Club Night Chronicles #2

We are back to the makeup series dedicated to all the party girl out there. A quick recap or this series : This is going to be a series of makeup looks perfect for a night out, depending on the level of ratchet you are planning to be that night. Today, I’m showing you how to achieve “The Diyanah”

“For the bitch that will most probably throw up/pass out”

This would be rather large majority of us, to be honest. This is a look that can withstand face plants on the bar top, lying on the pavement and faces down the toilet bowl. We have all been there at one point of time.

The key to the look is to go grungy. Grunge makeup embrace the lived-in, messy look. Imperfection is the goal. So the more your eye makeup smudges, the cooler you look. This is the ideal situation for a night that will result in memories as smudgy as your eyeliner. Let’s get cracking!

 

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Base

Stick to your usual base. There’s no need to completely conceal every blemish on your face and totally eradicate your dark circles. It’s better to let your skin show through, because this look isn’t about being immaculate. I chose a light coverage, mattifying base as we will probably be sweating a lot during the night. Primer is a must! I picked my standard, Makeup Forever Step 1 Mattifying Primer. I placed a small amount on my T-zone, before my foundation to ensure shine-free, lasting power.

 

Brows

Kick your regular eyebrow routine up a notch. What I mean is to go a little more heavy handed in your application, be it pencil, powder or pomade. My go-to for nights out is the Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade (it can last through an apocalypse). After that, be sure to use a clear brow gel to seal your brows in place. The ELF clear brow mascara is cheap and does a fantastic job at locking the hairs in position.

 

Eyes

All the drama happens here. We want the eyes to be sultry, sexy and poppin’. We start by priming with your favourite eyeshadow primer. I used the Too Faced Shadow Insurance. Then we lay down a matte cream base to make the subsequent shadows we place on top pop. The H&M Eye Colour To Go eyeshadow crayons are incredible and do not crease! The colour I used is “Cordoba”, a mid-tone warm brown that is absolute perfection, even on its own. We blend this all over the lid and under the lower lash line.

 

 

Next, take a matte cool brown from the ELF Mad for Matte palette through the crease for some definition. Be as messy as you want and take the colour as high up as you want to. Just make sure it looks blown out and that there are no harsh lines. Then we are lining the lash line with a deep grey eye pencil and smudging it out with the deep, dark brown from the Wet n Wild “Silent Treatment” trio. The Sephora 12 Hour Contour Eye Pencils are the absolute best for this because they smudge out so well and then dry down to a waterproof formula. Do the same at the lower lash line, all around the eye. Don’t be afraid to go really dark and smokey.

We blend the edges and pop the shimmery taupe shade in the Wet n Wild trio right in the centre of the lids. Finish the eyes by tightlining with any black eyeliner and LOADS of mascara. My favourite at the moment is the Catrice Glam & Doll Volume Mascara. It literally makes it look like I have falsies on. Opt for a waterproof mascara on the lower lash line, just in case we get teary when we puke.

 

 

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Cheeks

Blush it up, baby! I am going to make this a true tribute to my friend, Diyanah because she is all about blushed cheeks. Your face will be flushed anyways so might as well embrace it. The best (non-alcoholic) way to ensure that the flush lasts all night is to layer a powder blush over a cream. I used the H&M Lip and Cheek Colour in “My Old Flame” underneath theBalm’s Instain Blush in “Swiss Dot”, a bright coral shade. These Instain Blushes by theBalm are incredibly long-lasting because they are powders that are designed to stain the cheeks.

We can’t forget contour and highlight. Choose a cooler bronzer to compliment the smokey eye. theBalm’s Bahama Mama is a fantastic cool brown shade that looks like a real shadow, creating instant cheekbones. Dust the Essence Pure Nude Highlighter at the high points to make sure that your cheeks are poppin’.

 

Lips

For this look, we have to make sure that the lip we choose is extremely low maintenance, with zero chance of smudging. Nudes go best with a dark eye and are perfect because it is less noticeable when they do start wearing off. First , we go in with the H&M Lip Definer in “Raconteur” and filled the whole lip in. These lip liners are so long-lasting and you can even leave the look like this with a darker, matte nude.

 

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However, I chose to top the lip liner off with Mac’s “Velvet Teddy”, to give a pouty, matte nude lip. It’s deep enough to be a statement nude lip, whilst still being low-maitenance.

 

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And there you have it! Pop on a choker for the added grunge effect and you are good to go.

 

 

 

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Club Night Chronicles #1

As me and my girls were blasting our group chat, we started the topic of makeup looks that are not only long-lasting but make-out proof and sweat proof, because as we all know, nights out can be pretty eventful. This got me thinking, I have five girls in my squad and they all have specific (and semi ratchet) expectations for their makeup whenever they go out.

I’ll particularly be looking into long wearing lip products for the ladies that wanna get down, or y’know get dirty. Whatever that means to each individual. Even with all that dancing, sweating and drinking, your makeup should still look on point until you decide to take it off (which could be the next morning, we’ve all been there).

On top of that, I thought it would be fun to dedicate makeup looks according to my friends personality traits and needs when the sun goes does and the booze goes up. Come on! We’re gonna get the party started.

 

Roll with me here.

 

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This is for the bitch that will most probably go home with a guy so needs makeup that will look cute in the morning AND not stain the guy’s pillow.

 

And here is the look!

 

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Base

The base needs to be long-lasting. Always, always wear a primer to increase the longevity of your makeup. I suggest a mattifying primer because it’s going to be hot, stuffy and sweaty in the club and you want that grease to be kept at bay.  I love the Makeup Forever Step One Mattifying primer. That stuff is hardcore.

Foundation is up to your preference, but setting that face with powder and a setting spray is a must. Nothing is worse than hugging and dancing with someone and then accidentally leaving chunks of your face on their clothes. Go with the coveted Laura Mercier translucent setting powder and then follow with the Urban Decay All-nighter makeup setting spray.

Because gurl, we gonna be up all night.

 

Eyes

Keep the eyes simple! This look is for girls like my friend, Munira, who don’t want to fuss around with brushes and eyeshadows but still wants to look 100. Go for a cream colour base like Mac’s paint pot in ‘Groundwork’ that neutralises veiny lids. Then, I opted for a sophisticated all-over-lid colour that preferably has a little shimmer. Here, I went with Burberry’s ‘Pale Barley’, a soft taupe with subtle shimmer. It’s a barely there colour that just enhances the eye.

To add a little pizzazz, I smudged a glittery kohl at the lash line. The Sephora glitter gel liners are unbeatable. So smooth, gorgeous colour pay-off and once it sets, it lasts the whole night and all through the next morning, if you want it to. The colour I used is ‘Cappuccino‘ – an earthy brown with gold glitter. It adds interest to the eye look, without being overbearing. I did a baby wing, followed by tons of mascara. False eyelashes are not ideal for the ‘morning after’ look as they are a bit of a hassle, so opt for a jet black volumizing, waterproof formula.

 

Brows

This would be a case of ‘you do you, boo’. My little tip would be to make sure that it’s waterproof. Whatever it may be – pencil, pomade, powder. Here, I used Stila Stay All Day waterproof brow colour marker for the tail end and the Elf Instant Lift brow pencil  in ‘Neutral Brown’ for the body. The key here is to set that bitch in place with a waterproof clear brow gel. I used a cheapie, but a goodie; Elf clear brow mascara. The gel will seal all your hard work and make sure they don’t budge all through the night.

 

 

 

 

Cheeks

Do whatever you want with the cheeks. I went for a subtle blush and contour combo – Nars ‘Madly’ blush with Catrice sun glow matt bronzing powder in ‘Deep Bronze’. Cheek products are always the first to fade, plus the alcohol will give you a natural pink flush. So go easy on the blush. Let nature do its thang.

One thing you can’t skip out though is highlight. Highlight yourself to the gods! I used a highlighting eyeshadow from Catrice on the cheeks, just to create an angelic sheen for a devilish night.

 

Lips

This is the main event. For this look, we are going bold or going home. I went for the Tarte Matte LipSurgence in the colour ‘Lively’. But any colour from this Tarte range will do. These handy lip pencils have intense colour pay off. The matte finish means that these formulas are long lasting and are less likely to transfer. Furthermore, these lip surgence stain the lips. So the morning after, you will be left with a soft pink stain. Hence you will wake up looking a lot better than you usually would.

 

 

 

There you have it! Simple night out look that will still look lived-in but fresh the next day, if the occasion calls for it. It’s also one that can easily be taken from day to night. Thanks for indulging this mini series on my site! There’s more where that came from!

 

 

 

Slayin’ the 90s like Buffy

The 90s trend has been going strong since last year and the popularity of brown lipsticks, thanks to Kylie Jenner. I have been using brown lipsticks for ages, because I can never let the 90s go. Clinging on to youth for dear life. Personally, I thought that the trend would die. But it is now at its climax with not just 90s makeup trends making a comeback, but also 90s style clothing and fashion.

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I’m all for that. I know that trends come and go but this one is one that refuses to go away. As with everyone else, I love the 90s makeup look. There are several that were popular within the decade. From super model bombshell looks like Cindy Crawford to grungy, undone looks by Winona Ryder, there are many routes you can take with this trend. Personally, I prefer the grungy look; A monochromatic brown smokey eye withbrown lips. Trust me, it looks a lot better than it sounds.

 

Let me walk you through it!

All the products I feature here are super affordable. Even though the trend is going strong in Sephora, you don’t have to break the bank to jump on this one.

 

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Step 1 : Let’s start with the base. Matte skin is what it’s all about. The modern take on the 90s look incorporates extremely luminous skin. But I want to pay homage to the original. To prevent yourself from looking overdone or cakey, pair your favourite matte foundation with a moisturising primer. The L’oreal 24hr Infallible foundation (£8) is great for a high coverage, flawless finish. Underneath, I’ve used the Nivea Men After Shave Balm (S$9.95) in the ‘sensitive‘ version. Made famous by YouTube as the perfect drugstore primer thanks to glycerin as a main ingredient, which helps foundation stick to it and last all day.

Step 2 : Conceal any imperfections you want to conceal and prime the lids. I don’t focus too much on have an absolutely perfect canvas. I used the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind concealer (S$18.90) in ‘Light‘. I don’t bother concealing my dark circles too much or my pigmentation because this makeup embraces imperfection.

Step 3 : Do your brows as per usual! Brows in the 90s are either big and unkempt or thin and over plucked. I suggest defining your natural brow slightly and combing it through with a brow gel to great bushiness and that textured appearance. I used the Missha Perfect Brow Styler (S$8.90) in ‘Dark Brown’ and Milani Brow Gel (S$10).

 

 

Step 4 : Let’s start with the colour! Red eyeshadow would be ideal, but it’s perfectly fine if you don’t have any. I’ve opted for a blush instead. This bright red blush is the CATRICE Defining Blush (S$6.90) in ‘I’m a Survivor‘ from a limited edition collection. But any bright red blush will do. Pack it on the mobile lid and all the way to the crease. Start with a light hand and build the colour slowly. Bring the colour with the same brush underneath the waterline, messily.

 

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Step 5 : Grab a rusty brown shade. I chose a satin reddish brown colour from Moonshot in ‘Russet‘ (S$16) and a fluffy crease brush. Blend the edges of the red with the brown into the crease, putting the most product on the outer V of the eye. Blend the same colour under the eye with the same brush. Don’t be afraid to bring the colour lower than you are used to. If you are starting to look like a red-eyed panda, you are doing it right!

Step 6 : Line your upper lash line with a dark brown or a purplish kohl liner. Here, I used the KIKO eyeliner (£5.90) in ‘Dark Tide‘. Before it sets, use a pencil brush and dip it in a deep burgundy eyeshadow. This is from the Wet n WildComfort Zone‘ eye palette in ‘Definer‘. Smudge the line out with this colour and go on the waterline as well to smoke it out. The darker the better!

 

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Step 7 : Mascara. LOAD IT UP!! Go crazy. Top and bottom lashes. Use a jet black formula that is very volumizing like this Sephora Lash Plumper (S$22) in ‘Ultra Black‘.

 

 

Step 8 : Finish up the face by adding definition with bronzer and colour with blush. I used the CATRICE Sun Glow Matt Bronzer (S$6.90) in ‘Deep Bronze‘ at the hollows of my cheeks to enhance the bonze structure. This, I feel is crucial to the look as it really adds dimension. Then I topped the cheeks off with KIKO Soft Touch Blush (US$3.90) in ‘Mauve‘, a perfect muted colour that matches the eyes perfectly. Make sure to do a light dusting as cheek products were not a big focus in 90s makeup. You can even skip this step, if you’re in a pinch.

 

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Step 9 : Last but certainly not least, complete the look with the perfect brown lipstick. Pick a shade that goes well with your skin colour. I picked shades that have reddish undertones within the brown so that it keeps my face from being washed out. For a creamier formula that is moisturising and perfect for everyday, I have Maybelline Color Sensational lipstick (S$21.90) in ‘Crazy for Coffee‘. For that super 90s feel, opt for a matte formula with the NYX Liquid Suede Lip Cream (S$15) in ‘Soft-spoken‘. A stunning mauve shade that is slightly cool toned, but incredibly flattering. This is supposedly the cheaper dupe of Kat Von D’s ‘Lolita‘.

Throw on a choker and BOOM! It’s as if you time travelled.

 

 

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I’ve been using this look on almost a daily basis, even with regular clothing, that might not be in the 90s style. The grunge look is very versatile, bold and feminine at the time. It’s incredibly easy to execute too.

Try it for yourself and let me know how it turned out for you. Hop on the bandwagon, y’all!

Smokin’ in Spring

Spring has sprung and it’s all about dewy, luminous skin. It’s hard not to think about light pastel shades and a flush of pink when we think about Spring. Not to mention, the highlight trend that is not dying down. Everyone is practically bathing themselves in glitter. Slowly but surely, we are all becoming part of Edward Cullen’s crew, sparkling in broad daylight, glowing even at night. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that!

But the thing about living in Singapore is that, it’s constantly Summer.

Constantly one season all throughout the year. So I never thought it made much sense for us to be following the trends set by fashion designers and influential makeup artists. Even more so for us, we should make our own trends. Disregarding whatever “season” it technically is for the rest of the world.

So I say, SMOKEY EYES in Spring! Why the hell not!

Smokey eyes are a classic. It brings attention to the eyes and it’s perfect for a night out. Yet it’s still daytime appropriate depending on how dark you make it. It screams sexy sophistication. While I do enjoy the precise quality of Kim Kardashian’s famous smokey eye, the smokey eye I tend to go for is a more relaxed one. It’s meant to be messy, perfect for beginners. I have always felt the messier the application, the edgier the result.

 

 

This is my Two Step Smokey eye! Sexy and Sultry in two minutes flat.

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You will need two things for this look; A dark brown eyeshadow and a black eyeliner. Depending on the look you are going for and the undertone of your skin, you can opt for a warmer or cooler brown shade. It doesn’t matter if you choose a matte formula or a shimmer. What matters is that the eyeshadow has high pigment and a very blendable formula. I have chosen my KIKO eyeshadow in #132 (€6), a dark shimmery brown colour with a reddish undertone. These eyeshadows are super affordable and pack a punch.

For your liner, opt for a creamy formula that is easy to smudge and play around. Kohl liners are the obvious choice as they are made for smokey eyes. However, if you are looking for a longer lasting formula, or if you have oily lids like me, you might want to opt for a waterproof gel formula in pencil form. I went for the SANA Super Quick Melty Gel Liner EX  (S$19) in black. An amazing formula from this Japanese drugstore brand that is jet black and comes in an ultra fine nib. Very similar to the Hourglass 1.5mm mechanical gel liner (US$45) that everyone raves about. This is a fifth of the price and lasts all day in the waterline.

Other tools you will need are a pencil brush and mascara. I feel that a pencil brush is absolutely necessary for this look as it will help you achieve that smokey effect, without any effort at all. I recommend the ZOEVA 230 Luxe Pencil Brush (S$14.50).

 

 

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Step 1 : Apply the dark brown eyeshadow very close to your lash line and use the pencil brush to diffuse the colour. You should have a halo of dark brown rimming your eye.

 

Step 2 : Line your upper lash line with the black eyeliner. Opt for a thin line as it will be easier to blend and diffuse the colour later on. Use the same eyeshadow and pencil brush to smudge over the black eye liner before it sets. Do the same for the lower lash line. Line with black liner and then smudge using the brown eyeshadow.

**The reason why we use the brown shadow rather than just smudging out the liner by itself, is so that we can achieve that gradient effect where the darkest concentration of colour will be at the lash line and then it diffuses out. The brown shadow cuts down blending time and makes it seamless.

 

Step 3 : Load up the mascara!! Use your blackest, most volumizing formula and pile it on both your top and bottom lashes. False lashes are also an option, if you want to add more drama and glam to the look. There is no need to be precise with the mascara application and don’t be afraid of clumps because it just adds to the grunge effect.

 

Step 4 : Line your upper and lower waterline, making sure that everything is covered with black liner. You should not see any spot of ‘skin colour’ around your eyeball. The darker the liner, the better.

 

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And there you have it! The simplest smokey eye that anyone can achieve, even with affordable products like I have. How dark and dramatic you go is entirely up to you!  You can add more brown eyeshadow and smudge the liner lower to add more drama. You can also play with the intensity of the gradient by repeating the steps so that there is more pigment around the eye. Pair it with a sexy nude lip, no blush and a contoured face so that there is little distracting from the eyes.

I love this look!!

It’s dark, mysterious and it gives me a boost of confidence. I feel so badass, without feeling over the top. This technique isn’t revolutionary nor unique. However, that’s precisely why it’s such a go-to look and something ANYONE can achieve.

It’s the makeup equivalent of “smoking” your exams. No skills necessary!

So smoke away!!

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