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Classic Black Winged Liner & Red Lip Look

I recently went to a wedding and decided to do a kind of Hollywood glamour look with winged liner teamed with my favourite red lippy at the moment which is  No7’s “Love Red”,  but more on that later 🙂

Winged Liner Red Lip

For the eyeshadow, I went for a shimmery beige on the lid with a contour of mid to dark brown on my socket line and then a classic black winged gel liner topped with my favourite Ardell Demi Wispie lashes.

Perfect Winged Liner in 6 easy steps:

Winged liner can be a tricky one but here are a few tips to master it:

Step by step winged liner

  1. Use a smooth gel liner such as Maybelline black gel liner and a good liner brush or angle brush.  The Inglot liner brush is my favourite.
  2. Trace the line on three quarters of your lashline, don’t worry if it’s not even, you can tidy it up later.
  3. With your eyes open, draw your line on the inner part of the eye.
  4. Outline your flick at the end, extending up from your lower lashline and pointing towards the end of your eyebrow. Open your eyes to see where you placed the flick on one side then looking straight into a mirror follow on the other side.  If you make a mistake, use a pointed cotton bud dipped in non-oily eye makeup remover to clean up the lines on each side.
  5. Bring the line from the edge of the flick back in to meet the thickest part of your liner and smooth out the line with black eyeshadow on an angle brush if you want it looking nice and even.
  6. Apply Mascara and false lashes to really elongate the eyes and add the “cat eye” effect.

Top Tip:  If you find it really hard to get the placement of the liner matching on each side, use a flesh coloured eye pencil (Rimmel now do a great one) to trace the lines until you’re confident that they’re lined up perfectly on each side then trace over with black liner for even flicks on both sides!

No7 Stay Perfect Lipstick in “Love Red”

No7-Stay-Perfect-Lipstick-Love-Red-434x434This is the colour I am wearing above. It’s a gorgeous true red colour that looks really well on either pale or darker complexions.  It’s also a blue based red so it really makes your teeth look whiter too!  I found this extremely long lasting as well, I only had to top up a couple of times during the night despite eating, drinking and chatting 🙂  It is definitely one of my favourites at the moment.  The cost is €12 and it’s available from all Boots stores.

Do you like this look?  Let me know in the comments below 🙂  Also let me know if there is any particular makeup you would like to perfect and I’ll do a post on it to help you out!

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Makeup Tips for Teenagers & Perfect Makeup for Debs/Prom

When it comes to wearing makeup when you’re a teenager, you have you pick of looks to choose from since your skin is young and you can get away with wearing little makeup or going all out for a really glam look.  I’ve put together a few examples of looks I’ve done on my teen clients which would be great for either everyday wear or for a Debs/Prom as well as some general tips for wearing makeup.

Foundation Tips for Problem Skin

If you suffer with Acne, you don’t have to cake your face in thick liquid or cream foundation to cover it.  The key to a flawless natural look is to wear a light foundation or BB cream and get a good concealer to go over any red areas or spots.  Even if you suffer from Acne you can cover your spots without trowelling on the slap.

I did this look for Claire to show her how to cover her skin in a natural way.  She is a beautiful girl but wanted to feel a bit more confident with her skin so I covered her skin with MAC’s Face and Body which is a really light foundation and then spot concealed with my concealer kit from Makeup forever (Catrice do a cheaper version of this also) and you just use a pointed concealer brush to go lightly over each spot then powder over lightly to set.  I kept the rest of her makeup really natural with just a light wash of shadow and some liner, mascara and a smudge of lipgloss.

Natural Look on Claire
Natural Look on Claire

Then for a night out for her graduation we did a gorgeous Cranberry/Purple look which made her beautiful Green eyes pop! Claires eyebrows are the perfect shape so I just brushed through with a brown powder shadow which looks much more natural than those drawn on black eyebrows I’ve seen lots of girls wearing!

A defined eyebrow looks fab and really frames your face but these drawn on “check marks” on your face are far from a good look!  If you’re not sure what to do with your brows there are plenty of tutorials for filling in eyebrows on Youtube so check them out and get yourself a good angle brush and brow palette.  I love the one from GOSH cosmetics.

Dramatic look
Dramatic look


For Laura I also did a natural look which I used a bronzy brown liner to compliment the light colour of her eyes and she looked really stunning.  This would be perfect for wearing at the weekend or even on a night out.


Natural Makeup on Laura
Natural Makeup on Laura

Then for a more glam look, we went for a more dramatic but pretty glitter eye which would be perfect for a Debs and was quick and easy to do!  We went for a nude lip which is always best if you’ve got loads going on with the eyes.

Laura Dramatic Look
Laura Dramatic Look

Of course if you want to go all out and try something really different that looks great too.  For Kristina I did this really dramatic Metallic Winged Eyeshadow look using Black and gold eyeshadows from the Urban Decay Naked Palette as well as some Silver eyeshadow on her inner corner, I just intensified them by applying with a wet brush.


Also for a Debs/Prom you can’t go wrong with a classic “Red Carpet” look of light eyeshadow with winged liner and a Red lip.  That looks really fab for a night out also.

Here are some of my fave celeb Red Carpet looks which would be perfect for a Debs/Prom.

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If you’re still struggling with doing this yourself, give me a shout on my Facebook page.  I am taking bookings for the 2013 Debs season but places are filling up quickly!  🙂

Which look do you like best??

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How to Wear: Red Lipstick

Red lips will never go out of fashion and that is a fact.  Celebrities like Dita Von Teese, Gwen Stefani,  Imelda May and of course, the iconic Marilyn Monroe, have all made red lips their signature look and all have a sophisticated, timeless style because nothing says glamour and sophistication like true red lips!   You don’t have to be a celebrity to rock a red lip though, anyone can wear this and look amazing.  It’s all about finding the right shade for your skin tone.

Pale Skintones: Pale and Irish skin tones look better with blue-reds such as MAC’s Russian Red or Ruby Woo, both of which are staples in my makeup kit.  I used Russian Red on the model below for  photo shoot that I did for boudoir photographer Secret boudoir in Dublin a while ago.  It is a deep matte colour (although I did use some gloss also in the picture below) and really is my favourite shade of red lippy!

Sallow/Darker skintones:  My favourite colour for darker skintones is another MAC lipstick, Lady Danger.  It’s more of a coral/red colour which is also matte. I used Lady Danger on the model below and it gave a lovely dramatic look that you couldn’t ignore!

Tips for wearing red lipstick:

Red lips are HIGH maintenance, be prepared for constant top ups, teeth checking and lipstick marks on anyone you smooch up to, but for the impact it gives, I reckon it’s worth it 🙂

  • Before you apply it, make sure your lips are in top condition, scrub them with a wet toothbrush to get rid of dry skin, then a few minutes before you plan on applying your lippy, slather on lip balm or I always use Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream which is perfect for conditioning lips.
  • Line and fill in your lips with a matching shade of lipliner, this will act as a base colour and give you the perfect outline that you need with red lips.
  • Apply your lipstick, either straight from the tube or with a lipbrush for more control, then blot with tissue, lightly dust over some translucent powder and reapply lipstick, then blot again.  This will give your lipstick staying power and is a good tip for any colour lippy.
  • Clean up any uneven areas with concealer applied with a brush around the outline of the lipstick for a perfect line.
  • Make sure any spots or redness on your skin is concealed as the redness can be highlighted by red lipstick, your foundation base needs to be flawless for maximum impact.
  • Don’t use too much eyeshadow when wearing red lips, wearing just eyeliner looks fantastic either winged as in the first picture above or smudged and slightly smoked out as in the second picture.
  • Generally, blue toned lipsticks make teeth look whiter but orange toned lipsticks can highlight yellow teeth so be careful!

These lipsticks cost €17.50 from MAC stores but if you’re on a budget, you can use cheaper, pharmacy brands.  Catrice do some great ones as well as the Kate Moss range from Rimmel.

Will you trying Red lipstick any time soon?

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Get Leona Lewis’ X Factor Look

If you were watching the X Factor last Sunday night, you might have seen Leona Lewis perform looking absolutely stunning as usual but the thing that really caught my eye was her beautiful makeup, particularly her gorgeous sparkly eye makeup.

I managed to find out what her makeup artist used so I drafted in my daughters best friend Laura to create the exact look below.  And when you won’t believe what product Leona’s makeup artist used to get this glittery eye makeup!

The pictures above don’t really do justice to how sparkly and beautiful this eyemakeup really is but if you want to achieve the same look it’s sooo unbelievably easy see below for what I used:

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation in No.51

MAC Kid & Cork Eyeshadows

Maybeline black Gel Eyeliner

Rimmel Volumeyes Mascara

Molton Brown Blush in Nutmeg

MAC Lipstick in Angel
And obviously you’ll be wondering what was used for the sparkles well, I’m reliably informed that the actual product used on Leona was none other than a €3.60 glittery eyeliner from Collection 2000 in a shade called Hustle below:

This was used all over Leona’s lid and produced that high shine sparkle that lit up her eyes.  I know.  An eyeliner for less than €4 from Superdrug gave her that amazing look?!  I was flabbergasted too!!  So it just goes to show you that you don’t need expensive makeup to create high impact glamour.  This would be perfect for a debs or a night out, especially coming up to the party season!  These liners come in a number of different shades and can be bought in Boots, Superdrug or most pharmacies where Collection 2000 is sold 🙂

Would you wear a look like this?