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24 Mar, 2011 Beauty Blog

Anyone who reads my beauty blogs regularly will know what a big fan I am of Bobbi Brown makeup, so you can imagine how thrilled I get when I receive a press pack of Bobbis latest releases…

The most recent new collection that arrives in store during april is called Peony & Python & its actually a collaboration between Bobbi & the fashion label Tibi. I am most inspired by the new eyeshadow palette that comes packaged in a gorgeous zip-up fabric case that is so chic you would never know it contains makeup- its more like a cute wallet…!

Upon unzipping you are greeted with the most sumptuous range of shadows that are inspired by the tones of lush Peonies (soft pinks & lilacs) merged with cool greys & taupes. This palette is really useful as the natural colours can be used on their own for a simple daytime makeup, then the rich purple & pretty pink can be added for a more dramatic evening eye.

Because Bobbis shadows are never garish, this palette is a great way to introduce some colour to your eye makeup. I know lots of women that are scared of using purples & pinks on their eyes for fear of looking like they have been crying & this can easily happen, particularly if you have very fair skin & pale eyes. As usual the secret is to never overdo it as too much of any colour on your eye can look unflattering. If you are keen to try a lilac eye here are a few simple steps on how to apply Bobbis new colours…

1- Apply the lightest tone all over the eye area to create a base & add highlight.

2- Next add the soft peony toned pink along the crease of the eye- this is a great way to open up the eye area I often use a touch of blusher to give this effect.

3- Now for a darker tone (the deep purple). Apply this on the outer corner of the lid & work inwards into the center of the eye, softly blending as you go. You can also add extra purple under the eye, starting of dark & slowing tapering off to nothing on the inner corner. If you want more depth you can then use some of the black shadow & blend it along the lashline as this is an easy way to create a smokey eye effect with the added drama of purple.

If you rim the whole eye with dark purple you will create a cool 70′s Biba style look, but take care as this can look a little hard if you are over 40. I tend to reserve this style of makeup for the catwalk, although come Ball season Im sure a few of my young cousins will be requesting big purple 1970′s eyes!

Loads of black mascara complete the look & I was thrilled to try out BB’s newest called ‘Lash Glamour Extreme Lengthening Mascara’. I have found that its brilliant at lengthening (as the name suggests!) without clumping. As well as dramatic black this mascara also comes as a limited edition version in ‘Plum’- very cool indeed.

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