Valentine’s day Makeup Look

When you think romantic, you think Red. There is a certain sex appeal to it that never goes out of fashion. Red lip and gold eye makeup are a match that you can never go wrong with. Whether you have a valentine or not, this could be another excuse to get glammed up and gorgeous and who doesn’t like that.

Red is a strong and bold color so keep the rest of the makeup clean and simple.

Get the look

All products used in this look are from M.A.C if not otherwise mentioned.

Even Skin

Products used

Moisture infusion serum, Studio moisture cream, Prep+Prime skin, Select moisture cover concealer in NC 42 and Studio fix fluid in NC 35,Loose powder in NC 20.

Prep Your Skin

Prep Your Skin

How

Prep your skin nicely with moisturizer and primer before you start applying any product to your face. Use concealer and foundation of your choice suitable for your skin type and skin tone to get a flawless canvas for the rest of the makeup.

I used a serum as well for instant boost of hydration since she had patches of extreme dry skin. If you don’t address it, it becomes all the more visible and obvious as you apply the concealer and foundation. Using #224 brush and select moisture cover concealer I did spot concealing around the mouth area and under the eyes. Very little foundation was used since she has beautiful skin. Dusted very little loose powder with powder brush so that the makeup stays put.

Eye Makeup

Products used

Eye shadows in amber lights, sketch, texture and shroom ; eye pencil in engraved, zoom fast black mascara, brow wax in clear, gel liner in black track.

How

Apply a little concealer and blend it all over the eyelid and powder it. This acts as a good base for the eyeshadow to stick on and lasts longer and the fall out will be a lot lesser as well.

Line The Eye Lids

Line The Eye Lids

Using a flat eye shadow brush press the color amber lights to 3/4th of the eyelid starting from the inner corner of the eye.

And the color sketch to the remaining 1/4th of the eyelid. This adds depth and dimension to your eye makeup.

 

M.A.C Eye Shadows Used

M.A.C Eye Shadows Used
Top Left – Amber Lights, Top Right – Sketch, Bottom Left – Texture, Bottom Right – Shroom

Placement Of The Eye Shadows

Placement Of The Eye Shadows

Using a fluffy brush blend all the harsh lines and for ease of it, use a intermediate color in texture to do so. This makes blending very easy and softens the look as well.

Finally dab on some highlighter below your brow bone to give an instant eye lift and notice how it takes years off your eyes.

P.S Use two sides of the flat shader brush for applying different eye shadows , that way you will limit the use of too many brushes.

Using a fluffy brush blend all the harsh lines and for ease of it, use a intermediate color in texture to do so. This makes blending very easy and softens the look as well.

Finally dab on some highlighter below your brow bone to give an instant eye lift and notice how it takes years off your eyes.

Finish the eye makeup with a eyeliner and 2 coats of mascara to open up your eyes and to add a little drama.

P.S Use two sides of the flat shader brush for applying different eye shadows , that way you will limit the use of too many brushes.

Completed Eye Makeup

Completed Eye Makeup

Lips

Products used

Prep+prime lip , Brick lip pencil

Prep+Prime Lip

Prep+Prime Lip

Brick Lip Pencil

Brick Lip Pencil

How

Prep the pout- Exfoliating with a lip scrub is of atmost importance while flaunting bold lips. If you have even the littlest piece of dry skin it can ruin your perfect red lips. Just slathering loads of lip balm won’t help either. The easiest way is to mix sugar and olive oil and rub it on your lips and you are ready to rock red hot lips ๐Ÿ™‚

I have used just 2 products to get the most perfect looking lips which not only looks fabulous but also lasts longer and is kiss-proof. But as long as you look (and feel) all sexy and gorgeous, most men are not going to mind having to wipe the red lipstick off their faces at the end of the night ๐Ÿ˜‰

Apply prep+prime lip all over your lips and leave it for few seconds. This not only hydrates your lips but makes any lip color last longer.This is one of my favorite M.A.C product.

Define The Lips

Define The Lips

Line your lips with the liner in Brick according to your lip shape and fill the lips with it. And you are done !

Lip liner not only defines your lips but also acts as a long lasting lip color here. And theres no hassle of getting your lipstick on the teeth/smudging and no touch ups required.

Cheeks

Products used

Fleur power blush, margin shimmer tone blush, Mineralized skin finish in medium deep

Keep the skin clean and simple to avoid too much going on with the look.

How

Apply a soft brush of color using very little product. The aim is to get a flush of color as if you are blushing naturally. Blend it well with no harsh lines.

Highlight the cheekbones with margin blush. It adds a beautiful glow to your skin.

Fleur Power Blush

Fleur Power Blush

Margin Blush

Margin Blush

Go Very Subtle With The Blush

Go Very Subtle With The Blush

If you think you don’t look good in red lipstick, its probably because you haven’t found the right red. But if you feel Red lipstick is a little out of your comfort zone then you could go for a hot pink or a more subtle pink.

Alternate Lip Color - Twig With Clear Gloss Over It

Alternate Lip Color – Twig With Clear Gloss Over It

Last but not the least, a warm hug and a big thank you to my friend Kritika for being a part of this blog. You are a makeup artist’s delight, a very patient and steady model I must say ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone. Have a good one and rock the Bold and elegant look ๐Ÿ™‚

What’s In My Makeup Bag

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Here is a little peek into my makeup bag. These are some of the makeup products I carry in my make up bag on a daily basis, which of course changes for special occasions. It helps me do a basic everyday look or for a touch up.

If you notice all most everything is in the pencil form, that makes it easier to accommodate more things without making it too heavy as well.

So here it goes..

Top left picture

  • One of my favourite makeup bag which was a gift.

Top right picture

  • M.A.C loose powder in NC20
  • TBS tea tree pore minimizer
  • Farenheit perfume
  • Zoom fast black mascara
  • L’oreal super liner
  • Clinique chubby stick intense lip balm
  • Cremesheen glass by M.A.C in Deelight
  • Revlon photoready concealer
  • M.A.C lipstick in retro for a day look
  • M.A.C lipstick in viva glam I for an easy switch over to evening look
  • M.A.C powder blush in coppertone

Bottom left picture

  • Chambor concealer in ginger works like magic for me but sadly has been discontinued.
  • Audrey’s Nail file
  • 3 makeup brushes
  • M.A.C eyepencil in engraved
  • Red lip liner by M.A.C in brick
  • Spice lip liner by M.A.C
  • Rimmel lip liner in epic
  • Spiked brow pencil by M.A.C

Bottom right picture

  • A must-have double sided mirror with 1X AND 10X magnification.

That’s it for my makeup bag. Hope you enjoyed it! what kind of makeup are you carrying around? I’d love to hear.

Tea Tree Pore Minimiser – Quick Review

Tea Tree Pore Minimiser

Tea Tree Pore Minimiser

Price: 1295/- INR for 30ml

Claims

  • Minimizes the pores.
  • Mattifies the skin.
  • Leaves the skin feeling fresh and pure.

Review

You may have heard of the Tea Tree product line at The Body Shop, ranging from cleansers to lotions but recently I picked up the pore minimiser and have been using it for a while. I have to say I like the product. It seems to do what it claims. I did notice my skin looked smoother than before. It does reduce the size of the pores but don’t expect the pores to disappear as no product can do that. A small amount goes a long way without feeling greasy. When you apply, it has a strong medicinal smell but it vanishes within a few seconds so nothing to worry about there. I have a pretty oily skin and was quite happy with the way it kept my skin mattified. Good to use by itself or as a makeup primer. Apply the moisturiser followed by pore minimiser.

Bottom Line

Does what it claims. Worth a try!

Lip Scrub for soft, smooth and supple lips

Lip Scrub for soft, smooth and supple lips

Chapped lips !!! could be really annoying and makes any lipstick seem unsightly on your lips. Exfoliating your lips takes 2mins and will result in soft, smooth kissable lips. There are umpteen number of lip scrubs available in the market with fancy flavours to it. One such is Lush bubble gum lip scrub, smells lovely and is one of my favourite too. You may ask is it really necessary? Scrubbing your lips is, but buying a lip scrub isn’t.

You can use an inexpensive homemade scrub which works equally good ๐Ÿ™‚

Just mix a little sugar and olive oil on your palm.Sugar acts as an exfoliator and olive oil a moisturizing agent. Pat it on your lips and rub it in small circles to remove the dead skin. Dab on some lip balm to moisturize your lips.

sugar olive oil

Note: This step is a must-do especially when you plan to apply a red lipstick. Red lipstick calls for so much more attention to your lips. And nothing is more sexy than a perfect red lip !

My lip care routine: I usually do it once a week at night before going to bed. I use Lush bubble gum lip scrub to exfoliate followed by The Body shop lip butter.

lush bubblegum lip scrub product review 1              lip butter

Tips for a Perfect Eyebrow

Eyebrows are a small but a significant aspect of makeup. Even with the most fabulous make up if you neglect your brows, your look can seem incomplete or unpolished.

Eyebrows not only frame your face, it also softens your facial features, instantly adds femininity, and brightens your face. It shows emotions too, so if done improperly you could look sad, confused or even amused at all times. Who wants that? So here are a few tips to get the shape right!

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A. The inner edge of the brow should be in line with the outside of your nostril.
B. The highest point of your arch should be just at the outer edge of the eyeball.
C. When doing the outer brow imagine that there is a line going from the outer part of your nostril up past the outer edge of your eye (C).. This is where your brow should taper off.

Products and Technique

Once you are done with the basic brow shaping. You can go ahead and fill it in for a more groomed look. The fuller the brows, more youthful you will look. You can either use a brow pencil or an eye shadow to do it. Always use a colour that is a shade lighter than your brows for a more natural look. For e.g. never use a black colour even if your hair is black, go for a dark brown instead. And the most important aspect is to use feather strokes or flicks so that it mimics the natural hair growth and brush it up with the spooly brush as you go. This will help remove harsh strokes and excess product as well. Avoid filling the brows too much towards the inner corner and concentrate more on the middle and outer part of the brows to keep it looking natural. Finally finish it up with a brow gel/ brow wax to keep them put.

Nothing looks tackier than penciled eyebrows

What I Use

Spiked brow pencil

Spiked brow pencil



Brun eye shadow by M.A.C

Brun eye shadow by M.A.C

Fun Fact

Makeup artists refer to the brows as step sisters coz they never really do look the same ever!