Happy 20 days til Halloween!
Since it’s a Fall Saturday and I have absolutely nothing but homework planned for myself, I thought it would be fun to show you all one of my favorite makeup looks. I am a huge fan of dark lips so it’s no wonder that I enjoy the Autumn shades so much. Before I begin I just want to clarify that I am in no way shape or form a professional when it comes to makeup. In fact, I might actually be terrible, who knows! I thoroughly enjoy creating “art” on my face, though, and it’s something that really makes me happy. So without further or due, welcome to my first ever makeup “tutorial”
Prior to putting on my foundation, I make sure to use some kind of moisturizer or toner. My favorite moisturizer is the First Aid Beauty Daily Face Cream, and I swear by this product. It’s relatively inexpensive compared to the higher brands and it just does an amazing job of moisturizing my skin without feeling sticky or greasy.
Unfortunately, I ran out of my daily face cream about a month ago, so because I’m a broke college student and it’s not on the top of my list of things I can buy, I’ve resorted to using my Lush toner, which is the Breath of Fresh Air toner.
I simply spray a small amount onto a cotton round and wipe it all over my face. Although it doesn’t give me the same effect as the moisturizer does, it still does a good job of making sure any leftover dirt gets wiped away as well as helping minimize my pores.
I’ve taken some “before” pictures, just so you can see the transformation from beginning to end. As you can tell, I’ve gotten quite pale and my eyebrows (or lack thereof) are pretty scary!
I don’t currently use a concealer as it’s not on the top of my necessities list either, so I typically just go straight to the foundation process. I use the Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in the shade Mont Blanc (Light #2) and I apply it with a simple RealTechniques expert face brush.
I make sure to just get a tiny dab of foundation onto the brush because I’ve found that too much will result in a really cakey, unnatural look. I don’t really have a certain brush-stroke routine, I kind of just apply it however I’m feeling that day. As you can see below, there isn’t a huge difference after I’ve applied my foundation, but it definitely brings my face to life as well as covering up those annoying little stress spots!
Because I have a habit of touching my face throughout the day, I make sure to put on powder after the liquid foundation. I use a kabuki brush to dust on my Nars powder foundation. (I use the shade “Flesh”) The powder helps keep my foundation in place for a longer period of time.
Depending on the day and what kind of look I want to achieve, I either put on some bronzer or I just go without. Since I’m feeling extra pale today, however, I decided to apply some in order to give me a little bit of a warmer look. I use and love the Too Faced Endless Summer bronzer. It’s the perfect shade for my complexion and it’s really lightweight and long lasting.
For the bronzer I use a Soho Contour brush and just apply it to the space right below my cheekbone and above my jaw. It’s a bit tricky to apply only because sometimes it looks too heavy, but I just make sure I blend it in really well into my temples. I usually apply a small amount of bronzer onto the very top of my forehead and also the sides of my nose to give my face some more dimension.
Now, one of my all time FAVORITE parts of my makeup routine is the blush. I am a firm believer in blush and I can never get enough! I typically switch between two blushes (again, depending on the look I want to accomplish) but for today I went with the Nars Orgasm Blush.
As you can tell, it’s very shimmery. It’s also very pigmented, so I don’t have to apply very much in order for it to show (although sometimes I get a little crazy with my blush!) I pretty much use any type of brush for applying blush, but the one I use most would have to be the Sephora Professionnel complexion brush #53.
Next, onto my eyebrows. It is very rare that I go a day without “putting my eyebrows on” but because I used to pluck my eyebrows terribly years ago, they are now very sparse and light. My face is much more defined when I fill my eyebrows in. I use a Sephora Eyebrow Editor kit in Nutmeg Brown. I use a small, cheap angled brush to apply it because it does the best job of staying in between the lines.
Now onto the eyes. I’ve gone with a bit of a dramatic, darker eye today because that’s just what I picture when it comes to fall looks. I’ve used both my Naked 2 Palette and my Urban Decay Palette. I chose “Snakebite” from the Naked 2 and “Deeper” from the Urban Decay. I put Deeper all over my lids with a simple eyeshadow brush and then filled in the creases with Snakebite to make it even smudgier. After that, I lined the bottom lids with a shimmy gold color just from the Naked Palette to make my eyes pop even more. After that I used a basic Ulta eyeliner (in Black/Brown) and smudged that along my top lids. I finished off my eyes with my favorite mascara, the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara, which I will continue to use as long as it is in stores, it is amazing.
And lastly, for the fun part! Like I mentioned before, I looooove dark lips so I’ve taken this opportunity to go bold. I tend to have a rather hard time finding lippies that don’t dry my lips out or rub off ridiculously quick, but the one I’m wearing today is definitely a staple in my makeup collection. NYX is a super inexpensive brand so I was a bit skeptical at first, but the quality of their lip products is unreal. They stay on for hours and never seem to dry out my lips, I hardly ever have to reapply and they’ve also got quite an impressive selection of colors to choose from. The color I’ve used today is “Paparazzi”
And viola…this look is complete! I really love how dramatic it is and I’d definitely prefer this for an evening look as opposed to just an everyday wear.
I really hope you enjoyed this post and if you did, please please let me know. I’d love to continue doing little tutorials like this, but if it turns out that I’m actually horrid at this then I’d like to know! Have a splendid rest of your day friends. xx