Hi everyone! I hope you all had lovely, sunny weekends.
If you’re anything like me you would have seen it was bright outside, ventured out enthusiastically in a thin outfit and then ended up shivering in the blustery wind.
Today I felt like uploading a make-up post as I thought, well, I fancy writing about it. So, sit back, relax and read…
This makeup style isn’t too dramatic or fancy – I mean, I wouldn’t say it was a ‘natural’ look, but it’s pretty easy; I think it’s perfect for going out for lunch or dinner! When I go ‘out out’ I tend to wear more makeup (eyes slightly darker, face looking like it’s been dunked in wotsits. You get the gist.)
If you’d like to see a separate post on my clubbing makeup look, let me know!
I have to say, this go-to look did come across a bit ‘heavier’ in person and more made-up: the pictures don’t do it all the justice in the world but never mind!
For the very first step, before anything else, I apply my eyeshadow. Yes, I know – there’s a bit of a debate around doing face or eyes first. For me, it’s obvious! I generally use a Naked palette, and there is SO MUCH fall out after using it; I don’t want that ruining my smooth foundation. No, it doesn’t just wipe off, it leaves marks everywhere and makes me look like the Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz (a more bronzed version). I’m not sure this is the look I’d want to go for.
Before eyeshadow, I apply some of the Revolution Eye Primer to my lids, because, well, girl’s gotta prime. This one makes for a lovely smooth base.
These are my absolute favourite eyeshadow palettes: the Naked 2 by Urban Decay and Revolution Redemption – they both have the perfect mixture of dark and light shades for creating different looks.
To start my eyes, I covered the lids in the colours ‘Foxy’ and ‘Bootycall’. I then added ‘Snakebite’ into the crease and filled in the majority of the lid with the colours ‘Chopper’ and ‘Half Baked’. After this, I topped up the lighter area with the pink/gold shade in the Revolution palette.
After applying the eyeshadow, I clean my face and under-eyes with my favourite cleanser and toner, which I mentioned in my Skincare Routine blog post.
My preferences are the Garnier Skin Active Micellar Cleansing Water and Garnier Simply Essentials Soothing Vitamin Enriched Toner – seriously, do the names need to be so long? I get out of breath just typing them (but then again, I get out of breath after going up a flight of stairs.)
Honestly though, these products make my face feel so fresh and they literally get rid of every last bit of grime, because if you like to cake your face like me, there will be a lot.
After cleansing and toning, I always moisturise my face. For moisturiser, I religiously use the Nivea Daily Essentials Regenerating Night Cream, which, again, was mentioned in my Skincare Routine post.
For this look, I used one of my favourite primers, the Barry M Flawless Colour Correcting Primer. I get the green anti-redness one – I’ve always suffered from redness on the skin, so was pretty drawn to buying it. In terms of sorting that issue out, it doesn’t make a significant difference, but it is super hydrating, sinks so well into the skin and keeps my makeup in place for hours.
I mixed together two of my favourite foundations for this look – the Kiko Universal Fit Hydrating Foundation which I talked about in my Top 5 Makeup Products post, and the MAC Studio Fix Fluid.
I do love the finish of my MAC foundation, however the colour is slightly dark for me and is better suited to a full, clubbing makeup look. (Fab for a night out, not so much for a family lunch?) Combined with my Kiko foundation, however, it makes for an ideal colour and their consistencies compliment each other wonderfully.
I always apply my foundation with a beauty blender. Until recently (I’d say about a year ago) I always used to apply face makeup with my fingers, which now makes me feel a bit nauseous. I’d never got along with ANY other method – I’d tried foundation brushes, stippling brushes, oval brushes… the list is endless. Even when I first came across beauty blenders, I thought ‘what’s all this crap?’ and didn’t touch them again for about 2 months. But, after trying my best to get the knack for it, I finally did, and I am oh so glad.
After my foundation had all been painted on and covered up the many blemished, yucky areas, I decided I wanted more coverage and took to my Mac Studio Fix Powder. I got this for Christmas and it is now touching pan *cry cry cry* but I’m not entirely sure I’d repurchase it. I do really like it, but it’s a pricey one and I’ve heard equally amazing things about the Body Shop All-In-One Face Base. I think I’ll be trying that when this runs out!
To contour my cheekbones, I use a Real Techniques Contour Brush with the Revolution Bronzer.
I literally love this brush and would recommend it to anyone – it’s so soft and easy to apply products with. As for the bronzer, I got this in my Revolution Advent Calendar (best idea ever?) So, I have no idea of its cost. But, it is a gorgeous colour and I couldn’t fault it.
For my highlight, I opted for the Mary Lou Manizer by The Balm. Need I say more? This highlighter is raved about by every single soul on earth. It gives a beautiful, honey glow and glides onto the skin so well. I dusted this onto my cheekbones and the tip of my nose.
Around this point, I’ll generally fill in my eyebrows.
I use the Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil, and have done for years (ever since I was 14, realised eyebrow pencil was actually a thing and that I’d no longer have to sport 1cm long brows.)
My eyebrows are extremely sparse and have no real natural shape, so a pencil is a necessity to me!
After this, I’ll apply mascara, my least favourite task. If I’m going out out, I usually wear false eyelashes. But, I felt like that may had been a bit OTT for this look… AKA, they wouldn’t stick on properly, I was in a rush and was starting to get emotional.
I tend to mix it up a bit with my mascaras. I always apply a thin coat of the Benefit They’re Real Eyelash Primer first, just to help space out my lashes. Now, my usual routine is to apply a generous amount of my favourite Maybelline The Falsies Mascara, which I spoke about in my Top 5 Makeup Products post. This adds such amazing length, and totally suits the name.
After that, I’ll add some of the Benefit They’re Real Mascara for more volume and colour. This combination, I feel, makes for the perfect lashes.
Nearly last but not least, I’ll always wear some lipstick. I was feeling pink, and outlined my lips with the Barry M Lip Liner in ‘Blush‘.
Then, I mixed 2 of my favourites which, again, you can read about here. These are the amazing NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams in shades Abu Dhabi and Ibiza. This concoction made for a beautiful, muted pink shade which suited the rest of the look ideally. The NYX lip products are so smooth, buttery and pigmented.
To finish off this look, I always use the holy grail of all setting sprays – the Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray.
I mean, you could probably hike through the Himalayas, jump into a rough sea and run a marathon with perfectly-placed makeup after spritzing this over your made-up face. Trust me, it’s a staple in my makeup collection. You need it!
So, that rounds up my go-to makeup look post. I really hope you all enjoyed the read – let me know if it’s something you’d like to see more of!
Have a lovely week and I’ll speak to you on Thursday.
Love, Dayna x