Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Before/After: Dark Circles and Bright Lips

When you get a model with dark circles, sometimes there really isn't anything you can do but make the best of situations. And such was the case with our Russian beauty today. A mere teenager with bad eating habits but blessed with beauty of face. To be honest weren't we all grumpy teens once? As a MUA sometimes there's not a lot you can but use concealer to the best of your ability and then focus on other features. Our model was absolutely stunning and her lips just screamed for bright lips and that was what I did.

First let us meet our model. For the life of god I cannot remember her name, partly because she had a most peculiar way of treating people and questionable social skills! 
Face Prep: Bioderma Crealine H2O, Emma Hardie Lighter Hydrating Lotion, Bioderma S├ębium Pore Refiner, Emma Hardie Moringa & Rose Treatment Lip Balm.

So beautiful face but teenage spots and dark circles. Not a bad canvas to work with to be honest. So my aim was to get skin looking gorgeous and try to take away some of the darkness under the eyes. I had a chat with the photographer and mentioned my concerns and together we decided that a lot of help could be achieved with the right lighting (MUAs it is not a bad thing to be able to chat to the photographer you work with when it comes to certain concerns). So here's the after shot with some flash from my Iphone.
Foundation: Giorgio Armani Silk Luminous Foundation, DiorSkin Nude Skin-Glowing Makeup, Givenchy Mister Bright, Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage.
Eyes: MAC Paint Pot in Groundwork, MAC Blush in Taupe, Clarins Wonder Length Mascara in Black, Burberry Fresh Glow.
Eyebrows: Anastasia Brow Wiz in Medium Ash, MAC Browfix in Clear.
Cheeks: Chanel Bronze Universal, MAC Blush in Taupe, Burberry Fresh Glow.
Lips: MAC Lip Tint in Orange, MAC Morange, OCC Lip Tar in Traffic.
Powder: Jurlique Rose Silk Finishing Powder.

The trick was to keep the face makeup simple, especially round the eyes. So I used the slight darker tones of her eyes as a natural shadow and brightened just under the eyes with a light reflecting brightener and concealer. The main focus I wanted to be the lips as she had gorgeous ones. So after the orange I patted in and buffed in the cult favourite MAC Ruby Woo.
Thoughts? Not too bad right? I'd love to hear from you guys so send me some comments and questions. 

45 comments:

  1. What a great look- I love it! I wish my skin was that good- and that I could wear that brighter lip. I keep reading about Morange lipstick, but I dont think I can! I'm suffering an outbreak at the moment (partly due to deep cleansing) but this flawless skin has spurred me on to stick with the healthy skin diet etc! xx

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    1. Don't be so harsh on yourself, I'm sure you can, you just have to find the right shade. Also regarding skin, I go through good and bad patches too and I'm so careful with my skincare. When choosing oranges, make sure you be careful with the shade as it can also make your teeth quite yellow! K x

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    2. Thanks Kenneth- yes, I was looking at some old shoot photographs where the MUA used an orangey lip colour on me and it's not that flattering on the teeth! Though I did surprise myself with a bright pink/fuschia lip last night! Had many compliments! :) xx

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    3. Oh pink/fuschia always flatter and make teeth look whiter as it contains mainly blue undertones. Anything that contains yellow tones tend to give a yellowish cast. X

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  2. ahh the earphones in the ears, i remember why i moved to tv! stunning work, orange lip is beautiful and eyes look amazing x

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    1. They're not so bad, at the end of the day they're kids and I remember myself being grumpy at their age too! Thanks x

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  3. Ooh good job! Love the orange lips!

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  4. I'd love to see your technique to hide under eye darkness!

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    1. Yes please!!

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    2. Maybe one day I will, it's not really hard, just have to layer light layers. x

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  5. Oh wow! Love to see a step by step run down. Amazing results! x

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  6. me too, exactly how did you hide the dark eye circles?

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    1. It's more about applying the right product at the correct areas and also choosing very light layers.

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  7. Great blog post as always and what a transformation. She looks great!! x

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  8. Gorgeous, love the first pic, you are so talented!

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  9. Can you show us how you fixed her dark circles? and also, can you list some of your favorite under-eye concealers w/ different price ranges?

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    1. I will try but when I'm working I don't really have time to stop and do step by step pics. I will try maybe one day. Thanks for your comment x

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    2. that's so true about not finding time to do pics! Sometimes I don't have time to do the after pic )) And as my models are usually ordinary people it doesn't always look good on iphone camera :)

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    3. Indeed Delerith. Nah I think ordinary people look great too, it shouldn't matter. x

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  10. hahaha why don't you just say that the model was being a diva?

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    1. Well she was just being a teenager. I try to maintain a positive spirit at work and in life. At the end of the day, it's only makeup :-)

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  11. Wow. Great work! The model needs to work on taking mroe care of her under eye area.

    I love how you intensified her lips with the orange-ruby combination. She really does have gorgeous kissers.

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    1. Doesn't she? She is after all a teenager. Thanks of the comment x

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  12. Love that warm pink lips at the end.

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  13. I can totally see the difference and you look gorgeous with your makeup on! Orange lippy suits very well on you, it makes you look more beautiful, while the red lippy stands out even more because of its color. Anyway, both lippies look perfect on you. :)

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  14. you need to start a youtube channel! :)x

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    1. Haha Kia I think there's enough of those don't you think? Thanks though x

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  15. Good lord you make her skin look immaculate you genius! Love the orange lips.

    Nic x

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  16. I have same dark circles around my eyes, I am trying to understand which products you are using for show eye area more bright, can u explain to me more clearly, maybe just a spesific post for that issue , pleasee :)

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    1. Thanks for the comment, I will try and do a post specifically on dark shadows, iit's really hard to explain without doing a video and that's not in the planning atm.Be patient with me ok? x

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    2. We are waiting :) Thanks a lot

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  17. Fab work!' I love make up!! And have used lots of different foundations Dior and Armani!! Yet never looks this good!! Please could u explain why you use more than one foundation.. Would be so greatful.. Many thanks.. xx

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    1. Hi thanks for taking time to comment. If you check out some of my other posts, I did one to explain why I used more than one foundation usually. Here's the link:
      http://www.musingsofamakeupartist.com/2011/03/one-is-simply-not-enough-lesson-in.html
      Hope it helps xx

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  18. WOW. You did such a fantastic job on evening out the under-eye area. She looks so flawless and not full of make up at all.

    If you could shrink down your equipment for the under-eye (war) zone, which product would you recommend? I ask as a busy woman, and as much as I love to spend time on my make up,.. before work I barely have much time left to cover up my horror eyes from overworking at night.
    Hope to hear from you xoxo

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    1. Hi Neslihan, than you for the comment. I understand your frustrations. To keep it simple, I'd reccommend a brightener like Givenchy's Mister Bright and then apply a full coverage concealer/foundation after. I love using Estee Lauder's Maximum Cover as a concealer. Perfect for such uses. I will try to do a post as soon as I can about this matter. Thanks again x

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  19. Your Makeup is just amazing
    I have a lil problem
    When I put concealer it always creases under my eyes and it defines the lines under the eye
    Is there any tip so the concealer wont crease ? ( I used to use mac cache cernes and now I use diorskin nude concealer )

    Thanks xx

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    1. I hear you. WHat I find best is to use a brush to apply concealer only where you need it, which is usually the part of the eyesocket where the bone is. The closer you bring it to the eyeline, the more it will crease. So apply lightly and layer fine layers where you need it most and then pat to blend up a little but not enough to cause lots of product to crease up. I hope that works. Thank you for commenting x

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  20. Hello, can you please share the name of the model, she looks so so alike with a friend of mine it's ridiculous, she's so beautiful, and your work on her was fantastic, hope you might see this after a year and a half, thank you

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