Tutorial – My powder brow look

Hey everyone, sorry that I havent posted in a couple of weeks! I just really wasn’t feeling it to be honest and really didn’t want to write content I just wasn’t loving.

So today I am writing about my brows. It is something which I have been inspired to write by a number of people who I work with who ask me on a regular basis how I do my brows so perfectly everyday, so I thought instead of telling everyone individually I might just as well just show you here instead 🙂

But first, I thought I would do a history lesson – my brows through the ages I guess! I went from natural, to slightly over plucked, to slightly over done to just right and eventhough now I love them, I’m sure I will change how I do them in the future purely because I love updating my look and my makeup routine!

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And if you can stick with me through those horror history photos (I know they are dreadful) then thanks and here is how I do my brows now – it really only takes 5 minutes, but I think is can make the biggest transformation to my look!

So I do all my other make up first and leave my brows to last. To begin I use my brow spooly to get my brows all facing in the same direction and shaped as I want them and then apply a small amount of brow gel to fix the shape and help hold the product. My current routine involves a powder product although you can also use pencil. I’ll do a pencil tutorial soon though as for now I want to focus purely on how I get the look I love so much!

Before brows are done!

Before brows are done!

I use a small angled brush from Wilkinsons which I find easier to use than the small brushes which come with the palette purely because you can get better shaping and grip. I then use the Seventeen Brow Palette and use the mid brown colour to begin shaping. I start just past the upwards faing part of the brow and always start at the bottom, using a small amount of product to begin definining the shape and angle, using less and less product towards the outer corner.

When shaping your brows it is important to remember two things…

  • Don’t overpluck your brows! It is tempting and really easy to do, but I promise that you will regret it. It’s much easier to tame overgrown brows than to grow back new ones. To be honest, I would advise avoiding plucking brows for shaping at all as it is really hard to get good definition and shape. I only use my tweezers to pick up the odd stray hair and if I want to get a reshape I will go for threading or HD Brows if I want them to be tinted as well. For first timers, HD Brows is definitely the best as they analyse your face to get the perfect brow shape J
  • Remember that there is a simple rule to shaping – The inner brow should be in a straight line from the outside of your nose, to your inner eye. Your arch should be in line from your outside nose through your pupil and your outside brow should be in line with your outside nose and outside eye. Simples!

Anyway, once you have definied your shape, I add some more product to my brush and then fill in the top, again leaving the inner brows until last when there is the least product on the brush. I fill in the shape and thickness, ensuring there is no patchiness and then join at the end. Using just a small tap of my brush on the product, I then draw the inner edge of my brow on (I prefer a straight line purely because I have very fair hair and no real upwards facing brow!) and join to the predefined shape. Once this is done I repeat on the other side and then you are done.

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Another top tip of mine and something which I think it is key to remember is that your brows should not be completely the same! Just like anything one is likely to be naturally bigger than the other or arched slightly higher so don’t stress. Just make sure they perfectly compliment each other for the perfect finish.

For super crisp brows, finishing touches include cleaning up lines with a small foundation brush to cover any product which has bled elsewhere and using a small highlighter to really accentuate your arches and then you are done!

After brows!

After brows!

I hope you found this useful as I really enjoyed writing this! It is something which I have been meaning to do for ages because people always ask, but just havent got around to it yet 🙂

Please let me know if you found this useful and don’t forget to also let me know what techniques and products you use as like I said I love to keep on learning! And don’t forget if you did enjoy it, follow me here and on Twitter and Instagram!

Lots of love, Leanne xx

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GRWM: My Current Foundation Routine

Hey everyone,

Like I promised on Sunday this post is all about my updated face makeup routine! I did one a while ago when I first started out (which you can read here) but that has changed a lot since I have been in the beauty blogging world, so I thought I would share with you what I do now!

I know that reading a pictorial isn’t exactly the best way of keeping you all updated, but I am working on a series of short tutorial videos as well, so please stay tuned for those 🙂

I guess it is also worth mentioning, that I don’t really go for the natural look! For me wearing makeup is all about expressing who I am, so I like to use bold colours and lines every day, so I have added in a few variations for a more natural look if that is more your preference or my everyday look which can also be added to for the perfect glam night time look…

Step 1 – It’s all about the preparation!

This has to happen way before you even begin to apply makeup though so make sure each night before bed you remove all your makeup and then cleanse, tone and moisturise to ensure the perfect base for your makeup. This goes for your brushes too, not only is it important to have a clean face it’s also important to have clean brushes, so make sure you clean these regularly, no matter how much of a chore it is 🙂

Suggested products: Garnier all the way!

Step 2 – It’s still all in the preparation! (Don’t worry that isn’t the title of all the steps)

Making sure your skin is ready to be the perfect base (a bit like you need foundations when building a house) is essential! For me this includes using a good mattifying primer to allow my makeup to stay on for a longwear. I don’t always wear primer, this is usually just if I’m going out or just want an extra pick me up! To apply my primer I just squeeze a small amount into my hands and then use my fingers to rub this in all over my face until it has been evenly applied. Simple!

Suggested products: Nars Primer, Loreal Primer, ELF Primer

Step 3 – Don’t forget the layers

I know this probably sounds ridiculous, but there are so many layers going on underneath my top layer of makeup that people just will not be able to see or understand the effort which goes into it! This buildable preparation though, helps to give the overall finish which everyone sees so it really is essential! For my next steps I then apply a BB Cream with a foundation brush and blend it with the brush followed by my Nanshy Sponge to ensure it is properly blended, before adding a lighter foundation under my eyes and onto any areas where I have imperfections. I feel like the lighter foundation acts as a good base and seems to deflect light away from these areas! Then it is on to the all over foundation! For this you want to use a shade which matches your current skin tone, which for me being slightly tanned, is the Collection Lasting Perfection Foundation which I will review very soon! I apply this all over using my Real Techniques brush, before blending in with this and again using my Nanshy Sponge to ensure it looks airbrushed. Once this has been completely blended (including under my neck and ears to ensure there are no lines) I then apply my Collection Illuminating Concealer to get rid of any imperfections. Once this is done we are almost there – it’s basically just the finishing touches left 🙂

Step 4 – The finishing touches

To ensure that your face looks flawless and stays put all day it is really important to finish your look properly. I allow the liquids to dry slightly (no more than a few mins) before applying on my t-zone the Loreal Magique BB Powder in shade Light, which works to mattify and set the makeup here. I use my Kabuki brush from Wilkinsons to apply this as it picks up the perfect amount of product to give the effect I want without looking caked on! Once I have applied this I then go ahead and start shaping my face. Without makeup I look quite young thanks to a combination of slightly bad skin and chubby cheeks which give me a youthful look. To look older (and just generally better!) bronzing, countouring and highlighting are essential, but for some of you out there, this may not be something you want to do everyday. As a minimum I would advise you to follow the bronzing and blusher stages, but if you’re feeling brave give it all a go as it really is worth it!

I begin by applying my Bronze under my cheek bones, in between my chin and mouth, upper forehead and temples with a blusher brush, before using my Wilkinsons brush to blend this all in. Next step is to apply some highlighter. Again I use a powder highlight on top of my cheekbones right on the outer edge, on my upper lip, nose tip and inner eyes. I also use a cream or crayon on my lip and eyes for a more pronounced highlight, but this isn’t essential!

Once you have applied your highlight, you can now focus on contouring which you don’t need to be afraid of, as with this method there isn’t too much that can go wrong! I apply my darkest shade of powder over my bronzer on my cheek, but only about 2/3 of the way I applied my bronzer. I apply this with my Real Techniques brush in a straight line. You don’t have too apply it so heavy if you are nervous as these powders are excellent to build on, so start slowly as it is always easier to add more than to have to take some away! Once you have added the contour to your cheeks, I then apply some along the edges and tip of my nose, to give the illusion of a more pronounced and defined as well as slightly smaller nose. Once I have applied these I buff in using the same brush in circular motions. Once these lines are blurred, I then use my Wilksinsons brush again to completely blend all the powders together.

PhotoGrid_1439239943990And there you have it! Your face is finished! It really isn’t that hard, although I appreciate written down there are a lot of steps and products involved, but like they say practice makes perfect. As you can see in my finished picture, I added dark smokey eyes (my signature look) with a red lip, but this could also have just used a slick of clear gloss, mascara and brows finished and would still look incredible, that is just not my style!

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Let me know how you get your face ready as I would love to hear more about your routines to see if there is anything else I can learn! Also let me know if there is anything else you’d like to see from me 🙂

Lots of love, Leanne xx

Collection Illuminating Concealer Review

Hey everyone, it’s me again! Yes I am still sticking to my twice a week posting schedule, it’s amazing isn’t it?! This week, I am even being as organised as to link my two posts – so today you get a review of one of the products I use daily to get my skin looking flawless and then on Wednesday I’m going to give you my complete face make up application routine, so stay tuned for these 🙂

So let’s get started straight away shall we…

The Collection Illuminating Touch Concealer recently made its way into my every day make up bag after I picked it up on a promotion in Boots. (Let me know if you would like a “what’s in my make up bag” post btw!) Anyway, I had read a little about it online and had heard that lots of people thought it was a really good dupe for the Nars Radiant Glow Concealer (not that I have ever tried it because it is way too expensive for Lifestyle for Less HQ!) but I figured if some of these people online who were crazy about expensive products thought it was a good match that it would be more than good enough for me!

If you are considering using this concealer it is definitely worth mentioning before you make you way to the shops that it comes in a really limited range of colours and when I say really limited, I mean like 3 colours, all from the same colour set. I think they are natural, glow and some other cream based colour, so if you are fortunate enough to have even a hint of suntan or are just naturally dark skinned then this probably isn’t going to work for you! For me however, I was able to get a concealer which both covered any skin imperfections and was perfect to use as a lighter base for undereyes as my skin is beyond pale!

At first use it does take a while for the product to come through on the built in brush, but when it does it is so easy to get just the right amount of product application for what you need which is so handy as I always seem to get too much when I am freehanding! When applying the product is creamy and easy to build so feels really nice on the skin and gives a really natural finish and the slight shimmer in the concealer definitely helps to reflect just the right amount of light for a natural dewy addition to an otherwise matte product.

This is probably an even more timely post than normal too as my skin at the moment is awful so you’ll get to see the best representation of the level of coverage of this concealer! (please don’t judge me!)

Before any makeup

Before any makeup

After just Collection Concealer

After just Collection Concealer

After a full face of makeup

After a full face of makeup

In regards to price it is less than £5 to pick up and is almost always included in some kind of multi-buy offer at Boots which makes it even better value and with its multiple purposes that really is great value.

So what are the pros and cons:

Pros:

  • Excellent value for money
  • Great buildable coverage
  • Multi-purpose (undereye, highlight and conceal)
  • Creamy formula
  • Good product dispenser
  • Smells good
  • Applies easily and doesn’t finish cakey or dry

Cons:

  • Terrible range of colours
  • Could be slightly more product, don’t get loads for your money

And what are the answers to the most important two questions which I ask myself at the end of every review? Yes, I would recommend this product, especially if someone was looking for a good high end dupe and yes I probably will purchase this again, although I still don’t feel like I’ve found my forever concealer yet, but this product is definitely a great one for now and it still gets a solid 4 out of 5 stars from me!

What concealers do you use? I’d love to know to see if there are any others I haven’t tried yet that I could be missing out on 🙂 As always, let me know the answer to that question and whether you enjoyed the blog in the comments below. Oh and while I am here, I also want to say a massive thanks to all of you for getting me to 400 followers on Instagram 🙂 I am over the moon and cannot wait to continue on my quest for 1K, so don’t forget to check it out if you haven already (@Lifestyleforless) 🙂

Lots of love, Leanne xx