Category: Makeup

Angelic Makeup Look

One of my assignments in class was to create a makeup look that is inspired by or complements an accessory. Each of us brought in accessories, placed them all in a bag and then blindly pulled one out. I pulled out a floral headband, which reminded me of an angel, so I set forth to create an angelic makeup look.

I used very light, shimmery eyeshadow and kept the brows as natural looking as possible. I wanted to create an intense glow, as if from a halo, so I used plenty of highlighter on the cheekbones, nose and forehead, and light pink blush on the cheeks. I also used a nude-pink lip liner with a silver gloss on top.

Five Products I Need ASAP

Every year around my birthday, I compile a little wishlist of cosmetics I’d like to add to my collection. Some of the products I’ve been wanting for quite some time, while others have just recently caught my eye. Whether it be for personal use or my professional kit, these are the items that I want desperately:

Screen Shot 2015-06-26 at 11.27.55 PMToo Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Melted Fig ($25)
I have this lipstick in Melted Fuchsia, which is a vibrant hot pink, and I’d love to try this rosy orchid shade as well. These lipsticks are extremely pigmented, glide on smooth, and last for several hours without smudging or fading.

41877iA2A7DB4CF34D3D57Prada Candy L’Eau (2.7oz for $115)
I first discovered this fragrance when I was working at Cosmetics Magazine, and I’ve wanted it ever since. With notes of white musks, caramel, citrus, and oriental florals, this scent is both fresh and elegant.

ana033_anastasiabeverlyhills_proseriesbrowpalette_800x960Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Pro Palette ($100)
This palette is a serious steal and will be perfect for my professional kit. For $100, you get 11 duo brow powders (individually priced at $30), as well as a brow primer. Every shade I will ever need is in this palette.

cc-poptastic-pastel-bottlesColor Club Poptastic Pastel Neon Collection ($8 each)
This gorgeous collection of pastel neon nail polish will look fabulous against my tanned summer skin. Of the seven colours, I’m most fond of the lime green ‘Til The Record Stops and the icy blue Meet Me At The Rink.

smashboxSmashbox Master Class Palette III – Color & Contour ($72)
I can’t get over how great of a deal this set is. The palette is valued at over $350, containing 32 eye shadows, three blushes, one contour powder, one bronzer, and one highlighter. There’s a nice mix of matte and shimmer eye shadows, and colours to complement every skin tone.

Editorial Makeup

I had the pleasure of creating this editorial makeup look on my model twice: both for a test run and during our in-class assignment. I went with a lighter lip for the final look, which I think suits the model a bit better, and also blended the eyeshadow a lot more. For the shadow, I used Savage and Urban from Urban Decay’s Electric Palette, as well as Chalk from Make Up For Ever. I also switched up the false lashes on the second application because I wasn’t happy with how they turned out in the test run. I love working with bright colours and am looking forward to creating more looks like this in the future.

Test run:

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Final application:

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Mail from an old friend

My old locker buddy from high school has been starting to get more into beauty products recently and we decided to do a little product swap. I sent her a package filled with various nail and makeup goodies, and she sent me one as well. I was thrilled to see a big envelope sticking out of my mailbox yesterday, and I ripped it open immediately.

Inside the package was Younique’s Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes Mascara, as well as two GOSH nail polishes and an adorable Revlon nail file. I’ve been wanting to try this Younique mascara for a while now, and decided to give it a quick test run this evening. My initial thoughts on the mascara are pretty good; it definitely makes my lashes longer. I still want to do some more testing on it, so I’ll be doing a full review in the next week with plenty of comparison photos.

These GOSH polishes really surprised me. I’ve never worn this brand, and I don’t think I can recall seeing any swatches for them at all, so I really didn’t know what to expect. The polishes claim to have a “glittery matt finish” and “frosted sand look.” I decided to try both colours at once, painting Frosted Soft Green on my middle and ring fingers, and Frosted Soft Coral on my thumb, index and pinky. I only needed one coat to get opaque coverage, which is pretty rare. I always appreciate single coat polishes for those days when I just don’t have the time or patience for a second or third coat.

The finish is exactly as described, with a bit of a rough texture. The longer I wear this polish, the more I love it. I find myself looking at it constantly and I love how the sun reflects off of it. I’m really happy with the outcome and I’ll probably find myself purchasing more GOSH polish in the future.

May 2015 Ipsy Glam Bag

There are so many subscription boxes available these days, it’s difficult to choose just one. I’ve been an Ipsy subscriber for about a year and a half now, and the bags have been hit and miss. Sometimes I absolutely adore my glam bag, and other times I just don’t have an interest in any of the products. More often than not, I enjoy 2-3 products and pass the rest onto my mom to try. Though I have to admit, Ipsy is a great deal for the price. Even if I only enjoy one product from the glam bag, that one product is generally worth at least the $15ish ($10USD + shipping) that I paid for the bag.

May’s glam bag arrived this week and it’s one of the best selections of products I’ve seen in awhile. Now that I’m building up my kit for freelance work, I’m finding uses for products that I may not have used before. Also, how cute is that bag?!

One product in particular that will be making its way into my makeup kit is the Bellapierre Cosmetics Gel Eyeliner Pencil in Ebony. This waterproof pencil glides on effortlessly and provides intense pigment, while staying on all day without smudging. The creamy gel formula in pencil form allows for a quick and easy application, which will save a lot of time when working on clients.

For those of us with oily skin, finding a moisturizer that hydrates while mattifying skin can be quite difficult. This Morning Dew Matte-Finish Moisturiser from Amie provides a smooth base for my makeup without adding excess oil.

Urban Decay is my go-to brand for eyeshadow and liner, but I’ve never used any of their lip products. I am so excited to try the new Revolution High-Color Lipgloss in Failbait and Bittersweet. These colours are so vibrant and fun, and I’m a sucker for purple lips. These samples also came with the Ozone 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil, a clear liner that works under any lipstick or gloss to prevent bleeding and fill fine lines.

Blending brushes have been extremely valuable in my first few makeup classes, so I was thrilled to find one in my glam bag this month. I’ve received Luxie brushes from Ipsy before and I love them. The bristles are unbelievably soft and there hasn’t been any fallout at all. This tapered blending brush is the perfect addition to my brush kit.

Many years of colouring my hair has left it a little dry, especially at the ends. I can hear my locks calling for this leave-in conditioning spray from Briogeo. I’ve seen this brand at Sephora, but haven’t tried it yet, so I’m looking forward to testing Rosarco Milk on these desperate strands. I will definitely be doing a full review of this conditioner in a later post, so keep an eye out for it.

Overall, I’d say this month’s Ipsy glam bag was a huge success. Sorry, Mom, I won’t be sharing any products this time around.


Beauty School Diary #1

A lot of information has been thrown at me during my first two makeup artist classes, and I’m doing my best to just take it all in. We’ve discussed colour theory, contouring and natural makeup looks, and have also been introduced to face charts (which will take some serious practice). Throughout all my years of schooling, I’ve found I retain information best when I write it out and discuss it.

Here are a few of the helpful tips and tricks I’ve learned so far:

  • Complementary colours (red/green, blue/orange, yellow/violet) make each other stand out when used together, but they also cancel out when layered, which is super handy for concealing skin imperfections. Mix a bit of green corrector into your concealer to cover up red spots, or mix in orange to reduce the blue tint under your eyes.
  • When contouring, use darker shades to minimize specific areas of your face and lighter shades to highlight and draw attention. For example, highlight your cheek bone with a light shade and place a dark shade just under it to create a more defined cheek. You can also blend darker shades along your hairline to make your forehead appear smaller.
  • The key thing to remember when contouring is to use cool tones, not orange-toned bronzers. Bronzers are designed to add warmth to the face, while a cool tone will create more of a natural contoured shadow.
  • When using a variety of liquid, cream and powder cosmetics, the order of application is crucial to your makeup’s staying power. Be sure to apply all liquid and cream products first, set with finishing powder next, and then apply any powder products last.
  • To create a cohesive makeup look, it’s a good idea to keep your blush and lipstick within the same colour family. If you want a peach lip, use peach on your cheeks as well. Products like Benefit’s lip and cheek stains are perfect for matching your lips and cheeks for a well-balanced makeup look.

For more makeup tips and tricks, keep an eye out for my next beauty school diary. Comment below if you have any tips of your own to share!

Welcome to Midnight Hour Beauty!

My name is Sarah and I’m a beauty-holic. I paint my nails at least twice a week and spend far too much money at Sephora. I’m currently building my freelance business as a makeup artist and nail technician, and am taking a makeup course to help me along that path.

I’m also a bit of an insomniac. It’s about 1am right now and, as usual, I’m sitting here working away on my computer. Most of my posts will probably go up late at night, as that is when my brain truly comes alive. But don’t worry if you’re not a night owl, you crazy morning people can just see the posts when you wake up.

The Midnight Hour Beauty blog is about pretty much anything related to cosmetics and beauty. Expect to see posts ranging from product reviews and tutorials, to daily looks and must-have favourites. I’ll even have a diary series to chronicle my days at beauty school.

Come back Tuesday to see my review of GLAMGLOW® SUPERMUD™ Clearing Treatment!