#EMPHASISING THE EYES – It’s All About The Eyes

 So the makeup application rule goes as follows:

Either make your eyes or your lips the focus point of your face.  Not both at the same time.  However, Samer Khouzami or Scott Barnes are makeup artists who know how to bring those two features together in the most cohesive and beautifully blended way.

This post is about the eyes.  Now be warned, for most people who don’t use a lot of liner, don’t try this look if you’re not a heavy makeup user, or as your first day time experiment.  I do this look often, but if you’re a minimalist, wait for an evening event, or practice on a weekend.

Right. Let’s start….

  • Start with foundation.
  • I contour the top of my forehead and my chin to ‘shorten’ my face as I have a long face.
  •  Define the cheekbones and I didn’t contour my nose on the side, but rather on the top.  This is where the sun would naturally ‘tan’ your face.  Gives it a less harsh contoured look.
  • Blend out.
  • Blend Blend Blend.
  • Blend out.
  • I applied my Kryolan foundation.  To make a look ‘flawless’, brush your moisturised skin with some makeup powder, and then apply your foundation.  This will make it stick and give it a more velvety look.
  • After you’re done with the foundation, contouring and blending process. Set with the Derma Color Fixing Powder from Kryolan.  
  • Time to highlight the brow bone.  Use a light shimmer or matt light color to do this.
  • Highlight the inner corner of your eyes.
  • With a round edge brush, simply add a warm brown shade in the crease of your eye.  It must not look extremely contrasting, but rather make the color as ‘natural’ as possible.
  • Move the brush from the inner crease corner out past your eye.
  • Carry on with the crease color down under your bottom lash line.  
  • Time to line the eyes,  I love to use the Kryolan paint pot with a tapered eye liner brush.  Make sure its clean, so that it’ll make gliding a lot easier.
  • Slightly pull your eyelid towards your hairline and start with the lining from the inner corner of your eye and with a steady hand, draw the line, going well past your eye.  This takes practice, to make it look right.  The trick is to have a light hand, more so than a steady one.  Let your lashes guide you.
  • At the end, don’t stop, pull the brush up and out.  This will give it that ‘feathered’ look.
  • Top lash line done. 
  • Now line your inner water line
  • And apply liner under the lash line too,  Starting from the inner corner out over connecting to the outer corner.
  • Fill in between your lashes if need be to avoid empty spaces.
  • Start with mascara, first on the top before applying it the conventional way from the inside.  I first do this as it adds volume. I also move the brush around from all angles, ensuring that each lash is coated.
  • Time for brow shaping, I like to brush my eyebrows before I shape them, which is what any makeup artist should do.
  • Using a matt dark brown eye shadow, begin from the outer half of the brow and extend the brow line by using a tapered brush.  I may have black hair, but I use a dark brown, as this doesn’t make the brows look too harsh or tattooed on.
  • Now draw a line underneath the inner brow line.
  • Blend that line upwards and make a neat brow shape. 
  • My next step is the lips, choose a subtle color, you can either use a lipstick, gloss or balm.  As long as it has a slight shine to it.  I believe a slight shine on the lips finishes the makeup look.  You can have a full face of makeup, but if your lips are dry or untouched by some product, it throws the whole face off and comes off across as unfinished.
  • Kryolan lipgloss.
  • Topped with a bit of MAC lipstick.
  • Start with the blush.  
  • You don’t have to make a funny fish face to apply your blush, because that it not how you look naturally.  Throughout most of the day, you may have a slight smile, or serious face.  That’s all you need.  Sometimes if you ‘fish face’, you can distort the look once you relax your facial muscles.
  • Start from the apple of the cheek up towards your ear.
  • Blend
  • Bend
  • Lashes applied   

There you have it.

This whole process probably takes me about half an hour, but I have done it in 20.  BUT! If this is your first time and you’re not used to making long cat eye lining looks, I recommend you to practice!

Another tip to remember is not to use those normal liquid eye liners for this look.  The liquid causes mistakes to happen quickly, opt for the paint pots and a brush.  Its paste consistency works far better.  There is more control with it.  I only use liquid eye liner to cover the eyelash glue once its dry.

If you’re applying makeup on a client, make sure to smooth out the foundation to the ears and down the jaw to the neck line and set with powder.  Take a photo, with a flash and without to see if some ‘blush’ is needed on those areas.  You don’t want it to look like a mask.

Remember that you are working with your or someones face, so you are seeing the gradual change, but a photo shows you the instant end product.  So take photos! Take selfies and judge it from there.

MuchLuv, BeBlessed

Sandylashxx

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GOING SOMEWHERE? GO BEAUTY… FIRST!

Last week I had the absolute privilege to attend the Cape Town Launch of GO BEAUTY!

GO BEAUTYGO BEAUTY is a quick convenient way of booking all your beauty appointments online via your smart phone.

What do you need to do this?

  1. A smart phone
  2. WeChat Installed
  3. Follow GoBeauty’s official account

Once you have the above the rest of it is easy as pie!

  1. Push the “Beauty Map” button
  2. Select your region
  3. View all the salons and spas around you
  4. If the salon software is incorporated with GoBeauty you can book directly with them specifying what treatment, what therapist and what time you will make your appointment. If the salon software is not incorporated with GoBeauty you can simply submit a requested treatment and appointment time and they will phone you to confirm. It’s that simple!
  5. Et voila, GO GET BEAUTIFUL with GOBEAUTY.

Why is this so great? Last minute appointments are a real thing. Booking appointments can be challenging specifically when sitting in an open plan office. You are busy at work and the whole office doesn’t know you are popping out to get a wax or a pedicure. This day and age for the technological independent women our lives are fast paced and happen in real time. Not scheduling appointments in advance if you don’t know what city you are going to be in. Travelling can make it difficult to be prepped and primed for important meetings and with GoBeauty you can see who is available and when and at what cost.

What can you still expect? A lot of salons are not yet singed up with Go Beauty but be sure to ask your favourite salon to get in with the “cool” salons or they will miss out on the opportunity and we will miss out on the super easy booking!GO BEAUTY GO BEAUTY QR

Honestly, I am so excited about it. I plan on using it for the first time tomorrow as a salon near where I work has the back end software linked up with GoBeauty and that means that its pedicure time for me but with GO BEAUTY my secret is safe and no one needs to know when its time for  Hollywood or a massage.

At the launch, we were being explained how to use the app… thought this pic explains it down to a T!

#GoBeauty selfies

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With my friend and fellow blogger, Heather, who also happens to work for Go Beauty now!

#GoBeauty selfies

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With Heather and Roxanne, the two Go Beauty gurus* behind the scenes!

*Missing the beautiful Go Beauty boss-lady pictured below

Have you got WeChat installed? Search your App Store or Play Store now and get in on the amazing convenience.

Connect with Go Beauty on your smart phone right now and check out their Facebook, Twitter and Blog right here!

THANKS GO BEAUTY. I ALREADY LOVE YOU! <3

x flea143

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Review: Wet ‘n Wild Megaliner Liquid Eyeliner

I am always on the prowl for a liquid eyeliner that does a great job, but sometimes they end up being disappointing and do not live up to their claims. Especially when it is a budget friendly item, you do not always get what you pay for. So when I received this product to try, I was a bit sceptical to say the least.

wet-n-wild-mega-liner-turquoiseAt first use I realised that I was judging a book by it’s price.

Application is a breeze with this product. Because it has a thin tipped brush, it enables you to create a very thin and precise line with ease. It dries within seconds which also makes this product virtually smudge proof. That is a huge plus for me as I hate it when my eyeliner messes up my makeup

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Shade: Turquoise

Colour payoff on this eyeliner is also very good. With it being highly pigmented the colour literally goes pop. What probably impressed me the most is the lasting power. It lasts me the whole day without smudging halfway through the day and it does not affect removal at all. Removal is quick and easy.

Overall I am happy with this product and if you are looking for a budget friendly liquid eyeliner that lasts the whole day, then this is the one for you.

They come in 6 colours: Black Sparkle, Black, Blue, Turquoise, Dark Brown and Brown and you can find them at Clicks stores nationwide and it will only set you back R44.95.

Love,

Leandra X

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#NO CONTOUR MAKEUP#

What is the latest craze in the makeup industry? What’s the one word you hear in almost every makeup tutorial?  

CONTOUR!!!

So I did a makeup application in which I didn’t contour at all.  I did however shape my brows as I cannot embrace those misshapen things, plus I didn’t apply any falsies.

So this is what I ended up with.

Here is my CONTOUR-LESS look!

Applying foundation

Mascara

My Nina joining in on the fun!

Nina is such a diva!

So I have on: Foundation, mascara, blush, shaped brows, lipstick.

             I think overall this look is good for an everyday easy application.  Look, I enjoy wearing falsies on a daily basis, even if it’s just on the outer half of my lash line .  I doubt I’ll go falsie-less on a permanent basis.

The whole post is about not contouring, and I think, I can embrace it.  Unlike many women, I don’t mind my big nose at all.  It doesn’t function whatsoever… having chronic sinusitis and all, but it’s there.  Anyway, would I stop contouring all together? Nope!  I think contouring is great!  Remember when every makeup artist would tell you to blend, blend and blend in their tutorials and so forth?  Well, that still holds true, but if you’re into contouring, please do it properly and BLEND  the CONTOUR.

And if you don’t contour at all, well, that’s your decision.  It’s not the end of the world if you’re indeed a minimalistic makeup user.

If you ARE into CONTOURING, please learn from the best makeup artist, Samer Khouzami and celebs like Lilly Ghalichi.

Here are some of my previous makeup ‘tutorials’ :

Sandy’s Foundation,

Rubywoo & CONTOURING look,

Blue Eyeshadow,

Pigment Pink & Purple eyes,

Blend Blend Blend.

MuchContouredLuv

Sandy Nouwens

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Guest Contribution : First Impressions of Wet N Wild Nail Polish

For months I have been hearing about this beauty brand and that it was only available in certain Clicks stores. So when curious me got to try out a Red and a Glittery polishes I was rather happy.IMG-20150308-00011

I generally hate red on nails but decided I would use it paired with a glittery red on an accent finger. I totally love the brush , smooth strokes and no excessive polish dripping all over. I used a base coat and 2 coats of the polish. Extremely impressed as its lasted me 5 days before it started chipping and that to me was the sign to remove it. During the festive season I tried on the glittery on I used it as an overcoat of a beige/brown colour. I had to use several coats to get the colours of the glitter evenly over my nail. Once on it was rather pretty and I did get a few compliments. And the removing the glitter polish was a nightmare it took me ages, I scrapped and had to soak my nails. I wasn’t impressed with that and since then I have not used glitter polishes again.IMG-20150308-00012

I am keen to try out the other colours and products in the Wet n Wild range, I just wish more stores with stock them.

About the Author:

A 30 something South African Indian woman living, laughing, loving and trying to find her way back after a long stint abroad. A million stories a million laughs to share from a journey where I have been blessed to meet some really amazing humans. A domestic goddess with a love of food, books, travelling, cocktails and the colour pink…… Welcome to my world sit back and enjoy my adventures………

You can follow Verushka on Twitter @verushka143 or visit her blog spicegoddess.co.za

Disclaimer: These products were sent as part of a press preview, this has not altered the view of these products in anyway.

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