Charlene Flanagan Makeup
A few weeks ago, Joan Rowland of Petals Hair & Beauty in Westport kindly invited me to attend a Smashbox Night to celebrate the fact that they are only 1 of 10 suppliers of the Smashbox Cosmetics Range in Ireland since Estee Lauder took it over early last year. The night was so much fun; there were upstyle demo’s, makeup demo’s, raffles, makeup and hair advice etc
- Always makeup sure to moisturise and/or Prime the skin. Moisturising your skin gives your makeup something to hold on to. You can then also apply your primer after your moisturiser, this helps to even out your skin for flawless application of your foundation and creates a barrier between your skin and your makeup. (If you’re not a fan of Primers make sure to use a moisturiser)
- Lightly apply your foundation. There is no such thing as wearing more foundation and your makeup will last longer. It’s the exact opposite. Just make sure to buff the makeup into the skin using a brush, sponge or beauty blender. Try not to use hands or fingers.
- Conceal only the areas that need to be concealed. Apply concealer only to the areas that need it such as blemishes, discolouration etc. Concealers are usually have more coverage so they tend to be heavier and last longer.
- If using cream products on the face such as cream blush, concealers, contour & highlight set these with similar coloured powders for longer lasting effect.
- Always make sure to use a Setting Powder and/or Setting Spray to set the makeup in place.
- Apply an eyeshadow primer to help keep your eye shadows in place. Just like a skin primer this will create a barrier between your skin and the eyeshadow. Helping eye makeup to stay in place, prevent creasing and to last longer.
- An alternative is to use a cream eyeshadow that is the same colour as the eyeshadow colour you wish to use or use a neutral skin colour that will even out the colour of your eyelid then apply eyeshadows as you wish.
- Use a waterproof mascara
- Use an eyebrow gel to keep your eyebrows in place for longer.
Tip: Use an oil based or liquid based makeup remover to remove waterproof mascara
After my posts throughout the week, A lot of you have been in touch regarding choosing the right shade with Buff Makeup. And without seeing you face to face it can be quite hard for me to judge. So I am putting together this little blog on the shades and describing them as best I can to help you out as I know that most of my followers live over here in the Wild West and it's not possible sometimes to get to Dublin to swatch them yourself or even put your trust in ordering your shade online.
Just a little background on the foundation itself, it's a HD Liquid Foundation, Oil free & says that it suits all skin types. In my personal opinion it sits better on normal or oily skin types better than dry, But that's not to say you can't use it if you have dry skin just make sure to moisturise well before you apply & wear a primer too!
The coverage is flawless! The texture of the foundation is light but gives a medium to heavy coverage on the skin without you looking "caked" I find I still need concealer though afterwards for undereyes, redness etc. but that's no problem I'm used to it by now!
The finish is a sheer finish so your left with a luminous type glow on your skin.
More times than I care to remember I have been a victim of choosing the wrong foundation colours..I am sure most of you agree!
So apart from Halloween time we don't really want to look like Casper the friendly ghost or Willy Wonkas Oompa Loompa's...
Here are my few tips on choosing the right colour foundation.
1. Make sure you know your undertone (check out my blog on "What's Your Undertone?)
2. Pick three shades starting with a lighter shade than you think you are and work up from there. This will help you stop buying a shade that's too dark (which most people do)
3. Try out the shades on your jawline/chest (collarbone area) or otherwise your wrist.
4. The colour should start to fade into your skin and you should see little or no remains once rubbed in (make sure to blend in well to the skin, you don't blob the foundation on your face & not blend so why do it now)
4. If you have time, go outside and see if the colour matches, or wear it for an hour or more and watch to see if it develops and how it sits.
Most pharmacies and cosmetic stands have very little assistance or samples but if you don't ask you'll never know! In the higher end brand makeup counters always get a sample and take home to try. You'll be thankful in the end!
Hope this helps beauties!!!