Baby You’re a Firework!


November is upon us, and so we decided to show you a few beauty looks based around a fireworks theme…

A simple design based around the colours and sparkle seen on the 5th of November. The designs are created with Sharpie permanent markers, their fine tip points allow detailed designs that won’t run when painted over.


Start with an Undercoat

This will both protect your natural nail from staining and create a smooth surface to work with.

Choose a Bright Base Colour

The brighter the base coat colour the easier it will be to see your design against it. Make sure the base is dry before moving on to the next step.

Choose your Sharpie Colour

Fireworks Nails

This will be the colour of your design. There are tens of different coloured sharpies out there. Experiment with colours, but also thickness. For this look regular thick pens were used as they are generally better for sweeping effects.lour o


Glitter It Up

Choose a glitter nail varnish for the top coat. Make sure the varnish doesn’t have too much col

our of its own (try to choose a silver one, as these generally are clear varnish with glitter pieces.)

Don’t Wait Too Long For It To Dry

One of the best things about this design is unlike normal one-colour varnish colours, any smudging will add to each nails individual effect.

Repeat on Other Nails


This season when choosing a lip colour, dark’s the way to go! Whether you head for dark berries or stain your lips with wine, make sure you tune-in to your inner Gothic beauty. An easy guide when buying dark lipsticks is to aim for ones that contain words such as Plum, Vamp or Noir.


To turn the look into a wearable daytime one we diffused the colour with a clear lip-gloss for a less intense colour.


For a dramatic eye make-up look for bonfire night consider mixing up your colours. One of the biggest eyeshadow trends for winter 2013 is purple, and by using contrasting colours such as blue, green and pink as eyeliners your eyes will ‘pop’ brighter than any firework.

To create the look opposite we began by using the lighter shade of 2true Duo Eyeshadow in No .7 over the whole eye.

Firework Eyes

Using an eyeshadow brush take the darkest shade and press sweep it across the top crease of your eye and lightly line the bottom part of your eye, below the waterline. Repeat this step, building up the colour until it’s as dark or light as you like.

As the dark liner will have closed up your eye take the lighter shadow again and using the brush lightly apply to the inner corner of your eye.

Instead of eyeliner we used a liner brush and eyeshadow applied directly onto the water line. This lasts much longer than regular liner, without the unfortunate smudging seen towards the end of an evening.

For the eyeliner we used the shade Wild Blue from Soap and Glory Off The Wall Flowers.

We finished off the look by giving the eyes two coats of mascara using Rimmel London Scandaleyes LycraFlex Mascara.




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