Hey guys, welcome back to our blog. It’s been a while because we have been moving into uni, but now we’ve settled down its time for some new content.
I’m going to share with you guys all my favourite Autumm/Winter lippies so you can slay this season. They are all affordable and all great for women of colour. I’ll also be telling you guys some ways to spice it up and make the lipsticks pop!
1. The first lipstick is sleek ‘Smother’, this is a glossy lipstick that had a dark pink look. It’s great with a darker liner to make it look more fierce!
2. The next lipstick is one of my all time favourites! It’s Mac’s ‘Antique Velvet’, this is a matte reddish-brown lipstick and it’s s great nude for darker women of colour. I usually wear it with a darker brown liner to give it more depth. To spice it up I sometimes use the Kyle metallic lipkit in ‘King K’ in the middle to give an ombre metallic look. I promise you everyone will be asking about it.
3. My third favourite is Make up revolutions ‘Make me tonight’. Just as suggested in the name this lipstick is great at night time. It is a glossy dark purple and it doesn’t really need any additions to it.
4. My fourth colour is Mac’s ‘Instigator’. This is a dark purple like the previous lipstick but it is matte. The great thing I love about this lipstick is its longevity and it also has the ability to stay on through eating 🙂
5. My goth favourite color is Make up revolutions lip lawyer in ‘Vamp’ this lipstick is one of my favourites. It’s an extremely matte dark purple and to spice it up I again use a metallic lipstick is the middle which turn purple and automatically gives me a sparkly purple ombré. This is great for nights out and looks great with a silver smoky eye 😉
6. My final favourite is another of Make up revolutions lip laquers but I’m the colour ‘Black Heart’. This colour is a very dark purple which is basically almost black. It’s great for a winter gothic look and also looks great with ombré.
That’s it on my favourite winter lipsticks. I hope you guys try these out. They are all affordable with lift of them being under £10 and the quality is pretty good. Thanks for reading 🙂
I’ve had these for about a month now and I couldn’t wait to review and show these to you guys because I absolutely love them. When I first received these I was skeptical about whether or not I’d like these or whether I would even review them especially because NYX Vivid Brights Eyeliners seemed to be the all new liner craze.
This post is for those makeup beginners who want to take their makeup skills from just a bit of foundations and lip gloss to a full face routine. These are all the products that I use to create my face. I made sure to choose mostly but the best drug store products as practising with affordable makeup is a cost effective idea.
Rimmmel Stay Matte Primer
Rimmel Lasting Finish Primer
A primer is the base to making sure your foundation comes out as you intend it to.There are many different types primers with different purposes. Some will help to keep your foundation in place all day, others will help you stay matte/control oily skin, while some will help dry skin to stay luminous. Overall it depends on your skin type and the look you’re going for. I tend to stick towards matte primers as I have oily skin. A primer should be applied as a thin layer to the whole face, using your fingers.
Making sure those eyebrows are on fleek is the next step. It’s all a matter of preference when to do your brows, I feel that filling in your brows work better when there aren’t products already on your skin. We already have a post on how to fill in our brows so I’ll link it below.
This step is optional and not necessary for everyone. A colour correcter is used to cover up dark spots, circles and blemishes which are visible through foundation. There a different colours used depending on what you’re trying to cover up. To keep it simple, there are two main colour correcter that are common among black women; Orange and Green.
Orange- Dark spots and dark circles
Green- Redness and red spots
To applying this, place it on the problem area and blend out with fingers or a beauty blender.
You can get foundation in many forms, liquid, powder, pressed or mousse . It all depends on your preference as to which one to use. Liquid foundation is the one that gives you the most coverage and slayage in my opinion. When applying foundation don’t forget to always blend it out to your hairline, ears and neck. You can use your fingers to apply foundation but it might get a little messy but I like to use a brush to buff in my foundation.
Setting all liquids is important, it helps to keep the makeup in place, stops creasing, prevents oiliness, stops the foundation from setting into our lines. I’m sure we don’t want our smile lines to be showing even when we’re not smiling. To set the foundation you can use a translucent powder of a powder foundation. However this step can be optional because there is more product to come that we have to set with powder.
This is my favourite part of my makeup. Concealer is used to brighten and bring forward features on your face. A concealer should be 2-3 shades lighter than your foundation colour. This will help to brighten your under eye, forehead; bring forward your chin and sculpt your nose. A beauty blender is the best tool for this job, it will create a seamless blend when dabbing the concealer into your face. Don’t forget to set your concealer with a powder! ( Here is a review of my favorite setting powder for concealer: https://woc-cosmetics.com/2016/07/11/blackup-anti-shine-loose-powder-for-black-women/
Contour is the next step, this will help sculpt your face and get rid of that double chin lol. The shade should also be 2-3 colours darker than your foundation. Depending on whether your contour is cream/liquid or powder will help you decide what to apply it with. When using cream, a beauty blender is the best choice to help blend it out, and a brush is best used with powder. Like the picture of the highlight and contour map, your contour should be half way between your ear and mouth(remember to blend upwards), thinly on the side of your nose, temples and jawline.
Blush is definitely that extra touch to creating that perfect look, this goes right above the contour on the apples of the cheek. The key is not to overdo the amount but to be light handed. A fluffy brush will help with the application as it will give a fanned out look.
This Sleek contour palette comes with a highlighter inside. A highlight gives you that finishing glow on the high points of your face such as our cheekbones, nose bridge cupids bow, tear ducts and brow bone. You can always use your fingers to apply the highlight or a fan brush.
Setting Spray (Optional)
After applying all that makeup, you might be left looking a little bit powdery but setting spray or any makeup spray will help your skin to look real again.
All these products might sound like a lot but it depends on how much you decide to apply. It’s better to start by applying small amounts to avoid mistakes as you can always build up product. Remember that there no “correct” way to apply makeup and practice makes perfect so creating a perfect full face will take a few tries or more. Good luck on trying this out.
Hey guys, I know this is a long awaited post but I’ve finally been able to review as many products as possible and come to you with this post regarding oil control when wearing make up. I unfortunately have VERY oily skin. Through trying out different products I have mastered a routine where I can make my face look dewy but still stay in place. I also don’t end up looking like a greaseball at the end of the day.
I am going to deliver this post a little differently, instead of just listing items I will go through my makeup routine and place emphasis on the products I use for oil control when wearing makeup.
So firstly I cleanse my face with wet wipes and let it dry. The first product I use that keeps my makeup matte is:
– No7 Airbrush Away pore minimising primer
This is the best primer I have ever used (better than my £32 Mac one 😭😭). It retails at £16.50 and it is great! It may be pore minimising but it also works as a mattifying primer and that alone helps prevents your face from getting oily. Apart from this it also gives your makeup an airbrush effect and makes your makeup glide on smoothly.
Now this step is only for those who know how to handle their skin and also know how to issue this product.
The next product I use is milk of magnesia, I use cotton wool to apply it to my t-zone (I sometimes use a little on my cheeks). It is advised never to use this as an all over primer as it can affect the the pH of your skin. This further helps my t-zone to stay matte all day.
I got this from boots and it retails at around £4.99-£5.99.
I do my eyebrows, then apply my foundation, my eyeshadow, I apply my concealer then I set it.
Firstly after my foundation I apply a layer of powder to keep my foundation in place. To set my concealer and keep my under eyes and t-zone set and to prevent them from creasing; I use Sacha buttercup powder. This colour is ideal for women of colour, after applying my concealer I apply the powder with a triangular sponge.
Some people bake for about 3-5 minutes, for me this is not effective enough. I bake for about 15 minutes or more until I see the spots where the oil has absorbed the powder. I then use my black up brush (to be reviewed soon) to dust off and blend the powder into my skin. This helps under my eyes stay matte for 12 hours plus. Here is the product:
This retails from about £17 depending on where you get it from. It lasts a long time and is great value for money. I would recommend lustre cosmetics as you can also use discount codes to get money off.
After contouring, highlighting and applying blush I fist use mac’s fix + to hydrate my face and stop it looking ashy. After this has settled in I use urban decays All nighter spray to keep my makeup in place all day. I then use urban decays de-slick oil control spray which further helps with giving my face a final seal and preventing it from getting too oily.
Here it is:
I buy the travel size of this spray which retails at £9 which is very affordable.
Overall my makeup lasts for 12 hours plus. This is without having to blot at all and it also all stays in place. I know this routine may seem extreme but you do not have to do all of these. You can choose some steps that will suit you. This is for very oily skin. A post will be coming soon for those with dry skin. Thank you for reading.
In today’s post, I’ll be showing you guys 3 affordable but very good foundations for women of darker/deeper skin tones. Often times we are forced to buy high-end foundations because of the lack of variety for medium to dark skin tones in drugstores; especially in the UK. So, here are a list of foundations that I think are good value for money and overall very good for the skin. I’ve kept the price range quite low with the highest being £21.50
Mary Kay Timewise- £15
This foundation comes in many skin tones: Ivory, beige and bronze – being for darker skin tones. I think this is a really good foundation as the brand caters for both oily and dry skin with their lumious and matte foundations. It has very good covearge with a small amount of product. I also really love the photo finish look that is acheived. However, MK cosmetics are not found in mainstream beauty stores but you can find them online or through a local courier- which is the best way to get matched with your shade.
L’Oreal True Match Foundation- £10
L’Oreal has quite a few darker shades of foundation but not as diverse as the other cosmetics brands which is a shame because I truely believet this foundation is absolutely beautiful. This foundation has a lighweigt, silky feel which is perfect for everyday wear as you wont even know that its there thrughut the day. This foundation is medium coverge which is okay but is definately buildable; It all depends on your personal preferences.
MAC Studiofix Fluid- £20
Last but not least and the most expensive on my list. M.A.C Ultimately, this is my favorite foundation as I wear it the most and because they actually have my foundation shade!! From my experience this is the best as its stays on and in place all day and has a true to skin look for most people as MAC has such a wide variety of skin shades.
I hope you guys found this helpful when choosing a foundation which isnt too exensive but also great quality for money. Feel free to comment below and let us know anymore affordable foundations for darker skin.