The one where I drew comedic brows and concealed lips on my beautiful cousin Gem, aka Mrs Bow Retro. And where she attacked me with dramatic smokey eyes and a pronounced cupids bow. And the one where I honk like a seal several times. All in the name of a blindfold makeup challenge.

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The 3 Product Smokey Purple Eye

I’m having a love affair with purple at the moment. I have this purple dress, the hat and a purple animal-print scarf that has been tightly wound around my neck now it’s turned chilly again, so it only seemed right to experiment a little more with my makeup.

When I first saw this Lancôme Hynôse Doll Eyes Palette in Reflect d’Amésthyste, I wasn’t sure about the shades and how I’d make them work for me. There are five shades, two pale pinks, one pale purple all with a lot of shimmer, and then two punchier deep purples. The palette comes with a suggested guide showing you which shade to apply where to create a wide-eyed look.

I, however, decided to ignore all of that and dive straight in for the boldest of the bunch. I also decided to use my fingers and forgo any brushes for this look, making it the quickest smokey eye I’ve ever applied.

I swept shade 3 all over my lid, smudging it as I went, before applying shade 4 to the middle and finishing with a dab of 5 in the iner corner as a highlighter. When I normally do a smokey eye I always run a brown or black liner along my top lash line, but today I decided not to. Instead I smudged a tiny line of Smashbox Always Sharp 3D Liner in Neptune in the outer corner, hoping it’d help highlight my natural baby blues.

To finish, as always, I applied a couple of layers of Lancôme’s Hypnôse Drama Mascara. I have a few on the go at the moment but this is still my favourite in terms of holding a curl and giving volume.

And there you have it, a three product smokey eye in less than 5 minutes.

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Golden Eye

It’s no secret that I’m addicted to my Urban Decay Naked Palette. This weekend I felt the need to bust out some shimmery-gold shadow to complete my 70’s-inspired look alongside my flares, and there was only one palette worth picking up. You guessed it.

I started by blending Half Baked all over the lid, however, when I applied it, I decided it was far too brassy for my pale skin on its own. I toned it down by applying Smog over the top, resulting in a gorgeous golden brown metallic colour. I finished with a thin line of Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Stag on my top lashes just to make them appear fuller, before lashing on layers of Lancôme’s Hypnôse Drama Mascara. This mascara has just started drying up which is when it’s at its optimal for me.

I filled in my brows with a few strokes of Soap & Glory’s Archery Pencil and set them in place with Maybelline Brow Drama in Transparent. This holds the strays in place all day and is super cheap.

I felt this look wouldn’t be complete without a slick of red. My Topshop Lip Bullet in Joyride has become my most-loved red lippy at the moment. It glides on like a dream and doesn’t dry out my lips, which are already super cracked at the moment. And there you have it. Golden Eye.

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My Makeup Bag Essentials

It’s taken me a while but I finally feel like I’ve got my makeup essentials tied down.

In the past, if you’d have asked me to pack my makeup for a weekend away, I’d have come armed with three different shadow palettes, about ten lipsticks and two foundations. These days, I’m way more streamlined and know exactly what I need to take me from day to night. Which is handy as I’m going away this weekend and can only take 10kg with me, meaning I need to cut as many corners as possible.

This trip I’ve reached for the only primer worth knowing about, Laura Mercier Foundation Primer, which gives my skin an extra glow before applying a light covering of Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua. I love this foundation. It’s light enough to glide over the face easily but can be built up to cover any imperfections. It’s dreamy. At the moment I’m using a mix of Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer to cover my humungous eye bags and then Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage to hide the blemishes.

Now let’s talk brows. Until very recently I did nothing with my brows apart from pluck them. It took Soap & Glory’s Archery Pencil and a swipe of Maybelline Brow Drama in Transparent to make me realise that however subtle your application, it does make a big difference to face, allowing me to wear less on my eyes.

Speaking of eyes, it’d be rude if I didn’t pack my nearly-empty Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer, Naked Palette and Naked 24/7 Glide on Double Ended Pencil in Darkside and Blackheart. To smudge it all together I’ve got two Real Techniques Shading Brushes. I always curl my lashes with my beloved Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers followed by two to three layers of Lancôme’s Hypnôse Drama Mascara. Eyes done.

To add some colour to my cheeks I pop a dab of Butter London’s Cheeky Cream Blush in Pistol Pink on and blend in with my fingers. No makeup bag would be complete without a bold red lip and my current favourite is Lancôme’s Rouge in Love Lipcolour in 170N. It’s bright, moisturising and long lasting. What more could you want?

All of this fits nicely into my beautiful new Biba makeup bag, which my godmother got me for my birthday. And that’s it. Everything I could possibly need for a weekend seeing the sites of Cork, eating my weight in delicious food, sampling Guinness and dancing up a storm at a charity gala with two ladies I haven’t seen in a long time.