New & old favorites from Lookfantastic

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Lookfantastic’s cyberweek started today, so now is the perfect time to share my favorites! LF is one of my favorite beauty stores online, so I did my whole makeup using brands and products shopped from them. I got some old and new favorites, including brands like NARS, Stila and Illamasqua.

 

These products also make a great gift. Don’t forget to check out all the cyberweek and black friday deals on *Lookfantastic US & Lookfantastic UK !

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Stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadows

It’s the season of sparkles and I’m here for it. Stila’s Glitter & Glow eyeshadows have been on my list for ages, but now I finally got around to testing them. I chose three gorgeous colors: Rose Gold Retro, Rockin Rose and Tulip Twinkle. These are even more beautiful in real life than I would have thought. The packaging is gorgeous, but the product itself is even more gorgeous. The liquid eyeshadows have more color (pigment) to them than I expected, but they also have a lot of glitter. All in all they make the perfect product for a quick glittery eye look. I think these are perfect to wear on the lid. Just shade your eye with matte colors first and add these on the lid – a beautiful eye look is guaranteed.

*Stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadows (US)
*Stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadows (UK)

Stila Complete Harmony Lip & Cheek Stick

I actually have tried Stila’s products before. I used to have their One Step Primer, which I loved (just thinking about it now makes me regret a bit that I didn’t buy it). So I had a feeling I would love their other face products as well. I chose this Lip & Cheek Stain in the shade Sheer Petunia. The shade is a pink coral, which looks very fresh and nice on my face. I like the consistency in this cream blush as well. It’s very smooth and easy to blend – even though it’s quite pigmented!

Stila is definitely a brand you should check out on LF.

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NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer & Sheer Glow Foundation

I’ve used NARS’ concealers for years. I still feel like the Radiant Creamy Concealer is the best concealer in the world. I’ve also liked the Soft Matte one, especially for summer, since it has a drier consistency. These concealers just do their job magnificently. They have a lot of pigment, so they cover well. Their consistency – especially the radiant creamy one – is super easy to blend and it doesn’t emphasize the fine lines on the under eye area.

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Before & after NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in the shade Punjab & Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla.

I’ve now tested the NARS Sheer Glow foundation as well, and so far I’ve loved it. It’s very lightweight and has medium coverage, which looks natural on the skin. I was worried it would look dry on my skin, but it just goes on very smoothly and looks glowy rather than dry. I also love the packaging! I bought the pump for it, since it was just a few euros and makes using the foundation easier.

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It’s not sold on Lookfantastic US, but you can shop it at *Sephora!

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Wearing NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in the shade Punjab, Radiant Creamy Concealers in Custard & Vanilla and Power matte lipstick in Get Up Stand Up. Also wearing Stila’s Glitter and Glow eyeshadow in Rose gold retro and cream blush in the shade Sheer Petunia. For eyeshadow I used Illamasqua’s Nude Palette.

 

 

Illamasqua Unveiled Nude Artistry Palette

This is my favorite nude palette. *Illamasqua Unveiled Nude Artistry Palette has all the matte shades I need, but also beautiful metallic colors, that are still very wearable. The eyeshadows are very creamy, pigmented and easy to work with. All in all, Illamasqua is brand I love to shop from Lookfantastic. The products are different and of good quality.

Oh! Another product I love is their  Iconic Chromes cream eyeshadow.

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Natasha Denona, Urban Decay, MAC, Bareminerals…

There are so many nice brands on LF. In the photo above I’m wearing Natasha Denona’s *Mark your Liquid Lips Matte lipstick in the shade Pink Terra. It’s not even slightly pink though. Luckily I like a brown lip too!  It’s not totally transfer-proof (like this one), but seems to last well.

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Stila glitter glow liquid eyeshadows

As I mentioned, the sales are already here so it’s a good time to shop. I know I’m gonna buy some gifts! I do encourage people to shop mindfully though. That said, I think beauty products are a great gift idea, because they are meant for use. And I prefer useful gifts.

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Are any of these products familiar to you? What would you like to try?

How to bring out deep set eyes – Tutorial

how to bring out very deep set eyes with makeup

how to bring out deep set eyes

In this post I will show you how to work with deep set eyes. When the brow bone is prominent and the eye is deep in the skull, it can look small. With makeup you can bring out the eye and actually make it look at least twice as big.

As I’ve said before – we all have unique eye shapes and usually they’re a mixture of different eye shapes. Even the same eye shape can look totally different on a different face. I have done a post about my eye shape, which is deep set and just slightly hooded. Now here is my friend Suvi’s eyes: they are deep set too. But our eyes are still very different. My eyes are not as deep set and there’s slightly more visible lid space showing – with Suvi’s eyes the lid is more hidden.

 

If you have hooded eyes, you can use the same tricks. Deep set eyes and hooded eyes are kinda similar, when it comes to makeup application.

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How to bring out deep set eyes

Here’s what we’re gonna do:

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Before & after.

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Concealer

Concealer is important for anyone, but especially for deep set eyes. The eye shape already creates shadows on the eyes and emphasizes the dark circles. If you’re not sure how to conceal properly, check out this helpful post about it.

My absolute favorite concealer is *NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, It’s pigmented, easy to blend, it doesn’t look dry and it lasts well on the skin. If you want something more affordable, *Catrice Liquid Camouflage Concealer is a good dupe for that (but I wouldn’t recommend it for dry skin).

Read my post: How to conceal dark circles under eyes

how to eye shadow crease colour for deep set eyes

Crease colour | How to contour deep set eyes

Here is where you should contour your eye. Definitely above the actual crease – almost right under the brows, but do leave a small gap there. I used a slightly warm peachy colour. A warm colour works well, when you want to soften the area and not draw too much attention to  it. Use a matte shade!

Use matte shades to sculpt the eye

Here is the area, you want to contour with matte shades. You don’t want to bring shimmer to the area, you’re trying to ‘hide’.

very deep set eyes eyeshadow application

Play with colors on your lid

In this particular makeup I applied the lid colors as shown. I think you can play with colors here as much as you like! Even though it’s not that visible when the eye is open, there is room to surprise your audience every time you blink. The only important thing here is to bring the eyeshadow high enough, so that some of it shows, when the eye is open. Make sure the line between your crease color and lid color is nice and blended.

Leave the lower lashline light

If you use a dark shade on your lower lashline, the eye sinks a bit deeper. So keep it quite light – or at least lighter than the lid colors. But don’t leave it completely bare. Applying the same color on your lower lashline, that you used on your lid and crease, will make the makeup look more put together.

 

+ Lashes are important

They just really, really make a difference in bringing out the eye.

deep set eyes makeup

Now to the pictorial. I used purple and gold to bring out Suvi’s blue eyes and to make the look more fun.

 

Purple & gold eyeshadow tutorial for deep set eyes

very deep set eyes makeup tutorial

Before getting to the tutorial, an important thing to note is that using an eyeshadow primer with deep set and hooded eyes is crucial! It helps to keep the eyeshadow in place, especially since the lid folds. The iconic *Primer Potion by Urban Decay is my go to and I warmly recommend that.

And then to the pictorial:

1. I basically followed my own rules and first contoured the eye above the crease and slightly under the brow with a peach colour.
2. Then I used purple shade all over the lid and blended that high enough, so that some of it shows when the eye is open. The purple shade is matte.
3. I added a pop of colour in the inner part of the eye and blended that with the purple colour, so that the transition is subtle. Same goes to the lower lash line.
4. I added a highlight to the inner corner, lined the eyes, applied mascara and finally some big lashes.

how to bring out deep set eyes

Isn’t she gorgeous? There was some serious model material on my camera after this session. Thank you Suvi for being my model! 

Product recommendations

Eyeshadow palettes I love:
*Illamasqua Unveiled Nude Artistry Palette (US,CA) *Illamasqua Unveiled Artistry Palette (UK)
*NYX Perfect Filter Palettes
*Too Faced palettes

Makeup brushes I use:
*Coastal Scent Brush Set ($)
*Zoeva rose gold brush set ($$)

The key products I used were the concealer, the best ever eyeshadow primer and a bunch of products from Zuii Organic.

For affordable eyeshadow palettes, I would recommend NYX Eyeshadow Palettes. They are easy to work with and come with lots of colors. My favorite palettes are their Perfect Filter palettes. I also love Too Faced’s and Illamasqua’s eyeshadows.

As for brushes, I can warmly recommend Coastal Scents 22 brush set. It’s what I bought for myself as my very first brush set and still use it. Great price-quality-ratio. If you’re willing to invest a little, the best brushes I’ve found are from Zoeva.

makeup for very deep set eyes

Full product list for Suvi’s makeup:
*Urban Decay Primer Potion
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow, Peach Smoothie
Zuii Organic Eyeshadows, Blackberry,
Alima Pure Kajal, Ink
Ardell Lashes, Wispies
*NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, Custard & Vanilla
Zuii Organic Makeup Powder, Creme
Zuii Organic Blush, Melon
Zuii Organic Lipstick, Sheer Peach
+ a clear gloss on top

 

Hopefully you learned something new here! What do you think of this look?

 

 


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