Something I don’t often cover on my blog is my make-up. I’m by no means an expert with make-up and it wasn’t until about 5 years ago that I started wearing it (older posts I have none!) and maybe about 2 years ago that I started really doing my make-up properly with products that I love. I would say the last 18 months have been where I’ve really perfected my signature look, which I find to be subtle, but enough to show that I’m wearing make-up and to make my features pop.
I thought it would be nice to share my entire make-up routine with you if I’m doing full make-up which I would wear for going out to an event, or a date night etc. I added party in the title as it would be a party look, but for me I never attend them, that’s not to say that this look wouldn’t be suited to one though. It’s got some glitter to it, bright lips, and contouring as well, but it’s all done with powder as I have problem skin and liquid foundations are no good for me. I use a mixture of Benefit, Illamasqua, and Mally and it’s a really quick, easy routine that even I can do.
Base & Face Powders
1. Barbara Panagos Pressed Foundation – Beige
2. Illamasqua Beyond Powder Highlighter – OMG
3. Illamasqua Sculpting Powder Duo – Heliopolis & Lumos
4. Illamasqua Round Cheek Brush
5. Illamasqua Angled Cheek Brush
6. Bare Minerals Kabuki Brush (not pictured)
7. Illamasqua Powder Blusher – Nymph
These are the products that I use on my face as powders to create the look I have. I always do my Liz Earle skincare routine first and after moisturising, I put on my Barbara Panagos Pressed Foundation in Beige using my Bare Minerals Kabuki Brush (which I forgot to photo). I’ve been using this foundation for about 3 years now and it’s amazing. It’s made with natural products and doesn’t have any talc in it to bulk it out, so it doesn’t dry out or irritate my face. It’s the foundation I use every single time I go out and it’s perfect. It’s not too light for me and gives me a nice glow, but for a powder, you’d be surprised at the coverage it gives you as well, all while looking natural.
After applying the foundation, I then do my contouring (see below on how I do that) with the Illamasqua Beyond Powder Highlighter in OMG and the Sculpting Powder Duo for the Contouring Bronzer. I used to use the Highlighter in the duo set, but I ran out and decided to try the full size instead. When I first learned how to do this, I was shocked at the difference it makes to your face. It sculpts it and gives you cheek bones and really frames your face, which I can never get enough of. You can see below how I do it.
I recently started to use the Illasmasqua Nymph Pink Blusher as well. I never used Blusher much as I always tended to have rosy pink cheeks (traits of an English Rose) anyway and I did anything I could to hide that, but now I embrace it and I like the little hint of colour it gives me. Again you can see in the photo at the bottom where I put it, but I only use the smallest amount and it just gives a hint of colour to me.
You can see the colours of the Bronzer, Highlighter, and Blusher just above on my hand, shot in daylight and sunlight so you can see the shimmer as it’s harder to see on my face. I applied them quite liberally though so you can really understand and visualise the pigments and tones. So all of that completes the base of my face, and we move onto the rest…
Eyes, Eyebrows & Lip Products
8. Benefit They’re Real Mascara – Black
9. Benefit Browzing Eyebrow Duo – Light
10. Mally Ever Color Eyeliner – Gunmetal
11. Illamasqua Powder Eye Shadow – Jubilance
12. Illamasqua Antimatter Lipstick – Hadron
Now I have never been the best at all with creating amazing eye wings or smokey, sultry looks. I usually just stick to one or two different eye shadows, my mascara, and eyeliner for my waterline and outer edges of my eyes. To start with for this look, I took the Illamasqua Eye Shadow in Jubilance and covered my eyelids with it using an eye shadow brush. I swept a few coats of it all over and then even a little bit down the waterline and around the eye, so the golden glitter would really sparkle. It’s gorgeous! It’s literally the best eye shadow I have ever seen with the intense gold tone, with as much glitter as possible, while remaining subtle. It’s perfect!
I then use my Benefit They’re Real Mascara as I’ve been using this one for years. It really does lengthen and lift the lashes while making them really dark. I apply about 3 coats to my top lashes and then one subtle coat to my bottom lashes. As I have blonde lashes and a pale complexion, I can’t apply too much to the bottom without looking like a panda, so I try to keep it subtle.
Next I use my Mally Ever Color Eye Liner Pencil in Gunmetal as I can’t use black due to being pale. The grey tone of it is perfect to make a statement and make my eyes pop, but it’s not dark enough to look harsh. It’s a very soft pencil that’s soft to touch, so running it across my waterline is just fine. I then take it to the outer corners as well to create a little flick and a join to the top eyelashes. If that makes sense? This just really frames my eyes nicely.
As I mentioned, I have blonde lashes, which also means I have blonde eyebrows and if I don’t darken them, they are almost non existent. I look silly without eyebrows as it throws my entire face off, which is why I never like to go out without using my Benefit Brow Bar Eyebrow Powder in Light. I don’t use the wax which is the darker one on the left, I only use the lighter powder and brush it through my eyebrows using the rounded brush. I try to create a pretty symmetrical shape with them, but it’s not too dark that they look drawn on. It’s not a pencil or a gel, it’s a powder which means it looks really natural and just like my eyebrows.
Then finally, for this particular make-up look, I chose this Illamasqua Antimatter Lipstick in Hadron as it’s a stunning shade of pink. I have a few different lipsticks and vary between my Pixi ones and others, but to complement the golden shimmer of the eye shadow, I think this Hadron shade is the ideal mix of pink and purple to be feminine, but sexy at the same time. It’s not too much, it doesn’t look over the top, and it feels nice on as well as it’s a mix between matte and satin. I’m definitely a fan of the colour as it’s different for me and gives me more of a bold appearance.
Where I Contour, Highlight & Put Blusher
I thought this photo of me with the lines drawn on would be helpful to show you how I contour and highlight my face to frame and sculpt it. If I don’t do this, given my younger/chubby cheeks appearance despite being 30 next year, my face tends to look really child like and just flat or dull. I never knew much about doing this to my face until Kim Kardashian made it popular ages ago, so let me show you what I do.
Dark Brown Lines – These represent the Bronzer which I apply with the angled brush (number 5). I suck in my cheeks to make sure I get the line from my ear to the middle of my cheeks where it sinks in. This creates a shadowing which gives the appearance of cheek bones. I also apply it to the jaw line, down the sides of my nose, and to the top of my forehead by my hair line. These locations need shadowing to sculpt them.
Light Cream Lines – The lighter lines represent where I apply the Highlighter using the round powder brush (number 4). The place I apply the most is on the tops of my cheeks which I sweep over from the edge of my nose to the edge of my cheeks in an upward motion towards the outer corners of my eyes. After you have put the shadowing on your cheeks with Bronzer, the Highlighter really makes that pop and define your cheek bones. I also apply it down the bridge of my nose, leading up to the centre of my forehead, the middle of my chin, and around my eyebrows to give them a lift. Once the highlighted areas are done, the shadowing really stands out as well, which gives your face an appearance of being defined (see this example), but in a subtle way.
Light Pink Lines – This shows where I put the Blusher. Using the same round powder brush as the Highlighter, I apply it just to the apples of my cheeks. I find these by smiling and applying it to the rounded areas that stick out when you do that. I only put a little bit on as I’m not a fan of the intense blusher look, but those of you who suit it, feel free to put much more on.
I really hope that shows you that you can achieve a party or night time make-up look even if you’re no good at doing make-up, like I’m not. I would say it takes me about 15 minutes to do and it couldn’t be easier as there’s nothing complicated to do. You only need to know how to use a brush and powder, follow lines, and apply lipstick neatly. I’m extremely lazy when it comes to putting make-up on and despite being a girl, it’s something I dislike doing as I would love to just leave the house, but after seeing how much more confident I feel when I do my make-up nicely like this and how sparkly it makes my face, I do love it. I definitely recommend these make-up products to you as there really good quality ones that I have come to love and trust over the years after trying out loads of other products which were just not suited to me.
– What make-up do you love to use? I would love to know!