When we were brainstorming ideas for upcoming posts over the last few weeks, we agreed that 1 thing we both love on our favourite beauty blogs is how-to’s. We all love seeing stunning make-up looks and a lovely product list to match. But if you’re anything like me, you sit down with all your fancy products laid out to give it a go and think, “Now what?!” Knowing what you need to get the look is only a fraction of the battle…how to get the look is a totally different ballgame!
So as I was headed out to a party over the weekend, I decided I’d do a quick how-to of how I did my make-up. It was a pretty casual house party, so the look I went for wasn’t OTT, but is really easy to do! I never have long to spend on my make-up, so this is a brilliant go-to when you need to look ‘done’ but don’t have much time to spend on it! I’d say this look took me around 10 minutes…my new lash extensions from The Late Night Beauty Salon saved me a good 5 minutes on mascara/fake lashes!
P.S. Excuse the photos…I’m not really 1 for the selfies so doing this for the blog is taking some getting used to :-), plus lighting/photo quality isn’t great!
Step 1: I prep my skin with Lacura Expert Mimox X Day Cream (around €5-6, Aldi) mixed with Botanics All Bright Radiance Balm (€4, Boots), before applying Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Lightweight Primer (€11.49, Boots). This primer is a really good dupe for Benefit Porefessional, and about a third of the price!
Step 2: I then do a little colour correction, which is usually just under my eyes to sort out the dark circles, using Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer in Light (€11.99, Boots). However, as I have a lovely insect bite and a few red patches at the moment, I used my Catrice Prime And Fine Green Anti-Red Coverstick (€4.99, Penney’s, Dunnes and selected pharmacies) which is AMAZING for hiding blemishes. I just dab it on and leave it, as your foundation will cover it! I know, I know…I look beaut in the photo below with green all over my face!
Step 3: Using my Ayu Duo Fibre Brush (€12.50, Ayu), I stippled a mixture of Revlon ColorStay in Fresh Beige (€17.79, Boots) and Make Up Forever HD Foundation in 125 (€40.50, Make Up Forever) on. I stipple it on to push it into my face, and to avoid rubbing the colour correction away! I then blend using my BeautyBlender (€20, Make Up Forever), under the eyes and all over to get a really good base.
Step 4: I applied Catrice Camouflage Cream in 020 (€4.99, Penney’s, Dunnes and selected pharmacies) to my blemishes and Seventeen Stay Time Concealer (€5.99, Boots) under my eyes, along my nose, on my forehead just between my brows and at the corners of my nose to highlight. Again, my trusty BeautyBlender blends it all in.
Step 5: I set my base using Make Up Forever HD Powder (€34, Make Up Forever) all over and Anastasia Beverly Hills Banana and Vanilla powders from the Contour Kit (around €55, Cult Beauty), with the EcoTools Bamboo Bronzer Brush (€13.99, Boots) and a tapered kabuki brush from my beloved Jessup set (around €14, eBay).
Step 6: On my eyes, I used one of my favourite products – Maybelline Expression Color Tattoo 24hr Eyeshadow in Creamy Beige (€10.49, Boots) and blended it in using a large blending brush from my Jessup set (around €14, eBay). I put a little of the Ash Brown shade from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit (around €55, Cult Beauty) in the crease using a tapered brush from the Jessup set and blended it in.
Step 7: As I mentioned above, I’ve just gotten eyelash extensions done by Lisa in The Late Night Beauty Salon in Temple Bar (she did a fantastic job!) so I just applied a little Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel (€15, Inglot) using my Bobby Brown brush (€29.50, Brown Thomas) and didn’t need any mascara or fake lashes…such a time saver!
Step 9: Using my Blank Canvas F30 brush (€17.99, Blank Canvas) and the shade Fawn from my Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit (around €55, Cult Beauty), I contoured my cheekbones by holding the brush as shown below to apply the powder, starting at my ear and stopping about half of the distance to my mouth. I start at the ear and work downwards as you’ll have more product on the brush at first, and it’ll be less noticeable there than further down the cheek, which can lead to that awful mucky look we have all come out with at some stage! I then flip the brush on it’s side (turn it 90 degrees), and blend like my life depends on it! I’m obsessed with this brush – it makes contouring SO simple, even for impatient fools like me! I then applied a little up along my temples too, and again blended.
Step 10: I dotted a little Seventeen Stay Time Concealer (€5.99, Boots) under my cheeks (just beneath where I had contoured), which helps define it a little bit more.
Step 11: For blusher, I used Kiko Cheeky Colour Creamy Blush in 02. It seems to have been discontinued, but their Velvet Touch Creamy Stick Blush in 03 Coral Rose looks really similar (around €5.55, Kiko). I just blend that in with one of the Jessup kabuki brushes from the set (around €14, eBay).
Step 12: I highlighted using MAC Soft & Gentle Mineralize Skinfinish (€30, Brown Thomas) along the top of my cheekbones, the centre of my nose, under my brows and along my cupid’s bow. This is a cult product for a reason…in my opinion, every make-up bag should have 1!
Step 13: On my lips I used Essence Lipliner in the shade In the Nude (€1.99, Penney’s and selected pharmacies) and Rimmel Salon Pro by Kate Nude in 43 (€6.99, Boots). My top lip is a little smaller than my bottom lip, so I run along the outside of my top lip (just above my lipliner) with Rimmel Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohl Liner in Nude (€4.99, Boots) which is a little trick to make it look fuller by defining, highlighting and drawing the eye up! Sneaky!
Step 14: I have little laughter lines around my mouth, which can show up when I have a a fuller face of make-up, so for nighttime make-up, I usually pat Indeed Lab’s Nanoblur (€26.99, Boots) along where those lines show up, which is fantastic for preventing them. It can get quite cakey though, so I only use a little dab of it!
Step 15: Finally, to set my make-up, I spritz Kiko Face Make Up Fixer (around €11, Kiko) all over my face…I swear by setting sprays, particularly when I have a heavier make-up look on!
This is the finished look, which is by no means perfect (I am not a make-up pro by any stretch of the imagination!), but it works for me – relatively quick and really simple to do!