Well isn’t this nice?! Hi Molly’s readers! I’m Nicola and I blog over at itsneecola (which is also my handle on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook by the way – cheeky plug there!). I’ve been blogging on and off for a good few years now but this summer has seen a revamp over at itsneecola and I am finally stepping up my game. I feel very privileged to be part of this guest post week here on The Rose Beauty Files, so without further ado let’s get on with my post!
On Friday night Molly and I met up for a much-needed catch up and Tapas date! Being the makeup junkie that I am, I was thrilled when Molly asked if I fancied doing her makeup for her before we went out for dinner. While I was eagerly rooting through her makeup drawer, we chatted about ideas for my guest post and then *LIGHTBULB* I thought I could tell you all about the makeup I used.
If you are a makeup addict and you have a makeup addict friend, I highly suggest raiding each other’s makeup stash – one woman’s been-there-done-that-makeup is another woman’s treasure, right?! In fact, all but one of the products I used when doing Molly’s makeup were products that I had never used before which made it really fun!
Base and Brows
I started off with The Body Shop’s All-In-One InstaBlur primer, the texture of which I can only compare to my Arbonne primer in that it comes out of the tube looking like a misty gel but feels so silky when applied to the skin. I then used a Real Techniques Expert Face Brush to buff in Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua foundation. Molly has loved this foundation for a while and her skin always looks flawless when she is wearing it so I was excited to see how it applies! It felt very odd buffing foundation into someone else’s face rather than my own but this foundation blended really easily into Molly’s skin. I then used Clarins Instant Concealer under Molly’s eyes and was really impressed with the finish – it looks so natural. I used the Soap & Glory Solar Powder Bronzer to add some colour and definition to Molly’s cheeks and temples and used the highlighting side on the tops of her cheeks and forehead. I can’t say Soap & Glory has been a brand I’ve reached for when it comes to makeup previously however I was really impressed with this little compact! For blush I used Benefit’s Dandelion – part of the adorable The Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot Blush Palette that was part of Benefit’s 2014 Christmas collection. As I opted for slightly cooler tones on the eyes I decided to use Dandelion as it is a more blue-toned pink rather than its infamous coral-toned sister, Coralista.
Benefit were also the brand used on Molly’s brows on Friday night. In the past I’ve used the Sleek dupe for Benefit’s Brow Zings so I had an idea of how I would work with the kit. I used the wax on an angled brush to lightly fill in Molly’s brows and added a little powder for more definition, before setting the brows with Maybelline’s Brow Drama .
Eyes and Lips
I know what you’re thinking. Three palettes on the eyes?! Yes, my friends, yes. Eyeshadow is my opium – there, I said it – so when I saw these three stunning palettes in Molly’s makeup drawer I knew I had to find a way to use at least one shadow from each of them! Looking back, I could have been a lot heavier handed with the eyeshadow and while it felt like I was packing a lot on I probably should have been bolder (sorry Molly!). I began by packing the lightest shadow in the Clarins The Essentials Eye Make-Up Palette all over the lid and up to the brow bone. I then took a mixture of the matte shades from the Urban Decay Naked On The Run palette through the crease and outer corner, blending with a fluffy brush. To intensify the outer corners I used the central shade in the Clarins palette along with the two dark shimmery shadows in the On The Run palette. I then brought the lightest shimmer shadow in the On The Run palette on a flat brush on the inner corner of the eye for some shimma shimma. I actually own the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette myself but knew that the darkest two shades would make a great alternative to eyeliner along the lash line so I finished the look using them on an angled brush. I also used a mixture of all the darker shadows used along the lower lash line and blended it pretty far down (at least it felt like I did!) however this hasn’t picked up on camera – evidence that I need to be bolder in future! I let Molly do her own mascara and lipstick: she used Max Factor’s Falsh Lash Effect mascara and Benefit’s lipstick in the shade Ladies Choice which complimented the eyes well!
While I am in no way ready to be a fully-fledged MUA yet, I loved doing Molly’s makeup and would definitely like to practice applying makeup on other people more often. It was so fun to use a whole range of products and brushes that I have never owned or tried, so thank you Molly! I know that this has been a bit of a long post but I didn’t want to miss any details out… I promise not all posts on itsneecola are this long! I’d love to hear your feedback so please comment below or come and say hi on twitter!