During the summer I loved my Honeypie Minerals Foundation, which I purchased the full size of. In the colder months or for a night out I prefer my Rituals Gemstone Foundation. For liquid foundations I’ve been using Boots Botanics – All Bright Radiance Balm as a base for a couple of months now, it gives a nice glow to the skin.
To set my makeup I almost exclusively used MUA’s Pro Base Prime & Conceal Powder, which I actually bought for a Halloween look if I remember correctly. It does a great job though. I mix all the colours and apply it lightly and my makeup stays matte for a while.
I think in the last two years, a lot more products have found their way into my makeup routine. Not necessarily on a daily basis, but certainly when I feel like putting on a full face of makeup. When I never seemed to bother with Contouring and Highlighting in the past, I know have a couple of favourites for both categories.
I found Alyssa from California on Instagram (yet again). She is a freelance makeup artist and plus size model. The first thing you will notice is her (currently) bright green hair. Expect a lot of colour and lashes and a bit of goth and pin up. Her makeup is always on point and definitely a good inspiration. Read more about her on the Skinny Bags blog.
Steffi from Smoke & Diamonds started a blog series called 7 shades of… where bloggers present 7 shades of one colour in one category, e.g. eyeshadow, lipstick, nail polish and so on. Until the 8th July you still have time to participate in the current round where it is all about the colour purple. You can share your posts via InLinkz on her blog. Hopefully I will be able to make another post on eyeshadows ad/or nail polishes. See also my previous post on 7 Shades of Green, my 7 Shades of Pink… Lipstick and 7 shades of Pink… Blushes.
I love purple lipstick and I think even my first lipstick ever was purple. 🙂 I don’t very often wear lipgloss (oups yes, a lipgloss sneaked into the lipsticks…) , but I really like this milky soft purple. My go to colour when I want an everyday suitable purple lip is definitely the Essence Long Lasting Lipstick, it is so easy to wear and touch up during the day. You might remember that you have seen the Catrice Of Royal Blood before in my pink lipsticks. First of all, you probably notice that I really like the colour and second of all, it is just that kinda shade that is in between being pink or purple. Fadango Purple is a great matte bright shade that lasts very well. Kooky is the same idea but a darker blue based shade. Exxxaggerate is another matte shade by Sleek which is a lot more vibrant than on the picture. Great for statement lips! And finally OCC’s Technopagan, an absolutely stunning metallic blue based purple that dries down semi-matte. I absolutely love this colours, but I admit I haven’t worn it very often yet, as it takes some effort to put on seamlessly and it wears off unevenly. What are your favourite purple shades?
Smooch your way to red carpet glamour with MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquers. Long – lasting and kiss proof, these intense formulas come in five rich, vampy shades. Encased in chic frosted glass packaging, these lacquers glide on with the ease of a gloss, drying in seconds into a matte velvety texture. They are the ultimate make-up bag must have.
What I say:
From left to right: Tranquility, Funk and Kooky
I really like the lip lacquers by MUA. I also have two more colours called Funk and Kooky. Yes, they are drying on the lips, but most matte lip colours are and for the price I think they are really good quality. You can buy them at Superdrug or online. Compared to the two Sleek Matte Me ones, I think the MUA ones are less drying on the lips and they do last longer. Tranquility is a great everyday shade that I like wearing to work.
Another Instagram find of mine is the lovely Rosalina, a self-taught makeup artist from Louisiana. Her makeup looks are absolutely flawless and if you want to find out how she does it, go check out her Youtube channel. I like how she combines colours and how she makes everything look incredibly wearable. And can I just say that her eyeliner flick is just perfect? *sigh*
Katosu is a makeup artist and photographer from Poland. I think she is doing great looks that are very classy and if you ever need inspiration for a more formal or posh event, she is the one you are looking for. Now, I don’t speak Polish, but she posts step by step guides on her blog and the pictures are inspiration enough for me to look through her stuff anyways. 🙂
Sharon Farrell is an Irish makeup artist currently living in Sydney, Australia. She has worked for several makeup brands such as Benefit and MAC but nowadays works as a freelancer. I would describe her style as very wearable although she does work with colours as well, it isn’t just neutral looks. I really like her makeup basics on Youtube, because she really takes her time to explain the steps she does. But don’t miss out on her tag videos, she is so funny, so don’t miss out on that. 🙂
Izzy is a makeup artist currently working for MAC in Las Vegas that I found through Instagram. Her makeup always looks flawless and ranges from what I would call pinup/50s looks to more grunge and goths kinda looks. She definitely inspired me to try and work more with eyeshadows below my eyes. I tried once before, which you can see in this Instagram photo. Sorry for posting so many of her looks, I just couldn’t decide. 🙂
Sandra Holmbom is a makeup artist from Sweden and her special effects makeup is just out of this world. Have a look at her blog if you look for some Halloween inspiration. 🙂 Besides special effects, she also posts very creative and colourful looks that are definitely worth looking at! All images are from Sandra’s blog.
Amy Doan, better known on the Internet as Shrinkle, is the founder of Sugarpill Cosmetics and Shrinkle Clothing. Her love for colourful makeup and fashion was the reason why she started selling her own clothes in the first place, as well as creating her own eyeshadow range. Read her story in this interview at Beautylish.