Solve those annoying make-up woes with tips from Pixiwoo!

Published Monday, Nov 2 2015, 12:11 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
Since bursting onto the Youtube scene in 2008, Pixiwoo's Sam and Nic Chapman have been the masterminds behind the most stunning (and totally achievable) beauty looks to hit the internet.

That's why we were beyond excited to nab a few minutes with the make-up maestros themselves, to talk about their brand new Real Techniques brush drop (we can't imagine our cosmetics case without 'em) and exactly how to defeat the beauty woes we encounter on a daily basis.

Sam and Nic Chapman at The Prince's Trust & Samsung Celebrate Success Awards, 12th March 2015

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Hi Sam & Nic! First up, how can we make foundation to stay put for longer? Is there one perfect application technique?

Firstly, you need to find out what your skin type is and that's what people forget. Are you oily, dry or inbetween? Then, what moisturizer and what primer works for your skin type. If you have oily skin and use a foundation for dry skin, that's not going to work out well for you.

B. Even Oil Control Foundation, £10.99 31st Jul 2015

B. Even Oil Control Foundation £10.99

benefit hello flawless oxygen wow brightening foundation spf25

Benefit Hello Flawless Foundation £26.50

Then, you want to think about what finish you want and what brush is going to give you that finish. If you want a flawless buffed in finish, you might go for the Expert Face Brush – something that has a shorter amount of bristles so you can work the product in. If you want something heavier, you need the Tapered Foundation Brush that's going to wipe it onto the skin.

If you want a light coverage, go for the Stippling Brush because the white bristles pick up the product at the black bristles blend it into the skin. - Sam.

Becca Shadow Light/BronzeContour Perfector £34, 2nd November 2015

Becca Shadow Light/Bronze Contour Perfector £34

I use a sculpting brush to apply foundation instead of contouring because its thick. I use a Becca Bronzer over the top, but before you apply powder just go in with he foundation in circular motions. A brush that is fluffier and denser will have so much more coverage - it does your face quicker. - Nic.

What's the best way to stop eyeshadow from creasing?

An amazing tip is to use cream sticks underneath powder eyeshadow. If you put a powder over the top, it won't crease anywhere near as much. Also stay away from putting foundation over the eyelids if you are prone to that. Foundation is an emollient base and it will break down the eyeshadow eventually.

Rimmel Scandal'Eyes Eye Shadow Stick in Bad Bronze £4.99, 2nd November 2015

Rimmel Scandal'Eyes Bad Bronze £4.99

Max Factor Wild Eyeshadow in Auburn Envy £4.99, 2nd November 2015

Max Factor Wild Eyeshadow in Auburn Envy £4.99

We love the Urban Decay Primer Potion which really works, especially if you have oily eyelids. And yes you can have oily lids! - Nic.

Urban Decay Primer Potion £16, 2nd November 2015

Urban Decay Primer Potion £16

It's party season, so we want to experiment with our beauty look! How can we stop lipstick from bleeding or smudging?

Make sure you apply lip liner all over the lip, not just around the edges. You can also use a transparent lip liner just past the lip line to stop the lipstick from bleeding or smudging. The Rimmel Provocalips range don't move at all and they are really strong colours. When I put them on I wonder how I'm ever going to get them off! Even the lip pencils don't budge. - Sam.

Rimmel Provocalips in I'll Call You £6.99, 2nd November 2015

Rimmel Provocalips in I'll Call You £6.99

Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in Berry £3.99, 2nd November 2015

Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in Berry £3.99

MUA Lip Liner in Clear £1, end November 2015

MUA Lip Liner in Clear £1

How can we apply cream blush or cream highlighter without making a hole in our painstakingly applied foundation base?

Put a highlighter straight over the foundation and don't powder before. If you put the powder on, it's set and if you try and put cream over the top it just won't work! If you're using a powder highlighter, push it onto the area rather than dragging or buffing it onto the skin.

Real Techniques Setting Brush £7.99, 2nd November 2015

Real Techniques Setting Brush £7.99

Freedom Pro Highlight Diffused £3, 2nd November 2015

Freedom Pro Highlight Diffused £3

Is there any way to make sure that eyeliner in the waterline stays put? Panda eyes are such a no-no.

Certain eyeliners work better than others and you have to experiment with them. I use one as a primer and then once I've finished my makeup I always layer it – that sets it. - Sam.

Yep. The first one works on the waterline to give you a soft finish but then be sure to put another coat on to set it in place. I'd avoid a kohl and go for something waterproof. Look for eyeliners that don't have shimmer in and another thing you can do is push a matte dark eye shadow over the waterline – it seals it completely. It feels dry at first but it definitely wont move! - Nic.

NYX Slide on Pencil in Jet Black £5, 23rd October 2015

NYX Slide on Pencil in Jet Black £5

So what's new from Real Techniques? Give us the lowdown!

The Deluxe Gift Set, £29.99 is brand new and comes with either a white clutch or a silver clutch depending on whether you buy it from Superdrug or Boots.

Real Techniques Deluxe Gift Set £29.99, 26th October 2015

Real Techniques Deluxe Gift Set £29.99

It's a set that has a little bit of everything in and it's for the Christmas season. The multitask brush is great for powdering and the new tapered foundation brush is for someone that wants more coverage. It's a little bit firmer so it's great if you don't want to buff your foundation into the skin too much.

We also have the Face Shadow Brush which is great for blending into the socket and the angled setting brush is great for highlighting as that's such a huge trend again. And of course, the fine liner brush for the perfect cat-eye. - Nic.

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