Month: September 2018

TOP 5 AFFORDABLE POWDER FOUNDATIONS FOR FLAWLESS SKIN

I’ve noticed that around this time of year, that I begin to regularly receive questions as to how I achieve a more flawless foundation look without looking too cakey and just all-around even in tone with my makeup. Now, of course, liquid foundation and concealer play a huge part in my Autumn/Winter makeup routine but not as much as powder foundation does, as this product/step is what really makes a difference in creating that flawless face during the colder months.

I will be uploading a film on how I use powder foundations for on-the-go multitasking purposes very soon, but for now, I’ve listed down 10 different ways to use powder foundation as I consider this to always be essential in anyone and everyone’s makeup bag.

  1. As foundation (I know, but I felt like I had to mention this at least lol)
  2. To lightly set your liquid/cream foundation or concealer
  3. To cover spots/blemishes and/or hyperpigmentation
  4. To use as a powdered eye-primer
  5. To touch up makeup on the go
  6. To lighten up the colour of your brows
  7. To full proof and mattify a nude lip
  8. To use as a transition shade for eye-looks
  9. To use as a matte bronzer (if you pick up a darker shade)
  10. To sharpen a bold lipstick by cleaning up the edges
  • TOP 5 AFFORDABLE POWDER FOUNDATIONS
  • 1. MUA PRO Base Full Cover Matte Powder

    Price: £2.50

    Coverage: Medium to High

    Shades: 9

    2. KIKO GreenMe Bronzer Loose Powder

    Price: [SALE] £3.80 Retail Price: £12.00

    Coverage: Light to Medium (buildable)

    Shades: 2

    The reason why I love this bronzer as a powder foundation is because it actually neutralises any different undertones in my foundation to suit my skin. It has some sort of a blurring effect but it’s not shiny, nor is it matte. Kind of like a good dupe for Laura Mercier’s new setting powder but with little to no shimmers in this powder. I’ve been using it for about a month now and it has become one of my best loose face setting powders without being too heavy on the skin.

    Unfortunately, this powder comes in two shades as they are bronzers. However, KIKO sells an actual powder foundation called the Skin Tone Powder Foundation (£13.90) which also comes in 18 different shades.

    3. L’Oréal True Match Super Blendable Powder

    Price: £6.99

    Coverage: Light to Medium (buildable)

    Shades: 10

    This powder is one of my favourites compared to some high-end PFs. What I really like about this one is that it has light to medium coverage, making it very buildable but with a finely milled texture, encouraging me to use a light hand. Not to mention, this compact comes with a very good mirror, easy to travel with and throw in your handbag. If you have normal to dry skin, I’d recommend using a very fluffy face brush to set your makeup with this powder in order to avoid any dry patches. If you happen to struggle with drying makeup in general, try using rose water-based setting sprays after you’ve applied your makeup.

    4. Milani Mineral Compact, High Coverage Powder

    Price: £11.00

    Coverage: High

    Shades Available: 3

    For those that prefer a higher coverage, I’d recommend trying Milani’s Mineral Compact range (linked above). The undertones of these powders would also make a gorgeous matte bronzer and a face-perimeter setting powder. This also comes with a mirror, is travel-friendly and will come in handy if you have combination to oily skin.

    5. NOTE Cosmetics Silk Luminous Compact Powder

    Price: £13.90

    Coverage: Light to Medium (natural finish)

    Shades Available: 17

    Hope this post gives you some new access into some high-Street brands that provide powder foundations 🙂

    Let me know if you have any suggestions of posts you’d like to see from The Belper in the comments below!

    Thank you so much for stopping by The Belper!

    Lots of love,

    MAKEUP LOOK: CLEAN GLAM

    Hello, Everyone! I hope you’re all well and enjoying your morning, day or evening wherever you are reading this today!

    This post is yet again, another makeup edit, but more glam for the Autumn/Winter season that is upon us. With so many incredible interpretations of glam makeup available for inspo, it can sometimes get a little overwhelming when the occasion actually rises to wear a suitable glam look for an event. I simply called this makeup Clean Glam because, to me, it strikes the right balance between glamour and simplicity, updated yet timeless and flawless whilst also flattering.

    So whether you’re going to a party, dinner event or even for no occasion at all and just want to look glam without looking too much out of your natural self. This is the perfect all around, special occasion makeup that can be easily adapted and adjusted to your own personal taste.

    As you can see, the main focus is on the eyes. It may look plain, but in pictures, this can certainly elevate your entire makeup look based on the placement of the shimmer on the lids (centre to inner corner), I also applied an off-white eyeliner in the rim of my eyes to brighten the look.

    The skin is neutral and glowy while the lips tie the makeup together with a nude lipstick and gloss on top.

    PRODUCT DETAILS:

    FOUNDATION – FENTY BEAUTY Pro Filt’r Foundation in ‘440’

    CONCEALER – Makeup Revolution Concealer in ’13’

    POWDER – KIKO GreenMe Bronzing Loose Powder in ‘Raw Sienna’

    CONCEALER POWDER – SLEEK Concealer Trio Palette in ‘Medium’

    BLUSHER – SLEEK Bronze Block in ‘Dark’

    BRONZER – NIP&FAB Contour Palette in ‘DARK’

    EYESHADOW (DARK DEFINITION) – Too Faced Cat Eyes Palette in ‘PANTHER’ & ‘LEOPARD’

    EYESHADOW (BLENDING SHADE) – Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Refill in ‘L’ORANGE’

    EYESHADOW (SHIMMER) – Urban Decay Full Spectrum Palette in ‘ICED’ & Too Faced Cat Eyes Palette  ‘KITTY GLITTER’, ‘TIGERS EYE’.

    EYELINER – PoundWorld

    MASCARA – TECHNIC ‘Lengthening’

    EYEBROWS – Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Refill in ‘CAROB’

    LIPSTICK – Makeup Revolution in ‘TRIUMPH’

    LIPGLOSS – NYC Nude/Shimmery Lipgloss (Discontinued)

    Hope this simple makeup look/concept gives you some simple inspo for any occasions in the coming Autumn/Winter months.

    Would any of you be interested in seeing an in-depth tutorial on this look? Let me know in the comments below!

    Thank you so much for stopping by The Belper!

    Lots of love,

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    MAKEUP LOOK: “Pretty in Pink”

    Happy September to you all! For some reason, I’ve fallen back in love with pink hues lately. Growing up, I rarely liked to admit that my favourite colour (at the time) was pink, however, the majority of my detailed decorations all over my bedroom, throughout my scrapbooks, perfumes and handbags all happened to be pink *pretends to be shocked*. But on a more serious note, I’ve always considered pink to be an instant mood changer for me. Whether I’d notice the colour or not, pink had consistently been my go-to mood-brightener throughout my early teens. From my paintings to colourings, magazine cut-outs for colour-moods and now – makeup.

    So even though, here in England, were experiencing yet again the infamous mood swings of September weather; too cold in the morning, too hot in the afternoon. I thought why not play with some of my favourite mood-brightening pink eyeshadows and remind myself to watch Pretty in Pink again.

    The main concept of this look is very simple and easy, just soft and low effort. I purposefully wanted this to be quick to do, with a fresh and awake look in mind yet using high saturated pinks in contrast. Low effort, high impact.

    On the eyes, you’ll notice that the pink eyeshadow carries some dimension and weight without looking heavy. The centre points along with the inner corners of my eyes are highlighted with the brightest version of the same eyeshadow, using light, glittery shimmers mixed in with the original shade I used all over the lids. This is known as a halo eye.

    I’m not sure if you can tell, but I actually applied orange eyeshadows/pigments as a blusher. I also blended this into the socket line of my eyes to give the pink eyeshadow a place to look more seamless. These two shades work wonderfully together and makes the overall look seem more put together and finished as opposed to just using a pink without any complimentary shade to go with it (even though that in itself is a look).

    Skin is fresh and clean looking using minimal foundation and heavy blending as I wanted a flawless face but with only my eyes and lips on show. My best tip for trying out bright colours on eyes and lips would be to try lighter brows as it’ll allow you face more of a clean canvas to work on.

    PRODUCTS USED:

    SKIN:

    FOUNDATION – Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r in 440

    CONCEALER – Makeup Revolution Full Cover 13

    POWDR – RCMA no Color Powder “Translucent”

    BRONZER/BLUSH – Orange Blush from NIP+FAB Contour Palette in “DARK” + A.B.H. Contour Refill in “L’Orange”

    EYES:

    BROWS – Light Brown Brow Gel

    EYESHADOW [BASE] – A thin layer of Irum Cosmetics’ ‘Splash of Beauty’ Liquid Lipstick in “LUSH”

    EYESHADOW – Mary Kay Blusher in “CHERRY BLOSSOM”, U.D. Full Spectrum Palette “GOSSIP”, A.B.H. Modern Renaissance Palette “LOVE LETTER”

    I used a mixture of shadows from the pinks in the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette to the Urban Decay Full Spectrum Palette as my all over lid shade (in light layers).

    EYESHADOW [HALO EFFECT] – U.D. Full Spectrum Palette “PARANOIA” + Too Faced Cat Eyes Palette “Kitty Glitter”

    MASCARA – Technic

    EYELINER – PoundWorld

    I only used mascara and liner on the outer part of my eyes and lash line. I even went as far as to adding a skin tone eyeliner to tight line the top inner third of my lash line to act as if nothing was really there.

    LIPS:

    Irum Cosmetics ‘Splash Of Beauty’ Liquid Lipstick in “LUSH”

    Fin

    Whether you’re an undercover lover of pink or not, I hope this post gives you a little inspo for this September 🙂

    Do you have a certain colour you consider your mood-brightener? Comment below as I’d love to know ^-^ lol.

    Thank you so much for stopping by The Belper!

    Lots of love,