What is the BEN NYE BANANA POWDER?
Ben Nye brand describes it as : ” Formerly known as Visage Poudre Luxury Powders, these ultra-neutral powders provide superior matte and subtle finishing. Often compared to French powders with silky-fine textures. The Ben Nye Bella line of powders are translucent with just a hint of color.”
The powder has a non sparkly/shimmery finish. It is completely matte. It’s called banana powder- but NO- it doesn’t smell like bananas!
Why is it yellow?
All translucent powders are white in color- but this translucent powder is yellow because it helps preventing your skin from looking ashy. If you have a medium color skin tone or olive or darker it would suite you best. What you will love about this is that when you get photographed wearing it- you won’t see any white blotches like other translucent powders.
I believe if you have more yellow undertones than pink- it will work better on you. I wouldn’t use this on very fair skin.
This translucent powder blends flawlessly. Also, anything that is translucent will work well on oily skin as it doesn’t change in color (darken) with the oil secretion from your t-zone.
You can use it as a powder on top of liquid foundation to help it set. It will control the shine, doesn’t really change your foundation color much ( it does tend to make fairer skin to look weird & yellow), has no perfume in it.
But I believe the main use – which a lot of makeup artists use it for is- Highlighting as in part of contouring! I always use it for that- after a lot of practice- I have mastered it and It is very natural!
I’m sure you have seen Kim Kardashian’s contouring pictures- her makeup artists use this a lot on her! It helps in setting the concealer and brightening it up naturally.
It is the perfect powder to highlight and bring out those areas out in the face. When contouring, I believe you need to highlight in order to contrast between the light and dark areas. See below to know where to highlight (white areas). I recommend keeping the yellow powder on your face for a few minutes before you blend it off with a brush.
The thing I hated about this powder is the packaging/ container. Instead of dipping your brush you have to use it like a baby/talc powder.
So you would have to use it on a plate or something then take it from there. When I contour- I use it with these triangular sponges.
The banana powder is affordable- you can order it from many websites online.
Many of us girls have redness on our faces…
Some people have it in form of scars. Some have it as an allergy/infection. Others have it from acne… and some just have redness for no reason!
I know it is really annoying to cover up redness- but there is a way!
DO NOT JUST TOP UP OBVIOUS REDNESS WITH YOUR FOUNDATION- IT WILL SHOW!
Here is my way- step to step with pictures!
So I have gotten a red patch on my skin due to an allergic reaction to medication- well I decided that it is a chance to show you girls how to hide it!
First of all.. Here are the stuff you will need
A green corrector (makeup forever or Kryolan), a beige corrector ( bobbi brown/makeupforever/kryolan), your desired foundation (liquid) and powder.
The reason on why I’m using a green corrector is because green cancels out the red in the skin
With the brushes, you will need: a flat foundation brush, 2 concealer brushes, one powder brush/duo fibre brush
APPLY GREEN CORRECTOR WITH CONCEALER BRUSH
APPLY IT ON RED AREA BY PATTING AND NOT SMUDGING
APPLY A BEIGE CORRECTOR (MINE IS BOBBI BROWN) ON TOP OF GREEN
WITH A CONCEALER BRUSH
WITH A FOUNDATION BRUSH COVER THIS AREA AND APPLY YOUR FOUNDATION ALL OVER
BLEND THE FOUNDATION AND EVEN IT OUT WITH A BEAUTY BLENDER
APPLY YOUR POWDER
NO MORE RED SHOWING!
See Below on how to create this natural eye look:
- Primed eyes with Urban Decay’s primer potion
- Used the NAKED 1 palette from Urban Decay. Shade “naked” on crease and blending upwards
- “buck” in outer corner & crease and also blend upwards.
- “darkhorse” in outer corner and crease then blend
- “virgin” blended on brow bone to highlight
- “buck & darkhorse” smudged gently under lash line
- Maybelline gel liner to line my eyes with a small flick
- Applied Ardell lashes “101″
- Mascara top & bottom (forgot which one)
- MAC smoulder black pencil inside waterline
- MUFE (makeupforever) creamy eyebrow corrector #30 on brows
- Contact lenses are from “fresh look” they are grey by the way!
See details below on how to create this eye look
- Primed eyes with Urban Decay’s primer potion
- MAC “satin taupe” eyeshadow (purplish grey” on full lid
- MAC “sketch” eyeshadow on outer corner and inner corner (don’t apply it on the centre lid)
- Blend “sketch” into “satin taupe”
- maybelline gel liner to line my eyes with a small flick
- Armani mascara “eyes to kill” top & bottom lashes
- Adrell lashes “babies” with duo glue
- Chanel “clair” eyepencil in nude on my water line. I slightly winged it under my flick
- smudged “sketch” under my bottom lashline
- Added “vanilla” eyeshadow from MAC on my brow bone & gently blended it.
See below on how to create this eye look:
- Primed eye with Urban Decay’s eye shadow primer potion
- MAC eyeshadow “wedge” on full lid
- MAC eyeshadow “nylon” on brow bone & then i blended it to look natural
- Applied “espresso” on my lower lash line with a MAC 239 flat shader brush
- Used “noir” the black color from one of the sleep palettes i have in the crease
- applied Makeupforever’s smoky lash mascara top & bottom lashes
- Eyelure lashes “sarah” from the girl’s aloud collection
- Chanel “clair” nude pencl inside bottom waterline
- maybelline gel liner top lid
- Sleep makeup glittter liner in start of inner corner
- contact lenses are from “freshlook” in the shade “brown”
See details below on which products I used to do this eyelet
I used the ” SMOKED” palette from Urban Decay to do this eyelook. If you want to read more about the Smoked palette, SEE HERE.
- Primed the eye with Urban Decay’s Eye primer potion
- applied “freestyle” from smoked palette on full lid
- “kinky” on brow bone
- “blackout” on outer corner and blended it out with “backdoor”
- “mushroom” on centre of lid
- maybelline gel liner
- applied ardell lashes “demi lovies”
- smudged “backdoor & blackout” underneath lashline
- used illamasqua mascara “RAVEN” top and bottom lashes
- Urban decay’s 24/7 eye pencil “perversion” inside waterlines.
- Makeupforever’s creamy eyebrow corrector# 30 to fill in my brows
Working on this post was absolutely amazing! I am thrilled to introduce you to this amazing company- BACKSTAGE DUBAI- Some may know it, but the ones who don’t then this is your chance to know what they are and what they do- and yes- it is MAKEUP RELATED!
BACKSTAGE is located in Dubai- and it’s a beauty concept store- unlike any other store- it’s very unique! (can’t wait to visit it during my trip to Dubai for my makeup classes… to know more see my Dubai class post – click HERE)
A shot of Backstage’s amazing modern layout
Basically, Backstage is a luxury beauty boutique which sources exclusive brands from overseas. It provides some brands that are not widely, if at all, available throughout the U.A.E so that they can offer a truly unique beauty experience.
Backstage provides you with cosmetics, luxury fragrances, lavish skincare lines, beauty tools & fashion accessories. It is a pretty new store in town- as it recently opened in late 2011.
The amazing brands which Backstage provides are: Besame, Belmacz, Becca, Beautyblender (all UAE girls looking for it- they sell it here!), Bdellium Tools, Ciate, Fallon, Gio Diev, Histoires de Parfums, HAIR DESIGNACCESS, ila, Jerome C. Rosseau, Jennifer Behr, Karmissie, Karen Murrell, Ligia Dias, Les Tai Tai, LashControl, MOR, Mily Make Up, Mason Pearson, Mark Buxton, Mai Couture, Nanadebary, Nail Rock, Osmo, Parfumerie Generale, Rosebud, Rodin olio lusso, Whish, Xen Tan, Zoe & Morgan.
Moving on to the makeup part … I think many of you know the famous MILLIE MACKINTOSH… How amazing is it that she collaborated with BACKSTAGE ??
For those not familiar with Millie- she is a super popular star in the TV show “Made in Chelsea” … And also she is a very talented makeup artist! She is an iconic beauty and fashion icon. She also recently launched a false lashes collection!
Backstage earned a lucky chance to do an exclusive “how to makeup” tutorial with Millie. Millie uses BACKSTAGE’s brands to show us how she can achieve beautiful skin – more of a “day glam” look.
The tutorial is super helpful and I urge you girls to see it. It provides details (step by step) on how to create this stunning makeup look… Also- she gives you some beauty tips and tricks (always luv that part !) The Millie make up tutorial was released on January 1st 2013 – so this video is SUPER NEW!
See her tutorial below
All products used in the tutorial are available at BACKSTAGE Dubai ! So those who want the amazing beauty blender and becca etc should definitely visit this amazing store & grab those goodies!
Also, check out Milli Mackintosh’s exclusive interview with Backstage & see her unclose pictures from the photoshoot!
BS) Made In Chelsea is absolutely huge! What made you agree to be part of the show?
MM) I was really scared about being in a reality show. I had no idea what I was getting into! It was a massive gamble that luckily paid off! Once I persuaded Caggie to join the show, I knew it would be a lot of fun
BS) Where do you think you would be now if you hadn’t done Made In Chelsea?
MM) I would still be working as a make up artist but I doubt I would have my own line of lashes out yet!
BS) What would you say is the most difficult thing about being a reality TV star?
MM) People get to see such a large part of our lives that it becomes difficult to have your privacy, I find it hard when I get followed at the airport or when I’m running errands looking not my best!
BS) You’ve visited Dubai in the past. What do you think of our city? What do you remember most about visiting Dubai?
MM) I love the sun so I especially enjoyed the climate! Dubai is great for a winter getaway and has some of the best restaurants and malls in the world! The fountains outside the Burj Khalifa.
BS) Do you have any plans to visit again soon?
MM) With my filming schedule, it is hard to book trips away! I am working hard this winter so haven’t been able to make any travel plans at all yet!
BS) What can you tell us about your collaboration with Backstage, a beauty concept store in Dubai?
MM) I am thrilled to be working with Backstage Dubai and also very happy to announce they will now be stocking my line of false lashes! When they got in touch it made perfect sense – I am a beauty addict so its a really fun collaboration and they have a terrific range of amazing products, so what’s not to love?
BS) Backstage has more niche, high-end, luxury cosmetics, skin care and fragrance. Are you a fan of unique beauty products?
MM) Yes 100% addicted! I love discovering amazing brands that go beyond the average product and deliver amazing results.
BS) What is your favourite thing about shopping at boutiques?
MM) The private and unique experience you get! Also, knowing not everyone else knows about it yet, it’s a more exclusive way of shopping.
BS) What drove you to want to be a make up artist?
MM) I always loved watching my mum getting ready for parties when I was little and I used make up from early in my teens to cover up bad skin. It made me feel much better about myself. I love how putting on a bit of make up in the morning can help you feel ready to face the day!
BS) What is your all time favourite make up brand?
MM) I have to say I am a Becca addict!
BS)What are your top 5 make up tips for women?
MM) Know your skin type and skin tone, this is very important when picking your base make up.
Use a primer with an SPF, this will protect skin from the sun all year round and help your make up stay on all day.
Choose colours that suit you, always match your base in natural light to make sure it’s a good match.
Less is more, enhance what you’ve got – don’t mask it.
Have fun … it’s about being creative and expressing yourself!
BB) What 3 beauty products do you never leave the house without?
MM) Lip balm. I love Baume de Rose from By Terry, My Becca foundation, My lashes – whichever ones suit the feel of the day…
BB) Your skin is always so radiant. How do you keep it in such amazing condition?
MM) Thank you! I have a good cleansing routine which I think is essential and I have monthly facials. I also do 1 or 2 face masks at home every week.
BB) Dubai’s weather is amazing all year round but we are strong believers in safe tanning. What are your tips to maintain a perfect fake tan?
MM) It’s important to assess your skin when choosing your tanning product, for fairer skin tones – choose a product that is light to medium and always to a patch test first. Make sure you exfoliate a day before applying tanning products to make sure you get an even colour and then apply moisturiser to knees, elbows, knuckles and ankles to stop the tan from going too dark in those areas! I love St Tropez self-tanning mousse.
BB) You are regarded as a beauty and fashion icon. How do you feel about this?
MM) It’s very flattering but I don’t feel worthy of the title! I love clothes – dressing up was always my favourite game when I was little.
BB) Are you more of a ‘heels’ or ‘handbag’ kind of woman?
MM) I’m a heels and handbag kind of woman! Got to have the perfect bag to go with the shoes …
BB) Who is your ultimate beauty and fashion icon at the moment?
MM) Miranda Kerr. She has a killer body and always looks so natural and gorgeous. The way she dresses is simple, elegant and stylish.
BB) Congratulations on your lash line – they are all absolutely stunning. What were the reasons behind you creating your own lash line?
MM) I wanted to wear lashes that were really natural for the daytime, that felt light, and that didn’t irritate my eyes. I couldn’t be happier with the way my lash line has come out. The feedback has been amazing. It’s a dream come true to have my own lash line!
BB) What advice would you give to a woman who is looking at choosing a false eyelash to wear?
MM) Think about your eye shape and if you like a more natural or bold look. My lashes range from very natural to a sexy full lash look. I would wear all of them depending on the occasion or mood I was in.
BB) What is your top tip for wearing false eyelashes?
MM) Wear them with confidence!
BB) Are they any other plans for more products in the pipeline?
MM) Definitely, whatever I do, it will always be to enhance a women’s natural beauty and will be kind to the skin. I would love my own clothing line one day.
BB) Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
MM) I would love to have a beauty and clothing boutique, that would be amazing!
BB) What would you say you are most thankful for right now?
MM) All the people I’ve worked with over the last year and a half! I couldn’t of done it without them!
To know more about Backstage, please visit http://www.backstage.ae
Backstage is located in THE VILLAGE (see map below)
Backstage Shop 21, Ground Floor, The Village, Jumeirah 1 Dubai,
United Arab Emirates
T: +971 4 385 5500 F: +971 4 385 5505 E: email@example.com
My makeup classes are not like any other class- i have a special way of explaining things- in great detail- TO MAKE YOU UNDERSTAND the reasons behind the use of products!
This class will benefit you for a lifetime
It is a basics class- where you will learn more than basics! I cover everything-step by step- by showing you everthing on my face- IN GREAT DETAIL OFCORSE!
You will learn everything from how to prep the face, to correctors & foundation etc till the end + a quick eye look!
Here is what the class covers:
- Skin prep (face routine of cleansers, wipes & toners)
- Moisturisers and eye creams
- Full explanation of all the Brushes & their use
- Full explanation of sponges, powder puffs, beauty blenders & other essentials
- Correcting the skin using orange, green & beige correctors
- Explanation of the different foundations & the skin’s undertones
- How to choose the right foundation shade
- How to properly apply foundation and blend
- Concealers (different types & textures)
- Applying powder (loose/compact) and buffing up the face
- Contouring the face (nose & hollow cheek bone)
- Filling in your eyebrows correctly with different types of products
- Priming the eye area
- A quick soft brown eye look
- Tricks of the eyeliner and the flick
- Defining the eyes
- Mascara (the right way)
- How to correctly apply blush & blend
- How to highlight the face (2 techniques)
- How to fix the face with setting spray
- How to clean your dirty brushes
Where will the class be in dubai?
The class will held in an event/meeting room in THE ADDRESS HOTEL (DUBAI MALL)
The class will be in classroom form, provided with a screen and camera to zoom in on what I’ll be teaching you.
Valet Parking will be offered on complimentary basis for my students. The parking ticket will be stamped by the hotel.
When are the classes held?
The class will be on a (SATURDAY) at 10 AM on JUNE 15
I chose a saturday – as it will be your weekend. The class is nearly 3 hours and a half.
Kindly be there by 9:45 sharp
How many students in the class?
Since I’ll be there for 1 day only- the class will be a big one- 45 students. It is a limited space – depending on a first-come-first-serve basis (upon deposit payments) – will inform those who reserve later.
What to bring to the class?
Don’t bring anything with you! Best is to come & learn – I provide you with my special notes.
I do everything on my face- so you won’t be doing anything on yours
How much is the class?
It will be 800 AED per person
Classes are higher in cost than Bahrain in order to cover the venue/event expense
What language is the class in?
The classes are in arabic (due to the majority understanding arabic) but to those who understand only in english- you will be able to easily understand the class as you will see me do everything on my face. The notes provided are all in english. And I do speak english alot in the class- so it’s a mix between arabic and english
How to enroll in my class?
If you are really interested-
Just email me on firstname.lastname@example.org
with your NAME & MOBILE or DM me on twitter.
If you already emailed me your name and mobile- i will contact u personally.
Many of emarati women already emailed me and I will contact them
You will need to pay a deposit to secure your spot- against cancellations
(I will inform you later on the process)
LOOKING FORWARD TO MEETING YOU ALL!!!
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I absolutely love a super black liner – but even the darkest ones tend to go lighter over time….
I have an amazing product from ILLAMASQUA which makes that super intense black liner!
I use 2 products from ILLAMASQUA and mix them together!
I use the following:
An illamasqua slanted angled brush (u can use any – from any brand)
Illamasqua’s black eyeshadow OBSIDIAN
And Illamasqua’s sealing gel
This sealing gel is amazing! It’s basically a tiny bottle with a formula- that changes powders to liquids.
One drop of this product turns any powder into a colour-intense, water-resistant PASTE that dries quickly and lasts for hours. It creates a waterproof finishing and gives off maximum pigmentation!
You can use it with any pigment or eyeshadow and it will turn it to creamy- similar to inglot’s Duraline.
Below are the steps of what I do to create a really dark liner
Make sure to apply instantly as the product dries of very quickly! I do apply this past on to my eye 2-3 times to get a dark intense color!
Below are some pictures of the mixed product on my hand- and with a comparison to normal gel liners.
It might be a bit hard for you to draw it instantly with this paste, so I suggest drawing it first with a gel liner then tracing over with this paste !
You can find this product in www.illamasqua.com or in middleast (UAE & KUWAIT)
So I decided to teach you the steps of this quick eye look I did yesterday- instead of just posting a pic on twitter
It’s not that hard- needs a bit of blending though!
I used MAC eyeshadows only! And I didn’t use false lashes this time.
HOW TO GET THE LOOK
1. Applied urban decay’s eye primer potion on full lid (to help anti-creasing & to hold eyeshadow for hours)
2. With 217 Mac Brush (Sigma E25), applied “ricepaper” MAC eyeshadow on lid up to the crease.
3. Again with the same brush, topped ricepaper with “Tete a Tint” MAC eyeshadow on top to have a mixture of some peachy skintone shade.
4. Applied a thin line of gel liner (bobbi brown’s ink black) with Sigma E10 brush (without winging it like a cat eye)- kept it short .
5. With a MAC 263 Brush (Sigma E65), applied “carbon” MAC eyeshadow on the outer corners (we call it a V or a ” of the eye.
6. Blend the carbon with a 217 MAC brush or a (sigma E25) to form a blended V.
7. keep on blening until it is connected to the black gel liner applied
8. make sure no harsh line are shown
9. Add some “embark” MAC eyeshadow between the outer V and the mid lid- and also blend som under the brow bone (NOT on the brow bone)
10. Apply “nylon” MAC eyeshadow on your brow bone and blend with a MAC 224 brush
11. apply mascara + inner black eye pencil