Hey guys! Today is exciting for me as tonight me and my mum are going to see James Arthur. I love him, his voice sends shivers up my spine! So I am super excited. To save having to redo my makeup later on, I have done my makeup for this evening. I am not leaving the house today so I am having a glamorous day and saving time later on. I have gone for a smokey nude look, which quite frankly I am loving. I have never done this before so it’s nice to create different looks especially when they turn out how I imagined! Before starting this look, I always start with cleansed and moisturised skin and I leave it to soak in for about 10 minutes before applying my makeup.
All About That Base
So for my base I always start by using a primer. I recently got this Nivea Express Hydrating Primer which is a milky gel consistency, and I have been using it every day so far even if I am not wearing makeup. I am really liking it as a little goes a long way and I find it blurs my skin so my skin tone appears more even.
I then waited for that to soak in a little bit and applied my foundation. The foundation I used today was my Rimmel Match Perfection Light Perfecting Radiance Foundation. Well that was a mouthful.. I am having a pale day today, so I used the colour 010 – Light Porcelain. I used my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush for this.
After the foundation was blended in to my liking, I went in with my favourite product of all. Concealer!!!!! Of course I used my brand spanking new Mac Pro Longwear Concealer (NC15) because I am a little obsessed. I used a sponge to blend this into my forehead, chin and under my eyes. Letting out a little Jaclyn ‘yaaaass’!
I then went and set everything using my Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in translucent and applied this with my Real Techniques Powder Brush.
Highlighting, Contouring and Blush
I always start with contouring. I used my Makeup Revolution Mono Eyeshadow in Mocha Love, and applied this with my UBU Blush Brush to the hollows of my cheekbones, temples and under my bottom lip.
I like to add my highlight first and blush after. So I used my Maybelline Master Sculpt Highlighter on the top of my cheekbones, above the arch of my brow, the cupids bow and the tip of my nose. I applied this with my MUA F11 Highlighter Brush. Then I added blush just to the apples of my cheeks using my Essence Silky Touch Blush in Summer Dreaming. I applied this with my Real Techniques Blush Brush. I have been loving these blushes as they have the slightest sheen to them which give you such a natural glow. They are so pretty.
I have been trying to change up my brow routine a little bit, as my brows are rather time consuming! Lately I have been using my Makeup Revolution Mono Eyeshadow in Mocha Love. The same as my contour shade. I have been filling in my brows with this powder using my Real Techniques Brow Brush and then coating them in Maybelline Brow Drama in Medium Brown. It gives a much more natural look which I am really liking!
This is my favourite part of my makeup for tonight! I opted for a smokey nude eye. I am using some of my absolute favourite palettes. The W7 In The Nude Palette & W7 In The Buff Palette. These palettes are so pretty and great dupes for some of the Urban Decay Naked Palettes. The nude palette is full of pinky nudes and coppery pink/browns and the In the buff palette is full of cool tone brows and golds. I used both of these palettes to create this look!
First off I primed my eyes using the Mac Pro Longwear Concealer and set that with the colour buff from the In The Buff Palette.
I then started with the In The Nude palette. This palette has 3 Matte Shades and 9 shimmery colours. All the colours are very warm toned and pink. I used the matte shades from this palette. I started with the colour Marilyn and put that through my crease. I then took the colour Alice and put that in the outer half of my crease bringing it down onto the lid a little bit darkening up the outer corner.
I then moved onto my In The Buff Palette. I first took the colour chocolate, my kind of colour i’ll say! I started on the outer corner of my lid, gradually blending it up into the outer corner of my crease, creating a C shape in the outer corner of my eye. I then took a mix of the colour sand and buff and patted that into my inner corner to brighten and open my eyes. The next colour I used was Earth and I put this on the first half of my lid, then took a clean blending brush and defused any harsh lines. Next I applied a mix of silk and wave to the other half of my lid, and blended that out as well.
For the lower lash line I mixed wave and chocolate and ran that along the whole lower lash line right to the inner corner.
For my lashes I used my sample of Mac False Lashes Extreme Black and coated my lashes after I curled them. I never wear false lashes, but for tonight I wore my Wilko False Lashes in Natural. Which are really pretty natural look lashes to just add length and the slightest volume. Yes, I know they are the wrong way round on the packaging ha!
For my lips, of course I was going to use my Mac Velvet Teddy Lipstick. I feel like a kid at christmas when ever I use this. This colour is like Billie in a bottle. It’s me all over. I love it! I don’t really need to say anymore!
& This is the finished look! A smokey eye with nude lips. I am really liking this look & I will no doubt be wearing this again very soon!
What do you guys think? Whats your favourite evening look?
Until next time,