Makeup Masterclass at CaBella Boutique, Nottingham

As a beauty blogger it’s no secret that I love am obsessed with makeup, but lack the skills needed to make it look flawless.

So you can imagine the excitement when I was invited to attend a makeup masterclass at a lovely little makeup boutique in Nottingham called CaBella.

The girls there are absolute makeup pros and their makeup still looks 100% at the end of the day so I was dying to learn their secrets!

The evening involved a lot of glitter so I was literally in my element the whole evening! Keep reading if you want to know the tricks of the trade and for lots of pretty glitter swatches.

CaBella offer makeup masterclasses and makeovers and also have their own range of makeup and brushes as well as selling other brands that they use themselves on their clients.

The evening began with being offered a pink glass of prosecco and being seated on chairs laden with goodie bags! We were off to a good start.

The boutique is so beautifully decorated- so girly and elegant with vintage and pretty pieces everywhere you look! 

We were shown two makeup demonstrations and were kindly given a step by step guide detailing everything that was talked about in each makeup look including brushes and prices and where to buy – so helpful! That is definitely going to sit by my dressing table and get referred too A LOT!

Danika was the first to do a full face look on their very patient model, Charley. She began with the eyes and stressed the importance of eye primer before every eye look! They use the Milani Eye Primer which they say is a dupe for the Urban Decay primer and at half the price.

Their top tip is to always start with the eyes first as if you make a mess or have any fall out (which lets face it, if glitter is involved there is going to be fall out!) you can clear it up quickly and easily without ruining your base.

When doing the eye look, they always start with a crease shade in a warm matte colour, along the crease and up towards the eyebrow. They then go in with an outer corner shade in a darker colour, again with a matte finish.

Shimmer, glitter or pigment is pressed onto the middle of the eyelid last. Their rule is that you never put dark over light as you are mixing the two colours together and never get the true pigment.

Next up is the base and again the importance of using a primer first to smooth and protect the skin and ensure the base isn’t soaked into the skin. They recommended MAC or Milani Primers, the latter obviously being at a lower and more affordable price point.

They swear by the L’Oréal True Match Foundation and use it for all skin types and all finishes. They buff it on using their foundation buffing brush in a few layers, adding more for a heavier finish.

The girls themselves wear 12(!) layers of foundation which is insane but it doesn’t look cakey on them at all! They never set with powder as they say that adds the cakiness to the look.

For concealer they use the LA Girl Concealer which is priced at £6. I’ve tried it before and didn’t rate it myself but it looks flawless on them! 

They pop a large amount of product in a triangle shape going off towards the ears and blend with a concealer brush, creating a line just under the outer corner of the eye to create a sharp winged eye shadow.

They buff the rest in with the foundation brush. They also use the concealer to highlight the lighter areas of the face – the nose, between the eyebrows, cupids bow and chin and again buff with the foundation brush.

For contour they swear by using a bronzer, again by Milani, the baked bronzer which they say is a dupe for Benefit Hoola which is personally my holy grail.  They use a pointed bronzer brush and start from the ears going three quarters of the way down, adding a bit to the hairline for extra contour.

If you want to add blusher just do so to the apples of your cheeks. They highlight using a huge thick fan brush and they use the Sleek Solstice Palette which I love. They also take it along the nose and cupids bow. They use a pointed brush to add highlight under the brow.

Lastly they add mascara and their rule is that the wand is the important part of using a mascara – they say plastic brushes are best as they separate lashes. They only ever apply it from the bottom of the lashes up in a wiggle motion, not from behind as that overloads the lashes and makes them heavy. 

The second makeup look was using their huge array of CaBella pigments on the eyes. You just press it into the lids with a brush it’s super easy to do! They swatched all their pigment colours on Charley’s arm and they look insane!

Afterwards we had a wander round the shop and made a few purchases. I bought their full brush set for £25 for 15 brushes which is a complete bargain! 

I also bought the pigment in the colour groove which is a gorgeous rosey pink colour.

We were also given a lovely goodie bag full of 

CaBella offer makeovers for around £30 and they ensure your makeup lasts alll day! They also offer masterclasses, makeover parties, bridal makeup and LVL Lashes too. If you’re in Nottingham and need a makeover, CaBella got you covered!

Thank you so much to the lovely girls at CaBella for a fabulous evening and for all the makeup tips!!

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Signature Photo March 2017



  1. August 28, 2017 / 8:09 pm

    12 layers of foundation?!! They apply foundation 12 times?! No way!

    • Sophie in Wonderland xo
      August 30, 2017 / 3:32 pm

      I know crazy isnt it!

  2. August 29, 2017 / 12:47 am

    12 layers of foundation?!! What! I’ve never ever heard of that! What consistitutes as one layer though?
    A makeup masterclass sounds like a fun and useful thing to learn!

    • Sophie in Wonderland xo
      August 30, 2017 / 3:32 pm

      I know its insane isnt it! Maybe one pump?! It was a lot of fun!

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