Aug 172015

It’s a classic make-up look that can bring dramatic focus to beautiful eyes …but it tends to fill most of us with a bit of dread when it comes to achieving the look at home. It’s time to face your fears and learn how, with a few simple steps, the smokey eye can be your new look for those long summer nights. Let me show you how…

1. Any great make-up look starts with a flawless base. Start off with a thin layer of Maybelline Perfect Primer Base £8.99. This will help to hide any redness and ensure your foundation glides on and, more importantly, stays on. I love L’Oreal True Match Foundation in the shade Ivory Rose £11.50. I apply a small amount to the back of my hand, and then blend into my face with small circular motions using a Kibuki brush. Remember to blend, blend, blend your foundation to achieve that flawless look. A touch of liquid foundation under the eyes and over any blemishes blended with the same brush will complete the look.

2. Line your lower lids with a Kohl eyeliner in the waterline and line the top lid with L’Oreal Paris Infallible Eye Liner in the shade 301 Black £5.10, creating a feline flick at the edges.

3. Now for the clever bit. My hero product of the month has got to be L’Oreal Paris’ Riche Smokey Eye Palette in Noir £7.19. The compact palette is shaped like your eyelid, giving you a ready-made guide to smokey eyes. Start with the second lightest shade, applying it to your whole lid and inner corner. Then apply the darkest shade to the crease and a little into the outer corner. You’ll also want to bring this down to the lower lash line. Then take a clean blending brush and blend that out until you start to see the smokey eye come together. Once you’ve blended, apply the lightest shade to your brow bone as a highlight.

4. If you feel that any excess powder has found its way under your eye, go back in with a dab of concealer.

5. Apply a black mascara to add drama to the lashes. Silk Fibre Lash Mascara £29.95 is great as it builds volume as well as length.

6. Now for the eyebrows. Brush your brows upwards and fill in any gaps with an eyebrow pencil using quick flicks in the direction of hair growth.

7. Sweep a baked bronzer along your cheekbones to define and add a warm glow for summer.

8. Finish with a slick of Maybelline Lip Balm in Pink Punch £8.07 to keep the focus on your eyes.

Tweet me a picture of your completed smokey eye look to @salonlookgirl. I’d love to see them!


Posted by The Salon Look Girl at 8:51 am
Apr 032014

It’s nearly Easter, which means two glorious days off work and also lots of chocolate! It also means meeting all the family for a big lunch or dinner, some that you might not have seen since last Easter so you need to look your best!

This year, it’s all about the simple, natural look.

Natural Every-Day Look

Gone are the days of heavy eye shadow and scouse brows – this Easter you should look healthy, glowing and radiant and I’m going to tell you exactly how to get that look!

  • Start by cleaning your face of any old make-up then apply a light face moisturiser.
  • Instead of using foundation, use either a tinted moisturiser or a BB cream. These blend in well and also give coverage. They also even out your skin tone and don’t look too heavy. Plus, they are great for you skin!
  • Next, apply concealer to any blemishes or dark circles around your eyes. Make sure its not too dark or light for your skin, otherwise it will really stand out and be obvious.
  • After, apply a powder on the oilier parts of your face, blending it until it looks like your skin tone. Be sure to go underneath your jaw line and onto your neck, nobody likes foundation marks! It should look natural like you aren’t wearing any makeup!
  • Follow by applying either bronzer or blusher. I always prefer bronzer as I like to look a little bit more tanned and look like I have a natural glow. Slide the powder just along your cheekbones and t-zone. Don’t over do it – orange is not cute!
  • Now for eyes, use either dark brown or black eyeliner. You only need a small line on your top lid to accentuate your eyes and follow by mascara. I always like to use lots of mascara if I don’t have much eyeliner on as they make your eyes look a lot bigger.
  • Finally finish with a gorgeous natural colour lip-gloss or lipstick. Don’t have one? Just use Vaseline!

And there you have it, a gorgeous natural make-up look for Easter lunch for dinner with the fam! Guaranteed to make you look glowing!

Posted by The Salon Look Girl at 1:45 pm
Apr 022010

This is somewhat true. If all you use is dark eyeliner on your bottom lids, your eyes will look saggy and tired. However, if you rim your eyes, top and bottom lids, with black eyeliner and pair it with shadow that accentuates your eyes and a volumizing mascara, your eyes will look wide and awake.

Posted by Admin at 11:55 am