Happy Valentines Day!
Some of you might have celebrated last night with a loved one - or enjoyed a lovely night celebrating glorious single-dom (why hello there hangover)! Whatever your style, you will fall in love with this quick and easy "one brush" Valentines Day makeup look, from The Residents and Makeup Artist, Natalee Fisher. Natalee explains how to create this perfect, romantic look. We are in lust with it!
On her Beauty Style
“With skin, I like it to look natural. I hate those styles where people have thick, cakey, obvious makeup on. I love makeup that’s a bit more lived in. I’m not a fan of the very Instagram perfect makeup where eyes are all done-up. On the day to day, I wear make-up - but it is mascara, fill in brows, and foundation. If I put on eyeshadow on a normal day, it’s like wow - why so fancy! I love Bobbi Brown, MAC (for their colours and options), Chanel (so luxe), Stila (actually pretty cheap too). I own a ridiculous amount of makeup. My Kit is probably about $10,000. I only need to replace powders usually.”
“I am a huge fan of the Bobbi Brown foundation sticks, or any sort of sheer foundation - like the MAC face a body is a really nice one. I use the foundation to conceal blemishes too.If your skin is more oily, use a little bit of power in the T-Zone (this is what I am going to do for you).”
“With foundation, I only ever really put it in the centre of the face, around your nose, mouth, a little bit on your cheeks. You don’t need any around your forehead - if you have perfect skin up there, there is no need to put it there - it’s just putting makeup where you don’t need it. Your foundation should match your skin-tone naturally so it shouldn’t be something you ever notice.”
“I start on the nose and cheeks and blend it out. You shouldn’t have foundation on the edges, it should be concentrated around the centre of your face. My foundation is the only thing I really use a brush for. I find you can work it in a whole lot better. And you don’t have fingerprints on your face. I’m not a big sponge user. When I have done everything, including blush, I then take my brush and blend everything on the face so there are no obvious lines”
*Whips out YSL Touche Eclat Brush*. “Recently I have been using this, but I was using the Bobbi Brown Corrector - it is the same idea but the Corrector is a cream so it is a thicker consistency. See how it has a pinky tone. That counteracts any purple/blue tone under the eye. The YSL Touche Eclat though is my new favourite thing though, just because it’s new. This goes in the inner corner of your eye. I also like to apply a strip down the nose and then I use my finger to pat it into the skin.”
*Take photo before blends out*
“I am using your Chanel Powder. With powder, I am going in the centre of your face, around your nose, under your eye and in between your brow - those places where you can get shiny - and then leave the rest of your skin quite natural.”
“This blush is called ‘Pot Rouge’. It is a cream blusher. Fingers again. I just go on the apples of the cheek and go - splodge splodge splodge - like that. And then with clean fingers, I just kind of press it up and warm it up into the temple, but concentrating it on the apple of the cheek. Blush would be my ‘desert island product’. I look dead without blusher - it brings your face to life. Now I blend around the edges of the blush, as I said I do before”
“Brows are my other big thing. I love a bit of definition, but am not a fan of drawing your brow on. My new thing is this product from a brand called Eye of Horace.It was really cheap too. It is a little triangle crayon, but at the end it has a little brow gel. I like to secure my brows in place. I just do really soft lines, rather than drawing it all in one line. I follow their shape, rather than trying to create a new brow. I did the classic, early 2000 thing which was plucking your eyebrows beyond them growing back fully, so they need a bit of help. I brush them up towards the temple and then bring them down again - the brow gel just locks them into place so the windy Wellington wind doesn’t blow them around.”
“I use a cream shadow stick from Bobbi Brown. When I do my eyes, this is basically the only thing I use. It sets, so it stays on the eye. You can apply it with your fingers and blend it up from the lower lash line. The colour is called Bark or Bitter Sweet - it’s a dark brown. It is also a great base under eye-shadow. It makes it more dark and pigmented. Maybelline makes a great one. I love brown. Bobbi Brown is great because mainly it’s shades of brown and bone - it’s what works for people. I use my foundation brush to clean up under the eyes, towards the temple.”
“I am forever on the hunt for the greatest new mascara. My current one is the Eye of Horace brand. It is quite gentle. I am a big believer in multiple coats."
“I like a reddy-red. I LOVE MAC’s Ruby Woo, as a shade. A brush is really helpful to get a clean line. I do love a lip-liner, for other people’s makeup. For me, I can’t be bothered. But it does give you a very clean line. But if you are using a lip-brush, you can use that instead."
On the Biggest Beauty Mistakes
“Contouring - it’s unnecessary for everyday life. I see girls with a snickers bar under their cheekbones. It is cool for photo-shoot’s. For some gentle face sculpting, use bronzer. It looks funny on people. People should also calm it down on the brows. ALSO, really Matt foundation. Makeup shouldn’t be a hugely obvious thing.”
On Kylie Jenner
“It is funny to me that people thought it was all down to the MAC lip-liner - when it was really collagen. She really bought back that 90’s brown. Also, she always poses with her hands over her mouth which apparently is because she was always self conscious about her lips, growing up.”
Natalee tied my hair in knots to create a windswept, Wellington, braided look, which she fastened with bobby pins. It tied the whole Wellington beauty look together.