Firstly, apologies for the shoddy lighting in these photos. Winter is an absolute nightmare for photography with it growing dark so early but I actually took these at about midday! I know you can’t tell….
If I’m not rocking a burgundy eye these days, I am still trying to inject as much red into my makeup as possible. People have been sent to rehab for less….
To begin, I applied my Irish Rain Regenerative Cellular Repair Cream as my skin has really begun to dry out in this cold weather. I am regularly exfoliating with my Clarisonic Mia and lashing on the moisturiser whenever I get a chance in the hopes of clearing it up as best I can but I am still getting flaky bits on my cheeks near my nose. For my base, I am still using my Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Full Coverage Foundation despite its shortcomings and applying it with my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. I tried using a brush with it during the week and it was a streaky nightmare! Do not try this technique at home. For any under eye baggage, blemishes and general redness, I used my Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer and blended with the same sponge. I set everything with my Catrice All Matt Plus Shine Control Powder and a small brush, really pressing it on to my nose and T-zone where I have a tendency to get shiny. I have broken out my IsaDora Big Bronzing Powder again lately for my contour and for buffing down my neck so that it matches my foundation better and on the cheeks, I opted for my No7 Blush in ‘Soft Damson’ as I wanted something subtle so as not to compete with the strong eyes and lips. I also topped my cheekbones with my Mac Cream Colour Base in ‘Pearl’ as I have been really obsessed with the finish lately.
I have been continuing with my NYX Brow Kit this week although I only use the powders and not the gel which I will discuss in more detail in my upcoming review. As I mentioned my cranberry Inglot Eyeshadow in ‘450’ last week, I decided to use it this week. [For reference, it is less orange than Mac’s eyeshadow in ‘Cranberry’]. I used a Mac 217 Brush to buff it into the crease. Now, this is a pearlescent eyeshadow which usually aren’t recommended for the crease but it blends down to a matte so you could use a matte red either. I also worked it underneath the eye. I then used my Illamasqua Eyeshadow in ‘Wolf’, a dark matte chocolate brown and focused that more in the crease, allowing the red to be seen around it. I then used Illamasqua ‘Obsidian’, a matte black, also from the Neutral Palette on a pencil brush to get a really defined line in my crease and worked it into my lashes underneath my eye. I used a flat eyeshadow brush and ‘Stealth’, a matte cream, from the same palette, all over my lid and underneath my brow. I finished with my IsaDora Twist Up Metallic Eye Pen in ‘Deep Black’ on the waterline, Maybelline Gel Liner on my MUA Brush for a defined flick and lashings of Diego Dalla Palma Mascaragogo.
To finish up I applied my Essence Longlasting Lipstick in ‘Dare To Wear’ – isn’t it amazing?! I am currently in love with it!
I also got so many compliments on this look when I wore it into work that day.
What do you think? Are you a fan? Or is it too much with a dramatic eye AND lip?