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RETRO GLAMOUR | MODERN EDGE

With makeup I'm a mixture of obscenely lazy (work colleagues are lucky if they catch me in BB cream and mascara, but always eyebrows) and on-point - I take time and put effort into a look. 

My face, as you all well know, is a large source of anxiety for me most of the time, and has been for years. I have unsightly scars (most notably from a cracked-open head in the middle of my forehead), spots and blemishes and my skin condition means I'm usually red and blotchy. But whenever I'm not and I'm actually happy with my look, I'll take a selfie to show you all. There's nothing wrong with spreading self-love, which is something you can expect to see in my next blog post, so keep your eyes peeled! 

Anyway, this look is and these pictures of my face are some of the best I've had and taken in a while. 

For Christmas I got the divine Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon Bronzed Garnet (for Green Eyes) eyeshadow pencil,Nars Sheer Matte Foundation in Siberia and Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara. I know, an amazing haul. Very lucky and extremely grateful indeed! 

Obviously the first thing I did on Christmas morning was deck myself in my new jewellery, plaster it all on my face and take some selfies. 

Face: 

I found the foundation a bit awkward to apply without a base, it was going on a bit too sheer and leaving a bit of a scaly finish. Not really sure why, even the beauty blender couldn't fix it! After a failed attempt I used the combination of the Real Techniques stippling brush and MAC studio fix concealer in NW15 to create a thin layer to even out my complexion. This is something I do regularly to neutralise any redness under foundation, and it totally worked. The combination of the two is an absolute dream! 

For my eyebrows I used my fail-safe technique of Sleek Contour powder and a wet brush, but I've been thinking about investing in Anastasia Beverley Hills Dipbrow Pomade. Can anyone give me any info on if it's any good or not? 

I was going for a retro kinda look so I kept my face matte with MAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder in NC5. 

Eyes: 

I used Sleek Matte Ivory foundation as a base, paying particular attention to my brow bone and inner corners, and then swept Charlotte Tilbury Copper on the outer corners of my lid and underneath the lower lash line. I then lined the eye in an almost-winged-liner type way with the Rimmel Scandaleyes Precision Micro Eyeliner, blending the copper with a brush and layering it to build the pigment. I've discovered that you can get Eyelure lashes in Savers for like, £1.50 so I stocked up on Natural '15 lashes and wear them whenever I'm doing a fancy eye look. The trick to putting them on is to bend them a little. Since I have small eyes I also have to trim them either side with nail scissors. Apparently RuPaul cuts hers into thirds before gluing and sticking. Whatever works best for you, I guess!

Lips:

To finish, I used my favourite vintage red, MAC Ruby Woo

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I feel like this look is ruined by wearing anything other than French perfume (mine this day was Chanel Coco ), your favourite jewellery and a silk nightgown.

What do you all think?

S XO