Valentine's Makeup Look feat. SUQQU's Spring Collection 2019

In Finland, Valentine’s is actually called “Friends’ Day”, so we don’t often celebrate it by giving extravagant gifts or going out on dates. We usually just exchange cards or flowers, but that’s about it. Personally I don’t tend to celebrate anniversaries so Valentine’s is a good time to go out with my partner or have a cozy stay-at-home date. Sometimes we even celebrate White Day (for fun), which is a Japanese custom: on Valentine’s women give men chocolate, on White day men treat women with presents. Today I wanted to create a glowing and romantic makeup look to go with Valentine’s theme - or any day when you feel like wearing some pink hues. Gifted products are marked with an asterisk(*). Enjoy!

SUQQU Valentine’s Day Makeup | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog
SUQQU Valentine’s Day Makeup | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog
SUQQU Valentine’s Day Makeup | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Makeup Routine: Base

I don’t wear a primer for this look, but feel free to adjust if you need to conceal enlarged pores or add any extra glow to your skin. SUQQU’s Nude Wear Liquid is a light foundation that wears beautifully on it’s own, leaving my complexion feeling and looking radiant. I apply a couple of drops from the pipette on my face and apply with a firm foundation brush that doesn’t suck a lot of the product but spreads the foundation evenly. This way you don’t use a lot of product, but even out the face. If you have redness, start from the centre and blend towards the perimeter of the face.

Although the skin appears almost wet or like Korean “glass skin” with this foundation, it doesn’t separate or move during the day! I find it setting enough on its own and lasting pretty good on my dry skin. Read SUQQU Nude Wear Liquid full review here. If you have oilier skin, press some translucent powder on the T-zone, but leave the cheeks bare.

SUQQU Valentine’s Day Makeup | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog
SUQQU Valentine’s Day Makeup | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Pinpoint conceal any blemishes with a semi-matte concealer that sets on its own to avoid over powdering. I dab some salmon/peach corrector from Bobbi Brown to the darkest part of my inner corners, under eyes and near the lash line. Since we are using pinks, I don’t want any natural redness be emphasised around my eyes. I apply NARS Radiant Creamy concealer on the top of the corrector and quickly set with a translucent or a luminous powder - my pick would be Rouge Bunny Rouge Diaphanous (review here) or La Mer original powder (d/c). If you have creases under your eyes, make sure to remove creased foundation/concealer with a cotton bud before setting. A damp mini Beauty Blender is excellent for this step.

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Makeup Routine: Cheeks

I use a powder brow color to trace my brows for this look. Powder lasts long but looks softer and more diffused, which suits this look. I keep my brows as straight as possible, combing the brow hairs up with a tinted brow gel. As long as you keep things natural and soft, you’re good.

Next, add some color to the cheeks with SUQQU Shimmer Liquid Blush 102 TSUYASHISO*. The pump gives a fairly generous amount of color, so start with 1/3-1/2 pump. I dab a couple of dots on the top of my “apples” of the cheek, blending towards my ear. I find this easy to do with fingers, but a dense synthetic or white goat hair brush would do as well. 102 TSUYASHISHO is a very sheer color, so you might want to do another layer or a powder blush on the top. I also dab some cream highlighter on my cheekbones, nose bridge and cupid’s bow with my ring finger.

Makeup Routine: Eyes

SUQQU’s newest permanent(!) Designing Color Eyes palette 12 GENKOUAKANE* is just perfect for this occasion with its bright pinks and glossy shimmers. I will do a separate post reviewing SUQQU’s two new palettes, don’t worry, there will be swatches!

I press the watermelon pink (1) on my mobile lid, making sure I get it near the lash line. I press the brown (2) to my outer corner and blend towards my crease with a small, fluffy squirrel hair brush. As I have hooded lids, I bring the shadow a little higher than my crease, so some shadow is visible when my eyes are open. I trace my lower line with the brown shadow and a pencil brush. Next I pick up the light pink (3) with a clean pencil brush and press an accent to the highest point of my eye, also in the inner corner. If your eyes are not hooded, you could highlight the brow bone as well. Finally I pick up this gorgeous mint green (4) and fluff it to the inner part of my eye. The unusual placement for the green makes the look very fun and interesting. It’s not too visible in every angle, so the final look isn’t too bold.

If you want to bring more attention to the eyes, draw a winged eyeliner near the lash line. I leave the inner corner blank for more wide, eye-opening look and do a small wing. If you have oilier eyelids try a sharp brush with gel liner (NYX and Bobbi Brown make excellent ones). After curling my lashes (always, always curl your lashes!) I brush long-lasting Heroine Make mascara to my upper lashes and Korres Plum Brown* mascara to the lower lashes. Using a color mascara (red, brown, plum) gives a nice detail to the look, a soft impression while the black liner makes the lashes look thicker.

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Last But Not Least: Lips and Perfume

Last but not least, lipstick! I apply fuchsia SUQQU Creamy Glow Lipstick EX-02 KAN BOTAN* from the bullet, pat it once with a tissue and apply another layer. Read my 5 Best Tips for lasting lip color in this post.

For my perfume, I’ve chosen Tom Ford’s Velvet Orchid. It’s a glamorous floral scent that I’d also describe as strong and mature. It has an unique character with notes of honey and rum, without being overly sweet to my nose. The base notes are warm with suede, vanilla and sandalwood - to name a few. Great for a night out or a romantic date, balancing the light and playful makeup. Like most Tom Ford scents, this perfume lasts on me for the whole night.

List of Makeup Worn

SUQQU Designing Color Eyes 12 GENKOUAKANE*
SUQQU Color Ink Liquid Liner 01 Black*
Heroine Make Mascara
Korres Mascara Brown*
Viseart Structure Brow Palette

SUQQU Nude Wear Liquid
Bobbi Brown Corrector
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer
La Mer Powder (original, discontinued)

SUQQU Shimmer Liquid Blush 102 TSUYASHISO*
Kora Organics Amethyst Highlighter*
SUQQU Creamy Glow Lipstick EX-02 KAN BOTAN*

How did you like this style of post? What do you plan wearing makeup-wise on Valentine’s Day, if you’re celebrating one?

SUQQU Nude Wear Liquid Foundation Review + MOTD

Today in my Japanese foundation review series I have the new-ish SUQQU Nude Wear Liquid, which I would describe as a light-weight and moisturizing serum foundation. I was quite excited for this launch as anything dewy, skin-like and light is right up my alley! You’ll find more Japanese makeup reviews by clicking the link or the tag cloud on the right.

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SUQQU Nude Wear Liquid

This serum texture foundation is meant to be extremely light and comfortable, creating a natural dewy finish. Has an SPF19. Available in 7 shades (light-medium to medium skin tones). Packaged in a heavy frosted glass bottle with a pipette dropper. 30ml retails for £46 / $60.77.

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APplying SUQQU Nude Wear Liquid

This foundation is very liquid, I imagine it has a mix of oil with the pigments as they seem to separate ever so slightly. I usually give the bottle a good shake just in case, but I haven’t had any problems if I forgot to do so. The coverage is sheer to light, not very buildable. While using this foundation you may need pinpoint concealing for any blemishes and under eye darkness.

The easiest application method for me has been dropping the foundation straight on my cheeks and forehead (you know, the “Instagram method”), then blend with a dense goat hair brush. I feel a paddle brush could be optimal for such a lightweight formula, but at this moment I don’t have the perfect brush at hand. If I’ve used a greasy SPF underneath I find the foundation moves a little bit and wants to settle into my fine lines; in this case I blot my SPF or use a Beauty Blender to press in the foundation after the brush step.

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SUQQU Nude Wear Liquid Wear

The finish of this foundation is very natural, light and silky. I haven’t noticed any color change or oxidization while wearing it. The look is luminous but non-greasy or tacky, I think normal to combo skins can wear this foundation without feeling “too dewy” as the day progress if you use a powder to set critical areas. For my dry skin I don’t feel the need to set the foundation as I don’t get an oily T-zone, but for added glow and easier powder blush application I like to gently swipe my face with a finishing powder by Hourglass. I don’t find the foundation transferring, which is sometimes an issue with oilier/dewier formulations.

I’ve noticed that some foundations break on me during the day. While some people might struggle with an oily T-zone, my dry skin wants to “eat up” the moisture out of a foundation, leaving it a patchy mess or gathers to the crevices of my nose. Luckily I haven’t find this an issue with SUQQU! SUQQU Nude Wear Liquid gets a bit more dewy during the day, but wears otherwise beautifully +8 hours. No significant problems.

Swatches

SUQQU Nude Wear Liquid Swatches | Laura Loukola beauty Blog
SUQQU Nude Wear Liquid Swatches | Laura Loukola beauty Blog

I chose 101 as my shade online, usually the lightest shade of Japanese foundations are a good match for my NC15/NW13 skin. The Nude Wear Liquid in 101 pulls very yellow, but I can pretty much get away with it once I blend the product. Not a huge fan of the very yellow undertone, but at least it’s not grey or “zombie”-like on me. If you are fair with strong cool undertones this shade might look strange on you. You might give a try to 20X shades, but to me they looked darker. Every English shade description has the word ‘Ocher’, which puzzles me, so if you order online perhaps email or ring the counter for a good match?

Complete list of the concealers in second swatch:

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Chantilly
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla
SUQQU Nude Wear Liquid in 101
THREE Angelic Synthesis Foundation Serum in 100
ADDICTION Skincare Foundation in Porcelain 001
Rouge Bunny Rouge Milk Aquarelle Foundation in Coconut Milk Parfait
Estée Lauder Double Wear Nude in 1N2

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MOTD

SUQQU Nude Wear Liquid Foundation 101
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Chantilly
NARS Soft Matte Concealer in Vanilla
Bobbi Brown Corrector in Extra Light Bisque
MAC Prep+Rime Loose Powder*

MAC Extended Play Gigablack Mascara
Viseart Structure eyebrow palette
SUQQU Eyebrow Gel in Khaki
SUQQU Eyeliner Liquid Pen Duo 01* (discontinued)
SUQQU Blend Color Eyeshadow Ex-36 Fuyusumire (discontinued)
Rouge Bunny Rouge Long-Lasting Duo Cream Eye Shadow 097 Birdwing Beauteous*

Rouge Bunny Rouge Blush Wand 017 Vermeer*
SUQQU Pure Color Blush 06 Harusumire
SUQQU Illuminating Highlight Stick 101 (LE)
THREE Shimmering Lip Jam 15 Dreamers Awaken

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Overall thoughts

SUQQU Nude Wear Liquid is a very lovely light foundation, especially for dry to normal skins. If you lean more combo you might get away by applying a mattifying primer, setting the foundation or just skip applying on the T-zone. If you have significant fine lines you may want to really press in the foundation and set with a powder. What annoys me is the very limited and strange shade range, which is very hard to figure out online and doesn’t cater to POC. If you find a matching shade and enjoy more “no makeup” makeup look with natural, sheer foundation I’m sure you’d love SUQQU.

Have you tried SUQQU Foundations? I’m kinda tempted by the newest Extra Rich Glow Cream Foundation, but I’d like to get a sample before paying the high price.

PSA

I apologize for the lack of content, but if you happened to see my IG updates, my fur baby Kiko passed away last week. She often made an appearance on the blog, sniffing and checking beauty products or just laying on the top of my flatlays.. I miss her tremendously, but trying to focus on the good memories now. xx

*Products marked with an asterisk were kindly offered for consideration.

Best Concealer Brushes For Every Need (Japanese Fude)

I've shared with you my acne journey, Accutane and acne scars in the past, but now to my favorite topic: brushes! These are the fude or brushes I use for concealing the under eyes, discoloration, spots and blemishes. Since my acne cleared up I haven’t purchased many new concealer brushes, but I still reach one or two every single day. You might think concealer brushes aren’t as exciting and sexy as bigger fluffs, but they are multi-purpose workhorse brushes and something everyone should have in their makeup kit. This post is most likely going to be a long one, so sit back, relax and enjoy!

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Choosing The Right concealer brush

Concealers come in many forms and textures: creams, liquids, waxes. Choosing a brush depends on which type of concealer works best for your skin, concern and technique, it might take a trial and error to find the perfect product and the perfect tool. Some of the brushes I introduce in this post are designated concealer brushes (コンシーラー if you search Japanese sites), but basically any small brush resilient to cream/liquid textures can work for you. This means repurposing lip and eyeliner brushes, but also small cream eyeshadow brushes will do the trick! Maybe you already own something that’s too stiff for blending the eyeshadow, but could be used for cream concealer or corrector. I follow these guidelines:

  • Eyeliner and lip brushes for pinpoint concealing blemishes, scars, pimples

  • Paddle brushes for correctors, creams and liquids under the eyes

  • Oval and stippling brushes for blending around blemishes or covering redness

Personally I don’t use much goat hair for my concealers as I like more firmness and control from kolinsky or synthetic hair, they also absorb less product. Never use delicate hairs such as squirrel for cream/liquid concealers as they might damage the brush. All brush hairs below are kolinsky or weasel unless otherwise stated.

Fine and small concealer brushes

Kyureido Fine Kalla eyeliner

I love this eyeliner brush, to read more about the Fine Kalla series click this post. This liner brush is very precise, but not quite as tiny as Hakuhodo B007. Kyureido has firmness and control for pinpoint concealing, and it picks up the perfect amount of product in my opinion. Since the brush hairs are semi-long, you shouldn’t add too much pressure.

Hakuhodo B007

For the tiniest pinpoint concealing work (such as sunspots, scars). The brush is very tapered; there are only few of longer hairs, so you can have the precision and add only the smallest amount of product. If you wish to blend or perhaps conceal a larger area, I’d go for Kyureido. Same if you want the brush to double as a liner brush, I prefer Kyureido as it can hold more product and cover a larger area.

Hakuhodo S148

One of my newest brushes and pure perfection in craftsmanship. It’s similar to Chikuhodo GSN-11, but has a bit longer hairs and less density, also feels much softer than Chiku. Perfect for applying and blending concealer on blemishes, carving out eyebrows or perhaps fading some discoloration around the nose. I have a sentimental attachment to this brush, but I love its performance as well.

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Brush I got as a GWP or a gift when I visited Kumano. It’s very close to Chikuhodo’s Limited Edition Noel Lumiere 2015 concealer/eyeliner brush, maybe a tiny bit more tapered. I’d keep an eye on Koyudo if they come out with something like this in their permanent collection.

Chikuhodo Noel Lumiere 2015 (LE)

Tapered brush made of kolinsky, has nice firmness and control for both sharp wing eyeliner as well as applying cream concealer on spots or blemishes. The point is rounded, which makes it unique in my book (just like the Unknown one). I think it’s a shame this particular brush was a limited edition. I prefer it over the Beautylish Sakura brush.

Chikuhodo x Beautylish Sakura eyeliner (LE)

This brush is an odd one: it’s not long enough to be a good lip brush, a bit too floppy for applying eyeliner. If you do pinpoint concealing, let’s say with Haku or Kyureido, you might use this for blending the edges. I must say I haven’t given this brush much love.

Hakuhodo eyeliner B005

This Haku brush is labelled as an eyeliner brush. Its hairs are very short, dense, and has sort of oval shape on the sides. Perfection for gel eyeliner, but if you’re in a pinch this would work for concealing small areas or carving out eyebrows. For concealing alone I do prefer Hakuhodo S148 or Chikuhodo GSN-11.

Chikuhodo GSN-11

This is one of my oldest brushes and has held up very well. I’ve used it for eyeliner, concealer and smudging eyeshadow near the lower lash line. The hair density is light, length excellent for precision and control, but the feel isn’t as stiff as with Hakuhodo B005. Hakuhodo B005 is sharper, which makes it better for eyeliner, GSN-11 gives softer edges.

Hakuhodo J214R (goat and synthetic)

This mini duo-fibre stippling brush picks up cream products very nicely and works well for blending. For example, if you conceal under eye darkness but also suffer some minor redness underneath, you can take the conceal further by stippling with J214R. Most of us have discoloration around the nose and J214R fits nicely in nooks and crannies for buffing and blending product. The feel is not overly dense but very soft. With a stippling brush I like to go over the covered areas with a finger or a sponge to make sure there is no brush marks. I don’t use this brush for cream eyeshadow as I want the edges to be more blurred and there are better options.

Koyudo Purin (synthetic)

When checking the brushes for this post, I sadly didn’t see the Purin line on Koyudo’s website, so this brush may be discontinued. The Purin (sounds like ‘pudding’ in Japanese) concealer brush is one of my favorites as it has a nice rounded paddle shape and similar stippling qualities (a mix of longer and shorter hairs) as the Hakuhodo J214R. The body of the brush is somewhat dense, but the very tip is soft and bendy, making it easy for tapping and blending product, such as under eye concealer. One of my favorites.

Hakuhodo G538 (synthetic)

Synthetic version of one of my all-time favorite brushes. The difference with G538 and G537 is how the hais splay: with synthetic hairs the shape is very straight and sword-like. Good for dabbing on product, easy to clean, not much bad to say about this brush, but I do prefer my kolinsky G537.

Hakuhodo G537

This brush is a pure gem to me, I reach it almost daily for concealing my under eye area. It covers a nice amount of surface, picks up a good amount of product and has a great control. The brush has a good bend to it, which makes it feel firm yet soft on the skin. It’s a multi-purpose brush for concealing and I love it to bits.

Koyudo BP036

On the Koyudo website images this brush looks very tapered and ‘sharp’, but it does splay after washing. I think this brush is too large for pinpoint concealing, but good blending any edges after you’ve applied concealer with a smaller brush. Or, if you need to conceal larger areas or blemishes, perhaps do very detailed work around the nose; this is your brush. I’ve used it a ton when I still suffered from acne.

Koyudo C006P (below)

I use this brush similarly to Hakuhodo G538, Hakuhodo 537 or Koyudo Purin, but C006P is much denser than any of these. The hair length is similar to Purin, but C006P is much wider, like an oversized eyeliner brush. It’s a powerful tool when you really need to pack on a lot of product and enjoy firmness and control. Could also be used as an eyeshadow brush for packing on color on the lid. I’ve used Koyudo C006P also a ton, but nowadays prefer softer, more bendy brushes for under eye work.

Best Concealer Brushes | Japanese Brushes | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog
Best Concealer Brushes | Japanese Brushes | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

And here they are, my concealer workhorses and small treasures! I think most of them are excellent, just for different usages. If you have any questions about any specific brush, please leave them in the comments below. Thanks for reading! x