Wednesday, 1 October 2014

3 ways to wear colour when you're pale

Today's guest post comes from the amazing Phee of Phee's makeup tips. I've admired her makeup looks for a really long time, so I'm really pleased to have her on the blog today, showing us pale ladies three simple ways to wear colour. Over to you Phee...

Anyone who follows me on Instagram will tell you, I love me some bright colours. I don’t fake tan, and I don’t stick to wearing brighter shades during the summer months. The contrast of a bright pink lipstick or a royal blue eyeshadow against paler skin tones is a beautiful thing, and more of us should be rocking colour with confidence.

If you’ve been itching to add some colour into your daily makeup or are looking for new ways to include something eye catching to your look, keep on reading.


A bold lip instantly jazzes up any outfit for me. You can go from minimal makeup to a full look in no time just by adding a slick of colour to your lips. There’s no need to go straight in for that matte fluorescent pink, if you want to ease yourself in there are plenty of lip stains and sheer lipsticks out there.

To create the perfect pout you will need:

A lip pencil to match your lipstick
Your chosen lipstick
A lip brush
Concealer brush or a clean lip brush

When you’re going all out with a bold lip, you want to make sure the lines are as close to perfect as you can get them. First outline your lips with your lip pencil to stop the colour bleeding and to get a feel for the shape of your lips. Take your time with this step.

bright pink lips on pale skin tutorial

Next take your lipstick and fill in your entire lip. If you want to be more precise close to the edges, use a lip brush, however the lipstick bullet is shaped to help you get a great application without one.

bright pink lips on pale skin tutorial

If you slip up or you want to make your lines really sharp, take a liquid concealer on a brush to go around the edges.

bright pink lips on pale skin tutorial

You can keep the rest of your makeup really simple with a bold lip - just a bit of mascara, maybe a shimmery eyeshadow. I love really highlighted skin when I’m wearing a bright lip too.

bright pink lips on pale skin tutorial


You can be a lot more subtle when adding colour to an eye look. One of my all time favourite ways to add a bit of interest to an otherwise simple look is to take a bold colour along the waterline.

You will need:

A small angled brush or flat shader brush
A bright pressed eyeshadow
A small fluffy brush

You can always do this with a liner if you like, but I find that eyeshadows give a better colour. If you’re a contact lense wearer like me, just be extra careful when doing this.

Take some of the powder eyeshadow on to one side of your angled brush.

bright blue eye shadow

Gently pull the lower lid down away from your eye and push the colour on the waterline. You might need to do this twice to get the colour you want.

bright makeup tutorial for pale skin including eye liner

You can also use a small blending brush to pull the colour down a little bit or with a more neutral colour if you think it’s gone too far down.

bright makeup tutorial for pale skin including lipstick

For my third and final way to start adding colour into your makeup is with eye liner. Similar to adding colour to your waterline, you can go as subtle or as bold as you want with this.

You will need:

A coloured eyeliner (can be liquid, pencil, eyeshadow + mixing medium)
Eyeshadow in a similar colour to your liner
A liner brush
A pencil brush

When I’m going for coloured liner, I usually go for a classic winged liner with neutral shadows on my lids. For the perfect wing start with a thin line along your lashes, really making sure you get right in the lash line.

bright makeup tutorial for pale skin including eye shadow and liner

Next draw the line you want your wing to follow from the corner of your eye.

bright makeup tutorial for pale skin including eye shadow and liner

Then, starting at the tip of that line, drag your brush to your lash line to join the two. Fill in the shape you’ve created.

bright makeup tutorial for pale skin including eye shadow and liner

To bring the look together, use a pencil brush to gently take some coloured eye shadow along the lower lash line. Depending on the colour of the liner, maybe a red or pink, you might want to take a thin line of black liner along your top lash line too.

bright makeup tutorial for pale skin including eye shadow and lipstick

bright makeup tutorial for pale skin including eye shadow and lipstick

I hope you enjoyed my 3 ways for pale girls to wear colour. I could go on, but I’m sure Kat wants her blog back (thank you for having me!). 

Remember, as cheesy as it sounds, the best way to wear colour is with a load of confidence, and without giving a damn about what anyone else thinks!

You can find Phee over at or on Twitter: @pheesmakeuptips

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Models Own Diamond Luxe nail polish collection

Diamonds are a girls best friend and Models Own have definitely applied this to their latest launch - the Diamond Luxe collection. Each polish actually contains real diamond dust to create a super high shine finish with just a hint of sparkle.

Models Own diamond luxe nail polishes

Models Own diamond luxe nail polish swatches
L-R Radiant Pink, Carat Coral and Pear Purple swatches
There are ten shades to choose from in the range, with a fantastic mix of brights and a couple of darks thrown in for good measure. I've been wearing Radiant Pink (a hot bubblegum pink) pretty much non-stop for the past few weeks and think this might be one of my favourite shades ever. It's super bright and while it's not obviously glittery, it does have a slight shimmer to it that just twinkles in the light a little. If you ever wanted a grown up glitter, then Radiant Pink is for you! 

The three shades I've tried are seriously glossy, and while they work best with two coats, you can probably get away with one if you're in a hurry. Wear time is also pretty good - I didn't get any real chips, just some tip wear after about 4 days. 

Some shades are more sparkly than others - although they're all infused with diamond dust, I didn't notice as much sign of this in the Carat Coral shade as I did Radiant Pink. 

Like all Models Own polishes these are only £4.99 each, so you don't have to worry about diamond prices for your diamond dust! I'm planning to pop a few of the darker shades in my basket next time I'm in Boots - I think the berry shades will be great for autumn as the slight sparkle makes them just a little bit different from your usual polishes. 

You can find the Diamond Luxe collection online from Models Own, in their bottleshops and on Models Own stands now. 

Do you like the look of this new collection from Models Own? 

*PR samples

Monday, 29 September 2014

Discovering Beauty's current beauty favourites

Hi, I'm Ayshe and I blog over at Discovering Beauty. Truth be told, I am a bit of a creature of habit (which is the nicer way of saying that I get stuck in a rut) and the only reason I haven't posted favourites in the past is that I don't switch up my skin and makeup products that often. But, being thrown into a new country where makeup melts off your face and the sun wreaks havoc with your skin, I've been forced to experiment again, which is actually a lot of fun.

current beauty favourites

So here are my current favourites.

Nars Creamy Concealer
Creamy goodness in a tube. I held off purchasing this for a long time, purely because of the price, but I know it is a concealer that I will be repurchasing. It conceals under the eye area without creasing or feeling dry and can be used on blemishes too. It lasts all day and doesn't oxidise, it's one of those products you are happy to slip into a rut with.

Urban Decay Naked Flushed
This palette has been my summer cheek combo, the colours work together so well and being all in one it is so convenient to use in a hurry, and carry around. The colours also work well with most lip and eye combinations, so not too much thinking needs to happen on those mornings when you are still applying your makeup half-asleep.

Bourjois 1,2,3 Perfect CC Cream
The texture of this is light and perfect for the hot weather here, as it actually lasts well throughout the day. It evens out my complexion and provides light coverage, looking natural at the same time. The application is also effortless, fingers, brushes and sponges work equally as well.

Elemis Pro-collagen Advanced Eye Treatment
I have another confession to make here, I'm not convinced by the use of eye products, which is why I have never properly committed to using one, but because this gel by Elemis has such a nice texture and absorbs quickly without leaving any sort of residue, I've been more inclined to use it regularly, and while I haven't noticed any immediate effects, hopefully it will do some good in the long term.

Sephora Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover
If you get to a Sephora store I recommend that you leave with a bottle of this. It is the best waterproof makeup remover I have ever used, taking off eye makeup in one sweep and it is also really good at removing lip stains. As an added bonus is it also really cheap, this bottle cost me about £8. I tend to sweep this all over my face as the first step of a cleansing routine so I know my skin is ready for a good cleanse.

L'Oreal Colour Riche Extraordinaire in Nude Ballet
The third and final confession, yes, I did buy this because it was Kim K's bridal lip, but in my defence, it is a really nice lip gloss and one I have been wearing almost exclusively since I purchased it last month. The colour is good nude for my skin tone and adds a nice subtle gloss. It isn't at all drying or sticky, and if I want to make it a bit more dramatic, I just use a lip liner underneath.

I hope you have enjoyed this post, and a huge thank you to Kat for letting me hog some space on her blog. Please hop over to mine and say hi! You can also find me on Twitter and Instagram. I look forward to hearing from you.

A big thank you to Ayshe for guest posting - I hope you enjoy reading her blog, make sure you pop over for a read! Kat x