Recently, finding blogging motivation has been a little difficult. I’ve listed a few prompts to try and put the spark back into my blogging world, and one of those prompts is to get more makeup looks up. I don’t know about anyone else, but I own too many eyeshadow palettes and lipsticks, and need to use them up. I also love the process of putting makeup on – it’s so relaxing and I love the creative process. So why not put these factors to good use and start posting!
Today, I’m focusing on the change in weather. The heatwave is definitely over after three months of scorching heat, and with August now at the midway mark, the autumn memes are in full force on social media. Ditching my shorts for jeans and finally digging my leggings out to wear with dresses again, it’s safe to say the seasonal transition is here. I’m not quite in thick jumpers yet, and the Pumpkin Spiced Latte’s haven’t arrived in Starbucks, but the days are getting shorter and the temperatures are noticeably lower. In tune with this, I’m over the “barely there” makeup feels of summer, and ready to get some colours into my look.
When I created this look, I had an ulterior motive. I had to take photos for my new student ID, and couldn’t be too made up. But when I took my photos for my Aberdeen University student ID, I panicked, thinking I needed to do it instantly. This meant I spent 4 years being defined by the classic Passport Stare, which was aided by my lack of makeup, poor lighting which was yellow toned, and short, bleach blonde hair which was fried beyond belief. Despite the strict guidelines, most people took selfies which were accepted. After 3 months of uni, I redyed my hair brunette (AKA I finished my quarter life crisis) and ended up looking nothing like my photo. So this time, I wanted something a bit more true to me, where I looked a little happier, and just a bit more put together.
I made the eyes the focus of this look, and kept to a coral colour scheme. I used the Huda Beauty Desert Dusk palette for this – The colours are perfect for fall, with corals, oranges, deep reds, dusty pinks, and soft browns lining the palette, mixed in with beautiful jewel-toned purples and other shimmering shades that mean you can create a variety of looks for all occasions.
I started by covering the lid in Desert Sand – A natural looking, skin coloured shade that provided a base for the rest of the shadows. I then applied the colour Eden, a matte peachy coral, as a transition shade, before putting Celestial, a shimmering dusky golden pink colour on my lids, focusing on the inner corner. Finally, I applied Amber, a muted matte red shade, in my crease and outer V to add some definition, before blending the shadows together. I then put a little bit of Amber in my under-eye area, and filled in my lower water line with a nude eyeliner. The end look was a great pop of colour, in perfect late summer and fall inspired shades, but with muted enough colours to keep the overall look wearable and everyday.
To finish off the eyes, I added a light flick using the Rimmel Scandaleyes Precision Micro Eyeliner, and two coats of Benefit Badgal Bang Mascara (which I am honestly LOVING despite all the bad press!). As I had to take photos, I opted not to put on false lashes. I struggle with them anyway!
For the rest of my face, I primed using the Maybelline New York Baby Skin primer, before concealing with the Revolution Beauty Conceal and Define Concealer. I used the Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid foundation to provide a soft, flawless base, and set it in place using the e.l.f Perfect Finish HD Powder. I set my under eyes using the e.l.f High Definition Undereye Powder.
Perfectly groomed brows are an essential for my face, so I defined the inner brow using the NYX Microbrow pencil, to fill in and define sparser areas. I then used the Bobbi Brown Long Wear Brow Gel to define and shape the outer brows. I recently rediscovered the Bobbi Brown Brow Gel, and I can’t get enough of it! Then I fixed my brows using the PIXI Brow Tamer.
For my cheeks, I contoured using the Benefit Hoola Light Powder, with a little of the darker Benefit Hoola powder right under my cheekbones and blended in. I used the Benefit Rockateur blush to get some colour on my cheeks, and highlighted using a mix of the Manna Kadar Cosmetics GLO Illuminator and the colour Marshmallow from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Sugar Glow Kit. I applied both of these products to my cheekbones and nose, and then just Marshmallow to my cupids bow, brow bone, and inner corner of my eyes. This concentrated the glow to my cheekbones and the centre of my face, whilst subtly accentuating my eye look.
Finally, I lined and contoured my lips using the Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Lipliner, and filled my lips in using the MAC Creamsheen Lipstick in Japanese Maple. I haven’t used this lipstick for months, and I forgot how great it is as a light nude shade. As my eyes were so bright, I wanted to keep my lips neutral. This shade is light enough to provide that summer brightness, but muted enough to easily transition into a fall shade too!
I finished with a spritz of MAC Fix+ Goldlight to set everything in place, whilst adding a little extra glow.
Overall, I love this look. I’m definitely getting better at applying eyeshadow and blending it, and I think this is a very wearable look. I’m having a great time complexion-wise right now, so the glowy skin and bright eyeshadow draws attention to all the right places, and I’m feeling very confident, so it’s all good!
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What do you think? I’m hoping to do a few more look-based posts like this, so let me know if there’s any more styles you’d like me to try out!
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