Makeup by Ali Darcy

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Spanx for the face

Hello gals!

I got such good feedback on my last post so I’m glad you all picked up a few tips and enjoyed reading it – thanks for all the love! During the week I was narrowing it down to what topic my next blog post would be andddd as you can tell from my title its going to be about ”Spanx for the face”. You are probably like this one is touched, butttt spanx for the face is foundation, and like spanx who on earth can live without it!

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So I know shopping for foundation can be a tad bit over whelming because you don’t know what one will suit your skin. Well now I’m here to save your foundation fails! We all want a perfect, flawless face after we apply our foundation so heres some advice from me.


” I’m nc25 in MAC what shade am I in Nars?! ” I always want to try new foundations especially ones which are online and I don’t know what shade to buy because I can’t see them in the flesh. This was the bain of my bloody life until god led me to I only found out about Findation this year and it’s soooo handy! Basically you just click on and enter the brand and the shade of the foundation you already use which then finds you your shades in every other brand from high end to drug store. Life = changed!! I definitely recommend going on a seeing what shades you are in so many different foundations.

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Know your skin

To purchase the right foundation you need to know your skin type. Every time I have a client I ask what skin type they have and a lot of people give me the ”emmm”. So there are three main types – oily, dry or normal/combination. If you find your skin gets quite greasy and oily then you more than likely have oily skin, like me! If you find your skin is flaky or rough then you prob have dry skin and if your skin is dry in some areas and oily on your t-zone then you have combination skin. Ask someone or read the bottle before you purchase a foundation to see what skin type it is suitable for.

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Test it!

See or heard about a foundation you think you might love but not sure if it will sit well on your skin? Ask for a tester. Don’t be afraid to ask an employee for a tester of some foundation you want to try, its not cheeky, they would be more than happy to give it to you. Don’t fork out 40 euro for a foundation you have never tried just in case you don’t like it. Take the tester home and give it a few tries and if your happy with it and it suits your skin then purchase a full bottle!

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Oily skin

Enough of me rambling, time to give my recommendations of what foundations are best for all your skin needs. So if you have oily skin you need to use an oil free foundation so it doesnt slide off your face.

  • MAC Studio Fix Fluid is my all time favourite foundation. I have talked about it in my previous post so I wont go on too much about it. Basically it doesn’t budge and will last all day and night. Its a medium to full coverage with a matte finish. Definitely get a tester for this if you havn’t tried it yet. (32 euro) ¬†¬†Image result for studio fix fluid
  • Too Faced ‘Born This Way’¬†is so so gorgeous for oily skin! This is an oil free foundation with a medium to full coverage. It has such a flawless finish, you can’t notice you have makeup on but also covers everything, amazingg! (39 euro in Debenhams) ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Image result for born this way foundation
  • Giorgio Armani ‘Luminous Silk’¬†the most dreamy foundation ever made!! I love it but I tend to keep it for when I’m going on a night out. Again an oil free foundation thats hydrating and gives a seamless finish. Its so lightweight with a buildable coverage. Five stars from me, you’ll definitely get loads of compliments when you wear this. ( 45 euro in BT) ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬†Image result for giorgio armani luminous silk foundation
  • L’Oreal ‘Infallible Matte’¬†is such a good buy, again its oil free and if you like a matte finish this is brilliant. Lasts 24hrs, waterproof, steamproof, medium to fill coverage and isn’t cakey at all! Such a good price too. (12 euro in Boots)¬†Image result for l'oreal infallible matte
  • Maybelline ‘Fit Me Matte’¬†I talked about this lil beaut in my last post and its such a great buy. I always have one of these in my makeup bag as I normally wear it during the week. It’s the perfect dupe for MAC SFF. Oil free and just gives you amazing coverage and such a fleeky finish! (8.99 euro in boots)

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Dry Skin

Now moving on to all you dry skin gals. You need something that’s hydrating and gives you a nice smooth luminous finish. Here’s my top picks..

  • YSL ‘Touche Eclet’¬†is sooo amazing for dry skin, it’s an illuminating foundation that doesn’t contain any powders so it wont cling to dry areas. It evens your complexion and gives you a smooth finish. (42 euro in BT)¬†Image result for touche eclat foundation
  • MAC ‘Studio Sculpt’¬†is a gel based creamy product that is super hydrating and instantly brightens your face. Medium to full coverage and has an amazing satin finish. Suitable for all skin types but works best on dry skin. (36 euro)¬†Image result for studio sculpt mac

Revlon ‘Colour Stay’¬†is specially designed for dry skin. Super hydrating and keeps your moisture level balanced. Medium to full coverage and not cakey at all! Fab! ( 18.99 euro in Boots) ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Image result for revlon colorstay


Well for all you normal/combination, I’m very jealous of you! You can basically wear any foundation. Here are some of my favourites.

  • Makeup Forever ‘HD Foundation’ I am obsessed with this foundation as it makes you look like bloody Beyonce! I used to use this all of the time but I had to lay off it cause I had to keep layering on the powder. So now I wear it the odd time when I’m able to top up and that. Its gorgeous! Its suitable for most skin types and has no spf so I love wearing it on a night out as you don’t get a flashback from the camera ( no white faces)! (43 euro in MUFE) ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬†Image result for ultra hd makeup forever
  • L’Oreal ‘True Match’¬†is a super dupe for the Armani foundation I mentioned above except its not oil free. I love it because it literally glides onto your skin! It gives a super gorgeous finish and leaves your skin feeling so natural but it also has a great coverage. It doesn’t feel like your wearing makeup. You’ll be the spit of Cheryl! (14.99 in Boots) ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬†Image result for l'oreal true match
  • Stila ‘Stay All Day”¬†says it all! It literally lasts all day, I love this as it suits almost everybody. It glides onto the skin and hides all those imperfections, it’s also super hydrating! This also contains a creamy concealer on the lid which is brill for dark circles. Oil free too, but also super hydrating. I would highly recommend this one! (39.50 euro in M&S) ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬†Image result for stila stay all day foundation

So I think that’s all for now, let me know if I missed anything or if you have any questions! I hope you enjoyed, defo try Findation and go get loads of testers to try different ones. I guarantee you’ll¬†love¬†the one’s I recommended cause they are all a dream!! Again Im very sorry if I have made any spelling mistakes, I’m blind when I’m proof reading! You can follow me on here ( wordpress) and please let me know if you liked this post. Thanks for reading.

All my love,

Ali X

Makeup do’s & dont’s

Hey huns,

Im back again! From the feedback I got you seemed to enjoy my last post so I’m back to give you my ‘do’s & dont’s’ – I could keep writing and writing with this as I have a longgg list! I’ll keep it short (ish) and sweet and give you the main ones in my opinion.

So everyone is different and makeup is an art as such so nothing is actually wrong, but I’m here to give you my advice on how to have a flawless face that lasts all day / all night! Hopefully you all enjoy and pick up a few tips you didn’t know before.

1. Use a primer 

I would always recommend using some sort of primer before applying your makeup. By using a primer your creating a smooth base for the rest of your makeup. Primer is a web between your skin and your foundation which also keeps your makeup in place for 6 hours longer! Use a silicone based primer for dry skin and an oil free primer for oily skin. I have 3 favs- Bobbi Brown vitamin enriched face base mosturiser and primer (oil free) 52.50 euro, Strobe cream by MAC 10 euro for the travel size (dry skin) & NYX Pore Filler 15.50 (oil free).

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2. ” What you can’t see you can’t fix”

This little saying is sooo true! I always recommend getting a magnifying mirror to check or apply your makeup. Depending on your eyesight any mirror of 4X magnification or greater will do the trick! I have been using an illuminated one from boots for a few years now and I can’t do my makeup without it – it’s life changing! Its double sided and has with a dimmer switch. You can see your skin so clear and its key for getting a flawless face, especially now that the mornings are dark! No.7 Illuminated Makeup Mirror – its on special at the min from 69.00 euro to 28.00 euro!

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3. Crease free concealer

There is nothing worse than your under eye concealer creasing and sitting into your fine lines. To prevent creasing its all about your skin prep and finding the right concealer. For prepping your skin you should use a lightweight serum or eye cream only (keep your rich eye creams for night time use). You want the area to be hydrated not greasy. ( Benefit ‘Firm it up’ eye serum – 42.00 euro ). Tip – a little goes a long way! And then for concealer I would recommend Pro Long wear concealer from MAC which I talked about in my last post and that’s priced at 23.50 euro. Remember to always set your concealer with some powder.

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4. Don’t use your hand as a tester

When your at a makeup counter or in a pharmacy trying to find your foundation colour we are all guilty of using a bit of the tester on your hand to see if its the right colour. Then when you get home and go to use it on your face its not as close of a match as you thought..ooops! That’s because you should never match foundation to the skin on your hand, always match it to your neck. The skin on your hand is not the exact same as your neck and you want your foundation to blend into your neck so make sure to test it there!

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5. Dark lipsticks are not for thin lips

If you have thinner lips and do not want to bring attention to them then don’t opt for a dark-hued lipstick. Dark colours make already-small lips recede.  Brighter, richer colors are a much better alternative to accentuate lips. Go for a bright red or pink or else keep it simple with a nice nude.

6. Eye shadow shades

Eyes are the window to the soul so make them eyes dreamy! Using a shadow that is complementary to your eye colour will make your eyes pop! So I have broken it down by eye colour down below.

Brown eyes: Use browns, copper, navy, gold, cobalt blue, deep purple, and green to make your eyes stand out.

Blue eyes: rust, purple, orange, light pink, gold and bronze look best on you.

Green eyes: taupe, gray, purple, silver, sage, and brown are your colours.

Hazel eyes:  browns, gold, green, bronze, and purple will make your hazel eyes pop.

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7. Let it dry! 

I dont think there is one girl out there who hasnt got mascara on there eye lid or under their eye by mistake. There is nothing worse when your makeup is perfect and then this happens.. Everyone tends to grab a cotton bud or a wipe and go at it straight away. No no no! I have come to save your life, if you just let it dry completely it will just scrape off so easily and your makeup will still be perfect, tah dah! Tip: Don’t pump your mascara wand in and out to get more product, this causes air to go inside and dry it out, and will fill it with bacteria. Swirl it around inside the tube to get more product.

8.  Waterproof mascara 

Waterproof mascara is a life saver when your on holidays or for when you don’t want your mascara running down your face. But….wearing it everyday is so bad. If you wear waterproof mascara every single day it will dry out your lashes and make them brittle, which will cause your lashes to shorten or break off. Use normal mascara day to day and your waterproof one for holidays or times when you really need it.

9. Using the right eyebrow shade 

Filling in your brows will make a huge difference in your face shape because it frames your eyes and can pull a whole look together. So, finding the right shade is so important or you‚Äôll either look unnatural or washed out. Most people assume your brow filler should be darker, wrong! Use a shade that matches or is slightly lighter than your brow colour, this will give you full-looking, naturally defined brows without the severe, heavy contrast. Pale blonde eyebrows are the only exception here-use a shade or two darker to prevent brows looking washed out or non-existent.

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10. Set it! 

Any product that helps your makeup last longer, is something you should know about‚Äďand make room for in your makeup bag! I always set my makeup with a setting spray when I’m finished applying it ( think of it as a top coat). If you want your makeup to last then set it with a setting spray and it literally wont budge! Most sprays are suitable for all skin types but if you have dry skin don’t use one that contains alcohol as it will dry your skin out. Hold it at arms length before you spray and let it dry naturally, don’t rub it in. I love Fix+ by MAC (10.00 euro for travel size or 22.00 euro for 100ml) and Urban Decay All Nighter ( 10.80 euro for travel size or 27.00 for 118ml).

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That’s all for now, I hope you all enjoyed reading this post and hopefully you picked up a few tips! Let me know what you think, leave a comment or you can find me on my Instagram (@makeupbyalidarcy ) or Facebook ( Makeup by Ali Darcy ). You can also follow me on here! Hopefully I didn’t make any grammar or spelling mistakes like my last one, opps! Thanks for reading!

All ma love,

Ali X





My Makeup MUST haves

Hello gals!

Welcome to my first blog post. This is all completely new for me & I haven’t really got a clue what I am doing, just winging it! Soooo…. I thought to set this little blog up to just share my knowledge and info on makeup and beauty ( bare with me until i get to grips with this ). So lets get started anyways, Im going to do my ‘Makeup must haves’ as my first post and if anybody has any questions feel free to ask me. It took me a good while to narrow it down to my MUST haves as I have so many, but believe me these 10 are the best of the best!

1. Pro Longwear Concealer by MAC 

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This is literally my holy grail product that I cannot live without. I have tried concealer after concealer and I always come back to this, it covers every imperfection and also doesn’t crease under the eye. I have NC20 and NC15. I wear NC15 if I really want to highlight under the eye. Remember to always set your concealer with powder or it will slide off! Waterproof and leaves a matte finish ( 23.50 euro )

2. Studio Fix Fluid by MAC & Maybelline Fit Me  

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I cannot live without this foundation, I wouldn’t have the best skin so this gives me that perfect coverage and finish (cake face) ! This is an oil free foundation which is what I need as I have oily skin, its so important to wear a foundation that suits your skin type. I wear both NC25 and NC30 depending on my tan. ( 32.00 euro ). ¬†If you dont want to splash out on this then I also use the perfect dupe that costs a lot less-Maybelline Fit Me! This is also amazing and only costs 8.99 euro in Boots, bargain!

3. Catrice Glow highlighter 

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This stuff is every girls glowy dream!! It is soooo pigmented and literally gives you the most amazing glow and its only 5.50 euro. Im obsessed! I have so many highlighters in my kit as I love a good glow and I have to say this is unrealll! Every hun needs this in their lives.

4. NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Abu Dhabi

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This is one of many of my must have ‘nudes’. Its such a nice colour and sooo comfortable to wear. Although its matte its not drying on the lips, which most are, its actually mosturising. Its that kind of browny undertone nude and is only 7.75 in Boots.

5. Aqua Brow by Makeup Forever 

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I have been using this for a few years now and it never lets me down, it actually lasts so so long aswell! Its waterproof and literally gives you the best brows, especially when they are sparse like mine! I use light brown and it costs 20 euro in Makeup Forever on Clarendon Street.

6. Rimmel London Match Perfection Silky Loose Powder

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So if you want your makeup to last then you NEED to set it with powder even if you think you dont need it. This translucent powder is ahhhmazing, its lightweight, blendable and gives you such a flawless finish. 8.99 euro in Boots.

7. Real Techniques Miracle Sponge 

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I have tried so many different types of makeup sponges and none of them have worked for me except this one. I cant do my makeup without this, I use the flat end to blend my concealer under my eyes and then I ‘bake’ under my eyes with powder using the precision tip, so its a 2 in 1 for me! I use the flat end damp or dry, both work! 7.99 in Boots.

8. Painterly Paint Pot my MAC 

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I love this so much!! I wouldn’t be able to leave the house without putting this on. If you have oily lids like me and your shadow doesn’t last then you need this in your life. Basically its an eye shadow primer. It goes on creamy but dries so quick. Its so lightweight and you only need the tiniest bit. If you want you eye shadow to last and look seamless then go and buy this! Its 19.50 but has literally lasted me about 2 years and its still not empty!

9. Penneys Lip Liner in shade 09

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This lip liner is the perfect dupe for MAC’s famous ‘whirl’, I have both and there is very little difference. The penneys lip liners are unbelievably pigmented and creamy. Its only 1.50 euro, so if you dont already have one pick one up and you’ll be so amazed and hooked!

10. Mineralize Skin finish in Medium Deep by MAC 

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And last but not least…. my holy grail contour powder. Its so creamy and blendable and doesn’t get cakey as a find a lot of contour powders tend to do. Its also the perfect shade for me, not orangey or not grey. It instantly warms up my face. Remember do NOT use this as a bronzer all over the face, apply to your cheek bones and temples only to give your face some dimension. You also get soo much product so it will last you months! ¬†(31.50 euro)

Thats my top 10 ‘must haves’ so I hope you enjoyed reading it and try some of the products I recommended as they really are all unreal! Let me know if you enjoyed this post and if you have any questions do ask me, you can also get me on Instagram (@makeupbyalidarcy) and Facebook ( Makeup by Ali Darcy).

All ma love baby gals


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