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Sunday, 26 May 2013

Get the VAMP look with our BYZANTIUM make-up tutorial

 Stylish vampire film BYZANTIUM, starring Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan is due to hit our screens on the 31st of May and us gals just can't wait! Not only do we love British beauty Gemma Arterton we love a bit of dark glamour and this movie certainly has that! 

To celebrate the release we have opened up our beauty black books to reveal our top tips on how to wear the VAMP look. This look is great for evening glamour all year round and well worth following for your next night out ...

GET THE VAMP LOOK - make-up tutorial: 

  1. Start with a blank canvas, perfectly primed and ready for your foundation. Apply with brush, sponge or simply fingers! But make sure you blend well and have no streaks or edges; a wedge sponge is good for this. But don’t forget when doing smokey eyes you may want to do this after step 8. Prime the eyes and cover with a light eye concealer, some products do both these jobs in one. Lightly powder all over.
  2. Take your eyeshadow brush and coat it with your charcoal eyeshadow, gently flick off any excess, and starting sparingly and in very small circular movements start at the outer edge of the lid and socket and gradually blend towards the inner corner. 

3. Repeat on the other side.
4. You can repeat step 2 until you get the required density. Much better to build up gradually. And use your blending brush to make sure you don’t have any hard edges.

5. With a more defining brush or sponge applicator dip in the eyeshadow, tap off the excess and starting at the outer corner of the lower lid gently take the colour along the lower lashes getting narrower towards the centre and trailing off just after the centre.

6. Eyebrows should be quite thin and dark, long and angled down, you can just define them well with a small angled brush and a complimentary eyeshadow or a matte pencil. 

7.  Apply lashings of mascara to top and bottom eyelashes.

8. Very subtle dusting of a peachy blusher to the apples of the cheeks (find these by smiling!) 

9. Last but not least! Apply a bright or berry red to fully lined lips to complete your vamp look. A vamp is never without her perfect pout! 

Gemma - Rocking the Vamp look in the movie! 

The Powderpuff Girls xx 

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Get the Rita look

We celebrate the LOVE GODDESS ahead of the Rita Hayworth season at BFI Southbank with a fabulously forties make-up tutorial...

In the 1940s make-up was all about the lipstick, a great matted red was the look. Even land girls wouldn’t be seen without it! During the war, make up was in very short supply and everyone became very inventive, such as using boot polish for mascara! No need for such drastic measures now and certainly not at the Columbia studios in Rita's Hay Day (excuse the pun!) 
Everyone aspired to look just like Rita Hayworth, she was the girl that women all over the world wanted to be. Here is how to get that iconic look that is still so fashionable today...


1. As always start with perfectly primed skin and apply your foundation and powder well, matte was the order of the day. Prime eyes too and use a light concealer. 

2. With your eyeshadow brush apply a neutral beige colour to the whole eyelid.

3. Take your socket brush and with a very subtle neutral stone or light brown shade in the socket. If you tilt your head down slightly you will find it easier to find the correct place to shade. You want it barely there for a daytime look but you can go slightly darker for evening looks.

4. Take a good liquid eyeliner, and apply a very thin line along the eyelashes of your upper lid from the inner towards the outer corner and extend it slightly.

5. Use an angled brush to define your eyebrows and gently accentuate the arch, in a complementary or slightly darker colour. 

6. Lashings of mascara, but for an authentic look just apply to the upper lashes.

7. Rouge was also popular, so a light dusting of rosy pink to the apples will compliment this look.

8. Lips need to be perfectly lined with a good red pencil that matches your lipstick, and the lipstick needs to be a very matte pillar-box red. Blot well.

The complete look!! 

All hail Rita!! 

WIN: We have 3 x pairs of tickets to see a Rita Hayworth film of your choice during the season at the BFI Southbank this June. 

To WIN simply tell us which of Rita's films is your favourite and why. Simply post your comment below and be sure to leave your email address. 

 Winner will be selected on the wednesday 5th June. 

Good Luck 
The Powderpuff Girls xx 

Tutorial taken from our Style me Vintage make-up book by the one and only Miss Powderpuff
£9.99 available at our online shop 

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Get the Gatsby Look: Make-up tutorial

Get gorgeously ready for all those Gatsby parties with this 1920's inspired look. This vintage makeup tutorial comes straight from the Style Me Vintage Make- up book by Miss Powderpuff herself Katie Thomson. In the book Style Me Vintage Make-up, Katie takes you through, step-by-step, how to achieve a gorgeous smoky 1920s look. However, this vintage makeup look on gorgeous model Oonah is a softer, more dewy look than that 1920s look so easier for all to wear. 
Vintage Makeup Tutorial
We are playing with this look and giving it a slightly rebellious 1970's meets the 1920's look inspired by 'Biba'.  To quote the creators of this iconic fashion label, “Fresh little foals with long legs, bright faces and round dolly eyes”.  In contrast to the traditional 1920s look, you can use more metallic, shimmery colors rather than matte. I am using a deep aubergine purple color for the eyeshadow, but a jade green or a peacock blue are equally Biba-esque! It is usually quite a good idea to do your base after your eyes for this make-up unless you are a super careful as you use quite a lot of eyeshadow and it could drop onto your cheeks and spoil your foundation. Unlike the 1920s step by step in the book, for this look we are going to skip the kohl eyeliner.
Step 1
The technique for applying the eyeshadow is very much the same as the 1920s make-up. Take your eyeshadow brush and coat it with your chosen eyeshadow, gently flick off any excess, and starting sparingly and in very small circular movements start at the outer edge of the lid and socket and gradually blend towards the inner corner.
Vintage Makeup Tutorial
Step 2
You can repeat step 1 until you get the required density. Much better to build up gradually. And use your blendingbrush to make sure you don’t have any hard edges. You are trying to get the density of color in the socket, outer and inner corner of the eye, fading out towards the brow bone and in the center of the eyelid. You want this shape to be more round than feline so don’t be tempted to move out towards your temples with the eyeshadow.
Vintage Makeup Tutorial
Step 3
With a pointed brush take the same color along the lower lashes, fading out just past the center of the eye, blending slightly downwards well so you don’t get a hard line.
Vintage Makeup Tutorial
Step 4
On the brow bone and the middle of the eyelid you can use a lighter shade of eyeshadow with a slight shimmer.
Vintage Makeup Tutorial
Step 5
You can also use the highlighter around your eye, with your ring finger blend a small amount round towards the temples and onto the cheekbone.
Vintage Makeup Tutorial
Step 6
Eyebrows were quite thin and long and rounded down, but not too defined. You can do this with a small angled brush and a complimentary eyeshadow.
Vintage Makeup Tutorial
Step 7
Apply lashings of mascara to top and bottom eyelashes. Or to really go for it a set of strip lashes on the top lid and some individual lashes on the lower lid!
Step 8
Here’s where you can do your foundation if you haven’t already, keep it natural and dewy, not too matte and powdery.
Step 9
Keep blusher mostly to the cheekbone and arc up to the temples, in a subtle shimmery peach.
Vintage Makeup Tutorial
Step 10
Lips are a deep berry, purpley-red. Line the lips with a dark berry pencil into a well-defined small rosebud shape again to echo the 1920s. If you have a wider mouth you can still achieve this look, just don’t take your lipline right to the corners. A shiny rather than a matte lipstick suits this look best.  Complete your look with candy floss hair and colorful metallic nails!
Vintage Makeup Tutorial
Enjoy glamourettes xx

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                       Who's getting excited about the Great Gatsby finally hitting our screens? 
Wouldn't it be nice to enjoy the film in glamorous surroundings without any of 
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See you on the red carpet 
The Powderpuff Girls xx  

COMING SOON: Get the Gatsby Look