All posts tagged: Real Techniques

Contour Me Pretty

I can never leave the house without contouring; adding a subtle shadow to sculpt my face makes all the difference to any makeup look. I have noticed that some find the entire prospect of a ‘contour’ completely overwhelming, like what product is best? And what brush do I use? And where do I put it? Should I blend it? Etc. My three tips I’ve learnt when contouring is suck in your cheeks, make sure you put the product in the right place! You should be able to see the natural shadow when you pout, making it a whole lot easier. Second, blend, blend, and blend! Depending on the amount of definition you want, blending the bronzer or contour colour well will make such a difference, even if you want to build up the colour, blend after each application. And third, less is often more. A contour job for everyday and for an occasion/evening is very different, however the majority of the time less is more. A cool toned blush will often look more natural and …

Review: Bold Metals Collection

As a lover of Pixiwoo and an owner of almost all the Real Techniques makeup brushes, it was no surprise that I would get my hands on the Bold Metals Collection as soon as I possibly could. Wow… how absolutely stunning are these!? The Bold Metal brushes are a new and permanent collection from Real Techniques, the classic collection isn’t going anywhere, don’t panic! In addition, these are luxury brushes, at a higher price point. They are exclusively available at Boots (UK) and Ulta (US). I have seen many comments about the high price point from a drug store however Nic and Sam have already explained that this is to ensure they become available to everyone around the world. If they were placed in a higher-end retailer, they wouldn’t be as widely available. Another query I have been seeing is ‘surely they get covered in finger prints?!’ I haven’t found them to be bad at all; they still shine and do not look grubby. It doesn’t bother be that they show a few prints, I don’t …

Beautyblender or RT Complexion Sponge?

I much prefer using some form of sponge to apply my foundation than a brush, simply because I feel I end up with a far more seamless result. I do have a dry skin and so brushes can often leave a patchy finish. Typically I will warm up a pump of foundation on my hand before dotting product around my face, I then bounce and blend using a damp sponge. I repeat this process two or three times depending on the level of coverage I want. I find it does take more time than using a brush however two to three thin layers of foundation will always look better than one thick one, plus it will last longer. Once I have pushed my concealer onto the skin with my Nars #12, I always reach for a sponge to mesh both together. The Real Techniques Complexion Sponge is widely available in drug stores and online at a very affordable price point. This sponge is angled with one large flat surface, once soaked in cold water it …