Halloween is our favourite time of year here at Xtras –and one of the busiest! With our large range of Halloween outfits, make-up, paints and kits we are the go to place for any of your fancy dress & make up needs!
All of our stores were crazy busy last week with you guys stocking up on your Halloween essentials. Check out these pictures from our Newcastle shop where the queues went right out of the door!
Now we’re gearing up for Christmas – and with our large range of discounted perfumes, aftershaves, giftsets, cosmetics and the odd Santa outfit or two- we’re the perfect place to go for all your Christmas Shopping!
Whenever I think of Halloween make-up I automatically imagine the obvious – Zombie, Witch, Vampire etc… Although these staples are super effective and definitely do the trick, I fancied giving something different a go.
I decided to give pop art make up a try, a brave decision considering I am no make-up artist, but a look which I thought would be really different – especially for a Halloween night out or party.
And this is my result – far from perfect but not too shabby for a first attempt.
For this look it is so important to use a good black eyeliner. I used the W7 Liquid Eyeliner and it worked really well and comes off nicely when you need to repair a mistake.
Step 1: Start off by using foundation and powder to give your Halloween look a smooth base.
Step 2: With liquid eyeliner fill in your eyebrows to make them thick and strong. Try and make the line as smooth as possible so as to keep the cartoon-ish effect.
Step 3: Draw smooth black lines with eyeliner down the bridge of your nose, hollow of your cheeks and on the edge of your forehead and jaw line – basically everywhere in which you would usually contour. Also draw a line in the hollow of your chin.
Step 4: Grab a bold eyeshadow – it can be whatever colour but needs to be bold and a block colour. I used the colour Top Hat from W7’s In The Night Palette – a super pretty purple with a hint of glitter. Pop this all over the lid and into the crease and underneath the brow bone. Then line your eyes with your trusty liquid eyeliner to create a winged line – then outline the eye shadow to join the eyeliner up. Line your bottom lashes with your liquid eyeliner and draw on some exaggerated bottom lashes – you could also use eyelash extensions for this. Line your waterline with white eyeliner to make your eyes look bigger and brighter. Line your lips with the black eyeliner, creating a thicker line on your bottom lip.
Step 5: Add false eyelashes to your eyelashes – the bigger the better! UBU Secret Agents False Eyelashes were perfect for this look and were super easy to apply. Whilst these are drying fill your lips in with a red lipstick- Laval Flame Lipstick worked best for me-leaving a small rectangle on side. Fill in the rectangle with a white eyeliner.
Step 6: Add your dots! This can be a lengthy process but does really add to that pop art effect. If you feel that red looks a bit diseased then try a light pink or white paint instead. Also I did my dots quite big but I think the smaller and more regimented you can get them the more effective the look becomes!
And voila… you get your finished Pop Art look. If you want go full on then grab some yellow hairspray and spray it onto your hair. Then with your well used liquid eyeliner run some lines through the hair. This look is even more effective in person and is very different from the usual Halloween looks you will see!
Here at Xtras we see W7 as a saviour of make-up – fab quality, purse friendly and pretty packaging, so as you can imagine, when they bring out new lines we get very excited!
One of our favourite new lines has to be the In The Night Eye Colour pallet – a combination of 12 highly pigmented smokey shades perfect for those who love a sultry eye look! Along with the In The Buff and In The Nude, these eye shadow pallets are proving to be a huge hit and at only £5.99 we can surely see why.
W7 have also brought out a range of gift sets called The Trilogy which give you a mascara, a nail polish and a full colour lipstick. With 4 different colour themes these sets would make fab gifts to all those make up lovers out there and at only £6.99 you could even buy an extra one for yourself!
One other product that we simply have to rave about is the Porefection Pore Minimising Cream. The oil free formula evens out the skin and the Vitamin E gives you a healthy boost and helps to minimise those pesky pores. You can either use on its own or as a primer before applying your make-up to give you a smooth base to work with. At £4.49 W7’s Porefection Cream is an absolute must in your skincare routine!
Have a nosey at our full range of W7 stock here and let us know your favourite products.
Autumn/Winter 2014 is fast approaching which means those thick jumpers and coats once again make an appearance in our wardrobes whilst our summer staples are shunned until next year.
Along with the change in our fashion comes a distinct change in our makeup habits – swapping lighter BB creams for our matt foundations & putting away our bright glosses in favour of dark autumnal colours – which gives us a fab opportunity to experiment with some darker shades.
One absolute must have for any Autumnal look is a darker lipstick – paired with a defined brow and flawless skin this look is an everyday go to that is perfect for the change of seasons and is a fun way of mixing up your make up look!
Whether you want to make a statement with a bold lipstick or fancy a more subtle shade of gloss, we at xtras have a fab range of colours to suit everyone!