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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.