Friday, 14 October 2011

Before/After/Kit Essentials Mash-Up: Sultry Eyes & Strong Lips

Today I'm going to do a Before/After combined with New Kit Essentials! Why? Because I've been so short of time due to the day job (makeup artist) being so busy and also I am so excited about these babies!! 

Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Colour
Currently available in 12 gorgeous shades according the the Shiseido site here. I only have four for now but am working to get a complete set soon. What's so good about them? They're gorgeously creamy but yet light and when set, does not budge, smudge or crease! And although it contains a shimmer, it's such a beautifully soft, multi-faceted shimmer it really isn't offensive. Just in case all you matte fans get too agitated. I'm a big fan of matte colours for the eyes but there's something special when a colour product is so richly hued and subtly shimmery. 

I found them easy to blend out for a sheer wash of colour or if you wait between layers to allow it to set a little first, you get incredible intensity without difficulty in blending. 

RRP £20.00 for 6g.

Now comes the Before/After bit. Meet Elena. As you can see, already beautiful.
Face Prep: La Roche-Posay Physiological Micellar 3 in 1 Solution, Sisley Botanical Floral Spray, SUQQU Repair Essence, Guerlain Meteorites Perles Light-Diffusing Perfecting Primer, SUQQU Lip Essence Cream R.

The look I wanted was one that was grown up, cool but yet very beautiful and sultry. Think sensuous French Vogue and vixeny exotic beauties! I was determined to use only the Shiseido Eye Creams to do the eye to really utilise the intensity and depth of the creams.  I do have bad news as try as I might, I couldn't get a decent shot of Elena after makeup was done due to a misbehaving camera and the lighting in the makeup room was hideous!  So I did the next best thing, I took pictures of the Polaroids of the shots! Bare in mind that there has been no retouching done at all so this is how it all looks naturally.
Face: Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage.
Eyes: Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Colour in BR306, BK912, BE204 & SV810, YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils Shocking Mascara in Deep Black, Paris-Berlin Beige Eye Pencil.
Eyebrows: M.A.C. Clear Browfix.
Cheeks: NARS Bronzing Stick in Malaysia, Shiseido Bronzer in Light.
Lips: SUQQU Lip Essence Cream R, M.A.C. Lip Pencil in Burgundy, YSL Rouge Pur Couture in No 8 Belle De Rose (patted in with finger).
Powder: SUQQU Nuancing Loose Powder in Natural.

So what do you think? Not bad right considering the eyes were done with only 4 cream colours, layered up slowly to get intensity. I absolutely adore them and they're staying in my kit! With X'mas parties coming up soon, I suggest doing this sultry daring look! Get practicing ladies! As always I welcome any comments and am happy to discuss and help with any queries!



  1. You are a magician!! Amazing transformation!!

  2. @Jamilla Camel: Thanks Jamilla, you're a sweetheart for being so kind. X

  3. LOVE IT! beautiful look

  4. Great post. I really like your blog.^^

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  5. for makeup to look that good without retouching, you really are incredible! Incredible KENNETH!!!

  6. @FashionFreak: Thank you Mihaela, that is very kind of you. X

  7. @PangluX: Aww you are very very kind. Thanks, glad you like it. X

  8. wow, another transformation - as always love your work Mr Soh x

  9. @Wendy: Thank you Wendy, as always you're very sweet to take time to comment. X

  10. Oooh, interesting! So no dark liner on the eyes at all. Did you use the darker cream shadow around the lashes for intensity there? In style of gel liner or some such? xxx

  11. @Rebecca: Nope no liner at all. I used the darkest black shade and layered it and waited till it dried for each layer to get real intensity. Not as a liner but smudged. x