Monday, 6 April 2015

What's On My Face: Spring Edition

Being a lover of dark shades and matte lips, this makes the transition from Winter to Spring a tad bittersweet for me. Yes, the weather is better (most of the time), but everyone expects you to suddenly wear pastels and wear floral crowns and that just ain't me! I live a pretty much monochrome life, my wardrobe consists of black, grey, white and a bit more black. However, feeling the pressure of the season change, I decided to inject a little more glow into my makeup than I usually do and I actually quite like it! The middle picture above shows the key products that I used to create this look. All equally gorgeous and work together beautifully.

I usually do my eyes first, but as I wasn't applying much powder eyeshadow, I started with my base. I put on a light layer of the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter in the shade Opal. This really does create a lit from within kinda effect, no glitter in sight, just a natural looking sheen to the skin. On top of that I applied the Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder in the shade light 1 with my fingers to create a more natural finish. Every foundation claims to be buildable, but this one truly is and still manages to look like skin. To tackle those pesky under eye circles, I used the Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in Fair Neutral. My brows are a bit overgrown at the moment so I just whacked on a bit of the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in Dark Brunette.

Next, onto the eyes. The Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden is an absolute must, no matter what! To create a simple bronzey eye, I teamed up the Trish McEvoy 24 hour Eyeshadow and Liner in Topaz and the Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita palette. I popped the Trish McEvoy all over the lid and slightly blended up into the crease. Then lightly blended the Prime shade on the inner half of the lid and the Enhance shade on the outer half and also on the outer half of the lower lash line.  I do love a good inner corner highlight and my favourite product to do this with is the Mac pigment in Vanilla. This is also a great brow bone highlight! To add a bit of definition to the lash line, I smudged out a slick of the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on-eye pencil in Bourbon. Then of course applied a heck-load of L'Oreal Miss Manga Mascara on the top and bottom lashes. And thats the eyes done, so simple and so quick!

Now back to the skin. I used the Kiko Masterpiece Bronzer to give my skin a subtle bronze glow. I wouldn't recommend this product for anyone with darker skin, as it's quite sheer. Now to up the amp of the glow even further, I applied the Illamasqua Gleam in Aurora to the top of my cheekbones. Then I thought go hard or go home, right? So, I layered the Mac Vanilla pigment on top of the cream highlighter and let me tell you, these two work perfect together.

Finally, the gloss! Yes, you heard it right- GLOSS!! I've not bought into the whole Tanya Burr range, but the shade Chic is actually really nice. No glitter, no stickiness and actually has really good lasting power.

Am I converted? Maybe, but definitely not fully. I'll probably be back in my matte lipsticks tomorrow. A leopard never changes it's spots after all.

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