Back to Basics: Make-up for Glasses Wearers

Hi everyone, Happy New Year!

We have a new video up on our channel, something a bit different this time. The lovely Danielle from the fashion and beauty blog, Fashionista Barbie agreed to come and do a video with us and we decided to do a make-up look for glasses wearers.

I loved the colours I used on Danielle as they complimented her skin tone nicely, you’ll find a full product list below the video. I’ll be doing more make-up looks for glasses wearers so watch this space.

If you’re a glasses wearer, do you struggle with eye make-up? Or are there any tips and tricks you’d like to share with us?

The Woes of Mascara

Taking your makeup off is pretty arduous at the best of times, especially heavy eye makeup and mascara. Our eye area is so delicate that the daily process of rubbing and washing our eyes can be a literal pain.

One thing you can do (which I have always done over the years and swear by it) is to take your mascara off first before anything else. Take your thumb and forefinger, wet them slightly with water and delicately massage your lashes between your fingers. Then just rinse your fingers under the water and keep going until 90 percent of the mascara has gone. You may look like a sad panda at this stage but your mascara will have loosened with the warm water and you don’t have to spend the next ten minutes rubbing your eyes with a cotton pad or a facewipe (gasp!). Plus you will more likely get rid of ALL your mascara this way. Then just simply continue with your cleansing routine.

Waterproof mascara requires something a little different – for this you’ll need an oil based remover like Bobbi Brown’s Instant Long-wear Makeup remover. Shake to mix the liquids and use some soft cotton wool. To get rid of any excess mascara in the base of your lashes, soak a cotton bud in your remover and gently brush along the lashline. Bobbi Brown is now doing this remover in travel sizes which means it doesn’t have to break the bank if you want to try it out. Plus they fit perfectly into your makeup bag which is delightful. Check out their new miniature range here.

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2000 Calories without the Guilt

Maxfactor’s 2000 calorie mascara launched over two decades ago. It was the first mascara my mum bought me and I’ve been using it on and off for about 15 years. It’s very nostalgic for me to use it again and it shows how deep our relationship goes with certain brands. They become etched it our memories forever.

I was browsing the makeup counter the other day and there it was! All shiny and new. So I grabbed it and paid £6.99 for it. I even got a pound discount because of my Superdrug points. (Yeeeeesssssss!) I took it home, hastily unwrapped it and had a small panic when I saw the wand. It wasn’t quite the same. (Noooooooooooooooo!) The wand was now more curved, seemingly for a better root lift. I’m a big believer that the wand plays the most important role, even more so than the ingredients. It was then that I realised that I and bought the wrong one. I had in fact bought Maxfactor’s 2000 calorie volume and curl. A twist on their classic mascara. I decided to stop panicking. After all, there are bigger problems in the world and my cornish pasty in the microwave was nearly ready.

I applied a two of coats of mascara to each eye. Leaving at least 30 seconds between each coat before I applied another. Allowing the first coat to dry ever so slightly is a good way of getting sexy voluminous lashes. The verdict? All was right with the world. It’s still as great as it always was and I’m very glad it’s back in my makeup bag. Highly recommended.

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Wide eyed

Sumptuous two-tone mascara is a new eye opening mascara from Estée Lauder. It comes in range of colours but we thought Madeup should give the black/brown a try!

The idea behind this product is to make your eyes look bigger or more ‘wide eyed’ if you will. One end is a black mascara with a regular sized wand while the other end sports a smaller brush in warm brown for those lower, more delicate lashes.

For my personal tastes the mascara was a little too wet but otherwise it does exactly what it says on the tin. The very action of applying mascara on both the top and the bottom lashes will immediately open up the eye anyway, regardless of the colour. Remember that when reaching for your makeup bag!

I would recommend this to someone who likes a softer look or perhaps for a bride who is looking for a more subtle eye makeup. The brown on the lower lashes provides definition without being too dressy, which is great for daytime. Ladies with a deeper set eye should give this a whirl!

Retailing at £25.00 it isn’t cheap, but its a twofer!

Remember – try before you buy!

F xoxo

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Goldeneye

So I picked up this little beauty while I have been away in Spain. This is Kiko’s Vibrant kohl waterproof pencil in Golden Beige. The creamy consistency is very much like Avon’s Supershock eyeliner and its great for blending and applying around your eyes as its so soft. Retailing in the UK at £5.20, its a reasonable price for a top notch product. It’s definitely worth checking out the whole range of eyeliners as they are high in pigment and have a low price tag which is all good in our book. Use alone or as part of a more dramatic look!

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Natural Look for Black Skin

We have a tutorial coming up starring my beautiful friend Jess, which has given me some great practice on applying and mixing foundation on black skin. My new palette purchase from PAM (by Mandy Gold) has allowed me to play with different colours to even out the skin tones and create warmth in darker areas.

We decided to go for a subtle evening look using golds and guilded greens, which I’m sure you will agree really suits her. It’s more of an understated, natural feel. Just a touch of glamour without her having to feel like she was caked in makeup or having to use really bright pigments.

Stay tuned for our video…

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