You really can’t go wrong with liquid eyeliner that costs $2! The ELF felt tip pen is great for precision and the liner flows through for a perfect looking cat eye. For brightening and highlighting fair skin tones, the Studio Tone Correcting Powder adds luminosity without shimmer. Each colour can be used separately to neutralize different undertones, or use large powder brush to mix all the colours together for an all over brightened look.
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Right now I’m really into Garnier Sleek and Shine spray. It was one of those things in my stash of beauty products that I forgot about until last week. Lately my hair extensions have been quite dry despite heavy doses of Moroccan oil. What I like about this product is the combination of argan oil and serum because it leaves my hair nourished and adds shine. Even though the container has a micro-mist spray, spray with caution because too much and you’ll go from a glossy sheen to an oily mess.
*Garnier product was provided to Smudge Style.
With the help of Illamasqua product developer David Horne, anyone can create 10 totally personalized shades of nail polish. I think this is a such a brilliant idea. I have tons of nail polishes that are so similar to each other as I’m always on a quest to find the perfect shade. Custom blending is the perfect solution. Of course you also have to be ready to shell out £300–not exactly cheap!
Available at Selfridges
Last week in Tokyo I added to my Hakuhodo brush collection. The large angle brush is really good for strong big brows, I wish I’d had it for TFW! The tapered brush is similar to one I have already but this one is way softer, and is perfect for highlighting cheekbones. The red handle is my fave. It’s a basic eye shadow brush but the soft hair is excellent for blending out edges.
Last night I was putting together a quick men’s grooming kit and thought I’d share some of my go to products. The average guys grooming is pretty simple–they need to look like a cleaned up version of themselves. Just as with any makeup application skin prep is important. Unless the guy is extremely dry I tend to use a lightweight moisturizer that leaves minimal shine on the skin. Men’s lips can be dry so a lip scrub is useful or in a pinch wrap your finger around a wipe rub the dry skin away. Use a lip balm that’s hydrating but matte. Homeoplasmine works wonders not just on lips but any dry areas. Brows should be brushed and if they’re unruly a bit of brow gel will keep them under control. Depending on how the skin looks I will use concealer on any blemishes or under the eyes. In some cases I’ve used a very light foundation like MAC Face & Body, but only when necessary. Invisible powder is a must to keep unwanted shine away. Sometimes a sweep of matte bronzer can give a natural healthy glow and help avoid a washed out look.
1. Homeplasmine 2. Kiehl’s Facial Fuel No-Shine Hydrator 3. MAC Brow Set 4. MAC Set Powder 5. Eve Pearl Salmon Concealer Palette
The Shu Uemura S curler is the new must-have tool. This side bar free lash curler, gives total precision for hard to reach lashes on any eye shape. The inner blade system prevent pinching the eye lid, and the white guard gives total stability while curling. After trying it I’m hooked! It’s super specific and reaches every single lash, plus it’s fab for using on false lashes.
YSL Forever Youth Liberator serum-in-creme is the antidote for traumatized skin. Think extreme dryness due to weather change, stressed and fatigued skin. With YSL’s technology to unlock the skins youth potential in four weeks skin is revived. The texture is rich but lightweight and absorbs into the skin quickly leaving a silky soft finish that’s really comfortable.
Available next month at YSL Beauty.
One of the worlds most sort after makeup artists Charlotte Tilbury, has debuted her own cosmetic line at Selfridges. Having had the chance to work with Charlotte on numerous occasions, the one thing she is known for is her personalized concoction magic cream. Backstage on any given show, little unmarked pots of the elusive cream are scattered on every artists station with strict instructions to prep all models skin with the secret potion! It seems the secret is out, or at least a version of it because the cream is available as part of her new line.
In case you didn’t know Marc Jacobs foray into the cosmetic world has happened. 5 pieces of the collection were pre -launched on Sephora online, and of course all are completely sold out. The official launch date is August 9 exclusively at Sephora. I have yet to try any of the 122 piece line, and I’m interested to see what the textures and pay-off are like. Being a designer collection I’m thinking it will be along a similar vein as Burberry. Might not make my kit, but I can never have too much designer makeup with cute packaging in my own makeup bag!