My Benefit make over
I recently visited my local benefit counter to have a make up trial, i have recently become a massive fan of benefit. The make up although pricey is such good quality and works really well with my skin...a little goes a long way and maximises my skins brightness. The day i had my trial was one of the hottest of summer 2013 so far at a sweltering 32°c. So to cool me off the counter assistant sprayed my face and neck with a little ultra radiance rehydrating mist,followed by a quick application of the triple performance moisturiser.
Now to make the best of any face you need to create a blank canvas so firstly The pore fessional was applied this minimises pores and smooths the complexion. She then applied a small amount of the new stay flawless 8 hour primer,this amazing new primer acts like a magnet holding onto make up no matter what.
To complete my flawless blank canvas she next applied the hello flawless oxygen wow foundation. Now normally i don't wear foundation,much more of a powder bronzer girl. She applied the foundation with a brush which was also new to me, if i do use liquid foundation i tend to use a sponge or fingers,the finish was nice and smooth although a little paler than I'm used to. Like i say i tend to use bronzer. Now to follow a quick application of stay don't stray primer on my eye lids to ensure there is no creasing or movement of the eye shadow.
I just wanted a natural smokey effect but wanted to be able to use more than two colours like i normally do. So on top of the primer the benefit counter assistant applied a layer of the creasless cream shadow over the whole lid to illuminate, she then applied a darker shade of kiss me I'm tipsy to the outer of my eye lid, applying in the crease of my eye socket and the lower part of the lid along the eyelash line and filled the triangle created with a slightly lighter gilt-y pleasure (both shades of soft browns with slight pearlisation). She Blended the inner half of my eye lid with a softer lighter shadow 'call my bluff' and swept this right up to my brow bone, to make this smokey affect nice and soft she patted a little pink shade in the centre of my eye lid.
This gave my eyes a really soft dewy/smokey affect, which is just what i was looking for. It didn't feel or look like i had too much shadow on as it was soo softly blended. After applying my eye shadow we then needed to cover my dark circles, She applied the 'light' fake up concealer, which i already have at home. This concealer is made up of a moisturising balm and concealer in the centre to help hydrate the eyes, reduce fine lines and puffiness as well covering dark circles.Next came my cheeks, i had the brand new fine-one-one stick which combines a more coral tone balm, pink balm and highlighter in one to colour and highlight the cheeks and cheek bone.
Last but no means least the last defining touches for my eyes, I have been using the 'they're real' mascara and have found that there has been a little transfer on to the skin during the day so she applied the bad gal lash in waterproof, I found this mascara really separated my lashes but kept them looking natural. now having quite dark thick brows i don't tend to do much with them apart from the occasional tint to darken the thicker area in the middle and most definitely apply clear mascara to tame the stray ones during the day. Using a fine brush the assistant filled in my brows with a combination of both colours in the 'brow zings' set. When you buy this set it comes with two colours for filling in the gaps, application brushes and a pair of tweezers to keep your brows picture perfect. To keep them in place she applied a thin layer of the speed brow, a tinted version of clear mascara.
|My final finished make up!|
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Take a read of my blog on the benefit fake up concealer used in this trial...