Kardashian Style Smoky Eye, Nude Lip & Contour

The world is Kardashian mad and I've finally caught up so go easy on me!

For a recent 21st I recreated the classic Kardashian smokey eye and nude lip combo with a super contour and highlight. I actually really loved the look and got a lot of compliments! 
I'm not usually a nude lip kind of girl as my lips are naturally very red, but I found this was easily resolved by concealing my lips first and choosing a glossy nude with a peachy undertone. It seems there is a nude for everyone!

♡  Eyes 

For my eyes, I used a peach concealer as a base. Then, I use my Bad Gal chubby pencil eyeliner and fill in the outer V of my eyes. This will look really harsh so I pat it out with my ring finger and then use my fluffy brush to blend the eyeliner to remove any harsh lines. Make sure you sharpen your eyeliner before using it to ensure a precise application and remove bacteria.

Now that my eye base is perfected, I pat "Shimmer Down" all over my lid. It is a beautiful light shimmery brown from Benefits Groovy Kind of Love makeup kit which I have reviewed here. Using a fluffy pencil brush, I pat "Kiss Me I'm Tipsy" in the outer V of my eye, to create depth. I think this is possibly my favourite shade of brown eyeshadow ever. It has the depth and pigment of a black shadow but still has the warmth of a brown tone. I blend this shadow into "Shimmer Down" to remove any harsh lines. I bring "Kiss Me I'm Tipsy" down to my bottom lid to line it.

To finish, I line my eyes with Essence Eyeliner Pen Waterproof in 01 Deep Black. I then apply two lashings of Benefit "They're Real" mascara. The wand on this mascara is fabulous and is really effective in separating lashes to avoid clumps. Unfortunately, for the first few weeks of use the product can be a little wet, creating messy application and clumps. 
I line my bottom lid with Rimmel's Soft Khol Kajal Eyeliner in 061 Jet Black. On my brow bone, I use my favourite highlight from such a cheapo little palette! It is, of course, the Essence All About Sunrise palette.I also apply this in the inner corners of my eyes and apply thick false lashes to finish the eye look. I have Essence Eyebrow Stylist Set 01 in Natural Brunette Style on my brows.

♡  Face 

On my face, I have used my Estée Lauder's Double Wear oil free Stay-in-Place foundation in 2W Rattan and my favourite concealer, Catrice's Camouflage Cream. Under my eyes I used Kiko's Natural Concealer in Shade 01 and a peach tone from my 20 shade concealer palette (review here).
To contour, I apply Essence Soft Touch Mousse Makeup in 03 Matt Honey under my cheekbones, on my temples and down the side of my nose. I blend this out with my Real Techniques stippling brush to remove any harsh lines. 

I dust Collection 2000 Sheer Loose Powder in Translucent on my T-zone and apply Bobbi Brown Blush in Pale Pink and go over my contour with Essence Sun Club Matt Bronzing Powder for Blondes. To create the super highlighted Kim Kardashian look, I brush on a healthy amount of Topshop's Glow highlighter in Polished on my cheekbones, around the arch of my brows, down the centre of the nose and on my cupids bow. To up the glow, I go on to apply Benefit's Girl Meets Pearl highlighter in all the same places. Extra oomph!

♡  Lips 

As I mentioned earlier, I had to conceal my lips with Catrice's Camouflage Cream in 020 to hide the natural red tones of my lips. I use the Sleek Makeup Lip4 Lipstick palette (Ballet) on my lips, applying the glossy shade, Plié (top left).  

Aaaand voila!

I hope you like the look and if you try to recreate it, please share the pics!

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Photoshoot with TIMA

As my early followers will know, I received my qualification in makeup artistry with The International Make-up Academy (check them out on Facebook!). After this, we had a photoshoot with the Academy in which we were required to create two looks. The first was a "no makeup" look, with the second look being a more heavy, evening look of our choice. 

This is my "no makeup" makeup look on Fiona. As you can see, it is very natural and just enhances the beauty she already oozes! I have not put up a product list for this but will gladly do so if anyone wants! 
For this kind of look I just created a flawless base with some light contouring and highlighting and, of course, a peachy blush! I also lightly defined her eyes and applied a light pink lipstick and gloss in a shade close to her own.

As it was the beginning of June, I decided to go for a Summery evening look, that wouldn't look too heavy but was still night-time appropriate. I have already posted a product list for this look which you can find here!
For this look I went heavier on the contour and highlighting, as well as adding some shimmer and more definition to her eyes. I applied individual lashes and brought her shadow down under her eyes, with an orange-y red lip for that Summer feel!

I hope you liked these looks! Feel free to ask any questions about them and go ahead and like The International Make-up Academy on Facebook for beautiful looks from many other talented artists!

I have previously shared these looks and more on my own Facebook page, Pooky Banana Makeup and my Instagram, @pookybanana

Thanks for reading!


Hide the Hangover Makeup

We've all done it. Those "I'll just have one or two" nights that turn into you stumbling in at 5 in the morning, sending blurry eyed snapchats that you will forget about the next day. The morning after the night before arrives and of course, you've overslept, and of course, a busy girl like you has a million can't-be-missed plans for the day. 
Damage control.

It's times like this that makeup really stands to us. Here are my tried-and-tested surefire ways to hide the hangover and have you looking fresh as a daisy!
They're listed in order of importance:

♡ Concealer 

This is one of the best ways to appear more awake and fresh. Disguise those eyes with a peach toned concealer (this is specific to fair skinned ladies. If you are darker and unsure what concealer to be using, just ask!). Peach neutralises blue-y/purple hues under the eye better than any yellow concealer will. I like to use a peach tone from my 20 shade concealer palette (review here) and for extra radiance, I apply Kiko Cosmetics Natural Concealer in shade 01 to the inner corners of my eye. You won't recognise yourself! 

 ♡ Blusher 

Blusher will instantly make you look flushed and healthy , even if you feel washed-out and dried-up. It's amazing how many women skip it, but it adds so much life to a face that it should never be taken for granted! For my fair skin I love the Catrice Defining Blush in 030 Love & Peace. For super pale people, orange blushers are really flattering. For those who are not super fair, peach tones will look beautiful. Darker ladies will look beautiful with deeper tones, such as pink-y reds with a hint of orange or shimmer. 

♡ Foundation 

It is so so important that you choose a foundation that is the correct shade! Obviously this is true of everyday makeup, but even more so when you're hungover as a foundation that is too light will completely wash you out! At the moment I am loving Esteé Lauder's Double Wear foundation as it has great coverage and a satin matte finish, all the while being super smudge proof!

 ♡ Highlighter 

The goal is to appear more awake and brighter, so highlighter is not to be forgotten! I have every Benefit highlighter, Topshop's blogger-favourite Glow and lord knows how many more,  but at the moment I am absolutely loving this cheapo Essence highlighter from their All About Sunrise eyeshadow palette. It gives a glowing sheen that isn't too in-your-face or white looking. I've never seen a highlighter so good but I imagine it is similar to Mac's Soft and Gentle, from what I know! Apply this to your brow bone, cupids bow and cheekbones for an instant lift to your face.

♡ Lipstick 

You all know by now that I am such a fangirl for Topshop's Infrared Lipstick! The orange-y red tone is so Summery and flattering on fair maidens! If you are super pale, a light pink lipstick will suit you when applied with your fingertips to add a light pop of colour. If you are darker, apply this same technique but with a darker shade of pink, such as Mac's Show Angel. The magenta tone will really suit darker skin!

Aaand there you have it! The essentials that will have you looking bright eyed and fresh, no matter how bad you feel on the inside! These few staples (paired with a lick of mascara and brushed brows) will be the 5 minute makeover that takes you from looking like Marilyn Manson to Marilyn Monroe!

I hope you enjoyed reading and as ever, thank you so much for all your lovely feedback!

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