My Christmas celebrations started with a bang last week and I’m already struggling to keep up. I ventured out for some cocktails and food with the lovely girls from work on Friday night, Oxfam photo shoot all day Saturday, then onto my best friends house for more food, Christmas jumper wearing and Christmas tree inspecting on Saturday night and finally my first family get together on Sunday where I indulged some more. Basically, I have been a terrible blogger as I have been too busy eating…a lot! So as you can imagine for a girl who rarely goes out, this weekend has destroyed me and to say I’m ecstatic to be on my sofa, in my onesie with a cup of tea is in an understatement.
Luckily for me, my gorgeous friend, fellow blogger and personal make-up artist Kimmy Cattin has written a fantastic post on how to get the perfect Glitter eye just in time for Christmas.
All That Glitters
As you might have realised, I am a huge fan of glitter over the festive period. A lot of makeup artists stay away from glitter because it can be messy but I love a challenge and my over-obsessed perfectionism takes over when I’m working on any glitter jobs.
I recently worked a photo shoot for Oxfam who were looking for a ‘Christmas party’ themed makeup. This gave me an excuse to get the glitter out. I have shown how you can achieve this look in 4 simple steps.
Step 1 – Smokey eye
Firstly I did a basic smokey eye using reds and browns. I used Mac’s painterly as a base and blended this.
Step 2 – Glitter glue
Next I used a glitter glue and placed this carefully over the eyelid, taking it right to the crease line. I used glitter lips glue by beauty boulevard but you can use any glitter fix. I then used Mac glitter pot in copper and placed this on the eye using my finger, carefully pressing it on over the glue.
Step 3 – Clean up
There was a lot of fall out from the glitter so a clean up job was in order. Using makeup remover, I used cotton buds to remove the excess glitter. This takes a little while to get every speck of glitter, but stick with it, the final look is worth it.
Step 4 – Lashes and face
Next I used Rimmel lashes to add some volume and continued to complete the makeup with face, blush and lips. I went for a brown toned nude to ensure focus was kept on the eyes.
When Kimmy Cattin created this look on Saturday at The Oxfam Photo Shoot, I was completely in awe. It’s such a dramatic look and would look incredible at any upcoming Christmas events that you might be attending. Go glitter crazy girls!
Kimmy Cattin is one extremely talented make-up artist who also has a blog on make-up tips, reviews, best buys, tutorials and everything else that make-up has to offer. I am one very lucky girl in that Kimmy Cattin is also my sister-in-law to be. Hurray to free makeovers! Still can’t decide whether it’s too much for me to ask her to do my make-up done when I pop to Lidl to do my weekly shop? Surely not 🙂
Anyway, Kimmy has agreed to do a weekly feature on Her Fashion Blog so that my followers can see how amazing she is and also learn from her skills as she is a much better make-up teacher than me.
This week, she will be giving you the low down on MAC’s Pigment, how to apply and what she thinks of the product. Perfect post for anyone who wants to get their glitter on over this festive period….
Having purchased Mac Cosmetic pigments before, I was very unsure of how often I would use these new pigments. Knowing that they are not as easy to use as a pressed shadow and can be messy, I figured these Christmas minis would be for special occasions only, HOWEVER…..this has not been the case! I purchase the copper and blue set around 2 weeks ago now and keep finding myself using them for everyday wear as well as shoots and fashion shows. I have also become very fond of using the blue pigment set to give a tint of blue to a black smokey eye.
1) My biggest tip when using pigments is to make sure you start with eyes before the foundation or skin. There is always more fall out when using pigments so make sure to wipe any excess off that falls before putting foundation/concealer on.
2) Use the right tools. Make sure you are using a good brush. Mac’s 217 is great. Always buff the pigment onto the back of your hand before using it, rather than taking the products straight from the pot.
3) Always use an eye primer. I have used many eye primers including Smash Box to Urban Decay and find I always go back to MAC paint pot in Painterly. Using the primer makes a huge difference when applying eyeshadow but makes an even bigger difference when applying any pigments.
3) Glitter pigments – the glitter pigments can be difficult to use without a base or glitter glue. Glitter glue is the most effective and safest way to apply glitter, especially when putting it around your eyes. If you do not have glitter glue, use a cream shadow first then apply directly on top. This will help the glitter to stick.
4) Blend blend blend. Blend is your friend. Again using a MAC 217 blend the pigment out so that there are no patchy pigment blots on your eyelid. Build it gradually, you will most likely be surprised as to how little you will need to use.
Overall I would give MAC’s Christmas Pigments a 9/10. Each pigment keepsake collection comes with 5 different colours and is only £26. Considering one pigment is usually £17 this is a fantastic deal. They come in a lovely box and would be a great Christmas present. Highly recommended.