Make Up: Before and After

I feel like I haven’t posted anything in ages as I’ve been working a lot of 10 hour shifts recently and have a few last projects left to complete before I leave college. I should have scheduled some posts but having been a bit of a lazy blogger recently I didn’t have any prepared, sorry 🙁 Anyway, I thought I’d write a bit of a different post today featuring some (scary) before and after photos of how I usually wear my make up when going on a night out or having drinks with friends etc. The idea for this post came about after Michelle from Thou Shalt Not Covet asked bloggers to send photos before and after make up to show the difference, and I thought I could use my photos to write a make up based post about!

So you can see, make up does make quite a difference depending on how you apply it, especially for me anyway! I tend to always wear winged liner, but when going out or going somewhere that needs me to be a little more dressy, I pair the liner with some blended eyeshadow.

First I applied Collection’s Lasting Perfection Concealer in 01 under my eyes and on any blemishes and blend it in with my Real Techniques Buffing Brush, and then prepped my eyes with the same concealer. I then applied MAC’s Naked Lunch all over the lid, and then Satin Taupe on the outer corners making sure I blended it with the Naked Lunch. After that I dabbed some Shy from MUA Undress Me Too palette into the corner of my eyes to make them ‘pop’. I then slicked on some Collection liquid liner over my lash line and flicked them out at the outer corners. I find that my eyes do look quite small without make up, which is why I  wear winged liner and always apply a lighter shade in the corners. My eyebrows are in serious need of a good re shape, but I need to grow them out first so recently I have started to use more shadow on my eyebrows than normal to sort them out. I use an angled brush from a random make up brush set I bought a couple of years ago, but I love this brush so sorry I can’t give you a name otherwise I’d definitely recommend it! I then use either MAC’s Concrete or MUA’s Obsessed to fill them in and give a bit of shape.

After all my eye make up is finished (except mascara which comes later!) I begin with the base on my face. As I had already covered my blemishes etc, I went ahead and applied my MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NC10 – yay, finally a MAC foundation pale enough – with my Buffing Brush again. For years I used to brush powder all over my face, but recently I have only been applying it on my t-zone, under my eyes and on my chin. I find that doing this makes my make up last longer. As I do get dry skin sometimes too much powder makes my face look a bit cakey after  few hours, so leaving my cheeks powder free is much better. So after using my Rimmel Stay Perfect powder in translucent, I contoured my face using MUA’s bronzer in shade 3 which is £1 (!!!!) and is amazing. The longevity and colour payoff is amazing, I’d 100% recommend it. I then highlight with MUA’s Undress Your Skin Highlighting Powder. I do have quite a round face sadly, so I find a bit of bronzer and highlighter is a God send.

Finally, I apply my mascara, making sure I don’t get it all over and under my lids which sometimes somehow actually happens. Currently I’m using Scandaleyes by Rimmel. I’m in dire need of a decent eyelash curler so send your recommendations this way! With having used quite dark eyeshadow, I don’t tend to wear any lipstick. Sometimes I’ll wear a pink or peach colour but usually I just apply a little bit of Carmex or my Burt’s Bees balm. 

Sorry that this post has been quite lengthy. I haven’t written one like this before, would you like more of them? Maybe how I create different looks? I am by no means a make up artist but I find it interesting to see how others do their make up so maybe you would too?

Thanks for reading!

Amy x



  1. 20th June 2013 / 5:23 pm

    Eeek, you're so cute!

    • 23rd June 2013 / 9:24 pm

      Thank you so much! It still takes some faffing around sometimes to make it even but it gets easier haha! x

  2. 20th June 2013 / 9:39 pm

    A £1 bronzer that works well on pale people? I'm sold!

    Lucy x

    • 23rd June 2013 / 9:24 pm

      Haha it's definitely worth it 🙂 x

  3. 23rd June 2013 / 10:50 am

    You look gorgeous with and without!

    • 23rd June 2013 / 9:26 pm

      Aw thank you lovely! 🙂 x

  4. 25th June 2013 / 4:11 pm

    You look great before and after!
    Great blog, so I'm a new follower on GFC =)

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