Fake Eyelashes for Dummies

Let's talk about lashes!

 Love them or hate them, there's no denying that they complete any makeup look. However, too many people just don't know what lashes suit them or how to apply them. A few girlies have asked me about this so I decided to do a detailed post about choosing and applying fake eyelashes.




P.S. Have you entered my Benefit giveaway? Follow this link to enter, in celebration of the brand spanking new Pooky Banana Makeup Facebook page !


Company Style Blogger Awards!


Pooky Banana is approaching its first birthday!
After a year, I felt it was time to give it a lil credit, so I have entered myself into the Company Style Blogger Awards in association with Missguided.com. You can nominate me here if you think my blog is deserving 

This is the first time I've entered pookybanana.com into anything so I would be so grateful for just one nomination! 
Thank you to everyone who has followed my blog and commented on my posts, you have no idea how much it means to me! You are all so encouraging and kind, and the number of likes on the new Pooky Banana Makeup Facebook page has just shown how amazing you all are!


Thank you!

Benefit Giveaway & Facebook Launch!

Sooo you may have seen my previous post that talked about my new Facebook page, Pooky Banana Makeup. It also let you all know about my fab giveaway of the beautiful Benefit and Matthew Williamson collaboration makeup set!

My original plan was to close the competition tomorrow, April the 4th, but that has changed! 
As my college semester comes to a close, assignments, essays and presentations have been piling up. I also started my makeup course this week (wheey!) so I really haven't had the time to dedicate to my darling blog, or in promoting the competition. 

For that reason, I have decided to extend the competition until this time next week!



What it is:

British designer Matthew Williamson has teamed up with cosmetic label, Benefit, to create a funky kit containing four eye shadows ('Feel So Teal', 'Disco Dust', 'Solid Gold' & 'Get Down Brown'), 'Gimme Fever' blush, 'Inferno' lipgloss and 'They're Real' mascara 

How to win:

All you have to do is LIKE Pooky Banana Makeup on Facebook, and SHARE the pic of the competition. That's it! Comment on this post when you have liked & shared 

Good luck!

Facebook Launch & Benefit Giveaway!

Pooky Banana is now doing that Facebook thaaang!
Better late than never...

I'm so psyched that overnight 108 people have liked the page already, thank you sooo much to all those who did, it means so much! Aaaand to get the ball rolling and celebrate finally getting this thing up and running, I have a beautiful Benefit set to give away on the page! 


What it is:

British designer Matthew Williamson has teamed up with cosmetic label, Benefit, to create a funky kit containing four eye shadows ('Feel So Teal', 'Disco Dust', 'Solid Gold' & 'Get Down Brown'), 'Gimme Fever' blush, 'Inferno' lipgloss and 'They're Real' mascara (which I reviewed here!)

How to win:

All you have to do is LIKE Pooky Banana Makeup on Facebook, and SHARE the pic of the competition. That's it! Comment on this post when you have liked & shared 



Good luck!!!

Tutorial: Contour and Highlighting


Contouring and highlighting has become a kind of makeup 'trend'. Kim Kardashian seems to be leading the trend by posting pictures of her highlight and contouring work before it's blended. Bearing this in mind, and considering my post which reviewed my new 20 shade concealer palette, I decided to show you all where I contour and highlight.


Apologies for looking like some sort of alien in these pictures! Also, it was wiped out of my hair (of course)!

Contour: Contouring an area of your face pushes it back and is great for making features smaller, thinner or less noticeable. As you can see, like most girls, I contour under my cheekbone to make my cheekbones stand out. I use one of the darker creams in my palette to do this. I then contour the sides of my nose to make it slimmer and more defined. I have a paranoia that I am a modern day Crimson Chin, so I always put a dark concealer on the bottom of my chin to shorten. I also apply it on my temples and up around my forehead which is again, very slimming.

Highlight: Highlighting a section of your face will bring it forward and make that feature pop. In the pictures, you can see that I highlight the areas that the sun would hit (if there was any sun in Ireland). So that is the cheeks, top of my nose, my cupids bow, the middle of my forehead and my brow bones. I used the white cream to do this but for everyday wear, you may want to use a more yellow-based concealer to make it look more natural. I apply some on the edges of my lips and the middle of my chin to brighten those areas.

I love highlighting and contouring as it really defines my features. The trick is to make sure you blend your product enough for it to appear natural, but not so much that it is no longer defining. Word of warning: I love using my cream palette but for my ladies with oily skin, this may just infuriate you because it will appear shiny and won't dry matte! Opt for powder palettes instead ;)



Do you highlight and contour? Do you like the look or is it just too much effort?
Let me know what you think in the comments and if you have any of your own highlight and contour pics I'd love to see!

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