Today I wanted to join you to launch the start of a series of posts and videos that I am doing for a charity that is very close to my heart and that is Guide Dogs!
Now as some of you may already know i am a guide dog owner, mummy to a beautiful little dog called Unity (image below) and I have been a huge supporter of the charity for a number of years.
This year Guide Dogs contacted me to ask if I would collaborate with them on producing some videos for Guide Dogs Week which runs from the 3rd-11th of October.
So, I collaborated with Guide Dogs to product 3 videos in the sprit of Guide Dogs Week. Two of them are beauty related and one….well its a secret for now!
Over the next few days I will be sharing my tips and tricks on how to get neon makeup hair and fashion so that you can glow for Guide Dogs Week.
The first part of my Guide Dogs Weeks series is a makeup tutorial. Now I have made a video of my tutorial which you can check out below on my YouTube cnannel
But, for those of you who would prefer to read my blog where I will also be sharing some more in depths tips on how to wear neon makeup and to apply it if like me you have sight loss. Carry on reading!
First I begin by applying my foundation, the one i am rather fond of is the Bourgois Healthy Mix Foundation in the shade 51 Light Vanilla. This foundation is made with fruit extracts, its very brightening to the face, has great coverage and blends very easily. I apply this using the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge which I dampen under warm water before using. This just helps to bend the foundation easier and i begin by applying it to the centre of my face and working outwards, blending into the neckline, jawline and hairline to ensure I don’t get a line of foundation on my face. Which really is not a good look.
Then I apply my concealer, I use the Naked Skin Concealer by Urban Decay in the lightest shade neutral light. I apply this by drawing a v under my eye and filling it in, then I add some to my nose, chin and any problem areas like blemishes or uneven skin tone. I personally try only to conceal where it is absolutely necessary. Then I use the tapered edge of my Miracle Complexion Sponge to blend the concealed in. The tapered edge is the pointy edge of the sponge and this helps to get into those little corners of your face.
Then I use the Borjois Healthy Balance Powder in Vanilla and I apply this by taking my Real Techniques Stippling Brush and pressing this onto my face including my t zone, chin, nose and under my eyes. To ensure my makeup remains matte for longer.
I then apply the Urban Decay Eden Primer to my eye lip and brow bone. This is a beautiful champaign colour with a gold undertone. I blend it with the ring finger and this just helps for when you apply bright colours because it acts as a good base and prevents your eye makeup from smudging.
Then I use the Benefit Hoola bronzer and I apply this with the Barry M Powder Brush to my face and I apply this by buffing it in in circular motions starting from the centre of my face and working outwards. I blend around my hairline, jawline, temples and neck to ensure that I get no harsh lines or white patches.
Then I apply the Bare Minerals Bare Essentials Eyeshadow in Snowflake which is a beautiful glimmering white colour to my eyes patting it on using the Mac 239 brush which is perfect for patting on lose powder eyeshadows like the one I am using. I apply the eyeshadow to my eye lid right up to my brow bone. What this does is it counteracts any redness on your eye lid and makes a good base to use if you are using coloured eye shadow like I am. I personally would recommend using a white eyeshadow before you begin with any coloured eye makeup.
Then we now onto the colourful part, the centre of this look is all about colours and for it I am going to be using the Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigment Palette. Which is a stunning palette with some very bright shades in it.
The first shade I will be using is a beautiful bright, neon green called Freak. I apply this by patting it on with the Mac 217 brush to my eye lid going slightly above where the eyelid ends as I have hooded eyes and I want to ensure that my eye makeup is visible when my eyes are closed.
I then take the bright pink shade called Savage and apply that by using a little slanted eyebrow brush from Barry M and draw a line around my eye lid to my eye. You should be able to feel this as when you open your eye and look ahead there is a crease between your eyelid. That is where you apply the colour, then taking my Real Techniques Base Shadow brush which is a brush with a slightly tapered end I blend the eyeshadow in soft circular motions making sure to blend up and outwards so that the eyeshadow fades upwards making your eyes look bigger. But remember to not put too much eyeshadow on the inner corner as your eyebrows are closer to your eye in the inner corner. There adding more eyeshadow to the inner corner will make your eyes look smaller and more droopy.
I then take the bright orange shade called Slow Burn and using a very tiny amount by dabbing it gently into the pigment and tapping off the excess I apply this to the inner corner of my eye using the Mac 239 brush to prevent fall out. Then taking my Mac 217 brush I blend it in to soften and diffuse the shadow so that it bleeds into the other colours already used.
If this colour is to dark for you I recommend the Acid Green shade out of the palette instead.
Then taking the purple shade called Jilted i apply this in a v shape to the outer corder of my eye. So imagine you were tracing your outer part of your socket, then draw a v turned in on its right hand side to the eye. The V must be facing towards the nose. I apply this using the Real Techniques Base Shadow Brush and blend it out with the Mac 217 Brush to soften the loo.
I then re apply Freak to my eye lids to intensify the colour a little bit as it became a little muted after all that blending. I pat on the colour using the Mac 239 Brush.
Then I gently blend around my eye to merge all the colours in with the Mac 217 brush, remember the trick with makeup is to build it up and blend.
Blend, blend, blend and oh yeah did I mention you need to blend?
Then I take the shade Chaos which is a beautiful metallic silver shade and using the Mac 239 brush i apply this to the brow bone which is the space underneath your eyebrow where it naturally arches. I apply a small amount to the brow bone to highlight the area which also gives the allusion of making your eyes look bigger, which is very useful if you have droopy or hooded eyes.
Then taking my Mac Penultamate eyeliner in black which is my personal favourite eyeliner as it is jet black, the nib is very moveable and glides on really easily. I apply a line of eyeliner to my lash line as I think the black contrasts against the colour nicely.
One tip if you are trying to apply eyeliner with limited vision is to pull your eye taught using your other hand so that the pen nib glides more easily.
I then curl my eyelashes using my Primark Eyelash Curlers. I usually do this by feeling with my freehand to ensure that all the lashes are in the curler before pressing down. You can also blast the curlers with the hairdryer for a few minutes before curling as this helps to keep the curl of your lashes in place.
I then apply my Benefit’s They’re Real Mascara in black to my top lashes. I adore this mascara because its very defining to the lanes, it gives them volume, definition and texture and mine is on the old side and yet my lashes never seem to clump together.
I would highly recommend this Mascara if you haven’t tried it.
When i apply my mascara I always bob my head up and down slightly and tilt my brush inwards when I get to the inner lashes to ensure that I don’t poke my nose.
Then using the Benefit Brow-Zing Kit in light I apply it with a slanted brush to my eyebrows. First the powder to fill in any sparse area and then the wax to keep them in place. If you have limited vision I would personally recommend a brow kit as opposed to a pencil as it is a lot easier to apply. For this look I also wanted to create definition to my eyebrows to frame my face and to go with the dramatic eye makeup.
Then taking the Too Faced Cocoa Contour Kit I apply the medium counter using the little kabuki brush that comes with it I apply the counter to the hollow of my cheeks. i find this by sucking in my cheeks so i resemble a fish and buff it from the top corner of my ear down to where my eye begins if you were to draw a line from your eye to your cheekbone that is where contour should end. You should not be able to see the counter when you look directly ahead.
Then taking the Bare Minerals Pop of Passion Cheek Tint in Posy Passion which is a beautiful, soft pink colour. I apply this to the apples of my cheeks with my fingers and blend it up and around my temples to soften the blush and to mimic my natural blush.
I then blend that all in using the Barry M Powder Brush.
Then taking my Nars Albatross Highlighter which is in a beautiful vanilla shade with a shimmery undertone I apply this using the Real Techniques counter brush to my cheekbones, temples, nose and chin. Buffing it in softly, this technique is called strobing and it mimics what would happen if you were to take a light and shine it on your face. It would highlight those particular areas.
To finish I then outline my lips with the Dior 169 Lip Pencil which is in a soft nude colour which is very natural and is great to plum up and contour your lips.
One tip if you have limited vision and are applying lip liner is to take your little finger of the hand you use to draw lip liner and place it onto your chin to act as an anchor to steady your hand so that the lipstick glides on more smoothy.
Lastly I apply Bare Minerals Marvellous Moxie Lip Gloss which is in a beautiful pink, nude colour to my lips. i personally went with a nude lip as I wanted to balance it out with the colourful eyes, but you may want to do a more dramatic lip. It’s entirely up to you!
So, that concludes my blog for today I really hope you enjoyed it.
Don’t forget if you create your own look for Guide Dogs Week if you are going to an event, a collection day or are doing a neon day at work share them under the #LetsGlow and #GuideDogsWeek so that we can all see them.
Check out http://www.guidedogs.org.uk for more info on how to get involved with Guide Dogs Week. Click here to view the Guide Dogs #Lets Glow Makeup Pinterest Board and comment below and tell me your top tip for aching a neon look for guide dogs week.
Click here to check out my list on Shopcade of all the products mentioned in this blog today.
Thank you all so much for reading, check back tomorrow for a new blog post and I will see you all next time!