English Rose Bridal/Wedding Makeup Tutorial for darker/black/brown skin: contour

english rose intro contour

In this wedding makeup tutorial I adjust the natural pretty-in-pink bridal look to include contouring.  I contour my cheeks, jaw, nose, forehead and hairline using only one product and two brushes:

  • Iman Luxury Contour Trio (dark brown and golden shades)
  • Real Techniques fan brush (exclusive to the collector’s edition sculpting set)
  • Real Techniques sculpting brush

I love contouring!

You can see the first three videos here:

Eyes and brows

Base

Lips and cheeks

Let me know what you think!

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Iman Luxury Contour Trio & Real Techniques Fan Brush

English Rose Bridal/Wedding Makeup Tutorial for darker/black/brown skin: cheeks and lips

english rose intro cheeks and lips

For my third YouTube tutorial in my English Rose for Darker Skin series I finish the look with a no-contour cheek sculpting and pretty pink lips. I use the Bobbi Brown colour pop cheek method which defines the cheeks by highlighting only which has now become popular as strobing. Don’t be scared by all of these terms, it’s really easy to do as you’ll see!

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August Heat Face of the Day: Hyper-Strobing No Mascara

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We’ve had some extremely hot days this week (for the UK). Temperatures reached 33 (or more) degrees centigrade so it must have been unbearably hot on the London tubes.

I chose to wear a modified no-makeup makeup look. As was my usual for allergy season, there was no mascara. But this time I decided to use my Pat Mcgrath Labs Skin Fetish 003 Iridescent Pink 003 Pigment from the Nude set. I don’t buy Pat McGrath Labs (with a $25 shipping fee!) to play it safe!

I started with my lighter base – Iman Luxury Radiance Liquid Makeup in Clay 1 mixed with Lancôme Hydra Zen gel cream moisturiser and buffed on using my Real Techniques buffing brush. I dusted on some Iman Second to None Luxury Radiance Foudation powder using my Real Tecniqus duo fiber face brush.

I lined my upper lash line with my B. Beauty  gel eyeliner (not pictured) in black using my Ruby & Mille angled brush and decided it was boring so I wiped the gel liner off the brush and used it to apply the dark brown shimmer eye shadow from the Makeup Revolution Iconic Pro 2 palette all over my lid, including the liner.

Makeup revolution iconic pro 2 eyeshadow palette

Makeup Revolution Iconic Pro 2 eyeshadow palette

I filled in my brows using a cool dark brown HD Brows powder and my Real Techniques angled liner brush and set them with my L’Oreal Brow Artist Plumper brow gel in dark brown.

I lined my lips with Clarins Lip Pencil in 02 Nude Beige and tapped some Bobbi Brown Crystal lip gloss over the top using my finger for a nude look.

For the grand finale I highlighted my cheekbones, nose, forehead, temples and chin using my PatMcGrath  Iridescent Pink Pigment using the buffing brush that came in the Skin Fetish 003 set. No blush, because in the heat my checks would end up looking rosy anyway!

Pat McGrath Skin Fetish 003

Pat McGrath Skin Fetish 003 is a nightmare to photograph! Very pretty in real life though.

Pat McGrath Skin Fetish 003

Pat McGrath Skin Fetish 003

 

Hot Summer Makeup: no-makeup makeup

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Hot Summer Makeup: no-makeup makeup kit on a lovely pool/sky blue holiday-esque background!

My final look in my “Hot Summer Makeup” series is no-makeup makeup.  I like this look for melty days because when my makeup starts to fade, it isn’t too obvious.  This works best when I’m having a good hair day although that  can be difficult in the blazing sun, especially if there is high humidity.

For this look I didn’t photograph what I wore at the time (you’ll that see that all too often on this blog) but I have a good idea.

For my base, primer would be needed in an attempt to keep the makeup in place followed by my Iman Luxury Radiance Makeup in Clay 1 mixed with Lancôme Hydra Zen gel cream moisuriser all over my face including under my eyes.  I would have dusted on some Iman Second to None Luminous Foundation in Clay 1 to maintain the dewy look and boost the glow. Plus, I need powder on my T-Zone. I have no real option there.

Eyes were nice and simple – a strong defining line across the top lash line using a waterproof gel eyeliner such as Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink.  Waterproof is essential. The line gives the illusion of thicker lashes and works well without mascara if you have black lashes anyway.  No mascara for me that day because when it is hot, the pollen count is usually high. You could wear a waterproof mascara or a long lasting mascara such as Benefit They’re Real.  I later discovered that my YSL Vinyl Couture mascara in I’m the Clash is quite comfortable to wear, even with my allergies.

Brows must be groomed but kept natural so I probably just combed through some dark brown eye gel such as Benefit Gimme Brow in shade 5.  To deposit colour and thicken the brows brush it against the direction of hair growth then to neaten and set brush in the same direction as hair growth.

It leaves the brows naturally filled in and looked after without looking over-groomed.  Luckily I’ve never had a brow product slip.  I would also use a brow pencil, brow powder or eyeshadow set with clear or brown brow gel although I’m not very good with pencils.

Cheeks had to have that glow so I know I used my Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Nectar across the whole cheek then did a colour pop on the apples of my cheeks with Bobbi Brown blush in Desert Pink.

Finally, I went ultra-nude on my lips using my Maybelline lipstick in Coffee Craze 740, possibly over my Bobbi Brow Lip Liner in Heather or Clarins Lip Liner Pencil in 02 Nude Beige. It also looks like I patted on some Bobbi Brown Crystal Lip Gloss.

In this look I worked with the weather rather than against.  I think this one is my favourite. You can check out my other looks here:  No Foundation No Mascara and Bold Brows and Statement Lips.

Which is your favourite? Comment below!

 

Hot Summer Makeup: no-makeup makeup

Hot Summer Makeup: no-makeup makeup

Hot Summer Makeup: no-makeup makeup highlighter strobe

Intense stare!

Hot summer makeup: no foundation no mascara

Hot summer makeup: no foundation no mascara

No foundation, no mascara makeup will only work for me in a certain set circumstances:

  • I’d look worse with makeup than without because it will all melt off;
  • I have a (fairly) decent skincare routine in place because my skin will be on show;
  • My hair is perfect; and
  • There are no cameras around!

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Hot summer makeup: bold brows and statement lips

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Morning sunlight

 

Hot summer days bring a makeup dilemma. Do I not wear makeup and look underdressed and probably tired? Or do I wear makeup and be uncomfortable all day and look like a melted mess by the evening?

I’ve tried a few options and here’s one of them.

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Hot Summer Makeup: Tasha’s Top Tips

Shiesedo Ibuki Quick Fix Mist, Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse, Iman Lip Stain, Avène Eau Thermale, Evolve Satin Leg Gloss, Max Factor False Lash Effect Waterproof Mascara and Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner

Shiesedo Ibuki Quick Fix Mist, Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse, Iman Lip Stain, Avène Eau Thermale, Evolve Satin Leg Gloss, Max Factor False Lash Effect Waterproof Mascara and Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner

On occasion, it gets quite hot in the UK and no, we can’t cope! There’s a good reason for this; as we only get hot weather for about 4 weeks in a year, air conditioning is seen as a luxury rather than a necessity.

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English Rose Bridal/Wedding Makeup Tutorial for darker/black/brown skin: base

English Rose Bridal/Wedding Makeup Tutorial for darker/black/brown skin: base

New video!

My second video is up! It’s also the second in my English Rose bridal makeup for darker skin series. Tap/click here to see how to achieve a gorgeous glowing base for your special day.

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