Makeup Forever Aqua Water Proof Eyeshadow Pencils

A long overdue post! After attending a fabulous event put on by the Makeup Forever Singapore tribe, I left for my trip home so this is tracking back just slightly but newsworthy nonetheless. AND just as I landed in the US of A, the beauty press was raving about MUFE Aqua Shadows (Allure magazine, NBC, blogs) as well as during the Makeup Show Chicago when James Vincent talked about them at the beauty blogger preview. There was a lot of buzz going around and makeup artists were buying like crazya the show. As with any MUFE product, you are getting a versatile pencil, MUFE Aqua Shadow pencils double up as lip base or eyeliner too. I used them on clients and the results didn’t disappoint!

So, why are these pencils so wonderful?

a) The Aqua Shadow range is waterproof
b) Insane color payoff on its own
c) Colors are easy to blend with other shades [Tried and tested]
d) You can use Aqua Shadows in black as an eyeliner or any of the colors [Use a small tip eyeliner brush, it stays on for days even when I remove my makeup]
e) Two of my brides LOVED them [enough said]
f) The pink and taupe are fabulous base for lipcolor [Tried and tested]

Now to the swatches and pencils!

Left to right 323 (silver), 30E (peach), 24E (pink), 8E (green), 6E (blue), 0E, (black).

There will be a separate post on the lipsticks that were revealed at the event.

Grammys 2012 = Lashes Were A-Plenty

It was all about the lashes and glamourous eye makeup at the biggest night in music, the Grammys.

I can’t wait to see the actual beauty breakdowns and makeup artist details but for now the images will have to do. One thing was for certain the ladies of music were dressed to impress with lovely makeup and big hair. My favourites were Adele, Alicia Keys and Carrie Underwood. This is how you do it on a night out, making a statement. I loved the lashes on both Carrie Underwood and Adele, it looked like a combination of individual extensions and cluster lashes.

Photo credits Getty Images and

Easy Peasy Smokey Eye Technique Using Illamasqua Pencil

This fantastic video was forwarded to me by the great people at Illamasqua London. It is one of the most simple smokey eye techniques I’ve seen thus far, simply using a Sophie Kohl pencil in black, couple of brushes and powdered eyeshadows.

Key makeup artist Charlotte Savoury explains a step by step way to create a deep black and charcoal coloured smokey eye. Since it’s been uploaded, there has been over 4,900 views. And there is a great cause with every purchase of the Sophie-I pencil, a £3 donation is made to the Sophie Lancaster foundation, to find out more click here. Share with friends, it is a fantastic video!

Eye Makeup For NYE

I found this image and instantly thought, NYE makeup! It is also very much inspired by the latest Chanel runway look.

For this kind of eyes, you need a good base either a cream eyeshadow like Illamasqua Hollow or MUFE Aqua Cream in Taupe – both these colours will easily blend with a powder eyeshadow in a darker tone of your choice (black, dark metallic gray, dark brown for example).

To set your base, apply all over the eyelid and about halfway into your crease, making sure you get the inner corner of the eyes. Get close to the mirror and always try using good lighting, if possible. As a reference, use the photo provided to get an idea, always helps!

Apply your darker colour over your base preferrably with a brush or dabbing it gently with a makeup sponge if you don’t have a brush. Start blending paying attention to the outer corners, you can also use your fingers and brush to achieve a smudged look. Next, using the tip of a makeup sponge just used trace your bottom lash line, trying to go for a smudged Kohl-pencil finish. Once you are done, it is time to clean up with a cotton bud and a pinch of concealer, go over any fall out around the eyes. Alternatively, the DuWop Reverse eyeliner will help you prevent any creasing later in the evening.

**DuWop Reverse eyeliner is sold at Luxola in Singapore!

Party Looks For NYE

Leading up to the new year, I am going to be featuring some party looks using my editorial tearsheets from December and January issues of Simply Her magazine in Singapore.

The look above is a smokey reddish brown using a solid base of MAC Paint Pot in Groundwork (cream eyeshadow) all over the lid. Paint Pots dry fast so you have to work fast using your fingers or a sponge. Next step, use a shimmer/ metallic color like a reddish or dark orange working in the shape of a half moon across the crease (Halfway into your lids) and all the way into the tear duct. Note – use a blending brush like this one by MAC (or any other brand just note the fan shape of the brush), and blend the colors in a circular motion so they mash together nicely). Makeup technique takes time and practice so don’t get frustrated – watch how the pros do it! I really like Pixiwoos tutorials.

I should add the brows were filled in using a Kohl eyeliner pencil. If you want eyes to go the distance, dab a little bit of Makeup Setting Spray over the eyelids and eyebrows (see my post here about this topic).

Lastly, the lips were done using a lipstain base – you can use Revlon Bitten or Cover Girl Outlast, cheap and very good for long lasting strong colored lips. Over this, you can apply a matte lipstick of your choice (MAC or OCC liptars are the best).

Palette of the Moment :: Make Up Forever Smoky Palette

I am a fan of  the Make Up Forever brand because from personal experience I know that their quality of pigment is top of the line and worth the price. When there was news about a smoky eye palette being released, I was ecstatic and asked my sister if it was already being sold in the USA. Turns out, it wasn’t so I waited patiently for the Singapore pro-store to stock it.

The MUFE smoky comes in 8 colours, very much following a fall theme (browns, green, navy blue, metallic copper, yellow beige, white, deep plum, and black).  The set also comes with two small brushes, wide enough to help in blending out colours (although I still prefer using a wider bristle brush to create the smoky eye effect).  I’ve also been using the black to fill in my brows for a more dramatic look or as eyeliner even.  If you use a setting spray like Skindinavia Finishing spray or Make Up Forever Mist and Fix with a tiny amount on a q-tip/ cotton bud over your lines, there will be little smudging. Trust me.

Even if you are not a professional, I still think this is a good purchase because it has enough range of colors for the average makeup consumer.  It is just as good as the Urban Decay Naked Palette, if not better because unlike the Naked palette, MUFE’s offers matte colors which work fantastically for daytime and mature skin types.

Emma Watson for US Vogue

A dramatic look in both makeup and photography shot by the genius of Mario Testino for the upcoming fall issue of US Vogue.  I can see the Urban Decay Naked Palette creating this defined smokey eye look, in a few layers of colours and using a good base for the eyelid (A primer or a good cream pigment like Illamasqua’s Hollow would help).  Next is a kohl pencil eyeliner like Rimmel or NYX to smudge under the eyes plus a good coat of L’Oreal mascara in black.  Last but not least, this look is all about a defined eyebrow, try an angled brush like MAC 208 using your own kohl pencil over the brush, gently filing in your brows.  Defined brows frame your face beautifully!

I love that Emma’s English rose skin is in full display without orange or bronzer – she doesn’t need it.  This photo is all about the face.

Loving Illamasqua

While at MUSE London in April, Illamasqua was introduced to me during Catwalk Trends bootcamp weekend.  After trying it out on different faces and various textures,  I became a massive fan of their Hollow cream pigment, the Medium pencil in brown, Light liquid foundation, blushers and pretty much the brand ethos “make-up for your alter ego“.  I used Hollow to contour and as an eye base, worked beautifully. The pencils can also be used as eyeshadow, the pigment is quite good and offers a nice layering effect.

The flagship shop at Beak Street gets another rave from me for outstanding customer service, one of the best experiences I’ve ever had both as an artist and a consumer, spent quite a bit of time asking questions and getting feedback, not just a sales pitch, it felt genuine. Inside the Illamasqua space, the decor and feel is very sexy, visually fabulous.  My artist discount was honored without hassle; I talked about my courses, being an expat in Singapore, etc.  And just like the experience at MUSE, I left Illamasqua elated and eager to practice and try out my new purchases.

Illamasqua is available in UK, Australia, Dubai, and in the USA at Sephora. You get a loyalty discount after your 3rd purchase!

For a closer look at one of Illasmaqua’s creators Julian Kynaston, click here

MAC Tartan

While at Changi Airport Terminal 2 it is hard to avoid the makeup counters especially when you know you there is a little discount on cosmetics. Last week I purchased the MAC Tartan Reelers & Rockers Eyeshadow Palette, it includes six eyeshadows: White Rabbit (shimmer white), Melt My Heart (metallic silver), Carbon (matte black), Family Treasure (metallic bronze), Gaelic Gold (metallic gold), and Crown & Sceptre (metallic copper). I found them good value for money, pigment was not bad and useful for both day and nighttime as there is matte and shimmer. The best part is that these shadows can be layered nicely especially if you use a MAC Paint Pot or a MAC Pigment.