As Valentine's Day is fast approaching, I thought I'd share with you a makeup look you can wear for two date occasions - a casual date and a more formal evening look. I'll be going through how I would do my makeup for a casual date in this makeup post. If you don't usually wear makeup and are looking for something simple and easy to do or want your makeup to look natural and fresh - this look will be perfect!
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 must admit, I'm really not a pro at contouring. As I generally get a bit self-conscious of my cheeks due to acne scarring, I like to draw attention as far away form that area as possible, but I like how contouring brings a bit more colour and dimension to my face. I lightly stroke a U-Spicy makeup brush from the middle of my ear and underneath the apples of my cheeks. I'll also contour the side of my nose to make it appear slightly slimmer. If I've applied the product too harshly, I'll blend out the edges using my 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'm obsessed with the Maybelline Nudes palette at the moment. The colours aren't as pigmented as shadows you would find in the Urban Decay Naked palette, for example, but I love the selection of shades. Because of this, I've actually been reaching for this palette over my Urban Decay palette, which really says something as the Urban Decay palette was all I used for years!
I applied a dark brown shade all over my eyelid using a Real Techniques Domed Shadow brush. As I'm going for a minimal makeup look, I'm skipping applying a darker shade to the corner of my eye.
I used the black shade in The Nudes palette to line my eyelid. I feel that a black kohl eye liner can sometimes be too harsh and I regularly opt for an eyeshadow instead, especially if I'm in a hurry to go somewhere.
Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara (waterproof)
Before applying mascara, I used a white eye liner to my lower water line to make my eyes look more awake. 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.
I tied the whole makeup look together with a nude Maybelline Color Sensational lipstick in the shade 710 Sultry Sand.
Although I kept my makeup minimal for this look, I like to do something different with my hair and seem as though I made an effort, especially on a first date. I find curling my hair when it's tied up leaves it looking more natural when pulled down. I used my Babyliss curling wand to achieve this and set the curls in place using Aussie's Miracle Hair spray.
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!