January is the time to rest after all the Christmas parties we attended but also a season for new, where we meet up with friends, relax and go out all over again. Whatever your situation, I come to you with a lovely warm smokey eye full of shine, perfect for blue/green/grey eyes. I absolutely love warm toned smokey, as it accentuate the colour of my eyes and it's easy to wear both daytime & nighttime :) Without further ado may I present you the first makeup look of 2016 - hope you enjoy :)
I use only a handful of products, tried to keep it simple & easy to achieve. It's a mixture of drugstore & luxury but you can always swap luxury items for their drugstore counterparts.
After priming my face I use a small amount of L'Oreal Infallible Matte Foundation in Porcelain mixed with a drop of marula oil. It makes any foundation more dewy and it sits better on my dry skin. I don't powder it down, it gives plenty of coverage and sets to powder like finish on it's own, just give it 10 mins or so before applying any other powder products like bronzer (Kobo in Sahara Sand).
I concealed my under eye area with Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in 01 & set it with E.L.F Under-Eye Setting Powder. I apply just a little extra as if to bake the concealer, as I'll be using pigments later on and they do fall out on occasion.
I skipped blush to keep the face slightly bare. I use a little contour to accentuate my cheekbones and Kobo Sahara Sand is one of my favourites for pale skin. I added a little of forgotten Mary-Lou Manizer as I can't leave a house without a highlight as you probably all know by now ;) Thank you gods of strobing !!!
I love my Cocoa Blend palette. It's been my first ever Zoeva palette and one of the most used palettes ever !! I primed my lid first with UD Naked Skin Concealer and set it with matte beige shade from the palette. Bitter Start has an incredible pigmentation and is one of the most used shades from the palette.
I then apply a transition shade just above my crease (you should apply it in the crease if you haven't got hooded eyes). I use Substitute For Love - beautiful camel shade and keep re-applying until the intensity is just right. I blend it in to the outer corner as well to create a shade. I then intensify it with Freshly Toasted, another warm brown, to give the eye some depth. I leave the mid lid free and add Beans Are White, dark charcoal/brown shade to the outer corner to deepen it even further.
For my lower lid I do the same steps but start with Beans Are White, then Freshly Toasted and Substitute for Love to blend it all out.
Time for the shine. I use MAC pigment in Rose on the middle lid. I mix it with a little Inglot Duraline. Applied wet this pigment has an amazing strong effect. Just beautiful !! I keep my inner corners simple - no shine and apply more of Bitter Start.
I run a little liner (Beans Are White) in the lash line. Two coats of mascara complete this look.
BROWS & LIPS:
For my brows I used Freedom Brow Pomade in Taupe. I kept lips simple with a coat of MAC Kinda Sexy lipstick.
I hope you like the finished look as much as I do. You can skip the pigment altogether or replace it with any shimmer shade from the palette but I got my MAC pigments for Christmas so expect them in a lot of tutorials as I just love them <3
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