Friday, 30 October 2015

Candy Yum Yum by Mac

I think winter is the most wonderful time of the year for make-up. You have longer to spend doing it (the weather’s shite, who wants to be out there?) and there are more parties than you can drunkenly shake a cocktail sausage at. Although it feels wrong to transition from cocktail sausages, here goes.

When you’re tired of your usual wintry crimson lip, why not buck the expected colour palette and go neon pink?

I’ve long-loved the eye-hurting brightness of Mac’s Candy Yum Yum shade – the lipstick is matte and so pigmented that reapplication doesn’t feel like an endless chore. My only gripe is that it can sometimes feel a bit dry. I recently tried the gloss version which feels great on the lips and is a bit more wearable for daytime. I also like mixing pure Candy Yum Yum lipstick with the Cyan Lipmix to create a surprisingly flattering bright violet hue.

I’ll post some good Mac combinations soon, but in the meantime here are some pics of a look with the Candy Yum Yum Tinted Lipglass.

With such a bold lipcolour, I like keeping the rest of the face quite neutral. In this case I prepped my skin with a primer, used a light foundation with some pink contouring and filled my brows in with a combination of Mac Lingering and a mid-brown powder.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Happy Halloween – Gothic Glam Make-up

I love getting dressed up for Halloween. This year, I’m off to Gustav Fring’s funeral (Breaking Bad fans know) as Lydia Rodarte-Quayle.


If you’re avoiding the madness and just planning a few spooky cocktails, I have the perfect make-up look for you. I debuted this one at a recent Little Black Dress party. The dress is the Diana and the choker is this season’s New Look – it only cost £12.99 but it gives enough goth to be more than convincing, in my opinion. I only realised afterwards, but it reminds me of Bond girl Severine’s look in Skyfall (topical).



Here’s how to get the make-up look – let’s call it ‘Gothic Glam’:

-Cleanse, tone, serum, moisturise (I love this Vichy range at the moment)
-Use a dewy, fresh foundation like Clarins Skin Illusion – my shade is Honey – all over
-If they get oily, prime your eyelids – like much of the UK population, I like Smashbox primers
-Sweep a warm mid-brown over the entire lid and define with a cooler, darker, more earthy tone. I used Mac eyeshadows in Cork and Brun
-Line your waterline with a black kohl pencil and use black liquid liner into and above the upper lashes
-Curl your lashes and apply lots of volumising black mascara (and lashes if you fancy)
-Define your eyebrows with something a shade or two darker than your natural shade – mine is Lingering by Mac
-Use a peachy/pink blusher to stop the look from looking too flat. I like Orgasm by Nars
-For the lips, I used Mac’s Film Noir, a deep chocolaty shade. If you know you will only wear this once a year (ahem) then maybe use a dark brown eyeliner over the whole lip and follow with a light gloss to stop your pout from getting too dry
-Finish by powdering away any shine from the T-zone

Voila – go and enjoy your Bloody Devil, you earned it…

Here's my face enjoying itself at the Little Black Dress party with mate Saz

And here it is, along with the rest of my body, with the lovely LBD girls