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Make-Up 101 Series, Make-up Tips, Tutorials

Tips for Hooded Eyelids

You have a hooded eyelid if the lid is mostly hidden by a fold of skin that comes from above the socket. In terms of make-up application here are a few tips to help.

When you look forward into the mirror you probably don’t see a lot of eyelid space. You may think that there is no point to applying shadow to this area but don’t avoid it. Others will see it when you blink.

Apply a light shade on the inner corner of the lid. This will open the eye up and help make the area look larger. If dark shadow is applied here on hooded eyes it makes the eyes appear smaller and only accentuates the hoodedness.

Open your eye and mark about half a centimetre above the point that your eyelid masks. Blend eyeshadow up to that point. This is the area that is visible once your eyes are open.

Soften the shadow and blend upwards towards the brow bone. Get rid of any harsh lines.

You aren’t of course limited to this method but it’s a great way to make the best out of hooded eyes.

I hope this was useful. Thanks for the request.

What eye shape have you?


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Foundation, Make-up Tips, Make-up Trends, Tutorials

Create a Matte, Luminous Base: Make-up Trend A/W 2010-11


Matte luminous skin

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Every season we see a different skin trend. Natural-looking skin was big on the Autumn/Winter catwalks. Matte yet luminous skin sounds like a contradiction but it’s easy to achieve.


You want to create a fresh faced effect but still maintain matte skin. The work is in the preparation for this look. Use a

How to create matte yet luminous skin:

  • Use a primer if you have oily skin. This will help keep the oiliness at bay during day.
  • Those with dry skin should moisturise well before make-up application
  • Ensure your that your skin is exfoliated regularly. This means you have fresh, even skin to work with.
  • Blend your foundation well into your skin, leaving your skin looking polished without visible product.
  • Conceal any under discolouration, redness and blemishes.
  • Powder is essential for this seasons trend. A light touch is the way forward if you want a silky looking effect. Use a very finely milled powder that will let the skins natural radiance shine through without looking cakey. MAC Mineralise Skin Finish Natural is perfect for this.
  • Then add a little highlight powder down the centre of the nose.
  • Carry oil absorption sheets if you have combination or oily skin or if you are in a humid climate.

This is a trend I will definitely be exploring this season. It’s also perfect for bridal and special event make-up – just make sure your powder doesn’t contain Titanium Dioxide if you are being photographed (it photographs white).

What way do you like you base – dewy, matte, satin?

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General, Make-up Trends, Tutorials

A/W 2010 Catwalk Trend- Create a Blended Soft Brown Eye

Soft, smoky brown eye make-up was huge on the A/W catwalks. This trend is so easy to replicate at home.

I’m happy to see brown replacing black for creating a smoky eye this autumn/winter. This is easier to wear, softer, more natural but best of all it’s much more forgiving mistake wise.

Alexander Wang had greasy reddish brown eyes that added intensity. Amazing for catwalk but a little harder to wear on the ground.

At Julien Macdonald artists applied peach cheeks with chestnut circled eyes. We also saw toffee shades at Anna Sui, mutted brown stained eyes at Pringle and deep chocolate shades at Cavalli.

Re create the look at home:

For the eyes, choose three matte brown shades ranging from light to dark. Those with a tinge or red will keep the trend. A chestnut shade would be perfect. The key to this look is blending. It may take more time but it will be worth it.

  • Apply a warm medium brown shade over the entire lid, wing it out and up. Bring it to the inner eye too. Then blend three quarters of the way under the eye, keeping close to the lash-line.
  • Apply the mid tone shade into the crease and blend upwards almost to the brow bone. Also blend into inner part of eye up to start of brow. With a clean fluffy brush blend away all edges until you get a smoky effect.
  • Apply the darkest shade, a bitter chocolate or rich dark brown (matte), into the crease and outer corner of the eye. Focus on blending once again. Add a little to the outer half of the lower lid close to the lash-line.

Keep the rest of the face quite bare looking. Focus on creating a flawless base. Go easy on the blush and add a slick of lipbalm or a nude pink shade to the lips. Avoid lip liner and dab colour on with your finger.

Use the browns you have in your make-up collection already. For the MAC addicts here are some shades would be suitable to create this look – Embark, Soft Brown, Texture, Corduroy, Wedge, Espresso, Swiss Chocolate. These are all matte shades, you can of course experiment with some different finishes for fun.

Easy peasy. Blend, blend and more blending.

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General, Make-Up Artist Series, Make-up Tips, Tutorials

Tips for wide lips

I am often asked how the shape of facial features effect make-up application. I will start with lip shape since the last email I received was from a girl who wanted to correct a wide mouth. No ones lips are perfect but there are a few things to bear in mind when choosing make-up.

Use gloss – Matte lipstick can make lips look flat. Gloss will give the illusion of depth. Apply it to the centre of the bottom and top lip to make them appear plumper and de-emphasise the length.

You could also use a lip liner to emphasise the bow of the lip. This will draw the eye away from the width.

If you are emphasising your eyes with make-up it’s a good idea to use a nude colour on the lips.

You could also try lining the inside of the lip line if you want to de-emphasise your lips completely. Although this is extreme and unnecessary.

I hope this helped! I will be posting again in the next few hours :)

Amy x


Make-Up 101 Series, Make-up Tips, Tutorials

Make-up Tips: Make thin lips look fuller

So we all want full and pouty lips but unfortunately many of us have far from the lips we covet. There are a few things to consider when applying make-up if you want your lips to appear fuller.

When using rich colours make sure you shape the lips with  but add a little shine to the centre

Use lip plumping products to increase blood flow to make the lips appear fuller. A pure peppermint essential oil lip balm will do this naturally by drawing blood to the lip.

Add a little gloss to the centre of the lips to add depth

Choose neutral tones – natural pinks and tans.

Avoid very dark colours

You can also experiment with lining the lip just outside of the natural lip line with a lip liner identical to your natural lip colour. Be careful though as this can look unnatural unless you choose the exact same colour as your lips, even one shade darker will appear a little funny looking.

I hope this was useful!

Acne/Breakouts, Aging, Bath & Body, Organic / Natural, Tutorials

Rose Hip Oil: Wonderous for the skin?

Rose hip oil is something I use often on my sensitive skin. I read an article some months ago detailing the benefits of the oil for use on the skin.This is mainly down to the fact that it consists of 80% essential fatty acids.

I have heard that many people drink Rose hip tea as it’s chocker full of Vitamin C and epa’s. Apparently the Incas used it because of it’s nutritious nature. Who am I to argue with the Incas. No doubt they also used the oil on their battle scars for healing. Ok so I don’t have battle scars but I do have acne marks! I shall be popping a box in my shopping basket on my next visit to the health shop.

Enter Google image of rose hips – I had no idea what they looked like. Here are some of the benefits of the oil:

  • Scars – acne scars and old scars
  • Dry eczema
  • Skin burns
  • Sun burn
  • Rehydrates very dry skin
  • Repairs damaged skin cells
  • Reduces wrinkles
  • Benefits dry, mature or ageing skin

I’m converted. I bought a bottle of body oil with rose hips whilst on holiday. It left my skin soft and healthy.

Rose hip oil is used in lots of skincare products but I’d be willing to put money on the fact that most of them only contain tiny proportions. From my experience many high end skin care products  say they contain a nutritious oil tend to contain a minuscule amount and then pad the product out with plenty of cheaper ingredients and synthetic chemicals. This is certainly not true of all but unfortunately too many.

I have to admit that I like the fact I’m not inhaling any synthetic chemicals. My cells would like to avoid molecular damage thank you.

Look at me talking like I have a clue about molecular damage ha ha

Let me know your thoughts.

Happy Saturday everyone!

Bridal Series, General, Tanning Products, Tutorials

How to apply fake tan to your face

I often get asked how to apply tan to your face without it looking false or seeping into pores and lines. These are a few tips from my experience, please feel free to add your own tips my commenting, I’d love to read them.

To avoid the tan seeping into lines moisturise your face with an oil-free products right before application. Pay particular attention to the hairline and edges of the face, again it can look weird if the planes of the face are identical to the skin at the sides of the face. You want to avoid making your face look flat.

Keep the face a tiny bit lighter than the body. It looks a little fake if your the exact same tone all over as it’s normal for the skin on the body to be a slightly different shade to the face.

I would apply the tan to my face using a damp cosmetic sponge – thin, light coverage whilst working fast. This way you can apply a second night for a deeper colour but aren’t left with tan seeping into lines and pores.

So basically moisturise and use a damp sponge haha

What are your tips?

Hair Extensions, Haircare / Styling, Tutorials, YouTube Videos

Video tutorial: How to clip in hair extensions

This is a remake of one of my first ever videos. The quality of the earlier one was quite poor but the worst part is that I didn’t even turn around to show you how I clip the extensions in haha. I decided it was time to make a decent video tutorial, hopefully you prefer it :) …

I bought Eimear’s hair extensions Hairspray on Wicklow Street, Dublin 2. I paid €79 for what they call a ‘full head’. There are 2 wide wefts in the pack.

Thanks for watching!

False Eyelashes, General, Make-Up 101 Series, Tutorials, YouTube Videos

How to Video: Apply False Eyelashes (strips)

A false eyelash application video has been requested so many times so I decided it was high time to get it done. I managed to rope my sister into being my model. This demo is also reviews the e.l.f false lash strips

The elf lashes are cheap (from their website). I like the lashes, love the plastic applicator thingy but hate the glue. You would need to buy a better quality glue as it’s not strong enough to hold these stiff lashes.

I hope this was helpful.

Le grá,


Lips, Make-Up 101 Series, Tutorials

Tips for making your lip colour last

I hate long lasting lipsticks. They’re too drying for me and I never like the finish. If you’re interested in some ways to keep your lip colour on without resorting to long lasting formulas (that often don’t last long at all) here are a few tips:

  • Use pencil on top of lipstick. The wax acts like a barrier. Just make sure you blend away the line. I never use a freshly sharpened pencil for this, a rounded one works best.
  • Blot a little powder on top to keep the lipstick in place for longer. Less is more in this instance. I like to use a little blush instead of powder for added colour depth. On occasion I have used an eyeshadow.
  • Press lip colour into the lips using your finger. This creates a stained satin effect.
  • Completely fill in the lips using a  lip pencil that is the same colour as your lips. This acts as a base and ensures lipstick stays put for longer. I use Continue Reading
Haircare / Styling, Tutorials

Good Hair Habits

After losing so much hair earlier this year, hair is a bit of a sensitive subject for me. I have found myself gravitating towards hair care articles online and in magazines. I have read through miles of rubbish but these are some good hair habits tips that I have come across over the years:

1. Relax. Stress and worry can lead to hair loss, I am a testament to this one. I was so stressed and anxious that I lost a third of my hair (which is starting to grow back now). When I feel anxiety taking hold I go for a walk in the park or I paint. Find what it is that takes your mind of things and enjoy some relaxation. I’d be lying if I said that I ever switch off completely but walking in a wooded area calms me. Somehow being around nature puts things in perspective.

2. Use cold water: Rinse shampoo and conditioner with cool water to enhance shine, preserve hair colour and tighten the cuticle.

3. Cover up: On holiday cover your hair with a hat to protect your hair colour from fading or bleaching.

4. Rinse chlorine: Avoid chlorinated water, it affects hair health and hair colour. If you do get chlorine in your hair rinse with water after you get out of the pool. Those with highlights and artifial blondes should be very careful, I always see blondes with a green tinge to their hair lying around the pool on holiday. (if that happens use ketchup to neutralise)

5. Trim: Get a little trim every 6 to 8 weeks, even if your growing your hair. This keeps Continue Reading