Yesss!! The first tutorial has hit the blog and I couldn’t be more excited about it! For my first post I chose a modest festive look to show you. Nothing too crazy but the perfect look for when you are going to a party and want to make some heads turn without stealing the hostess’s thunder… You know what I am saying: a killer look but not too extravagant.
So here we go… (spoiler alert, if you don’t feel like reading then head straight to the video at the end of this post. However, I am giving you a few more details here in this blog that I left out in the video ;))
SKIN CARE & BROWS
Starting of, I moisturised my face with Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator (not in the video). Taking care of your skin by moisturising it before applying makeup will not only make your makeup last longer, it will also avoid your makeup from becoming patchy (because of dry skin) and finally it will be easier to remover makeup from a moisturised skin than a dry skin at the end of the day.
About the eyebrows, I filled my brows with a MAC eyeshadow (from an older collection), but you can use the L’Oreal Paris Brow Artist Genius Kit Medium To Dark and this Vega Angular Brush for the same effect. Then to make my brows look full I used my favourite NYX Professional Makeup Tinted Brow Mascara – Espresso Dark Brown.
I never start my eye makeup without a good primer, why put so much effort into creating a makeup that will come off in an hour or two? I opted for the PAC Eyeshadow Base for this look. The eyeshadow I used as the base for my eye makeup is the deep brown shade from the M.A.C Eye Shadow X 9 – Amber Times Nine palette applied with a PAC Blending Brush – 203. Next, because I wanted to apply a loose golden glitter powder later on, I did something a little unusual and applied a concealer (Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-In-1 Foundation + Concealer – 05 Warm Beige) on my eyelid to act as an adhesive. On top of the concealer I applied the golden glittery eyeshadow, again from the M.A.C Eye Shadow X 9 – Amber Times Nine palette (previously called Devilishly Dark) applied with a PAC Blending Brush – 203, and on top of that a loose glitter powder from M.A.C Galactic Glitter – Yellow Gold. If you use loose glitters, a fan brush such as this one: PAC Large Fan Brush – 243 is a must, as you can see in the video I didn’t have mine handy and I struggled (I used a regular big round brush instead but it didn’t work quite as well). Finally to intensify my look I went back once again to the M.A.C Eye Shadow X 9 – Amber Times Nine palette and used the deep brown shade on my crease line and at the same time blending it with the gold, again with a PAC Blending Brush – 203.
Now my all-time favourite part of makeup: eyeliners. I know it can be a pain to get it right and especially making your eyes look even and symmetrical, but there is no way around it… Try different products to see what you are comfortable with and keep practicing, eyeliner is a MUST for almost every look, especially a festive one. I used a Faces Ultime Pro Matte Play Eyeliner on my eyelids and a M.A.C Eye Kohl – Smolder pencil on my waterline. I used the MUD #400 Narrow Flat Brush to blend the kohl on my waterline and to apply the same gold eyeshadow from the M.A.C Eye Shadow X 9 – Amber Times Nine palette on my lower lash lines to highlight the inner corners of my eyes. Then I finished my eyes with layers and layers of M.A.C False Lashes Extreme Black Mascara.
Finally I used fake lashes for the pictures (PAC Eye Lashes – 518C). As you can see in the video, I didn’t use them in the tutorial. After all, I was going for a modest look. But when picture time came I wanted a bit more element to it so I went all out. Here you can see a perfect example of what a difference it makes when you wear good fake lashes:
(left without fake lashes, right with fake lashes)
BASE, CONTOUR & HIGHLIGHT
Time to talk about the base makeup. It is not in the video but I did use a Pore Filler (NYX Professional Makeup Pore Filler), it takes a few minutes for a pore filler to settle for the best result so I actually applied it before I hit record. Then for my base I used Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-In-1 Foundation + Concealer – 05 Warm Beige (same as I used on my eyes) and applied it with a flat brush such as this one: NYX Professional Makeup Pro Brush Flat Foundation. I used the same foundation as a concealer and applied it with a PAC Concealer Brush – 317. This is a heavy coverage foundation that I personally prefer. If you’d like something lighter I would suggest the M.A.C Studio Fix Fluid series.
Here comes the tricky part: contouring and highlighting. I am coming up with a whole separate video on contouring very soon (probably my next tutorial) but here’s the gist: don’t be afraid to use a dark product that feels unnatural when you apply it, but keep blending it until it looks like a natural shadow falling on your face. Typically you should contour under your cheek bones, the corners of your forehead and your jawline, I usually also contour my nose. I prefer using a contour cream kit such as this one: NYX Professional Makeup Cream Highlight & Contour Palette – Medium applied with a blending brush like this one: Nykaa BlendMaster Contour Oval Brush. To enhance the contouring on my cheekbones I used Bharat & Dorris Loose Powder – No.7 applied with a Beauty Blender. For my highlighting I used an eyeshadow: M.A.C Frost Eye Shadow – Ricepaper. Sometimes you just have to work with what you have and I have found this eyeshadow to be the perfect highlighter for me. The final touch: a beautiful blush, M.A.C Powder Blush / Small – Never Say Never.
My trademark and, according to me, the best feature of my face, are my lips… For me, no look is complete without a lipliner and a lipstick doing its job. Since the eyes speak for themselves in this look, I opted for nude shades. Lipliner: NYX Professional Makeup Slim Lip Pencil – Pale Pink and lipstick: M.A.C Matte Lipstick – Taupe.
The last step of every look is a setting spray to help your makeup settle in. My advice is usually, when you finish your makeup, spray it and then stay away from the mirror for 5 minutes, after that come back for your final look and finishing touches as your makeup needs some time to settle on your skin. That’s it!
You can watch the whole tutorial for this look in my YouTube video (see below), please show me some love by liking and subscribing and also, I’d love to hear your comments (here or on YouTube) and send me your pics when you’ve tried this look, I can give you tips and tricks to master it (for free ;)) Also, I realised I have this super-focussed-mouth-open look on my face throughout the video 🙈 Rookie mistake, haha, please ignore ;).