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Eyeshadow Brushes: When it comes to eye brushes the amount of different bristles, shapes, sizes and densities are endless. I love using different eyeshadow brushes to create different looks and above are the most common variations on the market and the most used ones. Not all of these are essential for beginners or everyday makeup wearers, you can still create gorgeous eyeshadow looks with just a standard “C” eyeshadow brush, a precision crease brush and fluffy blending eyeshadow brush.
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Eyeshadow Brushes: When it comes to eye brushes the amount of different bristles, shapes, sizes and densities are endless. I love using different eyeshadow brushes to create different looks and above are the most common variations on the market and the most used ones. Not all of these are essential for beginners or everyday makeup wearers, you can still create gorgeous eyeshadow looks with just a standard “C” eyeshadow brush, a precision crease brush and fluffy blending eyeshadow brush.

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One of the most common questions I am asked is “How do I make my makeup last?” Long wearing formulas are great and all but for makeup that lasts the whole day a little more effort is required. This tutorial will teach you everything you need to know and every step you need to complete to keep your face makeup in place all day and all night. 

Start off by cleansing your skin. I find regular facial wipes work best before makeup application but a good proper cleanse never hurt anyone.

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WORTH THE HYPE: Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate
Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate Review. Contouring can make your cheekbones appear more prominent, your nose appear slimmer and your jawline more refined. However, when contouring is done wrong it can look more like mud on your face or an orange foundation/spray tan. Finding a good contour product that looks natural on the skin can be a struggle and that’s why I’m head of heels in love for the Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate Duo. (I have shade intensity one) The contouring shade has the perfect balance of warm and cool tones so it doesn’t look grey or orange, it’s completely matte with not even a hint of shimmer, which is the most important thing for me in a contouring product.  In terms of formula the sculpting cream is beautifully creamy and blends into the skin with absolute ease, but doesn’t fade, cake or oxidize either. The only part of this product I found disappointing was the illuminator, it was a bit oily for my liking and was really just a transparent balm with a bit of shimmer, I prefer my illuminators to be more shimmery and pigmented. Overall I think this product is fantastic and it has become a major staple in my makeup bag for contouring,  I DO think the price is very high for a makeup item but beggars can’t be choosers and if you have the money to spend on this baby, do it.
*This product was sent to me for consideration disclosure policy.
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WORTH THE HYPE: Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate

Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate Review. Contouring can make your cheekbones appear more prominent, your nose appear slimmer and your jawline more refined. However, when contouring is done wrong it can look more like mud on your face or an orange foundation/spray tan. Finding a good contour product that looks natural on the skin can be a struggle and that’s why I’m head of heels in love for the Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate Duo. (I have shade intensity one) The contouring shade has the perfect balance of warm and cool tones so it doesn’t look grey or orange, it’s completely matte with not even a hint of shimmer, which is the most important thing for me in a contouring product.  In terms of formula the sculpting cream is beautifully creamy and blends into the skin with absolute ease, but doesn’t fade, cake or oxidize either. The only part of this product I found disappointing was the illuminator, it was a bit oily for my liking and was really just a transparent balm with a bit of shimmer, I prefer my illuminators to be more shimmery and pigmented. Overall I think this product is fantastic and it has become a major staple in my makeup bag for contouring,  I DO think the price is very high for a makeup item but beggars can’t be choosers and if you have the money to spend on this baby, do it.

*This product was sent to me for consideration disclosure policy.

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When applying illuminator to your cheekbones try blending it upwards towards your eyes rather than downwards, this will help to give eyes a “lift”


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