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REVIEW: “UNCENSORED” STUNNA LIP PAINT BY FENTY BEAUTY (IS THIS THE PERFECT RED?)

So its been over a year since the first STUNNA Lip Paint by Fenty Beauty was released. Almost the entire makeup community way fittingly stunned to see that the Music and now Beauty Mogul, Rihanna had finally Launched a universal red lipstick.

“UNCENSORED” is the first out of the now eight collective STUNNA lip paints released by Fenty Beauty. This liquid lipstick is described as a standout, classic red formulated and fitted to suit all skin tones.

Here is my review of the Fenty Beauty STUNNA Lip Paint in “UNCENSORED.

PRODUCTS CLAIMS:

“When life’s all about taking risks, wearing liquid lipstick shouldn’t be one of them. Enter Stunna Lip Paint: The love child of high-impact colour and low-maintenance longwear—now in a range of head-turning shades that’s got everyone’s name on them. Each shade was hand-picked by Rihanna and created to look incredible on everyone.

Equal parts class and sass, Stunna Lip Paint goes from zero to 100 in one stroke of its lip-defining precision wand, making it easier than ever to dress your entire pout in show-stopping, soft matte pigment. Its serious long-lasting hold is so weightless, if it weren’t for the non-stop compliments, you’d forget you were even wearing it. And if that weren’t enough—Stunna Lip Paint has no immediate feathering, staying kissably smooth. In other words, it behaves so you don’t have to.”

FORMULA, FINISH & OPACITY:

Ironically, even though the packaging is almost reminiscent of luxurious nail polish the actual texture of the product is surprisingly thin (like nail polish) in comparison to previous liquid lipsticks we’re used to. With that being said, A little goes a long way thanks to its extremely high opacity. It. Is. Pigmented! What makes it nicer is that because of this, it’ll last you a while – I mean, that’s unless you wear red lipstick every day of course.

The finish of this lipstick dries down to a plush matte. It’s not at all drying however it will give off the illusion of a complete matte result. And depending on how much you re-apply your lip-paint, you will experience a little transfer. Nonetheless, because a little does go a long way with this product, you’ll only need two swipes (maximum) to achieve a clean, bold red.

COLOUR/UNDERTONE:

At first impression, I experienced a mini shock at how bright it was, only to realise it was the orange undertone it had. It’s good to note that under different lighting, this red changes in appearance but essentially it is red with orange undertones – of which I don’t mind.

In all honesty, this lipstick requires a lip liner for me. I like to alternate between a dark plum colour and a black (applied carefully, obviously) just to add definition against my skin tone. I do agree that it suits all skin tones, although in terms of wearing this completely alone – I’d recommend a lip liner at hand.

The colour itself is absolutely gorgeous as I now somewhat understand why FB chose their red in this colourway – It stands out (more than a red with blue undertones). ‘Uncensored’ was intentionally made to be fiery, sharp and bold.

BEST APPLICATION METHOD:

So this doe-foot applicator was intricately made to make the application process easier to create your lip-shape with. But from my experience, I felt more comfortable putting the product on the back of my hand first (due to lots of product) then following with a lip brush to apply with perfect precision.

Ultimately, I feel like with lipsticks – it’s all about how much you think you need – which then influences your decision on how you apply it. for example:

On days when I want a full red lip, I follow the process mentioned before and then add more by applying the lipstick to the centre of my lips using the actual doe-foot applicator.

I’ve also noticed that since it is high in pigment, it’s allowed me complete control over how I wanted to wear it. As a lip-tint, a subtle red or a bold red – it is completely versatile in the application which I like.

BEST REMOVAL METHOD:

Once this lipstick dries down, it’s not going anywhere, as in – it will take more than just a wipe (for example) to remove it. I love using a traditional cleansing balm or simply a bit of pure 100% extra virgin olive oil applied to the lips and removed with a wipe or washcloth as I remove my makeup thoroughly. This method also works best for when I’ve used this lipstick as blusher or eyeshadow. No irritation, no stains – but left with a clean finish.

LASTS UP TO 8 HOURS

This is following a normal day. It does fade, but still not as much as it could if that makes sense? It retreats to a suitable lip stain after eight hours – and will move around eventually. Nevertheless, it’s easy to re-apply so it’s not a major concern.

PROS & CONS:

PROS

  1. Held in an Innovative and Luxurious Packaging! – Just looking at this makes you feel happy. I completely appreciate the fact that the product comes in a glass bottle, not only does that keep its quality in the container but it will always carry a snazzy vibe which is a plus.
  2. High in Pigmentation and Thoroughly Vibrant – To put it shortly, the definition of a bold red is definitely ‘Uncensored’.
  3. The Doe-foot Applicator Makes it Easy to Apply – Even though I do prefer a different application method. I must applaud FB for creating an application that can create quick and sharp lines – allowing you to create your lip shape as you wish.
  4. Versatile in Wear – as well as wearing this for lipstick, I also love ‘Uncensored’ as a rouge, eyeshadow and lip tint.
  5. Non-Drying Yet Completely Matte – I hadn’t come across such a perfect hybrid like this in a while. So I was ecstatic to know that this red was a matte red that functioned with ease.

CONS

1. Can transfer easily – I think it all depends on the amount of product you use that will determine how quickly/long it dries. If too much is applied, it will take longer to dry down. With this in mind, I like to blot with a tissue after application just to take off the excess layer and help it stay in place.

IS ‘UNCENSORED’ STUNNA LIP PAINT THE PERFECT RED?

(Final Thoughts)

In terms of packaging, formula, texture and finish I do feel like this is one of the most versatile reds I’ve personally ever come across. And after developing an understanding of its undertone to suit my skin tone, I’ve come to the conclusion that this has become the most ‘perfect’ red so far.

What I also love about ‘Uncensored’ is that even if you’re not a red lipstick kind of person, but were interested in trying a red – there is a red lipstick perfectly designed for the beginner as well as for the all-time lover of red lipsticks, which I think is pretty remarkable.


If you’d like to see how I wear UNCENSORED, STUNNA Lip Paint by FENTY BEAUTY, click below to watch my mini tutorial [a red lip routine is coming soon…]

https://youtu.be/ulL3Tk7UfKk


To View and/or Purchase ‘UNCENSORED’ STUNNA Lip Paint by FENTY BEAUTY, Click Here.

TOP 7 BOLD GREEN EYESHADOWS TO TRY OUT THIS SEASON

When it comes to makeup, I’m always searching for the newest and freshest take with products, techniques and application methods. I absolutely love the process of re-discovering a particular colour or product to use in a makeup look – and of late, I’ve recently re-discovered my fondness with green eyeshadow. Yes, green eyeshadow. 

I know that green shadows may not be the most sought after or hyped up the product in the makeup world but I feel like, especially for this season, that green has become the new freshness I’d been looking for in eyeshadows this spring.

The variety of different themes, looks and shapes you can create with green is endless, and since its gradient from pale to dark green holds so many possibilities within the looks you can form – I thought I’d scout my favourite 7 shadows of the spring colour: green!

1.

Color Sensational Eyeshadow ‘Pure Teal’ 95 by Maybelline

Create your seamless cut-creases with this intense and long lasting, ‘pure teal’ eyeshadow by Maybelline. A perfect hybrid between blue & green for those that may want a beginners’ green eyeshadow.

Colour: Turquoise/Green

Texture: Easy to Blend

Finish: Satin/Matte

Opacity: Intense

Staying Power: Long Lasting

2.

Little Round Pot Eyeshadow No.07 Noir Emeraude by Bourjois

“Bourjois Little Round Pot eyeshadow has an exclusive baked formula which gives the powder an extreme softness and allows you to blend the colour as much as you want.” – Bourjois

Colour: Deep Green

Texture: Soft & Silky

Finish: Satin

Opacity: Intense

Staying Power: Long Lasting

3.

Eye & Face Colour in 900 ‘Green Butterfly’ by Anna Sui

Get spring 60’s inspo with this vibrant, muted green single eyeshadow by Anna Sui. Withholding the balance between colourful, bright and soft – this eyeshadow can easily work for both the effortless casual and the occasional chic moods.

Colour: Muted Green

Texture: Soft

Finish: Matte

Opacity: Vibrant/Intense

Staying Power: Long Lasting

4.

Soft Eye Shadow, ‘Sparkle Green’ by Stargazer

Make a subtle statement with this soft, simple and ethereal green shadow by Stargazer. Made in the UK, this single eyeshadow creates a soft sheen on the lids thanks to its pearlescent soft texture.

Colour: Mint Green

Texture: Soft

Finish: Pearlescent

Opacity: Medium-Intense

Staying Power: Average

5.

Natural Matte Mono Eyeshadow, ‘Green Lagoon’ by Benecos

Brighten your look with a pastel matte green shadow by Benecos. Infused with natural ingredients such as vitamin E, castor oil and macadamia oil, this eyeshadow will look perfectly for the makeup minimalist.

Colour: Pastel Green

Texture: Soft

Finish: Matte

Opacity: Average

Staying Power: Average

6.

Ombre A Paupieres Eyeshadow 48 Vert Petillant by Bourjois

Cultivate your shimmering spring aura with Bourjois’ green single eyeshadow. Featuring a soft pearly finish and texture, this eyeshadow allows you to flawlessly create your makeup looks with ease.

Colour: Bright Green

Texture: Soft/Silky

Finish: Pearly

Opacity: Medium-Intense

Staying Powder: Long Lasting

7.

Maybelline Expert Wear Mono Eyeshadow No 08 Spring Green

‘Spring Green’. A fitting name for this true-to-colour Single green eyeshadow by Maybelline. The perfect candidate to designing bold green looks for the editorial admirers.

Colour: Green

Texture: Satin/Soft

Finish: Satin

Opacity: Medium-Intense

Staying Power: Average


That is all for this top 7 edit! I’d love to know: Are you a fan of green eyeshadow? Do tell in the comments section below whether green may a colour you’d incorporate with your looks this season 🙂

Thank you all so much for stopping by The Belper!

Lots of love,

TOP 7 SPRING NUDE LIPSTICKS [PART 2]

So in a recent article, I cultivated my top seven most universal nude lipsticks to go for this spring. However, I knew that there was still such a range of nude lipsticks that were not mentioned in the post – so today I’ve written a new top seven edit that will suit all skin tones!

If you’re looking for a little makeup inspiration this spring, you can click over to my last Top Seven Nude Lipsticks post which goes into more detail as to what the current mood is for this season.


1.

L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Lipstick – BALMAIN Limited Edition 469 ‘Fever’

One of my most reliable spring nudes! This is the lipstick you reach for when you just want to look vibrant, fresh and awake. The perfect pick-me-up nude.

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Current Price: £12.99

Colour: Orange nude

Opacity: Medium/Full

Finish: Moisturising, Matte

2.

L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Lipstick – BALMAIN Limited Edition 650 ‘Power’

This deeply rich chocolate brown lipstick is the perfect candidate for every skin tone. Depending on your undertone this will either act as your eventful dark lip or a mysteriously glamours nude.

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RRP: 12.99

Current Price: 3.90

Colour: Dark Chocolate Brown

Opacity: Medium/Full

Finish: Moisturising, Matte

3.

Maybelline Color Sensational Matte Nude 986 ‘Melted Chocolate’

‘Melted Chocolate’ is a well fitted all-time nude you can use for both a smokey eye and a natural look. The ideal all rounder nude.

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RRP: 6.99

Current Price: 4.49

Colour: Chocolate Nude

Opacity: Medium

Finish: Satin

4.

NYX Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipstick -‘Teddy’

For those who prefer a matte finishing liquid lippie, look no further. ‘Teddy’ divinely provides for the ’90s makeup admirers, filling the voids with a cool toned, chocolate brown.

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Current Price: 7.00

Colour: Cool Toned Chocolate Brown

Opacity: Medium-Buildable

Finish: Matte

5.

NYX Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipstick -‘Ruffle Trim’

This nude is adaptable for all seasons. A fabulous yet polished everyday nude that is also excellent for work environments.

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Current Price: 7.00

Colour: Peachy Pink Nude

Opacity: Medium-Buildable

Finish: Matte

6.

NYX Butter Lip Gloss – ‘Praline’

If you’re someone who’s just ran out of your Gloss Bomb and has been on the hunt for a dupe, or has just been searching for a flawless nude-pink-gloss, Praline is as close and affordable as it gets. Its luxurious texture and impressive colour pay-off is what makes this lippie a great nude gloss to always keep in your handbag.

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Current Price: 5.50

Colour: Cinnamon Pink

Opacity: Sheer-Medium

Finish: Moisturising, Glossy (non-sticky)

7.

Makeup Revolution Iconic Matte Nude Lipstick – ‘Inclination’

This Iconic Matte Nude lipstick lives up to its name by suiting any makeup look in the book. From experimental to the  signature looks, this is your go-to peachy nude.

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RRP: 3.00

Current Price: 2.00

Colour: Deep Peachy Nude

Opacity: Medium-Buildable

Finish: Satin/Matte


Well, that is all for part two of the spring lip edit. Be sure to let me know if you’ve found any favourites from this list in the comments section below! 🙂

If you’d like to see any more makeup looks or chat about certain looks for the season, with questions, for makeup advice etc. – you can contact me through my Instagram where I post more frequently: @stacyjang_

to read the article on this look, click here

Thank you all so much for stopping by The Belper!

lots of love,

REVIEW: FENTY BEAUTY MATCH STIX (Matte & Shimmer)

Since it’s big launch in 2017 it’s no doubt that Fenty Beauty has vastly become one of the most sought-after and most followed makeup brands in the beauty industry. Created by the renowned Singer and now Beauty Mogul, Rihanna, the efficiently sleek and well thought out designs of the products have already carved out a separate avenue for the brand. Creating an inclusively individual image that empowers women around the world to enhance their truest selves and inner beauty with their unique formulas, this including the Match Stix sets that launched together with the revolutionary Pro Filt’r Foundation back in September of 2017.

In this post, I will be reviewing the Fenty Beauty Matte and Shimmer Match Sticks.

Skin & Shimmer Match Stix by Fenty Beauty

Product’s Claims:

Meet the magnetized longwear makeup sticks that come together in two light-as-air finishes and a shade lineup to satisfy your every need: MATTE Skinsticks conceal, correct, and contour. SHIMMER Skinsticks highlight, blush and enhance—so you can mix and match, magnetize and multiply.

With Match Stix MATTE Skinsticks, conceal, correct, and contour in 20 shades obsessively fine-tuned and tested to look good on the full spectrum of skin tones.

Made to layer, the buildable cream-to-powder formula is weightless and super easy to blend but also stays put. No creasing and caking when you apply it—so even the delicate undereye area is fair game.

REVIEW

Texture & Finish: Matte (go figure)

MATTE SKIN STIX:

The Fenty Beauty team we’re telling no fibs when they brought out their matte matchsticks, as the finish of these truly are what it says on the tin. The texture of the (matte) matchsticks is really like nothing else I had tried before. When swatching them I couldn’t help but think “gee, have they truly invented an entirely new makeup product?” I kid you not.

With these, you just cannot help but compare them to foundation sticks as they are for skin coverage. And like most foundation sticks we’ve been introduced to over the years, you’d expect the texture of these to just feel like foundation on your skin.

What Fenty Beauty did with this was try to eliminate that feeling of texture on your skinlike second skin. It does take a bit of getting used to, but it’s only now that I could really understand the purpose of this product. A lightweight feeling matte skin stick that can flawlessly cover-up and sculpt your face in a way that looks like your skin. Genius. Depending on the shade you pick up, you can use this as a foundation, contour, under-eye brighter or concealer – works nicely either way.

Dry Skin Tip: Prime well with a good regular moisturiser and you won’t face issues with the finish of these.

SHIMMER SKIN STIX:

The texture of these beautifully opaque highlighters is also like nothing else I’d seen before. The closest comparison I could give I guess would be the Stila putty highlighters texture wise. Because of this, it actually makes the shimmers blend well and melts so seamlessly into the skin. You have more control to either go natural with a little applied, or luxurious without it looking blotchy of which sometimes, some highlighting powders can do that. This, I would call safe for anyone who wants to get into highlighting, but doesn’t need to look too exaggerated. It’s a very flexible product that can be perfect to wear, no matter the reason or season.

Coverage: Medium to Full

MATTE SKIN STIX:

(As a concealer) Using matte skin sticks will make your concealer process easier than ever. I say this because by warming up the product onto your hand first, you enable the product to go on your skin with a fuller opaqueness. Therefore you have no need to keep applying it like the hassle you may with liquid concealers sometimes. You will also be pleased to know you have more control over the type of coverage you want with this. After getting used to how the product worked, I found it pretty easy for me to achieve full coverage with a minimum of two swipes.

SHIMMER SKIN STIX:

Depending on how much shimmer you like, it can easily go from being a clean and fresh glow to a vibrant and pearly shimmer. Both are beautiful results, Its really all up to your preference. Same goes for the shimmery blush skin sticks.

Best Application Method

MATTE SKIN STIX:

This may be an ironic suggestion, but I truly learned how the product worked by watching Rihanna’s Vogue tutorial. I suggest this because there’s no better person to show you how these products actually work, than the creator of the product themselves. She first warms up the product on her hand, applies a swipe underneath the eyes and pats in the product as she blends – this is key. I tried and perfected the exact same techniques and since then I’ve loved the matchsticks since.

SHIMMER SKIN STIX:

Apply the product to your brush first, then blend it onto cheeks/cheekbones. This will give you a flawless result without looking too overdone allowing yourself to add more as you go. Or even apply some onto the back of your hand, then take the shimmer from there.

Lasts Up To 10 Hours (maximum)

MATTE SKIN STIX:

Just like any other product, it works differently for everyone when it comes to lasting. I do believe that if the product is well blended, you shouldn’t have any issues. But, I would suggest to any glasses wearers if you’re using this: double set under the eyes (Sides of the nose area, avoiding the slope) with powder to prevent movement after a few hours.

SHIMMER SKIN STIX:

I’d say that the shimmers will last you up to about 8-9 hours if you’re lucky. This also depends on whether you applied it first or last in your makeup routine as it will naturally fade over time. It’s not too noticeable to the point of disappearing though, you’ll still be glowing.


Pros:

  • Nice shade range
  • Lightweight in feel and texture
  • Beautiful formula
  • Easy to apply once practised
  • Compact and very easy to travel with
  • Lovely coverage & finish (it is matte however depending on how you prime, anyone can use this)
  • Has a beautiful colour range of shimmers
  • Very versatile to use – for example, eyeshadow, highlight, lipstick etc.
  • Easy to clean, keep and maintain

Cons:

    Can have trouble lasting very long depending on how it has been blended in
    [Matte] Can separate if applied like a regular concealer (read my application method suggestions to help avoid this.)

Final thoughts

What I find simply amazing about the Match Stix is that they’re so, incredibly versatile to use. The variety of looks you can create with these alone is just endless. And as a makeup artist, I’m so appreciative of the fact that their compact and magnetic design makes it much more convenient to collect, pack and travel with. Depending on which shades you choose, you’re free to use these as your foundation, concealer, contour, blush, eyeshadow and even lipstick. What’s not to love?

This is just an example of innovative makeup creativity with thoughtfulness put into it. Thank you to Fenty Beauty for believing in that from the get-go as it truly shows.


If you have not viewed Rihanna’s 10 Minute Glam Video with Vogue already, below is a link to her guided tutorial on how she applies the Match Skin Stix:

https://youtu.be/KONe4SNFA64


To shop the single Match Stix retailing for £21, click here.

To shop the TRIO SET retailing for £46, click here.

(The TRIO SET includes the Concealer, Contour & Highlighter in the shade of your choice all in one package.)

Shop and browse the full Fenty Beauty Match Stix range in all shades & shimmers by clicking here.

TOP 7 NUDE LIPSTICKS TO TRY THIS SPRING ‘19

Hello, everyone! I hope you’re all doing well. So, spring is finally on the horizon, so I thought why not cultivate my top 7 nude lipsticks perfect to rock this spring season of 2019.

The mood board for this edit is based on the flower child nostalgia from mainly the ’60s, throughout the late ’70s. Think peachy nude lips for the classic woman with a signature wing, pale nude lips for the daring that would always sport a 60’s smokey eye and the rose nude lip for those everyday effortless gals who would only look chic at all times.

No matter which ‘stage’ you’re at in the makeup game you can never go wrong with a simple but enhancing nude lip. And although a classic nude is suitable enough to be worn all year round – in my opinion – Spring is most definitely THE season to seize.

Optional Tip: Use this mood board as makeup inspo to step out of your comfort zone and experiment with the many varieties makeup brands have to offer you for the perfect nude lip this Spring!

In this edit, I will be sharing 7 of the most popular and fresh nude lipsticks you can look out for to freshen up and become your classic 2019-go-to-nude this season.


Look No. 1 – The Peachy Nude Lip

This lipstick is for those who almost cannot leave their house without at least lashes or eyeliner, thus needing a partner in crime to complete your look whilst still keeping that sense of youthful flair! In this case, a peachy nude is a way to go.

Below is a couple of some of my top peachy lip options, depending on your personal undertones and texture preferences:

1.

NIP+FAB Matte Liquid Lipstick, ‘Cinnamon’

This peachy nude applies like a gloss and dries down to a plush matte finish. With a non-drying formula.

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Colour: Peachy Nude

RRP: £7.95

Opacity: Full

Finish: Matte

2.

L’Oréal Paris Glitter Fever Lipstick 259 ‘Nude After Party’

This lip complete with a nude pink or clear lip gloss over top would look absolutely gorgeous! A subtle show stopper. 

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RRP: £6.99

Current Price: £4.99

Colour: Pale Pink Nude

Opacity: Sheer/Medium

Finish: Sheer Shimmery [satin]


Look No. 2 – The Enhancing Nude Lip

Sometimes all a girl wants is a signature lip to depend on, to pull out of their handbag under any circumstances and instantly feel better. A signature enhancing, defining and mood lifting lip should be in everyone’s makeup bag. Think of that iconic scene of Holly Golightly, in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, (played by Old Hollywood Star, Audrey Hepburn) applying that one last swipe of lipstick before her ultimate confrontation (of love lol). Now, that is exactly how The Signature Chic woman starts her every day – her way. My top enhancing nude lip picks for the ladies of fabulousness:

3.

L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Exclusive Lipstick 620 ‘Julianne’s Nude’

Find the perfect nude with this flattering ‘pink-nude’. The faintness of pink will always guarantee you the finish of the perfect pout. Julianne’s Nude carries just enough balance to suit all skin tones and works amazingly on fairer skin tones. 

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Current Price: £5.99

Colour: Pink Nude

Opacity: Medium-Full

Finish: Hydrating & Creamy Satin

4.

Max Factor Colour Elixir Lipstick 61 ‘Angel Pink’

Infused with vitamin E, this rich pearly-pink nude adds vibrancy and fullness to the lips. Like the name says, it is the ‘Angel Pink’. 

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RRP: £7.99

Current Price: £5.81

Colour: Pearly-Pink Nude

Opacity: Sheer-Medium

Finish: Moisturising, Comfortable Pearly


Look No. 3 – The It Girls’ Go-To Pale Nude Lip

I simply believe that there are a time and a place for the ‘dead’ lip look. I certainly love it for those occasions where you feel like wearing more than just one eyeshadow. This nude is for the smokey eye wearers, the 60’s makeup emulators and the cut crease slayers. To those that want to tell a story with their eyes – a complementary pale nude lip is your perfect companion:

5.

L’Oréal Paris Color Riche ‘Nude’ Lip Palette

What could be better than owning a perfect nude lipstick? Owning a perfect nude lip palette! This travel-friendly compact comes in a gold packaging with a suitable mirror inside, allowing you to apply this whenever and wherever. The compact gives you the luxury to choose from six pink-to-nude-brown lip options, handing you the freedom to mix, match and create your custom lip shade. 

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RRP: £14.99

Current Price: £4.95

Colour(s): Pink Nude-Brown Nude lip options

Opacity: Medium

Finish: Satin

6.

NYX Velvet Matte Lipstick 02 Beach Casual ‘Sand Nude’

Channel your inner 60’s spring chicness with a pale nude like ‘sand nude’. Worn best with red eyeshadow looks, pale toned eyeshadows and of course a cat eye. 

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RRP: £3.75

Colour: Warm Pale Nude

Opacity: Medium/Full

Finish: Velvet [Matte]

7.

L’Oréal Paris Color Riche Lipstick – BALMAIN Limited Edition 647 ‘Urban Safari’

Embody the supermodel bombshell look with this exclusive and luxurious matte nude in collaboration with Balmain, designed by Olivier Rousting. (This is best worn with a lip liner to create more definition.) 

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RRP: £12.99

Current Price: £6.17

Colour: Pale Nude

Opacity: Medium-Full

Finish: Moisturising Matte


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Well, that is all for this curated spring nude lip edit! Be sure to let me know in the comments whether you liked some of the options I chose or even if you would like to see more curated lists of other makeup products like this. I am always open to suggestions 🙂

Thank you all so much for stopping by The Belper!

Lots of love,

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: Bold Eyeshadow Inspired by the ’60s

I’ve recently been noticing this new re-birth of 60’s style makeup. Although it had already made its influence through many other modernised renditions of the 60’s look over the decades, this year has really become an interesting time for different makeup artists and non-makeup artists to experiment with the simplicity of single, bold eyeshadows. Paired with, of course, graphic liner.

For this look, I not only took some inspiration from the 60’s but added in a little bit of 50’s with the eyeliner. I used just one eyeshadow from my all-time favourite colour palette, Urban Decay Full Spectrum using their shade, “Bump” a matte white shadow. I did have to re-apply this to build intensity, though it wasn’t an issue.

Products used-

Foundation: Loreal Paris TrueMatch in 8N “Cappucino”

Concealer: Select Cover Up Concealer by MAC

Bronze/Contour: Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick in “Chestnut” / “Esspreso”

Powder: RCMA No Color Powder & Loreal Paris Compact Powder

Lips: any nude lipstick w/ a dark liner & a dab of concealed (I used one from LA Girl) does the job!

Eyeliner: Poundworld [still my fave]

Mascara: ELF Lengthening

HOW TO APPLY [White Eyeshadow]:

I primed my eyelids with a concealer first. I wanted to make sure that I had an even base on my lids so I also set them with a light dusting of powder that had coverage. Next, came the fun part! Using a soft, flat eyeshadow brush – I pat-and-wiggled the pigment onto the middle of my eyelids (avoiding the outer section), evenly distributing the shadow down to the inner corners of my eyes. I then finished my shape by blending the shadow underneath the inner tear duct area of my eyes for a lifted effect.

I went over this a couple more times using the same technique with a fluffier brush to buff out the edges and after liner, I was done.

One thing I loved about this process was that it was very quick to do. Took me about 3-5 minutes to complete the shadow and move straight to eyeliner. If only all of my looks took this long… *sigh*

I significantly left the outer lids buffed out and bare to act as a natural crease shade without using eyeshadow. I feel like using a transition shade with too much of an orange undertone in it can weaken the look. The goal is for the eyeshadow to be as bold as possible in this case.

If you’re interested in experimenting with white eyeshadows, here, I’ve accumulated and linked five different alternatives that you could consider. Please note that some of these pigments have a pearly finish as opposed to matte due to lack of availability with this particular shade but nonetheless, these are my top five recommendations.

Maybelline Eyestudio 24 Hour Color Tattoo Gel-Cream Eyeshadow, 45 Infinite White (Gel Formula)

Price £7.06

I’d recommend using a product like this as a base first and then applying your eyeshadow on top for a more opaque finish.


Bourjois Little Round Pot Eyeshadow No.90 Blanc Diaphane (satin finish)

Price (on sale): £4.99


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Ice Queen 1.8g Eyeshadow Pan by Makeup Geek

Price: £4.95


Pearl/White Ivory Eyeshadow in Oyster by MUA Cosmetics (pearl/satin finish)

Price: £3.45


Matte, Long Lasting Colourful Eyeshadow Eye Shadow in (#1) by LHWY (matte finish)

Price: £1.88

I really wish more makeup brands would expand with more colourful and pigmented mattes, kind of like SugarPill’s singles which do also come in palettes, I believe. For me, wearing white eyeshadow alone never came to mind until I actually saw it in this palette. Personally, I love this look! And I would actually wear this look again.

Please do let me know in the comments what you think and if wearing just one bold shadow would be a look you’d wear, as I’d love to know!

For the product details of this makeup look, make sure to head over to my Instagram!

Thank you all so much for stopping by The Belper!

Lots of love,

TOP 5 [RED] SUMMER LIPSTICKS YOU NEED TO TRY THIS SUMMER!

Happy Weekend, everyone! Summer is finally here and I am so excited to share a variety of different fresh, glowy and experimental looks on here The Belper. However, with this heat wave… I’ve found myself channelling my inner minimalist makeup artist and I’m currently loving it at the moment!

The simple, fresh face and a red lip look have been a new obsession of mine. I feel like it’s the perfect Summer look as I rarely have time to do a full face let alone a full eye-look etc. So keeping a red lip in my makeup bag has given me such a nice balance between glam and little effort makeup.

I like to think of the French and Italian influences in beauty when it comes to these sorts of looks. Very polished, yet free and authentic, all thanks to a red lipstick (well, excluding foundation, powder, concealer- you get what I mean?).

So in this post, I’ve researched and put together five different lipsticks, that could compliment you this summer or just remind you of what you have in the back of your makeup drawer.

L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Lipstick in Red Carpet, Number 357 – Cannes Edition (Amazon Exclusive) 

COLOUR – A bold red with a slight blue undertone

PIGMENT – Full

TEXTURE – Creamy

FINISH – Slight Shine

VIBE – Red Carpet, Glam

PRICE: £8.99

Okay, so L’Oreal Paris is pretty iconic for their Colour Riche collections and do pretty well with their reds. But what makes this one slightly more special is that in this mini collection, (that also carries a nude) the lipstick itself has ‘Cannes’ hot stamped on it. It’s just gorgeous ^-^. This lip colour is also suitable for all skin tones.

Super Lustrous Lipstick by Revlon 720 Fire and Ice

COLOUR – A bold red with a slight orange undertone

PIGMENT – Medium-Full, Buildable

TEXTURE – Creamy

FINISH – Slight Shine

VIBE – Glamorous, Bold Summer Red

PRICE: £4.94

This lipstick is definitely a classic that has been around for quite some time now and it’s with reason because this beautiful red has a slight orange-pinky undertone, meaning its very vibrant. I would suggest this shade for anyone whos loving the gradient lip look, or just wants the perfect red tint for their cheeks, nose etc. Perfect for anyone who wants a classic, bold lip without the need to splurge. Revlon also carry great nude lipsticks! A cult fave for women of colour is Revlon’s lipstick in “Mink.”

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick, 03 Hot Pepper

COLOUR – A true red with a slight orange undertone

PIGMENT – Full, Intense

TEXTURE – Soft, Velvety

FINISH – Matte

VIBE – Elegant, Pop of Colour, Bold Summer Red

(Current) PRICE: £6.12

Ever since Bourjois came out with these, I have been nothing but in love with the formula. These lipsticks do not function like your normal liquid-to-dry liquid lipsticks. they actually stay creamy and, well, velvety. I would not recommend this to anyone who wants a lot of staying power or rather, no transfer, due to the texture of these. But my, are they one of the most comfortable liquid-lipsticks I’ve ever worn! (in my opinion).

Joan Collins Timeless Beauty Divine Lips in “Helene”

COLOUR – A true red with a blue undertone

PIGMENT – Full, Intense

TEXTURE – Creamy

FINISH – Luscious

VIBE – Old Hollywood Glam, Luxurious Red

PRICE: £18.00

Now, this lipstick is probably the epitome of a Hollywood glam lipstick, given it was created by one of the iconic moguls herself, Joan Collins. Pretty much, this suggestion is for all of my old-Hollywood-glam-loving readers out there (including me, hehe). It is a classic red. Pretty much the shade that will never go out of style.

COLOUR – A true red with a pink undertone

PIGMENT – Full, Intense

TEXTURE – Liquid-to-matte

FINISH – Matte

VIBE – Classic Red

PRICE: £18.00

Do I even need to explain how much I love this product? I don’t think I’ll ever not get over how amazing this really is. Yes, it is a liquid lipstick, but a very comfortable one. I always like to use a lip pencil on the centre of my lips to balance the finish if it ever feels too drying. Nonetheless, this is a great true red suitable for all skin tones! 

(Makeup details on this look will be featured in my next post)

I’m currently loving this fresh new wave of creativeness taking over the classic looks we’ve witnessed over decades and with red lipstick, it is no different. I’d recommend any lipstick lover to use this time to experiment with not only different shades of lipstick but, different textures! From gloss to frost, powder-to-liquid, liquid-to-matte, balm-to-gloss etc. Discover your perfect Summer lip! lol

I hope this post, helped in some way or at least gave you a little inspo for your usage of wearing red lipstick this summer. Enjoy rocking your Summer reds, everyone!

Thank you all so much for stopping by The Belper!

Lots of love,

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MAKEUP LOOK: PASTEL PURPLE MOMENT

I mentioned in a post last year that Purple shadows had slowly become one of my most favourite colours to work with on the eyes. For this look, pastel purple is the star of the show!

Trend Alert!  

Expect to see more pastel-toned eyeshadows with a natural skin finish this coming Spring. From, pastel blues, greens, pinks, yellows, purples, you name it, all of the above! Nonetheless, these colours bring a more youthful and fun dynamic to makeup, allowing you to create the most natural, ethereal or even dramatic looks!

I’ve clearly gone for a dramatic, monochromatic style today. Inspired by the Doe-eyed winged liner era of the 50s, with a pastel-purple twist ^^.

THE LOOK

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Products Used:

Foundation – Fenty Beauty in 440

Concealer – Elizabeth Arden Foundation mixed with Fenty Beauty Foundation for a natural finish

Powder – RCMA No Color Powder + L’Oréal True Match Powder Compact (applied slightly more to a matte finish)

Bronzer – Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick in “Chestnut

Lips – L’Oréal x Balmain Lipstick in “Fever”

Eyes – okay so the eyeshadows I used for this look are discontinued, however, if you still cannot come across a pastel purplish eyeshadow in your makeup drawer (like I did), here are a few recommendations of eyeshadows I think would be great for this look!

Hope this Pastel Purple Moment gives you some inspo for this coming Spring!  

Comment below if pastel coloured eyeshadows would be something you’d be interested in wearing? I’d love to know your thoughts!

Also, if you liked this look, don’t be afraid to recreate it and tag me in your photos on Instagram @StacyJang_ as I’d love to see any of your recreations/makeup looks! Or if you’d just like to chat about makeup lol.

Thank you so much for stopping by – have a great week!

Lots of love,

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TOP 5: HOLIDAY MAKEUP MUST-HAVES (BLOGMAS: Day 7)

This Friday I’ll be travelling to visit family, so I thought why not post something about my top five makeup essentials when it comes to grabbing your multi-purpose products on the go.

Sleek MakeUP Blush by 3 Palette Sugar 

This blush palette is my most versatile blush palette. Especially for this holiday season, you have this intense, rich, warm berry shade that can not only be used as a blush but as an eyeshadow. the middle shade has this duo effect iridescent/shimmery finish filled with all the warmth a blush could need, great for defining the eyes or for adding a wash of colour to the eyelids and lastly probably my favourite orange base shade, perfect for blending in with your bronzer and highlighter together and a great transition shade for the eyes. This compact palette is what I call an alternative to the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette – great for travelling.

Too Faced Cat Eyes Ferociously Feminine Eye Shadow & Liner Collection

I bought this palette not knowing just how much I’d use it… I truly use this every time I do my makeup, I use “Panther” (bottom right, black/brown shade) on my brows and use “Meow” (pale, matte shade) as an eyeshadow base (that I’ve just hit pan on :/).

These colours look like you wouldn’t reach for them but they are in fact all you need to start creating bold eyeshadow looks. The quality of these shadows blend like a dream and hold like no other shadows I’ve used (apart from ABH) but anyways if you’d like to experiment with different textures/finishes and colours. I think this would be the perfect palette – not to mention the pretty compact packaging! ^-^

L’Oreal Paris True Match Powder

After running out of my usual M.A.C. Studio Careblend Pressed Powder I was in search of a new, quality powder. So I went to a person I knew would be honest and upfront about which powder to choose, my Mother (lol). She’s been an avid user of Loreal products for a while now and was actually shocked to find out that I had never used their face powder. Long story short, I love this compact. It’s not only durable but it also comes with a nice mirror inside so that you can always touch up on the go. Doesn’t cake up, holds up well and looks immaculate when applied with a light hand.

Sleek MakeUP Bronzing Block

The. Best. Bronzer. Ever. I’d compare this to the Guerlain 4 Seasons Bronzing Powder. The bright pink blends in lavishly into the rest of my makeup without looking dull – just gives the right amount of colour and warmth to the skin. I also use it on the eyes for a clean look.

Shiseido lipgloss

Shiseido Lacquer Rouge

And last but not least, a lip product! This gloss has a non-sticky yet hydrating and nourishing formula that lasts throughout the day. The pigmentation of this is phenomenal and I absolutely must mention, the colour stains the lips without drying them. Not only do I like to do gradient lips with this, I like to apply it right on top of the apples of my cheeks and on the bridge of my nose (blended in well of course) for a flushed look without looking clownish. Great for no makeup, makeup days!

So these are the products that are currently packed in my makeup bag and ready to go. Comment below if you will also have any travelling makeup must-haves this holiday!

Thank you so much for stopping by The Belper!

Lots of love,

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