on the moisturiser) it is still not enough time to sink in. 

I hate applying brow powder or pencil to a brow that’s still ‘moist’ from the cream I’ve used. It means any product I use will instantly be darker and my brows tend to look more drawn on. This is where the POWDER comes in. I brush some on the brows and then start to fill in my brows. The result is more natural and light. 

❗️Obviously a light hand is a must but the powder just soaks up any moisture to give you a helping hand. 

How To Control Shine


Before I go on, I want to point out if you do have oily skin, it’s not something that can be changed unfortunately – it is genetic. I know a lot of products make huge promises but the results are all temporary. It’s not all doom and gloom though – it’s all about finding the right products to control shine as opposed to trying to change your skin type. It’s a case of trial and error as everyone reacts differently to products. 

Here are my tips to control shine: 

1 – Avoid creamy cleansers, opt for a gentle FACIAL WASH instead. The ingredient you need to keep an eye out for is Salicylic Acid. This is what helps break down excess oil. 


2 – EXFOLIATE – this will remove dead skin cells and excess oil from your face. Remember not to overdo it as the skin can get confused and start producing more oil. Don’t forget about that essential ingredient ‘Salicylic Acid’.  


3 – Use a CLAY MASK to soak up excess oil and any impurities. 


4 – A good MATTIFYING PRIMER is essential in helping to reduce shine. The same goes for your foundation. Ensure it’s main purpose is to keep your skin looking matte. 


5 – Avoid heavy, rich creams day or night. Switch to a LOTION or a LIGHTWEIGHT MOISTURISER. The ingredients you need to look out for are Linoleic Acid and Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide). These will help control shine and reduce breakouts. 


6 – BLOTTING is better than touching up with powder. Powder is okay to use once or twice throughout the day but anymore than that can leave you looking ‘cakey’ and even worse clog pores. 


7 – A mattifying SETTING SPRAY can not only lock in your makeup but help to lock in shine too. 


8 – Certain FOODS can make oily skin worse. Try cutting down on sugar and dairy products, yes, dairy products, which can increase oil production. Increase your water intake to flush out those toxins. 

In Love With My Selfie Light…


I love my selfie light. I clipped it onto one of my mirrors (the stand alone kind) and used it for extra lighting. A cheap vanity mirror πŸ˜‚ but hey – it works. 

The day time is always great for lighting but as the sun sets, darkness looms and you can’t see if your eyeshadow is blended enough or if your brows have been filled correctly. That’s where this baby comes in. 

Make up done. Clip it onto your phone. Take a picture. 😎


Castor oil has numerous benefits and promoting hair-growth is one of them. The oil boosts blood circulation to the follicles, leading to faster hair growth. The oil also has omega-9 essential fatty acids that can penetrate into the pores of the skin and hair follicles. 

Many people apply it to their scalp. It can also be used to thicken and lengthen lashes. I know a few people that have used it claiming it works.

This is where my brows come in. I’m always boring you all about my brows or lack of them! Over plucking has caused some hair not to grow back. This is a common problem but I want to find a solution.

So…

For the next three weeks I am going to apply castor oil to my brows every night. I will post the before/after pictures once I’ve completed the three weeks. I’m not holding out much hope to be honest with you but let’s hope it proves me wrong. 


It seems rather obvious, right? My cheeks, I hear you say? Well, you’re right but what if I was to say you could contour your cheeks just by using your blush? When applied correctly, blusher can really help create definition. Read on to find out more.

First things first: determine your face shape. Is your face shape long, round, square, oval or more of a heart shape?


Once you’ve established this, you can move on to applying your blusher according to your face shape. It’s all about emphasising your cheekbones and creating a balance.

Find your face shape and the correct technique and see if it helps. Practice makes perfect and the key is to blend – no harsh lines. Remember it’s all about creating a natural flushed look with subtle definition. 

πŸ™‚ L O N G: Apply your blusher horizontally – so start at the apple of your cheeks and work towards your ear. This will make your face appear wider. 

πŸ™‚ S Q U A R E: Apply blusher on the apples of your cheeks and blend to soften the angles of your face and bring the attention to the roundest part of your face.

πŸ™‚ H E A R T – S H A P E: Apply blusher slightly lower than your cheekbones and blend upwards. This will soften your prominent chin. 

πŸ™‚ R O U N D: Apply blusher along your cheekbones and blend upwards towards your temples. This will add definition. Be careful not to get any blusher below your cheekbones or close to your nose as this will emphasise the roundness of your face. Avoid applying blusher on the apples of your cheeks for the same reason. 

πŸ™‚ O V A L: Apply blusher on the apple of your cheeks and blend towards your temples. This will really bring out your cheekbones. 


Sometimes you can have the best foundation and primer but it still does not look good on your skin. There could be a number of reasons for this but here is one important factor you should consider before buying these two products. 

❗️Most foundation and primers are either water or silicone based – so it’s important that when you buy these two products, you ensure they are both either silicone or water-based. So if you buy a water based foundation, you need a primer that is also water-based. 

🚫 Let me explain why this is important. Water and silicone don’t mix well so using two different formulations is going to cause problems with application and make your foundation to look uneven. 

❓I know you’re wondering how on earth you’re supposed to know if a foundation/primer is silicone or water-based. Well – it’s all in the ingredients. Have a look at your foundation/primer and see if you can see the words ‘siloxane’, ‘dimethicone’ or any words ending in ‘cone’ at the top of the list of the ingredients. If the answer is yes – you’re dealing with a silicone based product. 

❓However, if these words are nearer to the middle/end of the list of ingredients, you have a water-based product. 

πŸ’§The first ingredient will always be Aqua so don’t let that fool you into thinking it is a water-based product, as water is needed to make the product liquid. 

Happy shopping! 

Tips for Deep-set Eyes

Deep Set Eyes are located deeper in the socket than other eyes and give the appearance of sunken eyes.

Here are a few tips to help you apply your eye makeup:

πŸ’‹ Do cover your dark circles well as deep set eyes create natural shadows making those dark circles more prominent! 

πŸ’‹ Light colours will work best for you – pop on a light, neutral colour on your eyelids to bring your eyes forward.

πŸ’‹ Apply highlighter to the inner corners of your eyes to brighten the eyes. 

πŸ’‹ Keep dark colours to the outside of your eyes. 

πŸ’‹ Avoid applying a dark eyeshadow in your crease as this will only make your eyes look more deep-set. If you want to apply a medium shade – apply it above your crease and blend well. This will really open up your eyes.

πŸ’‹ Apply lots of mascara or lashes to really bring out your eyes. 

🌟 Celebs with the same eyes: Kim Kardashian, Keira Knightly and Megan Fox. 

Tips for Close Set Eyes


Close-set eyes are less than one eyeball width apart. 

Here are a few tips to help you apply makeup:

πŸ’‹ The trick is to balance the colours. Keep the light coloured eyeshadows for the inner part of your eyes and the dark colours for the outer parts. 

πŸ’‹If you like wearing eyeliner – keep it to the outer corner of your eyes. This applies to the top and bottom. 

πŸ’‹ With mascara, you want to focus on the outer corner of your eyes to create the illusion of wider eyes. 

πŸ’‹ Extending your eyebrows can also help to make your eyes look wider. Don’t take the eyebrow too far – just a bit further out than the outer corner of your eye.

πŸ’‹ If you want to line your water line – use a nude or white pencil giving you that fresh, wide-awake look. 

🌟 Celebs with same eyes: Jennifer Anniston, Miley Cyrus and Sarah Jessica Parker.

Tips for Hooded Eyes


Hooded Eyes are when the excess skin below your brow bone folds over the entire lid. 

Here are a few tips to help you apply eye makeup:

πŸ’‹ It’s best to use waterproof mascara as with hooded eyes your lashes tend to touch your browbone. This will prevent any smears or smudges. 

πŸ’‹ Invest in a good primer – this will prevent your makeup from creasing which is a common problem for hooded eyes. 

πŸ’‹ Do apply highlighter to the inner corner of your eye and browbone to give the illusion of a more open eye. 

πŸ’‹ You want to create a new crease line so apply your eyeshadow above your natural crease line so that when you open your eyes, the colour won’t get lost. The best way to do this is to have your eyes opened and then apply. 

πŸ’‹ Applying liner can be difficult on a hooded eye – you want to ensure you use a liner that will dry quickly and not smudge during the day. A gel liner is probably the easiest to work with as it dries quickly. 

πŸ’‹ A flick is good for opening up the eye but keep that eyeliner thin and as close to the lash line as possible. 

🌟 Celebs with same eyes: Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone and Blake Lively.