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Easy Halloween Skull using Ultra Wear Foundation Sticks!

With Halloween nearly upon us I thought I would share with you a Halloween look using only 5 different types of products and no fake blood needed!
This look would be perfect for anyone who hasn’t got any ‘special effects make-up’ at home, so needs to use their everyday make-up bag to achieve a Halloween look!

Products I used:
– Lancome Foundation Sticks in shades 005, 032, 055 & 16
– Lancome Le Crayon Kohl (Noir) – Black Pencil
– Lancome Mr Big Permanent Marker (Noir)
– Lancome Grandiose Liner (Noir) – Black Liquid Liner
– Lancome Grandiose Mascara – Black Mascara
– Lancome Black Eyeshadow from Hypnose Eyeshadow Palette (Brun Adore)

  1. I prepped my skin using Lancome’s Advanced Genifique with Light Pearl Eye Serum and a little bit of Absolue Precious Cells Day Cream, after cleansing and toning.
  2. I then moved on to the main base colour using the Lancome Ultra Wear Foundation stick all over which matched my skin tone (005). I applied this using the short handled angled brush also by Lancome and worked it onto the skin achieving a medium coverage, with no concealer.
  3. Next I used the Lancome Foundation Stick in shade 032, and mapped out the ‘Skull’ shape by creating sunken in cheek bones and forehead. I used a small flat brush to apply and blended this into the skin using downward striped motions, so no harsh edges were noticeable and the colour faded from 032 to 005 seamlessly.
  4. Then I used shade 055 in the same Lancome  Ultra Wear Stick and went over this shape further to create more depth. I applied the 055 to my jaw line and created the shape of the heavy angry brows. A good tip to create this effect is to frown normally and run a thin brush in between the frown line wrinkles and then relax the face and blend following the shape you have already created using a small fluffy brush with light pressure.
  5. Once I had finished adding depth with 055, I moved on to the darkest shade to create more depth by using shade 16. I used a very light hand for this and a fluffy brush I found taking the product on to the brush for the stick worked better than using the stick straight onto the skin, as I lost precision when I tried it straight from the stick.
  6. At this point I moved onto creating the dark eyes and the mouth. I started by applying Lancome’s Le Crayon Kohl Pencil in Black to the top and bottom waterlines of both eyes. I then followed my own natural eye socket shape by feeling for the socket bone around my eye and created the suitable shape. Le Crayon Kohl Pencil worked perfectly as it glided over the foundation so easily and didn’t pull or drag my skin when I applied it.
    I then used the same pencil to map the lines around the mouth area which you can see pictured.
  7. I then swapped the kohl pencil for the Mr Big Permanent Marker again by Lancome to colour in the circles around the eyes, for speed and depth. I’m sure you are aware if you have had a play using the Mr Big Permanent Marker, you will have experience the Marker does have a tendency to stick, so to help prevent this I used a black eye shadow from one of the Hypnose Palette eye shadows and ran this all over the area I had applied the Marker, to prevent it sticking and moving and to make it a darker black.
  8. I finished the eyes of by applying a few coats of one of my favourite Lancome Mascara’s; Grandiose, on to my top and bottom lashes.
  9. I applied the Mr Big Marker to my nose as well to create the shape and used a little bit of the Lancome Grandiose Liner neaten and create a precise sharper finish.
  10. I felt at the point the rest of the make-up looked a little bit ‘too clean’ so I used a very light hand with the kohl pencil and created small thin wobbly lines to create a vein type look to some areas of the face and used my ring finger to blend it into the skin to soften the look.

Let me know if you give this a go, or link below your own Halloween tutorials I’d love to see them!




Introducing Lancome CC Cushion Primers!

I wanted to share this post with you all today, as I was kindly gifted 2 of the new Colour Correcting Cushions by Lancome. To my knowledge there’s nothing quite like this on the market to date and with Lancome being number one in the world for Cushion Make-up how could I not share with you…

Where to Purchase:

Price: £29

Amount of Shades Available: 4 Shades Available (I’ve got the Peach & Green)

Is it refillable? No

What does CC mean? ‘Colour Correcting’

But what is Colour Correcting?
Colour Correcting is a simple professional layering technique used by many make-up artists, to instantly improve the appearance of the skin, with the use of make-up – an advanced hugely noticeable quick fix.

The theory of the colour correcting comes from art and the artists colour wheel, which is used to create all the colours we have around us today.

Below is a very basic Colour Wheel:

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When Colour Correcting colours opposite each other on the wheel, always work together, as you want to do the opposite of the problem and help.

Green + Red
Blue + Orange
Purple + Yellow

Applying this theory and knowledge to make-up:
Any redness/ rocacia to the skin, we will use the GREEN CC Primer ONLY IN THE RED AREAS to help lift the redness.

To help lift and neutralise dark circles before concealer is applied we will apply the PINKY PEACH CC Primer to the dark areas only.

To help with any sallowness to the skin we will use the PURPLE CC Primer to just these areas to help neutralise, in my past experience Purple Colour Corrector’s work great with Asian skin tones.

Lastly our YELLOW CC Primer is a universal corrector helped to use mild redness, improve dullness and fatigue to the skin.

Product Description from Lancome:
A color-correcting primer in a cushion compact that instantly provides weightless color correction of any skin coloration concern and hydration for a bright, flawless complexion. Miracle CC Cushion – Color Correcting Primer features a perfectly pigmented formula that allows for buildable coverage to spot correct imperfections or all over correction.
Formulated with pine extract to correct uneven skin tone and glycerin for hydration and glow, the CC Cushions leave a fresh, cooling sensation on skin. Layer it under your foundation for a non-cakey, transfer-free, skin-perfecting result.

What makes Lancome different from other brand correctors?
From using other brands correctors, our CC Primers from Lancome are like no other correctors on the market, due to the lightweight texture, cooling sensation and the fresh ‘slippy’ feeling the cushion format provides.
The correctors aren’t the brightest corrector’s on the market and that’s absolutley fine, not every CC on the market needs to have intense colour pay off, as it not for everyone. These Lancome CC primers, are perfect for those of you wanting to try the colour correcting technique but not the most confident in doing so. Fool proof, is the best way to sum these beauties up, you really can’t go wrong, perfect for the lively millenials on the go, to the leisurely generous elite!

Application & Techniques:
Apply with the ‘Less is definitely more’ approach. I got used to the cushion at first by testing on the back of the hand.
If you want a stronger coverage in an area, you’re best applying with a clean finger in a patting ‘layering’ motion rather than a circular rubbing motion.
I found using the pinky peach corrector under my eyes, I tended to pat the product on and then using wiping motions to feather out the edges to the product disappeared into the skin, so not too much would be in the way for foundation.
Around my nose I found folding the cushion in half worked better to get the product where I wanted.

Pictorial Products Used
– Lancome CC Cushion Primer Peach
– Lancome CC Cushion Primer Green
– Lancome Teint Idole Cushion 010
– Lancome Cushion Blush 024

Have you tried the Lancome CC Cushion Primers? What one appeals to you more?

Let me know below, tweet me or instagram me, my handle is @ruthbrabinermua, I’d love to hear from you!



Lancome’s PERFECT Double Cleansing Routine!

Cleansing: ‘Making the skin, thoroughly clean’.

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No matter how lazy you are with your skincare and make-up routine there’s no avoiding cleansing your skin.
It’s such an important part of taking care of your largest body organ, it can effect the way you look and feel within yourself.

Today I want to share with you 2 brand new products launched by my fave brand Lancome and how they perfectly fit in to my skincare routine featuring the new hype of the Double Cleanse. Introducing Bifacil Visage & Miel – en – Mousse…

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Step 1. Bifacil
Wiping the days stress’ away with the Bifacil Eye and Lip Remover, is how I like to start my cleansing routine, there’s no better feeling really… If you haven’t tried this eye makeup remover you’re missing out, its a make-up artist favourite for a reason! I adore the cooling sensation this leaves my skin feeling, especially for around my eyes, usually my eyes are feeling very irritated and warm towards the end of the day, so giving my eyes a quick wipe over with this is a real soothing treat!

Step 2. Bifacil Visage
Meet Step 1’s Bifacil’s baby sister, Bifacil Visage. Oh my. What a Dream.
I’ve been so tempted in the past to use Bifacil all over my face to get my base make-up off, because its just so cooling and effortlessly removes stubborn waterproof make-up. However I’ve refrained, its not for the face after all. But Bifacil Visage is *Smug Face*. This is basically a micellar water mixed with oil, so it will easily break down base make-up and the micellar water will lift the dirt from the skin, in such a genlte way… a powerful dirt magnet in a beautiful bottle!
Shake, Pour onto a cotton pad and Wipe!

Step 3. Double Cleansing with Meil- en- Mousse
I mean at this point if you dont wear a lot of make-up you can leave it here and move on to step 4. But because we’re beauty addicts and want the best for our skin we double cleanse. Thats right we do a double.
This time I use the Meil-en- Mousse, a honey based textured rinse off cleanser, which you apply onto a DRY skin.
I like to use around 3/4 pumps of this honey magic. Honey has anti-bacterial properties so will gently lift any remaining dirt and treat any impurities/ break outs. Be warned its a very gloopy/ stringy texture and that’s normal, it is honey based after all – Winnie the Pooh was never a clean eater…
Once I’ve applied it to my skin I like to rinse of using a hot damp face cloth and wipe away the cleanser. A this point the bathroom smells amazing! As well as my face, feeling so soft and smooth.

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Step 4. Tone
Tonique Douceur is the one for me. I must have gone through about 15 400ml sized bottles of this throughout the years, it truely is my favourite Toner!
It leaves the skin feeling so soft, hydrated and gives your skin such a  refreshing wake-up boost, due to its fresh scent, non greasy fast absorbing texture.

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Have you tried the Lancome Double Cleanse? What’s your favourite Lancome Cleanser? Let me know below in the comments!


Creative Lines – Eye Liner Style.

Liner, Liner, Liner.

How many of us get stuck in a rut when it comes to applying beautiful eye liner? Any of who know me will definitely know I love a good winged liner!

I thought today I would shake things up and share with you some creative ways you can apply your liner, scroll for tips and tricks for nailing your preferred liner…

Lancome Liner

Upturned: Your eyes have a natural upwards lift at the outer corner of the eye, you have visible lid space. To keep your eyes looking symmetrical and balanced a good tip would be making sure you apply liner on the top and underneath and mirror this.
Think: Angelina Jolie

Round: Your eyes are beautifully big and round. You have more ‘whites’ are your eyes visible than other eye shapes.
Think: Penelope Cruz

Monolid: You have a small eye shape with a less defined eye socket. This eye shape is very common in Asian Eyes. Bold liner is your perfect match for your eye shape!
Think: Sandra Oh

Downturned: You have a slight natural drop on the outer edge of your eye. Your eye shape is perfect for a lot of liner styles – especially the feline liner!
Think: Anne Hathaway

Hooded: Your eyes have a fold in the skin which gently rests on the lower part of the eye lid. The best liner for you is the hooded winged liner, symmetrical lines work best for you!
Think: Blake Lively


Liner Looks

Bold Liner
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I love this liner look, its definitely those for the brave who feel confident wearing a bold statement eye, straight from the runway!
This liner style is perfect for those of you who have a ‘monolid’!
I recommend starting from the inner corner and using your natural crease as a guide to follow. Then lifting the liner from the couter corner and perfecting into one smooth effortless line. You will need the Kohl Liner in your waterline for this one, for extra definition.

Feline Flick

IMG_0102 (3)My go to liner everyday! This is super quick and easy to do, brilliant for all eye shapes, but especially flattering for those of you who have a down turned eye.
I apply this liner by starting on the inner corner and lining my top lash line. I then like to use my bottom lash line as a guide to follow to know the angle of the flick. I then draw this line in and create a triangle shape and fill this in, so the wing has been made and soften the sharp triangle shape by creating a nice wing.

Bubble Liner

IMG_1294 (2)This is a super fun take on the feline flick liner and will definitely get people asking you about your liner in store! I like to map out a feline flick liner, as above and then create the ‘half moon’ shapes along the lash line. I have decorated mine with the Lancome Grandiose Blue Liner to enhance the bubble shape.

Cut Crease Liner

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Definitely more for the brave hearted! I’ve done this slighty over exaggerated and thicker than I would wear on counter so you can see the shape better. This works for the majority of eye shapes, but everyone’ s will look different due to the shape/ size of the eye! I recommend starting on the outside creating the line to go up and then connect the crease line by following your natural socket shape. This is one for when you have a few more minutes on hand!

Dotty Liner


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This is THE PERFECT Liner for those who want to wear liner, but cant master the neat ‘flick’, dot your way to creativity! Looks like you’ve spent ages on this, but takes about 30 seconds, go to liner when in a hurry believe it or not! Again I’ve used 2 colours to wear up the dots and to add interest – everyone should try this one!

Double Liner

IMG_1773 (2)This works great for a hooded eye! This looks amazing too when you just apply the liner to the bottom lash line and leave the top lash line bare!

Ombre Liner

IMG_1789 (2)Want to get creative and boost liner sales? Try this one, the Ombre Liner!
The Grandiose Liners blend amazingly together creating a dark navy colour too, which looks lovely to wear as one. Layer the black liner first, with the blue on top, if the electric sapphire colour is a little too bright for you.

Let me know if you try any of these looks out below, or tweet or tag me in your looks. My handle is @ruthbrabinermua



How to Bubble Eye Liner! The NEW Trend!

Hey Guys!

Today I’m sharing with you a new liner trend, which is a fun cute wearable way to wear liquid liner!

I learnt this new technique recently whilst on my Lancome Make-up Artist Training and was actually surprised at how wearable and fun it looked so thought I would share with you, if you want to spice things up with your liner routine!

What I will be using:
Lancome Visionnaire Yeux 
Lancome Effacernes Concealer
Lancome Loose Powder
Lancome Grandiose Liquid Liner
Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara

Step 1.
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You will need to start by prepping your eye with an eye cream, to ensure the make-up we apply goes on easy therefore it will result in a flawless and professional finish!
For this I am using the Lancome Visionnaire Eye Balm. This is my current eye cream of choice, as I am currently the Visionnaire Day Cream with SPF 20, so I love to match my skincare for maximised results. I’m loving this balm as its a silky light balm texture, with a cooling finish, which isn’t too rich or greasy. It uses hydro-blur technology so evens out the skin tone, texture, minimises any fine lines and reduces the appearance of dark circles and bags. Perfection in a bottle for this liner look!
Remember girls, you only need a grain of rice sized amount of eye cream, less is definitely more!

Step 2.
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Next we want to create a flawless base. So for this I like to use the Lancome Effacernes Concealer. I use this concealer every day to prime my lids. This concealer is Waterproof, so it stays put all day with NO creasing and it gives amazing coverage. Its a liquid concealer with a light cream texture, which gives such a natural result, which is why I love this.
Again I use a rice grain sized amount and apply to my lid using my ring finger in small patting motions. You don’t want to be pulling and rubbing your eye area, as your skin around your eye is so delicate, up to eight times thinner in fact! It is known that using your ring finger applies the least amount of pressure out of all your fingers – apparently!

Step 3.
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With Concealer done its important to set that perfect base with a dusting of powder. My choice of powder today is the Lancome Loose Powder in Translucent. I’m obsessed with a good translucent powder as it doesn’t alter the colour of your base, doesn’t look patchy it just sets your base with a see through veil, gorgeous! To apply this I just use a small fluffy brush.

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Now onto the fun bit! The liner. I’m using the Lancome Grandiose Liquid Liner, as its the best liquid liner I’ve found on the market and trust me I’ve tried everything and I’m super fussy. From a liquid liner I want an intense black pigment, not a off black – whats the point!? I always prefer a matte finish, as I find it looks more intense which Grandiose delivers on! I love a liner which dries fast and doesn’t smudge or run through out the day and again Grandiose doesn’t disappoint on this. Grandiose is built in with a water based formula, which sets with a matte film over which stops the product transferring – Genius! Plus I adore the click handle. Basically you can snap the handle of the liner to a 45 degree angle for ease of application, creating better precision.

Start by creating 1 half circle on the centre of your lid. From this point to another 2 either side. You then need to draw the line out, forming the wing. From this its so important to do a half circle on the bend of the wing to connect. I then was able to do another 2 small half circles on the ‘winged’ part. However this section all depends on your own eye shape and the overall look you want! I suggest working methodically in your head so you can get the shape symmetrical on the other eye.

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Now you have the basic shape, you now need to join up the half circles and neaten up the liner circles too. Once your happy follow steps 1- 5 on the other eye.

Step 6.
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Curl your lashes and finish with your Favourite Mascara. Today I’m using the Lancome Hypnose Drama, Mascara as I love a false lash effect which this mascara gives. It has excellent play time to allow you to build and layer the product up to give you thick full lashes.

Step 7. (Optional)
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I then decided to layer my Grandiose Liners! I decided to outline my edges with the Grandiose Liner in the Sapphire Blue Shade. I love this as I feel it really ties the look together and really defines the shape of the bubbles.

Step 8. (Also Optional)
Finally take a picture and Tweet/ Instagram Tag me your result – I would LOVE to see!

INSTAGRAM: @ruthbrabinermua
TWITTER: @ruthbrabinermua

Hope you’ve enjoyed!


Lancome Grandiose: Liner & Extreme Mascara

A few months ago now, Lancome launched 2 new products to their Grandiose Family.
One of the two, was a brand new liquid liner ‘Grandiose Liner’. There really is nothing else quite like it out on the market today.
Its unique selling point is the wand’s bendable handle, allowing the liner to be used in the ‘usual’ liner way and at an angle for guaranteed symmetry with both eyes. Clicking the wand into a sturdy 45 degree angle, also ensures ease therefore a steady hand for precise eyeliner application, especially when applying liner in the inner corner of the eyes.
The ultra thin tip of the liner, allows me to get the product right to the root of my lashes. The liner fluid itself is fast drying with an intense matte black pigment which sets into place with a smudge proof film, meaning a little product goes a long way. Numerous liner styles can be done with effortless ease now for beginners and pros alike.
The other addition was the Grandiose Extreme Mascara… Meet the original Grandiose’s Dramatic sister!
Read below to see how incredible the new Grandiose Mascara is and how the two are a match made in heaven!
I have started by filling in my brows and applying Lancome Effarcernes Longue Ternes Concealer as a base to my eye make-up. I find this water proof concealer works well as a make-up base and to lift my complexion. I have set this in place using Lancome Colour Ideal Powder (now discontinued), an alternative would be the Lancome Belle de Teint Healthy Glow Powder.
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The next step is to start applying the liner. Here you can see how I have clicked the liner to the 45 degree angle. Positioning the liner at this angle has made applying the liner as easy as possible due to a comfortable angle. The thin tip also allows for even thickness.
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Above is the Grandiose Liner applied to just the upper lash line. Its super easy and quick to use and you can see how matte the fluid has dried. This is just one coat of product I haven’t needed to keep going over the line in layers to build the intensity. The dark pigmentation is instant.
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If you know me, you’ll know I am never without my winged liner. At this point I like to click the Grandiose Liner into a ‘normal’ eyeliner wand. I never pull or tug my skin as I find as soon as I release my skin it bounces back and the line looks terrible. After years of practice I find using my bottom lash line as a guide is the easiest. By this I mean I look at lower lash line in the mirror and imagine in my head my lower lash line never ending and draw in the line I am imagining. This way you will gain symmetry on both eyes, and it should compliment your eye shape well.
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Once step 4 is mapped out I believe the worst bit is over with! The next bit is the easiest bit which is to join up the wing to your first line you drew. I like to thicken the wing by extended the upper lash line eyeliner and winging it up to meet the end of the angled liner. This way you have more control and wont ever ‘over thicken’ your liner.
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Above I curled my lashes using Superdrug own brand of lash curlers, and applied one coat of the new Grandiose Extreme Mascara. This mascara gives instant Va-Va-Voom!
Instant Extreme Volume. Instant Extreme Hold. Instant Extreme Intensity.
The signature Swan Neck wand which the original Grandiose features makes lashes easy to fan out from corner to corner, root to tip. I’ve found working the mascara brush through my lashes in a zig zag motion upwards is key!
The plastic brush heads provides brilliant separation on each lash and the black boosting polymer allows an intense matte pigmentation which dries to a 24 hour smudge resistant formula.
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Using the 360 degree advantage of this wand, allows brilliant ease for applying the mascara to the bottom lashes. My bottom lashes have never looked so long!
The Grandiose Liner is available in Black, Brown and a Gorgeous Sapphire Blue – Simply Stunning!
The Grandiose Liner retails at £23 and the Grandiose Extreme Mascara retails at £25.
Due to the insane staying power of these products, you do need to be prepared to invest in a good eye make-up remover. I find the best eye make-up removers for this job are oil based ones such as Lancome’s Bifacil (£21.50) or alternatively a cheaper product would be L’Oreal Paris Absolute Eye and Lip Remover (£5.95).

Have you tried the Grandiose pair? Let me know what you think!