the best makeup looks for newly lightened hair

September 14, 2017  |  Makeup Tutorials  |  1 Comment

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I recently went lighter in the hair department, thanks to Avan at Blow+Bar Singapore. I have been raving about him to everyone because I’m so genuinely impressed: I have really, really thick hair and it takes forever to balayage, but he was so patient and meticulous throughout the painstaking process. I think his effort really shows in how well all the different shades blended together, and I love how it all turned out. So if you want to change things up with your hair colour, you know where to go!

The best/trickiest thing about going light is that it can really shift your needs in terms of makeup. I say “best” because I love trying out new looks and enjoy the challenge or figuring out how my new hair colour affects my overall colouring, but it can be tricky if you don’t know where to start. If you feel like light hair really washes you out, then here’s some advice from a girl who’s really been around the hair colour block.

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I naturally have jet-black hair, pale freckly skin and light eyes so there’s a huge shift in my colour balance when I lighten my hair. It’s contast that keeps me from looking ill, and when that contrast doesn’t come from my dark hair it needs to come from my makeup. Bolder makeup is a necessity when I go light, which means – at the very least – filled-in-brows and a punchy lip colour.

This is a quick everyday look that I do now, when I’m in a rush. When I have a few more minutes I’ll use eyeliner as well, however this is the bare minimum I can get away with. It’s not a lot of makeup and it’s no hardship to put on quickly, but wearing a bold lip casually can take some getting used to if you’re usually a sheer tinted balm kind of girl like me. My Cle de Peau Beauté Lipstick in Dragon Red has been making this transition really easy on me though – while the colours are very rich and pigmented, the formula is balmy and comfortable. Like a tinted balm, it wears off very evenly too so I never have to worry about being left with a cakey, matte ring of colour around my lips if I forget to reapply.

Cle de Peau Lipstick Dragon Red

Another good trick to looking healthy is to go heavy on the blush. Well, heavier than you’d normally go but hopefully still well away from scary clown territory. Picking a colour that works for you is going to require testing, but I personally like blushes that are on the warm side and have a bit of a sheen to them so my skin has a healthy, radiant glow.

One that I’ve been loving lately is Make Up For Ever Artist Face Colour Blush in B302, which is billed as being a universally-flattering shade. It’s a very inoffensive pink that has a touch of gold in it, which I find really compliments the gold tones in my hair. I predict there will be a lot of comparisons made to NARS Orgasm, but the Make Up For Ever one is less orange to me, which makes it easier to wear…and more believably universal in my opinion. I need to make a mental note to do a comparison swatch post with this soon!

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So what happens when one gets bored of bold colours, or just NEEDS to wear a nude lip? It’s harder to pull off for sure, but not impossible. The trick is – again – introducing points of contrast. I try not to go too light on the eyes if I want to do a nude lip, so even though I’m not going all the way smokey I still aim for a filled-in lashline and some dark brown shadow in my outer Vs to make my eyes pop.

Speaking of pop, shimmer and shine are your friends with a look like this. Sheen = alive, whereas matte nudes (if your natural colouring is anything like mine) are just going to suck the life out of your face. Fenty Glow Lipgloss has become my #1 for a nude lip lately because it’s got enough colour to it for my lips to look healthy. I’ve also been using Stila Magnificent Metals eyeshadow in Kitten quite a bit to oomph up any neutral or nude eye look.

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Last but not least, being tan is always a good way to look healthier and less washed-out. That said, I’m not a fan of blatant tanning and honestly struggle a little with bronzer. I’m so pale that it either looks natural i.e. subtle to the point of nonexistence, or actually bronze-y which usually reads as orange on my skin. So I don’t have a good photo example of this yet, but I’m sure I’ll be able to remedy that soon since we’re leaving tomorrow for Bali and then LA.

In the meantime, I hope this was helpful for any of you out there struggling with similar colouring issues!

fotd: burgundy galaxy

September 10, 2017  |  Face of the Day  |  No Comments

Let’s be clear: this is entirely the result of trying to wear as many eyeshadow colours as I could in one go, which itself is the result of being away from my makeup stash for far too long.

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There’s a LOT going on here. I wish I could say there was some method to my madness, but all I did was raid my vanity for products I’d missed using, blended them into utter murkiness and then tried to “tie them together” with not one but two different duochromes – a satin pink-gold and a glitter teal-burgundy. Black liquid liner was the real MVP though, and gave everything a very finished look. False lashes would have been great too, if I had the patience for that sort of thing (which you know I dont)!

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I completed the look with bold brows and a deep fuchsia lipstick, Pillowbook from Cle de Peau Beauté. For some reason I have it down in my memory as a burgundy – probably because that’s what it looks like in the tube – so I got a surprise when I applied, but ended up loving its brightening effect on everything. Isn’t it gorgeous? I think it’s the perfect summer/fall transition lipstick, for when you’re dying to wear deeper tones but aren’t quite ready for full-on oxblood yet.

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Face: Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation in Y225, Cle de Peau Beauté Concealer in Ivory, MAC Next To Nothing Pressed Powder in Light Plus // Cheeks: Tom Ford Blush in Ravish // Eyes: Make Up For Ever Matte Artist Shadows in M646 Latte, M540 Gray Beige and M928 Eggplant, MAC Eyeshadow in Cranberry, Topshop Chameleon Glow Eyeshadow in Shuffle the Cards, Inglot AMC Pigment in #85, Cle de Peau Beauté Intensifying Liquid Eyeliner, Chanel Inimitable Mascara // Brows: Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Brow in #40 // Lips: Cle de Peau Beauté Lipstick in Pillowbook

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fenty beauty first impressions

September 7, 2017  |  New Launches  |  8 Comments

I just got back from the Fenty Beauty launch at Sephora, and thought I’d get some quick and dirty swatch photos up for anyone who hasn’t yet been able to make it down to try the products themselves.

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Before I get into it, let me just say that I truly loathe over-hyped celeb brands. However, I have to give credit where credit is due: Rihanna did an amazing job with this line, and it’s obvious she put a lot of thought and work and time into the development of each product. From the ultra-inclusive range of foundation (40 shades!) and their genius swatch book system to the thoughtful packaging to the beautiful, beautiful highlighters, you can tell this wasn’t just a line of pre-made makeup that Rihanna slapped her name on. So kudos to you, Riri! I went in today looking for faults but there were none.

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There were hiccups though. As much as I wish I had been able to swatch and photograph the whole range, it would have been a two person job to do so and get quality photos for my readers…and since there was some awkwardness over me asking if I could have Adam pop in and help me really quickly, I had to pick my battles and focus on just the highlighters. So I apologize for the inconsistent photo quality here and not having the foundation or contour swatches up too.

Here are swatches the Killawatt Freestyle Highlighters (click to enlagrge). My first impression was positive. The quality was good on average, but some powders definitely performed better than others. My favourites of the bunch were Metal Moon and the Lightning Dust/Fire Crystal duo. Trophy wife is gorgeously pigmented, but straight up glittery and tough to wear as a highlighter unless you’re looking for pure theatrics. Mean Money was the bottom performer here, lacking pigment and being too sheer.

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And here are the Match Stix Shimmer Skinsticks. Some were more sheer, some more pigmented, all were consistently smooth and texturally even. No complaints here. My favourites were Confetti and Sinnamon, but really they are all winners. And that’s all she wrote! Anything you’re eyeing up from Fenty Beauty?

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