Thursday, 25 February 2016

Are you wearing the right foundation shade?

When I was learning how to apply make-up, my biggest anxiety was colour matching the foundation correctly to skin colour. The biggest faux pas has to be having a face covered with foundation that doesn't match the rest of your body! However, I was soon put at ease when I learned a few tricks to master the technique. So, I thought I would share these with you to make your lives easier!

Starting with the basics, there are two types of skin tone. Those who have a pink undertone (warm) and those who have a yellow undertone (cool). One way of working out if you have a cool or warm undertone is by (believe it or not) looking at the veins in your wrist. If they are blue, then this signifies cool, but if they are green, this signifies a warm undertone. However, if like me, you have some veins that are blue and some that are green, the best thing to do is simply look in a mirror. Look at your face and if there is an underlying redness you are probably warm. If you look quite yellowy at times, then you are cool.

Foundations also also come in these tones. MAC make it easy for us by categorising their make up into NC, C (cool) or NW, N (warm). However, not all make up companies have made it this easy, so a good way of testing foundation is to swatch the ones you think match closest onto the hand or jawline. It is important to give the foundation time to react and settle into the skin. Before you make any decisions, wait at least two minutes. The correct shade should fade into the skin and match the neck. Now, if you fake tan, I would swatch a bit lower down the neck too, as you want the foundation to match your tan rather than your skin colour!
From left to right: MAC Pro longwear NC15, NC25, NC35

The one that matches the skin and neck best for me is NC25.
When selecting a foundation you should also take into account your skin type.  Foundations are categorised into dewy, matte and semi matte. If you have greasy skin, a matte foundation will suit you better, but if you have dry skin, I would try a dewy foundation. For combination skin, a semi matte foundation is best. Usually the bottle will say if it is matte or dewy, but the best way to tell is to test it out on your hand.

One final tip is to make sure you look at your skin in actual daylight. Indoor lighting can make your foundation look a totally different colour to what it actually is. So when you are picking a foundation colour, I would always step out of the shop and make sure the colour matches in daylight. To make things even more complicated, it's best to use different foundation shades in the summer and winter as due to sun exposure you are obviously more tanned in the summer.

A great website I have come across recently is . You simply input some of your current foundation colours and it comes up with a list of other foundations by various brands that may match your skin. It's great for if you are looking to try something new or strapped for time.

I hope this brief explanation of foundation matching helps you. I would love to know if you have any others that could help. Which foundations do you like most? Which could you not live without?

Amina xx

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Top 3 Red Lipsticks!

They say that there is a red lipstick to suit everyone and I honestly believe this is true! It may take you a while to find the right one, but it is out there somewhere, I promise! Someone wearing red lips oozes glamour and confidence, and there's something about them I just love!

I've done this post to show you some of my favourite reds. And the range of colour within these will suit most skin tones. So, in no particular order, my favourite reds are: Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick in Passion (£26.00), MAC Lipstick in Ladydanger (£15.50) and YSL Rouge Volupte Lipstick in Red Muse (£25.00). 

Passion is a cool-toned lipstick, there is a blue undertone to it so matches well with cool-toned make up. However Lady Danger, is orangey red so much more warm-toned. Red Muse, on the other hand, is a bit of a chameleon. Although it is more on the cool-toned spectrum, in different lighting it can appear warm-toned! 

Each one of these lipsticks gives a totally different colour and effect when applied, so owning all three has me set for any occasion. With Passion it is a perfect mix of a deep red with a semi matte finish. Red Muse gives such a glossy finish and is very moisturising on the lip, however due to the silky texture, it can bleed around the lip line, even with liner, so regular bathroom touch-ups are needed (it's worth it though). Lady Danger is quite matte in texture, so can leave your lips feeling quite dry, but the colour is so versatile and I often wear it in the day as well as on an evening out. Because it is so matte, there is literally no movement, so it's perfect for going out for a meal with your friends - even for a big, juicy burger!

From left to right (daylight)
MAC 'Lady Danger', Chanel 'Passion', YSL 'Red Muse'
From left to right (with flash)
MAC 'Lady Danger', Chanel 'Passion', YSL 'Red Muse'

Lady Danger

I find red lips such an easy statement look to do. You may be wearing the most casual of clothes and have your hair in a messy bun, but as soon as you put those red lips on, you're set and ready to go. It's instant style.

What are your favourite reds? Do you own any of my top three? I would love to hear your comments!

Amina xx

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Romantic Valentine's look!

As Valentine's Day is fast approaching, I thought it would be nice to do a look for the special day. I thought doing a red lip might be predictable, so have opted for a soft pink look instead. However, I have teamed it with a little bit of black to add a bit of sass!

For the base I used MAC Pro Longwear Foundation in NC25 (£25.50) which I warmed up with a contour using the L.A. Girl Pro HD concealers. (For a review and tutorial on these click here.) On the brows I used Revlon Brow Fantasy in Dark Brown (£5.50).

Now for the eyes. I used Barry M Dazzle Dust in Athena (£4.59) over the lid and MAC Black Black pigment (£16) on the outer corner. I mixed these with Kiko Mixing Solution (which is on offer at £1.90 at the moment!) to get the most out of the colour. I used the mixing solution to make the pigment into a paste which makes it easier to apply and longer lasting. I blended in the crease with a dark brown matte eyeshadow. To get the shape of the flick I used liquid liner and blended this into the shadow. I highlighted the inner corner and under the brow with Kiko Colour Sphere Eyeshadow in Golden White (£5.90). I then applied my falsies!

On the cheeks, I am wearing Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Pink Explosion (£31.00)  and lips are Kiko Smart lipstick in Intense Rose (£3.90).

I have used a mix of high end, high street and drug store products here to show you don't always need to spend a fortune to get a gorgeous look! I think the look is perfect for Valentines day, subtle but sexy at the same time!

What do you think of the look? What colours are you going for? I would love to hear from you. Happy Valentine's Day!

Amina xx

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Get to know me!

This week I did an interview with Emma from . Emma has a fab blog about beauty and Plus-size fashion. She is a make-up artist too as you can probably tell from the blog name. I thought it would be great for any of you who read this blog to get to know me a bit. So click on the link above and get to know me!

Amina xx

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