Behind the Scenes: Makeup


I’ve recently started to take pics of the products I use for makeup looks, as sometimes people will ask about a specific lipstick, blusher etc and invariably, when I look back on them I can’t remember which exact shade I used. 

I used exactly the same makeup for my recent posts on bronzers for pale skin as I thought it would be useful for people to compare the effect of the bronzer if the base remained identical.  The only thing that changed was the addition of Clarins or YSL bronzer. 


It looks like a lot of products for one face, doesn’t it?!  I’ve divided them into face, eyes & lips and brushes with details for anyone who is interested…



I’ve numbered each product in the order that I used it, incase you wonder why they look a bit random!

1. Laura Mercier Crème Smooth foundation in Warm Ivory {review} -  Crème Smooth gives a medium to full coverage and I normally reserve it for evenings or when I really want to look my best.  A little goes a long way - I’ve had this pot for at least 6 months.

2. Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage in SC2 - an initially expensive purchase, but again incredibly long lasting. I’ve had this 18m and you can see what a small dent I’ve made. The yellow and peach based tones can be blended to cover most flaws seamlessly.  I’ll do a separate post on my favourite concealers if you’d be interested?

3. Illamasqua Loose Powder - sorry the colour name has completely worn off but it looks translucent on me - no chalkiness and uber fine texture

4. NARS Orgasm Blusher - recently repurchased after not using it for years… I do love it but think it has a lot more competition these days than when it initially launched.


Eyes & Lips

156(Sorry for blurry pic)

5. NARS Larger Than Life Long Lasting Eyeliner in Via Appia - a gorgeous dark metallic bronze twist up liner with built in sharpener (sadly the lead broke when I was doing this look)

6. Bourjois Volume Clubbing Ultra Black Mascara - great for full on volume and can be built up to a false lash effect

7. Lily Lolo Mineral Eyeshadow in Honey Peach {review} - lovely wearable peachy shade, also works well as a blush

8. Invisible Lipliner by Sally Hansen - works well with brights or lip tars to avoid colour bleeding

9. OCC Lip Tar in Memento - a dusky coral toned nude and the latest addition to my collection, which I really love for a nude but not invisible lip!




10. *Japonesque foundation brush 314

11. Eco Tools Powder brush {review}

12. *Japonesque Bronzing brush 943

13. *Japonesque Fan brush 334

14. Crown Brushes lip brush - at least I think this is a lip brush as Crown brushes aren’t labelled; it certainly works perfectly as one!

*Japonesque brushes are press samples - review coming very soon!


Final Look

Clarins Bronzing Powder Duo Light 01YSL-TERRE-SAHARIENNE-N° 1-swatch (4)

      Left Clarins Bronzer 01 {review}                                    Right - YSL Bronzer 01 {review}

All other products identical, as pictured above.  Pictured side by side, there’s not a whole lot of difference in the bronzers, though the overall look is softer with the Clarins (left).

Hope you enjoyed this kind of post?


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