The Brush Contest


Listen up all aspiring makeup artists, beauty bloggers and cosmetic enthusiasts! I’m teaming up with L’Oreal Paris to launch ‘The Brush Contest’ – the first, global search for the next great makeup designer for L’Oreal Paris. The prize – A one year contract worth a whopping €100,000 could be yours, simply show us your bold take on the trend ‘Colour Clash’ by getting creative in a short tutorial video.

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In my take on the ‘Colour Clash’ theme, I played around with hues of red, matching it with soft, baby blue nails, perfect for a fresh, spring-like look. The colours are never as scary as they seem in the palette, just layer up and remember the blending brush is your best friend.


Start with a fresh face, lay on the base, a highlighter around the eyes and good primer on the lids.


Apply the eye liner, I recommend the ‘Super Liner’ for a perfectly, precise flick. Paint it on slowly, with your eyes open and remember to also apply it inside the lash line for an intense finish. I used the more liquid ‘Super Liner’ for the inner lash line.



Start playing around with the colours. I used ‘Colour Riche Dual Effects’ in Rose Nude. Apply the light pink tone on the top lids, under the brows, and in the inner corner of your eyes. Using a blending brush, fade it out for an even base. Dab on the deep red on the upper lid, don’t worry about an even finish at this stage. Apply equal amount on both eyes as pictured.


Work the blending brush on the coloured lids until you are have a smooth finish. Aim to have more colour in the outer corner of your eye and in the crease. Also apply a thin line of the dark red under the eye with a smaller, flat brush for a framed look. This will also make your eyes appear bigger.


Apply the highlighter tone from the palette on the middle of the lid, under the brows and in the inner corner of your eye.


Then apply two layers of mascara. I used ‘Miss Manga’ in black. Use a cotton swab to clean up under the winged flick, all colour should only sit above this line.



Then comes the bight reds! After lining the lips, I used ‘Colour Riche’ Blake, to match my pale skin tone.


Voila! As a finishing touch, I used a darker lip liner, the ‘Contour Parfait’ in Burgundy, to line the corner of the lips for some added drama.

L’Oreal Paris products used

Colour Riche Nail Polish ‘Nouvelle Vague’

Touche Magique Concealer

Super Liner Perfect Slim

Super Liner Eye Liner

Colour Riche Dual Effects in ‘Rose Nude’

Miss Manga Mascara

Colour Riche Collection Lipstick ‘Blake’

Contour Parfait Lip Liner ‘Burgundy’

Photos by Mikko Puttonen