I want to quickly start by saying that I apologise for the slightly dodgy upload schedule of the past few weeks but this has been due to the most hectic term in school so far (pre-warning: next year promises a similar work schedule but I am trying my hardest over the festive period to get myself caught up and prepared). This year has had its ups and downs, but I thought my last post this year should be something a bit special and so I enlisted the help of my wonderful sister Eilidh to take some pictures for me. I ended up wearing this make-up look to a Christmas Eve party but it will also be the look I shall be recreating for Hogmanay (or NYE if you're not Scottish), along with this hair look, dress and shoes, but we will get onto those later. 

I began this look by washing my face with the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish which I use in the shower but can also be used in the bathroom. I massaged this into my skin for a few minutes and then washed it to reveal soft, clean skin perfect for a full coverage make-up look like this one. I then grabbed my Origins Modern Friction exfoliator to make sure my skin wasn't looking too dry as I am later applying a matte foundation. I did the same to my lips with the Lush Lip Scub in Bubblegum and then followed it with the Benefit Total Moisturiser and the Blistex Intensive Moisture lip cream. I used a comb to create a perfectly straight centre part, and ran some of the Bumble and Bumble Straight Blow Dry Balm onto the mid-lengths and ends of my hair before quickly blasting it with the hair dryer.  

I started my make-up by applying the Loreal Infallible Matte Skin Primer onto my face, neck and eyelids. I then took two two-three centimetre lengths of tape and lined them up with my lower eyelid as a guide for my eyeliner. The dress I have chosen has an oriental vibe and so I wanted to emulate that in the hair and make-up, so decided to create and clean and graphic winged liner (in the end I didn't make it too intense as I was going out with family, but will make it more dramatic on the 31st). I grabbed my MAC palette and my Naked Basics to create a base for the eyeliner and to add some definition to the crease. I mixed foxy and w.o.s and packed it onto my lid with a flat Sephora brush to neutralise my lids, and then applied omega from MAC into the crease of my lid and blended it out. On top, I added charcoal brown to the outer 'v' of the lid to give the appearance of a more round lid. As I only have one angled brush that I love right now (from Zoeva) that I use for both liner and my eyebrows, I moved onto my brows next. I quickly ran the felt tip end of my Soap and Glory Brow Archery through my brows for some basic definition, and then loaded my angled brush with omega from MAC again. I applied this all through the brow, adding most product to the centre of the brow and the arch, and spreading the product forward with a spooly. This gradient affect allows for a more natural brow look. On the same brush I took some charcoal brown and added it to the same area of the brow making it more defined. Usually I would just use omega, but as I was going to use a much darker lip colour I wanted to balance out my face with a stronger eyebrow. Back to eyes, I tapped off the excess powder from the same angled brush, and then applied the Laura Geller black gel eyeliner to my lids. I wanted a long, thin flick that emulated an oriental make-up style, and the tape allowed for a super sharp and even edge. When it was done and dried, I carefully peeled off the cellotape to reveal perfect liner. Next, I curled my eyelashes and applied my favourite Flear for Eyelure 3/4 lashes which are the easiest lashes to apply ever. Some Maybelline One by One mascara on my top and bottom lashes finished off the eyes.

Moving onto skin, I dotted some of the Loreal Infallible 24 Hour Matte Foundation and blended it in with my dampened Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge (this combo is incredible!) I applied a thin layer first, and once it had dried I went in with a second thin layer on areas that needed more coverage (my nose, mouth and chin.) I blended some of the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer onto any blemishes on my forehead, nose and chin using a Zoeva concealer brush, and then moved onto the eye area. I recently treated myself for Christmas with the MAC Pro Longwear Concealer (I used the excuse that concealer is a bit like pants - handy, useful, but not something that someone else can buy you, and certainly not as a present.) I have fallen in love with this concealer, and works perfectly to both conceal and slightly highlight underneath the eyes. I applied it in a 'v' shape underneath my eyes and blended in with my sponge, and then took the Real Techniques Lip Brush to clean up the edges of my brows. I set all of these cream products with the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder as I wanted a very matte look to the skin for the best look in flash photography. 

On the cheeks I took my favourite contour from the Lancome Nectar Lace Blush Subtil Palette and smacked on a generous amount before blending it out with a clean powder brush. I applied this in the hollows of my cheekbones, temples and forehead. The H&M Luminous Blush in soft brown added a touch of colour and life back into my pale skin. To finish, I drowned my cheekbones in theBalm Mary LouManizer highlight. With the look almost complete, I wiped off any excess lip cream and then messily smudged in some of the Rimmel Apocalips Liquid Lipstick in Eclipse before taking my NYX Soft Matte Lip Creme in Transylvania and layering it up until the colour was dark and opaque. On camera this didn't show up as dark as it was in person, but this was a dark purple/wine vampy lip.

For hair, I ran my Remington straighteners through any kinks and then pulled it into a low ponytail I decided to recreate a hair look I saw in a master class by Toni&Guy at Stylist Live earlier this year which looked amazing on the model, who was wearing a similar make-up look done by Nars. I pulled two strands of hair from in front of my ear out of the ponytail to frame the face, and then followed an easy "how to" chignon tutorial on youtube. 

Lastly, I changed into my party look. I bought this stunning dress from Missguided which I paid a whole £14 (!?!?!?!?) for during a sale and I am obsessed with. I paired it with these heels from New Look that are surprisingly comfortable, and added these adorable socks for a bit of fun (and so I didn't have to paint my toenails...).

I hope you all have a wonderful Hogmanay and 2016, and I am looking forward to what the new year brings us all!

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I want to quickly start by saying that I apologise for the slightly dodgy upload schedule of the past few weeks but this has been due to the most hectic term in school so far (pre-warning: next year promises a similar work schedule but I am trying my hardest over the festive period to get myself caught up and prepared). This year has had its ups and downs, but I thought my last post this year should be something a bit special and so I enlisted the help of my wonderful sister Eilidh to take some pictures for me. I ended up wearing this make-up look to a Christmas Eve party but it will also be the look I shall be recreating for Hogmanay (or NYE if you're not Scottish), along with this hair look, dress and shoes, but we will get onto those later. 

I began this look by washing my face with the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish which I use in the shower but can also be used in the bathroom. I massaged this into my skin for a few minutes and then washed it to reveal soft, clean skin perfect for a full coverage make-up look like this one. I then grabbed my Origins Modern Friction exfoliator to make sure my skin wasn't looking too dry as I am later applying a matte foundation. I did the same to my lips with the Lush Lip Scub in Bubblegum and then followed it with the Benefit Total Moisturiser and the Blistex Intensive Moisture lip cream. I used a comb to create a perfectly straight centre part, and ran some of the Bumble and Bumble Straight Blow Dry Balm onto the mid-lengths and ends of my hair before quickly blasting it with the hair dryer.  

I started my make-up by applying the Loreal Infallible Matte Skin Primer onto my face, neck and eyelids. I then took two two-three centimetre lengths of tape and lined them up with my lower eyelid as a guide for my eyeliner. The dress I have chosen has an oriental vibe and so I wanted to emulate that in the hair and make-up, so decided to create and clean and graphic winged liner (in the end I didn't make it too intense as I was going out with family, but will make it more dramatic on the 31st). I grabbed my MAC palette and my Naked Basics to create a base for the eyeliner and to add some definition to the crease. I mixed foxy and w.o.s and packed it onto my lid with a flat Sephora brush to neutralise my lids, and then applied omega from MAC into the crease of my lid and blended it out. On top, I added charcoal brown to the outer 'v' of the lid to give the appearance of a more round lid. As I only have one angled brush that I love right now (from Zoeva) that I use for both liner and my eyebrows, I moved onto my brows next. I quickly ran the felt tip end of my Soap and Glory Brow Archery through my brows for some basic definition, and then loaded my angled brush with omega from MAC again. I applied this all through the brow, adding most product to the centre of the brow and the arch, and spreading the product forward with a spooly. This gradient affect allows for a more natural brow look. On the same brush I took some charcoal brown and added it to the same area of the brow making it more defined. Usually I would just use omega, but as I was going to use a much darker lip colour I wanted to balance out my face with a stronger eyebrow. Back to eyes, I tapped off the excess powder from the same angled brush, and then applied the Laura Geller black gel eyeliner to my lids. I wanted a long, thin flick that emulated an oriental make-up style, and the tape allowed for a super sharp and even edge. When it was done and dried, I carefully peeled off the cellotape to reveal perfect liner. Next, I curled my eyelashes and applied my favourite Flear for Eyelure 3/4 lashes which are the easiest lashes to apply ever. Some Maybelline One by One mascara on my top and bottom lashes finished off the eyes.

Moving onto skin, I dotted some of the Loreal Infallible 24 Hour Matte Foundation and blended it in with my dampened Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge (this combo is incredible!) I applied a thin layer first, and once it had dried I went in with a second thin layer on areas that needed more coverage (my nose, mouth and chin.) I blended some of the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer onto any blemishes on my forehead, nose and chin using a Zoeva concealer brush, and then moved onto the eye area. I recently treated myself for Christmas with the MAC Pro Longwear Concealer (I used the excuse that concealer is a bit like pants - handy, useful, but not something that someone else can buy you, and certainly not as a present.) I have fallen in love with this concealer, and works perfectly to both conceal and slightly highlight underneath the eyes. I applied it in a 'v' shape underneath my eyes and blended in with my sponge, and then took the Real Techniques Lip Brush to clean up the edges of my brows. I set all of these cream products with the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder as I wanted a very matte look to the skin for the best look in flash photography. 

On the cheeks I took my favourite contour from the Lancome Nectar Lace Blush Subtil Palette and smacked on a generous amount before blending it out with a clean powder brush. I applied this in the hollows of my cheekbones, temples and forehead. The H&M Luminous Blush in soft brown added a touch of colour and life back into my pale skin. To finish, I drowned my cheekbones in theBalm Mary LouManizer highlight. With the look almost complete, I wiped off any excess lip cream and then messily smudged in some of the Rimmel Apocalips Liquid Lipstick in Eclipse before taking my NYX Soft Matte Lip Creme in Transylvania and layering it up until the colour was dark and opaque. On camera this didn't show up as dark as it was in person, but this was a dark purple/wine vampy lip.

For hair, I ran my Remington straighteners through any kinks and then pulled it into a low ponytail I decided to recreate a hair look I saw in a master class by Toni&Guy at Stylist Live earlier this year which looked amazing on the model, who was wearing a similar make-up look done by Nars. I pulled two strands of hair from in front of my ear out of the ponytail to frame the face, and then followed an easy "how to" chignon tutorial on youtube. 

Lastly, I changed into my party look. I bought this stunning dress from Missguided which I paid a whole £14 (!?!?!?!?) for during a sale and I am obsessed with. I paired it with these heels from New Look that are surprisingly comfortable, and added these adorable socks for a bit of fun (and so I didn't have to paint my toenails...).

I hope you all have a wonderful Hogmanay and 2016, and I am looking forward to what the new year brings us all!

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