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Valentine’s Day make-up ideas

2018: 6 Celebrity-Inspired Valentine’s Day Makeup Looks

Valentine’s Day, a perfect time where you can spend thinking of new ways to do your make-up.   The great thing about rediscovering make-up specifically for Valentine’s Day is that you will be looking for a natural and flawless look which can be adapted and used all year round.

Valentines make-up has no rules, however there some inspirational looks which can be taken from some sources such as romantic movies like The Notebook.  If you want to get some initial inspiration this is a great place to begin.  There are also of course handy tips right here on the Nanshy blog which you can read and use.  See these tips outlined below which are perfect to try this Valentine ’s Day.

Extra sparkle to your smoky eye

You may be used to having the smoky eye for your favourite evening look and for Valentine’s Day you can give this look an extra sparkle.  Eye shadows which contain a natural shimmer are great to add an extra vivacity to your eye make-up.  When creating your regular smoky eye, it is a good idea to use three shades close to each other and build them up.  When adding shimmer you can replace one or two of those layers with a shimmer or a glittery eye shadow.  By layering a shimmery or glittery eye shadow, next to a none shimmer or glittery eye shadow will give the most striking effect.  Natural eye shadow colours close to your skin tone are also a great look in replace of darker smoky colours for Valentine’s Day.


For Valentine’s Day you want to look natural, however you still want your skin to look flawless and have some colour.  If you have pretty flawless skin, a tinted moisturiser will give the most natural effect.   Mineral foundation is also fairly light in coverage and is also good if you want a matt finish to your make-up.  If perhaps you wear a heavier make-up and want to tone it down for Valentine’s Day, why not just use a little less foundation than you normally do? To achieve that flawless look for those who maybe prone to breakouts for example, it is good idea a higher coverage is needed but perhaps use a little subtle blush instead to keep it natural.  If you are using a high coverage foundation make sure you blend in well to achieve that natural look.  By investing in some kabuki foundation brushes such as the range produced by Nanshy you can get that airbrushed look with ease.

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Use blusher as a flush rather than to define

Blusher is a great way to bring colour to your make-up, and it can also help with contouring.  You may be so used to applying blusher in a particular way; you may not realize the possibilities of application.  Blusher is most commonly applied to the apples of the cheeks to add colour and define them.  However, for that natural, yet pretty Valentine’s Day make-up, you could perhaps use the blusher to create a “flushed” look.  This is where the blusher is not applied in a very controlled way, but is generously applied to the apple of the cheeks and a little beyond this area.  The idea is to put pink in areas of the cheeks which are naturally prone to turning pink for a more natural finish.

They  key to this look is making sure the blusher is well blended in so the finish looks as natural as possible.  The flat top buffer foundation brush by Nanshy is a wonderful kabuki brush which is ideal for blending in the blusher to your base foundation without streaks.

Smudge free lips

You may think red lipstick is the most typical colour used for lips on Valentine’s Day.  However, natural lip colours are also very flattering for that romantic date.  If you want to make sure that your lips say mess free on your romantic evening then it may be an idea to leave that red lipstick at home.  Ideal alternatives include lip stains and tints which will stay firmly in place all night.  If you want a very minimal look, lip balm is another option.  If you do use a minimal lip look then be sure to play up your eyes.

Long but natural looking lashes

Aiming for a natural, pretty, yet striking look on Valentine’s Day is a good way to approach your make-up.  One way to enhance your eyes is by using artificial lashes.  Strip lashes will enhance your lashes all the way across, and individual lashes you can be more selective.   For Valentine’s Day it may be an idea to apply 3-4 individual lashes to the outer corner of your eyes to keep the look natural and pretty.

Do you have a favourite make-up tip you would like to share with our readers?  Comment below!


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Why use a makeup brushes set?

makeup brushes set for better makeup

Is your foundation not looking quite the way you want it to? Tired of lipsticks that always feather and bleed? Wish you had the perfect brows – but can’t find the pencil that cuts it?

makeup brushes set for better makeup

Before you go in search for the perfect product – hold fire. It might not be your makeup at all – but the tools you’re using instead! Having the right brush for the right product can make all the difference. If you’re not already using a proper makeup brushes set, here are 5 reasons why you should definitely start today.

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  • Have the right brush for every occasion

Whether it’s just your usual daytime routine for work, or a stunning evening look for a night out, having the right tools to hand can really make a difference! A makeup brushes set is a great way of keeping your beauty routine versatile, without having to lug around an entire case of different products. By learning how to blend, contour and detail with the right brush, you’ll have a flawless look, every time.

  • Use the right amount of makeup

If you’ve ever had a makeover by a professional, you’ll know how surprisingly little product you actually need to use to create a gorgeous transformation. With our expertly designed makeup brushes set, you can apply just the right amount – without wasting excess product. So whether you want to apply blush without looking like a rosy-cheeked doll, or get the perfect cupid’s bow pout without having to blot off half your lipstick afterwards, your makeup brushes set will make sure you do it right.

  • “I don’t wear a lot of makeup” – why the right brushes help

Think makeup brushes sets are only for people who spend ages applying makeup every day? Nope – think again. If you like to keep your daily beauty routine minimal and neat, using the right kit will help you apply it quickly and perfectly – so no annoying smudges or blotches to re-correct! Keep your makeup brushes kit to hand at any time – whether you just need to refresh your powder or fix your foundation, you can do it super quick, without a fuss.

  • Learn to apply like a pro

Ever seen a makeup pro try to apply makeup with their fingertips, or simply use the same brush everywhere? Err, no. That’s because a makeup brushes set is designed to help you maximise every individual product, in the best way possible. Contour and highlight cheekbones perfectly with our specially designed contouring brush, or get that instant airbrushed look with a stippling brush that’ll change the way you use your foundation!

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The top 5 summer beauty essentials with product recommendations

The sun is out, the days are long, and you’re looking forward to a glorious summer of looking totally gorgeous. If you want to make sure you stay fabulously radiant all through summer, then make sure you’ve got your hands on these essential beauty must-haves!

What summer beauty essentials do you need for this years heat waves?

  1. Pre-tanning prep 

Before you can step out looking like a bronze goddess, prep your skin first! That means you need to brush away that nasty cold-weather, dull and dry skin. An all over exfoliating scrub is perfect – choose something with lots of natural oils or butters with it, to moisturise your skin and leave you perfectly soft.

  1. Multitask like a pro


You don’t want to slather on tons of makeup in the heat – but that doesn’t mean you need to retire your makeup brush sets until autumn either! A cream rouge is a brilliant multitasker – use it to give your lips a subtle hint of colour, and your cheeks a delicate blush. You can even give your eyelids a delicate glow, for a bright and pretty effect. Use the brushes from a professional makeup brush set to multitask to best effect.

  1. Instant highlighter


To get those beautiful high cheekbones with a sundrenched effect, choose a radiant highlighter. Use a small brush to accent your cheeks and brow bones, to get a lovely, gentle dewy complexion all day. Warm, golden tones are ideal for olive toned and darker skin, while a fresh, cool highlighter is perfect for accentuating a paler complexion. You can even mix it into with a tinted moisturiser for an all-over glow.

  1. Summer pout


Whether you prefer to rock a beautiful, natural pout in the summer, or love to go bold and bright – choosing a lip colour to see you through the summer is an absolute essential. There’s no easier way to transform your look from day to night – simply apply your favourite lippy, and you’re ready for summer night drinks, barbeques with friends, and al fresco dinners beneath the stars. To keep your lips looking perfect, use a lip brush – you can find them in Nanshy’s makeup brush sets, and the few extra seconds you spend to apply will totally be worth it.

  1. Get set


Hate looking clammy and sweaty in the heat? Want the flawless face for all the weddings and parties you’ve got lined up this summer? One answer – setting powder. This finishing powder will keep your makeup in place and more importantly, keep it looking fresh and dewy, no matter how high the temperatures spike. Use a kabuki brush – you’ll find one in a professional makeup brush set – to apply and ensure there is no excess powder on the skin.

All brushes necessary to great this and many more looks will be available in the new:


Do you have any more summer beauty essentials you would like to share with us? Please write it in the comments below.

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25 beautiful looks crafted by Makeup Artists from Instagram

25 looks makeup artists

If you are looking for some makeup inspirations, we have collected some of the ones we like.
There is only few we have picked  out of hundreds available. Enjoy!


1. Parisienne chic look by barriegmakeup. He possibly used his set of Nanshy Brushes

2. Eye Of The Day by mdotmakeup

3. frootibeauty got round to doing a quick EOTD. Safiyah hopes you will enjoy it. We sure did!

4. Lovely eye makeup tutorial by Jenny Mañé of makeupbyjenny

5. Nicole Harris with mua dannydefreitas – Danny is using Nanshy Brushes:)

6. This mix of green, red and white is just gorgeous. Do you agree? makeupbysafia did a great job.

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Full details on yesterday's look I posted I used all @opvhair brushes to do this look I am obsessed with them they're amazing! Eyebrows are @anastasiabeverlyhills Dipbrow pomade in dark brown. To clean them up I used @anastasiabeverlyhills pro pencil in base 1. On the lids I used @nyxcosmetics jumbo eye pencil in milk for the white. The green on outer lid is @inglotcambridge 135r freedom system rainbow eyeshadow (the darkest shade). The red is Tahitian red pressed eyeshadow by @motivescosmetics and on the cut crease I used 'smoke' blended out with 'natural' and used 'Ivory' on the brow bone. I also added a little bit of moss from the @motivescosmetics my beauty weapon palette on the cut crease and blended. Use my referall code 'SAFIALOVEMOTIVES' to qualify for free shipping when ordering your @motivescosmetics. Liner is @illamasqua precision gel liner. Lashes were topped with @motivescosmetics for @lala volumizung and lengthening mascara (my fav). Lashes are ntr05 from @eyemimocosnetics who are having an amazing localised beauty and tea party giveaway so if your in the San Francisco Bay area head to their page for full giveaway details!

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7. Hollywood glam vibes by abigail_clarke

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Hollywood glam vibes ???

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8.  Stunning eyes by __ayx

9. Lara Stone for Vouge Paris. Makeup by aarondemey1

10. Barbie doll by Sanna of lookamillion

11.  What you think of the new look of Nicole Richie by beau_nelson

12. Anja Rubik looking lovely in this makeup by gucciwestman

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@anja_rubik @anderssonalma #redlippyproject ???

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13. Great work by jameskaliardos for Dolce Gabbana Beauty

14. Amazing blend of colours by jeaninelobell

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15. Fashion model Joan Smalls beautiful makeup by lisaeldridgemakeup

16. Metallic eyes for China Vogue by lisahoughton

17. aichrista can create a beautiful looking eyes with help of Nanshy brushes.

18. Coral nude look by victoriadashmua

19. Katerina SMUTOK by gossmakeupartist

20. Orange Eyeshadow Makeup by charlottewillermakeup

21. Ali Larter is looking stunning in this makeup by hungvanngo

22. Puerto Rican fashion model Joan Smalls with makeup by sjblife (Beyoncé’s makeup artist)

23. Less is more by lotstar

24. midnight blue and teal eyes by patmcgrathreal

25. Youtube beauty guru Maya makeupbymaya presenting this makeup tutorial

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New #tutorial soon my Beauties ?? #makeup #makeupartist

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Which one do you like? Let us know in comments below. Have you found something interesting and would like to share with us? Post a link in comments.

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British Makeup Artist Maria Bradley has surprised us with these photos

Maria Bradley(@MariaBradleyMUA) has taken these photos during her photo-shoot with a model. She was kind enough to send to us to be featured on our blog and social account. Maria is an experienced, international, professional self thought freelance makeup and special effect artist. To find out more you can visit her website here

Do you have any photos featuring Nanshy brushes? Would you like us to feature them for you? Comment below and we’ll be in touch.