Last month, I was invited down to London by Murine Eyes to discover the top spring 2016 makeup trends and to see how their products can be used to prep the eyes before, during and after makeup application.
Murine invited professional makeup artist, Lisa Valencia, along to the flagship Superdrug store to share three key makeup looks for this spring and in today's post, I'll be recreating those for you. With a portfolio to rival an art gallery, Lisa really knows her stuff and it was a real honour to watch her work and to pick up some tips from her. She has worked on a multitude of celebrities including Newcastle's own Cheryl, Rose Huntington-Whitely, Tamara Ecclestone and Millie Mackintosh!
She started with freshly cleansed and hydrated skin, as expected because Lisa is known for her skin preparation before makeup application. Part of this preparation included the use of the Murine eye drops.
Murine have the most varied range of eye drops on the market. My favourite has to be the Bright and Moist Eyes which I've been using for years and years before I apply my makeup for nights out, the next day when I'm hungover or tired or when I'm on a flight to keep my eyes feeling hydrated and to make the whites of my eyes appear whiter. However at the event, I was introduced to a few of the other eye drops in the Murine range.
Murine Dry and Tired Eyes are especially good for when you're, well, tired and if your eyes are feeling dry as the name would suggest. Lisa explained that this one works wonders on the models and celebrities that she makes over, especially when they've just got off a flight or have been out late the night before. Lots of models take tablets to help their skin but they can dehydrate them, so using the drops helps to make the eyes feel more comfortable and moisturised.
The Murine Professional Advanced Dry Eye Relief are the drops that are ideal for those with extremely dry eyes, perhaps in extreme cases of the above or for any other dry eye condition. Perhaps you're suffering with extremely strained, itchy, irritated or dry eyes, this one would be perfect for you. I know a few men that work on building sites and swear by these drops because they're working in an often dry and dusty environment, outside facing the elements! The great thing about these drops is that they're suitable for use with all types of corrective contact lenses.
Murine also have Murine Contacts which is specifically designed for contact lens wearers. Not all eye drops can be used while the contacts are in the wearers eyes but these ones can. They help to re-wet and clean the lenses while they're being worn and they lubricate the lens for extra comfort throughout the day.
Lisa recommended applying the Murine eye drops before moving onto the makeup application incase you're not precise enough when applying them, plus, not everyone is used to using them. If you're a dab hand at applying eye drops then it would be fine to use them throughout the day but keep in mind you'll need to be using waterproof makeup as otherwise they could disturb your eye liner, mascara, etc.
After prepping the skin, it was onto the first look; a fresh faced, natural look inspired by Balmain which I have recreated here.
This look is really simple and easy to recreate. It is very much a tonal look that gives the skin a bronze glow. Think a naturally sun kissed no makeup, makeup look.
I applied my foundation, pin point concealed where necessary and set it with a little powder. Then I applied my bronzer where the sun light would naturally kiss my skin and added a little clear lip balm. I'm wearing some light individual lash extensions here but otherwise a light coating of mascara would look lovely with this look.
Next, Lisa moved on to the second look which was inspired by the romantic makeup looks created by Dolce and Gabbana. I have recreated this look using my own products below.
This look adds soft winged eyes and a barely there lip to the already bronzed skin of the previous look.
Building on the natural Balmain style, I added a tonal colour to my eyelid, blending it up to the socket line. This adds depth and shape to the eye without heavily defining it. I lightly groomed my brows and applied a dusting of powder to subtly fill in the sparse areas.
I then followed Lisa's guidance on to how to create a soft winged flick using eyeshadow rather than liquid or pencil liner. Lisa explained that she avoids using pencils as they can often drag the eye and cause irritation which counteracts the purpose of using the Murine eye drops in the first place which intend to hydrate the eyes.
To create the flick, I used an angled brush together with a matte black shadow and applied it along my lash line and outwards to create the flick shape. The secret to not getting a gap of skin between the liner and the lash line is to push the colour into the lash line using the powder.
To complete the look, I added a neutral lipstick to my lips, dabbed on using my fingers for a much softer, less painted on look. The shade I used is Peach Blossom by MAC which is actually the lipstick that I wore on my wedding day.
This makeup style is ideal for those who are looking for a daytime look with subtle definition in the eyes without applying full on flicks. It also works well for those who are up early for work and then like to change their makeup for the evening as it is easy to build on and quick to change, especially if you use the Murine Eye Mist.
The Murine Eye Mist, which restores the tear film on the eyes, was completely new to me before I attended the event and after using it for over a month now, it has become a key part of my skincare and makeup routine.
This is a product that's designed to moisturise dry eyes without needing to apply anything directly into the eye. You simply spray it onto closed eyes or onto a cotton pad, held over a closed eye and the product enters the eyes via the lashes. For me, this is genius and I wish I had known about it sooner as it took me a while to get used to eye drops.
It feels very moisturising and if your eyes are feeling irritated, dry or itchy then the spray soothes them. I use it every single day at night, after I have taken my makeup off as part of my skincare routine and every morning before I apply my makeup. It doesn't sting whatsoever, it has an alcohol free formula so it is very gentle and hydrating.
Lisa explained how to incorporate the Murine Eye Mist into my makeup routine with the next look which is the classic golden bronze smoky eye that she is most frequently asked to create.
Everyone loves a smoky eye and gold suits everybody, so if you're looking to learn how to perfect one makeup look, then this is the one that I'd suggest because you can intensify it depending on the occasion you're wearing it to.
The first thing that Lisa did was use the Murine Eye Mist to lightly removed the top layer of eye makeup from the previous Dolce and Gabbana inspired makeup look. This is a great trick for if you're wanting to change your makeup from a daytime to evening look or for if you're a makeup artist doing one of many makeup changes on set.
Simply spray some of the eye mist onto a cotton pad and hold it over closed eyes like you might do with a cucumber patch. This cools and soothes the eyes as well as hydrating them. While the mist isn't a makeup remover, it will take off the top layer of makeup which is why it is so great for makeup changes for makeup artists and the like.
The Murine Eye Mist also mixes really well with powder makeup products which can make them go that little bit further. The mist can be used to actually change the purpose of make product which will save you money too. For example, if you want to create a blue liner look, rather than going out to buy such a product which you might not actually use too often, you can use the Murine Eye Mist to change a blue eyeshadow into a liner.
For this look, I spritzed some of the eye mist directly onto a gold eyeshadow in the pan and mixed them together. This changes the intensity of the shadow. Lisa suggested starting with the finger to apply the gold colour to the lid and then using a brush on top to pack the colour on. I went straight for the brush as I hate getting my fingers dirty!
By adding a liquid to the eyeshadow, the gold colour was intensified so when I applied it to my eye lid, the colour was far stronger than it would have been had I not added the Murine Eye Mist. This method is ideal for a stronger, night out look where you really want your eyeshadow to stand out. The Eye Mist is really calming on the eyes so using it in this way is ideal for those that might suffer with sensitivity. Not only is the mist great for mixing with eyeshadow but it can also be mixed with a brow powder for a strong, bold brow or with a matte black shadow for an intense eyeliner look.
After the gold shadow, I took a soft brown shadow along the lower lashline and then swept it through the crease of my eye. I didn't use the mist as there wasn't any need for the shadow to be as intense here.
Then I mixed some of the eye mist with a matte black powder and applied it along the upper lash line as though it were a liquid liner and I built up the thickness of the line. At the event, Lisa said that if you're someone who isn't confident doing a smoky eye then its a great idea to get definition and the lash line and then build on it, angling your flicks towards the end of the brow. While I'm no stranger to creating a smoky eye, I don't usually follow this method so trying it out was a welcome change and I love the look that I created. I like that the black shadow was really able to intensify the lash line and I could build it up to my desired effect. To complete the eye look, I patted a little extra of the gold shadow on top and lined my waterline using a black kohl pencil.
Lastly, I applied the same lipstick directly from the bullet for a stronger look.
I've tried using the Murine Eye Mist with so many different brands of makeup from very affordable brands like Makeup Revolution to the more expensive Urban Decay eye shadows and I'm really impressed with the results. It intensifies any shadow colour, makes them comfortable to apply with no fall out and the colour intensity is very long lasting on the lids. It doesn't separate or break up the product; it meshes really well with makeup and makes the products that I use even easier to work with and to blend with one another.
This is definitely my favourite product from Murine by far now as I can use it as part of my skincare routine, my makeup application and to refresh and hydrate my eyes throughout the day, all by simply closing my eyes and spritzing it on!
All Murine products are available to buy from Superdrug here and you can find out more about them on their website here.
Which is your favourite springtime makeup look?