EYEBROW TUTORIAL | BENEFIT BIG BEAUTIFUL EYES

Eyebrows are such a staple part of my look. I could go out with no foundation, no concealer and no mascara, but as long as I had my eyebrows on I would feel happy(-ish!)

I use Benefit’s Big Beautiful Eyes Palette, in the matte brown shade and a MAC 212 brush to complete my look.

Find out how I make this transition below:

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I’m quite lucky in the sense that my eyebrows are blonde and in the summer turn basically white, so I don’t need to thread them as much as some people. I used to get them done once a month but then I was thrown into the world of being a university student and having no money, so I usually get them done about 4 times a year, (around every 3 months.) A drastic difference I know! But I have realised that they don’t actually need them done that often – although these photo’s might tell a different story! On an everyday basis, you really can’t see the hairs. So here is a step by step guide to how I get my perfect eyebrow shape.

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These are my brows with absoloutely no product on!! Shameful! They have minimal shape and are barely visible to the naked eye.

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I began using a powder to do my eyebrows just before Christmas, before that I used Rimmells eyebrow pencil Hazel for years. Yet I found using a powder gives a much more precise line and you don’t have to faff around with sharpening it etc.. Also I found that Hazel had quite an orange undertone, which was very visible in pictures with a flash especially. I didn’t particularly like that, so I tried a matte brown eye shadow that comes in the Benefit Brown Smoky Eye Palette and have continued using that since. I’m so annoyed that the picture below came out slightly blurred as I didn’t realise until I zoomed in on the computer. Aside from that, my first step is to draw the top end of my brow. I know a lot of people start with the bottom, but I find it easier to define an arch and control the shape by beginning with a line at the top.

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I then draw a line at the bottom to the desired shape, which creates the template to my eyebrow. I like an arch, but still a relatively straight and thick brow with a sharp point at the end. I also like for the point of my brow to be a lot darker than the beginning of my brow and this is an easy way to achieve that.

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With a light hand I drag the bottom line of the brow to the beginning, trying to get fainter and fainter as I do it.

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The next step is my favourite as you just colour in your brow!! Stop ‘colouring’ with a heavy hand about ¾ into your brow …

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Wipe some product of you brush, and gently do upward strokes from the beginning of your brow to create a less harsh finish.

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If you’re shape isn’t as precise as you would like it, a simple trick is to put a concealer/ highlighter underneath and maybe above your brow with a brush. This will stop any out of place lines or smudges from showing and give your eyebrow a flawless finish. (I haven’t blended my concealer in don’t worry!)

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My finished eye brow! Hope this helps, practice makes perfect so don’t be disheartened if it goes wrong.

Products I used:

  • Benefit’s Big Beautiful Eyes Palette – Matte Brown Shade
  • MAC 212 Brush
  • Collection 2000 concealer in #1 ‘Fair’
  • L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara
  • Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation in Cream Ivory
Whats your holy grail eyebrow product? Let me know in the comments or tweet me at @making___up
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MISSGUIDED PVC INSPIRATION

MISSGUIDED INSPIRATION
Although I published some of my key winter trends a couple of weeks ago.. winter is a very long time in England and new trends are emerging all the time!  I have completely fallen in love with Missguided’s PVC selection. Topshop do a very similar skirt but Missguided are quickly becoming the online highstreet-go-to store, for their inexpensive but still on trend pieces.
You can dress PVC up or down, a cropped fluffy jumper is so on trend and makes the look more casual. But team the skirt with heels and a cropped top and you’re ready for a night out.
PVC used to be called the cheap and tacky material, but  I think this glossy look is classy and glamorous. It’s funny how trends and fabrics evolve, it reminds me of the leopard print transition, as it was once known for being cheap, but at one point not long ago, it completely took over the high streets, and it was definitely one of my favourite prints.
Give PVC try and let me know what you think, even better, tweet me a picture of you wearing your PVC item @making__up!

BARRY M GLITTER NAILS

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I know I’m a little late but I really wanted to get these pictures up as I was really pleased with the way this nail varnish came out… It was Christmas and New Years and in my eyes, it’s illegal not to have those tacky – all out – glittery nails. Because in the words of Love Actually if you can’t say do it at Christmas, when can you eh?

I used Barry M’s 337 Nail Polish, simply called Pink Silver Glitter (£2.99), and I used 2-3 coats to get an opaque coverage. I got loads of compliments and people said they didn’t think they were tacky (but maybe they were just being nice?)

What do you think?

THE BEST BEAUTY CHRISTMAS GIFT SET OF 2013

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So every year I like to treat my Mum at Christmas (as we all do) and so for one of her main presents, I bought her this amazing Yves Saint Laurent Beauty Gift Set. I was so excited to give it to her as it has the award winning Forever Youth Liberator, Volume Effect Mascara and the absolute classic, Touche Éclat.

……..but what an anti-climax.

Obviously she appreciated YSL brand, but when she said ‘so what’s this?’ *picking up the touché elcat* I wanted to walk out, lock myself in a room and scream into a pillow. I think I would have cried if I got this gift as I can no way afford these products, but she just didn’t understand the wow factor of it. So I thought I shall share this gift set with my fellow beauty junkies and hopefully feel like my money was well spent…

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 For an amazing £48.50, the gift set included all full sized products and came with a classic black and gold make up bag. This was definitely my best beauty Christmas gift sets of 2013, but it was closely followed by Benefits range, who I think really pulled out all the stops to impress with their gift sets.

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What was your best beauty buy this year? Let me know!

2013 Autumn|Winter Faves

2013 Autumn|Winter Faves
2013 Autumn|Winter Faves by making___up featuring OPI
Ignoring the labels and the price tags.. I have pulled together my key looks for this Autumn and Winter.
1) Oversized Boyfriend Coats – Honestly can’t get enough of ’em. Stylish and simple. They aren’t one of those ‘after thought’ coats that you put on and it ruins your outfit – they really make your outfit complete. I think it is worth investing in one of these if you haven’t already because judging by the style and silhouette of the coat, I truly believe it is timeless and not an item you’ll be giving away to charity next year.
2) Winter means Christmas and I use this as an excuse to exploit my nails as much as possible!! I go OTT sparkly and if anyone looks weirdly at them, I just say ‘It’s Christmas….’ and they soon shut up in the fear of being The Grinch. It also means I can comfortably wear dark reds and blacks without being called weird like I am in the summer (I’m really not a fan of pastel nail polish.)
3) FUR AND LEATHER. My two most favourite textures are in their element at Christmas time as they are used everywhere. I have to stress I mean FAUX FUR .. I am so against wearing fur it makes me sad thinking about it .. I have plenty of leather and fur items this winter and they couldn’t be missed in my favourites.
4) The classic black boot. Every year I get a different one, and to be honest, they’re never really that different year to year. But I do love a good stylish black boot that you can put on with almost anything. I practically live in mine, I genuinely can’t remember the last time I wore a shoe that wasn’t a black boot…
They were my Autumn/ Winter favourites or ‘key looks.’
I want to know what you’ve been loving this winter!?

LIP LINER – THE DIFFERENCE – PART II

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To emphasise the amazing Rimmel Lip Liner (in 018 Addiction), I thought I’d show you the difference between my normal lips and when I use this product.

The first picture is of my lips without absolutely anything on (except lip balm put on the night before.) They are undefined, a bit blotchy, and yes I have a few freckles on them too!

The second picture is simply wearing lip liner and more lip balm which I blogged in more detail about yesterday.

If you tried this look, tweet me a picture at @making___up, I want to see!

PRIMARK/NEW LOOK/ TOPSHOP/ MISS SELFRIDGE HAUL

I am not really a clothes person – I could definitely spend all my time and money on beauty products – but recently have been splashing out on clothes which is not good for my student budget…

I have wanted an oversized boyfriend jacket for aaages but I needed to find the right one, and when I did, it was out of stock ….. for 3 months. And I’m not joking. I searched and refreshed the New Look website page for THREE MONTHS. I thought I was never going to have the jacket until a miracle occurred and they finally had my size last week and here it is! Some of you are probably thinking why on earth did you wait such a long time for that. But it is exactly what I wanted and every other coat I saw, I only compared to this one.

It is from New Look and is only £39.99 which I don’t think is that bad. It has a really good quality feel but you have to remember it is only a jacket and is not lined like a coat, for a cold day I would definitely have to layer up.

 

My second two purchases were these fluffy gifts of heaven. I really like this stringy/fur/soft texture that a lot of shops have at the moment and the cream one was a real bargain. At only £10 from Primark it feels exactly the same quality as the Topshop one next to it, which was £38. I heard there is almost an exact replica of this black jumper in Primark but I couldn’t find it for the life of me, so I forced myself to buy this one. Fortunately I work for Arcadia, so I managed to get it at a slightly discounted price because I’m really not sure my budget could stretch that far.

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My last two purchases were from Miss Selfridge. I fell in love with both of these items as soon as I saw them. I have wanted a black faux fur gilet for absolutely ages, but I couldn’t find a flattering one at all. I tried on this colour however and I loved it. So easy to put over anything for extra warmth and glamour. I usually dress like I am going to a funeral every day – all in black – so putting this on makes me look a bit less Wednesday Addams. It was £59 but on promotion when I bought it. I have no idea why Miss Selfridge have decided to advertise its shape in such a distorted way though..

Finally these dogtooth leggings. They are my favourite! Like I said before,  I usually always wear black. I have various different types of black leggings and jeans and just swap between them on a day to day basis but I took the plunge and went for these. Yes the main colour is grey and black, so not quite the bright colours but they are big step for me! Very stretchy and warm, I think these would look really flattering on anyone. And these were only £24, but again on promotion!

I hope you enjoyed my first fashion – style blog. Not sure whether to continue them or not, I’m more confident in the beauty sector.. HMM

Thank you anyway and I hope it gives you ideas!