Hi everyone, Hannah here! I decided to go for a last minute afternoon/evening out to the pub last weekend and as I didn’t have much time to plan my outfit or make-up look, I opted for my fail safe, soft smokey eye and nude lip. It’s great for when I don’t want my make-up to look too OTT and It’s neutral so it goes with any outfit. I thought I’d talk you through how I did it.
I always always start with a primer. I have quite an oily t-zone so this is a must for me. My favourite one is the Body Shop’s Instablur. It’s a silicon based primer that fills in my pores and creates a lovely smooth base for my foundation. It’s very affordable too and lasts me ages. I recently switched to a different primer as I wanted to try something new but I went straight back to this as it made me realise how much I love it. I wouldn’t use anything else now!
After primer I applied the NYX Stay Matte But Not Flat foundation in the colour Sienna which I LOVE! I’ve written about this in our NYX Haul & Review so I won’t say too much about it here but it’s a great foundation, I’d highly recommend it.
The next thing I applied was my concealer. I used the Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in the shade Medium Light which is a couple of shades lighter than my skin. I spoke about this concealer in our 2015 Favourites post. I applied this under my eyes and bounced a damp Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge over the top to blend it out. I find that bouncing the sponge rather than wiping it gives a more flawless finish.
To set my concealer I used the Ben Nye Banana Powder which is a yellow toned loose powder (and a favourite of Kim Kardashian). It’s great for all skin tones but if you’re darker skinned like me, it’s perfect as some translucent powders (despite being colourless) look quite ashy against my skin. I use the damp beauty blender to pack this on quite thick under my eyes and I leave the powder there while I do my eyes. This method is called ‘baking’ and it really helps to set the concealer, stop it from creasing and create a beautiful flawless look. It also means that any eyeshadow that falls down can be swept away with the excess powder later. I do love a good make-up hack!
Next I quickly did my eyebrows. I tint my eyebrows regularly so it doesn’t take me long to fill them in as I already have the shape I want. I use a combination of Mac’s Mystery and Night Whisper eyeshadows to fill in any sparse areas.
I always do my eyes at this stage and come back to my skin later. I started by applying Mac Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Painterly all over the lid and then set that with Mac Her Mistress which is a matte yellowy beige toned eyeshadow. I then used a fluffy brush to blend Make-up Geek Cocoa Bear through the crease as a transition shade. I only recently got this eyeshadow and I absolutely love it, I’m definitely going to pick up some more. In the outer corner I used Mac Night Whisper in a sideways ‘v’ shape to add some dimension and then I lined my eyes and created a flick with the Kiko Lasting Gel Liner which is amazing! To brighten my eyes I used a pencil brush to pop a gold shimmer eyeshadow in the inner corners, I used Mally Effortless Airbrush Eyeshadow in Champagne. I love this step as it really pulls the look together. Last but not least I applied lashings of my favourite L’oreal Miss Hippy mascara and Ardell Demi Wispies and my eyes were complete!
To finish my face I swept away the excess powder from under my eyes and used my favourite NARS bronzer in Casino and Avon Ideal Luminous blush in the shade Soft Plum – I love this blush for autumn/winter.
Last but not least was my lips. I lined and filled in my lips with Mac Spice lipliner and then applied Mac Velvet Teddy and as I fancied a change from my usual matte lip, I added a tiny bit of clear gloss over the top.
I hope you like this look, please let us know what your go-to look is and if you have any recommendations for other products you think we’d like.
See you soon for another blog post!