If you follow me on Twitter and Instagram you might recall that I attended a make-up lesson with Make Up London Academy in north London. I must have looked a little crazy trying to find a good angle to take a couple of selfies to post after the lesson whilst standing in the middle of Finsbury Park!
I picked up a few new tips such as:
- Apply the dark contour colour with a thick fan brush – it helps to control the colour application.
- How to use an angled brush to apply gone gel eyeliner to the top lashes – I always use MAC brush 209 which resembles a fine paint brush but now I know that I can use an angled brush to push the eyeliner into the lash line for the appearance of full lashes.
- Which primers suit which different kinds of skin and that ideally, different primers should be used if one person has several skin types (I have misplaced my notebook so I can’t remember which primer goes with which skin!)
- Why HD powder is so good and that even though it looks a scary white in the container, if used sparingly it is fine for daylight.
- Always use a primer on the face and the eyelids.
- How to use a stippling brush – I bought one from e.l.f. but hadn’t used it as I didn’t know how but now I use it all the time!
The next day I practiced my new found skills using the make-up and brushed pictured but I just couldn’t get a good photo of my face.
- Bobbi Brown Illuminating Finish Powder Compact Foundation SPF12 in Golden 6 (no longer available) applied with a sponge
- YSL Le Teint Touch Éclat foundation in B70 to highlight under my eyes using the Real Techniques pointed foundation brush
- Bourjois Délice de Poudre Duo in shade 55 to countour the shadows and highlights of my face using my Models Own angled blush brush
- The matte camel shade from my Sleek Storm eyeshadow palette applied under the brow to the crease using the flat end of the Urban Decay dual brush
- Gold eyeshadow from the Sleek Storm palette on my eyelids and blended out just above the crease using my Urban Decay dual ended brush and blended with my Real Techniques base shadow brush
- The darkest matte brown eyeshadow from the same palette to define my brows using the angled liner brush end of my Bella Pierre Cosmetics Dual Brush
- Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Sepia pushed into the upper lash line using my Real Techniques angled eyeliner brush (new skill for me!)
- YSL Touch Éclat in shade 5 to neaten the brow shape using my Real Techniques detailer brush
A combination of blush shades from my Makeup Revolution Sugar and Spice blush palette to add a splash of colour using my Real Techniques blush brush
- Soap & Glory Smoulder Kohl eyeliner in Cocoa Bean on the lower lash line
- Maybelline lipstick in Ravishing Rose 538
Nice and simple!