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Tutorials Blog - Makeup by Meags - Meagan Rawlings, Freelance Makeup Artist, Auckland


Meagan Rawlings

I love doing Matilda's makeup! She is absolutely stunning without makeup so, rather than try to cover up anything, I just try to emphasize her natural beauty. And an added bonus is that all the products I used are organic or natural or both!!


Primer - Inika Organics Primer

Foundation - RMS "Un"Cover-up #22

Contour - W3LL PEOPLE Bio Bronzer Stick

Highlighter - RMS Living Luminizer and Inika Organics Baked Mineral Luminizer

Blush - RMS Lip2Cheek in Demure

Brows - Ardell Brow Quad

Eye Base - RMS Eye Polish in Lunar

Eye Shadow - RMS Swift Shadow in Garden Rose GR13

Mascara - W3LL PEOPLE Bio Extreme Mascara in Black

Lashes - Ardell Demi Wispies

Lip Liner - Karen Murrell Lip Liner in Camellia Morning

Lipstick - RMS Lip2Cheek in Demure

Tan - Little Honey

Step 1 - Prep your skin with Inika Organic Primer - this one is super hydrating, perfect for glowy skin.

Step 2 - Using the RMS "Un" Cover-up press it into the skin with your finger tips and blend out with a flat top foundation brush to get a super even finish.

Step 3 - Draw a line under the cheek bones with the W3LL PEOPLE Bio Bronzer and blend out with a foundation brush or your finger tips.

Step 4 - Tap the RMS Living Luminizer along the top of the cheek bones, we also layered this with the Inika Organic Bked Minerl Luminizer for extra glow!

Step 5 - Smile into the mirror and tap RMS Lip2Cheek in Demure onto the apples... keep this out to use on the lips later!

Step 6 - We used the tiniest amount of Brow powder in Matilda's brows... less is more sometimes.

Step 7 - Press RMS Eye Polish in Lunar across the eye lids with your ring finger.

Step 8 - Layer over top of the Eye Polish, the RMS Swift Shadow. Again you can literally press this on with your finger or use a flat eyeshadow brush.

Step 9 - Pop on a few coats of Mascara and Falsies!

Step 10 - Line your lips with Karen Murrell Lip Liner in Camellia Morning and press RMS Lip2Cheek over top. This is such a beautiful fresh, glowy look for any occasion. I Hope you enjoy re-creating it. And if you aren't already, make sure you're following Matilda on instagram @matootles




Meagan Rawlings

I often get asked if I find doing makeup on "older" faces hard and the answer is no. Every makeup I do is tailored to the person and I don't really find it any harder than doing a 16 year olds school ball makeup. There are definitely certain products that I do recommend however to help with creasing around the eyes etc. My lovely Mum modeled for me in the images below.

Products Used

Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light

Bobbi Brown Bronzer in Golden Light

Bobbi Brown Blush In Pale Pink

Benefit Gimme Brow in #3

MAC Paint Pot in Ground Work

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow in Frappe

MAC Eyeshadow in Embark

Bobbi Brown Black Gel Eyeliner

Maybelline Push Up Drama Mascara

Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip Colour in Uber Rose

Brushes Used

Sigma Flat Kabuki

Sigma Powder

Bronzer (Sigma Powder Brush) Can use the same brush as your powder.

Bobbi Brown Blush Brush

Sigma Concealer Brush

MAC 217 Brush

Anastasia Beverly Hills #12 Brush

Bobbi Brown Touch Up Brush

Step 1 - Make sure your skin is well moisturised. Apply a thin layer of Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer all over the face with your fingers. This is the best primer I have yet to try which actually helps to keep your makeup on for longer!

Step 2 - Dot the foundation over the forehead, cheeks, nose and chin then blend out in circular buffing motions with the Sigma Flat Kabuki Brush. Using the Sigma Concealer Brush take your foundation right up under the eyes and then a thin layer over the eyelids. Make sure to get right into that corner of the eye where it is darkest, right up against the bridge of the nose. I find less is more under the eyes and I prefer not to use concealer if I can get away with it as I think too much product under there makes it look cakey. The NARS foundation I have used gives a medium coverage and has a beautiful finish on every skin type, they also have great colours. If you are going to splurge on one thing then make it your foundation, it's very hard to get the right colour and texture from cheaper brands.

Step 3 - Set your foundation with the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light, this powder is light reflecting and super finely milled which means it doesn't dull down your complexion like most powders. Make sure to sweep the powder under the eyes and over the eyelids, swipe your finger over the eyelids first to get rid of any foundation creases.

Step 4 - Using a big fluffy Bronzer brush apply the Bronzer around the edge of the face and up under the cheek bones. This needs to be very blended and is purely to add warmth and a bit of dimension to the skin. Start with a little bit and build it up.

Step 5 - Add some colour to your face with blush! Blush is something that is totally under-utilized and can instantly freshen up a look. The colour choice is very important as most ladies I do lessons with tend to go for "safe" darker browns and pinks. If your going past a Bobbi Brown Counter please stop and check out the colour Pale Pink which is what I have used here, it is a super cool toned pink with no brown base to it. As a rule of thumb all powders tend to go darker once applied to the skin and dark blush can look muddy or heavy rather than fresh and pretty. The best way to apply blush is with a nice soft Blush Brush like the Bobbi Brown one and smile at yourself in the mirror so the round apples of your cheeks pop out. Sweep the colour all over this area and slightly up your cheek bone. This is where you naturally "blush" and looks far nicer than adding a stripe of pink up the side of your cheek bone.

Step 6 - I have just brushed a wee bit of Benefits Gimme Brow in #3 through Mums brows, brow mascara is great because it is super natural looking and helps cover any stray grey hairs.

Step 7 - With the Sigma Concealer brush again apply a thin layer of MAC Paint Pot in Groundwork all over the lid to about 3/4 of the way up to the brow. You want to just see the colour above your eyelid crease when your eyes are open. Long lasting cream eyeshadows are the way to go if you struggle with your eyeshadows creasing, I have used it as a base here but you can get all sorts of colours and wear them on their own. Bobbi Brown do fantastic Cream Eyeshadows and Shadow Sticks. MAC does Paint Pots which are similar.

Step 8 - Using the MAC 217 Brush apply Makeup Geek Eyeshadow in Frappe directly over where you applied the Paint Pot, the colour I have used is quite soft. I recommend keeping any dark eyeliner or eyeshadow just around your lash line rather than take it too high. This is when you tend to get into trouble and just looks too heavy. I personally feel that eyeshadows don't always need to be Matte, shimmery eyeshadows have come a long way from the old frosted or chunky glitter and tend to be super fine powders. Just make sure don't take any shimmery eyeshadow too high up on the eyelid and always use a matte powder to highlight under the eyebrow if you like that look. I don't usually highlight under there as I find by prepping the eye area with foundation and powder gives a slight highlight anyway.  Side note - by prepping the eye area with a thin layer of foundation and powder helps to prevent creasing, if you do notice any creasing under the eyes then just tap the area with your ring finger to re blend.

Step 9 - Using the Bobbi Brown Gel Liner and the Anastasia Beverly Hills #12 Brush draw a thin line as close to the lashes as possible. Gel liner stays on much longer than pencil and won't smudge. If your unsure about using gel then you can dampen the brush and use a dark eyeshadow as a liner instead, this way when the eyeshadow dries it is easy to smudge out if your line isn't perfect.

Step 10 - If your wanting to create more of a smokey eye then continue on, otherwise you can just add mascara and your done. In this image I have used the Bobbi Brown Touch Up Brush and pressed MAC Embark along the lash line in a thick line, then I blended over the whole lot with Frappe again. Then using the top edge of the Touch Up Brush I brought a small amount of Embark down along the lower lash line. Using eyeshadow along the lower lashes rather than an eyeliner pencil gives a much softer look.

Step 11 - Finish it all off with a decent coat of mascara and a gorgeous lippy! I have used the Bobbi Brown new Luxe Lip Colour here as it is beautiful and creamy in texture. There are lots of long wearing lipsticks out there but I find them extremely drying and yes they may stay on all day but that doesn't mean they stay looking great all day. I would prefer to line the lips and then fill them in with lip liner before applying the lipstick as this helps with longevity.

If you have any questions about products or application techniques, please get in touch at




Meagan Rawlings

Products Used

MAC Paintpot Groundwork

Urban Decay Naked Palette - Buck, Smog, Creep and Gunmetal

Australis Black Eyeliner

Maybelline Push Up Drama Mascara

Ardell Demi Wispies

Brushes Used

XO Beauty Concealer Brush

MAC 217 Brush

Bobbi Brown Touch up Brush

Zoeva Pencil Brush

Step 1. Using theXO Beauty Concealer Brush blend Groundwork all over lid up to about 3/4 of the way up to the brow as a base.

Step 2. Take the MAC 217 brush and blend Buck through the crease. (Image 1.)

Step 3. Press Smog all over the lid with The Bobbi Brown Touch Up Brush, take this colour up the edge of Buck and along the lower lashes.

Step 4. Take both Creep and Gunmetal on a Zoeva pencil brush and deepen up the outer crease, also take this combination of colours along the lower lash line. Blend through the crease again with Buck on the 217 brush.

Step 5. Draw a rough line along the top lashes with a black eyeliner pencil, then take the Zoeva Pencil brush again but with only Creep on it and smudge out the eyeliner.

Step 6. Line the bottom waterline with black eyeliner and using the Zoeva Pencil Brush and Creep, smudge out the eyeliner into the lower lashes.

Step 7. Apply a thick coat of Mascara and Falsies. Done!




Meagan Rawlings

Step 1 .  Using the Zoeva Soft Concealer Brush and MAC Groundwork, blend all over lid to about 3 1/4 of the way up to your eyebrow. Make sure the edges are soft, use your finger to tap over the edge if your struggling to get the edges blended.

Step 2. I used the top far right colour of the Blushed Nudes Palettes for this look. Unfortunately these eyeshadows aren't super pigmented so I had to press on the colour with the Smokey Shader brush to get a better colour payoff. You could also dampen the brush before pressing on the eyeshadow to get a more dense colour. Take this almost to the edge of Groundwork.

Step 3. Take a Mac 217 brush with a warm toned neutral colour ( I used Saddle from MAC) to blend through the crease.

Step 4. Deepen up the crease with the brown colour from the Blushed Nudes Palette, it is the 2nd in on the right side. Take the wee pencil brush to darken the outer edge of the crease and also take the colour under the bottom lashes too.

Step 5. Liquid Liner time! It was my first time using the Maybelline Master Precise Curvy liner and I bloody loved it. So easy to control and I loved the shape of the nib. I winged my liner out but you could play it safe and just line the top lashes stopping at the outer most lash.

Step 6. Mascara and falsies. Maybelline's new Push Up Drama Mascara is incred! Usually when I get a new mascara it takes a bit of time to get used to the brush but not with this one. The brush is unlike any I have seen before but gives the perfect amount of thickness without clumping. The False lashes I like to wear are the Ardell Demi Wispies because they are super comfortable to wear (as far as false lashes go) and easy to apply. Do your best, applying lashes takes patience and time!

Step 7. Apply your foundation etc, I like to do my base first but sometimes it is easier to do it after the eyes. Spritz your face with the Maybelline Masterfix setting spray, make sure you shake it really well or it seems to spit a wee bit.

Step 8. Finish with the Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lipstick in Possessed Plum. Loving this colour at the moment, perfect for Winter!!





Meagan Rawlings

I traveled to Christchurch recently to hang out with Nikita and she was lovely enough to let me steal her face for my blog! If you aren't following Nikita on Instagram yet then you should be, this girl is super talented and has over 45,000 people following her amazing makeup looks. For this eye look I used the Chi Chi Cosmetics Spices Palette which is incredibly pigmented, unfortunately the individual colours don't have names so I will refer to the colours as numbers from 1 - 12, left - right when explaining this look.

Products Used

Mac Groundwork

Chi Chi Spices Palette

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

Brushes Used

XO Beauty Concealer Brush

MAC 217 Brush

Zoeva Luxe Smokey Shader Brush

Zoeva Luxe Petit Crease Brush

Zoeva Luxe Pencil Brush

Step 1 - Using the XO Beauty Concealer Brush blend a thing layer of Groundwork all over the lid making sure to really blend the edges out so there are no harsh lines.

Step 2 - Using the MAC 217 Brush blend Shadow #2 through the crease, this will act as a transition colour.

Step 3 - With the Zoeva Smokey Shader Brush press shadow #4 all over the lid, this is a beautiful rose gold colour.

Step 4 - To deepen up the crease blend shadow #9 on top of your transition shade with the Zoeva Luxe Petit Crease Brush

Step 5 - Take the MAC 217 Brush again and blend out all the edges, you can deepen up the crease more here if you like.

Step 6 - Rather than use an eyeliner I have used shadow #10 on the Zoeva Luxe Pencil Brush and pressed this along the lashline and blended it into the lower lashline

Step 7 - I added a wee bit more shadow #9 into the crease and under the lashline then finished with a few good coats of Benefit Roller Lash Mascara.

I hope you enjoy recreating this look!




Meagan Rawlings

I have been fortunate enough to do Matilda's makeup a few times so, I thought we should take it back to basics and show you what we do for her everyday makeup and how you can achieve the same look yourself.

Products Used

- Laura Mercer Radiance Primer

- Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation in 3.5

- Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light

- Bobbi Brown Bronzer - Golden Light

- Bobbi Brown Blush- Pale Pink

- MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Soft and Gentle

- MAC Paint Pot in Groundwork

- Ardell Pro Brow Kit

- Makeup Geek Eyeshadow in Frappe

- Revlon Bold Lacquer Length & Volume Mascara - Blackest Black

- Revlon Ultra Matte Lip Colour in HD Devotion

Brushes Used

- XO Beauty Angled Face Brush

- Morphe Brushes Deluxe Tapered Powder Brush

- Bobbi Brown Blush Brush

- Anastasia Beverly Hills #12 Brush

- XO Beauty Concealer Brush

- MAC 217 Brush

Step 1 - Make sure your skin is moisturised, then using your fingers massage in the Laura Mercier Radiance Primer all over your face.

Step 2 - Dot Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation in 3.5 on the forehead, cheeks, nose and chin then blend it all out using the XO Beauty Angled Face Brush. Use a stippling motion to really buff the foundation into the skin. I also took the foundation right up under her eyes and over the eyelids.

Step 3 - Using the Morphe Deluxe Tapered Powder Brush dust some Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light all over the face, under the eyes and over the lids.

Step 4 - Using the Morphe Deluxe Tapered Powder Brush again take a small amount of Bobbi Brown Bronzer in Golden Light and buff it into the perimeter of the face and up under the cheek bones to create a soft contour, it also adds warmth to the complexion.

Step 5 - I used my absolute favourite Brush to apply Matilda's Blush, the Bobbi Brown Blush Brush. Smile at yourself in the mirror so you can see your apples pop out, pat Bobbi Brown Pale Pink Blush onto the apples of your cheek and blend the excess up your cheek bones. Using the same brush sweep MAC Soft and Gentle up the cheekbones to give a soft highlight.

Step 6 - To groom Matilda's Brows I first brush them in to place with the spooly end of the Anastasia Beverly Hills #12 Brush. Then using the angled brush end and the darkest colour in the Ardell Pro Brow Kit, fill in the gaps but make sure to brush through again each time to ensure the brows still look soft and natural.

Step 7 - Use the XO Beauty Concealer Brush to spread a thin layer of MAC Paintpot in Groundwork all over the lid, blend the edges right up so it's almost touching the brow. I also like to use the side of the concealer brush with some groundwork on it to blend under the lower lash line.

Step 8 - With the MAC 217 brush, pack Frappe onto the lid and blend the edges right out to where you put Groundwork.

Step 9 - Coat the lashes with Revlon Bold Lacquer Length & Volume Mascara - Blackest Black

Step 10 - Finish everything off with Revlon Ultra Matte Lip Colour in HD Devotion

I love how this makeup just enhances Matilda's natural beauty, sometimes less is more!






Meagan Rawlings

I was lucky enough to do Blogger Ash Owens makeup in the weekend and she let me take pics of the steps involved. I hope you have fun playing with these different colours, perfect for Autumn!

Products Used

MAC Paintpot in Groundwork

Makeup Geek Manny Palette colours - Mars, Frappe, Beaches & Cream

Anastasia Beverly Hills Eyeshadow in Fudge

NARS Eye Paint in Black

Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara

Natasha Denona Eyeshadow Palette 5

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

Brushes Used

Synthetic Concealer Brush

Bobbi Brown Touchup Brush

Zoeva 234 Luxe Smokey Shader Brush

Zoeva Luxe Petit Crease Brush

Zoeva 228 Luxe Crease Brush

Zoeva 237 Detail Shader Brush

Step 1 - Using the Synthetic concealer or eyeshadow brush coat the mobile lid with a thin layer of Groundwork, make sure the edges blend out.

Step 2 - Using the Bobbi Brown Touch Up brush pack on Mars to the mobile lid but don't take it beyond your crease. When you open your eye you shouldn't see this above your crease.

Step 3 - Using the Zoeva Luxe Shader Brush pack on Fudge over top of Mars, this is purely to create a specific colour, if you already have a maroon/ burgundy coloured eye shadow you could just use that instead of layering eye shadows.

Step 4 - Take Frappe on a Zoeva Luxe Petit Crease Brush and blend out the edges of Mars and Fudge.

Step 5 - Then on a Zoeva Luxe Crease brush take Beaches & Cream to blend out the edge of Frappe, take this colour right up under the brow. Add another, layer of MARS to even out the colour on the lid.

Step 6 - Line the water line with the NARS Eye Paint, I like to use a small flat brush like the Zoeva Detail Shader Brush to do this.

Step 7 - Using the edge of the Zoeva Luxe Smokey Shader (the one you applied Fudge with) press Fudge along the lower lash line making sure to get right in amongst the lashes. Follow this by doing the same thing but with Mars. Blend out underneath with the Zoeva Luxe Petit Crease Brush using Frappe.

Step 8 - Finish with Mascara, Ash had insanely massive natural eyelashes so I didn't need to use falsies on her but if it was on anyone else I would use some to finish off this look. I also ended up adding some bronze eye shadow from the Natasha Denona Palette in the middle of the top eyelid which is more visible on the picture at the top of the page, just to give it an extra pop of colour.





Meagan Rawlings

Woohoo! I finally got my hands on the Makeup Geek Manny Palette. It has sold out so many times due to the unique colours put together by the super talented YouTuber Manny MUA. These eyeshadows are extremely pigmented, which is kind of surprising considering the low price, $65 for 9 eyeshadows.

This palette immediately caught my eye with the bold red colour called Mars and the foiled eyeshadow called Insomnia which has beautiful green reflects. However, once the palette actually arrived I realized all the colours are perfect with a great balance of mattes, shimmers and foiled shadows, it will be a much used palette in my kit!

Brushes used

XO Beauty Tapered Crease Brush x2

Mac 217 Brush

Zoeva Luxe Pencil Brush

XO Beauty Concealer Brush (for the NARS Eye Paint)

Bobbi Brown Touch Up Brush

Products used

Makeup Geek Manny Palette eyeshadows - Sora, Mars, Aphrodite, Insomnia

NARS Eye paint in Black

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara

XO Beauty Shop Lashes in Primadonna

Ardell Lash Glue

Step 1. Make sure your eyelids are prepped with an eye base/ thin layer of foundation and powder.

Step 2. Take Sora on a fluffy crease brush and blend through the crease. This will act as a transition colour for the red to blend into.

Step 3. Take Mars on a smaller crease brush and carefully place this on the outer v and then through the crease, this colour is heavily pigmented so build up the colour slowly. Take care not to take Mars higher than Sora. Add Mars to the inner corners and the rest of the lid, bar a small patch in the centre.

Step 4. Blend the outer edge of Mars out with more Sora and a fluffy blending brush.

Step 5. On another crease brush take Aphrodite and add this to the crease to deepen up the colour. You may need to go back over it with Mars to make sure everything is seamlessly blended.

Step 5. On a synthetic eye brush, apply a layer of NARS Eye paint to the centre of the eyelid. Blend out the edges with a MAC 217 brush.

Step 6. Wet a Bobbi Brown Touch up Brush with Setting spray and coat one side of it with Insomnia. Pat this all over the centre of the lid. Then take a dry small eye brush and pat Insomnia, dry, over the previous layer. Try and disperse the left over product around the edges to blend out.

Step 7. I then took some more Aphrodite to blend the edges of Insomnia out.

Step 8. On a wee brush, coat the bottom waterline with NARS Eyepaint, making sure to get right in between all the lashes.

Step 9. Take Aphrodite on a small pencil brush and press into the edge of the eye paint then blend out. Then take a small a mount of Mars to blend over the edge of Aphrodite.

Step 10. I have used a pigment in the corner of my eye here just to finish it all off. Now apply mascara and lashes. All done! Maybe just do one more blend on all the edges, using bold colours is great but if there's any hard edges it becomes very obvious.




Meagan Rawlings

This look is perfect for those times you need to head out after work but don't have time to do much (or lets be honest, who can be bothered getting ready after working all day!). So I've kept it super simple using only 3 products.

Products Used

MAC Cork Eyeshadow

Australis Black Eye Pencil

Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara

Brushes used

Zoeva Luxe Soft Definer Brush

Zoeva Luxe Pencil Brush

Step 1 - Start with a clean, primed lid

Step 2 - Using the Zoeva Soft Definer Brush blend Cork up to the crease

Step 3 - Take the Australis Black Pencil Liner and draw a line along your top lashes, this doesn't need to be neat or perfect at all.

Step 4 - Take the Zoeva Luxe Pencil Brush and smoosh it back and forth along the eyeliner until it's blended into a smoother, thicker line.

Step 5 - Finish off with eyeliner in the bottom water line and a few coats of mascara. Easy as that!

Just a wee side note, the Australis eyeliner I used is super pigmented and creamy so it blends very well. You can get this for $8 from Kmart.




Meagan Rawlings

I thought I would do an eye tutorial using the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette as I know a lot of people own this. If you don't, the colours can easily be swapped out for similar colours from any brand.

Products Used

Chi Chi Eye Primer

Makeup Geek Peach Smoothie Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette

Bobbi Brown Black Gel Liner

Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara

Ardell Demi Wispies False Lashes and Ardell Lash Glue

Brushes Used

XO Beauty Eyeshadow Blender Brush

XO Beauty Tapered Crease Brush

Zoeva Luxe Pencil Brush #230

Zoeva Wing Liner Brush #317

Bobbi Brown Touch up Brush

Step 1 - If you would like a more precise edge to your eyeshadow then start by putting a piece of tape angling from the bottom lashes up towards your temple. Cover the entire lid in the Chi Chi Eyelid primer, use your ring finger to smooth over a thin veil from your lashes to your brow.

Step 2 - Take Peach Smoothie on an XO Beauty Eyeshadow Blender Brush and brush this through the crease. This is just to create a bit of warmth and act as a transition shade.

Step 3 - Take the shade Tease from the Naked Palette on the same XO Beauty Brush and also brush this through the crease. Don't take this quite as high as Peach Smoothie.

Step 4 - Grab the colour Busted on an XO Beauty Tapered Crease Brush and focus this along the outer corner of the eye, you can also deepen up the crease colour now too.

Step 5 - I have used a tiny bit of Blackout on a ZOEVA Luxe Pencil Brush also in the outer V and crease to get even more depth. Layering is the key!

Step 6 - Using the flat side of a Bobbi Brown Touch Up Brush, press Pistol all over the lid right up to the crease colours.

Step 7 - You can either remove the tape before or after you do the eyeliner, I prefer to take mine off before so I can double check the position is right. Then I take that little ZOEVA Pencil brush and with a bit of Tease run that along the bottom lashes. Then layer up with Busted and Blackout to darken it up.

Step 8 - Using a ZOEVA Winged Liner Brush and Bobbi Brown Black Gel liner, create a wing and then line along the top lashes, make sure to get right up close to where the lashes grow out. Finish with Mascara and Falsies and your good to go!

One last tip, I always make sure I go back over all my edges and blend it right out. There is nothing worse than harsh edges and yes, blending does take time when it is done right. Those You Tubers you watch spend a lot more time blending than the few seconds they show on their videos.




Meagan Rawlings

Products Used

Bobbi Brown Cream Eyeshadow in Shore

ZOEVA Naturally Yours Palette

Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara

Brushes Used

XO Beauty Eyeshadow Blender Brush

XO Beauty Tapered Crease Brush

ZOEVA Pencil Brush 230

Bobbi Brown Touch up Brush

Step 1 -  Start by priming your eyelids with Bobbi brown Cream Eyeshadow in Shore to create an even colour.

Step 2 - Using the XO Beauty Eyeshadow Blender Brush Take the colour Soft & Sexy and blend that into the crease and then under the bottom lashes. If you hold the brush flat to your face and use the top edge to apply the shadow under the lower lashline, it blends much easier.

Step 3 - Using the XO Beauty Tapered Crease Brush add the colour Slow Dance in the crease and under the lashes but don't completely cover Soft & Sexy, then take your XO Beauty Eyeshadow Blender Brush and blend over the 2 colours.

Step 4 - Take the Zoeva Pencil Brush with a small amount of Timeless Chic on the brush and place this just in the outer V on your top lid and bring it slightly under the bottom lashes keeping the colour right up close to the lash line. Again go back over everything with your XO Beauty Eyeshadow Blender Brush and a tiny bit of Soft & Sexy to diffuse the colour.

By keeping the darkest colour closest to the lashes you avoid the punched in the face type eyes, plus going back in to blend each layer together keeps it nice and soft. You can keep layering if you want a stronger look.

Step 5 - Using the flat side of the Bobbi Brown Touch Up Brush, pack Pure onto the bare lid by pressing it on. You can use this colour all over the lid up to the crease, if you go too far into the crease colours just blend over the edge again with one of the darker shades. Blending is the key! Finish off with a few decent coats of Mascara and your good to go.

The reason I love using this ZOEVA Palette is that the shadows blend super easily and I love the combination of colours. The price point is pretty good too!

Meags xx


Meagan Rawlings

Products Used

Nars Creamy Concealer in Custard

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer in Neutral Medium

Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita Eyeshadow Quad (Shadow number 1)

Makeup Geek Peach Smoothie Eyeshadow

Anastasia Beverly Hills Morocco Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette (Pistol Shadow)

Anastasia Beverly Hills Noir Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Naked Palette (Smog Shadow)

Bobbi Brown Intensifying Long Wear Mascara

XO Beauty The Soulmate Lashes

Brushes Used

MAC 217

XO Beauty Eyeshadow Blender Brush

XO Beauty Tapered Crease Brush

ZOEVA Luxe Pencil Brush

Step 1 - Prep the entire eyelid with a thin layer of NARS Custard Concealer and conceal under the eyes with the It Cosmetics Concealer. Set it all with a loose powder.

Step 2 - Wash over the whole lid using the Mac 217 brush and the Charlotte Tilbury Primer Eyeshadow, this will enable all the eyeshadows you layer on top to blend out smoothly.

Step 3- Using an XO Beauty Eyeshadow Blender Brush, sweep a warm toned shadow such as Anastasia Beverly Hills Morocco through the crease. You want to be able to see the colour above your lid when your eye is open.

Step 4 - Take an XO Beauty Tapered Crease Brush with Pistol Eyeshadow (silvery grey colour) and place this in the crease as well but be careful not to take it higher than Morocco, you can also work this into the outer v and slightly along the top lash line. Leave the middle of the eye bare.

Step 5 - With a ZOEVA Luxe Pencil Brush continue the Morocco shade under the lower lashes, you can bring this quite low for a soft smokey look.

Step 6 - Next take the Pistol shade again on the ZOEVA Luxe Pencil Brush but keep this colour closer to the lash line so you can still see Morocco underneath. You can darken the lash line with Anastasia Beverly Hills Noir if you like. Finish by going over all of the shadows on your bottom lash line with the XO Beauty Eyeshadow Blender Brush, it will have some excess Morocco on it which will just soften any hard edges.

Step 7 - Fill in the middle of your top lid with Smog shadow on a MAC 217 brush, blend it up and into the crease.

Step 8 - Finish by applying Mascara and Falsies for an extra glam look.

Meags xx


Meagan Rawlings

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Products used

Bobbi Brown Cream Shadow in Shore

ZOEVA Naturally Yours Palette

Anastasia Beverly Hills Shadow Couture Palette

Australis Black Eye Pencil

Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara

Model Rock Lashes in Smokey Velvet

Brushes used

XO Beauty - Eyeshadow Blender

ZOEVA - Luxe Petit Crease

ZOEVA - Luxe Pencil

ZOEVA - Detail Shader

Bobbi Brown - Touch Up Brush

Step 1 - Prime the entire lid with Bobbi Brown cream shadow in Shore

Step 2 - Using the XO Beauty Eyeshadow Shader brush, apply 'Soft & Sexy' from the ZOEVA Naturally Yours Palette in the crease

Step 3 - Using the same brush, start adding some depth by applying 'Morocco' from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Palette also in the crease

Step 4 - Using the ZOEVA Luxe Petit Crease Brush place 'Fudge' in the middle of the crease, don't take this as high as the other two shadows

Step 5 - Using the Bobbi Brown Touch Up brush slightly damp, press 'Heirloom' all over the eyelid, up to the edge of the browns you've already done.

Step 6 - Taking the Zoeva Petit Crease Brush again place a tiny bot of 'Noir' in the crease and then blend out the edges with your XO Beauty Eyeshadow Shader Brush

Step 7 - Line your waterline with a black eyeliner then bring down into the lower lashes the same shadows you used on top starting with the lightest colour and building up to the darkest.

Step 8 - With a damp ZOEVA Detail Shader Brush place 'Pink Champagne' on the inner corners of the eyes, put on a whole lot of mascara and then finish with false lashes.

When you break down complicated looking eye makeup it really is quite simple, just take your time and make sure you blend and blend!


Meags xx


Meagan Rawlings

When it comes to contouring there are so many different versions, the Kim K one being the most talked about in the beauty world. Personally I think her makeup artists are amazing and she can pull off a mega contoured and highlighted face no problem. My personal style is a much softer and more wearable version.

The tools that you need are;
Zoeva Luxe Cheek Finish Brush
XO Beauty Bronzer Brush
Bobbi Brown Blush Brush (or similar)

The products that I used are;
NARS Laguna Bronzer
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow Palette
Either the highlight powder in the Filmstar Bronze and Glow or my absolute fave - MAC Soft & Gentle

Step 1 - Apply your base. So the more even and flawless you can get your skin first then the easier it will be to contour. Use a primer for a smooth base, foundation, concealer and powder.

Step 2 - Take the XO Beauty Bronzing Brush with some Laguna Bronzer and do little circles up and under the cheek bone and around the edge of the face, use a lot of pressure so your buffing the product in and blending as you go. This is just the first bronzing step so keep this nice and soft.

Step 3 - Take the Zoeva Luxe Cheek Finish Brush with a dusting of Charlotte Tilbury Flimstar Bronze and Glow (the Bronze side),this is what we are going to use to deepen the contour. Having already laid a base down with the other bronzer means when you deepen it, it’s much softer looking and easier to blend. You can use your 1st bronzer colour to do this step, I just like to use the Charlotte Tilbury one because I think it adds more warmth to the skin. So press the product up and under the cheek bone and then blend, again use some decent pressure so you can buff the bronzer out to keep it from looking like a stripe.

Step 4 -  Take the Bobbi Brown Blush Brush (or any small fluffy brush) and grab a wee bit of your chosen highlighter on top of your cheek bones, in the corners of the eye (against the side of the nose), tip of the nose, along the cupids bow and depending on the style of makeup, under the brow.

If any areas look too “obvious” then take your bronzer brush and wipe all the product off, use it to blend out those bits. If your still unsure, then take a few selfies at different angles so you can see what your side profile looks like.
The best advice I can give you for contouring is to blend! And start off really light and soft to get the hang of where to place your products before diving in there all heavy handed first off.
I hope you found this a little bit helpful!

Meags xx