Make-up has never been my strong point. I’ve often poured longingly over 14 year olds on Instagram who can master a razor sharp cut crease or perfectly lined lips and wonder why I always end up looking like Coco The Clown. The reality is that some of us just don’t have the talent (or the patience) involved to create such a professional look. With this in mind I thought I’d share with you my evening make-up routine, something that takes the bare minimum of talent yet ends up (hopefully) looking pretty good. With these products and these techniques, I’ve learnt to enhance certain areas and detract from others in a way that allows me to look glamourous without being overdone. As a result, I can create a full face that says I know what I’m doing without really having a clue at all. Enter my fool proof make-up look…
My base is probably the part I spend most time on before heading out for the evening. I like my make-up to appear ‘full’ as opposed to ‘thick’ so don’t mind spending a little extra time playing with products to achieve this look. I’ll begin by cleansing toning and moisturising as usual, letting my moisturiser sink in for ten minutes so my that skin is totally clean and dry. Then I’ll use my fingers to apply Laura Mercier Oil Free primer all across my face- a total beauty hero and ideal for staying power- something that’s quite rare if you’re also an oily skinned girl. After, I like to use a damp beauty blender to press a light layer of foundation onto my skin, focusing on the areas that really need it i.e my temperamental t-zone. I’m a total Nars convert these days and nothing beats their Sheer Glow foundation in shade Santa Fe. It glides on effortlessly and really lasts throughout the night without looking cakey or oxidised. After this, the concealing process begins. And let me assure you, I have a lot to conceal. I use my fingers to dab Laura Mercier secret camouflage around my general under eye area and sides of my nose to achieve a brightening effect. This product is super creamy and pigmented, so the warmth of my fingers insure it blends perfectly for the right level of flawless coverage. I’ll then come in with the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in custard which really, really, really (have I convinced you yet ?!) hides any imperfections as if they were never there in the first place. Ideal. Next comes the powdering/ contouring stage. I’ve always been self conscious about my nose, so anything that will slim it (void of surgery) I’ll surely try. I’ve learnt a more subtle version of the contour using a dark matte powder as opposed to the various cream highlight ‘ordeals’ I so often see on my news feed. The contour palate I use is a cheapy by Seventeen and is available here. I use an angled brush to draw two thin lines down either side of the centre of my nose and blend with a small blush brush. And tah-dah! A perfect little cutesy button nose. Well, not quite, but the closest I can get. I’ll then make a horrendous sucky inny face (you know the one) then lightly blend the contour powder underneath my cheek bones ultimately making myself look considerably more sculpted than I really am. Winner.
Kind of still base, yes, but blush is something that deserves a category all on it’s own. Like everyone else I’m a huge lover of Nars’ orgasm, a perfectly pigmented pink with the most subtle of sparkle for a pretty little flush. I’ll dust this across the apples of my cheeks and then finish with a dusting of highlighter over my cheekbone and below my eyebrows. I adore the Senna flare highlighter with just a hint of sparkle to add a lovely glow without looking like I’m about to partake in a carnival. For nights out I’m all about ‘done-up’ subtle. If that’s a thing.
The best part! And surely the most frustrating? I’m such a novice when it comes to eyes. I can’t master a dark, smoky look to save my life, so I tend to go for the same thing time and time again. But hey, it works. So I’ll keep going. Using a small, soft blending brush, I press By Terry eyeshadow in Crème Brulee all across my eyelid. It’s a really gorgeous bronzey shade with a hint of burnt orange and I think its perfect for enhancing blue or grey eyes. I’ll then tap a soft brown into my crease and the corners for more depth. Then using Collections Fast Stroke liquid eyeliner, I’ll draw a thin line from about the half way point of my eye, gradually getting thicker and cumulating in a sharp, feline flick. After the third attempt. Naturally. In terms of lashes, I don’t do the natural look. I’m currently loving the Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes mascara– a dreamy thick and super black formula. I’ll wiggle the brush against the root of my eyelashes a good few times before eventually dragging the mascara up through for feathery perfection. I’ve also found that bothering to use eyelash curlers really makes all the difference, something that I’ve always been a little lazy about. I’m really not sold on strip lashes as they often look overdone, but I’m partial to adding a couple of individuals on the outer corners for wide awake, glamourous peepers.
Dip an angled brush into a brown shadow. Fill out, blend, and gently square off. I like my eyebrows to look groomed, but soft, and I think eyeshadow achieves this better than an eyebrow pencil. Unfortunately I don’t have the face shape (or anything else) to pull off the Cara Delevingne messy unkempt look so I prefer neater brows. My only tip here would be to get the right shade to fill in. I went through a terrible stage of using black kohl eyeliner as an eyebrow pencil. And no, you can’t see photographs.
I prefer my lips to look subtle and I’m not a fan of overly matte lipsticks or overly sparkly/hair catchingly sticky glosses. My favourite shade is Paris by Dior, a feminine shade of rose that really enhances the fullness of your pout. I’ll seal with Lipcote– total dream of a product that keeps lipstick intact after kissing all the boys. Or eating all the bread, in my case.
So there we have it- a fool proof evening look by someone who can’t do make-up. Stick on a pretty dress, do your hair, spritz some perfume and off you pop! Do you have any of your own make-up tips?