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Before and After: Simple Glamour

I thought that I'd start a series of full makeup looks; showing you how I looked before and after. This means that, unfortunately, my face will be plastered all over the post. I thought I'd start with a simple, glam look with cat eye eyeliner and bold red lipstick.

These are all the products that I used throughout the transformation. They are (in the correct order of application): 
Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser
BareMinerals Original Foundation in Fairly Medium
Benefit Boi-ing in 01 Light
Conceal and Contour Kit
Makeup Revolution Chocolate Shimmer Bronzer
Makeup Revolution Goddess of Love Highlighter
Essence How to make Brows Wow
E.l.f Jumbo Eye-shadow Stick in Smokey Grey
Rimmel Glam Eyes in Black Glamour
Chanel le Volume de Chanel Mascara in Noir
MAC Amplified Creme Lipstick in Kanga Rouge

Start off with a face that is freshly washed and completely dry. Go through your daily skincare routine as normal; I just apply a lightly tinted moisturiser after cleansing.
Pin your hair back form you face as the last thing you want if foundation or primer in your hair.

Apply your chosen primer to your face in small, dotting motions. Try and resist the urge to do any harsh rubbing as your skin is delicate, and pulling on it can result in premature lines and wrinkles.

Apply your foundation to your areas. I chose a powder foundation which I applied with a buffing brush in small circular movements. I chose to layer my foundation to the level to which provides a fuller coverage.

I used my concealer under my eyes to hid my dark circles, and I also applied it to around my nose where I experience redness.

Make sure to fill in your eyebrows as appropriate. I find that if I use a shadow that is too dark then my eyebrows look completely drawn on. I used a very pale pink shadow to highlight right under my brows. It automatically brightens my eye area and balances my eyebrows with any eye-shadow I do.

I swiped the eye-shadow stick in the outer v of my eye, giving it a light smokey effect without being too dark.

Cat eye eyeliner is huge; everybody does it. Unfortunately some of us find it harder than others. I find that the trick to a better looking cat eye is by using a plastic card and lining it up to follow the edge of my lower lid. 

While this started as a simple everyday look, I decided it would be best to break in my new conceal and contour palette. In a normal routine contouring goes BEFORE your eye-shadow. I applied a cream contour that is quite a bit darker to the main areas I wanted to put 'depth' into: the hollows of the cheeks, under the chin, the sides of the nose etc! I used the lightest shade possible (I have VERY light natural skin) to being a highlight to areas, such as my forehead, down my nose, under my eye etc!

I used a foundation brush to blend them into my skin, making sure that when blending the dark countour that I was blending in towards my face. I found the effect to still be very light and so I lightly used a bronzer and hightlighter to get more emphasis.

The last thing to do is apply your lipstick; I chose a vibrant, bright red because I'm not afraid of colour and the subdued eyes suit a bright lip more.

This is the finished look. I added a 'tattoo' choker that quite popular right now to give a bit of an 'edge' to the look, as well as let my messy hair down.

What do you think? I see a big difference in the before and after. I think that I may have to put a bit more detail in to the next ones; this was kind of simple. As always I feel that the photography sucks, kinda. I will endeavor to improve in the future!

Louise x x

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