Makeup masterclasses seem to be my thing lately, i’ve been to a few and most recently it was Bobbi Brown in their new Soho PRO Studio. When i was about 12 i got given a big hard back book, written by the woman herself (Bobbi Brown if you’re not following) i read it cover to cover, and for the first time in my life thought about eyebrows and skincare, and how you should actually take your nail varnish off after it chipped.
The book by Bobbi Brown shaped the way i thought about beauty for a long time, but until recently i had – bizarrely – never even tried a Bobbi Brown product.. as you can see from the below picture that really has changed a few weeks on.
Okay so although i always start my makeup with my eyes, i think for the purpose of this post i should just start with base to avoid over complicating things so here we are, the face. Before the masterclass i doubted the powers of a foundation stick, i had never used them and they seemed a little bit like giant old school concealers (y’know them twist up 2 shade articles from 2007). I even put off trying it for a few days because honestly i was scared that i would end up like a stripy unblended mess, but following the Bobbi Brown pro’s instructions i began using the Skin Foundation Stick and was blown away by the results.
I always imagined a foundation stick being really hard and had visions of dragging my cheeks along with the stick but this Bobbi Brown formula is unbelievably creamy, the pigment just glides on, no dragging involved. I never use a brush to blend my foundation but for this i reached for one of my ICONIC London oval shaped brushes to swipe the product on and the results are creamy and smooth.
Even if you have a few blemishes you could get away with using a few swipes of this and get really good medium coverage that literally looks like skin; because of my acne scars however i’m using this as an initial layer of foundation and popping a little bit of liquid over the areas where i have scarring.
It provides the most “skin like” layer and I’m so jealous of people with fairly good skin who can wear it alone, but even using it as my first layer i’ve made a huge dent in the product – not an actual dent but you know what i mean, i’ve had it for about 3 weeks and i’ve already visibly used up about half a centimetre of product. I love it.
For the rest of the face products we have a cream blush and the iconic shimmer brick, let’s kick off with the blush shall we?
I’ve always been scared of cream blush but since trying the a Ciate cream blush recently i had been converted, and i’ve also only noticed recently how important blusher really is in bringing colour in your face after foundation. This Pot Rouge in the shade “Uber beige” is a beautiful deep rose colour, i mean look at it, if you had to describe autumn in a blush it would be this. Be warned though, you only need the tiniest amount of product and a really light hand, as with all creams you run the risk of breaking down your base if you’re too heavy with it. This adds the perfect hint of warm colour to your cheeks, almost as if you’ve just been out in the crisp November air doing some Christmas shopping. Too early? Nahhhh.
I’ve also been using the product everyone thinks of when they think Bobbi Brown, the shimmer brick in “Bronze”. This has some beautiful bronzy tones but with subtle hints of pink running through it, meaning it’s a really universal product with tones that’ll find their place within any skin tone. This almost acts like a blusher/highlighter hybrid, if you’re trying to cut down on the number of products you’re using or are just short of time, a swipe of this over your cheeks will cover all bases. Again this is really pigmented, when i first used it i didn’t realise how much colour would actually payoff and i was a bit heavy handed with it so be careful, you’ve been warned.
A makeup look is never complete without lipstick, seriously i can have a full face of makeup on but without something on my lips i do look a bit like a ghost. These two perfectly packaged lipsticks are the Crushed Lip Colours in “Telluride” and “Crush“, Telluride has become my go to for A/W, it looks really brown in the bullet but on the lips it’s the perfect autumnal pinky brown with a soft shine. These are also a really welcomed break from liquid matte lipsticks, they feel so soft on the lips, have an almost balmy feel and aren’t the slightest bit drying.
In complete opposite to the pinky brown shade above we have “Crush“, this is seriously bright but it’s a really nice alternative to your standard autumn colours and might be a potential Christmas day colour. (Admit it we are basically in the time to be talking about festive makeup)
Please excuse my swatching, my lipstick swatches always look a bit like they’ve been done by a 4 year old and because these aren’t a matte formula they will never look as good in swatches as they do on the lips.
I probably pay the most attention to my eye makeup out of everything i apply on my face, so this section is important to me. I’ve been testing a total of 5 Bobbi Brown eye products: 2 powder eyeshadows, 1 cream eyeshadow stick, an eyeliner and mascara. During the masterclass the PRO artist used one of my favourite eye makeup tricks – cream shadow under powder shimmer eyeshadow to really make the shimmer stand out.
I always do this when using shimmer/sparkle eyeshadows, so i was secretly really pleased with myself that i was already using the same technique as the PRO. The eyeshadows preform really well, the base shade “Camel” is bendable, pigmented but still soft and with the combination of the shadow stick in “Rich Caviar”, layered under the sparkle eyeshadow in “All Spice” you get an amazing sparkle effect.
I’m no longer an eyeliner person when it comes to lining the upper lash line, however i do really see the benefit of “tightlining” the inner upper lash line. Although it does look a little bit like a torture practice when you’re doing it, the Long Wear Eye Pencil in “Jet” makes it a really easy practice. This is so soft so you don’t get any dragging and super bendable so if you do make a mistake (which lets be honest is easy with eyeliner) it’s easy to rectify.
Finally we have the Smokey Eye Mascara which i think is perfectly named, i wouldn’t say this is a lengthening mascara but it definitely gives that smokey “more lashes than you have” look. It’s also really black and we all know a true smokey eye is matched with jet black lashes that don’t budge, and this definitely doesn’t budge throughout the day.
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