#GETHELOOK – HALLOWEEN’17

I have to admit I’m rubbish with Halloween, I hate the site of blood to the point where all the fake gory looks freak me out. I could never dress up scary. I think when I was younger I was a witch every year, and then year before last I was a cat… original. You get my vibe though, I don’t do ‘proper’ Halloween. This year I went for a mermaid vibe, my actual outfit was half hearted I just really wanted my makeup to stand out. It was quite tedious to do, I practised 3 times during the week and spent about 2-3 hours getting ready. I really took my time because I didn’t want to rush and mess up.

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PREP

As I was putting so much eyeshadow/glitter glue/glitter on my face it was key that I prepped my skin, whenever I’m going out I use this mask from Selfridges. Honestly it’s amazing. For me it tightens my pores, soothes and brightens my skin, and for some reason when I have a photo taken with flash my skin looks SO flawless like it’s been FaceTuned. I left this on for about 30 minutes whilst I did my hair, then let the residue soak into my skin for 10 minutes before washing my face with water and patting it dry.

HAIR

I did 2 braids at the top of my head and secured them with mini clear hair ties. I used a selection of glitter in the middle and either side of the braids. For this is recommend thick glitter like Gypsy Shrine otherwise thin glitter looks a bit like dandruff. Just spray some hair spray onto the area, add the glitter then spray some more to secure it. To curl my hair I used a bubble barrel ended curling tong, mine is a Mark Hill one from Boots from about 5 years ago but the updated Pick n Mix one is here. This type of barrel is perfect because no 2 curls are the same, I took small sections of my hair about 5cm-10cm wide and wrapped them round the barrel for 10 seconds and made my way around my head. Once done I sprayed my hair with hair spray and let the style sit for about an hour before running my fingers through my hair to create loose waves.

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EYES

I started with my eyes first, I always do eye makeup first because if you get any fall out from shadow you can just wipe it away, plus as I was using such bright colours it would of been a hot mess if I did foundation first.  I started by priming my eyes with Urban Decay eyeshadow primer, this stuff keeps everything in place I can’t live without it. For eyshadow I used a mix of the Jaclyn Hill x Morphe palette and the NYX Multi Finish Eye Palette in Electric. I started by using a nude transition shade under the brow/on the crease and then started lightly and built up with the pink from the NYX palette. Then with a slightly smaller brush than before, I used the purple from Jaclyn’s palette and did the same but slightly below where I had placed the pink. Continuing with the purple using a smaller brush I applied more shadow in the inner corner and outer corner to create the halo eye effect. In the centre of the lid I placed some eyeshadow primer to act as a base and applied the turquoise shade from Jaclyns palette on top. Then do make that pop some more I used this NYX glitter on top. To keep glitter on the eye I use eyelash glue, any brand will do! I applied Pinky Goat lashes right at the end of the whole look. Under the eye I took the pink and smoked it under the eye and then used the purple on top. For inner corner and brow bone highlight I used this beaut holographic eyeshadow from Topshop which looks white but catches a purple/blue undertone in the light.

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FACE

I primed using Too Faced Hangover Primer and as always used my NYX Dark Circle concealer in shade Medium to colour correct my under eye dark circles. For foundation I used the L’Oreal Pro Glow foundation which I bought in America but you can’t get it in the UK??!!! I am so mad about this because it’s THE perfect foundation, so if anyone is going to America anytime soon can you bring me back about 5 of these?? Thanks. Concealer as always is my trusty Maybelline Fit Me and I ever so slightly did some contour to bronze up my face a bit using the Tartiest Pro Glow palette. As I was going to apply so many bright colours to my face I didn’t want bronzer/contour to make the shades ashy. I set my face and under eyes with the Laura Mercier setting powder and then with the NYX Matte setting spray.

THE MERMAID SCALES

The big question is…. how on earth did I get the scales?! It’s so mad, I simply just put a pair of fishnet tights over my head and packed the eyeshadow on top, as you do. I used micro fishnets as they’re the perfect size to create the scale effect, anything larger would of been way too big. Using the same shades that I used for my eyes, I used sponge wedges to pat the eyeshadow onto my face starting with the purple. I wanted a purple & turquoise on the cheeks which blended into pink and purple on the temples/forehead. Dabbing some Barry M Glitter Gel on to the areas where I wanted glitter applied, I sprinkled a mix of Barry M glitter and NYX glitter over those areas. Trust this is messy, you’re gonna need a dustpan and brush.

Then to finish off I used my fave Maybelline Brow Drama eyebrow gel to shape my brows and on the lips MAC Lip Liner in Edge to Edge and lipstick in Saint Germain.

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#GETTHELOOK – HOW I EDIT MY INSTAGRAM PHOTOS

I always get asked what filters I use for my Insta photos, I honestly have quite a long process as I edit everything on separate apps, I never use actual Instagram filters. I thought I’d share my editing process, this may produce a few eye rolls but I like my profile to have a bit of an aesthetic to it and I need something to do on the tube to and from work!

LIGHTING

Usually I literally take about 80 photos before I’ve settled on one I like, I am such a perfectionist. Honestly, it’s all down to lighting. You can not take a good photo in bad lighting. The worst type of lighting is light that comes from above, this is why we all look horrendous in Topshop changing rooms. Light that comes above creates shadows on your face, not cute for those eye bags! The best lighting is light that comes directly at you, which is why the new H&M changing rooms are the best for selfies. Personally, the best lighting is natural lighting which is why I usually take all of my selfies in front of a window.

FLAT LAYS

Flat lays are the trickiest photos to take, I think you’ve got to have a really good eye for composition and angles. They’re always best taken from birds eye view but getting that spot on is quite hard. All my flat lays are taken in square mode, it helps with the composition. If you add a grid onto your camera/cropping mode where the 4 lines cross each other, they should sit on key areas of your photo. The human eye is naturally drawn to those 4 areas so this will create focal points for your photo. You can also use those lines a guide to lay out your props.

HOW I EDIT

I use 2 apps to edit my photos, FaceTune and VSCO Cam. FaceTune you usually have to pay for but I’ve got a free version from the app store, VSCO is also free but you can buy extra filters. They do offers all the time so you can build up a collection easily, the only filter I use is HB1 from the HYPEBEAST pack.

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Firstly, I go into FaceTune and whiten the whole background on my image, this just makes it look better with the filter. Then I use the Glow feature to go over my outfit/key parts of the image, it just enhances the colours in the image and makes it look a bit more high res.

Then I load the photo into VSCO and add my filter, I never have the full filter on the image, usually on a 6 or a 9. Then I sharpen the image to a 3. If needed, i’ll adjust the exposure but only to a 1.

Then FINALLY it’s ready for the gram! Yep, it’s a longer process than most people but it literally takes me 2 minutes to do I’ve done it so many times. Other good apps to edit photos on are Afterlight, Square Ready and Snapseed.

 

#TRIED’N’TESTED – HUDA BEAUTY ROSE GOLD PALETTE


I managed to bag this on Cult Beauty as I’d signed up for email updates as to when this would be in stock. I imagined it would be out of stock by the time I got onto the website but it was still there! The palette was £56 which was a lot more than I thought it would be and I don’t know how I feel about it. But I kept looking at the glitter shades and was like look I’ll just buy it. As it was my first time ordering from Cult Beauty I was really impressed with the delivery time, it arrived the day after next in perfect packaging!

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I personally don’t like the packaging of this palette, it’s cheap for the price you pay. It arrives with a cardboard sleeve and then the palette is also made from cardboard within a plastic transparent lid, similar to a Z Palette. For £56 I was definitely expecting more, like think about how the Naked palettes and Anastasia Modern Renaissance palette are packaged. That was my vision. Plus once you have to keep opening and sliding on the sleeve, the corners of the palette just get scuffed.

So as I was a bit miffed at the packaging I wasn’t that excited for the shadows. They’re all talc free so there shouldn’t be much kick back and I was intrigued to see how they would blend. See below for my swatches, I didn’t add filters just so you can see the true colour.

The glitter was what I was most excited for, and you’re supposed to only apply these with your fingers. You can obvi use a brush if you want to but Huda suggested that the formula works better with fingers. The idea being you press firmly on the shade and then swipe on your lid and it glides on like a dream full of pigment. I prefer using my fingers sometimes for glitter lids but I also like spraying my brush with a bit of Fix+. Anyway I just couldn’t seem to get the glitters to swatch on my hand like I wanted them to! They seem quite flakey and you have to press down a couple of times to get the flakes to blend. A fantastic dupe of these shadows would be the Topshop singles, for £7-£9.50 they’re very similar.

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When I went to use this on my eyes I realised that this wasn’t an everyday palette, definitely more for occasions and going out. The shadows perform so much better on the eyes than in the swatches. They blend like and absolute dream. In the red toned colours there’s some kick back but I know that the formula on red shades is particularly difficult to make without kickback. The glitters work with a finger but I still went in with a brush to tidy it up, I also did my classic fix+ technique and that also works. I did have to press down firmly more than once to build up the desired amount of glitter on my lid.

Overall is this with it? I’m unsure, the price is so damn expensive and the matte shades are similar to other palettes. The shimmers could pass for Morphe shimmers once they’re on the lid. Plus I feel like you can only create a certain amount of looks with this palette, unlike a Morphe or Anastasia Beverly Hills where you can go for days. After this, I bought the Violet Voss palette Holy Grail and I’ve been reaching for that more often. It’s cute but the packaging really devalues it.