9 April 2013

My Makeup: Upper Lashes Only




Mid-makeup application I'll often step back from my magnified mirror, tilt my head and study the creation on my face I've so far conjured up. For the occasional change, I'll skip loading my lower lashes with mascara and play on the upper area - sometimes it works, other times it won't and can depend on the array that's already on your eyes, but as part of the low-key, fresh-face I tend to favour, I have to say I'm feelin' it...



Any eye-focused makeup starts with a perfected complexion and for this my base of choice was Bourjois's Healthy Mix Foundation, followed by a touch of tan from their Delice de Poudre and to frame my face I brushed on blend of Ash Blonde and Medium Blonde from the HD Brows 'Bombshell' compact. Two shadows paired with two pencils have been putting together my most recent look - dabbed in the tear-duct goes MAC's Grain for a bit of a brighten, followed by a wash of Patina across the lids. I find this look works best with a little upper lash-line definition so I traced the outer third with Urban Decay's bronze-loaded 'Bourbon' liner and smudged away with a smaller Patina-packed fluffy brush. Lashes got curled and coated in Clinique's High Impact Mascara for long-lasting length and thickness, obviously leaving out the lower lot. Instead, the waterline saw a sweep of Custom 3 Color's Light Clarifying flesh-toned pencil and any fall-out, flakes or black traces get wiped away with Bioderma-dunked buds. 

A question that's still on a lot of lips: should you apply the formula on your lower flutters? The beauty banter is mixed. Some say wearing it is fiddly, ageing and you're more prone to panda eyes, others protest that without it, it seems slightly strange, unfinished and makes your peepers appear sleepy. My personal makeup preferences are on constant rotation, but layering up the lower lot or not, I feel eyes become well and truly widened and brightened - Whatever it takes to batter your lashes, eh?!

10 comments:

  1. I agree - it can really depend on what eye makeup you already have going on. I often like to wear it on my top lashes only, but if I have eyeshadow on my lower lash line, I feel as though the look is not complete without mascara on my lower lashes as well. You look beautiful, by the way!

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    1. Ah exactly - it adds a bit of 'smoke' to shadow on the lower lash line, it's a step I definitely wouldn't skip with a heavier eye! Thank you! :-) x

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  2. You look gorgeous! I'm going to be brave and try this tomorrow to see what I think. Also I love how you write, just lovely. xx

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    1. I'm sure it'd look ah-mazing on you! Thank you for your lurrrvely comment :-) x

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  3. Jess, you are gorgeous! Your makeup is always so flawless too. Love the look, I feel naked when I don't apply mascara on my lower lashes but I usually rub it off by lunchtime anyway!

    Paula ♥ | http://www.la-vida-fresa.com xo

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    1. Ah thanks so much! Haha I know what you mean, mine rubs off so easily - Clinique Bottom Lash is the best for no smears or smudges ;-) x

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  4. You're so beautiful! I personally never wear mascara on my lower lashes, but it looks so pretty on some people x

    http://www.beautybabbles.com

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    1. Thank you Kate! It really does, I think it looks just as good without too ;-) x

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  5. Gorgeous! The Clinique mascara looks amazing xx

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  6. Thank you! It really is, I looove it :-) x

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