So during Christmas break I became obsessed with @jennaberrol‘s tumblr Q&As. I must have read like 10 pages of her asks, and asked one myself about a nice nude-brown. BTW Jenna, Urban Decay 1993 is sold out everywhere in Australia, so I got MAC Persistence to tie me over until I can finally hunt 1993 down. Anyway, Jenna offers really sweet, kind advice on her blog and I love her vouching for drugstore makeup. I noted a lot of her advice, (especially about high-low makeup and highlighting), and conjured up a look I gathered from her answers.
So, for this look it’s a natural, glowing base with some light contouring, strong brows, lashes and a nude-blush lip.
Overall, I’ve tried to go for a nice mix of high, mid and low end products and tools.
Face: I primed with my trusty Le Blanc de Chanel, then used Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone on my cheekbones, brow bone, bridge of my nose and chin. Using my trust Real Techniques stipple brush I applied my Nude Air by Dior serum foundation in thin layers, building coverage only where I need it. I then contoured using the Becca Shadow and Light duo with my Models Prefer angled contour brush and highlighted (yes, again), with a light sweep of Anastasia BH So Hollywood. I like to use a clean ELF Flawless Blending brush in a light buffing motion to really make my light sculpting super seamless. Finally, I set my base with MAC’s Prep + Prime Fix +.
Not pictured is my concealer, which I didn’t use the take I did this look because my skin was pretty good that day! But if I had have needed it, I would definitely useMaybelline’s Dream Lumi concealer on spots and YSL’s Touche Eclat on my eye bags.
Eyes: I always start my eye…. area with brows (honestly I can’t even look at myself without my eyebrows filled) and this ELF eyebrow kit is the best. I can’t envisage myself splurging so much on any eyebrow products because $3 does the job PERFECTLY. Then I used the Chanel Ombres quad in Prelude on my lids, starting with the dark beige-y shade as a base, the grey in my crease, the graphite as a liner on my bottom lid and highlighting the inner corners of my eye using the lightest cream shade. For some reason I can’t quite recall I forgot to photograph the brushes I used for my eyes but I used all ELF brushes. Falsies questions seem to be really popular with Jenna so I’ve decided to throw these into my look. I took these super natural lashes from Daiso and cut them to thirds and used the outer most third to boost my sparse lashes, I love these they’re just the right length for asian eyes and for $2.80 a pair they’re amazing quality. Then I used the Chanel Ligne Graphique in Noir-Noir to draw a very slight wing. And finally a light coat of Blinc mascara to help blend in my lashes.
Lips: I forgot to mention, before my entire process, I always like to put a nice balm on to really treat the lips. Here I’m using the Glossier BalmDotCom that I got for Christmas but seriously, Aquaphor or any old Chapstick will do. After I’ve done my entire face I then take off the balm and I use the foundation brush I used on my face, usually with some product left on it still, and brush over my lips with it. Jenna said it helps to really let the lip colour shine through. I then line and basically fill my lips with NYX lipliner in Mauve. When I first thought about this look I was going to either use MAC Persistence or Twig, but my friend had just given me LimeCrime’s Faded for Christmas and I thought it was a pretty good match with the liner.
Hope I did yah proud Jenna! Let me know when you’re in Melbourne again would love to pick your brain about makeup!