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How to Choose Makeup for Your Skin Tone?

Choose Makeup for Your Skin Tone

“The best colour in the whole world is the one that looks good, on you!” – Coco Chanel. Click to Tweet!

Makeup trends keep on changing with changing seasons and styles. What’s hot this season will be termed ‘out of fashion’ in a couple of months. So how are you supposed to choose makeup for your skin tone? Do we need to follow all the trends blindly? Of course not, some of the most celebrated makeup artists from all around the globe suggest buying makeup that looks good on you, irrespective of what is considered hot and what’s not. You should pick your foundations, concealers, eyeshadows and lipsticks depending on your skin’s tone, texture and colour. Pick the right shades based upon your skin type.

Let’s discover how you can choose makeup for your skin tone.

  • Examine Your Skin Tone – This is the first thing you need to know before buying any kind of makeup product. In order to determine your skin tone, wear a white shirt/t-shirt, stand in the natural light and look into a mirror. If your skin appears to be more on the yellow/red side you have a warm skin tone and alternatively, if it appears to be more on the bluish-pink side, you have a cool skin tone.
  • TIP: You can also check your veins in order to determine your skin tone.  People with green veins have warmer skin tones and those with blue veins have cooler skin tones.
  • Examine Your Skin Colour – There are four different categories of skin colours – fair, medium, olive and dark. People with the same skin colour can have different skin tones. For example, you could be fair skinned with cool tone but your sibling could be fair skinned with a warm skin tone. It principally depends on your genetic makeup and on your ethnicity. Understanding your precise skin colour can help you in picking the right shades.
  • Picking Foundation – While picking foundation, try to match your undertones. This could be a little tricky since your skin colour can be very different from your skin tone. For instance, if you have medium skin but yellowish skin tone, you need to pick a foundation with a hint of yellow in it, to match your skin’s undertone.
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  • TIP: Some brands actually have shades like ‘cool sand’ or ‘warm honey’ indicating the skin tone they are best suited for.
  • Picking Eye and Lip Shades – If you have a warm skin tone opt for warmer shades like deep reds, champagne, brown, beige and golden. If you have cool skin tone pick shades which are dominantly pink, purple, rose and blue.
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  • Keep in Mind Your Skin Texture As Well – If you have dry skin, opt for mousse or crème based products and if you have oily skin pick powder-based products. If you have sensitive skin look for labels that say ‘non-allergenic’ or ‘for sensitive skin’.
  • Pick the Right Makeup Brushes – If you have plans of buying powder-based products (since you have oily skin), you ought to have powder brushes, blush brushes and thick haired eyeshadow brushes in order to get a flawlessly natural look.


If you are planning to get crème based products, get the right blending tools and sponges. Without the right applicators, your expensive makeup products will be of no use.

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7 Tips For Switching To Cruelty-Free Products (Permanently!)

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You’re aware of how cruel and unnecessary animal testing is, and you want to put your foot down and make a change. Where do you begin? With all the beauty brands currently available on the market, switching to cruelty-free cosmetics can be confusing. Here are 7 tips to follow for a smooth — and permanent! — transition to cruelty-free products!

1. Make it a gradual change.

You might be tempted to overhaul your complete makeup collection, skincare arsenal, bath products, and home cleaning supplies. For most people, this is too much to take on at once! Start by evaluating your products, but don’t feel pressured to make changes right away. Instead, gradually replace your products as you run out.

2. Don’t throw anything away.

Instead of trashing half-used products because they’re made by a brand that tests on animals, please don’t waste anything and please respect the environment! We all know that chemicals should not be poured down the sink, and that plastic containers should always go in the recycle bin. If you don’t want to finish up your old cosmetics, consider donating them to a friend or offering them to a fellow makeup or skincare lover.

3. Know which brands are cruelty-free.

This is crucial when making the switch to cruelty-free products. The easiest way to keep up is to bookmark or print out cruelty-free brands list from a trusted source. For beginners, I recommend the Leaping Bunny’s list of certified brands. You can also check out my own list of cruelty-free brands which includes correspondence from companies.

4. Know your bunnies.

On some packaging, you’ll find a little bunny logo. These logos try to tell you that the brand in question is cruelty-free, but not all bunny logos are created equal. There are only 3 specific bunnies that you can trust: the Leaping Bunny logo, PETA’s Caring Consumer bunny, and the Choose Cruelty-Free rabbit (see below). Any other bunny logo is not an official logo and does not indicate that the company is cruelty-free. Proceed with caution, and verify by looking at cruelty-free brands lists!

Cruelty-Free Products

5. Don’t forget your essentials.

Toothpaste, dental floss, and mouthwash are also mostly tested on animals. I suggest brands like Tom’s of Maine*, Desert Essence, and Jason for all your oral care needs. Deodorant is another product you might take for granted, although a large portion of the deodorants you’ll find in drugstore are tested on animals. I highly recommend ditching those and making the switch to an aluminum-free, natural deodorant. There’s also laundry detergent and cleaning supplies. Some brands to look into are Attitude, Seventh Generation, Method, and Dr. Bronner.

6. Don’t rely on dupes.

Makeup dupes, that is. A dupe is normally considered to be a more affordable alternative to a high-end product. Let’s say you’re swooning over your new high-end designer lipstick, but you discovered that the brand unfortunately tests on animals. You’re looking for an alternative. The $3 dupe you’ve found might be an approximate color match, but you might not be in love with its performance. The result? You’re going back to your tested-on-animals lipstick and you curse the cruelty-free alternative. The real solution? Look into mid-range and high-end brands. You might be surprised to know that Chantecaille, Ellis Faas, and Nars* are all cruelty-free.

7. Discover new brands and have fun!

One of the great things about switching to cruelty-free products is being able to discover new brands that are kind to animals, to the environment, and to your health. During my quest for products that aren’t tested on animals, I’ve discovered a ton of wonderful brands I love that aren’t necessarily found in drugstore aisles and retail stores. I’m positive you will too! I wish you the best of luck, and don’t shy away from smaller companies, hand-crafted cosmetics, and green beauty brands!

*Brands with an asterisk are cruelty-free, although their parent company is not.

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How to Use Make-up Brushes to Create an Edgy Look

Creating an edgy and vampy look doesn’t have to be complicated. There comes a time where we would all like to be more experimental with our makeup, but where do we start?

With a small tweak or a choosing more muted colours, can help you be on your way to an edgier look.

Make-up brushes can be a great way to help you create a vampy finish. Using brushes that are fine and precise, allowing a much more perfected look.


A great way to begin your edgy look is with your eyes. Choosing colours such a purples, greys or blacks can help create a much more punk like look.

A smoky eye is a great look, using different shades and colours to contrast against your eyes. There are some great palettes available; offering the three shades you will need to achieve the look.

When creating the vampy, edgy look, eye make-up brushes are essential. In order to blend the different shades together, you will need a combination of
blending brushes and a few finer brushes to help define your eyeliner and reach into the corners of your eyes.

Our blending eye shadow brush is perfect for mixing together different eye shadows, to remove harsh edges and add edginess to your eyes.

Applying your black eyeliner and highlighter can be tricky; trying to use your fingers is pretty much impossible to achieve these applications. The areas can be hard to reach, but with the right makeup tools, it can be quick and easy, making it smudge proof and a precise application.

With our angled detailer brush, those hard to reach places are now made quick and easy. The angled detailer helps applying those bolder colours more precise, preventing any smudging or mistakes.

For a step by step guide to creating a smokey eye look click here:


The right cheek colour and application technique can help can help to contour your face into an entirely different look and shape. With the Kardashians heavily supporting the contoured look, we all have desired for those high cheekbones.

To create a more edgy and vamp look, you will need to choose a more muted colours for your cheeks. The application is essential, as with a smoky eye, you need to be careful on the blusher!

Our Blush and Bronze brush can give your application a more defined and edgy look. The angled detailer brush helps your application quick and simple, with as much or as little as you like. Perfect for both cream and powdered blush, you can create any vampy look.

Try contouring the face as the perfect look to pair with smokey eyes


The perfect finishing touch to an edgy look is the lips. An vampy look needs a bold colour, which can be hard applying with the stick or fingers. You need to follow your lip line, and those with thinner lips may want to create a fuller look.

A lip brush can be perfect to help apply lipstick is the most precise way. With its fine and thin end, application can be soft and easy, even for beginners with a bold colour lipstick.

Our Flat Definer brush is a great way of reach those sharp edges and helping the lip to look fuller. With a bold colour, once smudged it can be hard to remove. With our flat definer brush, it is easy to apply both on the outline of the lips, as well as the fuller part.

Opt for reds, berry shades and deep plums, or a nude teamed with a very dark eye.

Follow this guide to applying the perfect berry lip:

And there we have it, a bold and vamp look, all made better by simply using brushes. Experiment further with colours and tones with our full collection of brushes helping to make it easier!

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IMATS London 2016 Big Ticket Giveaway

Bobbi and Anna on the set

In keeping with its growing presence in the world of Professional Cosmetics, Nanshy is pleased to announce that it will once again be exhibiting at IMATS London.

IMATS, the International Makeup Artists Trade Show, is held annually in London, Los Angeles, New York and Sydney and on each occasion that Nanshy has appeared at the London venue, professional interest in the brand has grown.

“We meet a lot of relevant makeup artists at IMATS that aren’t to be seen at other events. It’s an important venue – says Damian Krzyzanowski, Founder and Director of Nanshy”

Nanshy is exhibiting on Stand 310 and this year. The stand will feature makeup artist Bobbi Bicker applying her work using Nanshy brushes to a resident model Molly Robbo. Expect also an amazing hairstylist Anna Romanenkova

Bobbi and Anna on the set
From the left: Anna, Katerina Christo and Bobbi

Makeup artists and brush users are invited to join Nanshy for a chat about beauty and cosmetics and the exciting projects Nanshy has lined up for the coming year. Our team will include beauty expert Nikki Taylor and  makeup artist Paul Herrington.

BONUS: A FREE makeup sponge is available to everyone who turns up on the stand with exclusive voucher:

We look forward to seeing you.


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The Art of Blending with the Nanshy Blending Sponge

blending sponge

Why blending sponge? As an artist of make-up we can often ask what is it that defines a good make-up artist and a great make-up application?   Many make-up artists have answered this question in different ways over the years including the American celebrity make-up artist Kevyn Aucoin.  Kevyn stated that The Art of make-up is blending”. For many make-up artists who aspire to be good at their craft, or for a make-up enthusiast looking for the best tools to use in their make-up kit, learning of the best blending tools around is a great place to learn how to be like the best.

The key to a great blend

They key to a great blend can be found in different places.  We can look at how we apply make-up to the face.  Are we applying in a controlled way?  Are we taking care to blend in all the edges?  We can also look at the skin canvas… is the skin smooth and well moisturised ready for a make-up application? Products also have a great influence on the final look that will be achieved.  We can ask questions like:  Are we applying the right make-up to the right skin type?  All these questions can help us towards a well-blended and overall professional finish.

Nanshy Makeup Blending Sponge

Finally, we can look at the tools we can use.  For that well blended foundation, blusher, bronzer and eye shadow, Nanshy produce a blending sponge which can be used to perfectly blend in this make-up.  Using a blending sponge to give that professional and flawless finish to your make-up has become a handy little tool for many in the world of make-up.  This product is something which is now being used not only by make-up enthusiasts’, but by international make-up artists.

How to use the blending sponge?

The sponge can be used both wet and dry, depending upon your preference and what products you are using.  For the wet application simply run it under water for a few seconds.  Once wet, gently squeeze out the water.   The other difference you will notice once the sponge is wet is that the sponge will have grown in size.

Use the sponge for make-up application and blending

You can use this sponge for the initial application of your make-up.  If you are using foundation for example, put a small amount on the back of your hand and by using the base end of the sponge, gently lift up some product and gently dab away any excess.  Once you have done this you can slowly build up the coverage you want by stippling over the face until you reach the desired effect.

Where can you use it?


This sponge is great for use for liquid, creams and even powdered foundations.  A light, medium or heavy coverage can be gained from layering up the colour.  Use the base end of the sponge and gently stipple over the face.  You will see instantly that that the look achieved is well distributed and blended.


Creams, powders and liquid blushers can be applied using this sponge.  Use the base end again to stipple the blush over the apple of the cheeks towards the temples.  You can also blend in the blusher with the rest of your foundation to produce a flawless finish.

Eye shadows

Cream and powdered eye shadows can be applied using the narrow end of the sponge.  You can use these to apply a single shade, or you can build up colours and blend them together.  As this sponge produces such an elegant finish, applying eye shadow using this sponge is great for both the day and evening looks.

Use after foundation application

blending spongeIf you like to for example use your fingers to apply the foundation, this doesn’t mean that this product cannot further improve your make-up.  You can use this sponge in conjunction with any other product, or with using your fingers.  This sponge is an accessory which will only improve what you already have done.  If for example you are applying a foundation, this sponge is perfect to touch up areas which may look blotchy or streaky.  As well as allowing for a flawless look, the pointed end can easily smooth out those areas which tend to crease such as under the eyes, around the nose and mouth.


Cleaning this sponge is just as easy as cleaning your make-up brushes.  Use a gentle baby shampoo to wash, and then leave to dry for its next use.

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