Looking for the perfect makeup look to flutter your lashes across the table at a fine restaurant? Or are you a singleton that needs a look to wear to go out on the pull? Ladies, I’ve got your backs.
I rooted through my makeup collection to find the perfect palette to create a makeup look that would be bomb for a Valentines date, for show or for clubbing. The Urban Decay Naked Smoky palette came to my aid. The shades are mostly of darker tones with an array or glitter and matte textures to create whatever look your heart desires.
The pigmentation is to die for, well I wouldn’t die for it but it is pretty impressive. One swipe across with a brush and then a swipe across the lid and BAM, job done, you don’t have to keep applying to build up the colour. If you want me to do a more in-depth review of this palette let me know but for now I’m going to get into the tutorial.
Clean your face and moisturise – you want to work on a blank canvas so you need a sparkly clean face. The cleaner your face the smoother makeup goes on. I use the Origins GinZing face scrub and it makes my face look and feel literally polished. To moisturise I use the Origins moisturiser Start Over, which is oil-free as I have super oily skin.
Prime time – prime your face so that the makeup lasts all night while clubbing or doesn’t slide off during dinner. I love the new Benefit Porefessional and use it daily.
Eye shadow time – I know what you’re thinking ‘what? You do the eyes last woman!!’ well actually I prefer to do eye shadow before I beat my face and let me tell you why… fallout. Fall-out that goes all over your face after you blend. Rather than reapply concealer to cover it I prefer to use a makeup wipe to remove the excess and then do my foundation etc. For this look using the Smoky palette I used the shade ‘Thirteen’ all over my lid, ‘Whisky’ in my crease and ‘Black Market’ on the edges to create more depth in the crease towards my ears (see picture above). Don’t forget to blend, blend, blend, you can literally never over blend. Tap excess product off of your brush on the side of a table and use tape to create that fine line if you find that easier. Once I was happy with how my lids looked I took a smaller brush and kept adding ‘Thirteen’ in the corners of my eyes until I was happy with how bright they looked.
The foundation to your look – apply whatever foundation is your favourite and works best for you. For four years I have used the Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation because it is full coverage and doesn’t budge from my face all day.
Conceal don’t feel – apply concealer to your problems areas and under your eyes (if you don’t need it because you have flawless skin then let me cry on your shoulder). The Collection concealer for a mere £4 is the best for this job. It covers EVERYTHING!
Brows away – my favourite part of doing my makeup is creating some brows so that my forehead doesn’t resemble a marshmallow anymore. The Maybelline Brow Drama has been a holy grail for me for over a year now. Get it, you won’t regret it.
It’s time, Mascara time – grab your favourite mascara and apply. I always reach for the Benefit They're Real mascara. Do not pump the mascara wand in and out of the bottle – it will make your mascara dry out faster and that shits expensive. And make sure to scrape of any excess off of the wand. Unless you want to look like a child applying their mums makeup of course.
Contour your fears away – I use the Smashbox powder contour palette. I find powder contours easier to work with personally and much prefer a matte look. When you contour suck in your face so that you can see where shadows need to be created and apply most of the product at the side of your face usually under your ear. Again make sure you tap off extra product excess we’re not going to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory to dance with the Oompa Loompas we’re going on a date.
Powder power – apply your favourite powder to finish off your canvas. My favourite is the MAC Cosmetics Skin Finish powder.
Lippystick - I personally think a baby pink or nudey pink lipstick works best with a black and white smokey eye. I'm usuing 'Pillow Talk' by Topshop which appears to be sold out but any light pink shade will do the trick.
Lash time – like all of these steps it is up to you whether you do them but in my opinion, the right lashes can make anyone’s eyes pop. I’m wearing GWA Attitudes in Princess – you can find them in Savers for £2.99 and they are the best I have EVER used. And girl, I wear lashes daily.
If you try out this makeup look let me know and tag me in your selfies. I’d love to see it! Twitter - @JournalistSoph, Instagram - @vavaviolett
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