Fiona Bradley

My name is Fiona. I’m an Irish eyebrow enthusiast, nail polish pusher, designer and editorial assistant with the online fashion retail company I also write the occasional entry and divulge a few makeup musings on my own personal blog Pingle.

Makeup has always been something I’ve loved. Some of my fondest memories growing up revolve around it. From drawing “tiger” stripes with an eyeliner pencil all over my little brother to admiring my mother applying her favourite Clarins lipstick before heading out for a well deserved break from myself and all the siblings.

I’m a pretty creative person. Having studied Fine Art in college, makeup artistry always seemed like a logical way to combine two things I love. Then came along and it quickly opened my eyes to the world of fashion and graphic design. I’ve never been happier!

When it comes to getting ready for work or a night out I like to prime my canvas (face) properly, to make it ready for any products I slap on. One of my favourite moisturisers to use pre makeup is the Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré which sinks into the skin beautifully.

Next up is a primer. I’m currently loving the L’Oreal Lumi Magique Primer. It’s perfect for the winter as it injects some much needed glow into my dull complexion. I let that do its thing on my face for a few minutes before moving onto foundation.

I usually opt for a heavier coverage foundation in the winter. Mac Studio Fix is an oldie but definitely a goodie. In fact it’s probably one of the first “high-end” makeup purchases I ever made. I haven’t been without a bottle since. Party season means lots of photographs and although this is quite heavy for daytime wear, for a night out it is ace, and one I continually reach for. I think the trick to working with Studio Fix is to ensure your skin is primed and hydrated properly before application and to use thin coats of the foundation. Don’t trowel it on. I made that mistake one too many times in college.

I’m also really loving the Maybelline Eraser Concealer at the moment for disguising the dreaded under eye bags. It’s such an affordable product but performs just as good as many high end alternatives.

Everything is set in place with my beloved Mac Mineralize Powder which consistently just rocks my world and banishes any shiny “disco face” I may have going on.

If I haven’t already mentioned, I’m a bit of an eyebrow fiend and have been known to spend a solid 10 minutes… on one eyebrow. No shame. I’d really love to naturally have the Delevingne brows but for now I’m just working with what I got. The Clarins Pro Palette Eyebrow Kit is a really great addition to any fellow eyebrow enthusiasts makeup drawer. It’s got everything in there. 3 different shades of powder, a highlight, tweezers, spooly and wax. Perfect!

This look was worn to a festive family gathering so I wanted to keep things relatively daytime appropriate but 100% camera friendly. I’m definitely not the only photography lover in the family.

I applied a light wash of the Max Factor Excess Shimmer Eyeshadow in “bronze” all over my eyelid. This is a product I picked up only recently but I can already tell we’re gonna be best buds. Either worn alone or used as an eyeshadow base it’s simply stunning. A touch of Mac Brun eyeshadow on the outer crease of my eye intensified the look. I then lined my bottom lashes with the Bourjois Waterproof Eye Pencil in “Up and Brown”, a buttery soft, pigmented and long wearing beauty followed by a few coats of Maybelline Colossal Mascara.

One of my favourite blushers (possibly ever, woah) is the Milani Baked Blush in “Luminoso”. It’s simply foolproof when you’re not sure what to wear on your cheeks and always gives you the most beautiful lit from within glow. Finally I smudged some Mac “ Peach Beige” onto my lips to knock out any of the redness that seems to always rear its head at this time of the year. This lipstick was part of the Pedro Lourenço collection and I really regret not picking up another one when I had the chance. We get along pretty damn well.

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