It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these! As part of my budget beauty week, I rounded up some of the best drugstore products to film a little tutorial. I was feeling a little under the weather today, I’m running a bit low on energy at the moment and my skin is horrendous because of it – I hope no one minds too much!
Ideally I would have chosen a different foundation for my awful skin but I really wanted to use the Happy Light foundation for you all to see. As usual, I’ve listed the products in the description bar so have a little look there and let me know what you think!
I recently had an exciting trip to Edinburgh to meet Hourglass Cosmetics Head Makeup Artist Mel Leonard and have my makeup done by her, something I was overly excited about as I use a lot of Hourglass products. I was meeting Mel in Harvey Nichols in Edinburgh so I went early so I could have a browse!
After meeting the lovely Mel and munching on a macaron (yep, makeup and macarons – I was in heaven!) she told me a bit about the LA-based brand and what she did. I was also introduced to the latest release from Hourglass, the Femme Nude Lip Stylos – these are nude lip crayons with a creamy, almost matte finish available in six shades. I now have one of my own and I’m hooked, they’re not drying and a satin/matte finish feels lovely on the lips.
Mel asked me a little about my skin while she removed my makeup and then chose a foundation to suit my normal but blemish prone skin type. She applied the Hourglass No. 28 Serum Primer around my eyes, a lovely silky oil that is used for it’s pore-minimising and skin-smoothing benefits – this made the area around my eyes seriously smooth and look very fresh. On my lips, Mel applied the No 28 Lip Treatment Oil to moisturise and smooth my lips – this has a 24kt gold, anti-bacterial tip that is cooling on the lips and the oil itself is seriously hydrating, even on lips like mine which are constantly dry.
Next up, Mel applied the cult favourite – the Veil Mineral Primer, I’ve tried this before and I adore it. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a wonder product for smoothing over skin and creating a flawless blank canvas for makeup. You won’t believe how much this changes the texture of your skin, it really does help to hide imperfections and minimise pores and it feels like silk on the skin. It’s pricey but very worth it, even the smallest amount will keep makeup dewy and fresh for the entire day. My skin wasn’t looking so great and I have to admit I was feeling a bit meh about myself that morning, my skin looked dull and I had lots of red blotches that were fading spots but Mel used the Hourglass Hidden Corrective Concealer before she used foundation, the creamy concealer calmed redness and soothed my skin without clinging to dry areas – Mel applied it on half my face first so I could see the difference and it was such a dramatic change, the redness was gone, blemishes were hidden and the tone of my skin looked far healthier.
For my base, the Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation was used – as my skin had already been evened out with the concealer, only a small amount was needed and my skin looked really natural yet all spots and scars were well hidden. This is ideal for oily/combination skin types as it hydrates the skin and absorbs and controls excess oil so skin is free of shine yet not parched or patchy, the finish is almost matte but quite velvety at the same time.
For added colour, Mel used the Illume Creme-To-Powder Bronzer Duo in Sunset, something I already use regularly myself. This is a creamy bronzer/blusher duo that melts in to the skin and adds a fresh hint of colour – I actually use the blush often but I wasn’t sure how to use the bronzer side, so Mel got to work showing me how to add a little bit of bronze and also sculpt my face by applying the product on the contours of my face – under the cheeks and on the temples. She also used the blusher on the apples of my cheeks, so the result was a lovely healthy but sculpted look.
The Ambient Lighting Powders were also used to give me an added boost of radiance, these worked so nicely with the foundation – the result was a very awakened complexion.
My eyes were done in a kind of 60s, bold vibe and I have to admit once again that it definitely wasn’t something that I would do myself but I loved it – although a lot of black was used, Mel managed to open my eyes and make them look bigger, rather than small and harsh. She used the Vol. 6 Eye Palette which is limited edition but apparently it should be around until next year, the variety of shades is brilliant – there’s so much you can do with the palette. Mel stuck with the two darker shades and lined the tightline with Script Precision Liquid Liner and applied the Film Noir Mascara – the combination of these products made my lashes look so defined and curled. I have quite long lashes already but I’m always after that supreme curl!
Finally, the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil was used in Soft Brunette – I use this already but Mel showed me how to apply it so I get a proper arch, and then she applied the new Femme Nude Lip Stylo in No. 1 which finished off the 60s look and played down the dark eye.
The completed look was oh so pretty, I’m not sure I could do a dark eye like that myself but I shall definitely be trying out Mel’s techniques. What do you think of the look?
I haven’t done a makeup video in a little while but I thought it was time. This look is a tribute to my Nirvana-lovin’ days as it’s quite smoked up, effortless and only complete with an oversized shirt and a messy topknot.
Someone was partied out yesterday and so didn’t have a chance to film a video, so today’s video was delayed a little! Quite a lot of people asked to see a tutorial using the latest NARS Limited Ed. palette, so here it is. The lighting was awful, the weather here has been atrocious today, going from blinding sun to full on blizzards so it does look a little washed out at times. Nonetheless, I liked the finished look.
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