Trying Instaglam Makeup

A cut crease, bigger lips, flawless skin, chiselled contour and a blinding glow… I tried to recreate this Instagram trend. Here’s what happened:

But I actually ended up… well, not hating it.

I’ll be honest, I tried this makeup style because I thought I would look ridiculous and we could all get a wee laugh out of it.

Who’d have thought?

Don’t get me wrong, I think glam make up looks flawless and glamorous-

I just didn’t think it would suit me or that I’d manage to do it.

To my surprise, I think with a little more practice, I might start doing it more often.

At least when I have the time.

What I did


  • Primer: Bare Minerals Prime Time Original Foundation Primer
  • Eyebrows: Sleek Free Form Contouring and Blush Palette (contour colour) with a Real Techniques angled brush
  • Eye Primer: Sleek Lifeproof Concealer in 03 Cafe au Lait
  • Eyes: Revolution Redemption Palette Iconic 3 (shades 4 & 7) + Zoella x Colorpop Brunch Date Palette in Sundae Funday
  • Undereye Concealer: Sleek Lifeproof Concealer in 03 Cafe au Lait
  • Foundation: Bare Minerals Bare Pro Performance Wear Liquid Foundation in Sateen 05
  • Contour and Blush: Sleek Free Form Contouring and Blush Palette in Fair
  • Highlighter: Soap and Glory Hocus Focus Instant Visual Flaw-Softening Illuminator
  • Lips: Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream in Rome + Colorpop So Juicy Plumping Gloss in For the Clout

Final Thoughts

Things I liked:

The Eyebrows

I don’t normally pay a lot of attention to my eyebrows- but I really liked how they looked after shaping them in this way. This I will definitely do again.


Again, I usually hold back on my everyday contour, in fear of it looking just like a brown smudge on my face, but spending a bit more time to apply it and blend it out really shaped my face nicely.

However, I still refuse to contour my nose. (I really don’t see the point.)

That Glow

I’ve never been one to use highlighter but now I think I love that glowy look.

Bright concealer under the eyes

I applied a lot more concealer under the eyes than I normally would and I liked the brightening results.

Things I didn’t like:

The Foundation

This is for two reasons; a) I’ve never gotten on with the Bare Minerals Liquid Foundation, it just doesn’t suit my drier skin and it feels impossible to blend without it going patchy and cakey;

And b) having dry skin means I don’t normally wear full coverage, heavy foundation since a more sheer look suits me and my skin better.

I think if I used my Nyx foundation, or found one that suited my skin type better, I might have liked my base a lot more.

Cut Crease

I didn’t like how the dusty pink and the glittery pink looked together, but I did like the elongated shape it gave to my eye.


Next time I’d like to use a lip pencil to overline my lips instead of just using the lipstick, and not apply any gloss over the top.

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