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    • May 19, 2013 3:50 PM BST
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      I've read and watched tutorials, and tried to emulate the girls in the videos, but gien that I'm a lot older than most of them, my eyes are nowhere near as springy or smooth as theirs, and every time I try to apply eyeshadow it just puffs all over my eyes, making it look like I've been in some sort of explosion (latest attempt attached --- oh dear!) with powder eyeshadow.

      Creme seems to be easier but is getting harder to find, and as for eyeliner: my eye keeps blinking as if it's saying NO NO! I DON'T WANT THIS!!

      Mascara is about the only thing I can manage to do even half well.

      Any tips or help, girls?

      Stacey-Lynn
      Eye Makeup : why is it so hard? :(
    • May 19, 2013 7:18 PM BST
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      Hi Stacey-Lynn. It comes down to practice:- Practice, Practice, Practice. You also need a good foundation (in the photo you don't appear to have used one). Select a few images you like from the net and try to emulate them. If you really find it so difficult your best bet is to go to a make-over service where they will advise you on the different make-up types and take you through it step by step eg they might demonstrate by making up one eye and then getting you to do the other with their guidance. I hate to sound catty but a much better wig would make you look immediately better, the one in the photo really is horrible and does you no favours whatsoever! Love, Trines x x
    • May 19, 2013 7:31 PM BST
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      Thanks Trines for taking the time to reply.
      I did actually use a foundation. Originally I caked it on so it was too much, so this time I only used a little but perhaps used not enough? I know the eig is crappy, but my good one has seen better days and I really can't afford to buy a new expensive one at the moment. What about colours? Should I be using something more neutral? Hell, I used to be able to do this reasonably well --- look at the picture on my profile to see how badly I've let this slide. I guess as you say, it has to be kept up, day after day as much as possible.
      Anyway thanks
      Stacey-Lynn
      XX
    • May 19, 2013 8:12 PM BST
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      I’m in a similar boat Stacey! My skin is wrinkled and course and my eyesight’s crap as well. A few tips, moisturise first with a simple men’s Nivea type after shaving moisturisers. Then apply a skin primer, Tescos does an affordable one! It helps to smooth the pores in the skin, to create a better skin surface for foundation and eyeshadow. For eyeliner I use the eyeliner crayons which are waxy and quite good on my skin, an example is the Technic Kajal Kohl Eyeliner Crayon. They can be smudged a little after application for a smoky eye effect and make the eyes stand out nicely. Then use eye shadow in muted colours such as brown and greys and use the colours applied with a brush to lighten to eyebrow above the eye socket and to darken the lid above the lash line. It’s a bit like painting! You use pale colours to make things look larger and eyeliner and mascara to make the eye stand out also try a brown mascara its kinder on a more mature girl…..the just keep practising. Oh and olive oil on a q-tip is great at removing waterproof mascara gently!! XXX
    • May 19, 2013 8:13 PM BST
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      p.s. Annabelle's wigs in Brighton do very good low cost wigs! in a huge variety of styles and colours can really recommend!! XXX
    • May 20, 2013 6:50 AM BST
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      its just practice practice and more practice have fun doing it to try a little at first and not so bright colours im still practicing xxxx
    • May 20, 2013 10:44 AM BST
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      its easy
    • May 20, 2013 12:34 PM BST
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      <blockquote><strong><a href="/se4/profile/andreakitten">Andrea Caskin</a> said:</strong><br />p.s. Annabelle's wigs in Brighton do very good low cost wigs! in a huge variety of styles and colours can really recommend!! XXX</blockquote><br />

      Hi Andrea. Thanks for that.
      I've looked at her wigs online and they are very reasonable indeed. And you can recommend them? I often find that the wig starts off fine but after a while gets out of control
      and nothing will work with brushing. I even bought a special wig brush and it was bloody
      useless! Any suggestions? Or do these wigs generally keep their shape?
    • May 20, 2013 1:09 PM BST
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      there are human hair ones on ebay - they start at £35 and look real as opposed to summat someone would wear for a laugh on a stag do
    • May 20, 2013 1:24 PM BST
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      A human hair wig is and looks the best but it does need looking after skillfully and will require shampooing, re-dressing and re-styling from time to time which is beyond the skills of most of us. If you can keep the wig on a stand then fine. However, if home circumstances mean it has to be stuffed away in a bag then a good synthetic one is a better bet. Turn it carefully inside out, put it in a hair net (two if it's a long hair one, and try and put it away in a small box that will protect it from undue crushing from other contents in the bag..
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      i've got a full size mannequin in my dressing room :)
    • May 20, 2013 7:25 PM BST
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      Don't you mean a trannequin? :-)
    • May 20, 2013 8:53 PM BST
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      Hi Stacey- Lynne. You should watch Miss Ashley's tutorial. But if you want your eyes to look more femme, glue on a pair of false eyelashes too. It'll take a couple of go's to get them straight, but perservere. Also don't buy tranny wigs, just go to a black hair and beauty store. You'll get all kinds of choice from 15 /35 quid which 'll look much better on you.
    • May 22, 2013 12:06 AM BST
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      Gemma,
      Um, a BLACK hair and beauty store? Am I missing something here? I live in Ireland, by the way...
    • May 26, 2013 5:28 PM BST
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      Brushes are your best friend with eye makeup using several of various types helps a lot. Dampen a brush to bolden a colour or use it dry to make it lighter. Press the brush into your skin to make a stain or sweep it across the skin to make it discreet. Blending is important with a soft rounded brush if you want a natural look opposed to a deliberate statement. To address your problem though I would say you need to apply makeup next to a window during the day to get natural light - using a lamp its hard to see how much paint is on so we tend to over do it and then when a camera flashes it's obvious. pretty much for any colour and for each eye, load the brush just once and tap it firmly to shake off excess - that out to be plenty enough powder. Could write an article on this however we all have a best way of doing things that suits us individually so its in finding that through practicing different techniques which is the key.
      This post was edited by Deleted Member at May 26, 2013 5:30 PM BST
    • June 3, 2013 1:10 AM BST
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      Firstly, Revlon do an illuminated mirror http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/4384674.htm

      Then youneed soe good brushes and know how to use them and which one. Eye make up is so simple once you have got your head around what you want to acheive and how to high light important area's. Stacy firstly i would recommend having your eyebrows threaded , once they are shaped you will have more static lid area to work with. I actually do make up lessons as well as makeovers and all other beauty treatments at my salon , if you want to take advantage. Tracey xxx
    • June 3, 2013 1:12 AM BST
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      Also sweety, invest in a decent wig, thay are not to expensive and will make a huge difference

      Tracey
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      Youtube.
      That is all
      This post was edited by Samantha Smile at November 2, 2013 11:41 PM GMT

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