Now, I am not a make up guru and I rarely experiment with new colours but I do wear make (almost) every day and like most of you, I turn to blog and youtube for tutorials. I like finding make-up tutorials specifically for oriental girls as I find them more useful to me, especially when it comes to eye make up. I suppose I should’ve made this in to a video but I haven’t got the confidence to do that! I have practised and practised but I can’t bring myself to upload it. Anyway, I hope that some of you will find this blog post handy and that it answers some of the questions that some of you had about my every day make up!
I usually save the Lancome La Base primer for nights out but I love the product so much that I decided to show you and recommend it. It’s a smooth, oil-free and matte flawless finish, very similar to Benefit’s Porefessional. The BB Cream is something I have recently been trying for the first time. I don’t wear liquid foundation because I have yet to find a one that I like, so for now, BB Cream and Liz Earle Skin Tint will do!
The alternative is Liz Earle’s Sheer Skin Tint (beige 02) which offers light-medium coverage. It gives a dewy look so it’s not for those who love matte and full coverage but I really like it though. I like that it’s natural and light – I don’t like that “heavy” make up feeling throughout the day, it somehow agitates me!?!
Before I apply powder blush, and for a healthy glow, I use High Beam on the apples of my cheeks and this is a product that I’ve been buying for about 8 years! I first bought it when I was at college and it was a substitution to my favourite beauty product, the discontinued Lancome Illuminateur. I’ve only recently discovered that you’re only suppose to keep High Beam for 6 months after opening (this is printed on the bottle) and my conclusion is that it’s a very expensive product for something that has such a short expiry date. The concealor I use is by 17 Cosmetics from Boots. I don’t need to invest in a high end concealor just yet so for now, the 17 Hide Away concealor will do! It’s cheap, cheerful and does the job!
For years, I was using MAC Fluidline Gel Eyeliner but it was always drying out so quickly and I couldn’t afford to keep buying so I decided to try the Eyeko Graffiti Pen which I purchased ages ago and it hasn’t dried out yet! They have rebranded this product and it now called Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner. It’s a good products but if I’m going to nitpick, it’s not as black as I’d like it to be and I will consider trying something else once this runs out! I am not loyal to any specific mascara, any will do for me as long as it doesn’t clump my eye lashes together. The one pictured is MAC Opulash.
I use the black shade on my brow, and then I use the other 3 colours as eye shadow. I use a thin eye shadow brush to layer and contour, starting with the lightest colour and ending up with a sweep of black eye shadow.
I like how pigmented the HD Brow kit is, but I also LOVE the shade Carbon from MAC. It’s got good staying power and I wear more of it on nights out! I always hear that girls with small eyes or asian girls should never use dark eye shadow because this makes the eyes appear even smaller, but I personally only wear dark eye shadows. In fact, I have only ever bought black/dark eye shadows. I think it accentuates my eyes and makes them look bigger and wider! I’ve tried blues and greens but I never feel comfortable – as much as I’d love to try different colours, I don’t think it suits me at all.
In the first image, the lipstick I am wearing is Full Fuscia (again, from MAC) but you can’t buy the shade anymore so here’s an alternative. The lipstick in the photo is a shade called Lustering and it’s more moisturising than Full Fuscia. It’s a lovely sheer hot pink which is perfect for a dash of colour but it can be layered to create the full coverage, brightness and vibrancy of Full Fuscia. I would say that it’s a lovely day time pink. If I feel that lipstick it a bit OTT for the day, I use Burt’s Bee’s tinted lip balm and my favourite colour is Pink Blossom.