Following on from my previous makeup post, I thought I'd share with you a makeup look for a more formal date this Valentine's Day. I decided to break the beauty rules a bit and have managed to put together a slightly smokey eye look combined with a red lip look today. If you're not a fan of heavy makeup, of course this look can be worn without the red lip and a nude alternative instead.
Concealer and Base:
Maybelline SuperStay Concealer (light beige)
Real Techniques Multi Task Brush
After applying some moisturiser, I start covering my dark circles and any blemishes with a concealer. I love using the Maybelline FitMe concealer for under my eyes as the formula is more watery and is easier to blend around the under eye area (which tends to be one of the driest parts of your face). I prefer to use the Maybelline Superstay concealer to cover any blemishes as the formula is thicker and tends to cover them for most of the day.
My holy-grail foundation at the moment is the Bare Minerals matte foundation. I've been using it ever since I stopped my acne treatment in 2013 as I heard it was a high coverage foundation and wouldn't cause my skin to break out. It covers absolutely everything and one pot lasts about 5 months for me as I only have to use a small amount of product to cover my entire face. I use my Real Techniques Multi-task brush to buff the product into my skin.
Contour and Powder:
Maybelline MasterSculpt Contouring Kit (light/medium)
Rimmel London Stay Matte Powder (pink blossom)
Real Techniques Multi Task Brush
I finish off my makeup base by applying Rimmel London Stay Matte powder to set my foundation in place.
Maybelline Master Brow Pro Palette (deep brown)
Barry M Eyeliner Brush
Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara (dark brown)
I lightly run the powder product from the Maybelline eyebrow kit through my eyebrows using a Barry M Eyeliner brush. I don't use a particular technique to do this, I only make sure any sparse areas are filled out. I set my eyebrows in place using the Maybelline Brow Drama Mascara.
My full eyebrow routine can be found HERE.
I applied a gold shade from the Nudes palette all over my lid using a Real Techniques Domed Shadow brush. I also brought the colour underneath my eye using the excess shadow on the brush.
Using the same Real Techniques brush, I applied a darker brown shade to the outer corner of my eye and blended this in to create a slightly smoky effect. If you're pairing a smoky eye look with a nude lip, I would darken up the shade on the outer corner. Although a red lip and gold eyes generally go well together as I'm wearing a dark lip, I tried to keep the eye makeup as light as possible.
Rimmel London Soft Kohl Kajal Eye liner Pencil (071 pure white)
I used a Soap & Glory liquid liner to line my upper lash line. I also winged out the end slightly. I don't use a special technique to do this, apart from making sure I aim the flick towards the end of my eyebrow. The wing tends to look slightly different every time I do it!
Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara (waterproof)
I used my Shu Uemura eyelash curler, quickly blasted with a hairdryer, to curl my lashes. I then finished off the eye look by applying a coat of the Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara to my upper lashes and Benefit's They're Real Mascara to my lower lashes.
Here is the finished eye makeup look!
Maybelline Color Sensational Matte Lipstick (975 divine wine)
I'm not super technical when it comes to applying lipstick. I'm ashamed to admit, I don't actually own a lip liner pencil, but use the tip of the lipstick bullet to carefully line my lips instead!
After 'lining' my lips, I then went ahead and filled in my lips straight from the bullet.
Here is the finished look! Let me know which look you prefer and what you're up to for Valentine's Day in the comments!