Sometimes it’s hard to narrow down a simple yet effective face routine without including a lot of products. This lightweight, skin-like base is what I do whenever I need a long lasting yet enhancing makeup look for for the day ahead!
I love cutting time and using multitasking products that can work for different things, such as my all-time favourite Sleek Bronze Block (what I use for bronzer) the little bit of pink mixed in with the warm tones create a beautiful soft eyeshadow look! No need to reach for a palette. As well as Olay’s 2 in 1 primer that can double as a moisturizer, I have combination to oily skin and I’ve found that this works perfectly for me when on the go.
I wanted something easy to re-create without any fuss or a ton of products. I really wanted a light approach to the makeup on the eyes and skin, focusing on light shadow and enhancing my natural features. It’s no secret that I have a thing for pink eyeshadow because it is a colour that can really elevate eyes, nothing too prominent but softly applied making such a difference.
This is a simple look that anyone can re-create, a light glam suitable for occasions, going out or anytime you feel comfortable to wear it really.
I actually used an iridescent pink mineral blush as eyeshadow from M&S (Discontinued) there are many different alternatives to this shade, similar here*.
Makeup should be fun, an outlet for people to experiment, get creative with colours, different shadows or even to give illusions. It used to be (and still is now) a therapeutic hobby for me because I can express what I’m feeling on my face pretty much. I personally prefer small kits of multi tasking products with maximum impact rather than large quantities of makeup with only one purpose like huge palettes. Even though I always like to encourage natural beauty and simple ways to enhance natural features, everyone should be able to wear whatever they want however they want as there’s something so captivating about one’s individuality than everyone looking the same.
For this editorial, I wanted to be quite bold whilst keeping the look modern and wearable!
Creating the eye look was quite simple:
The main focus is pink eyeshadow on the lids, applied in a rounded, 60s mod shape and blended well around the edges. I complimented the pink with navy blue eyeshadow (as eyeliner). You may not be able to notice on camera, but the eye liner is actually navy blue as opposed to black.
Started off with a base on the eyes in a similar tone as the eyeshadow I planned on using: A pink eye primer/colour corrector (a tiny bit of it only on the lids) will not only help ensure staying power as you add liner but should make a difference in the opacity of your eyeshadow. Any eye base that works for you is perfect for this step.
I focused on two main shadows from the Urban Decay Full Spectrum Palette to give a hot-pink metallic effect: “Seize” and “Gossip”. There are so many different metallic/shimmery pink eyeshadows to choose from, these two were the closest to what I was going for.
For the liner, I applied a wet black eyeshadow and went over it with “Minx” to form a navy blue shade. I kinda just wanted some extreme contrast on the eyes so instead of using black I thought navy blue would make things pop.
There will be a post dedicated to my foundation routine but for now, I just made sure the skin was kept simple and mellow.
Definitely was experimenting with this look, but I think it just adds a vibrant element of fun to any simple outfit.
“Give Me A Break” BOMBER JACKET: ZARA
Let me know what you think and if you have or would go this bold with eyeshadow?
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Lately, I’ve been simplifying my makeup looks when It comes to eyeshadow. I’ve only been using two main products to form one of my favourite beachy looks which is a nice blend of gold lids! Not much of a true gold but more copper-bronzed and suited to my skin tone.
These two products are all I use. I have extremely oily eye lids and ever since last winter I’ve been using a thin layer of NYX’s Waterproof Eyebrow Gel to prime them and never looked back. A little product goes a long way and out of all primers I’ve used to keep my eyeshadow in place, this has worked like a charm!
I used one eyeshadow, “Tiger’s Eye” from Too Faced’s Cat Eyes Palette all over the lids. I started off by buffing this colour on with a flat-shader brush to get a good shape, I then patted a little more product towards the centre of my lids to add dimension.
Finished the look with a good coat of mascara to really let that bronze hue shine through and added the same eyeshadow underneath the crease of my eyes (slightly) to balance things out.
This look complements all eye colours and every skin tone, it just depends on which shade of gold suits you best.
I was really inspired by Serena Van Der Woodson’s (from Gossip Girl ^-^) bronzey lids that she used to always rock during her summer days! These eyes can go with just about any lip colour/outfit, effortless yet enhancing.
Let me know in the comments what you think.
I’m interested to know if you also have a quick summer makeup/skin routine and what that might conclude. Do you prefer on just enhancing a facial feature, focusing on the eyes, going lightweight on the skin or even creating a more flawless finish to your look? I’d love to know!
Perfecting a wing can often be intimidating, considering each eye can potentionaly end up looking entirely different to the one you’ve just spent a good 10 minutes on. I occasionally still have those days however, I have noticed that when I’m in a 10 minute-makeup rush I find myself doing either a faint or thick line of eyeliner.
It’s a simple yet quick way to give shape to the eyes without having to add eyeshadows to bring definition.
This is how I do my go-to wing!
The sun was literally shining on me when we took these photos, please excuse the shadows on my makeup that day.
I had just ran out of my NYX Matte Liquid Eyeliner, so I instead went for a Black cream Eyeshadow. Gel eyeliners are optional, but I just went with what I had in my makeup bag. I then took a flat angled synthetic brush and made a line on my lids, literally following the extension of my eye.
It’s often likely that using a black cream eyeshadow will not give you an opaque finish, this means that if you mess it up you can quickly remove your mistake with ease without getting it messy.
Once I had the shape I wanted (I made my liner quite thick) I then took a wipe and cleaned off excess product from the same angled brush and dipped it into a black eyeshadow.
Now following the same direction as if you’re lining your eyes again, you set the cream with the black shadow.
This may sound a little tricky but I swear this method has made my liner process a lot easier. Using eyeshadow to define eyeliner helps it blend into the style of your makeup nicely. The intensity of black eyeshadow automatically makes an impact whilst looking effortless.
I finished off with a generous coat of mascara and made my liner stand out by powdering right underneath the liner with a pale shadow.
SKIN: Without being too heavy, I complimented the eyes by simply bringing back dimension to the face and covering where needed.
For a full blog post on my natural skin makeup routine, you can click here.
LIPS: Since the eyes were already quite bold, I opted for a neutral looking beige tone. I like to use a traditional lipstick and blend it in to form a stain, I then go in with a bit of concealer on my ring finger and dab the product on top of my lips to give me the perfect nude shade.
What’s the best method you’ve found to do your eyeliner/eyeshadow?
Have you tried this technique before and/or if not, will you be giving this a go?
Let me know what you think in the comments!
I hope this look adds a little inspo to your looks this summer, the thick liner look is one of my top favourites to re-create when I feel like mimicking a feline shape to my eyes.
Many thanks for taking the time to read this post n_n
As one of my birthday gifts from my amazing Aunt, I graciously received the Urban Decay Full Spectrum Palette. Ironically I mentioned in my previous blog post that I would be playing with more colours in my looks this spring/summer, and I think I have the perfect palette to do so.
In combination with this colourful/wearable look I’ve created, I thought I’d include a review on what I think of the palette.
First off, the black/sleek packaging is gorgeous! I literally gasped once I realised what I was opening. With the palette comes a large built-in mirror. It’s durable, meaning it’s a travel friendly makeup item I’d take for the mirror especially.
I had so much fun creating this look. Working out the textures in these eyeshadows was interesting, as I notice they don’t perform ‘well’ when you swatch them but it’s when you apply them onto your lids they’re so soft, pigmented and workable anyone can use this.
I think it’s made for you to pick up the product (with a brush) and work it onto your lid as opposed to a swatch on your hand to tell the quality of the eyeshadow.
They’re so easy to use, even when mixing the shadows they didn’t separate at all.
I love the fact that these shadows are based on the rainbow. There’s so many different looks you can create, from really bright and fresh eyes to really dark and moody eyes the list goes on.
In the future, I feel like it’ll become a makeup essential of mine.
I will say that there was a little bit of fall out but it’s no issue of mine since I do my eyes before my base. Overall I’d recommend this to anyone who’s looking for a colourful palette or if you just want to add a really pretty palette to their collection…
Creating The Look:
I was inspired to go for a bright ‘Blue Hue’ look on the eyes whilst adamant to keep it simple yet bold at the same time. I think with any eyeshadow look, blending is the most important step towards making a bold colour wearable on the eyes. The main focus was blue. Icy, light blues blended in with touches of pink to suit my skin tone. I personally think this look can suit just about any skin tone with the right colours to complement each other.
When working with multiple colours, it’s always a good idea to start with an eye primer to get the best out of your eyeshadows. I have extremely oily eye lids when wearing makeup. But I find that when I add a tiny bit of the NYX (waterproof) Eyebrow Gel, my eye makeup will not budge (until I remove it of course). It is a great, yet an affordable way to prime if you have really oily lids like I do. If dry, try a hydrating concealer or just go for a traditional eyeshadow primer.
I set my eye base with a skin-toned eyeshadow (1-2 shades brighter) using the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette, although any neutral/warm eyeshadows will do.
Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Application:
To make this look more chic, throughout the whole process of the eyeshadow blending I made sure that the shadows were diffused upwards to give my eyes a cat eye shape without needing winged eyeliner.
Starting with “GOSSIP” this shade went slightly on top of L’Orange (ABH Contour Powder, but any orange-toned bronzer will do) to emphasise a smooth transition into the blues.
Next was a pinch of “BLINDSIDED” right underneath “GOSSIP” then going straight in with a synthetic flat shader brush (I used the brush it came with) packing-and-buffing this quickly onto my lids.
I then Mixed both “METAMORPHOSIS” + “BUMP” right over the lids (twice), to help brighten and give a more pastel tone to my lids.
Lastly (this part is optional) I added a little bit of “DELIRIOUS” right over the crease to blend “GOSSIP” and “BLINDSIDED” together, again to help show of the blue slightly more.
Blush: Any Pastel Pink colour will do (on the cheekbones)
Highlighter: There are so many cream highlighters, any will work. I like to use a good goat haired blush brush to lightly apply and quickly pat the product onto the tops of my cheekbones. This method will prevent your foundation from moving while giving you a nice glow✨
Thank you to my amazing Aunt @heidimapeza for inspiring me into the world of makeup! As well as this awesome palette to create this look and much more!
Here’s a link to the brushes I used for this look:
It’s Valentine’s Day next Tuesday, so I thought why not do a look inspired by the Red, Pink, Blush tones the day is well known for. For me, makeup looks to do with these hues in mind is perhaps one of my favourite types to create – not only on myself as I think this look complements everyone! I’m not saying I only do pink-toned makeup for V-Day, but for whenever I want to feel pretty in pink, this is a makeup look I’d generally go for.
Product Details: Base- L’Oréal True Match Foundation in shade: 8.N. Cappuccino
Concealer- L.A. Girl Pro HD Concealer in shade: Beautiful Bronze
Cream Contour & Bronzer (2 in 1)- Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick in Shade: Chestnut
Under Eye Setting Powder- M.A.C. Studio Careblend Pressed Powder in Shade: Dark
Highlight (subtle)- Bare Minerals All Over Face Powder in shade: Warmth + MUA’s Single Eyeshadow in Bronze (for a more exaggerated glow)
Blush- I Used a subtle, dark rose, pink shade from a Nars palette in collaboration with Andy Warhol (Discontinued) EYES:
Brows- NYX Eyebrow Gel in Shade: Espresso
Eye Base- I used a matte brown eyeliner on the inner and outer part of my eyelid (blended first, before I apply eyeshadow).
To set only the outer area while blending upwards for a ‘cat eye’ effect, I used an eyeshadow from the Too Faced Cat Eyes Palette in Panther (an intense dark brown/black shade).
Next, I covered my lid with a satin-finished blush from Sleek’s Blush Palette in Sugar, making sure the edges of the brown shadow was transitioned into the pink tones on the crease of my eyelid.
Adding pops of shimmer on the lids and high points of my eyes while keeping within the theme of pink, I took a flat dense eyeshadow brush and pressed it into MUA’s Single Eyeshadow in Bronze (even though the actual colour is a pearlescent pink shade).
Lastly for Eyeliner and Mascara:
Liner- Nyx Liquid Liner: Black
Mascara- Bourjois Queen of Attitude Mascara
Hope this makeup gives you a little-added inspo for any of your upcoming looks you create this Spring!