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How to apply perfect eye-liner that lasts

Eye-liner is a great way to draw attention to the eyes, enhancing them, adding a dramatic finish or a subtle touch that works to make the eyes stand out, making the most of their shape and colour.

When you know what you’re doing, liner is simple to apply, but it does take some precision and care, and is worth taking your time over. So when you’ve spent some of your valuable time applying your liner, you’ll want it to stay put all day, with out smudging or fading.

Unfortunately, liner is prone to smudging, particularly in cold and windy weather, so here’s how to apply yours to make it last you through day and night-

Step One

The base on which you apply your liner is key to how long your look will last. A great base means that your eye-liner has a fighting chance of staying put.

Start by cleansing the skin so it is free from excess oil and dirt. Next apply an eye primer to the lids before applying any foundation on concealer. A primer will help make-up last longer and a clear base will also make your liner look neater and bolder in colour and shape.


Step Two

Now it’s time to apply your liner. The best liners for staying power and bold colour are liquid liners. Invest in a good quality waterproof liner that won’t smudge were your eyes to water, which of course through out the day they do.

Once you’ve applied your base, take your liquid liner and begin to apply. Using your pointing finger, pull your lid taught by pushing it up and out towards the end of your eyebrow. Tilt your head up slightly too, this enables you to get very close to the lash line for a seamless finish.


Draw liner along the lash line, starting thin and getting a little thicker towards the middle of the eye. At the outer corner of the eye sweep the liner up to create a flick.

Liner on

Step Three

Finally, to make your liner budge proof, pat on a little powder to seal it in. A transparent powder will work, but it may dull the colour a little. To keep colour bold try carefully patting on a powder shadow in the same colour, making the colour bolder and keeping your liner in place all day.

Finished look

Finally, here is the finished look. Have a go and let me know how you get on!

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How to Apply Perfectly Flawless Blush


This may seem like such a straight forward part of make-up to apply, but truth be told there are many people out there incorrectly applying blusher.

For most, make-up is used to enhance our natural looks, rather than dramatically change the way we look. There is a particular way to apply blusher to ensure we are enhancing our looks, adding a natural and feminine flush, whilst also contouring the face. Here’s how:

1. Before applying blusher you need to create a flawless base. With out this blusher can become lost on the skin, amongst the natural pink in the skin and the variation in the skin tone.

Do this by first applying a primer to clean and moisturised skin, this will ensure your base lasts and minimise pores. Next apply foundation with a brush, followed by concealer under the eyes and around the nose, as well as on blemishes. Next apply a powder to set your base.

2. Next you will need to contour your face, using a powder a few shades darker than your foundation. This works to add definition to the face.

Sweep the powder across your forehead, under your chin, down either side of your nose and into the hollows of your cheeks.

3. Now it’s time to apply your blusher. You want to apply it to the apples of your cheeks only, to add a natural healthy glow. Using a blusher brush swirl the bristles of the brush into your blusher. Tap the brush on your wrist to remove the excess powder, the trick is to apply a subtle glow, rather than a block of colour.

Sweep the brush over the apples of your cheeks, and blend a little with your contouring powder into the hollows of the cheeks, not working your way up to the ears, just blending a little where the apple of the cheek meets the hollow.

The end result should be a natural looking flush, with flawless skin and subtle contouring, making for all natural flawless and healthy looking skin.

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Vlogger Maddie Bruce recommends top make-up brushes!

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At Nanshy myself and the team are always excited when we hear back from you, our customers. Your opinion matters to us, which is why we are always excited to hear what you think about our products.

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So when we heard that Maddie Bruce had posted a vlog featuring our brushes we couldn’t wait to see it, and after watching it we were ecstatic with Maddie’s comments, which is why we decided to offer her subscribers 10% off at Nanshy.

Maddie is a fantastic beauty vlogger, and we felt honoured to be featured in one of her ever popular videos, you can watch it here to hear Maddie’s advice on make-up brushes and see what she had to say about her Nanshy brushes:

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Maddie regularly uploads lots of helpful beauty focussed vlogs which you might find helpful!

Have you got anything to say about the Nanshy brushes? It’s great to share your experiences with others and we all know how much reviews and advice helps when it comes to making purchase decisions.

Get in touch and let us know how you got on with your Nanshy brushes, simply leave a comment, tweet us or email us your thoughts!

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How to do Makeup for Valentine’s Day

One of the questions that get asked frequently around this time of year is: ‘how should I do my makeup for valentine’s day?’ So I thought I would put together a guide to answer that exact question! Valentine’s day is a day to be celebrated, whether you’re out with your partner for the night, in or out with the girls, or spending time with your family. We get few chances over the year to really dress up, so I say grab it with both hands and have fun with your look this Valentine.

Makeup for Valentines Day


Hopefully, now you’re feeling excited for valentine’s day, and thinking about the look you might go for if so read on to find out exactly what’s on trend for your ideal valentines makeup look,

Sugary Sweet…

This Valentine’s all about going for a soft and feminine look, that’s really pretty and subtly striking. Past years a more vampy look has been favoured for the evening, with thick false lashes and a Hollywood glam red lip, but this year opting for a softer more girly look is ideal for the occasion.

Think pastel pinks, soft bronzes and golds, as well as taupes and soft shimmer. Thick feminine soft lashes are ideal, as well as subtle contouring with pink flushed cheeks.

How To create makeup for valentine’s day…

So now you know all about the ideal look for valentines it’s time to put it into practice and create your ideal makeup for valentine’s day, here’s how:

makeup for valentines day

What you’ll need:

  • Semi-sheer foundation
  • Primer
  • Concealer
  • Mid-tone bronzer, one that’s quite warm
  • Peach blush
  • Gold shadow
  • Taupe shadow
  • Mascara
  • Natural looking false lashes
  • Pale pink lipstick
  • Vaseline
  • Powder brush
  • Blusher brush
  • Eyeshadow brush
  • Eyelash curlers

What to do:

  1. Prep your skin by applying primer to your face and neck after you’ve cleansed and moisturised.
Top tip: Apply a little more where your pores are larger. Click to tweet!
  1. Next, apply foundation either using your fingers or with a foundation brush, this look is soft so just apply a little where you need it most. (FREE GUIDE: How to use Flat Top Foundation Brush?)
  1. Pat on concealer under your eyes, in the corners of your nose and on any blemishes, this look is all about clear and dewy skin.
  1. Using a powder brush lightly brush powder over your face, applying only a little so as not to completely mattify your skin.
Top tip: Tap your brush on your forearm to remove excess powder before applying. Click to tweet!
  1. Next lightly contour your face using your mid-tone bronzer. Apply with a contour brush to the hollows of your cheeks, under your chin, down the sides of your nose and across your forehead. Then apply a little blush to the apples of your cheeks.
  1. Move onto your eyes. Take an eyebrow brush and comb your brows up and then brush into place. Pat on a little Vaseline to keep in place.
  1. Take your eyeshadow brush and dip it into your gold shadow, sweep it across your lid and work into the inner corner of your eyes. Next, apply the taupe shadow to the crease of your eye and underneath the eye along the lower lash line until around the middle of the eye. Join the up the crease with the lower lash line by creating a slight winged effect, bringing the shadow together on the outer corner of the eye.
Top tip: Use a highlighter on your brow bone to create a wide-eyed look. Click to tweet!
  1. Curl your lashes and sweep over your mascara on the top and bottom lashes.
  1. Next, apply your lashes, cut them down a little if they are too big so they fit your eyes. Apply the glue to the lashes and leave it 20 seconds to go tacky, then carefully apply to your lash line. Add a sweep of mascara to blend with your natural lashes when they are glued in place.
  1. Apply your lipstick, blot and repeat three times, then pat on a little Vaseline.
Top tip: Buff dry skin off your lips using an old toothbrush before applying lipstick. Click to tweet!

Team the Look With…

Soft curls or waves are ideal for this look, as well as a half up does. Finish off with a spritz of hairspray to keep your look in place for the night ahead.

I hope you’ve found this guide helpful and it’s inspired you for valentines this year. If you give the look a go don’t forget to share your photos!
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How to Remove Make-up With out Make-up Remover


We’ve all been there, plans change or something unexpected comes along and you end up in a situation where you need to remove your make-up, but don’t have access to your usual products and tools to do so.

Many of us end up leaving our make-up on when we come to realise we don’t have the products we need to remove it, but this can result in dry, tired looking skin, not to mention blemishes from pores being unable to breathe too.

Not being able to remove make-up also means we will have to put up with keeping our old make-up on too, until we are back in a situation where we can remove it properly and then reapply if we so wish.

So when you find yourself in a sticky situation, how can you ensure you’re able to remove your make-up, leaving your skin fresh and glowing?

Let’s find out how to remove your make-up with out remover…

It is possible…

Believe it or not, it is possible to remove your make-up successfully when you don’t have remover, and it’s great to know this simple trick for where you’re caught short.

I wouldn’t recommend regularly using this method, or becoming dependent on it, but it’s great to avoid wearing make-up while you sleep when you can’t take it off, which is really bad for your skin.

Here’s how…

All you need to remove your make-up when you’re all out of remover or haven’t got any to hand is oil. Olive oil works, coconut oil, even vegetable oil at a push (the first two are the best skin friendly choices), but any natural oil is a great way to remove all traces of make-up, working towards keeping your skin looking great, and leaving you able to reapply fresh make-up when you’re ready.

If you can get your hands on some oil, simply pat onto your skin and work in a little with your finger tips to get your make-up moving, then take tissue or cotton wool balls and sweep across your skin.

This method even works to remove stubborn waterproof eye make-up, simply pour a little oil onto tissue and wipe over your eyes to get eye make-up moving, you may need 2-3 cotton balls to remove make-up completely.

Wipe all the oil off, then splash your face with water to remove excess and pat dry.

Not only is this a great way to remove your make-up, the oil is also nourishing to the skin, ensuring you wake up with a bright and fresh complexion.

Give this a go next time you find yourself with out make-up remover and see for yourself. Let me know how you get on, and don’t forget to share this post with your friends who might find it helpful!