Anyone who has been following my little blog for a while now will have noticed that I rarely use liquid eye liner. I’m just far too much of a clumsy moo. Noting worse than almost being done doing your makeup and then ruining it all with dodgy liquid eyeliner, pencil is so much easier to tidy up. I know I could do my eyes first but that just feels all wrong. I bought the Real Techniques Silicone Liner brush ages ago and it does make it so much easier but let’s face it, I’m a creature of habit so I hardly ever use it. Today I thought it was time I did something different as I am always lining my eyes with brown or purple pencil or eye shadow. So I broke out the RT Silicone Liner Brush and MAC Fluidline, another thing I have had for ages and hardly ever use. I really like the look of a sharp black liquid eyeliner flick over pale metallic eye shadow, so that’s what I have tried to do here:
Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow in Golden Beige
Max Factor Wild Shadow Pot in Auburn Envy
MAC All That Glitters Eye Shadow
MAX Factor Wild Shadow Pot in Feral Brown
MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack
MAC Eyeliner in Coffee
Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara (not pictured)
Here is how I used them:
1. I used Kiko Long Lasting Stick in Golden Beige all over the lid and crease as an eyelid primer
2. I then used Max Factor Auburn Envy in the crease
3. Next I applied MAC All That Glitters all over the lid
4. In the outer corner I added MAX Factor Feral Brown for extra definition
5. I used the RT Silicone Brush to line the top lid with MAC Blacktrack
6. I lined both water lines with MAC Coffee, I then lined under Coffee with Feral Brown and went under that with All that Glitters
Finally I applied Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara
While my line is far from perfect, it’s pretty good for me. Are you a pro with liquid liner or are you a clumsy novice like me?
Today’s eye look is a departure for the neutral toned browns and golds that I usually go for, I felt like having a bit of fun with one of my favourite eye shadows MAC Satin Taupe. Satin Taupe is a really great colour to have in your collection because it’s very versatile. You can use it on its own all over the lid and in the crease. You can use it in the crease for a contour or use it on the lid with a darker colour in the contour. Another way of using Satin Taupe is as a base under other colours; it can completely change the colour that you layer on top of it. It’s also a really great colour for lining your eyes because its dark enough to define the eyes but it’s not too dark so it’s great for a softer look or if you are like me and feel that black looks too harsh all around your eyes. If I use black on the top lashes then I can use Satin Taupe on the bottom lashes to neutralise the harshness of the black. So here is today’s taupe and pink ombre look:
First I used Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Permanent Taupe as a base all over the lid and crease.
Then apply MAC Satin Taupe by loading it into the outer corner and blending it towards the middle of the lid and crease.
Next I applied MAC Pink Freeze by loading it into the inner corner and blending it towards the centre of the lid.
Then I dipped my brush into MAC Hepcat dabbed it right in the middle of the lid.
To finish I just lined the top lashes with MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack, lined the bottom lashes with Satin Taupe and loaded on Lancôme Hypnose mascara.
What eye shadows do you think are really versatile?
Sorry but as much as I love blogging, when the sun is shining the last place I want to be is inside writing a post. It is such a rare treat in Ireland for us to have beautiful clear blue skies and warm sunshine especially two whole days of it at the weekend when I am off work so I feel it’s important to take full advantage and get out and enjoy it. With that in mind this will be a quick face of the day post using a BB cream for a lighter base. When the sun shines we are all about pared back more natural looking makeup so we go all BB mad.
Although when I lay out all the products that I use for a “pared back natural look”, I have to wonder.
Max Factor Facefinity Primer
Garnier BB Cream for Oily/Combo Skin
Max Factor CC Colour Correctors yellow for under eyes and green for redness at sides of nose
Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer
Nars Light Reflecting Setting Powder
MAC Peaches blush
MAC Paint Pot in Rubenesque all over lid
MAC Omega for brows and crease
MAC Blacktrack Fluidline liner
MAC Coffee liner on lower lashes
Clarins Eyeliner in Gold on waterline
Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara
So there we have lots of products for a “natural” bright eyed summery look.
Last week I picked up my first Real Techniques brushes and since there was a three for two offer on in Boots it would have been rude not to buy three. Real Techniques brushes were created by makeup artists, bloggers and vloggers Sam and Nic Chapman and have been a favourite of bloggers and makeup artist for ages but it’s only recently that they have been available locally for me. I have quite a few MAC brushes and because I have bought brushes online before and when they arrived they were quite different in size to what I was expecting I wanted to see these in reality before buying.
Today I am going to tell you about how I got on with the Silicone Liner brush. All I can say is that this little beauty is the business. Technically not a brush, it has a pointed silicone tip and with it I can do something I am normally afraid to even try; I can line my eyes with a liquid liner. I can’t tell you how annoyed I get when I make a big smudgy mess of my makeup with liquid liner, and then I have to remove it and start over. The Silicone tip on this is so easy to work with, the pictures below are of my first time using it, so I can only assume that with practice I will be able to get my liner absolutely perfect and be able to create different style flicks.
Crease and lower lash line: MAC Satin Taupe
Lid: MAC All That Glitters
Inner corner highlight: MAC Nylon
Liquid Liner: MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack
Mascara: Lancôme Hypnose
How do you get on with liquid liner? Have you tried this brush yet?