I don’t know about you, but my skin has been a wee bit up the left. I think because I’ve been using up my travel sizes of various skin care over Christmas & long weekends away…and maybe not drinking nearly enough water, in short my skin has rebelled. I just wanted it to look even, healthy and glowy. Not much to ask I think! Hooray for makeup.
Most of the effort with this look goes into the base layers. I’ve a few tricks to share with you! I primed my face with the Smashbox Colour Correcting Primer – Adjust*, just to help with the redness. On my eyelids I used Mac pro longwear paint pot in painterly, I also brought this in around my tear duct and along my lower lashline to knock out some of the purple. More colour correction needed so I took the green from the MUA Pro-Base Prime and Conceal palette* and applied it to the red patches and spots using a flat brush and then dabbing with my finger.
For my foundation I mixed a pump of L’Oreal True Match foundation in Rose Ivory and mixed it with a pump of Sleek Barekissed Illuminator in Monaco. I then dabbed it onto my face with my finger and blended it in with a damp beauty sponge. After the initial application, I then took some of the blend directly onto the beauty sponge and applied that to areas that needed more coverage.
Now for concealer! I applied some of the Flormar Perfect Coverage Concealer just over the purple of my inner tear duct and along my lower orbital bone – you never want to apply the concealer directly under the eye if you’ve any wrinkling – it will sink into it and make it look much worse. I leave it there a few minutes while I covered my spots a wee bit more. I used my Bobbi Brown BBU Palette*, you can use a single creamy concealer*. I dabbed it on with a domed brush and blended the edges with my finger. I then went back and blended in the Flormar concealer with a small damp beauty sponge. I applied some Seventeen Stay Time concealer* in extra fair, again along my lower orbital bone – this is to brighten the area. I let it sit a minute or two while I took my small damp beauty sponge around any concealer on my face, just to make sure it was well blended. Then I blended out the Seventeen concealer. I also took the sponge under my eyebrows to help brighten that area.
I used the NYX Professional Makeup Studio Setting Powder* to set my face with a fluffy duo brush. Note, I do go back at the end to dust away any excess – this has a habit of clinging to my nose for some reason.
I used the Isadora Eye Color Bar in Nude Essentials for this look. I swept the cream shadow all over the lid, it gives a nice based to blend the rest on. I then took the second brown from the right into my crease, very lightly. Blending as I went. I took the third shadow from the left all over the moving part of my lid. Using the same fluffy brush to blend into my crease. I applied two coats of Clarins Supra Volume mascara* on my top lashes and then just a single coat of mascara on the outer third of my lower lashes. For my brows I used my trusty NYX Micro Brow Pencil* in Taupe.
For blush I went with Benefit Dandelion blusher*. I tend to focus the colour on the back of my cheeks, nearest my hair line and then work it forward. I decided more highlighter was needed, so I used Catrice High Glow Mineral Highlighting Powder. I applied it to the tops of my cheeks, under my brows, a touch on my temples and I used my finger to apply a touch to my cupids bow. I swept some of my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Setting Powder in Ethereal Light, just to top off my “healthy” glow. I finished it all off by applying a wash Dior Addict lipstick* in Mayday.
I think it worked a treat, lots of time spent on the base to perfect everything. It left my face nicely evened out, with just those pops of colour to add life back into the skin. If you want to see it all in action, you can check out the tutorial video below.
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