So as you all know – I am really not an ‘in the know’ person when it comes to beauty products. I slap on various powders and creams which I find lying about – some of which came free with a magazine.. and most of which I have had since I was 13. It’s appalling behaviour.
I am exaggerating – but I do tend to stick with what I know and the very basics – I certainly am not the person playing about with new colours at the Mac counter – I’m the one looking for another shade of brown. Or black. Or (if I’m feeling very adventurous) dark purple…(apparently it brings out the green in my eyes? I read it in Just 17.)
So thank the lord for Natalie James; Make Up Artist extraordinaire and pal. She has been teaching me all kinds of clever make up tricks and I’ve realised that I’m not the only one who could benefit from her expertise and wisdom.
So, we’ve banged our heads together and have come up with a new feature which will appear on my blog, called ‘The Look’. This feature will show you how to create the perfect ‘look’ for various occasions that we can all relate to, e.g. New Year’s Party, family tea, date night etc… and to kick off this new and exciting feature, Natalie has created the ultimate look for Christmas Ice Skating. And here it is…
Natalie started off by giving me an broad overview on how to approach this look… The first thing she mentioned that that because skating is so exciting and fast (unless you’re me, in which case it’s very s l o w..) you might get very hot, so go light on your base (put down the heavy duty powder!)
Her other top tips were:
1. Use an oil free primer under your regular foundation OR an oil free foundation
2. Wear an SPF. Even on a cloudy day, the ice rink will be like an enormous mirror!
3. Opt for long lasting formulas e.g. cream eye shadows, gel liners, waterproof mascara and matte/semi matte lipsticks
4. Whoa there Nelly, go easy on the blush. You’ll flush outside from the fun! Get warmth from a matte bronzer instead.
First, Natalie moisturised by face. I have a variety of different pots of creams I normally turn to, but Natalie treated me to the super luxe Rose de Mai cream by Chantecaille, which combines the healing properties of the Rose De Mai (the king of roses grown only in Grasse, France) with Chantecaille’s latest stem cell skincare technology! It’s very posh, but very gorgeous. It’s also very pricey, so A good alternative would be Dr Hauschka Rose Day cream.
She then applied Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow which has an SPF of 25. Natalie blended it using her fingers to ensure my base was kept light…
Dark Circle Eliminator – Bobbi Brown Corrector in Light Bisque – I have been really tired recently and my dark circles have been giving me a way somewhat. This product is unbelievable! Dark circles be gone! Natalie warmed some on the back of her hand and then applied in a thin layer. (Wear it under your regular concealer and watch yourself claim back 10 hours sleep!)
Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Duo in Warm Ivory + Pale Yellow – Bobbi apparently does the best concealer kits because the compact is dinky and comes with its own setting powder but, be warned….apply the thinnest of layers over the BB corrector or risk ‘concealer lines’ (Natalie recommends using the MAC 217 Blending Brush when applying the setting powder). (This is so helpful! I am LOVING writing about this – it’s like Make Up 101.)
Contouring, Blush and Highlight
Benefit Bronzing Powder ‘Hoola’ – Natalie’s been using this matte bronzing powder for over ten years. If you have pale Caucasian, slightly freckly skin like her, it is the perfect shade (not too muddy/reddy). I also have pale skin, but if you have an olive or darker skin tone, have a look at Guerlain and MAC bronzers. Natalie recommends the MAC Large Angled Contour Brush No. 168 for contouring. “It is fabulous” (She said so herself.)
Face Stockholm Matte Eye Shadow in ‘Njutbar’ – she used this as a blush on the apples of my cheeks. Top tip – this is great on the eyes in the Summer, but on pale (Caucasian) Winter skin you run the risk of looking ill. (Note to self.)
Chantecaille Gel Liner in ‘Espresso’ – a great trick when applying a gel (pot) liner is to apply a kohl pencil beforehand. Work it into the upper lash line, as close as you can get. Then go over the top of the kohl with your gel (pot) liner. MAC Eye Pencil in ‘Coffee’ is a great cheaper alternative to the Chantecaille ‘Espresso’.
Natalie achieved the perfect eyeliner with MAC Fluidline in ‘Blacktrack’ with the Bobbi Brown Ultra Fine Eyeliner Brush. Start by powdering your lids with either a cream shadow or some pressed powder to remove any oil. Next apply your gel liner over the top of the kohl. Flick it out at the ends (imagine there’s an imaginary line extending from the edge of your eyelid up to the end of your brow and follow that).
A great and cheaper alternative to the MAC/Bobbi Brown combo if you’ve never tried gel liner before, is Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Liner, which comes with its own brush.
Mascara – after curling my eyelashes (which I never do and, by the way, it made a HUGE difference) Natalie applied Chantecaille Long Lash Mascara to my lashes, which smells DIVINE. It’s pretty pricey, BUT it is made with a healing base of rose water AND it really does smell of roses. Oh and it lasts aaaaages. Oh and the brush is brilliant. Basically, it’s so worth the extra ££. (And I usually by a cheap mascara – this one really knocked my socks off.)
Model Co More Brows in Medium to Dark – Nat is so in love with this fibre boosting brow mascara it’s not even funny. I (apparently) have great brows (bows) so I only needed a light application. If your brows are more sparse, this will soon become the most enjoyable part of your daily makeup routine. It ADDS FIBRES to your eyebrows! Instant eyebrows! AMAZING!
MAC Matte Lipstick in ‘Chili’ – when going matte, ensure your lips are smooth and hydrated before you apply – chapped lips is never a good look, especially when they’re painted red ;)
MAC Blot Powder in Medium Dark – Makeup artists the world over swear by this completely matte, beautifully light blotting powder. Apply using a powder or kabuki brush to set your makeup. T Zone only, Nat says. And if you don’t know what your T Zone is… please raise your hand and I shall tell you.
And that’s it! You’ll be set for a day out on the ice – all protected from the harmful glare and rays and looking lovely.
I really do hope this has been helpful! Please let me know if you try out this look yourself and if you do, please send me a photo!
Are there any particular looks you’d like to achieve? Let me know and I’ll see what I can magic up!
Until then, I’m going to declutter my make up bag once and for all and start as I mean to go on!
Make up by Natalie James – www.nataliejamesmakeup.com