With the consistently miserable weather we’ve been having, it can be easy to sink into a makeup slump. When it’s rainy, it makes me even less inclined to get out of my warm bed and get on with the day. My makeup usually reflects my mood, so if it’s murky outside, I tend to go for a much stronger makeup look to match! The other day, however, I was inspired to do a fresh faced makeup look to combat this wet and windy weather. It’s easy to do, and lasted me all day on my wet and windy campus (the true test for makeup).
Here’s how I did it!
Start with applying a light base. I am in love with Charlotte Tilbury’s Light Wonder Foundation – it’s buildable, but it still gives a wonderful natural finish. I use the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge to blend this all in. It’s a dupe for the Beauty Blender, but it’s much cheaper and, in my opinion, just as good. Apply a concealer under the eyes and wherever you have any redness, so for me, under the nose and on my chin. I used Revlon Colourstay Concealer, such a good high street concealer. Then I like to lightly contour my face to bring out my cheekbones (or create them!), and for this I use Soap & Glory Solar Powder. When you’re as pale as me, it’s perfect because there’s a dark and light shade in the same compact, meaning that you can pick and choose or swirl the two together to get a perfect colour. I applied this on my cheekbones and up and around my temple to bring some warmth to my face. For blusher, I used Chanel Joues Contraste on the apples of my cheeks. This is a beautiful rosy pink colour and you only need the tiniest amount, as the colour payoff is incredible.
As I’m so fair, if I didn’t fill in my eyebrows they would look non-existent! I fill them in with an eyeshadow from Bobbi Brown in the shade Cocoa. It’s a gorgeous chocolatey brown and it’s been my go-to eyeshadow colour for around two years now, not just for my eyebrows but also for smudging out my eyeliner.
Now for my favourite part! I’m late to the game, but I recently acquired the Naked Palette and I’m obsessed with it, as it’s incredibly versatile. To create this eye look, I applied ‘Virgin’ as a base and blended it out towards my eyebrows, as it works well as a highlight under the brow bone too. Over the top, I applied ‘Sin’, which is a beautiful pink shimmery colour. In my crease I applied ‘Hustle’, which is a deep sparkly purple colour. The key to this look is to blend, blend and blend. I find that purple works so well for bringing out my grey eyes. There’s something about it that really compliments their colour. Purple can be a bit daunting at first, but if you want to experiment with colour, ‘Hustle’ is more of a muted purple and is much less intimidating to start you off. For eyeliner, I ran a small amount of Kiko Intense Colour Long Lasting Eyeliner along my upper and lower lash line. I put some more ‘Hustle’ along the bottom of my eyes too, creating a much softer look. Finally, I applied Benefit They’re Real to my upper and lower lashes. This mascara is the bomb, I haven’t changed mascara in two years because this delivers length and volume. I never understood why some mascaras promise to either volumize or lengthen, I want both!
As I was going for a more natural look, I didn’t put on lip liner, but instead applied a small amount of Charlotte Tilbury’s newly released lipstick ‘Between The Sheets’, a really natural rose pink colour. On top of this, to really make this colour sing, I applied Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in shade 05. This colour is, again, a beautiful natural pink and it’s become such a handbag essential. It’s not sticky or tacky, but wonderfully smooth and extremely rehydrating for these winter months.
Foundation: Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation, Shade 1 Fair
Concealer: Revlon Colourstay Concealer, Shade 1 Fair
Bronzer: Soap & Glory Solar Powder
Blusher: Chanel Joues Contraste, 71 Malice
Eyebrows: Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow, Cocoa 13
Eyeshadow Palette: Naked Palette by Urban Decay
Eyeliner: Kiko Intense Colour Long Lasting Eyeliner, 03
Mascara: Benefit They’re Real
Lipstick: Charlotte Tilbury, Between The Sheets
Lipgloss: Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector, 05.