I recently decided to ‘shop my stash‘ and rediscover a product I haven’t used for awhile. My product of choice? Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Powder Palette in Light to Medium. When I first started watching you-tube after you-tube video everyone had this palette! I had to have it. I didn’t have any contouring or bronzing products and this look like my ticket to perfection!
Wasn’t long before it was in the back of my draw as I discovered other products that I had to have and this little girl got lost in the chaos! So I decided to bring her back into my makeup rotation of product testing and tweaked my every day summer bronze makeup look I regularly created with this palette.
I always prime my eyelids with my Mac Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Painterly. It never fails me and covers all of my discolouration on my lids giving me a flawless start. I set it with a little translucent powder before going in with any colours.
Once primed, I used Vanilla to highlight under my eyebrow. Then using my Sigma E40 brush blended Havana into the crease and a little above. Making sure I sweep it out to the side as well. Having hooded eyes I always create a higher crease line to help my eyeshadow to be seen when my eyes are open. Sweeping the colour more out to the side and up slightly also gives my eyes a lift. To help the upper eye blend with my lower lash line later on, I also blend a small amount of Havana in the outer V.
For the lid I pat Vanilla over the lid still using my Sigma E40 but I lay it on the side when picking up the shadow as well as tapping onto the lid. I then use my Rimmel Scandal Eyes Kohl pencil in Black on my upper water line to help create a natural looking lash line. I like to follow this with my Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara.
For the lower lash line I sweep through Havana with one of my E.L.F. brushes, and apply Mac Studio Chomagraphic Pencil Crayon – NC15/NW20 to my water line to open and brighten my eyes before finishing off with a coat of mascara.
I always start with my eyes before moving onto my base. This is a habit I have gotten into from when I use glitter as there is always fallout that needs cleaning up. So to start my base off I go in with the Rimmel Stay Matte Primer. I love this primer it is great, works well and is a bargain!
My favourite foundation is the Estee Lauder Double Wear in Tawny 3W1 applied with my Simple Glam Girls oval brush. Once this is smooth I used Nars Radiant Creamy concealer in custard under my eyes, chin and forehead to highlight. This is blended in with a damp Real Techniques Sponge and then set with Mac Prep and Prime Transparent Finish Powder by pressing in a light coverage of this loose powder over my concealer and all of my T-zone to help blur my pores. I will often follow this with a light dusting all over with my Mac Studio Fix Powder in NC30 with a large fluffy brush (Makeup Addictions Jumbo Powder) just to ensure it is set all over and any excess loose powder is blended away.
Now onto the fun part! I love the contouring, bronzing and blush! It brings all of the look together. To Contour I use the ABH Palette powder in Fawn with my morphe brush. Sorry there is no number on it, as it came in a pack but it is pretty much a dupe for the Mac 168 which I love! I sweep this from my ears down towards my mouth underneath my cheek bones making sure it is lighter as it nears my mouth and darker near my ears. I also take a little bit into the hairline near my temples. I then mixed a little of Havana and Java and using the same brush swept this accross my cheeks around my hairline on my temples and forehead making sure it is well blended. If I feel like it is a little too much when I am finished I go back in with the Makeup Addictions brush to blend the edges out to a softer finish.
My cheeks are finished off with Mac Melba blush (can you tell how much I love this blush?) using my Mac 168 brush. I like to take some on the apple of my cheeks and blend up.
To finish off ,a sweep of Maybelline Lip Drama Pencil in Nude Perfection completes the look.
For me this would be my usual ‘no makeup makeup look’. Yes I know, I have a makeup problem, this is not what most people would class as no makeup makeup. But it is quite minimal when it comes to products used as I use the contour palette a lot. That counts doesn’t it?
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