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The Power of Make-up & Why we Love it so Much!

The beauty of the world wide web is that we can see and share so many things we wouldn’t ordinarily be able to enjoy and get involved in. One of these things is make-up as an art, and the fantastic and incredible things talented people can do with it.

At Nanshy we love make-up, and we love nothing more than being able to admire and appreciate the work people do with make-up, spending hours scouring the web in search of impressive make-up looks.

We’ve come across some fantastic things recently, and we wanted to share them with you, so here are our top picks for inspiring, outstanding and impressive make-up creations:

1. Pop Art Make-up

pop art make up

Photo Credit: Karla Powell

This insane make-up look is inspired by pop art, and it was debated whether it was actually a drawing. But the creator Karla Powell has cleared up rumours, stating it is in fact a real life model made up to look like a pop art creation.

2. Record Store Day Viynl Make-up


Photo Credit: Natalie Sharp

When make-up artist Natalie Sharp used her own face as a canvas, to recreate record covers in honour of record store day it’s safe to say the results were impressive.

Top tip: Think outside the box, see make-up as an art for projects like this, rather than something to create every day beauty. Foundation sponges and make-up tools apleanty are a must!

3. Outstanding Before & After Shots

Before and After

Photo credit: Viralflood

We all know make-up can give us confidence and help enhance our natural beauty, but can make-up completely change your image? It seems so with these impressive before and after shots.

Top Tip: Contouring can help to shape the face, adding definition. To contour choose a powder or foundation a few shades darker than your skin tone, apply to the hollows of the cheeks, down the sides of the nose and under the chin. You’ll need a good quality foundation or powder brush to get this right.

4. Beautiful and Creative Eye Art

Eye art

After the huge nail art trend, a new and even more creative trend is starting to emerge, eye art. Make-up artists and beauty enthusiasts have been getting creative and putting together beautiful and unique eye make-up designs which you can take inspiration from.

Top Tip: Make these looks wearable for every day by taking small elements and creating your own more wearable look. Take inspiration from the bold lines and colours. A great set of eye make-up brushes is essential!

5. High Fashion = High Impact Make-up


Photo Credit: Inspiring Mesh

High fashion make-up is something of a marvel, and anything goes, making for some outstanding and extremely innovative looks. High fashion make-up tends to be high impact, it evokes an emotion or opinion from those who see it, often complimenting or contrasting fashion trends.

Top Tip: If you want your make-up to set you aside from the rest take inspiration from high fashion make-up, using one element to create a stand out look. You’ll need a complete set of make-up brushes to create a high fashion look.

6. Jewel adorned lips

crystal lips

Photo Credit: Social Bliss

Since as far back as we can see a lot of attention has been paid towards enhancing the eyes, but recent trends and new technologies mean that the lips are taking centre stage, with foil lip transfers, glitter for the lips and jewels now being applied to the lips for a stand out look.

Top Tip: Apply lipstick with a lip brush for a long lasting bold colour. Use tweezers to carefully apply jewels to the lips after dabbing with facial glue, pat on glue followed by glitter to make glitter fix to the lips for a bold look, make-up tools are key to achieving a professional look.

What are your favourite creative looks you’ve seen recently? Maybe you’ve had a go at something or come up with a really creative look yourself, let me know, and don’t forget to share this with your friends!

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Fashion Week Rundown – The Hot Looks

Last year’s fashion weeks have been and gone, and given us a great preview of what we can expect for the coming months with regards to make-up trends and the latest beauty crazes. Here at Nanshy we’ve hand-picked some of our favourite fashion week beauty looks – so grab your brushes and get practicing to ensure you’re the toast of the High Street catwalk this season!

fashion week looks
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Jaeger(click for the look book) had a great take on androgynous style in their presentation, and the make-up looks matched perfectly. The beauty team took the contouring trend one step further, creating an almost sculpted look with neutral tones that made the models appear other-worldly. Using stone and beige tones, the make-up designers developed an incredibly strong long – we don’t know if we’ll be replicating it perfectly next time we head out, but we’ll certainly take inspiration with some chic contouring!

We adored Dolce and Gabbana’s exotic take on Italian style. Their models (led by new fashion fave Kendall Jenner) were all brunette beauties with centre parts in their hair, strutting forwards as a group in embellished shorts and white blouses. Their make-up looks were identical – strong, dark eyebrows, an olive skin tone and rich red lips that brought to mind images of balmy evenings drinking red wine overlooking the Tuscan countryside. We love this look!

Kendall Jenner Cannes 2014 (cropped)

At the Givenchy presentation in Paris, we weren’t really sure about the strong look – even when paraded on such faces as Cara Delevingne, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and, yes, Kendall Jenner again. The bleached eyebrows look stole a lot of attention from the clothing, and not always for the best reasons – how could they bleach Cara’s bold, beautiful brows? It certainly made a statement but we don’t know if we’ll be copying this look when we head out for cocktails with the girls.

Cara Delevingne celebrity makeup makeup
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Now, Jason Wu’s strong beauty look is one we can definitely see ourselves adapting for happy hour at a cocktail bar. From a distance, the look didn’t look too dissimilar to any of the natural, glowing, radiant styles that many other designers had opted for – but up close, you could see a gorgeous smattering of glittering chocolate eyeshadow across the entire lid. Shimmery bronze and brown complemented one another perfectly and the rest of the face was kept fairly neutral in order to draw all attention to those peepers. A gorgeous look that we’re itching to copy with our Nanshy brushes!