Today I’m going to show you how to recreate my current go-to makeup look for evenings or occasions. It’s a gold smokey eye with subtle contouring, defined brows and a nude lip, which creates an impact without being too full-on. It’s also really easy to recreate and uses basic techniques.
Unfortunately, I only have the one picture to show you as I didn’t take enough before removing my makeup – any of me actually looking at the camera were in terrible lighting (massive fail on my part!) My favourite aspect of this makeup look is definitely Mac’s Amber Lights on the lid, so hopefully you can see the effect it has in this picture anyway! By using a wet brush it really stands out on the lids and I get so many compliments when I’m wearing it. Here is the completed look:
Now, onto how I created it!
Face: before I applied any makeup, I prepped my face by using The Body Shop’s Vitamin C moisturiser. This has quickly become a firm favourite of mine and i’ve nearly finished my first tub! Once that sunk in, I applied Benefit’s Porefessional Primer and pressed it into my skin, just using my hands.
Typically, I would wear this look in the evening or when I go out, so a primer will really help it to last all night! For foundation, I mixed Rimmel’s Lasting Finish in the shade Ivory with L’oreal’s Lumi Magique in the shade Rose Pearl. I did this to get the best of both foundations – I love the coverage of Lasting Finish and the dewy effect that Lumi Magique gives. I mixed them on the back of my hand and applied with the Real Techniques buffing brush, for a flawless finish.
Next, I used Mac’s Pro Longwear concealer in the shade NC15 under my eyes, on my nose, above my eyebrows and anywhere else that needs concealing for redness or blemishes. To set the foundation and concealer, I used Mac’s Mineralise Skinfinish Natural in Medium on a Real Techniques powder brush.
For contouring, I used the Sculpt shade in the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Glow palette and applied this to the hollows of my cheeks with the Real Techniques Bold Metals contouring brush, blended out with their standard contour brush. I also used the highlight shade in the palette after I applied my blush, which was Sex Fantasy by Nars – a very pale pink.
Eyes: For brows, I used Soap & Glory’s Archery in ‘Love is Blonde’. For my eye base, I used Urban Decay’s Primer Potion before starting with the crease, which is made up of three shades: First, I used the Sculpt shade in the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Glow palette throughout the entire crease and Mac’s Wedge over the top. For the outer crease, I used the shade Buck from Urban Decay’s Naked palette. Then, I spritzed a flat shadow brush with Mac’s Fix + spray, liberally applying Mac’s Amber Lights all over the lid and also along the lower lash line. I smudged the lower lash line out slightly with Buck and blended the lid slightly, too. For the winged liner, I used an angled brush spritzed with Fix + and dipped into Creep from the Naked palette. Finally, for mascara I used Mac’s False Lashes mascara in Extreme Black (new fave!)
Lips: First, I lined my lips with Mac’s Soar and applied Maybelline’s Stripped Nudes lipstick in Tantalising Taupe, before blending the edges of the two products together for a slightly ombré effect.
That’s everything! I’m really sorry it’s a pretty word-heavy post compared to pictures – next time I will definitely check them before removing my makeup! I hope you enjoyed reading, let me know what you think of the look!