I took SO many notes...and this week has worn me out so much I contemplated taking pics of my notes for this post- LAZY. But I highly doubt you'd have been able to read my writing, so I'm going to summarise it all below. Kiekie and Caitlin each did a different look on their models, one with an awesome bright lip, and one with a smokey eye- but both placed huge emphasis on the base. It's ALL about the prep and the glow. Read on, makeup kittens xxx
- Prep & Prime Natural Radiance was used to prime the skin, to give a beautiful illuminated finish
- The shade used was Radiant Pink, which is universally flattering
- Kiekie stressed the importance of prepping the skin before makeup application- making whatever products you apply over the top look incredible
- Prep & Prime Vibrancy Eye Cream was used to nourish and illuminate the eye area, and Lip Conditioner applied at the beginning- ensuring soft, smooth looks by the end.
- Strobe Cream (my fave) and Fix+ were both used to hydrate the skin and give it a gorgeous sheen
- Fast Response Eye Cream was used to plump up and refresh the eye area
- Correct & Conceal Palette in Light (I want this so much) used on the face where needed
Other tips & tricks for a perfect base:
- Products from the latest Mineralize range were utilised heavily, explained as being key to achieving flawless but naturally radiant skin.
-Mineralize Foundation was applied with the #168 brush, which achieves a sheer veil of colour which sits naturally on the skin. This was used only in the areas that needed coverage.
- Kiekie suggested brushing a little foundation over the ears- to prevent them appearing pink in pics- I loved this!
- Mineralize Concealer was used AFTER foundation (you don't want to brush it all off when you apply foundation- plus, you'll use less product- perfect sense.
- The concealer was applied using the fluffy #217 brush to blend the product seamlessly
- The Cream Colour Base in Shell was used to highlight the tops of the cheekbones
- The Cream Colour Base in Root was used to achieve a perfect cream contour- just a small amount gave the most sculpted cheekbones I've seen in a long time. This was also used to frame the face, and underneath the jaw.
- No blush was used, as the CCB in Root was blended out from the contour.
- The brows were strong and defined (HUGE trend alert), and filled in and shaped using Lingering Brow Pencil.
- A Paint Pot shade named Constructivist was patted gently onto the lid to give the upcoming smoky eye look more definition and staying power.
- Kiekie used the Cream Colour Base in Pearl to give the most BEAUTIFUL highlight- applied using the #132 brush
- My favourite Mineralize blush, Warm Soul, was used to give a warm touch of colour
- Pro Longwear Brow Set in Brunette was used to define the brows- and is meant to REALLY keep them in place- this sounds like a product I need desperately.
- A Paint Pot shade called Layin' Low was applied to the lids- which perfected the skin tone and gave a soft veil of colour. This was applied using the trusty #217.
- Caitlin used a Pearl Fusion palette in Copper Luxe to achieve a bronze smoky eye look. The second to darkest shade was applied first in the outer corner (a sideways V) of the eye using a #217 brush.
- The middle gold shimmer shade was used in the centre of each eye lid, and Teddy Eye Kohl was blended underneath the eye.
- Fix+ can be sprayed onto your brushes to give eye shadows more depth- Caitlin did this when she was deepening the darker outer corners of the eye, using the darkest shade in the palette.
- More Shell CCB was added to the tops of the cheekbones and to the temples for more of a highlight.
-Kiekie used Blacktrack Gel Liner with a #209 brush held sideways to achieve a cleaner line- and to enable it to hug the lashes. She recommended starting three quarters of the way in, working outwards.
- To achieve the perfect flick, turn your brush around- and drag the line back in- this makes it so much easier, and your hand won't cramp up in an awkward position.
- TREND ALERT- LINER- BIG TIME. The look is called "Streamlined"- and if you end up smudging your liner- it's okay, because that's on-trend. As is geometric shapes, or shimmer liners.
- Fix+ was sprayed onto a brush, and used to apply a Mineralize Eye Shadow called Guilt By Association ( a black, antique gold that I NEEEEEEED)- pressed over the top of the liner.
- Another TREND ALERT- LASHES! And lots of them- which is great news as far as I'm concerned! Kiekie used several layers of the Mineralize Mascara, which goes on slickly- enabling you to build up the layers- LOTS of layers- without clumping.
- A small amount of concealer was applied to the bridge of the lips, then a gloss called Sheer Coincidence- which I have fallen in love with.- Prep & Prime Loose Powder was used to matte down only certain areas of the face- the forehead, the centre of the face, and a small amount underneath the eyes.
- The look was finished off with a light spray of Fix+- to set the makeup, and give a little extra glow and hydration.
- TREND ALERT AGAIN- bright lips! I know heaps of you guys will love this, but it still scares me. I promise I'll try harder. Kiekie used Kiss Me Quick Lip Pencil (both to line and fill in the whole lip), using a gentle sideways stroke. Then she applied a gorgeous red/orange lipstick named All Out Gorgeous using a synthetic #242 brush- which is way bigger than your typical lip brush. It's great though- you can achieve cleaner edges and fill in larger areas in half the time- love it.
- Powder is used at the end of makeup application, a concept totally new to me, but makes complete sense. By this stage, the foundation will have started to settle into your skin properly, so you'll be able to see which parts of your face actually need powder. For me, it's always the forehead, chin, nose etc.
- If you DO end up over-powdering, just use some Fix+! Easy!
- That Mineralize collection- the foundation, concealer, blush, powder, eye shadow, mascara, gloss- you need it
- Strong, defined brows are still a thing- get going to your brow therapist. I see Lisa from www.loftbeauty.co.nz
- Contouring is DEFINITELY still huge- be it with powder or cream. Learn how to do this by watching YouTube clips (I love the how-to's by Giovanna Belling, and Batalash)
- Lots and lots of lashes! Not clumpy though. I use Revitalash and I swear by it. I'm not a brand ambassador for them for no reason ;)
- Bright, bold lips are HUGE. My favourite bold MAC lippy (when I'm brave enough to wear it) is Lady Danger, hands down.