Orange Colour Corrector Alternative – Collection Lasting Colour Mango Crush

I’ve mentioned before in a prior blog post that I have discoloration around my mouth and under my eyes. Those areas are a darker Brown than the rest of my face. The way I hide this is by colour correcting using an orange corrector. My go to corrector is LA Girl Pro Conceal Orange Corrector, however recently it ran out and I only realised on a day I had to go out. I wanted to find an alternative I could use where I could buy it locally on my high street so headed for Superdrug. I’ve heard of people using lipstick so opted to look for a deep orange lipstick. The reason I didn’t look for a Colour Corrector is because the ones I’ve seen in Boots and Superdrug tend to be too light orange for my skin tone. Luckily I found a really good deep Orange Lipstick from Collection for only £2.99 in shade 3 Mango Crush.

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Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Makeup

Estee Lauder is a brand which is known for catering to all skin tones. The Double Wear Foundation range for example has over 30 shades ranging from cool, warm to neutral so there is so much to choose from. I felt unsure about the shade to commit to so fortunately Estee Lauder are happy to provide a sample. They used a device that took three photographs of my face to decide on my shade. I was matched to Bronze 5W1 but they did not have it in stock since its a newer shade so they recommended that I tried Henna 4W3.

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Mac Satin Lipstick Retro- Perfect for Indian Skin

I tend to buy Lipstick colours that are brighter shades so I wanted to pick a warm deeper shade for my next purchase. I decided to try the shade Retro from the Mac Satin Lipstick range.

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I picked this colour because I wanted a peachy brown shade and this lipstick fit what I was looking for perfectly. The warmth of the shade made my lips stand out and complimented my skin tone as it made my skin look brighter instead of making me look washed out as some dark lipsticks do.

 

It is a really pigmented lipstick so I only needed to apply over my lips once, but it did tend to fade after about 4 hours and then needs reapplication if you eat or drink while wearing it.

My lips felt a little dry so I prefer wearing lip balm underneath, therefore I personally did not find the quality of this lipstick to be that great. However, I adore the shade and this colour is really hard to find so for that reason alone I would purchase this lipstick again.

I was in New York when I bought this so I purchased it at a MAC counter at Macy’s for $17. It is available online in the UK for £15.50 at MAC.

LA Girl Pro Conceal Orange Correcter- Ideal for uneven skintone for Medium to Dark Skintones

A big issue I suffer from is uneven skin tone particularly around my mouth and under my eyes. Sometimes this causes me to overdo the foundation coverage to try and make everything match up and appear even, but instead makes my skin look cakey and still appear uneven. I heard about correcting red pigmentation with a green corrector and brown pigmentation using Orange so was on the hunt for a colour correcter in Orange. I searched online and found one from LA Girl. What set this apart from other correcters was that the shade of Orange looked deeper than the others so I thought it would suit me better. 

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When I opened it, it comes with a brush type applicator and you gently squeeze the tube for the product to come out. This is great as it prevents you from being to heavy handed and using too much. It is very pigmented so a little goes a long way and its a lightweight formula so is easy to blend. I used a primer underneath that I wrote about before from Maybelline and this worked well underneath the corrector.

Once blended, the area looks orangey/red as expected but when you layer foundation on top the coverage is perfect. Foundation blends over the correcter without feeling heavy and my skin looks so even now. It also means I use less foundation as I’m not over compensating for the fact that I need to even out the skin tone, since the corrector does this for me now.
This is a must buy for those with uneven skin tone. Since the Orange is deep I would recommend it to those with medium to dark skin. A more peach or light orange corrector would suit lighter skin better. If your skin tone is lighter I would suggest the NYX Dark Circle Concealer which comes in 4 different orange shades.
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LA Girl Pro Conceal Orange Corrector is priced at just £4.99
NYC Dark Circle Concealer priced at £6.50

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick- Ideal for Light, Medium and Dark Skintones

I heard great things about Bobbi Brown particularly about how the brand caters for so many skin tones. I love using my current foundation which I’ve written a post about before from Smashbox, but thought I would try something new. I decided to go with the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick.

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I have only used liquid or powder foundation in the past so this is like something in between which seemed interesting and also it comes in 24 shades which is great. I was tested with 4 shades applied to my skin. I was undecided between two shades but was advised to go for shade 5.5 in Warm Honey. Unfortunately, once I tried it at home with day light as opposed to store light, it looked a little too dark for me and had a somewhat Orange/Brown undertone. However, my skin is slightly uneven in tone so I decided to use both foundations that I had. I used Bobbi Brown on darker areas like around my mouth and chin and as a contour on my cheeks and forehead and applied Smashbox Foundation everywhere else. This worked great and the shades of both foundations blended seamlessly.

I like the texture of the Bobbi Brown Stick. It is smooth and lightweight and the product is buildable without leaving a cakey texture. Another thing I love about the stick is that it can be used as a concealer for small areas like on blemishes or under the eye aswell as a foundation for full coverage. The creamy texture leaves a smooth finish and despite my oily skin type, I do not feel like my skin feels heavy or greasy after application. If you have very oily skin however, I would advise using a finishing powder to complete the look.

The foundation is so compact that you can just pop in your hand bag and touch up your make up wherever you are which is so handy. I definitely recommend this foundation, it’s priced at £29.50 but I know for sure this product will last long as only a few strokes of the product on your face is required for full coverage.

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick is available at
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Affordable Nude Lipstick great for Indian/Medium/Dark Skin

I love the MUA range at Superdrug since it’s so affordable but great still quality. I tried a lipstick from the range and the colour really suited my skin. It is hard to find good nude lipsticks so this shade was a great find. I think the brown undertone in the lipstick is why it blended with my skin tone so well. The colour is Shade 11 and costs only £1.

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This is a great colour and does not wash out darker skin tones which is ideal. It’s a mild nude shade which is perfect for everyday wear or you can perfectly balance the subtle lip colour with heavy evening wear make up. This shade is also nice because it makes my small lips appear bigger which is always a plus point. So go ahead and try it out! 

Great Lipsticks for Indian, Olive, Medium and Dark Skintones

The make up item I find the most difficult to buy are lipsticks! I always find shades to be too dark or too light on my indian skin so I’m constantly changing brands in hope of finding my perfect match. So while I’m continuously going through trial and error, the good thing is I find some great ones so here are my top lipsticks picks for Medium to Dark skin.

MAC Cosmetics (Taupe) £15.50
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This lipstick is a beautiful warm shade and is an ideal nude lipstick for those with a medium or olive skin tone. I love it because the texture is Matte and I prefer this to shiny or glossy lipsticks since those ones sometimes make my skin look washed out. The lipstick lasts very long so I don’t have to constantly reapply and is one of my favourite nude shades.


Yves Saint Laurent Babydoll Kiss and Blush (Shade 10 Nude Insolent) £28.50
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This one is interesting since its designed for both lips and cheeks but I only use it on lips. This is another warm nude shade ideal for medium and dark skin tones. I like its versatility as it Is very buildable. I can apply it lightly to give myself a soft and natural daytime look but can apply more heavily for an intense and sultry evening wear look (it would look great with a Smokey eye look). The applicator is nice and easy to use as the colour glides effortlessly onto lips and provide a matte finish.


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Kiko Unlimited Stylo (Shade 13 Cocoa) £6.90
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This is a perfect matte lipstick and a great nude shade for medium and dark skin. It’s the best affordable nude shade from my list and I highly recommend it. I wasn’t sure if it would be too dark but it is a nice subtle pink with a brown undertone. It really lasted all day with no need to reapply. I sometimes have dry lips but the texture is really soft and creamy so my lips felt moisturised and smooth. It is also  hypoallergenic and paraben free so another plus point.

Kiko Unlimited Stylo (Shade 02 Pearly Vintage Rose) £6.90
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I was looking for an everyday subtle pink shade and this lipstick fits the criteria perfectly. As mentioned above, the texture is creamy and soft whilst still providing a semi matte finish. It is a soft pink colour that contrasts beautifully with warmer skin tones. It’s ideal for day wear and looks pretty and natural but still remains vibrant and noticeable.

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Kiko Smart Lipstick (Shade 912 Crimson Red) £3.90
I picked this colour for when I want to be a bit more daring and want my lipstick to be the focus point of my look. It is vibrant but I have to say it’s more pink than red. It stood out a lot on my skin and I am normally hesistant about picking strong colours. This is because I have small lips so lighter shades make my lips look bigger but this shade despite being a deeper colour, still complimented my features and since it was more pink than red, it made my lips look bigger. This colour is great for day or night and is really affordable at such a great price.

Kiko Smart Lipstick (Shade 913 Rosewood) £3.90
This is a nice casual lipstick for everyday wear. It’s really perfect if you just want a hint of colour for a soft natural look. It is is a good nude shade and leaves lips feeling moisturised.
Where to buy
Mac Cosmetics Lipstick Shade Taupe £15.50
Yves Saint Laurent Babydoll Kiss and Blush Shade 10 Nude insolent £28.50
KIKO Unlimited Stylo Cocoa (13) Pearly Vintage Rose (02) £6.90
KIKO Smart Lipstick Crimson Red (912) Rosewood (913) £3.90

Sleek MakeUp Face Contour Kit in Medium (Ideal for Indian Skin tone)

I am a newbie when it comes to contouring but I wanted to give it a try. I decided to try the Contour Kit from Sleek MakeUp because I liked that it had three different kits designed for Light, Medium and Dark skin.

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I picked the Medium Shade and the Medium kit is ideal for the Indian Skin tone.  It comes with two shades, one to sculpt and one to highlight. I really liked how the texture of the darker sculpting powder was matte because I felt this worked better on my skin since I have oily skin naturally. The powders are highly pigmented so a little bit makes a big difference. I blended it with a big fluffy brush since I felt this helped blend the colours more seamlessly. The highlight  is a warmer peachy tone when applied on skin which is great since it works so well with my natural warm indian skin tone. I was afraid the powders would look mismatched and uneven but the colours actually blended wonderfully together, leaving my cheekbones, jawline and nose beautifully contoured. The kit lasted hours and remained matte throughout the day. This is a great kit for those of you like me who are new to contouring.

Sleek MakeUp Face Contour Kit available in Light, Medium and Dark is priced at £6.49
It’s available at Boots in store and online http://www.boots.com/en/Sleek-MakeUp-Face-Contour-Kit_1395740/
It’s available at Superug in store and online http://www.superdrug.com/Sleek/Sleek-Face-Contour-Kit-Medium/p/608335

My Top 5 favourite Blushers – Ideal for Indian, Tan and Olive Skin

I really love Blushers. It adds the finishing touch to my make up and leaves me with a youthful radiant touch of colour. However, finding a blusher shade  to suit my skin tone is difficult since they are either too pink so it looks completely unmatched or its too dark and looks more like bronzer! After a lot of trial and error I finally found a few fantastic ones that are great for Indian, tan and olive skin. So here are my top 5.

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The first one is from Bobbi Brown in shade Tawny. This is a wonderful Blusher, the texture is smooth and glides onto cheeks effortlessly. There is no shimmer so you get a nice matte finish. It is priced at £19.50 but since it’s highly pigmented a little goes a long way. This is an ideal blusher if you are looking for a subtle natural but noticeable look.
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The next one is great for everyday wear since its so subtle and light. It’s called Rimmel London Lasting Finish Mono Blush and it is excellent value for money being priced at £3.99. The shade I recommend is called Live Pink. It has a mild shimmer and is easily buildable because of its light texture. I found this blusher to be long lasting and I don’t have to apply too much for it to be noticeable.

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My next recommendation is a Mineralize Blush from MAC in the shade Gleeful priced at £22.00. This blusher is very versatile since if applied lightly, it’s great for day wear but if applied with a heavier hand it can create a beautiful evening wear look. It has a mild shimmer and enhances cheekbones so I really love the effect this blusher has on my skin. It is very pigmented so will last ages before you need to buy a new one, so despite the price tag being high it a worthwhile investment

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Next is the Bourjois Little Round Pot Blusher in the shade Rose Ambre priced at £7.99. The texture of this blusher is baked and its a fine, light powder which makes it easy to blend into skin. It’s a nice peachy pink shade so is ideal for medium to dark skin tone. This blusher also has a soft scent of roses which is really nice and comes with a brush included which is handy for when your on the go. I’d highly recommend this blusher.
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My final favourite is L’Oreal True Match Blush in shade Rosewood priced at £6.99. The powder has a silky texture which feels smooth when applied to skin. It gives a healthy, warm glow and enhances the cheekbones. I found it easy to blend this blusher  and it lasted all day.
So that’s my Top 5!  These blusher are all fantastic and great for medium to dark skin.

Where to buy

Bobbi Brown Blush Shade Tawny available at Debenhams
Rimmel London Lasting Finish Mono Blush in Live Pink available in Superdrug and Boots
MAC Cosmetics Mineralize Blush in Shade Gleeful available directly from  Mac Cosmetics online
Bourjois Little Round Pot Blusher in Rose Ambre available at Boots
L’Oreal True Match Blusher in Rosewood available in Superdrug