Sunday, 21 September 2014

B. IS FOR BEAUTIFUL MAKE UP LOOK TUTORIAL

Here we are with the part two of my "Be Selfie Ready" make up masterclass I attended in Superdrug in Manchester Arndale, with the super talented Cassie Lomas.

As you can see I did my homeworks and I wrote all the tips and tricks on the face chart.



I want to share with you everything I learnt on the day, talk a bit about the products I was given and show you the final look.

First thing, we did the base using the B. Confident CC cream (sorry but I cannot find the link), where CC stands for Colour Correction.



I am MAC nc30 and the shade medium was the right match.

This CC cream blends nicely, doesn't give an high coverage really but evens out the complexion without looking cakey and has got a always very appreciated SPF 45.

I applied it with a foundation brush starting from the centre of the face, blending it towards the sides, to avoid make up in the hair line caused by an overloaded brush.

Second step was what everybody was waiting for: Contouring!!!

Don't tell me you have not tried, at least once, to play with highlighter and bronzer to get some serious sculpted cheekbones.

The B.Sculpted Contour Kit (£10.49) was a true revelation for me.



It's a duo palette containing a matte bronzing powder and a creamy highlighter that you will use like this:
  • With a small round brush take a bit of bronzing powder, pat it on your hand to remove the excess and then sweep it , with circular motions, from the centre of the earlobe towards the ideal line that goes from the end of the eyebrows to the jaw line
  • to make your nose look shorter, apply a bit of bronzing powder at the end of the tip, to make it look smaller, apply it at the side of the bridge
  • with a pencil brush, blend the powder into the crease to have more definition
  • with a powder brush, sweep the powder under the jaw line to mask the excess of skin under the chin
  •  blend the powder over the temples and at the corners of the forehead
  • with your finger or with a small fluffy brush (I use a duo fiber one) apply the cream highlighter on  the bridge of the nose, on the cupid bow, on top of the cheekbones in a triangle shape and in the centre of the forehead
  • mix it with the concealer to mask dark under eye areas



Looks complicated, well, it is not really, if I did it, believe me you can, eventually dear old you tube will provide 394858730 tutorials about contouring; this one is the one I prefer.

The sculpting powder is quite amazing, it blends really well, does not create patches after few hours like other powders I have tried and is 100% matte.

The cream highlighter is quite dense and thick so I had to learn how much of it was necessary and how to blend it without messing with the powder already applied.

I don't personally like palettes with creamy products and powder together because it's quite easy to pass the powder onto the cream pot by sweeping the brush, but this compact has got a little plastic film to avoid this, very clever B. guys well done!

I used the kit in medium, but there are two more options available, light and dark.

Now, let's talk brows.

I am not a big fan of the now so fashioned bushy brows a la Cara but I always comb them and fill the gaps created by years and years of not so gentle use of tweezers.

If I could choose, in between all the products we have been given, which one to keep, I would definitely choose this.

The B Defined Brow Kit (£8.49) is a little gem you really need to discover.



It contains 2 brow colours, a waxy brow setting gel a cream highlighter and a dual applicator with angled brush and a comb.

There are two shades available, Light and Dark.

Here is Cassie's step by step tutorial:
  • comb the brow upwards to lift the eye and then, with small strokes, apply the wax that will work as a glue for the powder
  • use the angle brush to apply the powder, always directing it upwards following the arch
  • comb afterwards for a softer look
  • pat a bit of the highlighter onto the brow bone

I have done some serious disaster with other eyebrows kits, that's why I appreciate the soft but not sticky wax, the natural colour of the powders and the light shimmering of the highligther.

Compared to other expensive kits I have seen around ( cough *HD brows* cough), this is so easy to use and so cheap!

 Eyes on me now, my dear readers.

The dominant shade of the collection is the green and the first thing I saw Cassie using was the B. Stunning Vibrant Eye Shimmer in Tropic (3.49 at the moment).



I used a couple of these little pots  before and I can recommend you to have a play with these next time you pop in Superdrug.

The texture is half way in between a mousse and a cream eyeshadow, with an extraordinary colour pay off.

This particular shade is a bright minty green with a bit of shimmer, that I applied with my finger tips patting it downwards ( to not mess with the eyebrows) on the lid, layer after layer thanks to the fact the intensity it's quite buildable.

At this point I used the B. Complete Limited Edition Eyeshadow in Pop (£3.49 at the moment) that contains a creamy primer and 3 pots of matt pastel colours, a deep rose, a minty green (very similar to the Vibrant Eye Shimmer) and a blue.



With a dump brush (I sprayed a bit of Mac fix plus on a flat eyeshadow brush) I applied the green shade all over the lid and the blue one in the outer corner, using a small pencil brush.

I have used all the eyeshadows few times and I suggest you to always use a primer, to make the colour stand out and resist a bit longer.



After the contouring part, what I was looking forward to see was Cassie working her magics for the ultimate eyeliner flick and I was not disappointed.

We used the B. Precise Longwear Gel Eyeliner in Black (£6.99) that comes with a very handy liner brush.



This is how Cassie showed us to use it:

  • Starting from the outer edge of the lashes, proceed towards the inside
  • stop halfway through
  • start again from the inside towards the outer corner to complete the line
  • go all over the line to correct and define it
  • trace the flick from where you want your flick to end downwards
  • thicken the line to connect the flick to the rest of it
  • use the eyeliner in the upper and lower waterline smudging it with some black eyeshadow powder to soften the line and make it last longer. 


Compared to other gel liners I have tried, this one has got a more matt finish (Love!!!) and doesn't, thanks God, transfer to the lid.

It looks to me it has got a drier consistency so you will have to damp the brush in the pot few times during the application.





Last but not least, the lipstick!!!

With all that colour on the eyes, the lips are quite natural and soft with the B. Rich Intense Moisturising Colour Lipstick in Breeze (£7.99), a very wearable peachy-pink hue.


 It has got a very rich texture but it doesn't feel sticky at all.

This are the details from my make up, hope you will enjoy it!

At the moment there are some good offers on B. make up in Superdrug, if you buy two items, the second one is half price, so it may be a good idea to check some of these products out.

I would recommend you the eyebrows kit and the sculpting duo!

Now it's really time to go to bed, Good Night my dears!
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4 comments

  1. The eyeshadow palette is so pretty!! :)

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    1. it really is and for that price is well worthy!

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  2. Gorgeous I'm using all the make up products we've been given every day :) Love the contouring bronzer
    Kisses
    xx

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    1. Yes, I think the contour duo and the brow kit are my fave products.

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