Whether you're out with a guy or out with the girls, this makeup look is great for you.
It's a simple, bronze smokey eye, with glowing skin and nude lips. All the steps and tips are in the video, but in case you fancy a few quick tips for this look, here you go!
Use a primer. These come in all different shapes and sizes. Personally, I choose primers that aim to keep shine at bay while giving me a smooth base to apply my makeup upon.
Any redness? No problem! Many brands have now brought out concealer/correcting products that are in 'neutral' yellow tones. These will reduce the appearance of redness, giving you a more even skin tone.
Foundation-wise, I'd up the coverage a little from my usual day-to-day preference. You don't necessarily need a different foundation for this, a little more concealer will do the trick.
Handy tip here, use a concealer a couple of shades lighter than your usual under the eyes. Pop a thin layer on and don't blend it immediately. Go on to do your eye makeup and then come back to it after a couple of minutes to blend it out. I find this just makes much more of an impact and really helps brighten the under eye area. For a gal like me with dark circles, this is a must when I do my makeup when I'm going 'out out'.
Set your makeup into place with a translucent powder. I don't think I know a single brand that doesn't offer something that could work here. Obviously some are better than others, but they are super easy to find and even easier to use!
Use a matte bronzer to contour. I like Benefit's hoola as it's quite a cool-toned bronzer. Meaning that the effect of contouring with it looks much more natural. You don't have to go crazy on the contouring, just a little will give your face much more dimension.
I like to keep the cheeks bronzey, but also glowy. Use a highlighter right on the tops of the cheekbones and (very lightly) down the centre of the nose. For blush, dust over a little of something in a very neutral shade. Bright pinks and rosy reds aren't necessary here.
I used cream shadow on the eyes as a primer. They often help lock your eyeshadow into place and even intensify the colour of it. I went for a (you guessed it!) bronze shade over my eyes and then used a very handy smokey eye palette, with warm tones, to create a sultry look. Super simple, the 'medium' shade just needs to be swept over the middle, the lighter shade dusted in the inner corner and the darkest shade blended into the crease.
For extra smokiness (which I went for), use an angled brush and the darkest eyeshadow shade, mine was a beautiful dark matte brown, and smudge it along your lower lash line. Don't forget to join it up on the outer corners of your eyes, it just makes it look a little more polished.
Gel liner is a must for me with a look like this. I used Maybelline's black gel liner to create a precise wing. This does an unbelievable job of making me look a lot less tired!
And then with lashes, I had a three-fold approach. First, lash primer, then simple lashes followed by Benefit's they're real mascara in black to tie it all together and really give it that extra oomph!
I used a double whammy on the brows too. Not for everyone, but I added a brow gel over the top of the brow pencil I applied just to have extra hold and definition.
Last but not least, lips! A liner is always a great idea to keep things looking clean and polished. To finish, I used one of my all-time favourites, the NYX liquid suede lipstick in the shade Sandstorm. This dries to a beautiful velvet matte and does not budge. Awkward lipstick on teeth moments, no thank you!
So there you have it. Super simple and can easily be toned down or turned up depending on what you want.
Happy Valentine's Day all!
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