Less is More

Less-Is-More (10 of 22)Doing my makeup is usually a laborious task that takes at least 30 minutes out of my day. But that’s ok because I love doing it. Once I start applying eyeshadows I can rarely limit myself just to one or two shades and 15 minutes into my makeup application I find myself mixing and blending out 4 or 5 different colors.

Last week I met my friends for a casual dinner and since it was no special occasion I created a very simple makeup look, threw on the first clean top I had hanging on a hanger, put my hair in a braid and I was ready to go. Surprisingly, that day all my friends complimented me and told me how pretty I looked. That had me thinking, that maybe sometimes less is more. Since that night I have been wearing this simple makeup almost every day I really love it. So today I am bringing you a breakdown of what products I used to achieve it.

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Me concentrating to create a perfect winged line.

The star of this look is an eyeliner. I normally don’t line my eyes, I only put a little bit of eyeliner into my waterline and that’s it. But recently a deep brown eyeliner from Bare Minerals stole my heart. It came with a Christmas QVC set but I never used it before and it was just laying around. I was pleasantly surprised at how easily it applied and how long it lasted. In the last few days I wore it out running and I also wore it doing my ALS Icebucket Challenge and it didn’t smudge even a tiny bit.

Less-Is-More (5 of 22)But first things first. For my face base I used itCosmetics Celebration Foundation Illumination that I have been loving lately. To cover dark circles under my eyes and cover the redness around my nose I used my trusty itCosmetics Under Eye concealer. I contoured my cheeks with Milani Duo Bronzer and applied a little bit of peachy blush to the apples of my cheeks. For that I used Mac Cosmetics powder blush in Ripe for Love from last year’s Temperature Rising collection. To add a little bit of glow to my skin I applied a tiny bit of Mac Mineralize Skinfinish in Light Year on top of my cheekbones and to my cupid bow.

Less-Is-More (6 of 22)Next- eyes. I started by filling my eyebrows using Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder in Taupe. I primed my eyelids using Nars Pro Prime Smudge Proof eyeshadow base. Lately I have been all about using products that I have kind of forgotten about so I reached for my Urban Decay 15 Anniversary palette. I applied yellow buttery shade Vanilla all over my eyelid and underneath my eyebrow. Next using a shimmery beige color Midnight 15 I covered the movable part of my eyelid. And lastly, I used dark brown shade in Deeper to emphasize the outer corners of my eyes and blended it lightly into my crease. I finished off my eye look by lining my eyes with the Brown eyeliner from Bare Minerals and created a little bit of a cat liner. Simple, yet so pretty and elegant. For mascara I used Loreal Miss Manga (you can read my full review here).

Less-Is-More (7 of 22)As I wanted to keep the whole look really natural, I didn’t go for a bold lip color. Instead I chose Urban Decay Revolution lipstick in Naked, which is a pretty rosey- nude “your lips but better” shade. I topped it of with a little bit of shimmery brown lipgloss ( Mac Cosmetics Lipglass in Steel Kiss).

The whole look took me probably not more than 15 minutes and below you can enjoy the whole look.

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Now it’s your turn. What look have you been favoring recently? Are you a fan of a simple look or do you prefer bolder colors? Also, since I am on an eyeliner kick, do you have any brown eyeliner recommendations for me? What is your favorite one?

Have a great weekend everyone and thank you for reading.

the founder and editor of Her and Makeup.



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