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SummerLeaps Sat 20-Aug-11 12:21:02

I am always fascinated when i see women in public applying makeup and always want to watch how they do things. I never really 'learned' how to do it (and am actually going to a makeup lesson soon).

My DH always says that i do makeup in a way that does not look as if I am wearing it, which was meant to be a compliment, but I would love to be someone who can really transform her face with it. This is what I do;

dob concealer
foundation all over
brush eyebrows with toothbrush (dedicated toothbrush for (thick) eyebrows, not use my toothy toothbrush smile )
pluck a hair or two (eyebrows)
dob two spots of lipstick on lips, then merge colour with finger
blush with either lipstick if lazy or actual blusher (usually terracotta coloured)
mascara on top lashes only because it always runs.

very simple. If I am really making an effort then I will do a powder compact on top of foundation, shade eyes in in brown and neutral shades and would do lipliner but I never get that right.

I generally look a little pale and ordinary, but i honestly do not know what else to do. I kind of 'colour myself in' really.

Would love to know what other people do!

Catsmamma Sat 20-Aug-11 12:23:24


eyeliner inside lower lids and around to top on inside corner

sparkly eyeliner over top eyelashes sometimes

mascara top and bottom


more mascara

even more mascara.

anon2011 Sat 20-Aug-11 12:28:03

1. Moisturiser or primer.
2. dab foundation on nose, apples of cheeks, chin and forehead.
3. blend with foundation brush.
4. kohl eyeliner top and bottom.
5. mascara, top lashes only.
6. blusher, apples of cheeks extending up cheekbone.

I have dark hair so don't colour eyebrows.

That is my everyday routine. My "Nice" makup routine is longer and more complex!

1- eye primer to lids.
2- light eyeshadow over lids and in crease
3. darker shadow outer half of lids.
4. darker colour winging out and in crease
5- blend with soft eyeshadow brush
6- correct eyeshadow shape with cleansing wipe
7- pencil kohl lower lid
8- gel eyeliner upper lid and winged out
9- mascara
10- foundation primer
11- foundation with brush
12- highlighter/shimmer brick winged across cheekbones.
13 - blusher on apples of cheeks
14- lipgloss

SummerLeaps Sat 20-Aug-11 12:28:32

It sounds as if you must have beautiful eyes Cats if you make a feature of them. smile Like the idea of sparkly eyeliner alot. Sometimes I use a silvery blue shadow that I got for a 60s themed party that seems to make my eyes stand out more. I like it.

anon2011 Sat 20-Aug-11 12:28:39

oh, and lastly false lashes if dressing up properly.

SummerLeaps Sat 20-Aug-11 12:29:05

Does primer really work? i had some i got from a Vue party and was never sure. ?

DaydreamDolly Sat 20-Aug-11 12:31:27

Moisturise, foundation, touch éclat under eyes and on any blemishes. Powder. Bronzing powder. Liquid black eyeliner on top lids and in outside bottom corner. Lashings of mascara, touch of pink lip gloss. For nights out liquid eyeliner thicker on top and put it on bottom too. Sometimes wear false eyelashes if big night out.

anon2011 Sat 20-Aug-11 12:31:54

I swear by urban decay primer potion for eyes. I am very into dramatic eye makeup for "dressing up". this is the best thing to keep your colours intense and prevent creasing or slippage.

I use laura mercier foundation primer. My foundation tends to slip of during the day without it. I only ever use it when putting on "nice" makeup and my tube is still going from June 2009. You only need a bit. I hear the smashbox primer is good, but pricey.

Catsmamma Sat 20-Aug-11 12:32:58

summerleaps my eyelashes are one of my best features when mascara-ed :D

that and thin wrists and ankles

the rest...not so much!

And you should get some sparkly eyeliner, it's fab!

cyb Sat 20-Aug-11 12:33:04

I now do my concealer last of all, after putting on eye make up etc

WholeLottaRosie Sat 20-Aug-11 12:37:47

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anon2011 Sat 20-Aug-11 12:38:01

I like lashes very dark and full - I like diorshow blackout.

anon2011 Sat 20-Aug-11 12:39:02

I think you need to be careful with sparky line - ok if part of a dramatic look, if more low key looks a bit "12yr old, claire's accessories"!

WholeLottaRosie Sat 20-Aug-11 12:39:29

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anon2011 Sat 20-Aug-11 12:42:10

I agree with doing founmdation after eyeshadow - you can the give your cheeks a quick wipe to deal with any fallout. Doe anyone have any recommendations for eyelash curlers. I hear good things about the shu uemuru ones - worth the money?

Catsmamma Sat 20-Aug-11 12:42:30

oh indeed anon i do a very thin sparkly line for day wear!

also stick to neutral-ish sparkles, (gold/silver) leave the neon and electric colours to the young'uns.

RoxyRobin Sat 20-Aug-11 12:44:43

In the dark judging by the results sometimes.

MissBeehiving Sat 20-Aug-11 12:44:46

Why do you do your concealer last Cyb? <awaits secret tip>

Tinted moisturiser
Eye primer
Cheek tint
Eyeshadow (neutral -usually a nude)
Eyeliner - grey smudgy

DamnDeDoubtance Sat 20-Aug-11 12:46:10

Moisturizer. touch of clarins flash balm.

Foundation, eyeliner on upper lids, eyebrows, eyeshadow (neural and green on the lower lid, I LOVE green eyeshadow.)

Lashings of brown mascara, highlighter just below eyebrows, blusher, vasaline on lips.

Ambi Sat 20-Aug-11 12:56:08

mix foundation and moisteriser, dab and blend
brush on powder then blusher
lip liner
lip colour
eye liner to inside rims and top lid
curl eyelashes then mascara
lip balm (comes with lip colour)
Lip gloss

Having a day off today though

SummerLeaps Sat 20-Aug-11 13:04:20

Oh Dear... some of this sounds terribly sophisticated. [worries. realises why people say i am 'not making enough' of myself].

SummerLeaps Sat 20-Aug-11 13:04:56

[... takes notes... ]

anon2011 Sat 20-Aug-11 13:06:15

youtube vidoes are the way forward! They have some great makeup tutorials.

Ifancyashandy Sat 20-Aug-11 13:12:20

Laura Mercier tinted moisturiser
Touché Éclat under eyes
Strobe cream on cheekbones/browbones
Loose powder dusted on / blended off
Bronze under cheekbones / across forehead
Blusher on 'apple' of cheeks
Lip gloss

Eyeshadows / eyeliner in evening.

No mascara BUT I've got eyelash extensions!

cyb Sat 20-Aug-11 16:05:40

MissBehiving I do my concealer last as it finishes off round my eyes really well, and just 'cleans up' the area IYSWIM

Also means I dont put too much on as I can see whats really needed

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